Green Palm Inn

548 East President Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401
Innkeeper(s): Diane McCray
  • Savannah Georgia Christmas holidays at Green Palm Inn, a top-rated breakfast inn.

    Savannah Georgia Christmas holidays at Green Palm Inn, a top-rated breakfast inn.

  • Dessert bar, plus tea, fresh fruit & pre-dinner wine hour are included in inn's Savannah B&B rate.

    Dessert bar, plus tea, fresh fruit & pre-dinner wine hour are included in inn's Savannah B&B rate.

  • A day bed in this spacious B&B room accommodates three girlfriends comfortably.

    A day bed in this spacious B&B room accommodates three girlfriends comfortably.

  • Green Palm Inn's downtown breakfast inn was built as two seamen cottages.

    Green Palm Inn's downtown breakfast inn was built as two seamen cottages.

  • Restful nights in downtown Savannah cottage inn, circa 1897.

    Restful nights in downtown Savannah cottage inn, circa 1897.

  • Praised for comfort Green Palm Inn's special bedding can be ordered for your home.

    Praised for comfort Green Palm Inn's special bedding can be ordered for your home.

  • Popular as a best place to stay in Savannah GA, the best way for booking is as early as possible.

    Popular as a best place to stay in Savannah GA, the best way for booking is as early as possible.

  • For your Savannah trip stay at Green Palm Inn,

    For your Savannah trip stay at Green Palm Inn, "The Softer Side of Savannah". Innkeeper Diane McCray

 

Q: Where To Eat Local Fresh Foods in Savannah GA? A: This Cozy Historic District Bed and Breakfast + Beloved Top Dining Spots 1 May 2015, 8:54 am

SAVANNAH, Georgia — When a Savannah-bound traveler asks the question “Where to eat local foods in Savannah GA?”, we know right away that the healthy food trend has reached Savannah. The result is that Savannah GA is attracting more discerning, adventurous and health-conscious travelers who are foodies, too!

The bed and breakfast guests at Green Palm Inn are among those wanting unique, authentic, uber local experiences and wanting to enjoy refreshingly different and delicious cuisine.

“I want to continue to be a part of enticing travelers to Savannah, and I am happy to win over travelers through their stomachs!” says the fun-loving Diane Crews, innkeeper at Green Palm Inn, a top-pick cottage B&B known for its focus on the Softer Side of Savannah.

“I am all about pleasing my guests whether it’s reduced salt, gluten free, attention to avoid food allergies, etc.” The result? “Our Savannah inn’s food is a topic of happy lodging reviews.”

Thanks to dedicated chefs, faithful local farmers, and “buy local” businesses, today Savannah, Georgia’s cuisine is cobbled among the best reasons to get away, even last minute for a spring and summer vacation in Savannah, GA.

“Years ago, Cynthia Creighton Jones told me that professional chefs in Savannah wanted and were working for Savannah, Georgia, to be a top cuisine destination,” states retired marketing executive Sandy Traub. “That goal is rapidly becoming a reality because of diligence and focus on imaginatively prepared and presented fresh, local, seasonal food — the three basic criteria of New York Times food critic, the late R. W. Apple.”

Savannah’s Southern Food Legacies Continue!

Famously in Green Palm Inn‘s extended manner of southern hospitality, Diane and staff suggest also the uber local food indulgences.

“Great southern cooks have set what is now a continually rising and impressive benchmark for Savannah cuisine and southern cooking.  We applaud and welcome the growing number of new chefs and talented cooks entering the Savannah food scene — Chef Hugh Acheson at The Florence, Chef Mashama Bailey at The Grey Savannah, “Ele and the Chef” Ele and Sean Tran whose restaurants dot Savannah with inspiring Asian cuisine, the Daniel Reed Group who brought more local farm foods to Local11ten, Public Kitchen and Bar, and SoHo South. Gratefully, the praise-worthy list is swelling! New additions that were successful in Charleston, SC, and opening also in Savannah are CO (freshly prepared Asian cuisine) located on Whitaker Street near Bay Street, and the highly anticipated 39 Rue de Jean opening soon on West Oglethorpe Avenue near the Bike Share and DOT transportation hub.

“We cannot forget, however, those who have for decades peaked (and continue to peak) the curiosity of foodies, business travelers, and celebrities to seek out the best southern food in Savannah,” Diane adds.

  • With her Executive Chef Stephen McLain, Maureen Craig, owner of Alligator Soul builds the dinner menu at this fine dining restaurant based on the choicest day-boat fish and freshest from-the-farm produce and artisan cheese. While the restaurant enjoys rave reviews for exotic meats, southern Cajun cuisine, imaginative cocktails and romantic desserts, it is the vegetarian diners too who adore being treated like VIPs, rather than an inconvenience.

    Side note: Maybe Robert DiNiro will dine here while filming on nearby Tybee Island. When asked “20 Questions” by EatItandLikeIt‘s Jesse Blanco, McLain’s answer to “What’s your favorite movie?” is “Heat -Al Pacino and Robert De Niro.  Character development is amazing in that movie.  (Director) Michael Mann is amazing.”

  • The inspiring Mrs. Sema Wilkes began Wilkes Boarding House modestly, serving fresh southern meals cooked and served in family style. Now Wilkes Dining Room continues as a top place to eat lunch in Savannah thanks to Mrs. Wilkes’s family — great-grandson Ryan Thompson and his mother, Marcia. The family-style lunch is served from the original Jones Street location on Monday through Friday only. (Check with the restaurant your travel dates. All the staff take a vacation at one time, typically in January each year.)

Back story: “In 1943, a young and determined Sema Wilkes took over a nondescript turn-of-the-century boardinghouse on a sun-dappled brick street [Jones Street] in historic downtown Savannah. Her goal was modest: to make a living by offering comfortable lodging and Southern home cooking served family style in the downstairs dining room. Mrs. Wilkes’ reputation was strong and business was brisk from the beginning, but it was the coverage in Esquire and the New York Times, and even a profile on David Brinkley’s evening news that brought Southern-food lovers from all over the world to her doorstep….” Source: Mrs. Wilkes’ Boardinghouse Cookbook: Recipes and Recollections from Her Savannah Table

  • Elizabeth Terry of Elizabeth on 37th established relationships with local farmers to serve her now-famous Southern Coastal menu. Elizabeth reportedly knew and called farmers by their first names when they delivered fresh local produce and Savannah grown herbs to her back door. Brother’s Greg & Gary Butch, long-time employees at Elizabeth on 37th, joined Michael and Elizabeth Terry as partners in 1988. The fine dining restaurant remains top tier and a favorite of celebrities filming or visiting in Savannah.

Side note: Did you know in Pat Controy’s novel “Beach Music”, the main character, Jack McCall, a cookbook writer and restaurant critic, is drawn straight from the dining room of Elizabeth on 37th? Thanks, Sandy Lee for sharing that tidbit!

  • “Who can come to Savannah and not enjoy the refreshing, freshly churned Leopold’s Ice Cream?” Diane quips. Reviving the legacy of three Leopold brothers who immigrated to Savannah from Greece, Hollywood producer Stratton Leopold and his wife Mary reopened the family’s hometown ice cream shop, now on Broughton Street next door to SCAD Trustees’ Theatre and around the corner from the historic Lucas Theatre.  The rest of this dreamy ice cream story is being written daily in downtown Savannah amid roaring applause, happy faces, and grateful palates!

Tip:  Leopold’s Ice Cream shared their seasonal flavors with us, and we are happy to pass along. We’ll begin this tempting list with Leopold’s spring and summer additions
→ May – Japanese Cherry Blossom, Orange Blossom, Rose Petal Cream
→ June – Huckleberry Cheese Cake, Dutch Utopia
→ July – Firecracker
→ August – Birthday Cake, Huckleberry Cheesecake
→ September – Lavender
→ October – Pumpkin Spice, Cinnamon
→ November – Pumpkin Spice (ends after Thanksgiving), Cinnamon, Huckleberry Cheesecake, Sugar Plum Fairy (after Thanksgiving)
→ December – Sugar Plum Fairy (first week), Frozen Hot Cocoa, Cinnamon, Eggnog
→ January – Frozen Hot Cocoa
→ February – Chocolate Cherry Cordial, Strawberry Shortcake, Rose Petal Cream
→ March – Guinness (1-17th), Thin Mints & Cream
April – Thin Mints & Cream, Lavender, Japanese Cherry Blossom, Orange Blossom

ABOUT GREEN PALM INN
Innkeeper/co-owner Diane Crews touts Green Palm Inn (circa 1897) as “The Softer Side of Savannah”. Originally sea captain cottages, the four-room Gingerbread Classic B&B shares cottage-inn comforts in the quiet of Greene Square’s residential neighborhood in the National Landmark Historic District. Fodor’s guide calls Green Palm Inn a “pleasing little discovery” and “a little gem of an inn”. BedandBreakfast.com named the cottage B&B a top pick for a holiday trip – “Top 10 B&Bs for the Holidays, 2011″. For more information: GreenPalmInn.com; Email GreenPalmInn@aol.com, telephone toll free in USA 888/606-9510, local and international 912/447-8901, 548 East President Street, Savannah, GA USA 31401. Twitter @GreenPalmInn, Facebook, and Pinterest.

Copyright © 2015 Green Palm Inn.

2015 Full Moon Savannah Trip Ideas: Dive Into The Local Savannah Scene 27 Apr 2015, 12:56 pm

SAVANNAH Georgia USA – For immersion travelers choosing Green Palm Inn‘s bed and breakfast lodging in Savannah, we like to surprise with new trip ideas — new ways to enjoy America’s most beautiful city.

Savannah River “Moon Over Mary Musgrove” water taxi by Don Teuton. Photo used with permission.

For adventure and cultural travelers, at least those visiting our top-rated historic inn, we’re hearing even more wishes from lodging guests for uber local experiences! They want to know more ways and places to join the Savannah local scene — to do what the locals do — and to explore the highest quality, new things to do in Savannah, Georgia.

It’s immersion travel we’ve heard so much about in discussions about authentic travel. Tourists want more of what is locally unique instead of the shipped-in bigger tourism attractions, more local restaurants and cafes instead of national chain restaurants, and more opportunities to mingle with the Savannah locals.

To mix things up a bit we decided to tap the 2015′s FULL MOON dates, pair Savannah places and things locals like to do, and sprinkle in writers’ thoughts (as one might sip wine between courses) about the full moon. [Yes, we have a fascination with full moons and the night sky ... and trying new things ourselves!]

You should know, in advance of making her recommendations, innkeeper Diane Crews personally checks for the top Savannah food, best service, extraordinary places, unique settings, and delightful entertainment. Remember, however, this list is not all-inclusive! OK, here we go with snippets of new things to do during a 2015 Full Moon Savannah Trip.

2015 FULL MOONS + LITERARY PERSPECTIVES + NEW SAVANNAH IDEAS

“Where did you live before you came here?” I asked.
“The moon,” he said smoothly. “We left because the place had no atmosphere.” — Laurie Halse Anderson, The Impossible Knife of Memory

Monday, 5 January 2015 * Savannah has atmosphere! … outdoors and indoors. Solo tourists or romantic travelers will enjoy an impromptu picnic in one of historic Savannah’s 22 squares (mini garden parks) will deliver small joys and big joys, too, amid the majestic oaks and colorful landscapes. Have a New Year’s resolution to run? Stay longer! Arrive in time for the Saturday, January 3, 2015 run the Yates Astro Resolution Race 5K, running through the historic Bethesda Academy Campus in Isle of Hope (Savannah’s colonial-era resort). Then on January 3rd, take in Bonaventure Cemetery After Hours; 5:00 PM (2.5 Hours) with Shannon Scott.

“So imagine that the lovely moon is playing just for you – everything makes music if you really want it to.” — Giles Andreae

Wednesday, 4 February 2015 * Blues in the night? Check out Telfair Museum’s Jepson Center, “Visual Blues” (January 30 – May 3, 2015), “a rich interaction between the visual artists of the Harlem Renaissance and the wealth of blues and jazz music emanating from the Deep South and moving north”. (Source: Telfair.org)  Would you like to take in a night bike ride with the Savannah locals? Bring your bike (or rent one a bicycle in Savannah) to join in the Wednesday night Bicycle Link ride: “35 miles out to Pooler and back, average pace 20 mph. Hang out and socialize afterwards.” On February 5, 2015, Harry Connick Jr. LIVE plays at the Johnny Mercer Theatre, downtown Savannah. Stay longer to run in the February 7th Critz Tybee Run Fest (beach running). Arrive early, and you can enjoy #Savannah Restaurant Week through February 1.

“Look at that moon will you! Tsk, Tsk, Tsk! Potato weather, for sure.” — “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder. Mrs. Gibbs makes the comment, referring to the full moon and the cool air.

Thursday, 5 March 2015 * Little Big Town concert at the Johnny Mercer Theatre, with special Guest Chris Stapleton, 7:30 p.m.  March 5-7 is the Savannah Stopover Music Festival, over 90 bands playing in Savannah, in route to Austin Texas’s SXSW Music Conference. It’s practically non-stop music for three days! Make reservations early if you want to check out the newly restored Greyhound Bus Terminal atmosphere of the downtown Savannah’s new restaurant, The Grey located on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.  The Florence, a newly transformed ice house, surprises too for dinner on Victory Drive. Movies + Meatballs 5 p.m. on the upstairs deck! Considering now a longer stay in Savannah? Arrive earlier and stay a week. Willie Nelson concert is March 1, 2015. Round it all out when you join nearly 2000 runners to kick off Irish celebrations, March of Dimes Shamrock Run, Friday, March 6, 2015.

“May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night and a smooth road all the way to your door.” –  Irish Blessings

Saturday, 4 April 2015 (Easter Weekend) * Check for tickets to Bonaventure Cemetery After Hours; 5:00 PM (2.5 Hours) with Shannon Scott on Saturday, April 4th. At 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning join the local bicycle groups for a Coffee shop ride: “4 different groups, 30 miles moderate, 40 miles by 20 mph, 47 moderate fast, 47 miles just hard & fast”. Meet at Gallery Espresso located on Bull Street and Perry Lane, Chippewa Square. You’ll want to come earlier and stay longer!  Good Friday is April 3 and Easter Sunday is April 5.  April 4 is the closing show, so you’ll need to arrive a few days earlier to take in more of the phenomenally popular Savannah Music Festival!  If your stay is 3 or 4 days ahead, take advantage of the Savannah Music Festival Sampler 5- and 10-show options. The music festival features over 100 performances — blues, opera, zydeco, classical, world music and more! The 2015 festival includes the debut of opera, an expansion of the number of programs staged, and the music organization’s most international festival to date. Want to get in some running? April 4 is the Red Shoes Run & Teddy Bear Walk 5K Run, Walk to benefit Ronald McDonald House and the Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical center. It’s worth a longer stay, too, to take in the April 9th opening of Telfair Museum’s JEPSON CENTER exhibit, Hot Pink by Anne Ferrer.

“I’m a survivor. And like the moon, I have a feeling it would take a truly spectacular event to keep me from taking my place in the scheme of things, waxing, waning, and eclipsing notwithstanding.” — Janet Rebhan, Finding Tranquility Base: A Novel

Monday, 4 May 2015 * Get out to see the New York Mets’ minor league farm club, the Savannah Sand Gnats, playing at historic Grayson Stadium, May 1-4. Get away soon enough for the May 2, JCB Mud Run. On or before May 4 take a tour of the Ships of the Sea Museum, the too-often-missed seafarers’ haven and magnificent gardens! With a new-found, seaman’s perspective you’ll want see the splendor of the night sky and full moon from Tybee Island’s dark, flat beach. Note: The museum has the largest private gardens in the Savannah historic district, and is home to National Maritime Day, May 22 each year, which honors the SS Savannah, the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Stay over a few days for pro volleyball — EVP® Beach Bum Open @ Tybee Island, GA (May 9, 2015 – TV)

“I never really thought about how when I look at the moon, it’s the same moon as Shakespeare and Marie Antoinette and George Washington and Cleopatra looked at.” ― Susan Beth Pfeffer, Life As We Knew It

Tuesday, 2 June 2015 * Have you considered dining in the moonlight or night running on the beach? Looking for early summer beach time, fresh seafood and flip-flop-casual dining? June is ideal for a Savannah + Georgia beach vacation! Dine under the moonlight at Vic’s on the River along Factor’s Day, or North Beach Bar and Grill on Tybee Island. Or, stop for some of Wiley’s Championship BBQ (eat in or to go for a picnic supper) in route to check out the full moon from Tybee Island beach, only 20 minutes from Green Palm Inn in downtown Savannah.

“We ran as if to meet the moon.” — Robert Frost

Thursday, 2 July 2015 * Summer is the time to get out on the water, slip into cool museums, or take in some baseball! The New York Mets’ minor league farm club, the Savannah Sand Gnats, plays at historic Grayton Stadium, July 1-3. Consider a longer Savannah stay to enjoy the red, white and blue, July 4th day and night celebrations along the Savannah River walk and Tybee Island (July 3). For solo travel, a girlfriends’ getaway or couple’s getaway, sign up for Chef Darin’s Kitchen Table Cooking Classes.  Take in the cool and culture SCAD Museum of Art, where a major exhibition of work by SCAD eFINE ART 2015‘s honoree and keynote speaker Xu Bing will be on view through July 3, 2015. Also, through July 26th take in also The Art of Diplomacy: Winston Churchill and the Pursuit of Painting.  “In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill’s death, Telfair Museums presents an exhibition exploring the wartime hero’s secret weapon: his paintbrush.” (Source: Telfair.org)

“So we baked and sweated together. I like punching the dough. I told myself it was the moon and punched it senseless.” — Susan Beth Pfeffer, Life As We Knew It

Friday, 31 July 2015 * You’ll thank us for a Friday night of gypsy jazz with Velvet Caravan, playing at DEPARTMENT 7 EAST located on Broughton Street each Friday and Saturday night. Or, head to the ball field to watch the New York Mets’ minor league farm club, the Savannah Sand Gnats, playing baseball at historic Grayton Stadium, July 30 -31. Earlier in the day, at 3:00 p.m. hop on board the air conditioned Savannah Movie Tour shuttle to check out the Savannah spots that capture Hollywood’s fascinations. Magic Mike Sequel (2014), The SpongeBob Movie 2 (2013; Paramount Pictures) and CBGB (2012; Unclaimed Freight Production) recently filmed in Savannah. Forrest Gump, starring Tom Hanks (1993; Paramount Pictures) is a favorite among a long list of  filmography in the City of Savannah, Georgia USA.

“Full moon is a good fisherman; every eyes are easily caught in his net!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan

Saturday, 29 August 2015 * 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning, join the local bicycle groups for a Coffee shop ride: “4 different groups, 30 miles moderate, 40 miles by 20 mph, 47 moderate fast, 47 miles just hard & fast”. Meet at Gallery Espresso located on Bull Street and Perry Lane, Chippewa Square. Click for more info from Bicycle Link Get out to see the New York Mets’ minor league farm club, the Savannah Sand Gnats, playing at historic Grayton Stadium, August 29 -31.  Or, head to DEPARTMENT 7 EAST to dine and listen to gypsy jazz by Velvet Carvan‘s solo pianist, Jared Hall. 

“Summer ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night.” ― Hal Borland

Monday, 28 September 2015 * Arrive a few days early for the Savannah Jazz Festival — September 20-26, 2015. Most concerts are free and under the moon and stars!

“She used to tell me that a full moon was when mysterious things happen and wishes come true.” ― Shannon A. Thompson, November Snow

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 * On October 27, 1916, the first published reference to “jazz” appeared (Variety). Even on this Tuesday night in 2015, there is likely to be jazz playing somewhere in downtown Savannah, including Jazz’d Tapas Bar near Ellis Square. 

“The moon is friend for the lonesome to talk to.”– Carl Sandburg

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 * Join the Savannah locals in a Wednesday night bike ride from Bicycle Link (Victory Drive): “35 miles out to Pooler and back, average pace 20 mph. Hang out and socialize afterwards.”

“The moon was reigning over their world, glowing its full splendor to all those willing to look up.”― Irina Serban, Full Circle

Friday, 25 December 2015 * Christmas Day! Walk to hear the music and rejoicing in downtown Savannah’s historic churches, which dot the National Landmark Historic District. Many churches will open their doors for Christmas Eve celebrations also.

“I wanted to create a voyage to the moon just for her, but what I
should have given her was a real journey on earth.” — Mathias Malzieu, La Mécanique du cœur

Copyright 2014 Green Palm Inn, Savannah GA. (Updated April 29, 2015)

End of the Day Intermissions in Savannah GA: Relaxing Holiday Break Ideas 18 Mar 2015, 1:11 pm

SAVANNAH, Georgia — Slip away from the crowds. Suspend frantic demands. Take a digital recess. Savannah has many sweet spots to get away from the clamor and rediscover calm.  Green Palm Inn bed and breakfast is your first stop.

A Foodie’s bucket list includes Green Palm Inn bed and breakfast in Savannah GA USA

The popular Green Palm Inn suggests even more ways to wind down at the end of day in beautiful Savannah, before adjourning to a cozy bed for your traveling work day, vacation, or holiday evening.

Located in beautiful downtown Savannah’s historic district, this cozy cottage inn is where the attentive innkeeper, Diane Crews, will conjure up ideas to meet the interests of her bed and breakfast guests. She’s eager for each one to savor a contented, “Softer Side of Savannah”.

Down time might include nature walks, quiet or romantic nooks, and extraordinary places to soft pedal and breath easy at the end of the day in this slow-paced “Hostess City of the South”. What easy to do? An evening stroll along the river walk or passing through Savannah’s park squares, the salty breeze along Tybee Island beach, a sunset cruise discovering shrimp boats in dock, or a secret place for a late night dessert or nightcap.

“Don’t wait for spare time”, Diane adds. “I hear from people from across the world, in different walks of like, just how important the little lulls for downtime and silence are.”

Copyright 2015 Green Palm Inn

Once Upon A Time, Still! in Savannah, Georgia says Green Palm Inn 17 Mar 2015, 6:43 am

SAVANNAH Georgia (Update March 17, 2015) — Two replica tall ships from Christopher Columbus’s fleet of three  — The Pinta and The Nina – arrive on the Savannah River waterfront soon! Ship tours through the history-centric maritime vessels will happen March 24-29, 2015.

Now, isn’t that a wonderful “Once Upon A Time, Still!” moment?!

In Savannah’s famed National Landmark Historic District, day and night, horse carriage rides are available for tours and special occasion transportation.  Certainly, that picturesque scene would be the kind of moment which has lived through generations and ages!

We’re happy to say that Savannah lodging where your aunt-like innkeeper prepares a sailor’s-worthy breakfast here at Green Palm Inn’s cottage B&B is a “Once Upon a Time, Still!” spot as well.

A stroll on the waterfront, alone or hand in hand, would also typify how Savannah keeps the past so vibrant and meaningful in modern-day society.  “Once Upon A Time, Still!” could easily exemplify Savannah, Georgia‘s way of life.

Once upon a time ‘please’ and ‘thank you’, ‘yes, M’am’ and ‘yes, Sir’ were the cultural norms in polite society. In Savannah, those basic friendly gestures accompany a smile and nod of ‘hello’ to passing strangers.

Where else are these “Once Upon A Time, Still!” places in Savannah?

Homemade ice cream at the family-0wned and operated Leopold’s Ice Cream on Broughton Street. Days of fun that include volleyball and boiled peanuts on Tybee Island beach, and stopping to dine on fresh-off-the-boat fish and shrimp at Coco’s Sunset Grille on Lazaretta Creek bring flashbacks to in vogue times in and near Savannah.

If you have heard the tales of seafood served on newspaper, and you want that “Once Upon A Time, Still!” experience, we recommend Desposito’s Seafood Restaurant on the Wilmington River, near the Thunderbolt Bridge.  The always-casual, family-owned seafood dive is featured and recommended by Southern Living magazine also.

“Once Upon A Time, Still!” happens each springtime with the arrival of Savannah’s wonderland of azalea blossoms. Tourists swarm city sidewalks, too, in search of 19th Century homes and manicured southern gardens featured on the The Savannah Tour of Homes and Garden. The tour’s tagline says it all — “Opening doors since 1935.”

Get away when you can. We think you will adore the pleasantries and laughter of Green Palm Inn as your first stop on your modern-day “Once Upon A Time, Still!” adventures in Savannah, Georgia USA.

ABOUT GREEN PALM INN
Innkeeper/co-owner Diane McCray touts Green Palm Inn (circa 1897) as “The Softer Side of Savannah”. Originally sea captain cottages, the four-room Gingerbread Classic B&B shares cottage-inn comforts in the quiet of Greene Square’s residential neighborhood in the National Landmark Historic District. Fodor’s guide calls Green Palm Inn a “pleasing little discovery” and “a little gem of an inn”. BedandBreakfast.com named the cottage B&B a top pick for a holiday trip – “Top 10 B&Bs for the Holidays, 2011″. For more information: GreenPalmInn.com; Email GreenPalmInn@aol.com, telephone toll free in USA 888/606-9510, local and international 912/447-8901, 548 East President Street, Savannah, GA USA 31401. Twitter @GreenPalmInn, Facebook, and Pinterest.

Copyright © 2014-2015 Sandy Traub / Green Palm Inn

O’Hara’s Irish Dessert Menu Inspired by “Gone With the Wind”: B&B St Patrick’s Day Food in Savannah GA 2 Mar 2015, 5:27 am

Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Irish heritage dinner (a USA lunch) at Green Palm Inn’s cottage B&B

SAVANNAH Georgia USA–  Bells of Ireland dress the table of Green Palm Inn when the top-pick  bed and breakfast cottage serves up its hearty Irish food from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, pleasing lodging guests at the inn’s 2015 St. Patrick’s Day party in Savannah, GA.

Eager to extend an Irish heritage-centered welcome for her 2015 celebration, bed and breakfast innkeeper Diane Crews chased down some of the less talked about fare of Ireland. She gives her nod to the sometimes forgotten coastal foods with Poached Salmon, and the farm-to-table foods with Leek Bacon Potato Soup, Kerrygold’s recipe for Pear and Dried Cranberry Chutney, and sauerkraut with green pepper and pimento chutney.

Adding more to the cottage inn’s hearty Irish dinner party menu are her ‘market plates’, overflowing with Irish cheese — blue stilton cheese,  Murray’s Irish Cheddar, Kerrygold® Blarney Castle (gouda style), Kerrygold Aged Cheddar, and Kerrygold Aged Cheddar with Irish Whiskey –  Kerrygold Irish butter, Irish Banger Sausage (from The Fresh Market), top round corned beef (sliced), smokehouse ham (sliced), pork loin marinated in garlic and honey mustard, plus 12-grain pumpernickel and Irish raisin soda breads, and Harvest course ground mustard.

St Patrick’s Day Irish food at Green Palm Inn bed and breakfast in Savannah GA USA, a complimentary surprise for lodging guests.

Then, for desserts, beyond Pistachio Bread and Peach Pie with Cheddar, there are more surprises for the popular inn’s March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day guests.

In this final year of the Civil War Sesquicentennial (2011-2015), the devoted foodie serves up delicious sweets, cobbled with her robust applause to the literary Irish of Georgia, set in the USA Civil War era. Yes, a Chocolate Layer Cake takes center stage with White Chocolate Mouse with Raspberries, and Champagne Pound Cake Muffin Tops for her three variations to the O’Hara’s “Gone With the Wind” inspired desserts for her Irish dinner.  [Side Note: In the United States, that would be lunch.]

“And three desserts, so everyone might have his choice, chocolate layer cake, vanilla blanc mange and pound cake topped with sweet whipped cream….” — “Gone With The Wind” by Margaret Mitchell

Another surprise is the wine. “Many of our lodging guests prefer wine to beer, even on St. Patrick’s Day,” reports the Diane.  “Emmet’s Irish Cream, plus red and sparkling white wines complement the Irish fare deliciously.”

The literary foods from Tara, the plantation of Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone with the Wind” epic novel, open a reminder to the O’Hara’s roots in Savannah, Georgia, where Gerald O’Hara immigrated with his merchant brothers and met his bride. “Gerald relished the thought of becoming a planter and gave his mostly wilderness and uncultivated new lands the grandiose name of Tara after the Hill of Tara, once the capital of the High King of ancient Ireland.” (Wikipedia)

FROM WHERE DID THE IRISH “GONE WITH THE WIND” IDEA COME?

Talking about “the old days, and the meals of the old days”,  the O’Hara dessert menu was an idea that jumped off the page, posted by author Suanne Laquer: “Tuesdays Great Literary Eats: Gone With the Wind“.

The food of “Gone With the Wind” a wonderful blend of the Irish O’Hara’s (who first immigrated to Savannah) and the foods of the American South. “Without knowing of Scarlett’s mother’s ancestry before my selection of a pound cake, Katie Scarlett O’Hara’s mother was of French decent. Maybe the Champagne Pound Cake with a Champagne Glaze was inspired!” Diane shares with her winning smile.

From Chapter XXV, Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell, Macmillan & Co, New York, 1936:

“Beyond Tara was the war and the world.  But on the plantation the war and the world did not exist except as memories which must be fought back when they rushed to mind in moments of exhaustion.  The world outside receded before the demands of empty and half-empty stomachs and life resolved itself into two related thoughts, food and how to get it.

Food!  Food!  Why did the stomach have a longer memory than the mind?  Scarlett could banish heartbreak but not hunger and each morning as she lay half asleep, before memory brought back to her mind war and hunger, she curled drowsily expecting the sweet smells of bacon frying and rolls baking.  And each morning she sniffed so hard to really smell the food she woke herself up.

There were apples, yams, peanuts and milk on the table at Tara but never enough of even this primitive fare.  At the sight of them, three times a day, her memory would rush back to the old days, the meals of the old days, the candle-lit table and the food perfuming the air.

How careless they had been of food then, what prodigal waste!  Rolls, corn muffins, biscuit and waffles, dripping butter, all at one meal.  Ham at one end of the table and fried chicken at the other, collards swimming richly in pot liquor iridescent with grease, snap beans in mountains on brightly flowered porcelain, fried squash, stewed okra, carrots in cream sauce thick enough to cut.  And three desserts, so everyone might have his choice, chocolate layer cake, vanilla blanc mange and pound cake topped with sweet whipped cream.  The memory of those savory meals had the power to bring tears to her eyes as death and war had failed to do, had the power to turn her ever-gnawing stomach from rumbling emptiness to nausea.  For the appetite Mammy had always deplored, the healthy appetite of a nineteen-year-old-girl, now was increased fourfold by the hard and unremitting labor she had never known before.”

From the Savannah innkeepers at Green Palm Inn, we extend “A Hundred Thousand Welcomes”, “C’ead Mile Failte” in Gaelic, for St. Patrick’s Day 2015 and every day!

Copyright © 2015 Green Palm Inn.

Dreamy Neighborhood Spots! Top-Choice Savannah Places 27 Jan 2015, 1:10 pm

SAVANNAH Georgia — Remember the nostalgic, heavenly times of visiting in your favorite aunt’s charming home, feasting on favorite family recipes, shopping in neighborhood boutiques, and stopping into the little cafe or bakery on the corner to savor a specialty of the house?

Savannah delivers up crazy-enchanting to handsomely welcoming neighborhood experiences, much like those you remember … or dream about! The swoon-worthy, Gingerbread cottage of Green Palm Inn on Greene Square in the historic district would be your first stop!

Innkeeper, storyteller, baker, and everyone-favorite-aunt Diane McCray is eager to lace the little neighborhood places into her top-pick inn’s suggestions to immerse lodging guests into the Savannah local scene.

Think of the fun of slipping away to hear and cheer on a hometown lad … like the wildly popular Savannah Bee Company (104 West Broughton Street) founder, Ted Dennard talking at Cohen’s Retreat (February 18, 2015; 11 a.m.-12 p.m.) or stop into the Broughton Street or River Street stores for bee honey tastings.

Get away to Savannah with love … of charming little neighborhood places! Here we share another handful of our favorite spots, chosen carefully for their long-lasting appeal and devotion to excellence. Consistently, many of the inn’s guests return to our top-pick B&B raving about these favorite Savannah neighborhood places.

Mosey into Byrd’s Famous Cookies‘s City Market location (213 West St. Julian Street). Taste the bounty of famous hometown cookie flavors from Scotch Oatmeal to Key Lime Coolers to Cheddar Pecan Biscuits … and more!

 

Ready to get carried away to another neighborhood stop downtown, nearby?

Jen’s and Friends (34 Bull Street near Johnson Square). During happy hour and weekends you’ll find the locals here. No wonder! The slogan is “Enter as strangers, leave as friends.” Cocktails are the specialty in this “Home of 200 martinis and 200 beers”.  This is one don’t miss spot that Diane takes her personal out of town friends!

Olde Pink House Restaurant (23 Abercorn Street overlooking Reynolds Square). Built in 1771 and touted as the best restaurant in Georgia recently, The Olde Pink House is steeped in southern cuisine, history and Savannah style. Diane likes to sneak away to a casual, white-tablecloth lunch here. In winter the warm fireplaces make this intimate, sophisticated neighborhood place especially cozy. Small rooms add to the charming ambiance. In springtime, dine outside at Arches bar. A lunch or dinner to remember, even when you dine in the Planters Tavern, downstairs. Tip: Don’t miss the She Crab Soup any time of year!

Leopold’s Ice Cream (212 East Broughton Street). Recently featured in Explore Georgia’s Culinary Explorer video, you can sense for yourself the hometown welcome that owner Stratton Leopold exudes.  From handmade chocolate hot fudge sauce to family ice cream favorites, this would be one of a handful of neighborhood spots that exemplifies traditional Savannah’s popular neighborhood spots. You’ll be impressed, too, to find Mr. Leopold dipping ice cream, like your favorite uncle might do, even though he’s a famous Hollywood producer! You’ll discover some of Stratton’s movie poster collection, plus family and friends celebrated on the walls. A working jukebox plays nostalgic mid-century tunes for a dime!

Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room (107 West Jones Street). Originally a boarding house diner, the family welcome and southern fare are unbeatable in the small restaurant nestled in the heart of the Savannah historic district. Diners enjoy the ‘pass the fried chicken’ friendly informality of the Mrs. Wilkes’ large tables-for-ten shared by strangers. The tradition of prayer before the meal was set by the late Mrs. Wilkes, and it continues Monday-Friday still by her granddaughter and great grandson.

Located on Madison Square, E. Shaver, Bookseller is the epitome of the beloved, neighborhood bookstore in the Savannah historic district.  If you saw the movie “You’ve Got Mail” (1998) starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, “The Shop Around the Corner” will give you a glimpse into the charm of the independent bookstore whose staff are all avid book readers and book collectors in downtown Savannah, GA.

Worth the short drive from downtown, we offer two more uber local recommendations.

Green Truck Pub‘s “casual neighborhood burgers” (2430 Habersham Street, Tuesday – Saturday) has earned a long list of accolades from the likes of Garden & Gun magazine’s “Best Southern Burger Spots”. Yet, it still feels like and is one of the neighborhood hot spots for foodies! “We do simple food the hard way — by hand making everything from ketchup and pimento cheese to salad dressing and veggie patties.” (Source: GreenTruckPub.com)

Back in the Day Bakery (2403 Bull Street, closed Sunday and Monday). Famous for the bakery’s hand made specialties, “Slow Down and Taste the Sweet Life” is the motto of Griffin and Cheryl Day.  The drool-worthy menu offers the perfect spot to pick up a last minute picnic lunch before heading east to Tybee Island, Georgia for a day at the beach. Tybee is only 20 minutes away! Tips: Our lunch favorites are Pimento and the Pig sandwich, Cheryl’s Brownies, rustic artisan Ciabatta Bread, and Banana Pudding.Pick up a signed copy of The Back In the Day Cookbook, featured on the New York Times Best Seller list! Tip: A new cookbook, Back In the Day Bakery Made With Love is due out in March 2015.

When you’re ready to get carried away to Savannah’s charming little neighborhood places,  of course, we’d love for you to stay at our top-rated Green Palm Inn — cozy and fun-loving on Greene Square in the historic district — the “Softer Side of Savannah”.™ Toll free (USA and Canada) 888-606-9510; local 912.447.8901. Email GreenPalmInn@aol.com

Copyright © 2015 Green Palm Inn. “To Savannah GA With Love!” and “To Savannah With Love” are copyright marketing campaign(s) of Green Palm Inn and may not be used without written permission from the owner.

For the Love of No-Snow Winter Vacation Outdoors: To Savannah GA With Love! 21 Nov 2014, 3:39 pm

SAVANNAH Georgia — Winter begins December 21, 2014 in Savannah, GA.  For those with forever-young attitudes and love the outdoors with no snow, you might ask “Where are the ‘there’ places in or near Savannah GA to enjoy the outdoors?”

Green Palm Inn‘s own Diane Crews points to her favorite outdoors attractions.  To take the Savannah outdoors, in short, Diane suggests to “Run, eat, and tour!”

1. Run! Runners adore Savannah. Diane sends running enthusiasts to the Savannah River, Forsyth Park, or Fort Pulaski for good running in Savannah.  “It’s a gentle run early in the morning from Green Palm Inn to Forsyth Park or along  the Savannah riverfront. It’s an added bonus to witness the international port activity of tugboats active along the waterway or international ships, entering or departing the Port of Savannah. Runners seem to love the extra challenge of running up and down the river bluff’s ballast stones (cobblestones); however the river walk itself it flat, smooth brick.”

Running ladies and couples, get away to Savannah GA for the Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon running event, March 28, 2015!

2. Eat! Take along a picnic lunch.  After a big breakfast at Green Palm Inn, you’ll want a light lunch. Plus, your off-the-beaten path adventures can be non-stop, undisturbed when you have some of  the best eats in Savannah tucked into your own ready-to-feast-anytime cooler.  Diane recommends you stop in for coffee, espresso or a hot chocolate steamer, then pick up a freshly made take-out for your Savannah picnic lunch to-go from Wright Square Cafe, Leopold’s Ice Cream, or The Collins Quarter‘s farm-to-table options.

3. Tour! Fort Pulaski National Monument, or “Experience three centuries in two hours in one place — Colonial Wormsloe!” In December 2014, take in the Wormsloe Lecture Seriesand Colonial Christmas at Wormsloe, Georgia oldest plantation, now a Georgia State Park.

In addition to walking / hiking trails, bird watching, and Cockspur Island Lighthouse, the Candle Lantern Tour at Fort Pulaski each December is a highlight.

This year the evening Confederate Nog Party tour at Fort Pulaski is December 19-20, 2014. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended.

Wish you had more ideas? Diane is a whiz for tailoring her recommendations to each guest’s likes. Meanwhile, we’ll add a few more tips here.  Skidaway Island State Park features a Luminary Night with Santa (Saturday, December 13, 2014).  The Tybee Island Polar Plunge is January 1, 2014, and benefits the restoration of the historic Tybee Theatre, once part of the Fort Screven Army base on Tybee Island, GA.

We think you’ll be saying, “To Savannah with love … of outdoors!” when you choose your Savannah lodging at Green Palm Inn and Diane’s local assistance about the best things to do and best places to see and go!

Of course, we’d love for you to stay at our top-rated Green Palm Inn, cozy and fun-loving on Greene Square in the historic district — the “Softer Side of Savannah”.™  Toll free (USA and Canada) 888-606-9510; local 912.447.8901. Email GreenPalmInn@aol.com

Copyright © 2014 Green Palm Inn. “To Savannah GA With Love!” and “To Savannah With Love” are copyright marketing campaign(s) of Green Palm Inn and may not be used without written permission from the owner.

Jolly Savannah Deal & Warm Winter Vacation: Sub Tropical Savannah GA — 32° 5′N 81° 5′W 31 Oct 2014, 4:13 am

SAVANNAH Georgia — When Old Man Winter travels to Savannah — America’s most beautiful city — we think he gets his welcome reprieve: no snow!

Savannah B&B inn hostess Diane McCray is ready for Christmas in Savannah GA USA.

Wondering Why? Look at the distance from Savannah, Georgia to …

North Pole: 4,004 miles
Equator: 2,211 miles
South Pole: 8,427 miles

Yes, our southern USA city is subtropical — 32° 5′N 81° 5′W!

Shopping tip: We love the custom pillows from #Savannah artist, Lane Shorkey Huerta — at LoveLane on etsy!

Even in winter, there are BIG unchangeables in our “jolly, little, Savannah”.  This is only a sampling of what tops the list of popular reasons to visit this southern city any time of year.

“Jolly, friendly, little Savannah” … in Winter

It was William Makepeace Thackeray who wrote of “… jolly, friendly, little Savannah”, recorded in “The works of William Makepeace Thackeray, Volume 10“.

Wanderlust travelers may appreciate little Green Palm Inn’s last minute winter deal.

 A Savannah Holiday on a Budget! 4-Nights, January 4 – January 29, 2015 Deal … Book Green Palm Inn’s Sabal Palm or Royal Palm suites for 3 nights, and get the 4th night free, Sunday through Thursday. Normal rate- $199 plus tax per night; $149.25 plus tax per night with deal! Valid January 4 – January 29, 2015 stay only, and may not be combined with any other discount or package. Call 912-447-8901 or Toll Free (USA and Canada) 888/606-9510.

Savannah has the world’s longest avenue of Live Oak Trees at the famous Wormsloe Plantation’s historical site, now a Georgia State Park.

Places and stories we like that depict Savannah’s beauty-packed, subtropical winter follow.- The artisan ironwork, as seen in William Mahan’s photo, “Grillwork

- It is said that Gracie’s tombstone in Bonaventure Cemetery is warm in winter. “She’s Savannah” we read in the beautifully written “Bonaventure: Heaven’s Playground“. “Gracie suddenly seemed to me the reigning child; princess of ‘Heaven’s Playground’.” — Source: TwistedSouth.com

- Don Shultz’s Yankee vantage point is a good read in his “Deep in the Heart of Dixie“, describing his visit to Savannah, still considered the Old South.-The “Savannah at Sunrise“, photographed by Bob B. [more here]

- “A fine dull morning” in Savannah is captured by Glenn: “A pretty woman sat on the bench of the square. Bright light came through the trees, leaving the meadow fresh and shining.  She may not have noticed me, on the cold winter morning at Savannah’s beautiful square. I kept thinking the warmth of the sun by looking at the red finger lit by the light.”

- Dick Keely’s picture of “Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger)” taken on Tybee Island beach near Savannah reminds us of the seabirds and migrating birds that fly the Atlantic Ocean migration path for breeding and winter migration.

- Jeff Cochran’s “Savannah Nights” photos capture the ambiance of Savannah’s Old South, in winter.  Here he shares a history of Savannah that includes vintage photographs and postcards — things you’re too late to see in person.

- Jim Simpson’s “Savannah Winter, 2006” photos accurately capture the city greenery and blooming flowers.

 Savannah’s climate is classified as humid subtropical (Köppen Cfa). In the Deep South this climate is characterized by long and almost tropical summers, with temperatures reaching freezing on only 24 days in the winter (and with rare snowfall). Due to its proximity to the Atlantic coast, Savannah rarely experiences temperatures as extreme as those in Georgia’s interior…. As the city is south of the snow line, it rarely receives snow in winter. Occasional Arctic cold fronts in winter can push nighttime temperatures as low as 25 °F (−4 °C), but rarely further than that. – Source: Wikipedia Savannah, Georgia

Green Palm Inn has last minute vacation deals that require very little vacation planning.  Even locations farthest away from Savannah, like Perth Australia‘s 11,456 miles, can arrive easily to this Georgia Coast vacation destination via direct airline routes – Australia – Dallas/Fort Worth – Savannah!

Get away this winter to Savannah, Georgia … and Green Palm Inn! 

P.S. Curious about other cities around Savannah’s north latitude?

  • Shanghai, China
  • Amman, Jordan
  • Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.
  • Jerusalem, Israel
  • Lahore, Pakistan

Savannah Bird Sanctuary and Christmas Count: Birding in Savannah GA 1 Oct 2014, 5:02 am

SAVANNAH, Georgia (January 1, 2014; updated November 1, 2014) — Green Palm Inn bed and breakfast thought field birding enthusiasts and bird watchers, particularly, would like to know that the City of Savannah is a bird sanctuary. (See Animal Ordinance below).

World War I and WWII story buffs might appreciate a reminder of the role of the messenger pigeons. Plus, there’s a New Year’s Day food twist as well amid the “pigeon” stories.

In downtown Savannah, bed and breakfast lodging guests are likely to awake to the sounds of sweet birds singing year around.  The bird that often comes first to mind in Savannah is the pigeon — confident and cooing.

The 115th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count will take place December 14, 2014 to January 5, 2015.  The longest running Citizen Science survey in the world, Christmas Bird Count provides critical data on population trends.

We invite you to bed down [or nest in] with us at Green Palm Inn. Our Old South lodging rooms are far bigger than pigeon holes. :: smile ::  We hope you’ll enjoy this wink and a nod using history, heritage, and nature to talk about pigeons — our fine feathered friends of nature in Savannah.  We like them! Below are introductions to a couple of Savannah birding tours. So, for the love of sharing fun tales, let’s talk pigeon for a few minutes.

** No, we don’t mean the “pigeon-talk or pigeon-English” — the combination of English, Portuguese, and Chinese, used in business transactions in “The Flowery Empire.” Example?  “The traders care nothing for the Chinese language, and are content to carry on their business transactions in a hideous jargon called “pigeon English.”—The Times. Source: Bartleby.com

Stroll or run in Forsyth Park and you’re likely to see locals and tourists with small bags of bread crumbs or bird seed, sharing with the pigeons, eager for a photo opportunity with the urban forest birds.

What about feeding the birds, especially in winter?

Audubon.org answers,”…if there is a bad snow or ice storm and natural food is buried for a period of time.  In that event, the seed you put out could be life-saving for some birds.  Some people choose to only feed in winter, but others feed year-round to attract them closer to enjoy them up close.”

Is the Pigeon a Dove?

The feral pigeons and the white dove are both “descended from the blue rock pigeon (Columba Livia), which is found in the wild everywhere in the world except at the polar icecaps”. Source: The Pigeon in History by Dr. Jean Hansel

During the Christmas season we hear and speak more admiringly about the dove, the symbol of peace. Usually, its depicted as a white dove, especially in biblical stories of Noah, recounting the important dove, sent to discover if the floods had receded. It ultimately returns with an olive tree twig to the ark.

Did you know? Today racing pigeons is a serious hobby. So is pigeon photography, as seen in beautiful photos by David Stephenson.  Have you seen the aerial photography recently that is being done by remote control camera? As early as 1901, pigeons were strapped with camera for pigeon photography.

Franco British carrier pigeons shuttled critical communications during World War I – Photo: National Library of Scotland

The Pigeon in History 

Dr. Jean Hansell writes, “No other bird has had such close links with man, nor been useful to him in so many ways. Over the centuries the pigeon has served him as symbol, sacrifice, source of food and, not least, as a messenger, both sacred and secular….” Source: The Pigeon in History

Certainly homing pigeons, used in World War I, World War II and the Gulf War, always knew how to fly home. Pigeon houses in France were torn down during World War I, because they were a sign of affluence.

Cber Ami is the most famous of World War I pigeons, inspiring June 13 annually as “International Pigeon Day”.  Cher Ami died of his multiple war wounds on June 13, 1919 — less than a year after he had completed his service to the United States Army Signal Corps.  Upon his death a taxidermist preserved the small pigeon for future generations, a bird with a story that became an inspiration to millions over the years. Today, visitors to the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. can still see Cher Ami, preserved for history alongside the French Croix de Guerre with palm that was awarded to him by the French government.

A pelican bird in Savannah ironwork at the home first occupied by Judge Robert M. Charlton (built 1853) on Monterey Square in downtown Savannah, Georgia USA.

Savannah birding tours are offered by Wilderness Southeast. Birding field trips  are available via the Ogeechee Audubon Society in Savannah.

By copy here, we invite “Birding the American Civil War: Savannah to Charleston” 2016 tour, sponsored by WINGS Birding Tours Worldwide, to stay with us and other romantic bed and breakfasts in Savannah during birding tours in Savannah, Georgia USA.

On November 2, 2013, someone submitted to Vox Populi in the Savannah Morning News this entry, in part: “Where have all Savannah’s pigeons gone? River Street, Forsyth Park and the squares downtown used to be full of pigeons….”

We at Green Palm Inn are looking for them too, as the weather warms. Let us know when you’re flying in or headed our way! Email greenpalminn@aol.com or telephone (912) 447-8901. Follow us on Twitter @GreenPalmInn.

Copyright © 2013 Green Palm Inn / Sandy Traub

City of Savannah, Animal Ordinance, Sec 9-5003. Protection Of Birds.
The entire area embraced within the corporate limits of the city is hereby designated as a bird sanctuary; and it shall be unlawful to trap, hunt, shoot or attempt to shoot or molest in any manner any bird or wild fowl or to rob bird nests or wild fowl nests in such sanctuary; provided, however, that if pigeons, starlings or similar birds are found to be congregating in such numbers in a particular locality that they constitute a nuisance or a menace to health or property in the opinion of the proper health authorities of the city, such health authorities shall meet with representatives of the Audubon Society, Bird Club, Garden Club or Humane Society, or as many of such clubs as are found to exist in the city, after having given at least three days actual notice of the time and place of such meeting to the representatives of the clubs. If, as a result of such meetings, no satisfactory alternative is found to abate such nuisance, then such birds may be destroyed in such numbers and in such manner as is deemed advisable by the health authorities, under the supervision of the police chief. (Code 1977, §9-5003)

P.S. Did you have your pigeon peas for New Years Day or Christmas?

“Pigeon Peas” for New Year’s Day or Christmas

In Barbados for Christmas they dine on Pigeon Peas (also Congo Peas) in a dish called ‘Doved’ Peas, similar to Hoppin’ John.

Like the pigeon peas, cow peas (aka black-eyed peas) are thought to have been introduced to America by African slaves who worked the rice plantations. Served on New Year’s Day in the American south, Hoppin’ John is a rich bean dish made of black-eyed peas simmered with spicy sausages, ham hocks, or fat pork, rice, tomato sauce, and served with white rice.

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An “Aha!” Moment in Savannah Sightseeing: “Fabulous, Small Things You Might Miss!” says Savannah Tourism Star at Green Palm Inn 24 Sep 2014, 7:26 pm

SAVANNAH, Georgia USA — Little surprises in Savannah, call them serendipity, are in plain view but too often missed by Savannah tourists, travelers, and locals.

Bishop’s Crook Lamp Posts are unique in #Savannah #Georgia’s National Landmark Historic District and in New York City NY | Photo © River North Photography

The Bishop’s Crook Lamp Post gives travelers one of those wonderful “Aha!” moments in Savannah, Georgia USA!

This Green Palm Inn post touts one more unique Savannah tip, hopefully a happy discovery for your own “Aha!” moment during your sightseeing walks in Savannah’s National Landmark Historic District downtown.

Uniquely prominent on the streets of New York City, New York, and Savannah, Georgia, are the decorative cast iron lamp posts known as “Bishop’s Crook Lamp Posts“. You’ll find them seemingly embossed into the scenery, stalwartly placed at least along Savannah’s Bull Street corridor.

“A number of ornamental arc lamp posts were designed [and installed]. The earliest of these, introduced around 1900, is the BISHOP’S CROOK, so ubiquitous it is almost a symbol of New York, though it was installed elsewhere in the U.S. (for example, in Savannah, Ga.).” Source: Historic Street Lamposts:  Boroughs of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. “The ‘Bishop’s Crook’ lamppost introduced electric lighting to New York City,” writes Shorpy Historic Picture Archive.

Bishop’s Crook Lamp Posts

Several of the prestigious lamp posts are around Wright Square (informally called ‘Courthouse Square’).

In the first photo (left above) the Bishop’s Crook Lamp Post is spotted along the sidewalk at the corner of President Street and Bull Street near the old yellow brick Chatham County Courthouse, now used for county administrative offices.

In downtown Savannah on Wright Square, the U.S. Federal Courthouse with Bishop’s Crook Lamp Posts along the sidewalk

Another prominent place to find the Bishop’s Crook Lamp Post is  alongside the Scottish Rite Building on Madison Square.  Without knowing the significance, you have probably seen the VisitSavannah.com photo often as an iconic symbol of historic Savannah.

Tip: Stop for lunch at the Gryphon Tea Room, Bull Street and Charlton Street, in the Scottish Rite building that overlooks Madison Square.

Yet another series of the Bishop’s Crook Lamp Posts are seen along the sidewalk of the Tomochichi Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, also overlooking Wright Square in Savannah, Georgia. (second photo left, above)

The Georgia Historical Society documents that the “Bull Street Improvement Project“, which was proposed by philanthropist Mills B. Lane IV (1942-2001) in 1989, replaced missing Bishop’s Crook Lamp Posts along Bull Street downtown.

Savannah this way! (TM) — What new introductions may we make for your next visit in Savannah, Georgia? Our Green Palm Inn’s innkeeper Diane Crews is a Savannah tourism star, a true Savannah insider who is happy to share unique Savannah tips!

More “Serendipity in Savannah” in Green Palm Inn’s post of April 2012.

Diane Crews, Innkeeper and cultural explorer
Green Palm Inn, a top-pick bed and breakfast cottage
548 East President Street, Savannah, GA USA 31401
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