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

 

Walking in Savannah GA’s Oak Urban Forest: America’s National Tree 25 Aug 2015, 3:46 pm

SAVANNAH Georgia — The Live Oak is the state tree of Georgia USA, and the Oak (of about 80 varieties) is the America’s National Tree.  In the night photograph of Forsyth Park (above), you will see how beautifully the Live Oak treetops frame the legendary Forsyth Park Fountain.

Ideal for a walking vacation, Savannah’s urban forest picturesque offers shade under the wide canopy of the hearty Live Oaks. Serving as nature’s picture mat frame, the Live Oak trees frame Savannah’s legendary attractions in the city-center downtown and beyond, as below in Chippewa Square at the Oglethorpe Monument.

Savannah video in progress under Chippewa Square‘s Live Oak trees in downtown Savannah GA’s urban forest in the southern USA city’s historic district.

“In 2004 the Arbor Day Foundation held a vote for the official National Tree of the United States of America. In November 2004, the United States Congress passed legislation designating the oak as America’s National Tree.” Source: Arbor Day Foundation

SAVANNAH, GEORGIA TREE HERITAGE

“The City of Savannah has a grand history as The Forest City. General James Oglethorpe founded the colony of Georgia in 1733. One of the first ordinances in the new colony was a prohibition against cutting trees, stating “No tree may be cut without the express permission of Noble Jones”. As early as 1891, trees were planted in an organized manner along streets and boulevards, and in parks and squares. In 1896, the Park and Tree Commission was established to assure the orderly forestation and beautification of the entire City….  Savannah has been recognized by the National Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA since 1985 ” City of Savannah, Park & Tree, Urban Forestry

In recent years arborists, tourists and residents have also the ”Monday Morning Mothers of the Earth” and Savannah Tree Foundation to thank. Three prominent Savannah women rallied support from like-minded citizens, each interested in the conservation and preservation of trees. Their tree focus and efforts began when bulldozers were destroying increasing numbers of the centuries-old Live Oak trees in the Savannah area.

Significant live oak trees in Savannah include those in the promenades in Bonaventure Cemetery, of which botanist John Muir wrote in Camping in the Tombs. From Significant Trees in Georgia, there is this list: the Laurel Oak in Colonial Cemetery, the Candler Oak on the corner of Drayton Street and Gaston Street (parking lot of the Savannah Law School), Lafayette Oak on the corner of Abercorn and President Streets (near Owens-Thomas House), Majestic Oak (pictured below) on Laroche Avenue on Majestic Oaks Circle, and Wormsloe Live Oaks — seen in many movies filmed in Savannah — located at the Wormsloe State Park on Skidaway Road near Isle of Hope.  Source: University of Georgia, Significant Trees of Georgia

A photo posted by Marcy Benson (@prosecoprincess) on Oct 26, 2014 at 6:53pm PDT

Note: We are surprised that Savannah’s live oaks are not listed on the National Register of Big Trees, maintained by AmericanForests.org or

Today, the City of Savannah’s Park and Tree Department plants three trees for every downed or removed tree.  When you walk through the downtown Savannah historic district and see a orange, public notice sign on a tree, it’s a public alert that the tree is scheduled for removal.

For the original six frigates of the United States Navy, Live oak [primarily from Saint Simons Island, Georgia USA] was used for framing as it was a strong, dense, and long-lasting wood weighing up to 75 lb per cubic foot (1,200 kg/m3) when freshly cut. The frigates were originally designated by the letters A through F until President George Washington selected five of the names: Constitution, United States, President, Constellation, and Congress. Secretary of the Navy, Benjamin Stoddert, named the Chesapeake. Source: Wikipedia

Get Away to Work and Play in Sub-tropical Savannah GA! 1 Aug 2015, 10:13 am

SAVANNAH Georgia –  Escape The Corporate Jungle! Get away to Savannah, Georgia for business mixed with leisure.

Yes, business executives, run away from the office cubicle! Green Palm Inn‘s business-savvy innkeeper will help you stay on budget while stretching the limits on leisure — even thinking outside the box and coloring outside the lines!

Even ladder-climbers realize that business travel can be uniquely stimulating rather than Dilbertly boring.

Long-lunching. Take in some influence of Savannah and plan a slow, unhurried lunch. It’s refreshing to miss the cafeteria lines and idle a while in conversation — business or otherwise! B. Tillman Restaurant and Bar at Byrd’s Cookie headquarters (6700 Waters Avenue, southside Savannah), or SoHo South Cafe (Liberty Street) are two places that come immediately to mind. Another favorite, serving the corps of tourists and business locals, is Betty Bomber’s All-American Eatery, featuring a World War II cafe vibe in the American Legion Post building on Bull Street near Forsyth Park.

Multi-tasking. If cooking, working and eating have appeal to you, we think you would enjoy stepping into a BIG gracious-living kitchen, participating in a cooking class with Chef Darin Sehnert at his newly opened cooking school. Formerly with Disney, Chef Darin launched the local 700 Kitchen’s Cooking School to be one of the highest rated things to do in Savannah!

Telecommuting. Redefine your place to work!  Ready with secure WiFi, Green Palm Inn’s cozy setting is quiet and private. Plus, home cooked breakfast is awaiting on the dining table each morning, desserts tempt from the sideboard, and pre-dinner wine hour is a nice surprise before your supper date at one of Savannah’s fine dining spots.

Learning a living. Get away to Savannah for workshops, seminars and retreats. Or, introduce your high school student to colleges and universities in Savannah, perhaps SCAD Summer Seminars.

Undertime. If you’re doing the job of two people or 3, you will mix personal time with work anyway. Do it in Savannah!  Our innkeeper offers personalized insider tips.

Efficient, enjoyable business and leisure can happen from Green Palm Inn every day.

Diane is brilliant to assist guests wanting to explore Savannah Your Way! ™  Simply share some of your interests — art, music, types of cuisine, outdoors, wine, architecture, history, genealogy, biking, road trips, and photography (you get the idea!). This gal, who will remind you of your favorite aunt, will pull out all the stops for her lodging guests to enjoy wonder-filled few days in Savannah.

When are you heading our way?

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

Savannah, Georgia USA: New Stories With Savannah River Surprise Connections 29 Jul 2015, 7:19 pm

SAVANNAH, Georgia — We enjoy Savannah, Georgia’s little surprises. And, we like sharing the new stories we discover!

When you visit Savannah, Green Palm Inn is a tourism star and THE champion of the Savannah’s little places and little Savannah surprises for every visit! Now you know!

For example, beyond the tall ships that dot the Savannah harbor and the historic city’s modern-day Rousakis Plaza and Savannah River walk, we like the little character-rich stories. Like these little connections to the Savannah River — sassafras, spider lilies, and Savannah Red Rice!

“If you live [or visit, we add!] in Georgia chances are you’ve been touched in some way by the Savannah River,” writes The Nature Conservancy.

Cahaba Lily (spider lily) native to the Savannah River | photo Hymenocallis coronaria (Cahaba Lily) from Wikipedia, public domain photo by Altairisfar

(1) The Nature Conservancy of Georgia describes the Savannah River Basin’s abundant diversity of life as rivaling that of a South American rain forest. The Savannah River Basin is home to more than 75 species of rare plants and animals, including the majestic swallow-tailed kite, the rocky shoals spider lily, and the wild cocoa tree. — Source: GARivers.org | The Savannah River is one of only four left in the southeast with significant populations of Hymenocallis coronaria, the Shoals spider-lily. *

(2) The low marshes along the Savannah River were converted into wild rice fields. “The Savannah settlement discovered that the marshlands around Savannah were ideal for the cultivation of a particular staple—rice. In the early years of the colony, rice plantations dotted the riverbanks and marshlands, whose waters, fed by the river and the tides, allowed for a rapid prosperity…. [Eighteenth century landowners used the tidal river to create vast rice plantations. Source: Nature.org] After the Revolutionary War, rice continued to be a major crop. But in 1793, at Catharine Greene’s plantation on the banks of the Savannah, just upstream from the city, Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin. In short order, cotton dominated the region completely.” Source: Georgia Encyclopedia. February 28, 1776, with a view to capturing the eleven rice laden ships at the Savannah wharves, the British vessels came up the river, and anchored at five fathoms. These vessels were the Scarborough, 20 guns; Tamer, 16 guns; Cherokee, 10 guns; Hinchenbrooke, 8 guns, with two transports, one mounting 16 guns.

Dine on Savannah Red Rice at Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room or Paula Deen’s Lady & Sons restaurant in downtown Savannah. Or, try your hand at this southern classic, featured in the Savannah Morning News, Savannah Red Rice. A dish with origins from African slaves, “It was even referred to as mulatto rice in the 1930s ‘The Savannah Cookbook.’” — Laura Binder | “My research shows that indeed Savannah red rice is an adaptation of a similar dish made all over West Africa called Jollof rice._” — “A Savannah Christmas Tradition”, foodasalens.com

(3) In the late sixteenth century, the French started the first European commerce on the Savannah, trading with the Indians for sassafras. Source: GARivers.org | Sassafras may have triggered the first naval battle on the river. In 1605 the Spanish, who claimed ownership of the New World territory, came upon a group of French traders on the river and defeated them in a bloody battle. Source: Georgia Encyclopedia

“Sassafras is a native plant to North America and was used by the Native Americans for various medicinal cures and a cooking spice (this was recorded as early as 1577).  The Choctaw Indians first used the dried ground leaves as a seasoning and thickener.  In 1578, Sir Walter Raleigh brought it back to England from the Virginia Colony.   The name “Sassafras”, applied by the Spanish botanist Monardes in the sixteenth century, is said to be a corruption of the Spanish word for “saxifrage” (a large plant genus).

In the early 17th century, English ships were sent to the colonies to collect Sassafras roots to use in the building of forts and other large structures.  These trips became known as the Great Sassafras Hunts.” Source: Bellarmine University

* Source: Markwith, Scott H.; Scanlon, Michael J. (May 11, 2006). “Multiscale analysis of Hymenocallis coronaria (Amaryllidaceae) genetic diversity, genetic structure, and gene movement under the influence of unidirectional stream flow”. American Journal of Botany. Botanical Society of America. via Wikipedia

Copyright 2015 Green Palm Inn

Mid-Summer Deal 2015! “Sunday PLUS 2″ Savannah GA Vacation Green Palm Inn 13 Jul 2015, 9:19 pm

SAVANNAH Georgia — Lodging at Green Palm Inn‘s cozy bed and breakfast in beautiful Savannah’s historic district is always a deal!

The deal gets even better for your Summer vacation 2015 when you book the top-rated inn’s “Sunday Plus 2″ deal → July 15 through August 18, 2015, get away to America’s most beautiful city for a Savannah mini summer vacation. Stay Sunday / Monday / Tuesday — three nights — at Green Palm Inn. You’ll get your Sunday night’s lodging at 50% off! This offer is based on availability, is not valid with any other deals, and is valid only for reservations made after July 13, 2015.

MISS THE CROWDS! TRY THESE MINI-VACATION IDEAS FOR THREE DAYS IN HISTORIC SAVANNAH — SUNDAY / MONDAY / TUESDAY. Innkeeper Diane Crews offers fresh ideas of what to do in Savannah to savor the city’s less busy days — Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON:  Buy tickets early for the Savannah Theatre‘s Sunday matineer musical. After teh show I would head to Cha Bella (near Green Palm Inn) for a nice quiet dinner — farm to table — and, relax after a long travel out on their patio with silent films shown on the restaurant patio wall. Or, if you want to continue the musical vibe, stroll over to Jazz’d for a funky musical night with tapas (shrimp and scallops or fried green tomatoes) southern style.

MONDAY MORNING: I would get up early in the am and walk/run to Forsyth Park through the squares on Bull Street — Wright, Chippewa, Madison and Monterey squares. Take in the year-around lush greenery and fabulous history found in each unique square. Or, I would head (walking or running) to the Savannah River Walk to see the harbor’s summer sunrise on the water. Return to Green Palm Inn for a wholesome, scrumptious breakfast.

Monday after breakfast I would head to the creeks or rivers to fish late morning and early afternoon — just enjoying being out on the water. I’d probably start at Bull River on Wilmington Island or Lazaretto Creek on Tybee Island.

Late lunch I would stop at Wiley’s Championship BBQ (mixed sliders with fried pickles are Diane’s favorites) or Flying Fish cafe for crab cakes. That evening I would beg Phil Sellers to do a walking tour with me. He tells fabulous back stories of Savannah and often he is able to get into the private home of one of Savannah’s many story-rich characters. After that tour I’d be at Leopold’s Ice Cream for a sandwich-and-a-chocolate-malt dinner!

Green Palm Inn’s hearty breakfast on Tuesday (and everyday!) will have your ready to walk through city to read and experience more of the downtown garden squares, the architecture, and Savannah’s notoriously friendly, southern welcome.

#savannahtheatre #savannah #visitsavannah

A photo posted by ladyspartan523 (@ladyspartan523) on Apr 16, 2015 at 5:58pm PDT

You will want an early, memorable dinner with either Alligator Soul or Noble Fare before, followed by a retro movie on the big screen or a live show at the historic Lucas Theatre. Yes, of course, we recommend more Leopold’s Ice Cream (maybe a root beer float or flavor of the month ice cream sundae) before heading back to the inn!

NO, THIS IS NOT A CANNED GETAWAY! SIMPLY IDEAS. 

Diane is brilliant to assist guests wanting to explore Savannah Your Way! ™  Simply share some of your interests — art, music, types of cuisine, outdoors, wine, architecture, history, genealogy, biking, road trips, and photography (you get the idea!). This gal, who will remind you of your favorite aunt, will pull out all the stops for her lodging guests to enjoy wonder-filled few days in Savannah.

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

Top Savannah Men’s Go-To Places That Spark Gratitude: Business Dining + Vacation Spots 5 Jun 2015, 8:19 pm

SAVANNAH Georgia — We believe taking a few days away in Savannah can afford a best-places vacation and enhance business travel. More summer vacation ideas include a Father’s Day gift, great anniversary gifts for men, celebration vacation, a birthday gift for men’s weekend, unusual men’s gift, or Valentine’s gift for him.

Why? In Savannah one can easily click into things men like to do — the manly fun, easy relaxation, and outdoor adventures — as well as trends like sight jogging, voluntary simplicity, slow food, tech-life balance, and even slow journalism.

Here are a few of our ideas for 10 Go-To Men’s Places and Things to Do in Savannah!

I am never clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious.– Albert Einstein

1. EAT AT MORE CASUAL, MANLY PLACES

Sly’s Sliders, Treylor Park, Leopold’s Ice Cream, The Collins, and Sandfly BBQ got big shout outs in the New York Times’ 36 Hours in Savannah feature (June 2015). (Our favorite BBQ ribs are Wiley’s Championship BBQ, 10 minutes from downtown Savannah just off Islands Expressway.) When we dined for lunch recently, some of Savannah’s Who’s Who Executives arrived to Sly’s Sliders in shorts and sock-less, as is the Savannah style fashion along with seersucker suits on Sunday. One can snag some movie-crew food dining at places like Starland Cafe who post catering credits for Dirty Grandpa, Magic Mike XXL, SpongeBob Movie 2) and TV’s Food Network.  Dine at Alligator Soul for smoked Hilbo Steak and premium brand liquors, like the Crown Royal Rye.  Years ago, Ben Affleck’s Porsche was spotted more than once at Tybee Island’s North Beach Grill. Betty Bombers American Grill has a World War II vibe, dished up with canteen-style burgers and fries.

  • GRATITUDE FACTOR: Be grateful for delicious, affordable food and atmosphere. And, “When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.” ~Chinese Proverb

2. TAKE A WALKING OR HAUNTED TOUR + A SELFIE.

The selfie of Zac Efron and his girlfriend document that they were taking a Savannah haunted tour.  Visit Johnson Square, where Sophia Vergara was spotted during the filming of Magic Mike XXL in Savannah.  After sundown last night we spotted three walking tours at once in Wright Square.

  • GRATITUDE FACTOR:  Be grateful for an afternoon rain that cools the air and for opportunities to splash in puddles, as you did as a boy. “My socks may not match, but my feet are always warm.” ~Maureen McCullough

Nightlife includes walking and haunted tours in downtown Savannah, GA | This is Wright Square with monument to William Gordon, railroad pioneer.

3.  MEN, LEAVE THE RAZORS AT HOME!

Stop in for a mustache or beard trim or hair cut at The Barber Pole, where the peppermint pole still twirls brightly at night. Pick up new grooming accessories and fragrance products at Prospector Co. in Savannah. Scheduled for a its debut at Barney’s  Madison Avenue Flagship in New York City, the Savannah-based men’s shop made headlines in the New York Post: “Prospector Co. supplies the salves, creams and elixirs every man requires” (December 2014). Women love the products, too.

  • GRATITUDE FACTOR: Be grateful for finding new, little things — some of the simple indulgences to pamper oneself. “The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.” ~Eric Hoffer, Reflections On The Human Condition

4. CHECK OUT LEGENDARY MEN’S HATS. 

A few blocks from Green Palm Inn one can walk right into the Goorin Bros.’s men’s hat shop and buy a fedora, Italian flatcap, or Panama straw hat. Walk right around the corner to Ellis Square and you’ll spot a Fedora on the statue of Johnny Mercer, a Savannah native, co-founder of Capitol Records, and songwriter to tunes like Hooray to Hollywood, Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive, Days of Wine and Roses, and Moon River.

  • GRATITUDE FACTOR:  Be grateful for a first-hand opportunity to tap into granddad and dad’s era with modern day style! “Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don’t unravel.” ~Author Unknown

5. STOP IN FOR BEER TASTING

There is no shortage of beer spots in Savannah, a city with a pop culture of “to-go cups”. Stop in for beer tasting at the World of Beer, Moon River Brewery,  and The Distillery. Arrange a beer tasting tour at Coastal Empire Beer Company or Service Brewing Company and Southbound Brewing Co.  We have more recommendations for aspirational wine connoisseurs.

  • GRATITUDE FACTOR: Be grateful for wind-down, sociable atmospheres. “Two kinds of gratitude: The sudden kind we feel for what we take; the larger kind we feel for what we give.” ~Edwin Arlington Robinson. Consider buying a stranger a beer!

6. TAKE THE CELEBRATION GANG OUT FOR OYSTERS.

If you’re in town for a friends’ meet up or a bachelor party, dine on oysters at the newly opened Sorry Charlie’s. You cannot miss the neon sign on Congress Street at Ellis Square, downtown. Bernie’s Oyster House on River Street, and Coco’s at Lazoreto Creek on Tybee Island are two spots we think you enjoy.

  • GRATITUDE FACTOR:  Be especially grateful if you’re visiting Savannah during a month with an “R” — January, February, March, April, September, October, November, and December — when fresh oysters are in season.

A photo posted by Old City Walks (@walkpix1) on Mar 5, 2015 at 7:21pm PST

7. PAUSE FOR MUSIC OR STOP TO PRAY IN HISTORIC CHURCHES

Midday church chimes ring through the Bull Street corridor and squares. If you’re so inclined, pause to soak up the beauty on a park bench. Many downtown churches are open for visits, including the majestic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist on Lafayette Square.  Walking through Troop Square, you’ll see an historic marker near the Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, touting that the holiday tune Jingle Bells was written in Savannah by James Pierpont.

  • GRATITUDE FACTOR:  We’re grateful for inspirational places and people.

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

8. GET YOUR EXERCISE WITH SIGHT JOGGING OR WALKING

Enjoy the historic architecture, monuments to heroes, and village setting of Savannah while walking or running in the National Landmark Historic District. We know first hand and read that most travelers look for laid back and relaxing trips in 2015. While taking it easy, our guests also want to be healthy, get some exercise and enjoy this beautiful, walking city. Why is Georgia’s first city so popular for walking and running? Savannah features mostly flat terrain, until you run the annual bridge run, the ramps on the Savannah River bluff, or crisscross the metropolis running in the Rock N Roll Savannah Marathon (November 7-8, 2015)!

  • GRATITUDE FACTOR: We’re grateful for determination to stay active!

A photo posted by Corrine Hawes (@cohawes) on Dec 7, 2014 at 7:35pm PST

9. TAKE TO THE ATLANTIC OCEAN! Go fishing from Bull River Marina and then let the Flying Fish Restuarant cook up your catch. Go scuba diving at NOAA’s Grey Reef. Go surfing, kayaking, standup surfboarding, or parasailing off Tybee Island beach. Moonlit beach photography is popular in the dark sky and flat beach, a 20-minute drive from downtown Savannah.

  • GRATUTIDE FACTOR:  Somebody local will help you do something fun and new!

A photo posted by Dixie Fears (@fishinwithdixie) on Oct 27, 2014 at 5:16am PDT

10. ENJOY HOME STYLE HOSPITALITY

Diane Crews at Green Palm Inn takes pride in her manly breakfasts (crafted to avoid food allergies and dietary restrictions). “Executives tell me they love this bed and breakfast experience at Green Palm Inn, especially after so many nights at glass and steel, national brand hotel trips,” adds Diane.

  • GRATITUDE FACTOR: Be grateful for finding THE favorite-aunt model for your next big novel. She’s at Green Palm Inn.

Green Palm Inn for B&B’s 4th of July picnic in historic Savannah GA downtown — Greene Square.

Men, Green Palm Inn will help you to take more spontaneous trips here — the kind to stimulate gratitude — in beautiful, lively Savannah!

Ok, we’re busted! Recently, we’ve tapped into #gratitude research, a term tracked by WordSpy. So, we have added a GRATITUDE FACTOR for good measure in this post. We know really good people who advocate Gratitude Journals; and, to make it easy, we found an iPhone Gratitude ap ($1.99 via iTunes. Might be interesting to try a digital means of counting our blessings for a Savannah GA trip or any time. Just a thought.

ABOUT GREEN PALM INN
Innkeeper/co-owner Diane Crewes 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

Coconut Cake Waffles and White Mountain Icing Recipes 23 May 2015, 6:32 am

Passed down, southern recipes from the +3500 Anna Shuman Connor Heritage Recipe Collection©

Coconut Cake Waffles
From our friend, retired marketing executive Sandy Traub, who shares this old family recipe from her mother’s hobby collection, Anna Shuman Connor Heritage Recipe Collection™.  Sandy adds tips and names brands for baking this recipe in May 2015. 

  • 1/2 cup shortening (We used Amish butter, room temperature.***)
  • 1/2 cup sugar (We used Dixie Crystal® granulated sugar.)
  • 1 egg, unbeaten (Use farm fresh egg, if available)
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract (We used 1 teaspoon McCormicks® Pure Lemon Extract.)
  • 1 1/2 cups sifted cake flour *Tip below if using all purpose flour.
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (We used about 1/8 t.)
  • 1 cup milk (We used whole organic. We may try coconut milk next time!)
  • 1 cup shredded coconut (We used 100% Organic Coconut Flakes, unsweetened)

Place shortening [or butter], sugar, egg, and lemon extract in small mixing bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping sides and bottom of bowl with rubber scraper, until fluffy (about 2 minutes). Sift flour*, baking powder, and salt together. Working quickly, add flour and milk alternately while beating at low speed for 2 minutes, scraping sides and bottom of bowll with rubber scraper. Stir in coconut. Preheat waffle baker** at a medium position. Using 1 cup batter, spread evenly over waffle grids. Bake until light goes out. Bake remaining batter. Cool waffles. Cut in pieces and serve as cookies or cut into sections and serve with ice cream and fresh or frozen and thawed fruit. Makes three 4-section waffles.

*Tip: If you have all purpose flower, simply measure 1 cup, scoop out 1 Tablespoon of flour and add in its place 1 Tablespoon of corn starch to make cake flour substitute.
** We used a vintage Cuisinart® Waffle Dipper™ waffle maker for our summer picnic waffle sticks.

White Mountain Icing
This is a signature recipe for marshmallow-like frosting on Coconut Cakes and cupcakes made at Easter using Mrs. Connor’s 1-2-3-4 Pound Cake recipe. A real life World War II Rosie the Riverter, the late Anna Shuman Connor collected recipes as a hobby. The Anna Shuman Connor Heritage Recipe Collection contains roughly 3500 recipes collected over a 70-year span — 1920s through 1990s.

  • 1/2 cup sugar (We used Dixie Crystal® sugar)
  • 1/4 cup white corn syrup (We used Karo® Light Corn Syrup)
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Stir syrup, sugar and water in small sauce pan until well blended. Boil rapidly until 242-degrees on thermometer is reached. Stir very often to dissolve all sugar and prevent from burning. (The mixture will spin a long thread when lifting spoon from stirring the hot syrup.) In a glass bowl, beat egg whites until stiff; then, pour hot syrup slowly in steady stream (using medium speed electric mixer) into the beaten egg whites. Beat constantly with electric mixer until frosting stands in very stiff peaks. Blend in vanilla. Will fill and frost a 2-layer cake.**

** We used White Mountain Icing to frost our Coconut Cake Waffle Sticks, adding generous coconut flakes as puffy garnish atop the icing.
*** In caterer Susan Mason’s Coconut Cake, we read her recipe, which uses part shortening and part butter for cakes. We may try that next time!

From Anna Shuman Connor Recipe Collection © Copyright Sandy Traub. Green Palm Inn shares two recipes with permission here. Reprint, redistribution, or copying is prohibited.

Summer Get Away to Eat! Savannah GA Picnic Society Vibe for International Picnic Day and the Great American Picnic Day in June 22 May 2015, 8:33 pm

SAVANNAH Georgia –  We know more than a few local Savannahians who will be quick to tell you, “Savannah is a garden party town with an outdoor picnic society* vibe.”

Eager to live the privileged life … picnicking with an attitude of living the Savannah life for a few days with a backdrop of eye-catching views?

For travel pros, writing Savannah tips and top attraction highlights, diverse picnics are high on their short lists of “What to do in Savannah” also.  Check some unique picnic-friendly spot ideas near and in Savannah, Georgia that we accumulated from travel writers and blog posts: “Let me count the ways” (below) for summer, fall, winter, and spring spots.

Looking for new ideas and fresh incentives to picnic in Savannah? June 18 is International Picnic Day. June 27 (the last Saturday in June annually) is the Great American Picnic Day.

On request any day, our prize little B&B’s foodie innkeeper [think your favorite aunt], Diane Crews at the top-rated Green Palm Inn bed and breakfast, will assist lodging guests with amazing picnic ideas.

Consider this: Packing up the inn’s gourmand breakfast to go and heading out to Tybee Island for a beach picnic breakfast. Or, ask Diane to hook you up with all the fixin’s for a lunch picnic at Wormsloe Historic Site (Georgia’s oldest plantation) or a dinner picnic for a sunset cruise!

Savannah, Georgia’s biggest picnic of the year is sponsored by the City of Savannah — “Picnic in the Park“, October 4, 2015, beginning at 4:00 p.m. in Forsyth Park. The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra will be the featured musical performers.

Anyone getting away for a few days will enjoy the Savannah picnic experience — solo traveler, romantic getaway guests, or girlfriends on an escape-from-the-norm trip.

You’ll adore Savannah’s eye-catching, Old South city with sass — tasty in imaginative southern ways, showy in an historical sense, character-rich in memorable surprises, and splendid in nature-filled ways.

What’s on our Savannah Pick-Up-Sticks Summer Picnic Menu? (pictured)

Food on a stick made this summer picnic idea so easy and healthy! Caprese Salad on a stick, fresh local fruit on a stick (watermelon, cantaloupe and peaches), Low Country Boil on a stick (shrimp, corn on the cob, potato, and sausage), and southern fried chicken nuggets squired on bamboo toothpicks. Little Coconut Cake Waffle sticks, topped with White Mountain Icing, add to this outdoor mini-party a simple dessert laced with nostalgic pizzazz.

Our easy, finger dessert recipe came from retired marketing executive, Sandy Traub, who recently unpacked her late mother’s recipe collection.  Sandy relays, “My late mother’s recipe hobby (stored in my attic for over 16 years) is pretty close to the ‘Dirty Pages‘ project, featured in the New York Times. Except my collection of over 3500 recipes represents dreams of cooking new dishes to please our family. If I make to heaven I’ll be eager to tell my mother, Anna Shuman Connor (a real life Rosie the Riveter), that her dreams of trying new cooking ideas for our family and friends are finally happening … one generation later. Of course, once “Mema” learns she received a shout out posthumously, she will be flabbergasted.”

More of Savannah’s treasured temptations, passed down from one generation to another, can be in your picnic-to-go also from our local favorites — Back in the Day Bakery, Leopold’s Ice Cream Shop, and Smith Brothers Butchery Shop. 

Check our Savannah inn’s Pinterest board for more “Savannah Best Picnic Spots + Food” ideas.

Let me count the ways. Travel Pro Tips for Diverse Picnics in Savannah GA area –

  • Discover America and Annette Thompson writing in Southern Living magazine point to Forsyth Park for a picnic.
  • At least through the 2015 season baseball fans can take in a game featuring the New York Mets’s farm team, and a Picnic Packages to watch the Savannah Sand Gnats in historic Grayson Stadium, Daffin Park.
  • Chess players, get away for a picnic and lawn chess in Ellis Square, downtown Savannah.
  • Bird watchers will enjoy a picnic along the Colonial Coast Birding Trail at two Georgia State Parks.  Fort McAllister in Richmond Hill is just off Highway 17 along the Ogeechee River (near Henry Ford’s southern plantation) just south of Savannah. Also east of Savannah, at Skidaway Island State Park picnic shelters are also provided. North beach on Tybee Island along the Savannah River channel is part of the Colonial Coast Birding Trail also. Picnic on five miles of Tybee Island beaches.
  • On PedalAmerica.com a picnic at Summer Movies in the park, Tybee Island, is recommended for biking fans.
  • Preservationists enjoyed a picnic under the Savannah trees during a leadership forum.
  • Movie buffs can enjoy a picnic in the shadow of Forrest Gump‘s bench. The movie prop was located in Chippewa Square along Bull Street in downtown Savannah.
  • History buffs will welcome the covered and outdoor picnic areas are located at Fort Pulaski National Monument.
  • Located between Savannah and Tybee Island near Fort Pulaski, running enthusiasts may consider McQueen Island‘s “Rails to Trails” for a pre-run or post-run picnic.
  • An idea especially for blind tourists, TobaccoRoadTours.com recommends the unique Fragrant Garden for the Blind located in historic Savannah’s Forsyth Park.
  • Literary fans may enjoy sipping a cocktail (by invitation from Pulitzer Prize poet Conrad Aiken) in Bonaventure Cemetery.

A book of verse beneath the bough,
A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou
Beside me in the wilderness –
And wilderness is paradise, now.
– From “The Rubaiyat” by Omar Khayyam (12th century)

  • Music lovers may want to pack a picnic and take in views of Johnny Mercer’s famous (yes, there really is a Moon River!) near Skidaway Island State Park. Note: Something with huckleberries, crab, shrimp or fish would be appropriate for this picnic.
  • Outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers may enjoy a private or group boat excursion to one of Georgia’s nearby uninhabited barrier islands for a unique beach picnic.
  • A private carriage tour picnic is popular as well.

Get away to Savannah, Georgia USA and Green Palm Inn … soon and often. We’re here year around for Savannah lodging, plus assist you with local Savannah insider tips. See you soon!

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.

*Note: Early in the 19th century, a fashionable group of Londoners (including Edwin Young) formed the ‘Picnic Society’. Members met in the Pantheon on Oxford Street. Each member was expected to provide a share of the entertainment and of the refreshments with no one particular host. Interest in the society waned in the 1850s as the founders died. Source: English picnics are described in Georgina Battiscombe (1949). English picnics. London: Harvill Press; there is also a National Trust Book of Picnics (1982). From Wikipedia

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.”

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