Green Palm Inn

548 East President Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401
Innkeeper(s): Diane McCray

Deals + Ideas: Leisure on Savannah Business Trip! 4 Ways To Tap Savannah Local Scene Better 27 Apr 2016, 1:52 pm

SAVANNAH, Georgia USA — Located within walking distance to the finance and business district in downtown Savannah, Green Palm Inn will help you to mix more pleasure into your Savannah or Georgia coast business travel. Take in more of Savannah’s friendly, delightful local leisure and make your next busienss trip a mini-vacation trip, too!

#1 NEW IDEAS FOR WAYS ENJOY A SAVANNAH BUSINESS TRIP MORE.

Avid leisure and business travelers, especially single and “grey divorce” folks  (male and female), welcome new ideas for travel! Innkeeper Diane Crews wins executives over quickly with the cozy bed and breakfast inn’s refreshing appeal, home cooked meals, and everyone’s-favorite-aunt’s generous information about local favorites, local cuisine, and local culture to enjoy Savannah.

#4: ONE DAY DEALS IN SAVANNAH THIS SUMMER AT GREEN PALM INN!

Why the summer deals? In spite of being within 25 minutes to Tybee Island beach, summer is off-peak season in the Savannah historic district. Inquire about one day deals in summer 2016. The one day deal will typically be a week day stay that you must combine with one or more extra days for a surprisingly affordable mini-vacation in Savannah.

What makes staying at Green Palm Inn a “bleisure” (business + leisure) deal in summer or any time of year? A gourmand breakfast, parking, top tourism tips, wine and hors d’oeuvres, afternoon desserts, and top-tier level concierge-esque assistance helps you with tours, transportation, and restaurant reservations. All these services are included in your B&B room rate at Green Palm Inn on Greene Square downtown!

#3: MISS THE CROWDS!

Spring and fall Savannah is packed! Especially during summer, you’ll not find crowds or long lines (except at Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room!) in Savannah’s popular places. So, it’s easy to see a live musical matinee or evening show at the historic Savannah Theatre, savor homemade Leopold’s Ice Cream and browse executive producer Stratton Leopold’s blockbuster movie posters, take your time to do some Savannah sightseeing by an on/off trolley, and spot the cabaret and classic movie nights at the magnificently restored historic movie houses of the 1930s — SCAD’s Trustee’s Theatre and Lucas Theatre. Boat over to Georgia’s protected and undeveloped Barrier Islands, crossing Warsaw Sound, the sailing waters for the 1996 Olympics.

Take in what is cool and cultured! Meander through the downtown, taking in the city’s art museums and home museums, each harboring world-famous artifacts to contemporary art treasures.

#4: SAVANNAH, GEORGIA USA IS A FOODIE’S CITY!

Top international and USA chefs kicked up Savannah cuisine in recent years.  Some top restaurants are closed on Sunday and/or Monday. Located in a vintage Greyhouse Bus terminal, The Grey is the magnificently themed and a new southern cuisine favorite of national press’s food critics for good reasons! Get away for a Mother’s Day Brunch on May 8, Noon – 4 p.m. Eat in the YARD every Saturday, 12-2pm (or until the food runs out!) for an uber casual experience where Savannah movers and shakers show us for fresh seafood. Open Tuesday – Sunday.

Southern Living magazine recently gave a nice shout out to their choice of best dinner restaurants in Savannah. We’d swap out a few to add farm to table restaurants — Cha Bella, Alligator Soul, and The Collins Quarter, but totally agree with Wiley’s Championship BBQ, Olde Pink House, The Florence, and The Grey. Take advantage of Beer and Pizza (artizan pizza, we might add!) on Tuesday – Sunday, 5:00 = 6:00 p.m. Note: Zunzi’s is a wonderful lunch spot for take out, but they are closed for dinner (what we call supper in the south!).

Just let us know when you’re ready to get away for some rest and relaxation, mixed with business in Savannah, Georgia!  We’ll help with the logistics.

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 © 2016 Green Palm Inn

Champions of Savannah USA Travel, Tourism and Traditions: Great Georgia People Doing USA Travel and Tourism Proud! 26 Mar 2016, 7:02 am

SAVANNAH Georgia — Savannah’s oldest are star harbingers of travel and tourism in Georgia. “The best travel and tourism experiences are authentic,” reminds Green Palm Inn‘s Diane Crews.

LEARN FROM SAVANNAH TIME-HONORED CLASSICS, THEN IMPROVISE!

A little vintage cookbook, “The Savannah Cook Book” by Harriet Ross Colquitt (First Edition 1933), tells of the “Colonial Kitchens”, once operated by the Georgia Society of Colonial Dames of America in the basement of Andrew Low House on Lafayette Square. “Since it opened in 1928, the Kitchens has won a just reputation for delightful, old-fashioned food, well cooked and excellently served….”

The Colonial Kitchens eatery is no longer operating, but Ms. Colquitt’s efforts to tap the ingredients of Savannah traditions prompted today’s blog post, pointing to champions of world famous Savannah tourism and traditions.

“But getting direction from colored cooks is rather like trying to write down the music to the spirituals which they sing — for all good old-timers (and new-timers, too, for that matter) cook “by ear”, and it is hard to bring them down to earth when they begin to improvise…. Long before it was fashionable for society women to have a career, or to do anything in the least practical, Mrs. Fred Habersham, who was famous for her table, conducted a cooking school at her home in Savannah, and here all the young society matrons gathered once a week, pencil in hand, and wrote down the words of wisdom which fell from her lips, while she illustrated by cooking as she talked….” — Source: “The Savannah Cook Book” by Harriet Ross Colquitt (First Edition 1933)

Improvise is a great theme! From that point we’ll introduce you to a few of the great people, the modern-day champions of Savannah tourism and those upholding the best Savannah, Georgia traditions.

Olde Pink House is the colonial-era, Habersham family mansion. The Food Network points to this historic mansion turned fine dining restaurant, praising the BLT Salad with Fried Green Tomatoes, dressed with buttermilk thyme dressing.  Green Palm Inn‘s top choice from the menu? She Crab Soup.

Of Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room, our friend Jackie Heinz of Zeigler House Inn says, “This is a wonderful little restaurant run by an amazing family. Every time I sit down to the table I am transported back to my grandma’s kitchen table.”  This popular lunch eatery was first opened in 1943 by a young Mrs. Sema Wilkes, who took over a boardinghouse on Jones Street.  Yes, today Mrs. Wilkes’ granddaughter and her great grand son are the champions of The Wilkes’ House, Savannah’s showplace for a home style southern lunch (11a-2p, Monday – Friday, closed January), which accepts cash only. Top reviews highlight these menu items: pickled beets, rutabaga, macaroni salad, blueberry cobbler, beef stew, English peas, dirty rice, summer squash, okra, snap peas, barbecue ribs, string beans, stuffing, butternut squash, red rice, corn muffins, pudding, cole slaw, and pulled pork.  “Pass the friend chicken, please!” we’d say!

Founded in 1919 by three immigrant brothers from Greece: George, Peter, and Basil Leopold., legendary Leopold’s Ice Cream is back on the modern-day Savannah scene. As of the summer of 2004, Peter’s son Stratton and his wife Mary Leopold, proudly unpacked “many fixtures from the original store including the black marble soda fountain, wooden back bar and telephone booth. Leopold’s Ice Cream is hand-crafted in historic downtown Savannah using the original, secret recipes and techniques handed down to Stratton by his father”.  Bravo to Leopold’s, serving up “Good Things to Eat. Good Things to Drink!”™

Accommodations and hospitality were priorities for the English colony,  founded on February 12, 1733. Lodging for strangers, too, has deep roots in Savannah. Located on Johnson Square (22-24 Congress Street), as of March 29, 1734, there was a “house for strangers“.  It was next door to the public ovens. Located on President Street (once named King Street before the American Revolutionary War), Green Palm Inn bed and breakfast is happy to be among Savannah tourism champions to provide a “house for strangers”, while visiting America’s most beautiful city.

Recognized as the oldest, continually operating theatre in America, the performers keep the spirit of first-rate music and live entertainment dynamic on Chippewa Square at the historic Savannah Theatre.

Benefactors and docents keep Savannah house mansions standing supreme for modern-day social venues, touting world famous Savannah architecture, classic decor, and so many of the American south’s social graces. Fortunately, many of the renovated historic homes are open to the public as house (mansion) museums. Our innkeeper, Diane Crews recommends these:  Telfair Museums’ Owens-Thomas House (Oglethorpe Square) and Telfair Museum of Arts and Sciences (the south’s oldest art museum, Telfair Square), Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace (Oglethorpe Avenue at Bull Street), Andrew Low House (Lafayette Square), Davenport House Museum (Columbia Square), Green-Meldrim House (Madison Square), Harper-Fowlkes House (Orleans Square), William Scarbrough House (Ships of the Sea maritime museum), and The Mercer-Williams House (Monterey Square).

Get here when you can! Diane and Gary Crews will introduce you to more top Savannah tourism standouts … those people and places that make Savannah, Georgia USA, authentically a popular, top place to visit in America!

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 © 2015-2016 Green Palm Inn

Sunday in Savannah: Uber Savannah Outdoors at Fort Pulaski National Park 22 Feb 2016, 2:27 am

SAVANNAH Georgia — Make your Savannah trip a long weekend in America’s most beautiful city!  Green Palm Inn popular historic Savannah lodging B&B finds and shares little ways to dive into the Savannah local scene with things to do during your Savannah travels.

Fort Pulaski National Monument will host a special Centennial Series on the third Sunday of each month. This series encourages guests, travelers, and members of the local community to come out and be active in the park.

February 21–Lighthouse Trail Hike

March 20–Cockspur Island Bicycle Tour

April 17–Baseball at Fort Pulaski

May 15–Yoga in the Park

June 19–Bark in the Park

July 17–Fishing with a Ranger

August 21–Wetlands Walk

September 18–Kayaking with a Ranger

October 16–Full Moon Hike

November 20–Oystering along the Savannah

December 18–Historic District Walk

Location: Fort Pulaski National Monument Fee Information: Adults: $7.00 – Children 15 & Under: Free Contact Name: Joel Cadoff Contact Email: e-mail Fort Pulaski Contact Phone Number: 912-786-5787 ext.1208  | Source: Fort Pulaski National Monument

ABOUT GREEN PALM INN
Innkeeper/co-owner Diane McCray 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 © 2016 Green Palm Inn.

Tap Into Lively International Food Scene in Savannah, Georgia USA 9 Feb 2016, 6:22 am

SAVANNAH, Georgia — “Savannah the old, adored by the young!” could be our new mantra for 2016 here at Green Palm Inn! We invited you to get away for the best of the Savannah’s NEW good ole days year around.

The wonderful international and southern food in Savannah are part of the novel ways to celebrate in America’s most beautiful city.

HOBNOB AMID OPTIMISTIC ATTITUDES, AND RESILIENT, ADVENTUROUS FOODIES IN SAVANNAH, GA USA!

“Where to eat in Savannah?” is a question not only addressed in great reviews by food critics but by the locals? Chic cocktail party of senior travelers and young affluent professionals head to the food courtyards at The Gray, atop the deck at The Florence, the cozy Hollywood-styled setting of Alligator Soul, the patio of The Olde Pink House or Vic’s on the River, farm-to-table fare at Cha Bella, or the salty air for casual lunch, dinner or beach picnic on Tybee Island along the Atlantic Ocean.

“I care not who makes our Presidents as long as I can eat in Savannah.” -Senator Mark Hanna, campaign manager for President William McKinley

Who needs February as National Pistachio Month or February 26 as Pistachio Day to head to Leopold’s Ice Cream in downtown Savannah?  It is a true delight to savor the creamy, delicious ice cream treat, or a Travel Channel in Savannah GA USA hit — Chicken Conquistador from Zunzi’s Take Out — any time of year under the canopies in Savannah’s National Landmark Historic District.

READY FOR MORE SAVANNAH FOODIE IDEAS? 

Valentine’s Day Dinner (plus year round cooking classes in downtown Savannah) at 700 Kitchens Cooking School, Forsyth Park, February 14, 2016 — 6:00pm – 9:00pm.

Chef Darin’s Hands-On Cooking Classes includes Valentine’s Day Celebration of food for couples, plus a full 2016 calendar of cooking classes in Savannah (almost every Sunday through Saturday!) These great foodie gatherings to cook and socialize are popular with singles, girls getaway with friends, or couples young and old!

Chef Joe Randall posts that he is on sabbatical through February 2016, but we see a packed March 2016 schedule of classes includes “The Best Gumbo This Side of New Orleans” (March 10, 2016)

Kitchen Outfitters Cooking Classes feature smaller groups in an intimate setting with accomplished chefs. February 18, 2016 features Irish-Georgia Peach, cookbook author (The Shamrock and Peach) and seasoned cooking teacher Chef Judith McLaughlin, a native from Northern Ireland. They share recipes! We are eager to try “Tiger Cakes”, a recipe from “Baking Chez Moi” by Dorie Greenspan. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York, NY. Copyright 2014.

Like the idea of wine + painting classes? Check out Les Kitchen Artistes, hosted by Kitchens on the Square in Savannah cooking classes with art near Ellis Square in downtown Savannah, Georgia.

If you missed the January 2016 sell-out barbecue cooking class, watch for or inquire about new dates with Wiley McCrary at Wiley’s Championship BBQs “BBQ 101 Cooking Class”.

SAVANNAH FOOD AND HERITAGE FESTIVALS FEATURE MORE RENOWNED INTERNATIONAL CUISINE

Saturday, February 27 (12 PM to midnight), A-Town Get Down 2016 with Robert Randolph at The Charles H. Morris Center in Savannah, GA. A-Town Get Down will be free for all ages from noon to 5pm. After 5pm $25 general ticket price and $15 with student or military ID.

March is the month of traditional Irish food and Irish celebrations in Savannah style, especially the March 17 St. Patrick’s Day Parade, where fountains and beer are green around town!

Tourism stars from Green Palm Inn and Zeigler House Inn share traditional St. Patrick’s Day fare and menu ideas on Explore Georgia travel blog.

April 20-24, 2016 is the 8th Annual Tybee Island Wine Festival, hosted at the Tybee Island Light Station and other island locations. Proceeds from the food and wine event benefit the Tybee Post Theatre restoration.

May 3, 2016 (12pm-4pm) is the Food Truck Festival, serving up food, music and art in Forsyth Park.

May 7, 2016, Savannah Scottish Games is a Celtic gathering, serving up Scottish fare. The location is Historic Bynah’s Field at Bethesda Academy. Who 0doesn’t love a hearty soup, fish, game, roast meat, pudding and dessert, including scones?!

July 4th in Savannah is a happy gathering of citizens from across America, celebrating with red, white and blue, patriotic American food specialties, like the freshest of high quality burgers found at B&D Burgers in Savannah GA downtown, and Green Truck on Habersham Street.

Watch for summer 2016 dates, usually July – August time frame, for our HOPEFUL repeat of Savannah Restaurant Week. It is a 10-Day summer 2016 celebration of Savannah’s restaurant scene, splendid with culinary heritage that makes our southern USA city unique.

October (annually): City of Savannah’s Picnic in the Park is a box dinner-meets-wine-picnic-and music event in Forsyth Park.

October: Savannah Greek Festival (October 6 – 8, 2016 date to be confirmed) features Greek cultur and food.

October 24 is “Food Day“. Watch for healthy food cooking class events or simply celebrate a personal healthy food day solo!

October (annually): Savannah Jewish Festival serves up “Shalom Y’all”, home cooked Jewish food in Forsyth Park.

October (annually): Oktoberfest on the Savannah Riverfront is THe place for German food and beer on the Savannah River front and all around town.

November 7 – 13, 2016 the Savannah Food & Wine Festival celebrates wine and culinary excellence with celebrity chef classes and tastings. — #savfw

ABOUT GREEN PALM INN
Innkeeper/co-owner Diane McCray 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 © 2016 Green Palm Inn.

Nightlife and Days of Music in Savannah, Georgia: February – April 2016 28 Jan 2016, 1:41 am

SAVANNAH, Georgia — Get away for a musical Savannah trip early in 2016! Celebrate the legacy of music in Georgia’s first city.

A sampling of live concerts and music events in Savannah during February 2016, March 2016, and early April 2016 are below. Visit world-famous songwriter, Johnny Mercer’s statue in Ellis Square and his family gravesite in Bonaventure Cemetery. The name doesn’t ring a bell? “Days of Wine and Roses”, “Hooray for Hollywood”, “Ac-cen-tchu-ate the Positive”, “Moon River”, and about one thousand more songs were written by Savannah’s own Johnny Mercer.

We hope you’ll choose to stay in the cozy seamen’s cottages of Green Palm Inn bed and breakfast on Greene Square!

BRIEF BACKSTORY OF MUSIC IN SAVANNAH, GEORGIA

The Georgia colony was founded February 12, 1733. Music, too, was transported.

“Did a carpenter, a farmer, a parent, or anyone else on the Anne transport ballads [on their ship’s journey to the new colony of Georgia in 1732]? It is impossible to know, but likely as not some of the 114 passengers had heard a version or versions of “Barbara Allan”, “Lord Randall”, or other ballads.” Source: Music in Eighteenth-century Georgia by Ronald L. Byrnside

In February 1735, ten Moravian missionaries, lead by August Gottlieb Spangenberg, brought brass and woodwind musical instruments to the Georgia colony. The German/Bohemiam missionaries settled the town of Irene, upstream along the Savannah River. The Savannah, Georgia Moravians was the group’s first settlement in North America. “A year later twenty-five more came.” Source: IBID

“John Wesley was approached by Oglethorpe to be a minister for the new parish of Savannah. It was Wesley’s belief that he would preach to the Indians and lead them to Christ. Wesley and his brother, Charles, sailed for Georgia on October 14, 1735.  On the four month long trip, a storm came up suddenly and broke the main mast. While the Englishmen were crying, a group of Moravians calmly sang hymns and prayed.” — Source: John Wesley and Savannah by Kathy W. Ross and Rosemary Stacy

“The Oldest American musical group of blacks, Old Hundred, had been organized in 1817 and was still active at the end of the war.” Source: Preston Russell and Barbara Hines in “Savannah: A History of Her People Since 1733”

It was the visit by United States President James Monroe (May 11, 1819) — during the launch of the S.S. Savannah, America’s first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean — that we learn that music, too, gladdened those festivities. “…[T]he performance of vocal music tended to elevate the soul to sublime and heavenly musings”. — Source: IBID

“Specially composed music” greeted General Marquis de Lafayette’s arrival March 19, 1825.  Source: IBID

With each immigrant arriving in Savannah, came also cultural music that is enjoyed by Savannah tourists and local citizens. For example, during the Greek community’s “annual fall festival … The Greek food, music, and dance bring out Zorba the Greek — even in the Crackers.” Source: IBID

Music in Savannah, Georgia Thrives in 2016!
You’ll discover a Savannah trip in this sampling of February 2016 to April 2016 musical events.

February 5, 2016: First Friday for Folk Music! 7:30 p.m.

February 5 – February 28, 2016: Broadway on Bull Street at the historic Savannah Theatre on Chippewa Square.

February 6, 2016: Diana Ross, 7:00 p.m., Johnny Mercer Theatre

February 6, 2016: “In the Mood“, historic Lucas Theatre (3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.) To the delight of fans of the American Big Bands and the Big Band era, the brassy, all-singing, all-dancing, all-American 1940s musical revue, In The Mood is a fully staged tribute to Glenn Miller, The Andrews Sisters, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Harry James, Erskine Hawkins, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra and other idols of the ’40s.  Hop aboard the “Chattanooga Choo Choo” to “Tuxedo Junction” and get “In The Mood” for a “Moonlight Serenade.”

February 7, 2016: Annual Future of Jazz Concert and Tribute to the Late Ben Tucker, Jewish Educational Alliance

February 9, 2016: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the Johnny Mercer Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

February 12 – February 14, 2016: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! at the historic Savannah Theatre on Chippewa Square.

February 12, 2016: Doug MacLeod in concert, 7:30 p.m. First Presbyterian Church. A perennial Blues Music Award nominee, Doug is a prolific singer, songwriter, engaging storyteller and masterful guitarist born in the blues and rooted in the American tradition.

February 13, 2016: “Casablanca” (1942), Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Who can ever forget “Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By”‘. “As Time Goes By” Words and Music by Herman Hupfeld.

February 13, 2016: Savannah Black Heritage Festival’s live concert, featuring Winners of the Y.E.S. Talent Showcase, Con Funk Shun and Tony! Toni! Tone! 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

February 14, 2016:  Valentine’s Day Weddings in the Davenport House Garden (5:00 p.m.); Renewal of Vows Ceremony (7:00 p.m.)

February 20, 2016: Aladdin: South Carolina Ballet, Savannah Civic Center, 5:30 p.m.

February 20 – 21: Savannah Irish Festival, Savannah Civic Center

February 26, 2016: Wildspread Panic, great southern guitar blues band with an improvisatory ethos (8:00 p.m.), Savannah Civic Center. Concert benefits Tunes for Tots, musical instruments for public schools in need, keeping music alive in public schools.

March 2, 2016: An Evening with Patti Labelle, Johnny Mercer Theatre (8:00 p.m.)

March 3 – November 19, 2016 (various days): Savannah Live at the historic Savannah Theatre on Chippewa Square.

March 5, 2016: Savannah Philharmonic and Velvet Caravan “Gypsy Jazz” ensemble: an eclectic evening bringing together the music of Johannes Brahms, Django Reinhardt, Johnny Mercer, and more; Lucas Theatre (7:30 p.m.)

March 5, 2016: Lowcountry boil, oyster sample and chicken buffet at the Delta Plantation on Saturday (3-6 p.m.) to benefit the Davenport House Museum; country jazz by the Johnny Octane Band.

March 10, 2016: Merle Haggard, Savannah Civic Center (7:30 p.m.)

March 10-12, 2016: Savannah Stopover Festival. “The lineup of rising & reemerging indie-rock bands… makes a strong case for forgoing Texas…” via @floodmagazine:

March 11-17: Irish music during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in downtown Savannah. Begin with Greening of the Fountains (March 11) through St. Patrick’s Day Parade (March 17)

March 24 through April 9: 2016 Savannah Music Festival. Celebrate music in Savannah! +100 performances of jazz, classical and a variety of American and international musical traditions in downtown Savannah, Georgia USA.

April 7, 2016: Billy Currington with special guest Kelsea Ballerini, Savannah Civic Center (7:30 p.m.)

ABOUT GREEN PALM INN
Innkeeper/co-owner Diane McCray 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 © 2016 Green Palm Inn.

Christmas Gingerbread Manger by Green Palm Inn in Savannah, Georgia USA 16 Dec 2015, 5:13 am

SAVANNAH, Georgia USA — It is the aromatic gingerbread, sugar cookies, wheat berry grass, a simple Nativity Bake Set, and the sweet atmosphere of Green Palm Inn that bring the humble ingredients together for a homey Christmas in the USA.

Christmas Nativity in gingerbread and sugar cookies at Green Palm Inn’s popular bed and breakfast — a tourism star in the Savannah, GA’s historic district.

Diane’s version of a gingerbread house is an unpretentious Christmas Nativity scene.

Found in the Savannah forest of the historic district, is a unique Christmas gingerbread house. There is no gold leaf to denote elegance; yet, this nativity gingerbread house exudes simple elegance for the holiday season.

Green Palm Inn’s 4-bedroom historic bed and breakfast in the Savannah historic district is “gingerbread” architecture. Understandably, we’re a tad more fascinated than most about gingerbread year around, but especially at Christmas.

“Gingerbread houses originated in Germany during the 16th century. The elaborate cookie-walled houses, decorated with foil in addition to gold leaf, became associated with Christmas tradition. Their popularity rose when the Brothers Grimm wrote the story of Hansel and Gretel, in which the main characters stumble upon a house made entirely of treats deep in the forest.” (Source: PBS.org)

From Medieval times, Gingerbread Festivals in England, Holland, Germany and France brought about the popularity of the gingerbread cookies, called ‘fairings’.  “The shapes of the gingerbread changed with the season, including flowers in the spring and birds in the fall. Elaborately decorated gingerbread became synonymous with all things fancy and elegant in England. The gold leaf that was often used to decorate gingerbread cookies led to the popular expression ‘to take the gilt off of gingerbread.’  The carved, white architectural details found on many colonial American seaside homes is sometimes referred to as ‘gingerbread work’….” (Source: PBS.org)

Sweet Christmas gingerbread house is a Nativity scene at Green Palm Inn’s top-rated lodging in Savannah, GA USA | Mary and Joseph set the example long ago of opening the door to strangers (shepherds and wise men), following the birth of Jesus. It is a happy day we are so pleased to celebrate with our bed and breakfast lodgers.

“Come, let us adore him”, Diane repeats for Christmas 2015.

Beautiful historic churches in Savannah’s National Landmark Historic District open their doors to strangers for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services.

Yes, in Savannah, Georgia we’re very friendly that way … opening doors to strangers. We do that year around at our top-rated Savannah bed and breakfast inn, a Savannah tourism star.

ABOUT GREEN PALM INN

Featured on Wheel of Fortune® in 2014 and 2015, 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. “Wheel of Fortune” is a registered  ®  trademark of Califon Productions, Inc.

A Winter Travel Deal + New USA Travel Experiences in Top Pick Savannah GA B&B 19 Nov 2015, 8:19 am

SAVANNAH, Georgia — Don’t you adore the idea of a no-snow Savannah vacation in January or early February 2016, simply to rest, relax and renew?

“January’s a pleasant time to get to know her [Savannah, GA], little black dress with biker boots and all.” —Steve Garbarino, Wall Street Journal, “Insiders Guide to Savannah

“Let it Snow – Somewhere else!” says Diane Crews, innkeeper at Green Palm Inn bed and breakfast lodging in Savannah GA USA, enticing travelers to get closer to the local culture, and take advantage of advantage of Savannah’s no-snow winters.

This top-pick B&B inn’s cozy winter special for lodging, valid January 3, 2016 – February 4, 2016, offers further encouragement to get away for winter travel in Savannah, Georgia. Buy 2 nights at regular price from $169 – $229 plus tax (13%) per night and get the third night free. Offer is valid Sunday to Thursday evenings ONLY. Weekend evenings of Friday and Saturday are not included in these special rates.

Call local: 912-447-8901 or toll free 888-606-9510 from USA and Canada; greenpalminn@aol.com. For of the moment ideas, follow us on Twitter @GreenPalmInn.

 

A Savannah, Georgia White Christmas: No Snow at Green Palm Inn 28 Oct 2015, 7:24 am

SAVANNAH Georgia — “Let it snow!…Elsewhere!”© says Green Palm Inn‘s innkeeper (and everyone’s favorite aunt), Diane Crews. Our Michigan gal knows full well about a snowy White Christmas.  In fact, she moved to Savannah for no snow!

Cozy White Christmas in Savannah GA USA

With a twinkle in her eye — happy with what she has in store for a warm USA winter vacation at Green Palm Inn — our popular Savannah innkeeper encourages to getaway in December where there is NO snow!

Diane is already planning, and shares ideas of things to do, including Savannah shopping tips for a White Christmas in America’s “Hostess City of the South”.

What’s on this top pick Savannah bed and breakfast menu?

Below is a list of a few appetizers and desserts to satisfy our guests’ all day holiday cravings.

Sneak preview (photo above) of White Christmas and holiday season hors d’oeuvres and desserts at Green Palm Inn include Crab Toasts with Spicy Yogurt, French Macaroons, Shrimp Dip, Chicken Salad Croissants, White Bean and Turkey Chili, Crab and Shrimp Chowder, Diane’s Sautéed Shrimp, Wedding Cookies, and Southern Coconut Cake

Skate to the nostalgic tune “White Christmas” at the popular and affordable Skatefest. Savannah Civic Center, December 7, 2015 – January 3, 2016. Closed for Christmas Day. (Liberty and Montgomery Street, 912-651-6556)

December Nights & Holiday Lights @ Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, Savannah (former Bamboo Farm); November 27 through December 13: Wed. – Sun. only, 6 to 9 pm and December 16 through 24: Nightly, 6 to 9 pm

A Christmas Tradition is the live musical production at the historic Savannah Theatre on Chippewa Sq., November 26 – December 26, 2015.

Conjure up images of a White Christmas visiting the grave of Jingle Bells author, John Pierpont in Laurel Grove Cemetery downtown, and the Universalist Unitarian Church, affectionately called “Jingle Bells Church” on Troup Square.

Colonial Christmas at Wormsloe State Park, Georgia’s oldest colonial plantation on Saturday and Sunday 1 PM – 4 PM from December 13, 2015. Participate in activities such as caroling, burning of the yule log, dancing to live period music, and other holiday observances of the colonial period, including games and refreshments.  $4.50-$10. 912-353-3023.

Stop in for White Chocolate Covered Salted and Roasted Pecans, plus Pecan Divinity at Savannah Candy Kitchen and River Street Sweets.

Ready to get away for a White Christmas in Savannah, Georgia, with lodging at Green Palm Inn?

ABOUT GREEN PALM INN
Featured on Wheel of Fortune® in 2014 and 2015, 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. “Wheel of Fortune” is a registered  ®  trademark of Califon Productions, Inc.

Wheel of Fortune Savannah GA Prize Winner: Squares Make Savannah Very Different From Charleston SC 15 Oct 2015, 10:55 am

SAVANNAH Georgia — Last fall a delightful young Princeton University of Delaware graduate, now a talented Big 4 accountant working in New York City, won the Savannah prize sponsored by Green Palm Inn on the popular television game show, Wheel of Fortune®! The episode was themed “Southern Hospitality”.

“Savannah has a lot of hospitality,” Lindsay Duff, CPA advises during her first-time visit in 2015. She described her stay at Green Palm Inn bed and breakfast in two words: ‘like home’.

On many occasions Lindsay’s family of three had traveled to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, by way of Charleston. Never before, however, had she visited Savannah, Georgia. This Wheel of Fortune trip was her first Savannah visit!

“The people who think that Charleston and Savannah are alike must stay only a day or two,” Lindsay surmised. “The cities are very different. Savannah is a lot more historic, the people are friendly, and the citizens have a story to tell [and are eager to share the stories]. Savannah with its squares makes it more quaint. Savannah is more residential. Charleston is more urban, a lot more commercial than Savannah. Charleston is like a clean New York City.” — Lindsay Duff, Wheel of Fortune prize winner during 2015 Savannah visit.

On the day of her flight home, during an unhurried interview at her host bed and breakfast lodging, Green Palm Inn, we were eager to learn more about this endearing young lady and her insights about Savannah.

Once you learn a little of her back story, it will come as no surprise how she landed a winner’s spot on America’s Game Show.

Lindsay’s Wheel of Fortune adventure was a family affair.

It began at 7:30 p.m. every weekday for years, when she watched and solved “Wheel” puzzles with her Nana, her quick-minded maternal grandmother, now age 97.

After roughly five efforts to become a contestant on the popular show, Lindsay tried out during the call for contestants in Brooklyn, New York. In her required video submission she taped her story about her Nana and her shared happy times at her grandmother’s home, devoted fans of the show, competitive with each other, and solving puzzles along with television contestants.

It is no surprise that Lindsay’s endearing story and beautiful, All-American smile won her a personal interview spot in her lead up to being a Wheel of Fortune contestant. Her tall dad, a New Jersey police officer, accompanied her to Brooklyn and waited patiently. Her audition included snippets of scenes that are familiar to Wheel of Fortune game show fans — yelling letters and solving lots of puzzles. Hours later she emerged, expressing that she thought her chances were slim.

We asked if she had been a cheerleader, thinking it might have given her a jump start with the shouting. “Only in seventh grade,” she replied.  Instead the joyfully enthusiastic, mild-mannered New Jersey native was captain of her high school basketball volleyball team.

Then, as though reliving her anticipation, Lindsay tells us at Green Palm Inn of receiving her Wheel of Fortune contestant letter.

Her dad had placed the letter from the television show in a stack of her personal mail beside her plate at the supper table. Yet, there was a cake! Cakes in the Duff family are a tradition, a signal of happy times. Lindsay was quietly puzzled about the cake. The day was not a birthday or anniversary.

In the normal course of daily conversations with her parents at the table, her dad encouraged her to check her bills. As though reliving the thrill of her discovery, Lindsay  tells us that her joyful emotions erupted, followed by her dancing around the house! [We can picture this, now that we have met this joyful gal!]

Of course, the celebratory cake was enjoyed. More happy family times would follow within two weeks when the television show was to be filmed.

The show was to tape on Thursday, October 30, an especially busy season for her employers in New York City.

She was granted quick permission to take special time off for this extraordinary experience. Lindsay and her parents flew two days early to enjoy the Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach, and Universal Studios in California. Wheel of Fortune is taped at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California.

The debonair Pat Sajak made her feel so comfortable. She tells that Pat is a calming influence for all the contestants. Vanna White, a South Carolina native, came to meet the contestants without makeup. “Vanna is beautiful without makeup,” Lindsay adds.

Lindsay does not stop there with praise about the professionalism she encountered through her Wheel of Fortune experience. The show’s producers left nothing to chance, even last minute.  One example: The game show contestants were in place.  Only minutes before the show was to begin, one producer raced from behind the scenes to Lindsay. There was a question about her Nana: “Has Granny passed?” Pat Sajak had asked his producer. “No, she is very much alive,” Lindsay assured. On air, Pat asked, “How’s Grandma?”

That important answer was one of so many small, caring points that make the Wheel of Fortune show a wonderful experience.  To a person, including the contestant department’s Alex and Jackie, Lindsay discovered that the people care!

Now, you and we know more about why the Wheel of Fortune is such a popular show!

Lindsay’s Wheel of Fortune Savannah GA Trip Is A Family Affair, Too!

The episode featuring Lindsay aired December 22, 2o14. In August 2015 she invited her mother, Janice, a school teacher, to join her for her first trip to Savannah. Her mother adds that many of Lindsay’s friends had previously volunteered!

“Culture amazes me,” she volunteers. Adventurous Lindsay had studied in Granada Spain, traveled to Punta Cana Dominican Republic, and visited Nashville, Tennessee.  Her Savannah trip has now added more memories to treasure of America’s southern culture.

Highlights of her Savannah visit were Matta Hari, a speakeasy hidden away near Lower Factor’s Walk, Beyond Good & Evil Ghost Tour, and Alligator Soul’s fine dining and sangria, day-boat seafood, and chocolate mouse cake. “We drank more on this trip,” Janice added.

We inquired if it was Savannah’s reputation as a drinking city. “No! The sangria at Alligator Soul tastes so good!”  Complimentary wine hour is daily also at Green Palm Inn.

The pair went bike riding in Hilton Head Island followed by seeking out and sipping refreshing strawberry daiquiris at Salty Dog Cafe. Proclaimed to be the “best in the world” by Lindsay’s mother, the daiquiri is a tradition on every trip to the South Carolina barrier island. “It was strange to be in Hilton Head without hoards of people,” Janice added.

What did Lindsay say about Green Palm Inn and the B&B owner, who sponsored the Wheel of Fortune prize? 

“Diane could not have been more hospitable,” Lindsay relayed. A Savannah-themed welcome basket greeted the Wheel of Fortune winner and her dear mother.

The mother-daughter pair added more glowing praise to include Diane’s hospitality, efficiency to make reservations, map out the city, and recommendations to enjoy what is best and local in Savannah from musicians to landmarks to shopping and food.  They were impressed that Diane had run out early morning (7:30 a.m.-ish), wearing her pink bathrobe to State Street to alert street workmen to stop the noise. Her B&B guests were still sleeping.

Reviews about the inn’s room? “The room is incredible — Sable Palm Suite. There is something dreamy about it. Spotless. Pristine. Love how Diane decorates.”

The Green Palm Inn Menu for this Pre-Fall Week?

Afternoon hors d’oeuvres during wine hour included mushroom tarts, cheese plate featuring cheeses from Swainsboro, Georgia, goat cheese with jalapeno peppers, pecan jelly with fig on olive crackers. mini beef wellingtons, duck bundles/purses with phyllo dough, artichoke and spinach cups, white cheddar in phyllo cups, crostini with pea pesto, crostini with homemade pimento cheese, bacon wrapped dates stuffed with goat fig cheese.

Each morning features a hearty breakfast entree, plus fresh fruit, juice, and coffee.  Breakfast entrees are varieties so that multi-day guests will enjoy a nice variety. So it was during the week Lindsay and Janice were lodging guests. Diane’s hearty breakfasts individual frittata with chocolate muffin and cornbread, lemon and raspberry strata with turkey bacon, crustless quiche with biscuits and chicken sausage, banana French toast with chicken sausage with sweet peppers, Mexican strata with biscuit and sausage patties, peaches and cream bread pudding plus chicken sausage with bacon and cheddar cheese.

Would she come back to Savannah? “Yes!” Lindsay replied, and she would stay at Green Palm Inn.

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 © 2015 Green Palm Inn. “Wheel of Fortune” is a registered  ®  trademark of Califon Productions, Inc.  The top photo is a screen capture of the television show episode. It is used with express permission from Wheel of Fortune.

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