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The Savannah Rock n Roll Marathon Will Be Here Soon 20 Oct 2014, 1:30 am
Are you ready for one of the best events that the beautiful city of Savannah has to offer? Lace up your running shoes and get ready to dance your way to the finish line of the Savannah Rock n Roll Marathon. Thousands of walkers and runners alike come out for this amazing event of live music, fantastic food, and intriguing exhibits. Start planning your trip to the Presidents’ Quarters Inn for a run of a lifetime. Nothing compares to running down the old cobble stone streets of the historic southern city. Here are a few things to know about the Savannah Rock n Roll Marathon.
There is something for everyone at the Savannah Rock n Roll Marathon. Offering a marathon, a 2 person half marathon, a half marathon, a 5K and a 1-mile, the event offers an options for every skill level. The event begins with a bang on Saturday, November 8, with the marathon, half marathon, and 2 person half marathon. Runners take their mark on Bay Street and Bull Street at 7:00 A.M. and wind through downtown Savannah to the finish line in Forsyth Park. The track passes by three of the city’s iconic downtown squares, the stunning homes of Gordonston, and the southern charm of West Savannah. To view the Savannah Rock n Roll Marathon course map, click here.
On Sunday, November 9, the Savannah Rock n Roll Marathon offers a 5K and 1-mile run. Runners for the 5K start their journey through beautiful Savannah at 1:00 P.M. and those running the 1-mile start at 2:30 P.M. Both runs start and end in the picturesque Daffin Park. Register today to ensure you have a spot in the fantastic race.
At the end of all the runs, American Idol season 11 winner Phillip Phillips, will be performing! Cranford Hollow and A Nickel Bag of Funk will also be performing live. The uniqueness of the Savannah Rock n Roll Marathon is the fact that at every mile mark there is a band performing music to keep you moving. Music every mile makes up the heart of this event. Savannah bands will be performing a variety of music from alternative to classic rock, funk, punk, and blues to jazz it up. The bands will keep the course pulsating as runners rock their way from start to finish!
Race day can get crazy, and the last thing you need to worry about is parking. Free parking is limited and only available for runners. You can find free parking at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. All cars must be parked by 6:00am on Saturday morning. Runners can also pre-purchase a parking pass to one of the four garages in the Historic Downtown area. Another way to avoid parking is by staying at the Presidents’ Quarters Inn. Located on East President Street, the Inn is only 10 minutes away from the Savannah Rock n Roll start line.
As you begin training for the Savannah Rock n Roll Marathon, do not forget to find a place to rest and rejuvenate after the race. The Presidents’ Quarters Inn offers 16 luxurious rooms from which you can choose. Not only is the Inn ideally located for the run, but it also offers a scrumptious southern breakfast every morning of your stay. Come stay with us and enjoy the best of Savannah.
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Spend this Thanksgiving in Savannah 14 Oct 2014, 3:00 am
The leaves are changing and the weather is turning, thus marking the start of the holiday season. This Thanksgiving the beautiful city of Savannah will be filled with fun events for the whole family. Instead of the formal meal at home this year, why not bring the family to Savannah? Make your way to Presidents’ Quarters Inn for a truly memorable Thanksgiving in Savannah. When you spend Thanksgiving in Savannah, you will have the opportunity to visit art exhibits, enjoy live entertainment at the City Market, participate in fun-filled festivities on historic River Street, watch thrilling sports events, experience amazing SCAD art festivals, take a tour of a private home and so much more! There is always something fun and exciting happening in Savannah. Here are a few things to add to your list for your Thanksgiving in Savannah!
Stroll through Forsyth Park
There is no better way to start off the day than with a stroll through a beautiful historic park. Only blocks away from the Presidents’ Quarters Inn lies Forsyth Park, a stunning, Parisian-style park featuring an ornate, two-tiered cast-iron fountain. Lined with oak trees, which are romantically draped with Spanish moss, the brick-paved walkways of the park are the perfect place for you to enjoy the early morning air. Make sure to bring your camera along! The park is a wonderful place to capture a few fond memories of your time in Savannah!
There is an array of fantastic restaurants in Savannah, serving up a traditional Southern all-you-can-eat meal! Here are two uniquely different ways Savannah is serving up the fanfare.
Whether you wish to enjoy your Thanksgiving meal in the afternoon or evening, the Georgia Queen or the Savannah River Queen offers both options. The boats depart at 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm, allowing you to choose which time works best into your schedule. During your two-hour cruise along the Savannah River, you will be served roasted turkey and glazed ham alongside all your favorite Thanksgiving sides. Enjoy a full dessert bar while you enjoy the pleasant sounds of the riverboat’s on-board musical guests. Boarding begins one hour before sail time; reservations are recommended.
Traditional Savannah Thanksgiving at the Olde Pink House
Elegance and class will surround you at this beautiful 18th century home near Reynolds Square. In the formal dining room with like dress code, you will experience all the Southern hospitality and charm the city has to offer. The Olde Pink House will be serving traditional Thanksgiving foods alongside your Southern favorites. Reservations are strongly recommended to enjoy the Thanksgiving meal here.
The best part about spending your Thanksgiving in Savannah at the Presidents’ Quarters Inn is that you get to experience the beauty of the fall season as well as the fantastic holiday. This charming bed and breakfast, located right on Oglethorpe Square, neighbors several prominent historical sites and offers easy access to all the fun activities offered during the fall season. The Presidents’ Quarters Inn is the perfect place to stay during your exciting trip. In addition to its superior location, the Presidents’ Quarters Inn offers guests 16 luxurious accommodations from which to choose! See you soon!
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Chippewa Square in Downtown Savannah 3 Oct 2014, 1:30 am
Savannah is full of historic sites, beautiful cobblestone streets, and oak trees sprinkled with Spanish moss. The picturesque city is known for its delicious cuisine and sweet southern style. Along with the fantastic food and stunning scenery, the picturesque city also offers quaint and grand squares. Savannah has numerous squares and our favorite is Oglethorpe Square. The President’s Quarters Inn is nestled on this charming square, making it the perfect place to stay. Oglethorpe Square is only one of many squares that you will have the opportunity to enjoy while staying in Savannah. One that you do not want to miss is Chippewa Square. Here are a few things to know about Chippewa Square.
Chippewa Square, bisecting Bull Street, was built well after the Revolution in approximately 1815. The name of the square commemorates the 1814 victory of the Battle of Chippewa in Upper Canada where the American forces under the command of Major General Jacobs Jenning Brown defeated the British. The sculpture in the middle of the square, however, is not of Brown but of James Oglethorpe, the founder of the Georgia Colony. This stunning Daniel Chester French-designed statue was completed and placed in the square in 1910 and still stands today.
The Independent Presbyterian Church, which was built in 1817, is the defining monument of the square. What makes the Church unique is that it occupies tithing lots, rather than a trust lot. Two buildings of historical importance also surround the square. The first is the First Baptist Church, which was designed and built in 1833 with a later renovation in 1922. The second one is the Philbrick-Eastman House, which was designed by Charles Cluskey in 1844. This home was owned and occupied by several prominent Savannah families, including the Hulls and the Barrows. Both of these historic sites are wonderful places to tour and learn more about Savannah’s rich history.
The best part about Chippewa Square is the benches that are scattered throughout it. Spend the afternoon strolling through the square and enjoy a moment or two of peace as you relax on one of the benches. Chippewa Square is also home to the scenes in Forrest Gump where Tom Hanks sat on the bench waiting for the bus. The bench itself, however, is no longer located on this Chippewa Square.
Not only is Chippewa Square surrounded by beautiful historic buildings but also by delicious restaurants. The Public Kitchen & Bar is a great place to stop and grab a bite to eat. If you are looking for a cup of Joe, head over to the Gallery Espresso and enjoy an espresso and baked good.
While reading about Chippewa Square and all the wonderful things Savannah has to offer, don’t forget to find a place to stay. The Presidents’ Quarters Inn is located on the beautiful Oglethorpe Square and is located near Chippewa Square. This Savannah boutique hotel offers 16 different rooms, all named after former Presidents of the United States who visited Georgia’s first city. Every morning you stay, you can expect a gourmet breakfast prepared to order. For more information on the Presidents’ Quarters Inn and the city itself, you can request your Savannah vacation guide today!
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Explore the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum 26 Sep 2014, 1:30 am
For all you history buffs out there, start planning your trip to one of the best museums in the city of Savannah. Guests to this amazing museum will have an experience like no other. The Ralph Mark Gilbert Rights Museum illustrates the civil rights struggle of Georgia’s oldest African-American community from slavery to the present. We here at the Presidents’ Quarters Inn want you to get the most out of your time spent in Savannah. Here are a few things to know about the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum.
Named in honor of the late Dr. Ralph Mark Gilbert, the father of Savannah’s modern day Civil Rights Movement and leader of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, The Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum holds interesting facts about the civil rights struggle of Georgia. Dr. Gilbert served as pastor of historic First African Baptist Church on Franklin Square in Savannah for 16 years. Later, in 1942, he reorganized the Savannah Branch NAACP, served as president for eight years and convened its first state conference. More than forty NAACP branches were organized in Georgia by 1950 under Gilberts courageous leadership.
The building that houses the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum is modern in comparison to others in historic Savannah. The building, however, has played an important part in Savannah’s African-American history. In 1914, Robert Pharrow, an African-American contractor from Atlanta, built the structure. The building was first home to the Wage Earners Savings and Loan Bank, once the largest bank for African-Americans in this county. The building now houses the history of Savannah’s civil rights movement.
Located on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, the Ralph Mark Gilbert Rights Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. The Museum includes three floors of photographic and interactive exhibits, including an NAACP Organization exhibit, a lunch counter where sit ins occurred, a fiber optic map of 87 significant civil rights sites and events, and segregation exhibits. The Museum also offers group tours, but advance notice is required. The tours are a wonderful way to get the most out of the Museum. The friendly and knowledge tour guides make your experience even more interesting!
While planning your visit to the Ralph Mark Gilbert Rights Museum, make sure to find the perfect place to stay during your time in the city. Staying at the Presidents’ Quarters Inn allows guests to experience the history of the city and the Inn itself. This historic boutique hotel in Savannah provides all the personal touches and amenities associated with a bed and breakfast. Nestled in the heart of Savannah’s historic district, the Presidents’ Quarters Inn is ideally located for guests to learn more about the history of Savannah without having to go far. In addition to its superior location, the Presidents’ Quarters Inn offers guests 16 luxurious accommodations from which to choose. Every morning of your stay, we serve you a full southern breakfast before you hit the town. We hope to see you soon!
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6 Savannah Attractions You Need to See 22 Sep 2014, 1:30 am
Savannah is packed full with numerous attractions, from fascinating museums to picturesque parks. With so many Savannah attractions from which to choose, you might feel overwhelmed by your options. Don’t fret! We at Presidents’ Quarters are here to help! When you come to stay with us, you will be centrally located to explore the best Savannah attractions offered! Here is a list of our 6 favorite Savannah attractions that you must see when you visit!
1. Savannah Historic District
One of the most beautiful areas of the city, the Savannah historic distract, is a place you do not want to miss! Take a day and stroll down the cobble stone streets of the stunning area and be transported back into a different time. With every step you take through Savannah’s charming historic district, the traditional southern atmosphere comes to life!
2. Lady’s & Sons
A favorite attraction for locals and visitors alike, Lady’s & Sons will be an experience you will not soon forget! Located on Congress Street just off of City Market and Ellis Square, this quaint restaurant is home of Paula Deen of the Food Network. People come from all over the world to enjoy the tastes of Paula Deen’s famous Southern comfort food recipes. Enjoy a glass of sweet tea while savoring a delicious entrée the restaurant has to offer!
The Isaiah Davenport House, located on Columbia Square, was built between 1815 and 1820 and is an excellent example of Federal architecture. Take a tour of this House Museum and learn about the history of this fascinating house, which features a fine collection of Davenport china and period decorative arts, adding to your experience!
4. The Savannah Theatre
First opening its doors on December 4, 1818 with a production of the comedy “A Soldier’s Daughter”, The Savannah Theatre is a fantastic Savannah attraction to experience. Now, after several centuries and a few renovations, the Savannah Theatre houses the performance ensemble “The Beat Goes On” and remains the oldest continuously operating theater site in America. Check out The Savannah Theatre schedule and find a show while you are in the beautiful southern city!
5. The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
If you enjoy looking at different styles of architecture, make your way over to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. The beautiful Cathedral offers an excellent example of French Gothic architecture. Located on Lafayette Square, the stunning structure was built between 1873 and 1876 and still stands to this day!
6. The City Market
Stretching over four blocks of the heart of the Historic District, the City Market offers an authentic atmosphere and illustrates the character of the city’s old open marketplace. The market features artists working in their lofts and exhibits of works for sale. That’s not all the City Market has to offer! With numerous restaurants, open-air cafés, theme shops, and stores offering crafts, accessories, and gifts, the Market has something that is sure to capture your attention. Don’t miss out on this classic Savannah attraction!
Now that you know about six of our favorite Savannah attractions, it is time for you to come and see if they are as great as we say they are! There is no better place to stay while in the beautiful southern city than at the Presidents’ Quarters Inn! Offering a selection of lovely rooms and suites, which are all elegantly decorated to match the southern charm of the city, you will not have trouble finding one that suits your needs. Your stay comes with a full delicious breakfast each morning, so your days will start off on a bright note. Complete your list of Savannah attractions with a stay at the Presidents Quarters’ Inn!
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September All Aboard! Head to the Georgia State Railroad Museum 16 Sep 2014, 1:30 am
For all you train enthusiasts out there, get ready for an experience of a lifetime. When you come to stay with us at the Presidents’ Quarters Inn, you will have the opportunity to explore and discover the Georgia State Railroad Museum! Guest will enjoy close up views of the fully operational turntable as they learn about the many historic railcars and rolling stock on display, and so much more. Head on over to the Georgia State Railroad Museum and learn more about Savannah’s rich and vibrant history. Here are a few things to know about the Georgia State Railroad Museum.
Housed in the former Central of Georgia Railway Roundhouse and Repair Shops Complex at Savannah, the Georgia State Railroad Museum offers exhibits featuring a collection of historic, restored rolling stock that interprets the history of railroading in the state of Georgia. The Georgia State Railroad Museum is a stunning National Historic Landmark and is part of a National Historic Landmark District. The fantastic Museum offers guided tours, student programming, private tour, and more! Children and adults a like will love this fun filled and exciting museum. The Georgia State Railroad Museum is the perfect place to explore if the weather turns for the worst or if it’s just too hot to wander the streets. This Museum offers the best railroad experience in Savannah!
Guest’s time at the museum will be even more enhanced with the knowledgeable and friendly historic interpreter throughout the Museum. On your tour, you will have the opportunity to handle the handcar with the help of your tour guide. That alone is worth the trip! Georgia State Railroad Museum offers an array of daily programming. From guided tours of the Museum’s office cars and rolling stock to nostalgic train rides, the Georgia State Railroad Museum always has something going on. Download the Train Ride Schedule to find out which train to hop aboard during your time in the beautiful southern city. Guests can choose between the No. 30 steam locomotive built in 1913 and the ‘modern’ No. 119 diesel locomotive built in 1947, to take a ride in. No matter which one you choose, you will not want to miss a ride into Savannah, and the country’s, past.
The Georgia State Railroad Museum is open daily from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Admission cost for children ages 2 to 12 is $6 and adults are $10. The Museum offers fantastic tours throughout the day! Don’t miss out on this true Savannah experience!
After enjoy the Georgia State Railroad Museum, relax for the rest of the night with a stay at a luxurious Savannah boutique hotel – the Presidents’ Quarters Inn. The Presidents’ Quarters Inn is located in the heart of the historic district, offering guests easy access to all of Savannah’s best attractions. The Inn offers you the finest accommodations and will feed you a signature gourmet breakfast every morning of your stay. You will be able to stay in any of the 16 rooms that the Inn has to offer. You can book your stay today to help ensure that you will have a fantastic trip that you will remember!
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Savannah Oktoberfest: Wiener Dog Racing and More! 11 Sep 2014, 1:30 am
With scrumptious food, live entertainment, wiener dog races and so much more, nothing beats this Savannah festival. Held on Historic River Street, the Savannah Oktoberfest is a great way to enjoy German culture, Savannah style! We here at Presidents’ Quarters Inn want you to know the ins and outs of one of the best festivals the city offers. With a beer garden offering a variety of beers, food booths featuring German cuisine, and of course, the famous Wiener Dog Races hosted by Savannah Morning News, the Savannah Oktoberfest offers you an unforgettable time.
One of the highlights of the Savannah Oktoberfest is the Wiener Dog Race! Start getting your Wiener dogs ready for an exciting race, just for them. Race day is October 4, 2014, and you may register online or on race day at Morrell Park on the east end of River Street. Walk-up registration is $25 per dog entered, cash or check only; they cannot take credit cards on site. The fee includes the race and one awesome race day T-shirt.
Dogs participating in the race will run in heats of 10 dogs each, until all registered competitors have raced. The winners of the 10 fastest heats will race in a final heat; trophies will be awarded to the top three finishers. During the your dogs heat, you must have an assistant at the starting gate and one at the finish line waiting on your pup. This is an exciting event you don’t want to miss out on! Don’t worry about finding a place that allows dogs. The Presidents’Quarters Inn is pet friendly and loves taking care of not only you but also your canine friend!
That is not all the Savannah Oktoberfest offers. Starting on October 3rd, this three day festival is filled will fantastic exhibits and art. Take time and wander through the regional arts & crafts exhibitors displays and learn a little about the area and German culture. Another excellent part of the festival is the live entertainment on the Arbor Stage. Throughout the event, you will be entertained by some of the best musicians in the area. Enjoy authentic German food and drink at the beer garden, which offers a variety of beers or from one of the many food booths while you listen to the sweet music.
The festival hours are Friday, from 4 P.M. to 10 P.M., Saturday, from 10 A.M. to 10 P.M., and Sunday, from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. Admission into the Savannah Oktoberfest is free, making it even more amazing! Come out and celebrate German culture Savannah style at the 31st Annual Oktoberfest!
Don’t worry about finding the perfect place to stay during your time at the Savannah Oktoberfest. The Presidents’ Quarters Inn –our historic Savannah boutique hotel –offers you the finest accommodations. Every morning of your stay, we will feed you a signature gourmet breakfast before you head out to all the exciting events at the Savannah Oktoberfest. Choose from any of our 16 luxurious rooms that the Inn has to offer. We are pet friendly, making it the ideal place to stay for the Wiener Dog Race! We can’t wait to see you this October!
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The 2014 Savannah Food & Wine Festival 9 Sep 2014, 10:30 am
Do you enjoy delicious cuisine paired with a divine wine selection? Then mark your calendar for the best event in the south. The 2014 Savannah Food & Wine features appearances from celebrity chefs from around the Southeast. This is an event any food and wine connoisseur won’t want to miss! We here at Presidents Quarters want you to experience the best of the Savannah Food & Wine festival. Here are a few things to know about the festival.
On Saturday November 15, the Savannah Food & Wine Festival offers a fantastic event featuring food from the best spots in town, hundreds of free wines, spirits, Belgium beers with free unlimited tastings in a souvenir GoVino glass and five free food tokens. The Taste of Savannah starts at 1:00 P.M. and ends at 5:00 P.M. The festival is located in the beautiful Ellis and Johnson Squares, adding to the exciting atmosphere of the event. Guests will also enjoy an array of cooking demonstrations, learning experiences, Celebrity Author’s Tent, Artisan Market, Waiter’s Race, Bartender’s Challenge and so much more! Also, the Savannah Art Association will have en Plein Air artists featured in locations, painting throughout the Taste of Savannah. The Taste of Savannah tickets cost $45. Hurry, this price is only available until October 31st! To purchase your tickets, click here.
Another excellent event to take part in at the 2014 Savannah Food & Wine Festival is the Olde Wine and Dine Experience. Located in The Brice, a newly renovated Kimpton Hotel, guests will enjoy select wines and small plates by the exciting Pacci Italian Kitchen & Bar at The Brice. Tickets for this evening event cost $59 per person. The dinner starts at 7:30 P.M. and ends promptly at 9:00 P.M.
If you like the best of the best, this is the venue for you. Presented by the Big Green Egg, The Grand Reserve Tasting showcases the finest wines in a thrilling event. The Silent Auction at The Grand Reserve features one-of-a-kind wine lots, luxury travel, merchandise and services. In addition, all guests will receive a collectible piece of fine stemware for the tasting as a souvenir. You don’t want to miss out on this ultimate wine tasting event at the festival! Tickets cost $85 per person; it is held on Thursday November 13 from 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. Located in the beautiful Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, the event not only features divine wine but also offers a relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere. To find out more on this fantastic event, click here.
With a wide variety of events from which to choose, you are sure to find something that tempts your palate. As you are looking through the different events the 2014 Savannah Food & Wine Festival is offering, don’t forget to find a place to rest and rejuvenate after the festivities. The Presidents’ Quarters Inn – our historic Savannah boutique hotel – offers you the finest accommodations and provides you a signature gourmet breakfast. You will be able to stay in any of the 16 rooms that the Inn has to offer. Book your stay today, to help ensure that you will have a fantastic trip! We can’t wait to see you this November!
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Savannah Halloween 2014: What Will You Be Doing? 29 Aug 2014, 1:30 am
From spooky ghost tours to haunted graveyards, you are sure to be scared out of your mind during your time in Savannah for Halloween. America’s most haunted city, Savanna is the spot to spend your Halloween this year! Come stay with us at Presidents’Quarters Inn and discover all the mysteries of Savannah Halloween 2014. Don’t know what the haunted city has to offer for Halloween? Well, we are here to let you know about all the frightening and exciting activities that Savannah offers for this thrilling holiday! Read on to find out more on how Savannah Halloween 2014 is done.
Ghost and Gravestones Tours
Hop aboard a Ghost and Gravestones tour and take a haunted journey that you will never forget. Your Gravedigger Host will tell tales of Savannah’s past and its spooky side. One awesome part of the Ghost and Gravestones tour is the exclusive nighttime entry to River Street’s Perkins and Sons Ship Chandlery. This tour is not for the weak at heart! If you dare, jump aboard the Trolley of the doomed for a Halloween “frightseeing”journey! Children under 4 are not allowed, and an adult must accompany anyone under 18. The tours are very popular during the creepy holiday, so make sure to make reservations!
The Haunted Sorrel-Weed House Ghost Tour
For a guaranteed spook factor, take a tour of what is known as the most haunted home in the city, the Sorrel-Weed House. For Halloween, the house will offer an authentic Ghost Hunting Experience! Join in on this exciting and thrilling event. The tour is offered throughout the holiday weekend, so be sure to make your reservations!
Ghosts and Ghouls Tour
For ghosts of all ages, try the Savannah Ghosts and Ghouls Tour by Ghost City Tours. Every child under the age of 12 will receive a treat basket on the tour, which is sure to delight the young ones. You and your family will be spooked and entertained on the Ghosts and Ghouls tour of the haunted places the Savannah has to offer! Tours are offered only October 26th through November 3rd!
This year, Savannah’s Riverfront hosts the Crawl-O-Ween, a bar crawl along the cobblestones at ten of Savannah’s favorite bars. From Kevin Barry’s to Rusty Rudders, adults young and old will enjoy this fun event! If you complete your “Crawl”by the end of the night, you have a chance at winning over $600 worth of prizes. The event begins at Dub’s Pub at 7 P.M. and ends at 11 P.M.
There are plenty of events for Savannah Halloween 2014 to fill your planner. As you’re planning your trip, don’t forget to secure your reservation at the Presidents’Quarters Inn. Any of our 16 luxurious rooms would make an excellent home away from home for a couple of nights. This exquisite Savannah boutique hotel will not only provide a good night’s rest, but the Presidents’Quarters Inn also energizes you for the next day by serving a complimentary Southern breakfast. Enjoy favorites such as muffins, pastries, French toast, or eggs Benedict. Come stay with us for a true Savannah Halloween 2014 experience!
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The Harper Fowlkes House & The Society of the Cincinnati 25 Aug 2014, 1:30 am
It’s not a secret that the city of Savannah is full of rich, intriguing history. Over the years, Savannah has evolved into the beautiful city it is today. From fascinating museums to traditional cuisine, there is something in this southern city for everyone. One fantastic thing to see while in Savannah is The Harper Fowlkes House. We here at Presidents’ Quarters Inn love nothing more than the exciting history of our city, and we want you to experience the best of it when you come to visit. Here are a few things to know about The Harper Fowlkes House and The Society of the Cincinnati!
The history of The Harper Fowlkes House is a long and interesting journey that you will enjoy! In 1842, Stephen Gardner began construction on the beautiful house; Gardner, however, had financial problems. Gardner sold the home to his brother, John, who in turn sold the home to Aaron Champion in 1843. When Champion passed away in 1881, the house was left to James W. McAplin, Champions son-in-law. McAplin’sgrandchildren were the first to renovate the house in 1895. The extensive renovation increased the value of the property by $6,000. In the end, Alida Harper Fowlkes purchased the property for $9,000 through an auction held by Citizens and Southern National Bank in October of 1939. In 1985, Alida Harper Fowlkes died, leaving the property to The Society of the Cincinnati in the state of Georgia.
The Greek Revival mansion is located in the heart of Savannah’s historic district. Built in 1842, the gorgeous mansion is open for tours through out the year. Because the house is furnished with antiques, visitors are taken back in time to a different era. The house was constructed with Savannah grey brick, which was stuccoed and scored to resemble large blocks of stone. This was a very common practice in the city during the 19th century. The house is thought to have been designed by Charles B. Cluskey.
The collection of chandeliers throughout the beautiful mansion is the most striking interior feature of The Harper Fowlkes House. The collection was made around 1847 by Cornelius Company in Philadelphia. Located in the hallway is the magnificent clock. Of American origin, this federal style mahogany piece has been in the hall since the completion of the house. As you tour the house, take note of the stunning plaster crown molding in every room of the immaculate home. From the carving embellishments to the fabrics, the house is full of rich details. The Front Double Parlor holds the 1930 Persian rug, beautifully designed with shades of rust, red and blue. If you are looking for a mansion full of interesting history, The Harper Fowlkes House is just what you are looking for.
The Harper Fowlkes House is open for tours Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. with the last tour at 4 P.M. General admission is $10, $5 for students, and children 12 and under enter for free! If you wish to take a private tour, simply call and make your reservations.
The best part about The Harper Fowlkes House is that it is less than 10 minutes away from the Presidents’Quarters Inn! This charming bed and breakfast is located right on Oglethorpe Square and neighbors the stunning mansion. This makes the Presidents’ Quarters Inn the perfect place to stay during your exciting trip. In addition to its superior location, the Presidents’Quarters Inn offers guests 16 luxurious accommodations from which to choose. We can’t wait to see you!
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