Green Palm Inn

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

Celebrate Savannah Spontaneity Says Popular B&B Inn 13 Apr 2017, 8:48 am

SAVANNAH Georgia — “Then Savannah Happened”.  Now there’s a great phrase to take in the Savannah spirit! We spotted it in a Leopold’s Ice cream Instagram thread, The post was originally by Melissa Lukan.

Yes, that’s the way Savannah is — spirited, spontaneous, serendipitous! We reported a similar phrase in our blog post about the late Savannah mayor, John Rousaskis and the caption on his apron, “Suddenly Savannah Is Really Cooking“.

Savannah B&B inn hostess | Photo (c) Green Palm Inn / Guy Smith

A favorite Savannah B&B inn hostess, Diane McCray Crews co-owner at Green Palm Inn in Savannah GA USA.

Green Palm Inn‘s innkeeper, Diane McCray Crews is a master facilitator to help her bed and breakfast inn’s lodging guests to enjoy Savannah your way! “I believe in ‘The Softer Side of Savannah’, the enjoyable, fun experiences that you’ll find in Savannah, beginning here at Green Palm Inn,” Diane adds.

Spontaneous Vacation in Savannah

In the Washington Post Sara Stillman Berger wrote of her family’s spontaneous vacation . “I had been so sure that my family needed an easy, thoughtless vacation, but we ended up with the complete opposite: A vacation full of discovery, not only of the unexpected treasures around us, With no agenda, anything was possible and we took full advantage…. On the return drive north, we explored Savannah, traversing the idyllic squares and losing ourselves in history….”

Spontaneity can happen easily … only in Savannah! 

Relive your own nostalgia! Did you know? On August 13, 1959, Brenda Lee (a Georgia native) recorded “Sweet Nothin’s,” her first top ten hit. During a trip to Savannah and nearby Georgia Coast beach of Tybee Island in summer, it’s easy to live the song’s lyrics of sitting on the front porch and walking hand in hand.

Springtime in Savannah #forsythpark A post shared by Chris Sergi (@savannahscavenger) on Apr 12, 2017 at 4:36pm PDT

Celebrate during more than 150 Heritage Festivals every year. Music, art, culture and food are just a few of our excuses for city-wide parties.

Take advantage of Free Admission Days during 2017 at Fort Pulaski National Monument.

  • April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week
  • August 25: National Park Service’s Birthday
  • September 30: National Public Lands Day
  • October 15: Fort Pulaski National Monument’s 92nd Birthday
  • November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend
  •  ** Watch for dates of 2017 holiday Candle Lantern Tour. It’s not free, but worth the trip!

We invite you to getaway soon and often, planned or spontaneous, with your Savannah lodging stay at the cozy Green Palm Inn bed and breakfast on historic Greene Square.

Savannah walking shopping in historic district | Photo (c) Sandy Traub. Used with permission.

For the fun of it! Stay with us at Green Palm Inn. Walk beautiful, Savannah. Shop in small boutique shops. Dine in farm-to-table cafes and restaurants featuring day-boast fish and seafood.

ABOUT GREEN PALM INN
Featured on Wheel of Fortune, 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 © 2017 Green Palm Inn

 

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Have-it-all Tuesday Trip: Quiet Travel to Savannah GA USA in 2017 19 Mar 2017, 7:06 am

small local shops in Savannah | Photo -c- Sandy Traub. Used with permission

Small local shops in Savannah Georgia for artisan products suggests Green Palm Inn a top-rated bed and breakfast lodging.

SAVANNAH Georgia — Savannah tourism star Green Palm Inn extends a new Savannah trip idea, earmarked for the folks who enjoy a quiet getaway trip laced with plenty of personal time and quiet new experiences.

No one says to give up the non-stop romantic weekend getaways in Savannah!

“Maybe it is simply time for a quiet couple’s getaway … without the kids … and a nice pause from work,” suggests Green Palm Inn’s innkeeper, Diane McCray Crews. “We think you will love a few of our Tuesday trip ideas in Savannah, GA USA!”

#TravelTuesday — Open on Tuesday (after being closed on Monday) are key historic places of interest in Savannah — city art museums, historic mansion museums, and Wormsloe State Park (Georgia’s oldest plantation).  Monday is a rest day for a few favorite cafes and restaurants, like Back in the Day Bakery and Cha Bella restaurant.

A few popular USA holidays fall on Tuesday.

Looking at the 2017 calendar, Federal holidays will help to stretch a long weekend with an extra day, perhaps, to include a Tuesday stay in Savannah, Georgia — New Year’s Day. January 1. Monday; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. January 15. Monday; George Washington’s Birthday. February 19* Monday; Memorial Day. May 28. Monday; Independence Day. July 4. Wednesday; Labor Day. September 3. Monday;
Columbus Day. October 8. Monday;

Even more fun-loving days are times to extend your Savannah vacation to include Tuesday — Valentines Day, (Tuesday, February 14), Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday, February 28), Halloween (Tuesday, October 31).

I aimlessly travel, meaning I have no agenda other than to get small in the world, be quiet and observe people. — Walton Goggins

Motoring World Grand Prize auto race in Savannah GA USA

Historic Savannah Tip: In 1908 the Thanksgiving Grand Prize auto race entries closed on a Monday.

Here are a few quiet Savannah, Georgia trip ideas with emphasis on quiet Tuesdays!

JANUARY. Savannah Restaurant Week is January 27 – February 5, 2014). Prix fixe menus abound at top local restaurants and artisan cafes in downtown Savannah and Tybee Island (only 20 minutes drive from the historic district). They’re romantic spots, too, that offer quiet time and quiet places to try new foods and Savannah dining spots affordably and unhurried.

A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live. — Bertrand Russell

FEBRUARY. Experience an ideal Tuesday Valentine’s Day in beautiful Savannah!Also in February 2017, SCAD’s deFine Art showcase opens with its contemporary and fine art on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. The event dates are February 21 – 24, 2017.

One of the featured exhibits, “Chroma” by Carlos Cruz-Diez remains open February 21 – Sunday, May 7, 2017 at the SCAD Museum of Art. (Check hours). The deFINE ART honoree, Carlos Cruz-Diez, is known for his groundbreaking color theory philosophies.

Just as long as something is gained, a lesson is learned. I do like those. The more quiet victories are always great. — Jon Heder

MARCH. In March 2017, make Tuesday a music-packed day during the Savannah Music Festival — March 23 – April 8, 2017. Concerts start as early as 12:30 p.m. and run into the late evenings, surprising music lovers with music-filled weekdays and weekends of acoustic, bluegrass, blues, cajun,  chamber music, classical, country, dance parties, film, folk, funk, Irish, jazz, New Orleans, old time, orchestral, R&B/soul, recital, Rock/pop, vocal, world music, and Zydeco.

Diane adds a valuable tip: “The long lines at popular restaurants on weekends in Savannah are shorter or non existent on Tuesday!”

The best physicians are Dr. Diet, Dr. Quiet, and Dr. Merryman. — Daniel D. Palmer

APRIL. The Savannah Music Festival continues into April. April 22, 2017, is Earth Day — an ideal day for a trip in Savannah to experience nature’s beauty in springtime. Once called “Forest City”, you’ll want to visit the quiet urban forest of Forsyth Park’s Arbitorium, Tybee Island beach, and walk the famous Savannah squares (mini garden parks) that dot the National Landmark Historic District.

But being quiet and meditating on sound is something completely different and will be discovered very soon by a lot of people who feel that the visual world doesn’t reach their soul anymore. — Karlheinz Stockhausen

USA Flag flying from historic place in downtown Savannah Georgia

USA flag flying from historic place in downtown Savannah Georgia

SUMMER VACATION: MAY, JUNE, JULY, AUGUST and SEPTEMBER. When one gets out on the Georgia coast waterways around Savannah, you’ll hear the sounds of nature — the Atlantic Ocean waves and shore birds at Tybee Island beach. Take a Georgia Barrier Island day trip with Wilderness Southeast, or Capt. Mike’s Dolphin Tour near Tybee. Kayaking tours are available to get out on Johnny Mercer’s famous “Moon River” near Skidaway Island State Park, and Little Tybee Island.

When I write I find a quiet place. — Lianne La Havas

Even for a quiet Independence Day on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, travelers experience subdued, respectful celebrations with fireworks over the Savannah riverfront and on Tybee Island (July 3, 2017). The patriotic spirit is quietly bold in Savannah! American flags fly from the doorpost of historic Savannah homes, mansion museums, and businesses.

Take a longer Labor Day weekend!  At Tybee Island’s 10th Annual Labor Day Beach Bash on Sunday, September 3, 2017 at the Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion there is Free live entertainment by Swingin’ Medallions from 7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.  Settle in on the beach (take chairs or a beach blanket) to witness the fireworks show around 9:15 p.m.

OCTOBER. Halloween is Tuesday, October 31, 2017, a night like no other in Savannah, called by some ‘the most haunted city in America’. It is the most active night for ghost tours — walking or on trolley buses.

BandB French Toast in Savannah Georgia at Green Palm Inn a top-rated bed and breakfast inn cottage

French Toast at Green Palm Inn, a popular bed and breakfast inn on historic Greene Square in downtown Savannah, Georgia USA

HOLIDAY TRAVEL: NOVEMBER and DECEMBER. Miss the weekend travelers when your Savannah trip puts you in downtown Savannah on Tuesday for shopping, dining, sightseeing, and soaking up the magic of holidays in America’s most beautiful city. No, the city does not roll out a commercial light show; yet, the respectfully quiet street decorations, set in historic places, will add wonderful memories to your travel journal.

By now, we hope we have painted a mental picture of how delightful and quiet Tuesdays are in Savannah. Get here if you can! Green Palm Inn’s privately owned bed and breakfast innkeeper, Diane McCray Crews will have more quiet ideas for your Savannah, Georgia trip on Tuesday or any day.

We invite you to getaway soon and often, of course, with your stay at the cozy Green Palm Inn bed and breakfast on historic Greene Square.

ABOUT GREEN PALM INN
Featured on Wheel of Fortune, 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 © 2017 Green Palm Inn

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Bask in the Spirit of Savannah! Historic Inn + Social, Fun Vibe 14 Mar 2017, 11:20 am

SAVANNAH, Georgia USA — It takes community and people to nurture the spirit of Savannah and revel in the Savannah story! Green Palm Inn is happy to be a tourism star in Savannah, Georgia USA where one may amble or rollick, digress or forecast!

Savannah makes the BEST list! “The South’s Best Cities 2017“, Southern Living

Savannah Smiles Cookies | Photo courtesy of Sandy Traub

Savannah cookies, “Savannah Smiles” and “Daisies for Daisy” PR campaign at the popular Leopold’s Ice Cream shop near Green Palm Inn. The lemony “Savannah” Girl Scout cookies are a nod to Girl Scout’s founder, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low’s hometown where the organization was founded.

Our ideas are, at the core, a southern conversation about the spirit of Savannah. We believe that spirit  encompasses multiples, conscientiously — a visual gumbo of multiple happenings, a cobbling of social people, a melding of new and old, classic and contemporary, muted and bright.

A “Colorful Pageant” entitled “Spirit of Savannah” was presented to “tell of Savannah’s Wonderful Achievements and Proud History.” Source: The Technique of Pageantry by Linwood Taft, 1919

Note: Our conversation here, themed The Spirit of Savannah follows the A-Z model that retired marketing executive Sandy Traub crafted for Tybee Island’s Lighthouse Inn — “Why Tybee Island, GA“. With permission from Sandy, we point to a few mix-and-match wonders amid Savannah’s wonderful phenomena!

10 BEST Summer Vacation Hotspots That Will Save You Money This Year” — Harper’s Baazar, February 19, 2017

A – Antebellum ambiance and affection. TripAdvisor turns the spotlight on Savannah vacations with this headline: “Charming Savannah is the picture of antebellum hospitality….” We add, “laced with affection for our beautiful surrounds”.

B – BEST and Bookish to bodacious. Baffling isn’t it? … that the vibe of one city can hit the BEST travel lists, all-the-while stretching and dancing through the landscape of diverse attitudes and interests!  ExploreGeorgia.org points to Sly’s Sliders & Fries for bodacious burgers. The phenomenally attended and successful Savannah Book Festival happens in February. The Georgia Historic Society (Whitaker Street at Gaston) was founded in Savannah. Genealogists travel here to research history and heritage. The historic public library buildings are vintage Carnegie Libraries, including the first built for blacks (Henry Street near East Broad).

The Spirit of Savannah at Collins Quarter | Photo Sandy Traub. Used with permission

Outdoor cafes like the popular Collins Quarter on Bull Street catch the Spirit of Savannah in social conversations, landscape and historic architecture.

C – Cobbled Together! Local Savannah is a deliciously rich international experience. Heritage festivals and southern foods — products of diverse culinary contributions — are ongoing happenings.  Restaurant and artisan cafe menus all around town showcase this southern city’s rich cultural heritages, year around!

D – Deliciously dipped to devotely daisylike! From chocolate dipped caramel and pecan turtles to the legendary Girl Scouts organization’s founder Juliette “Daisy” Gordon,  there is so much of what’s desirable, dandy, and domestic to encompass the full of drama of Savannah. You’ll be riveted in unique, local experiences and conversations!

E – Elegant to evangelic, the historic churches and synagogue in downtown Savannah anchor the citizenry, welcoming ‘strangers’ into the magnificent places of worship.  Opera, chamber concerts, holiday music, and weddings are hosted, elevating events and exciting attendees with elegance they had not expected.

F – Farm-Fresh. Farm-fresh comes full circle in Savannah, Georgia (est. 1733). The colonial-era essential vegetable farm lands planted and colonists ate farm fresh produce. In 21st Century Savannah, farm-to-table dining is more than a national trend! Popular cafes and restaurants serve day-boat fish and local seafood, plus farmer-delivered produce. Even Green Palm Inn takes part in fresh + local, as much as practical.

Historic Savannah Springtime in Greene Square. Photo Nancy Heffernan/Green Palm Inn. All rights reserved.

Savannah springtime in historic Greene Square

G – Green and evergreen! Discovering what is green in Savannah‘s beautifully vibrant, green city is a whimsical endeavor.  Our green list and a couple more lists — small places, little cozy spots — keep us on the lookout for what’s new to do, what’s fresh to eat in Savannah, GA USA for your next trip here.

Try Shamrock Shortbread and Celtic Key Lime Cookers (green!) from Byrd Cookies!

H – Happenstance and serendipity add to the fun of a Savannah, Georgia visit. Travelers happen upon an outdoor wedding in a public square. Springtime visitors happen upon lively heritage and food festivals, celebrity spotting, filming on movie locations about town, and happy hours with unexpected food and beverage tastings.

I – Imaginations. Savannah is a place to connect things! Innkeeper Diane McCray Crews is a magician to connect your interests in imaginative ways in Savannah. Steve Jobs talks about creativity. “Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.”

J – Jukebox Journey performances at the historic Savannah Theatre, and karaoke bars tap into what’s retro, once-upon-a-time and spontaneous and musical in Savannah. The historic Savannah Theatre — the oldest theatre in continual use in America — is where to find fun-loving, professional, engagingly interactive music. Southern entertainment includes music; those are synonymous with Savannah!

Savannah Theatre music | Photo Sandy Traub. Used with permission.

Historic Savannah Theatre performances deliver ambiance and entertainment says Green Palm Inn B&B

K – Kayaking in one way to take in the coastal Georgia outdoors and hinderlands by water! Savannah is a seaside town, only a few miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean. Outdoor sports include canoeing, charter fishing, jet ski, kiteboarding / kitesurfing, paddleboarding  / paddle surfing or stand up paddle surfing,  parasail  (Hilton Head Island, SC), sailing (full day mentions Cockspur Lighthouse picnic option), scuba diving, sea kayaking, surf kayaking, and windsurfing.

L – Lucky Savannah is a topic we began highlighting in 2012. “How lucky Savannah is!… Lucky in its founder…. Lucky in its escape from pillage during the Civil War…. Lucky in its bad luck as well. A century of postbellum poverty–not really poverty, I suppose, more a lack of prosperity — made it hard for the greedy to redevelop the charm out of the city in the dread name of progress.” — the late R. W. Apple, Jr., Associate editor of The New York Times in “Apple’s America“.

M- Milestones of age, events, happenings show on the face of Savannah’s landscapes and architecture. Lifetime milestones for travelers — like anniversaries, weddings, engagements, birthdays — are celebrated joyfully in Savannah, a place where happy milestones continue to be made.

N – Novels to nutbrown. Authors writing to describe the aroma of southern pralines,  with Georgia pecans, in fiction novels have a challenge! It’s easier to visit and taste at River Street Sweets or Savannah’s Candy Kitchen, both located on River Street.

O – Olympic legacy. Oddly overlooked is Savannah’s participation in the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. Savannah and Tybee Island hosted the sailing / yachting competition.  Yachtsman Walter Cronkite came to host the opening events held on the River Street plaza. To honor its Olympic heritage, local artist Ivan Bailey sculpted the Olympic Caldron, which resides on the east river walk plaza, overlooking the Savannah River. One may spot the caldron location in the movie “Forrest Gump”.

Southern recipes from Anna Shuman Connor Hertitage Collection © Sandy Traub

Picnic Society (example) in the National Landmark Historic District near an historic church, Independent Presbyterian Church where U.S. President Woodrow Wilson married his Savannah bride,  Ellen Louise Axson.

P – Picnic Society and Pace. One traveler talks about “The Pace: Our time in Savannah was all about slowing way down. We strolled. We sat. We watched. We lingered….”  We suggest a picnic! In colonial years, for an outdoor picnic or parade, citizens rolled and unfurled their household carpet!

Q – Quirky and artsy!  Uniquely, Savannah is a city renown for embracing new ideas in the arts. Art galleries dot City Market and River Street. Mansion museums crisscross the National Landmark Historic District. Modern art museums are at SCAD Museum of Art, and Jepson Center (Telfair Square). Yes, the city may be slow to change, but the melding of classic, modern, and quirky arts — sculpting, glass, music, paintings, murals — seem to find comfortable residence here. Art is not just on the walls! Check chalk sidewalk art at Sidewalk Art Festival in Forsyth Park (April 29, 2017), or Sand Art Festival at Tybee Island (May 12, 2017)

R – Romantic Rebel. Yes, the city was a rebel during the Civil War, in squabbles over Prohibition and what to name the connecting bridge to South Carolina, and ways to keep Savannah true to the world famous city plan (layout and landscape). Duels of honor are included in the folk lore and southern stories of rebelling men. Romantic, picturesque scenes with Live Oak canopies seemingly spar for space with the palm trees, affording a nature’s landscape for a backdrop to elegant weddings that photographers adore year around.

S – “Softer Side of Savannah” – Green Palm Inn is a small historic inn, eager to introduce the  smaller artisan cafes and local shops, cocktail spots and pubs, “Savannah through the trees” — a picturesque way of seeing Savannah afresh — and cozy lodging with caring, personal attention.  Green Palm Inn is only 4-bedrooms, each with a private bath. Amenities include a gourmand breakfast, afternoon finger desserts, wine hour with light hors d’oeuvres, parking, and in-room beverages.  The spirit of Savannah resides here!

Gottlieb Baker desserts | Photo Sandy Traub. Used with permission.

Foodies’ talk of the town: Famous Gottlieb Jewish bakery in Savannah GA to re-open in Spring 2017

T – Talkative! Southerners speak and nod to strangers, and love to tell stories (evidenced by the number of tour guides and companies).  Some locals — even bartenders, waiters or waitresses — may need encouragement to take a breath between thoughts. Try sitting (or picnicking) on a park bench to explore how this phenomena rolls out in real time.

U – UP! Upstairs, uptown, and upmarket only begin to tap the ways that urbanized Savannah does UP! Entry level to old homes is upstairs, parlor level — the second floor. Before paved streets, dusty streets kept street level rooms in homes too dusty for company (visitors)! Broughton Street, Savannah City Market, and Bull Street host upscale boutiques, antique shops, and local products, including Byrd’s Cookies, shopSCAD, and Ray Ellis Gallery.

V – Vibe. Too often we forget important insights, as from this traveler: “Honestly, it’s not so much about the ‘things to see’ in Savannah, it’s more about just absorbing the vibe. It is quaint and southern and romantic and beautiful all rolled into one. After a summer of non-stop museums and theme-parks and attractions, it was refreshing to be someplace that had no timetable. Where we could just enjoy the open public spaces and I could watch the light changing and take pictures ….”

W – Welcoming. “We have a BIG southern welcome waiting at ‘little’ Green Palm Inn,” announces innkeeper Diane McCray Crews.  Yes, Green Palm Inn exudes the spirit of Savannah!

X – X-traordinary city, founded in MDCCXXXIII, Roman numbers for 1733.

Savannah video underway under Live Oak trees in Savannah's Chippewa Square -c- Sandy Traub

Video in progress under the Chippewa Square’s Live Oak trees in downtown Savannah GA’s historic district.

Y – Yummy and youngish, for a city over 200 years old, y’all!

Z – Zany and zealous! The spirit of Savannah is much like a cross-section of the world, made famous in southern literature and shared daily in the slow-drawl of the USA south’s southern conversation.

We invite you to getaway soon and often, of course, with your stay at the cozy Green Palm Inn bed and breakfast on historic Greene Square.

ABOUT GREEN PALM INN
Featured on Wheel of Fortune, 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 © 2017 Green Palm Inn

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Vibrant Cultural Tourism: Savannah Heritage Travel Entices Visitors to Come Back Again and Again! 7 Mar 2017, 10:11 am

SAVANNAH Georgia — Tourism star Green Palm Inn bed and breakfast parlays Savannah’s unique multi-cultured society. No one is left out of the generous welcome to Savannah’s foodie paradise and world-famous southern hospitality to showcase authentic southern USA experiences in Savannah, Georgia!

Southern recipes from Anna Shuman Connor Hertitage Collection © Sandy Traub

The local Savannah cultural travel experience includes impromptu picnics, which happen spontaneously all around the downtown Savannah historic district, along the Savannah riverfront plaza, Forsyth Park and park benches in the picturesque garden squares, and on Tybee Island Beach.

Heritage and cultural experiences, including this popular historic inn’s cozy lodging, expand each Savannah vacation to include entertaining stories, local foods, gardens, the arts, and architecture of Savannah’s cultured society.

We know people who vacation in Savannah annually, eager to come back to the vibrant and sweet “Hostess City of the South” for repeat vacations, always choosing to stay at Green Palm Inn.

In our coastal Georgia city travelers discover Savannah’s vibrant mix of youthful exuberance, which finds a comfortable way to mingle seamlessly amid genteel aristocratic charms.  In Savannah, the popular USA city eagerly shares its authentic cultural backdrop of picturesque romantic garden landscapes, heritage-rich architecture, and world-famous friendly hospitality.

Savannah visitors can begin in 2017 and time travel to 1733! Or, simply live in the moment, morning ’til night.

Music Night and Day! MUSIC is among the most entertaining things to do in Savannah.  Yes, attend performance events all around town, beginning with a fun musical at the historic Savannah Theatre on Chippewa Square.  Below are a few spring 2017 music events in Savannah. Diane Crews at Green Palm Inn will share with her lodging guests more music spots around town, day and night!

  • March 9-11: Stopover Festival (music)
  • March 10, Friday: Chaka Khan, 8 p.m.
  • March 14, Tuesday: Celtic Women, 7 p.m.
  • March 17: St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  • March 20, Monday: The Ten Tenors, 7 p.m.
  • March 23 – April 8, 2017: Savannah Music Festival
  • April 8: Savannah Philharmonic Concert, Virtuosity at its Finest

Local Artists and Art Scene. Be where history happened and continues to happen in Savannah. Begin at Telfair Museum of Art, the south’s oldest museum. Telfair Museums now encompasses modern art and a popular convening spot for an artisan lunch at Jepson Center, and Owens-Thomas House considered by architectural historians to be one of the finest examples of English Regency architecture in America.

  • April 21: Kahlil Gibran and the Feminine Divine exhibition opens, Jepson Center, Telfair Museums
  • April 22, FREE Family Day, 1-4pm, Jepson Center, Telfair Museums on Telfair Sq.

By day take in Savannah City Market where artists and artisans are often in place, creating beautiful statues, original art, and one-of-a kind jewelry. Don’t miss the Ray Ellis Gallery, where Savannah note cards, art and tabletop books are great take home gifts. By night ease away into the hip City Market music scene. 

Cultural travel in Savannah | Photo -c- Sandy Traub. Used with permission

Filming is popular culture in Savannah, here at statue to honor songwriter Johnny Mercer in Ellis Square, Savannah City Market.

Educational Things to Do. In June 2017 register and take a sculpting workshop with Susie Chisholm, the artist who sculpted the Johnny Mercer statue in Ellis Square. Take in the Georgia Railroad Museum, to learn how Georgia took the lead in building railroads in America.

  • May 20: SCAD Fashion Show. Top designers are in town to cheer on the Savannah College of Art and Design seniors. “You come too” as Robert Frost might say. Learn what might be on the fashion horizon.
  • May 21: Free admission to Ships of Sea Museum, celebrating National Maritime Day (May 22 official)

Dine Where Top Chefs Are In the Kitchen! Savannah’s reputation for welcoming visitors extends to a sense of community when dining. Late afternoon bring cash and enjoy Savannah’s best pizza at Vinnie Van Go Go in City Market. Farm to table fare is on the nightly menus at Cha Bella and Alligator Soul. National food critics have zeroed in on chef Hugh Acheson’s restaurant The Florence, and Chef Mashama Bailey serving crowd pleasing north-meets-south fare at The Grey, and the always popular Olde Pink House, serving lunch and dinner in aristocratic style.

Savannahians are eagerly awaiting Chef Sean Brock to open another national awarding winning HUSK Restaurant (12 West Oglethorpe Avenue) from The Neighborhood Dining Group, Inc., in the springtime.

Foodie Vacation in Savannah GA -c- Sandy Traub

Cheryl’s Brownie at Back in the Day Bakery is unique to Savannah — a foodie’s cultural travel reason to visit Savannah Georgia USA!

Hob-nob with Savannah Folks. Get into the Savannah neighborhoods, on the beach, in a farm garden for supper dining. Worship in an historic church.

  • April 16: Easter lilies from the local greenhouses are resplendent on Easter Sunday! Attend an historic, overlooking of Savannah’s beautiful squares.
  • April 29: SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival, Forsyth Park, is a playground of chalk!
  • April 30: Sunday Supper in the Strawberry Patch, Coastal Botanical Gardens’s farm.
  • May 12: SCAD Sandarts Festival, Tybee Island, Georgia, is when art school students build sand castles, sand statutes, and sand stories on Tybee Island’s north beach (near the Tybee Lighthouse).

YES, SAVANNAH SHARES HER RICH CULTURAL AND HERITAGE WAYS!

Tangible heritage (e.g., monuments, historic places and buildings, architectural preservation)

Intangible heritage (e.g., artisan food and wines, enjoying unique dining experiences, attending food and wine festivals, visiting farmers markets, (gastronomy), traditional festivals and music, oral traditions, religion)

Contemporary cultures and creative industries (e.g., film, performing arts, design, fashion, new media)

And, even more! (e.g., sports, education, health, unique gift and antique shopping that includes shopping for gourmet foods)

We invite you to getaway soon and often, of course, with your stay at the cozy Green Palm Inn bed and breakfast on historic Greene Square.

ABOUT GREEN PALM INN
Featured on Wheel of Fortune, 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.

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Trending In Savannah: March Brings Irish Stories, Wit, Song and Food Inspired from Ireland for St. Patrick’s Feast and Parade 14 Feb 2017, 2:36 pm

Irish St Patrick's Savannah GA | Photo courtesy Sandy Traub

Kiss Me I’m Irish hat for St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah Georgia USA | #stpatricksday #stpats #savstpats #irish

SAVANNAH, Georgia — On trend in Savannah during March each year is the festive and dominant color — GREEN! Irish Heritage Month is celebrated in America during March to coincide with Saint Patrick’s Day, the Irish national holiday and St. Patrick’s Feast.

Enjoy Irish song and music! Take in the Celtic Woman Tour in concert, March 14, 2017, at Savannah Civic Center. #CelticWoman

Green donuts at Savannah bakery - Baker's Pride

Green donuts at Baker’s Pride Bakery in Savannah Georgia USA only on March 17 each year. #savstpats

In Savannah’s southern city of evergreen forests, and green landscapes, is it possible to become even more green during the month of March?

Yes! Green is on trend in Savannah attire, as well as for food — green grits, green donuts, and green raisen sticks!

No other day is more green than the popular Savannah St. Patrick’s Day! The popular hashtag is #savstpats on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. It appears that nearly everyone becomes Irish for a day, at least during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade that happens in 2017 on March 17.  It’s a Savannah tradition you don’t want to miss! (** Check out it’s beginning dates, noted below. **)

Tip! It’s some say St. Paddy’s Day, some St. Patty’s Day. #StPaddy is correct. #StPatricksDay #StPats #sav #IrishforaDay #shamrock #kissmeImIrish #Irish #blessed #luckoftheirish #savannah #savethedate #travel

Featured ice cream flavors during March at the always on trend, and phenomenally popular Leopold’s Ice Cream (212 E. Broughton St.) are Guinness (1-17th) and Thin Mints and Cream. 

The farm-to-table and day-boat seafood are popular in our favorite Savannah eateries.  Travelers will discover more Irish food is featured on restaurant and cafe menus, plus some Savannah bed and breakfasts — Colcannon, Banger Sausage, Irish Coffee, Corned Beef Sandwiches, Biscuits (cookies), Irish Stew, Beef Stew, Mashed Potatoes, Irish Soda Bread, Potato Soup, and Potatoes Cooked in their jackets served with plenty of Irish butter!  Here’s a link we adore to Ballymaloe recipes in Ireland, if you are cooking for an Irish party fare at your place.

The city fountains run green, complimenting the color-rich garden landscapes. Irish wit and Irish laughter douse the conversations at jovial to solemn events. Irish is the music of choice, especially at Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub (17 West River Street).

AN IRISH STORY: MAJOR JOHN FOLEY, AN IRISH IMMIGRANT TO AMERICA.

Foley began life in the USA (1836) as an Irish workman, helping to build the Central of Georgia Railroad. At the time of his death (1881), he was the 7th president of the prominent Hiberian Society, comprised of Irishmen in Savannah who hosted U.S. Presidents for St. Patrick’s Feasts, usually on March 17. 

Like so many Irish immigrants, John Foley arrived in Savannah by way of London, seeking work in America. In Ireland, families were dying from the potato famine. Living among African workers in the poorer district in east Savannah, Foley like so many Irishmen and women rose from the ranks of humble workers to become prominent community leaders. The Savannah biography of prominent Irishman, Major John Foley by Glenn Carey Godbee, published by Armstrong State College is one example.* (See below)

From Irishman Major John Foley’s biography, we share a new Savannah itinerary of Irish places of interest in Savannah.

Emmet Park near Savannah River | Photo courtesy Sandy Traub to Green Palm Inn

Irish Celtic Cross is located in Emmet Park downtown Savannah GA on Bay Street near the Savannah River. Photo: Courtesy to Green Palm Inn from Sandy Traub 2017

Bay Street. Visit Emmet Park on east Bay Street. John Foley owned a liquor beverage shop on Bay Street. | Once known as the Strand and later as “Irish Green” because of its proximity to the Irish residents of Savannah’s Old Fort neighborhood, this park was renamed in 1902 for the Irish patriot Robert Emmet (1778-1803) to commemorate the centennial of his death. The Celtic Cross monument is in Emmet Park. Emmet Park remains an important center of ceremonial congregation for Savannahians of Irish descent, and a popular spot to watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17!

Christ Church (28 Bull Street), overlooking Johnson Square. Major John Foley was Episcopalian. | Christ Church was the first house of worship in the colony of Georgia and was founded in 1733 with the establishment of the colony. “Before the American Revolution (1775-83) members of the Anglican Church, or Church of England, composed the largest and most influential religious group in Georgia, having been instrumental in the founding of the colony. In 1789 American Anglicans, including those in Georgia, formally reconstituted themselves as the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America.” Source: Georgia Encyclopedia

Greene Ward / Greene Square where Green Palm Inn (548 East President St.) is located. In his will, Major Foley bequeathed two houses and lots in Greene Ward to his nurse, Henrietta Cooper.  | “Greene Ward was laid out in 1799, as part of the second expansion of the city. To fit in the area allocated for it in the City Common, the width of the ward was reduced, resulting in a narrow Oglethorpe plan formula, complete with a central square, trust lots and tything lots.”

Irish food for St Patrick's Day in Savannah Georgia USA | Photo Green Palm Inn

St Patrick’s Day Irish food at Green Palm Inn bed and breakfast in Savannah GA USA

“Greene Ward and Square, named in May 1799, honor General Nathanael Greene (1742-1786) of Rhode Island. Washington’s Chief of Staff in the Revolution, he was in Georgia at the close of the War. ” Source: Virtual Historic Savannah Project, SCAD

Laurel Grove Cemetery (802 West Anderson St.).  Major John Foley was buried in 1881, lot 1882. | Although planned as early as 1818, Laurel Grove first opened for burials in 1853. Famous people who are buried in Laurel Grove include James Moore Wayne, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States; James Lord Pierpont, writer and composer of the song Jingle Bells; Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA; Florence Martus, nicknamed “the Waving Girl”, the unofficial greeter of all ships that entered and left the Port of Savannah; and 600 Confederate soldiers who died in the Battle of Gettsyburg.

Bonaventure Cemetery (330 Bonaventure Rd.) “The only road that was ever known to carry a man beyond the cemetery. (The streetcar passed Bonaventure Cemetery in route to Thunderbolt.) — Source: Major John Foley biography, Armstrong State College.

A Savannah picnic in Laurel Grove Cemetery

A unique Savannah tip from Green Palm Inn: “Picnic in Laurel Grove Cemetery,” says innkeeper Diane McCray Crews.

“Bonaventure to me is one of the most impressive assemblages of animal and plant creatures I ever met. I was fresh from the Western prairies, the garden-like openings of Wisconsin, the beech and maple and oak woods of Indiana and Kentucky, the dark mysterious Savannah cypress forests; but never since I was allowed to walk the woods have I found so impressive a company of trees as the tillandsia-draped oaks of Bonaventure.”

“I gazed awe-stricken as one new-arrived from another world. Bonaventure is called a graveyard, a town of the dead, but the few graves are powerless in such a depth of life. The rippling of living waters, the song of birds, the joyous confidence of flowers, the calm, undisturbable grandeur of the oaks, mark this place of graves as one of the Lord’s most favored abodes of life and light.” – “Camping in the Tombs,” from A Thousand Mile Walk, John Muir (1867)

Town of Thunderbolt (2821 River Drive2821 River Drive, Thunderbolt).  In the narrative of Major John Foley, the Coastline Railroad streetcar traveled from Savannah to Thunderbolt, a small town village on the Wilmington River and Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. | Main street Thunderbolt is a short walk that parallels the Wilmington River, showcasing yachts, boats, and commercial fish endeavors. One of Diane and Gary’s favorite casual-as-they-can-be supper spots — seafood served on newspaper — is Despositos (187 Macceo Dr.), located just across the Thunderbolt Bridge.

Thunderbolt was a settlement which evolved into a shipping point for local plantation needs which also serviced the river traffic. In 1856, the Town of Thunderbolt was incorporated as Warsaw and then began its history as a processing port for the fishing community. In 1890, Georgia State College was founded for the education of African Americans. This college continues to be a historically black institution and is known today as Savannah State University.

In 1921, Warsaw’s name was restored to Thunderbolt and the seafood processing continued to play a large part in this community’s development. In 1939, yacht racing became popular and saw the construction of a yacht basin.” – Source: ThunderboltGA.org

Sgt Jasper soldier monument | Photo: Library of Congress

Jasper monument in Madison Square downtown Savannah GA – Irish Jasper Greens military unit is named to honor Sgt. Jasper, a Revolutionary War hero.

Jasper Monument in Madison Square (intersection of Bull and East Macon Streets), for whom the Irish Jasper Greens military unit are named.  Major John Foley was enlisted in the Jasper Greens.

Columbia Square.  Major John Foley’s grocery store was located on the northwest, facing Columbia Square. | The William Kehoe House and another Kehoe mansion were built by the successful Irishman and iron magnate on Columbia Square.  At the age of 9, William Kehoe’s family had left the famine and depression of Ireland. They arrived in Savannah, known to be a town where the Irish were not discriminated. Columbia Square was laid out in 1799 and is named for Columbia, the poetic personification of the United States. It is located on Habersham, between State and York Streets. Immediately west of Columbia Square was located Bethesda Gate, one of the six entrances into the town.

Facing it on the north is the “Davenport House,” one of the handsomest examples of Georgian architecture in the South. This finely proportioned dwelling, completed in 1820 was designed and built by its owner, Isaiah Davenport (1784-1827), one of Savannah´s outstanding builder-architects. In 1956 the “Davenport House” was restored by Historic Savannah Foundation as the first preservation project of that organization. In the center of the square is a fountain that formerly stood at Wormsloe, the estate of Noble Jones, one of Georgia’s first settlers.

Marshall House. Major Foley would choose leisure at Marshall House. | A restaurant in the Marshall House row, 45 Bistro (123 East Broughton St.) is a supper-only upscale eatery, serving new American entrees & wood-fired pizzas in an old-world setting dating from 1852. A convenient spot to dine when attending events, like Savannah Music Festival (March 23 -April 8, 2017), Savannah Film Festival (October 28 -November 4, 2017), or movies / shows at the historic Lucas Theatre and SCAD’s Trustee Theatre.

* MAJOR JOHN FOLEY (1813 – 1881).  The Foley family motto is “Ut Prosim”, translated “That I may be of use”.

We learn of his familiar path to Savannah from southwest Ireland near the Atlantic Ocean — Ballinclave (also Ballintlieve townland), Kerry County, Ireland. In 1881, Major Foley’s brother, Patrick Foley lived in Tipperary, a name familiar from the World War I song, “It’s a long long way to Tipperary“.

Former U.S. Ronald Reagan traces his family back to Ballyporeen in the south of the Tipperary County.

Savannah Celtic Cross | Photo courtesy Mike Jung

Irish Celtic Cross, located in Emmet Park downtown Savannah on east Bay Street. Photo: Mike Jung. Used with permission.

John Foley arrived in Savannah (1836), and worked with other laborers to construct the Central of Georgia Railroad. From 1840 he was a successful grocery store merchant on Columbia Square. He became a member of the prestigious Hibernian Society (1844), joined the Jasper Greens military unit (1845), was a Freemason (from 1851), served for a time enlisted in the Confederate cause of the Civil War, then later served as a “home guard” volunteer and medical aid (listed on Savannah Roll of Honor). During retirement periods, Foley would leisure at The Marshall House. In 1873 Foley became president of the Coastline Railroad, a local streetcar route that traveled from downtown Savannah to the town of Thunderbolt on the Wilmington River.

Earlier in the year, before his death in September 1881, he was voted the seventh president of the Hibernian Society. Major Foley’s funeral was conducted by Rev. Thomas Boone of Christ Church (Johnson Square). Foley is buried in Laurel Grove Cemetery, Lot 1882. The beneficiary of his estate, valued at $50,000, went to his brother Patrick Foley in Tiperary, Ireland.

Another Irishman, James Doolan, purchased Major Foley’s home, located at 417 East York Street.  Interestingly, Green Palm Inn purchases its custom mattresses from James R. Dooner Mattress Store, surely a descendant of another Irishmany, Lt. James Dooner of the Irish James Greens (organized February 22, 1843).

** ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION IN SAVANNAH (beginnings):

  • 1812: Hibernian Society of Savannah formed by 13 Irish Protestants to help needy Irish immigrants.
  • March 17, 1813: First private observance of St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah by the Hibernians.
  • March 17, 1818: Parade by the “Fencibles” (defense force), an unidentified group.
  • March 17, 1824: First public procession by the Hibernian Society.
  • 1830: First time no parade was held. The Hibernians did meet and have their annual meeting.

ABOUT GREEN PALM INN
Featured on Wheel of Fortune, 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 © 2017 Green Palm Inn

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Friendly Stay In Savannah From Tourism Insider! Smiles, Cookies, Book Festival, And More Things to Do 28 Jan 2017, 8:03 am

SAVANNAH, Georgia — Savannah tourism star, Green Palm Inn introduces you to a friendly stay in Savannah, plus shares added stories — 1920’s “National Smile Week”, Girl Scout Cookie® sales, and little things you might miss to do in Savannah in February – March 2017, like “Savannah Smiles” Girl Scout cookies!

Did you know? “National Smile Week”* was a great idea in the 1920s, half a century before commercial artist Harvey Ball contributed his smiley face ☺, the symbol of “World Smile Day“, which is celebrated in October, annually.

Daisies for Daisies and sweets | Photo (c) Sandy Traub

Savannah Smiles® Girl Scout Cookies® and “Daisies for Daisy”™ — honoring Girl Scout founder, Juliette Gordon Low — photographed at Green Palm Inn, a Savannah, Georgia USA tourism star for cozy, historic Savannah bed and breakfast lodging.

Savannah Girl Scouts (circa 1923) celebrated “Smile Day“, too. At the link (page 38), you’ll see a photo of Savannah scouts in front of Savannah City Hall, holding cookie sale posters. That same year baseball great George Herman “Babe” Ruth (1895-1948) is photographed by AP, helping the Girl Scouts with that same poster, promoting the organization’s new “Million Cookie Drive”.

February and March 2017, get your own Savannah Smiles®!

In 2017, Girl Scouts Celebrate 100 Years of Selling Girl Scout Cookies®. Yes, the famous cookies are on sale now!

Innkeeper Diane Crews is a Girl Scout alumna, so you’ll find plenty of help from her locating the delectable cookies near this historic Savannah inn! Meanwhile, here’s a link to find the cookies. 

One hundred years ago, in 1917 Girl Scouts in Oklahoma began home baking sugar cookies and selling them “as a way to finance troop activities”. The original recipe is at the above link.

Girl Scout Savannah Smiles Cookies and Daisies for Daisy| Photo courtesy Sandy Traub

Green Palm Inn bed and breakfast features Savannah Smiles Girl Scout cookies during Savannah Cookie Sale.

Green Palm Inn bed and breakfast features “Savannah Smiles” Girl Scout cookies during Savannah Cookie Sale. Photographed at the famous Leopold’s Ice Cream in downtown Savannah. Photo courtesy: Sandy Traub

In 2009 Girl Scouts presented a new cookie, baked into the shape of a smile — “Savannah Smiles®“, called “Lemonade” in some distribution areas. We’ve read also that there was another cookie, which was originally named for founder Juliette Gordon Low’s hometown — “Savannahs”. Today they are called “Peanut Butter Sandwich” or Do-si-dos®).

Add more of your own smiles in friendly Savannah, with the entertainment — a winner, too! 

Winner [This could describe Savannah, GA!]
“Why is she so popular?”
“Well, she’s a old-fashioned girl in new fashioned clothes.”
— The Judge, Volume 82, c. 1923

  • January 27 – February 4, 2017:  The Piano Men at Savannah Theatre, Chippewa Square.
  • February 3 – 5, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Colonial Faire and Muster at Wormsloe State Park
  • February  10 – 12: I Love You. You’re Perfect. Now Change musical, Savannah Theatre
  • February 16-19: Savannah Book Festival
  • February 21 -24, 2017: SCAD presents deFINE ART 2017, fine art exhibitions, lectures, performances + public events.
  • February 25: Joe Bonamassa, Savannah Civic Ctr.
  • February 29: Davenport Soiree at Elizabeth on 37th
  • March 3, Friday: STYX, 8 p.m.
  • March 4: European Enigma by Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra, Lucas Theatre
  • March 9: The Harlem Globetrotters 2017 World Tours, 7 p.m.
  • March 9-11: Stopover Festival (music)
  • March 10, Friday: Chaka Khan, 8 p.m.
  • March 14, Tuesday: Celtic Women, 7 p.m.
  • March 17: St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  • March 20, Monday: The Ten Tenors, 7 p.m.
  • March 22, Wednesday: Price Is Right Live, 7:30 p.m.
  • March 23 – 26: Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens
  • March 23 – April 8: Savannah Music Festival

Savannah tourism star Diane’s late winter special deal for lodging and generous amenities at the historic inn is exclusively for Sunday through Thursday stay only through February 9, 2017.  Book 2 nights and get the 3rd night free — all dates between Sunday through Thursday. #smileweek #weekday #travel

Located in the downtown Savannah historic district on Greene Square, the popular and cozy inn’s rates are $179 to $209, per night, plus tax.

ABOUT GREEN PALM INN
Featured on Wheel of Fortune, 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. #softersideofsavannah #softerside #friendly #smile

Copyright © 2017 Green Palm Inn | “Daisies for Daisy”™ is creative property of Sandy Traub, Savannah GA USA.

*Note: In the 1920’s The Judge magazine encouraged women’s clubs and chambers of commerce to promote “National Smile Week“*.  Humor in entertainment, drama and literature were encouraged.

Fitzgerald, Georgia’s Chamber of Commerce responded in 1923, saying they would take part in National Smile Week. “… If the world ever did need the smiling countenances of men, it is now when people need so much to be cheered up.”

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First Port of Call: Savannah. First Point of Call: Green Palm Inn’s Cozy Lodging 17 Jan 2017, 9:03 am

Savannah Tall Ships

Tall ship masts were as a forest in the Port of Savannah as early as the 1800s. Source: “Savannah in the Old South” by Walter Jr. Fraser Jr.

SAVANNAH, Georgia — The Port of Savannah’s competitiveness  strives to be known as the “first port”* — the first port of call for inbound ships, arriving in the United States of America with loads of goods from world ports.  That’s the reality during the 18th and 19th century days of sailing ships and in today’s commercial, international shipping.

That eagerness by Savannah, Georgia, to be “first port” holds true for USA tourism as well!

One unique vantage point comes from one Savannah traveler, OxleysAdventures. He shares a narrative of a Savannah visit, arriving by freighter, awaiting the pilot and tug, which pushes the freighter to it’s final destination.  Plus, he shares Savannah points of interest during his port call experience.  You may enjoy reading those insights.

Green Palm Inn is an ideal first point of call during your Savannah visit.  From this popular Savannah bed and breakfast your things to do, places to go or eat, including festival and events, are your call!  Innkeeper Diane McCray Crews is a Savannah tourism star, and fabulous source for Savannah insider information to enjoy the best of Savannah.

An aromatic, gourmand’s breakfast will be a tantalizing wake up call during each day of your stay at this popular Savannah bed and breakfast. Afternoon desserts, and evening wine with homemade hors d’oeuvres set the pace for a social supper in one of Savannah’s chic cafes or farm to table restaurants.

Friendly Savannah GA. Photo Dave Tuttle. Used with Permission.

Friendly Savannah GA – Savannah river walk plaza, along the Savannah River

Savannah Insider’s Tip (Folks named Nichols own and run the popular Crystal Beer Parlor, a must-dine eatery!) —
“Abram Nichols was the first port warden of Savannah, was a member of the first board of fire commissioners, and was the commander of a mosquito fleet, fitted out in Savannah, and sent to Tybee island during the War of 1812 to protect Savannah from an invasion by the British fleet.  He was the father of two sons and one daughter, George Nicoll Nichols, being the eldest son and the younger Edward Tattnall Nichols, who died in 1888, having achieved the rank of rear admiral of the United States Navy.” — Source: “A History of Savannah and South Georgia” by William Harden

When you’re ready to call it a day, your private bath and cozy lodging accommodations await!

Diane McCray Crews, a Savannah tourism star and innkeeper at Green Palm Inn will have more Savannah insider tips and recommendations for overnight guests, based on your interests. Come! Enjoy Savannah your way! Just ask Diane when you book your historic Savannah inn lodging at Green Palm Inn.

ABOUT GREEN PALM INN
Featured on Wheel of Fortune, 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 © 2017 Green Palm Inn

* Source: The National Trust Guide to Savannah by Roulhac Toledano”

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17 Best Savannah Weekday Tips For Winter Getaway 2017 From Green Palm Inn 3 Jan 2017, 5:04 am

SAVANNAH, Georgia — Affordable travel is quite the buzz! Savannah tourism star and Green Palm Inn’s innkeeper says, “Get away for affordable Savannah weekday travel. A midweek travel getaway or a Sunday through Thursday vacation in Savannah finds the city less crowded.”

Savannah camellia is winter vacation highlight | Photo (c) Sandy Traub

Evergreen and colorful Savannah winter getaway features camellias in Savannah gardens and public landscapes.

The popular Savannah bed and breakfast innkeeper points to 17 Best Savannah Weekday Tips for economical weekdays travel in Savannah, Georgia. She includes a winter lodging deal at the popular cozy historic inn.

  1. You’ll love our cozy Savannah inn’s lodging deal! Exclusively for Sunday through Thursday stay at Green Palm Inn between January 15, 2017 – February 9, 2017. Book 2 nights and get the 3rd night free — all dates between Sunday through Thursday.
  2. Be in Savannah for Georgia History Festival’s Super Museum Sunday, February 5, 2017. Admission to a wide range of museums and historic sites is free — 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  3. A hidden gem is Betty Bombers All American Eatery features fresh ingredients and our favorite burger! With the feel of a World War II canteen style cafe, Betty Bombers is located in the original Mighty Eighty Air Force building, now the American Legion located just north of Forsyth Park on Bull Street.
  4. To discover cheap airfare to Savannah, set up an alert on AirFareWatchdog.com. There are seven airlines flying into Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport.  with 22 direct flights.  Want to keep Savannah on your desktop mind? Download 2017 Savannah airport desktop calendars (free).
  5. Excellent and thrifty Groupon deal to El Gre Fine Fusion (special sale ends January 2, 2017) extends offers for weekday deal for 1 or weekday deal for two.  If you miss the deal, we recommend an affordable and amazingly delightful early 11:30a or late 2p lunch at The Vault, owned by the same folks.
  6. City parking meters are free after 5:00 p.m. weekdays, Monday – Thursday, plus city authorized holidays (listed at this link). This includes on the riverfront. Also, a DOT Express Shuttle is free, serving 12 stops in the historic district. The closest stop to Green Palm Inn is St. Julian and East Broad. (see schedule)
  7. Thursday, February 2, plus February 3 and 4, 2017, The Piano Men at the historic Savannah Theatre.
  8. Groove into the local preservation enthusiast’s scene! Sunday, February 19, 2017, take part in something new — The Davenport Soirée! Join with Savannah locals and international travelers for an afternoon of music, fine spirits, amusements, and delicious food at the beautiful Elizabeth on 37th (one of Savannah’s best fine dining restaurants)!
  9. Cheese Board and Champagne Cocktails at Lulu’s Chocolate Bar. Winner of Best Overall Cheese Board 2015! Gourmet cheeses served with crackers, fresh fruit, glazed nuts, and fruit. Plus weekday discounts! Monday/Thursday Special: $5 Champagne Cocktails; reduced price specials during Happy Hour all night Wednesdays; Happy Hour Monday thru Saturday 5 to 8pm. $2 off martinis, $3 wells, free cookie bites!
  10. Flying Fish Bar and Grill. A budget-friendly $6.95 lunch special every weekday at this popular Wilmington Island casual spot. The owner formerly was kitchen manager for the famous Williams Seafood Restaurant on Highway 80 in route to Tybee Island, GA.
  11. Take advantage of multiple museum admission passes! Pay admission to one Telfair Museum, and you’ve earned free admission to all three, valid for entrance within one week. Purchase a “Pioneers in Preservation Triple Pass” to visit three of Savannah historic house museums: Andrew Low House, the Davenport House Museum and the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum.
  12. Don’t wait until February to celebrate Black Heritage. Get off the beaten path to visit the Gullah/Geechee heritage along Johnny Mercer’s real “Moon River” with a visit to Pin Point Heritage Museum (open Thursday – Saturday). Plus, purchase fine art at Samantha Claar’s Gullah Gallery in City Market. Here’s a link for 10% off art purchase at Samantha Claar’s gallery.
  13. Take advantage of Old Town Trolley Tour’s “Hometown Pass“, available to all residents of Bryan, Effingham, Liberty & Chatham counties in Georgia and Jasper County and Beaufort County in South Carolina.  Some of the tours and attractions for FREE when accompanied by a full fare adult paid guest.  Check link for full details.
  14. Walk Tybee Island beach or kayak the waterways of Tybee Island and Little Tybee Island and Savannah, Georgia.  Ask about 3 hour winter tour (11a-2p) with Sea Kayak Georgia.
  15. Check your travel dates on the Savannah Music Festival calendar — March 23 – April 8, 2017. Several discount bundles are available for purchase.
  16. Exclusive to Green Palm Inn guests, Diane shares her private key to one of Savannah’s most private clubs — a Savannah Speakeasy, Mata Hari. 
  17. Things to do coupon discounts — haunted and walking tours, private boat trips, museum entrance and more! 25 MORE free things to do are listed at SouthernSavers.com here

Diane McCray Crews, a Savannah tourism star and innkeeper at Green Palm Inn will have more Savannah insider tips and recommendations for overnight guests, based on your interests. Just ask when your book your historic Savannah inn lodging at Green Palm Inn.

ABOUT GREEN PALM INN
Featured on Wheel of Fortune, 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.

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Girls, Get Away to Friendly Savannah For A New Year’s Refresh! Fresh Ideas from Green Palm Inn 20 Dec 2016, 10:09 am

SAVANNAH, Georgia — Eager for a few affordable, crazy-fun girl days + girls’ night outs after the New Year? Get away to refresh amid the local charm of cozy Green Palm Inn’s bed and breakfast in the Savannah historic district.

Kick back, savor an afternoon tea party, mosey about the walkable town under tree canopies, and learn a few tricks from a gourmet chef (but only if being in the kitchen is part of your play agenda).

Unique Savannah Places include Marc Jacobs | Photo -c- Green Palm Inn

“Just say yes!” is a cue to get away for unique new year’s travel getaways in Savannah Georgia, according to Green Palm Inn’s Diane Crews.

Savannah is a girl’s place! … that the women share her with men. Lodging, too, is  friendly here at Green Palm Inn. Hang with the foodies, and the most delightful surrogate aunt you’ll find here!

Called “The Sweetheart of the South,” Savannah has so much depth and three-dimensional appeal that “she” has been given a persona and described by “her” locals as a demure Southern belle with a vampish, dirty secret. — TurnerSouth

Ready for a welcoming Savannah New Year’s refresh in welcoming Savannah, Georgia?

In a recent Instagram we spotted an out-of-towner, expressing joy when walking in Forsyth Park, having folks passing by — total strangers! — say, “Good morning”. Tara from North Carolina says, “People are so friendly, laid back, warm and welcoming….”

Savannah’s a gorgeous, richly historic Southern belle — with a decidedly decadent, free-spirited edge. — Expedia.com

Take advantage of the guilty pleasures! Start with beauty, history, food, and culture.

  1. Sit on a park bench in one of Savannah’s world famous squares. Do absolutely nothing but take in the southern greenery and lush floral colors year around.
  2. Stroll as leisurely as you wish, appreciating the historic district’s architecture. Uniquely, Savannah’s pre-1865 architecture was spared from the ravages of the Civil War. Kevin Saks, New York Times, called Savannah “a preservationist’s wonderland, a city of Old World charm”.
  3. Take time for the sheer pleasure of wandering.
  4. Dine at the local cafes and crazy-fun restaurants that are getting buzz on national food reviews.

Savannah was a different sort of revelation, a city that simply blew me away. I expected fabulous architecture and syrupy Southern atmosphere. But not to such a degree. — Joe Yogerst, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Innkeeper Diane McCray Crews is a tourism star and champion, ready with recommendations for the best of what to do and and the best places to go in and near Savannah, based on each guest’s interests.

Ready to start making your getaway plans today?  With four guest rooms (one room will accommodate 3 guests), you can max out your friends’ reunion here!

Happy New Year!

ABOUT GREEN PALM INN
Featured on Wheel of Fortune, 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 Green Palm Inn in Savannah GA USA, and Pinterest.

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Buttery-gold, Winter Holiday Vacation Ideas from Savannah, Georgia Tourism Star Green Palm Inn 19 Nov 2016, 2:12 pm

SAVANNAH, Georgia — Heartfelt, new Savannah discoveries include Julie Child® buttery-gold roses, celebratory decor, and comfort-food holidays. More winter vacation ideas, especially for November and December holidays 2016, are shared by Green Palm Inn, a Savannah tourism star.

Christmas in Savannah | Photo Green Palm Inn bed and breakfast Christmas 2013

Christmas in Savannah at Green Palm Inn welcomes hopeless romantics, travel buffs and empty nesters with holiday desserts and wine by the fireplace.

There’s a generous holiday spirit that embraces the gingerbread cottage of Green Palm Inn, painted buttery-gold. In the stockings from our 2014 Christmas photos are buttery-gold calla lilies.

Home style hearts and hearty, golden gingerbread will be among the decor and food highlights at Green Palm Inn during the winter holidays 2016.

“Sharing the holiday with other people, and feeling that you’re giving
of yourself, gets you past all the commercialism.”   – Caroline Kennedy

Savannah winter travel ideas | Photo (c) Sandy Traub. Used with permission.

Buttery-gold Savannah winter vacation ideas from tourism star Green Palm Inn include Julia Child® Florabunda Rose, seen at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens’ rose garden through December, 24, 2016 holiday.

Golden entertainment opportunities abound, especially during Savannah holidays.  The Savannah Box Office is a great place to make a quick check for holiday entertainment at the golden-era Lucas Theatre and SCAD’s Trustees’ Theatre. Top events include the Savannah Philharmonic, Holiday Pops Concert.

The best buttery-golden Southern Pecan Fruit Cake in Savannah is at Two Smart Cookies.

The buttery-gold Savannah Bee Honey is an ideal stocking stuffer for any foodie, especially working on healthy diets.  Imperial Sugar produces Savannah Gold® Free-Flowing Honey Crystals (honey with cane sugar).

Damon Lee Fowler reminds us that “a goodly share of slaves brought into Savannah came from the rice-growing countries of Africa’s Gold Coast“.  Anson Mills shares the classic Savannah Red Rice recipe, which calls for Carolina Gold Rice. The Olde Pink House Restaurant serves the classic dish, along with melt in your mouth She Crab Soup.  Here’s a link to Damon Fowler’s recipe for golden Parmesan Wafers (Biscuits).

Bet you didn’t know, there is a Savannah lineage storyline to Blanche Devereaux (née Hollingsworth), one of the four main fictional characters on the 1985–1992 NBC sitcom “The Golden Girls“. Here’s a couple of fun lines from Blanche:”“I’m from the South. Flirting is part of my heritage.” And, “Crying is for plain women. Pretty women go shopping.”

Southern Pecan Fruit Cake | Photo (c) Sandy Traub. Used with permission

Buttery golden pecans top the Southern Fruit Cake from Two Smart Cookies is a top Savannah holiday tip from Green Palm Inn’s tourism pro, Diane McCray Crews.

Anson Mills tells us, “Sesame seed is a food that was brought to the Americas by African Slaves. In Charleston and Savannah, they’re still called “benne (pronounced ‘bennie’) seeds”, just as the African slaves called them when they brought them here.” Sesame seeds, okra, and cow peas are among more of the crops introduced from Africa.

An easy New Year’s Eve gift idea? Benne Wafer Cookies, made with the sesame (the seed of good luck) from Byrd Cooking Company.

We look forward to seeing and hosting you during the 2016 holidays! Check our late winter deal, if your plans are to getaway in the New Year!  Meanwhile, an Irish prayer, for golden happy hours!

A Wish for a Friend
Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!

ABOUT GREEN PALM INN
Featured on Wheel of Fortune, 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 Green Palm Inn in Savannah GA USA, and Pinterest.

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