Green Palm Inn

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

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.

Copyright © 2017 Green Palm Inn

 

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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.

Copyright © 2016 Green Palm Inn

 

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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.

Copyright © 2016 Green Palm Inn

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Savannah Bed and Breakfast Holiday: No Chores At Green Palm Inn in Downtown Savannah GA 18 Oct 2016, 4:27 am

SAVANNAH, Georgia — Ready for a kitchen pass (no kitchen duty) during your long-savored Savannah vacation or last minute holiday getaway?

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

French Toast at Green Palm Inn, Savannah, Georgia USA

“Dip into Savannah’s best lodging, entertainment, and local cuisine without cooking hassles at Green Palm Inn,” invites Diane McCray Crews, the aunt-like innkeeper at the cozy and popular B&B on Green Square in downtown Savannah.

Remember: A Holiday Trip = A Tasty, Relaxing Vacation in Savannah, Georgia USA! 

Even a last minute couples getaway or spontaneous holiday party planning during your long-savored or quick Savannah vacation can be simple. Diane at Green Palm Inn helps to keep your Savannah trip enjoyable, relaxing, and fun!

A recent tourism blog touts the joy of vacation rentals. Yet, conversely, we think it points instead to the hassle of vacation rental for your Savannah vacation! In June 2016 VisitTybee.com posted “24 Things Not To Forget When Packing for Your Tybee Island Vacation“.  The list starts with “Corkscrew and/or bottle opener”, “Wine glasses”, “plastic cups” and “coffee supplies”.

In contrast a holiday trip or Savannah vacation stay at Green Palm Inn’s bed and breakfast includes the early morning coffee (premium and decaf), a pre-dinner wine hour with homemade hors d’oeuvres, free / secure WiFi, daily gourmand breakfast, afternoon desserts, and more. No shopping! No fretting about meal planning! No hauling groceries or cleanup supplies! No big suitcases or boxes needed to pack also toilet paper and hand towels!

At this favorite Savannah bed and breakfast inn, Diane is a Savannah tourism star who exudes the welcoming hospitality of friendly Savannah! The personable innkeeper knows the best of Savannah: where to go for people watching, romantic picnic spots, sightseeing tours, foodie festivals, history and art museums, the best local cafes and fine dining, and cooking classes (if you simply must get your hands in the kitchen scene while on vacation).

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 © 2016 Green Palm Inn

 

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Winter Deal at Green Palm Inn During January – February 2017 22 Sep 2016, 7:17 am

SAVANNAH, Georgia —  Take advantage of a getaway special deal at Green Palm Inn for a no-snow late winter vacation in Savannah, Georgia USA. Average temps, according to USNews.com are 38.1F to 62.4F.

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 between January 15, 2017 – February 9, 2017.  Book 2 nights and get the 3rd night free — all dates between Sunday through Thursday.

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.

Copyright © 2016 Green Palm Inn

Famous Greek Heritage + Greek Fest: Historic Inn Honors Savannah GA USA Mayor John P. Rousakis — Champion, Chef, and Hero 3 Sep 2016, 9:34 am

SAVANNAH Georgia – In large measure Savannah’s fame is lifted on the shoulders of titans, as well as the friendly hometown ambassadors who welcome travelers from across the world daily. Cozily nestled in the Savannah historic district on Greene Square, Green Palm Inn honors #theone in Savannah, a city of heroes.

Our focus points to titans of personality, wealth and finesse who have given passionately of themselves and their resources. There are too many, so we choose a few less mentioned who we believe offer us the model for sharing authentic cultural traditions in Savannah, Georgia USA.

Cozy Green Palm Inn‘s guests — the ones also who adore homestyle cooking and their favorite-aunt-like innkeeper as their host — treasure the hometown back stories, especially the ones that dive deep with heritage.

Get away for a 5-day-trip! Diane Crews at this historic bed and breakfast inn (called a private hotel or mini hotel in the UK and Europe) will help to make your week travel in Savannah a dream vacation! Foodies adore Savannah, whether for dining, desserts, or taking in a cooking class.

Honoring Greek heritage we point to Mayor John P. Rousakis, for whom the riverwalk of Rousakis Riverfront Plaza on River Street is named.

Historic Savannah Mayor Rousakis champion of Savannah food, tourism, and historic preservation.

Savannah Mayor John P. Rousakis. Photo Courtesy National League of Cities

With extraordinary hometown charm and political finesse, engaging cross-sections of Savannah’s multi-cultural population, champion of Savannah, Mayor John P. Rousakis is credited with winning hearts in and for Savannah.

As the late Lewis Grizzard once wrote, “Nobody can woo like Johnny Rou. …Credit Johnny Rousakis for turning Savannah into a near “second Hollywood”. When Jimmy Carter was Governor of Georgia, he appointed Rousakis to the first state movie board.” – Source: Legends: Georgians who Lived Impossible Dreams by Gene Asher.

Mayor John Rousakis is the son of Greek immigrant parents. He attended St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, a congregation that sponsors the Savannah Greek Festival each fall in Savannah — October 6-8, 2016 this year. His father ran Paul’s Soda Shop (called “Paul’s Corner” by some) on the corner of Bull Street and Maupas Street, where Rousakis worked in the family business as a soda jerk, swept the floors, and delivered takeout orders.

Among Mayor Rousakis’s broad and deep legacy is the revitalization of the Savannah Riverfront, Savannah City Market Development, and Savannah’s hosting role in 1996 Olympics Yachting (now called Olympics Sailing). Rousakis served five terms, a total of 16 years a Mayor of Savannah during the period of 1970 – 1991. Source: City of Savannah research library and municipal archives.

The Savannah Riverwalk, known formally as Rousakis Riverfront Plaza, is named in honor of Mayor John P. Rousakis (January 14, 1929 – December 10, 2000).  Eric Meyerhoff was one of the architects of the River Street plaza, and he knew Rousakis well, eating lunch with him and a colleague every other day for years. (Source: Savannah Morning News, John Rousakis Remembered)

“Johnny loved good food, good wine, good friends, strong coffee, good conversation, and even bad golf,” Moon Landrieu said. “He left his footprints all over the city of Savannah, the state of Georgia, and across this nation.” Moon Landrieu is the former mayor of New Orleans and former secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, who said he most remembered Rousakis’ zest for life. Sources: Savannah Morning News, Remembering Johnny

John Rousakis’s story is reminiscent of another Greek Savannah native, Stratton Leopold, whose family ran Leopold’s Ice Cream Shop on the corner of Habersham and Gwinnett. A star among Hollywood’s elite producers, the younger Leopold revived his family’s legacy in Savannah by reopening the popular family business, serving super premium, homemade ice cream from original recipes in a new location – Broughton Street near Abercorn Street. The ice cream shop had originally opened in 1919.

[Rousakis’s] “personal life also was full of fun. He was an accomplished chef who would auction himself off in the Savannah Symphony’s fund-raising drive, preparing a full-course meal at the highest bidder’s home. He loved good food, good drinks and good jokes.”

John Rousakis’s personal life also was full of fun.

He was an accomplished chef who would auction himself off in the Savannah Symphony’s fund-raising drive, preparing a full-course meal at the highest bidder’s home. He loved good food, good drinks and good jokes. The full-of-life mayor participated in the Savannah Chamber of Commerce oyster roast in Atlanta (1987), where we see his “Suddenly Savannah is really cooking” apron.

Filming the segment in Whitfield Square with television celebrity Mike Douglas and movie star Burt Reynolds, Mayor Rousakis prepared “Shrimp and Oyster Pilaf”, featured in Savannah Sampler Cookbook by Margaret Wayt DeBolt.  The Mike Douglas Show segment aired October 29, 1975.

When “Gator” the movie, starring and directed by Burt Reynolds, was released August 25, 1976, audiences were introduced to Savannah’s charismatic mayor who appeared as the Ocean Plaza Motel Manager. Mike Douglas was cast at the Governor.  Filming locations included Savannah, Tybee Island, Lakeland, and Valdosta, Georgia. Source: IMBD.com Mayor Rousakis played in three more movies filmed in Savannah: Pals with George C. Scott; The Lincoln Conspiracy, and Odyssey.  — Source: Legends: Georgians who Lived Impossible Dreams by Gene Asher.

During Mayor Rousakis’s five terms as mayor (1970 -1991), “he sponsored Broughton Street revitalization efforts and oversaw the renovation of the old Central of Georgia railroad station into a visitors center and museum,” reports Savannah Morning News.  “He had all the right chemistry,” his friend William Lee said at his funeral in December 2000, reported by Savannah Morning News. “The charisma. The moxie. The energy.”

“His greatest legacy was trying to bring people together,” said Clifford Hardwick, who served alongside Rousakis on City Council. “John knew how to work with people and build consensus. ‘We’re here for the people,’ he said, ‘Not for the party.”‘

Rousakis is credited with reviving River Street, which was set to become a parking lot when he intervened.

The son of Greek immigrant parents, Rousakis’ life was a classic hometown-boy-makes-good story. His father ran Paul’s Soda Shop on Bull and Maupas streets, where Rousakis worked as a soda jerk. It was “the” place to hang out for high school students, Lee remembered.

Rousakis made the jump to the mayor’s office in City Hall to begin the first of an unprecedented five terms. “He had all the right chemistry,” Lee said. “The charisma. The moxie. The energy.”

During that time, Savannah annexed southside land and increased the city’s population by 30,000. He sponsored Broughton Street revitalization efforts and oversaw the renovation of the old Central of Georgia railroad station into a visitors center and museum.

Eric Meyerhoff was one of the architects of the River Street plaza, and he knew Rousakis well, eating lunch with him and a colleague every other day for years. “I don’t think in today’s world you could have a mayor like Rousakis, who is easy to talk with and everybody’s friend,” Meyerhoff said. “Things are a lot more political today.”

Source: Savannah Now / Savannah Morning News  quoted in this blog post, including Mayor Rousakis funeral report: Savannah’s longest-serving mayor dead at 71. John Rousakis championed the preservation of downtown, development of City Market and River Street.

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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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Visit Historical Places: Take 5-day Trip! Tycoons Enrich Savannah and the Georgia Coast 3 Sep 2016, 7:48 am

SAVANNAH, GEORGIA —  Friendly Savannah’s reputation is one of reciprocity. Little Green Palm Inn lodging in Savannah’s Landmark Historic District has begun a quiet campaign to thank “the one” who befriended and contributed to Savannah beauty and allure — beginning with Andrew Carnegie and Thomas Carnegie, titans of American iron and steel industries.

“Too often we forget the shoulders on which we stand,” explains Diane McCray Crews. When studying U.S. history, we find that many USA tycoons began modestly, too! “For our guests who choose cozy bed and breakfast lodging, these Savannah stories and Georgia coast stories add to charm and meritorious reasons to visit Savannah and Georgia.”

Get away for your 5-day travel, lodging at Green Palm Inn for your Georgia coast day trips.

What is the impact of one or two single people for generations living in and visiting Savannah and the Georgia Coast?

Dungeness, the home of Thomas Carnegie on Cumberland Island GA circa 1958

After extensive renovation Dungeness (photo circa 1958) on Cumberland Island, Georgia USA | Public Domain Photo by Philip E. Gardner, HABS photographer.

Thomas Morrison Carnegie built Dungeness on Cumberland Island. His older brother, iron and steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie left generous footprints in Savannah and along the Georgia coast. The Carnegie parents borrowed money from an American relative to make their move from Scotland to the USA.  In 2016 descendants of Thomas M. Carnegie retain a portion of Cumberland Island — Georgia’s largest and most southernmost barrier island — and host travelers at the stately Greyfield Inn. Reachable by boat only, most of the island is Cumberland Island National Seashore, managed by the U.S. National Park Service and promoted as “Where Nature and History Meet”.

In writing about Charles H. Morris’s restoration of Kehoe Iron Works in Trustees Garden, historian James Byous points to an important Savannah connection to Carnegie Steel. Located near Green Palm Inn, the iron foundry is currently undergoing major restoration.

The Carnegie Library is among Savannah firsts.

“[Carnegie libraries served as] Temples of learning, ambition, aspiration for towns and cities throughout the United States.” — NPR.org, speaking of Andrew Carnegie’s legacy of building public libraries.

Carnegie Library in Savannah GA | Photo (c) Sandy Traub, used with permission

A Savannah first: Carnegie Library, the first free-standing library in Savannah, built for African Americans and funded by Andrew Carnegie during USA segregation.

Located at 537 East Henry Street, the first free-standing library in Savannah, Carnegie Library, was built with funds from Carnegie Corporation to serve African Americans during segregation. As young boys, Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, and the late Pulitzer Prize winning author James Alan McPherson used the Carnegie Library in Savannah.  It is the only example of Prairie Style architecture within the city.

“Erected in 1914, [and dedicated on August 14, 2014] the Carnegie Library was Savannah’s first African American library and was made possible by a donation from Andrew Carnegie [a Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist]. Carnegie was a self-made millionaire and philanthropist who was inspired [as a “working boy”] at a young age by the opportunities that libraries provide their patrons.” — Source: Library of Congress. Read more of the Liveoak Library’s 100th year celebration found at this PDF link.

Savannah GA history photography | Frances Benjamin - Carnegie Corporation of New York | Library of Congress

Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South photograph of Henry Ford Plantation by Frances Benjamin Johnston, funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York and archived in the Library of Congress.

In later years, an $87,000 Carnegie Library grant funded a second Savannah library, built at 2002 Bull Street. It is now the main library with offices serving the regional Liveoak Library system. Twenty-four, free-use public libraries were built in Georgia, thanks to Carnegie Corporation grants.

Carnegie Corporation of New York funded the “Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South“, photographed by Frances Benjamin Johnston between 1939 and 1944.  Photographs of architecture in the Savannah vicinity are included in that vast collection, housed in the Library of Congress. Johnston is often considered the first American woman to achieve national prominence in diverse areas of photography.

Ask about weekly rates for your 5-day travel in Savannah! Innkeeper Diane McCray Crews has more insider tips for a delightful Savannah visit any time of year! 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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Top Savannah Inn Reports, “Architourists Adore Savannah, Georgia USA” 27 Jun 2016, 10:52 pm

SAVANNAH, Georgia –– Eager to study world-famous architecture in America’s First Planned City?  Green Palm Inn, a historic Savannah inn and tourism star encourages the architourist and intellectual tourist to get away to Savannah’s legendary historic district.

Architecture packs the list of the top things to do in Savannah. Green Palm Inn lodging is close enough to walk to any place in the National Landmark Historic District.

The magnificient Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in downtown Savannah’s historic district is #2 thing to do in Savannah! Source: TripAdvisor.com | What’s #1? The Savannah Historic District

A slow vacation in America’s most beautiful city is intellectual travel and architectural tourism at its best!

“Savannah’s historic district is one of the largest such areas in the United States, with thousands of architecturally-significant buildings including award-winning examples of Federal, Victorian, Regency and Italianate architecture located within the 2.2 square miles area.” — Source: City of Savannah, Tour Guide Manual

“The beauty of Savannah, its architecture, parks and monuments and its exceptional plan together create a fascinating story about the history of Georgia’s First City.” — Source: City of Savannah, Tour Guide Manual

Green Palm Inn has three recommended tours: Architectural Tours of Savannah with Jonathan Stalcup, Old City Walks with Phil Sellers, Savannah Rambles with Dirk Hardison.

Did you know? → “By 1729, British parliamentarian James Edward Oglethorpe served on a committee to ‘Consider a Bill for the Relief of Insolvent Debtors.’  His friend, Robert Castell, was imprisoned for debts incurred when he published a book on architecture. This incident caused Oglethorpe to be interested in Debtors Prisons where debtors were imprisoned until they paid their debts and were charged room and board.” — Source: City of Savannah, Tour Guide Manual

Check out the architectural tour audio tour link to Telfair Museums. The audio tours from Architectural Tours of Savannah highlight the architecture and history of Telfair Academy, Owens-Thomas House, and the Jepson Center. The museums’ tours were written by Jonathan Stalcup, voiced by Roger Moss, and recorded by Orlando Montoya.

Architectural Digest points to highlights in Savannah, and the Savannah College of Art and Design, which offers architectural degrees. SCAD has re-purposed churches, hotels, schools, a pharmacy, commercial buildings, and historic homes, plus renovated a movie theatre and over 60 buildings and facilities in downtown Savannah and beyond to create a disconnected campus in north Savannah.  Now world famous, the Savannah-born University of Creative Careers accentuates inspiring, adaptive use and exemplify extraordinary possibilities using principles of reclamation and reduction in urban sprawl, and balancing historic preservation and demolition.

“The Savannah Historic District was established in 1966 and in 1973, the Savannah Historic District Board of Review was formed. The Savannah Historic District Board of Review exists to protect the values of property associated with history, unique architectural details or relation to a square, park or area within the Landmark Historic District.” — Source: Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission

Of significant importance is the urban renewal project that is now Rousakis Waterfront Plaza, Savannah’s river walk. It was designed by the architectural firm of Gunn & Meyerhoff. in 1996, the riverwalk was extended eastward to support the Olympic Sailing events which were held in Savannah, Tybee Island, and Wassaw Sound.

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 © 2016 Green Palm Inn

Celebrate, Elope And Honeymoon in Romantic Savannah: Famous Honey and Full Moons Here! 27 Jun 2016, 8:18 pm

SAVANNAH, Georgia — TheKnot.com points to Savannah as “The Most Romantic” place for a honeymoon!  Renown as America’s most beautiful city, it’s an iconic, picturesque town that makes romantic elopements easy, honeymoon affordable, and anniversary travel simple.

“Why go: Get lost in the city’s slow-paced serenity—it’s the perfect antidote to any lingering wedding planning stress. Cozy inns and local restaurants flourish around the tree-shaded historic district.” — 50 Best Places to Honeymoon in 2015, TheKnot.com

WEDDINGMOON: IDEAL ELOPEMENT AND HONEYMOON DATES CORRESPOND TO FULL MOON?

With the famous Savannah Bee Company‘s gourmet honey in Savannah and mid-month full moons recurring mid-month through 2016, Savannah gets another nod for the ideal spot for honeymoons! Where do we get that match up?

“The deal is that at the beginning of a marriage, the bride and groom’s love for each other is as sweet as honey and burns as bright as the full moon.” — Wordspy.com talking about the origins of the honeymoon.

Q3 and Q4 2016 FULL MOON DATES

Tuesday, July 19: Buck Moon     USA East time 6:57 p.m.
Ideas: Sunset is 8:23 p.m. Book a romantic carriage ride under the century old Live Oaks of Wormsloe Plantation, Georgia’s oldest plantation. Slip away for an early supper in the elegance of The Olde Pink House, then take in “Savannah Live” musical at Savannah Theatre. Walk the riverfront or take a late night horse carriage ride through historic Savannah … under the moon!

Thursday, August 18:  Sturgeon Moon     USA East time 5:27 a.m.
Ideas: Sunset is 8:05 p.m. Savannah Jazz Festival, Rewind matinee at historic Savannah Theatre, and night sky watching on Tybee Island beach. Or, take in a hands-on cooking class with Chef Darin — Chicken Country Captain (5:30 p.m.). Invite a Wilderness Southeast tour guide to meet you for an hour to Explore the Night Sky.

Friday, September 16:  Harvest Moon    USA East time 3:05 p.m.
Ideas: Sunset is 7:02 p.m.  Book a day of private sailing with Wilderness Southeast. Diane will arrange a picnic on the water! Enjoy early dinner at Cha Bella, featuring farm-to-table dining. Order dessert to go from Lulu’s Chocolate Bar, then cuddle on the riverwalk, savoring sweet Savannah! Tomorrow, September 17, it’s a free day at Telfair Museums (1p-4p). Tibet Monks are featured at Jepson Center.

Sunday, October 16:  Hunter’s Moon     USA East time 12:23 a.m.
Ideas: Sunset is 6:14 p.m.  Go for a morning run along the Savannah Riverwalk before breakfast at Green Palm Inn. Worship in one of Savannah’s beautiful historic churches downtown. Lunch at the nostalgic Leopold’s Ice Cream shop.  Take in the Rewind musical matinee at historic Savannah Theatre. Explore Forsyth Park. Savor supper at The Vault Kitchen and Market, one of Savannah’s newest chic restaurants outside the historict district.

Monday, November 14:  Beaver Moon     USA East time 8:52 a.m.
Ideas: Nautical Twilight is 5:41 p.m. Let the rest of the world go by!  See the full moon from the Atlantic Ocean sounds. Venture with a naturalist guide on a Wild Island Exploration to one or more of Georgia’s protected, secluded barrier islands. Take along a romantic picnic. Slip away for a celebration of delicious cheesecake and bubbly at Savannah Coffee Roasters Cafe and Bistro. 

Tuesday, December 13:  Cold Moon    USA East time 7:05 p.m.
Ideas: Sunset is 4:29 p.m. Soak up mild winter holidays in Savannah in the spirit of Silver Bells chiming from nearby churches. Walk the festive city sidewalks and world famous squares [small parks]! Enjoy an early, light supper at The Collins Quarter or . Take in “A Christmas Tradition”, a live musical, at the historic Savannah Theatre. Savor popular cocktails at Jen’s and Friends. Extend your stay through December 16 so you can take part in the popular, once a year, Candle Lantern tour at Fort Pulaski National Monument.

If you’re elopement, honeymoon, anniversary celebration, or a combined ‘weddingmoon’ is early in 2017, be among the first to dine at the highly anticipated Husk restaurant, featuring heirloom southern foods from chef Sean Brock, on Oglethorpe Avenue. Foodies will adore all the chic cuisine, new and favorite restaurants in Savannah!

Innkeeper Diane McCray Crews has more insider tips for a delightful Savannah visit any time of year! 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.

Copyright © 2016 Green Palm Inn