Scouting out Savannah: Part 1, Where to Stay

Forsyth Park fountain.
Savannah, GA, is a precious rock amongst unique cuisine, beautiful scenery in addition to a fascinating history.

Savannah is a charmer, a Southern belle from her brick pavers to the curlicues of moss that swing flirtatiously from her gracious oaks.

She calls herself the Hostess City of the South in addition to amongst expert reason. Residents greet visitors amongst smiles in addition to genuine Can I aid you's.

Tip: Best tidings of all for Levelers, she's flat. Not such expert news, it took a long fourth dimension to pave all of the streets in addition to thus historic buildings in addition to houses were built amongst entrances and   living rooms on the minute degree to avoid the dust in addition to to amend grab cooling breezes.

Like whatever tourist-popular city, she has attracted hotel chains, major in addition to minor, many of which are conveniently located.

Professional hostesses of Savannah, (from left) Shannon Romine, Dresser Palmer House; Theresa Jacobson, Azalea inn in addition to Gardens; Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson, Jackie Heinz, Zeigler House; in addition to Diane McCray, Green Palm Inn.
But when y'all take in a urban essence known for its charm, why non seat yourself inwards the hands of a professional person hostess? Not that variety - this isn't Lady Chablis writing, y'all know. I'm talking most the variety of hostess your woman raise would convey admired, ane who assembles striking, comfortable spaces, serves outstanding meals in addition to sees to her guests every comfort.

Recently I was invited to "try on" the 4 inns of www.Savannahinns.com. Here are my impressions.

Back entrance, Dresser Palmer House
Dresser Palmer House, circa 1876
Rock java or cocktails on Savannah's longest gallery.





















Enter from the front end in addition to the longest gallery (that's front end porch to non-Southerners) inwards town greets y'all first.

Park in addition to piece of occupation into from the dorsum in addition to y'all top through wrought atomic release 26 gates to a gracious, wisteria-topped patio amongst an elevate (!) to the porch if you'd rather non create the stairs, although they aren't bad. Either way, innkeeper Shannon Romine is at that topographic point to welcome you.

Elevator is on the right.
The sixteen rooms are large, high-ceilinged in addition to comfortably furnished; the bathrooms are modern in addition to the bedding is luxurious.

Tip: This may move the solely historic B & B amongst an ADA-approved room (it's inwards the back) in addition to at that topographic point is a large front end bedchamber suite at porch level.

Cheery, welcoming parlor.
The front end parlor includes a Steinway grand pianoforte in addition to the "back room" features a handsome bar. Honor arrangement if a bartender isn't on paw in addition to guests are welcome to raid the kitchen fridge for mutual coldness drinks. Wine in addition to hors d'oeuvres fill upward the dining room tabular array inwards the afternoon in addition to at breakfast, swell, laid upward yourself for a delicious begin to the day.

If y'all listen foreign noises at night, it mightiness move piffling Madeline, the playful ghost child.

Tip: Step count - half dozen steps at front end entrance, 7 steps sidewalk to dorsum entrance primary level, eighteen steps to the minute floor.

Green Palm Inn, where sailors in ane lawsuit roamed.
Green Palm Inn, circa 1897
With solely 4 rooms, this is the smallest of the 4 inns, but its charm is big, thank y'all to innkeeper in addition to possessor Diane McCray. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 sometime history teacher, she loves to tell y'all most her adopted urban essence in addition to to percentage stories of its highlights, lowlifes in addition to secrets. She's also a superb cook.

Parlor, Green Palm Inn.











Originally a duplex built for 2 old seamen, it is closest to the river (four blocks) in addition to sports 8 fireplaces; the stately Sabal Palm suite has two. Fodor's described it every bit "a precious rock of an inn" in addition to its little size belies the large suites within.

Sabal Palm suite.
Tip: Step count - 5 steps upward from the parking level, half dozen from sidewalk to front end porch in addition to 20 steps upward to the minute floor.


Rock lively at the Azalea Inn.
Azalea Inn in addition to Gardens, circa 1885
The brightly covered chairs on the little front end gallery barely laid upward y'all for the lively decor inside.

Who knew Teddy Kennedy was amongst Oglethorpe when he met amongst the local Native Americans?
Innkeeper possessor Theresa Jacobson turned the handsome home's dining room over to students from Savannah College of Art in addition to Design (SCAD) in addition to the effect is a serial of tongue-in-cheek murals portraying the city's history. Guests convey a ball spotting the faces of Teddy Kennedy, Obi Wan Kenobi in addition to a host of other notables.

One of guests' many temptations.
That is if they tin tear themselves away from the food. Theresa cooks upward a tempest in addition to at that topographic point are ever goodies out for the tasting. Watch where y'all mensuration because Joey, a diminutive Yorkie, volition move underfoot, hoping for a handout or dropped crumbs.

Pool in addition to garden cottages.
Behind the identify is - surprise - a pool, the solely ane at a Savannah B in addition to B that goes higher upward your knees, in addition to a two-story cottage, ane bedchamber suites amongst kitchenettes on both levels.

Tip: Step count -  12 steps from sidewalk to house, nineteen steps to the minute floor, half dozen steps to the puddle level.

Street cred comes amongst Zeigler House.
Zeigler House, circa 1856
You've heard of keeping upward amongst the Joneses? Jones Street may move where the aspect began: it was the kickoff paved street inwards the urban essence to move paved because the residents paid for it themselves.

The Zeigler House is on Jones Street, simply some the corner from the famous Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room, some expert shopping in addition to several of the city's prettiest squares.  In its past, the construction has been a boarding identify in addition to a bordello. "My ghosts are very friendly," quips possessor innkeeper Jackie Heinz.

Fruit, juices in addition to baked goods are delivered to your suite each morning.
Jackie, a sometime Atlanta caterer in addition to thus y'all know the food's good, has created a unique experience. Each of the 7 suites includes a kitchenette stocked amongst fruit, baked goods, juices in addition to other beverages. Each twenty-four hr menses breakfast, including freshly baked treats, is delivered which agency y'all tin come upward in addition to larn at your ain schedule in addition to postulate non bring together a sit-down meal.

Suite amongst somebody exterior entrance.
There are 3 kickoff degree suites amongst somebody gardens, ane amongst a sidewalk degree entrance, all of which agency men actually relish staying here.   

Private garden.










Tip: Step Count: 12 steps upward to house.

NOTE: Recipes from each of the inns volition be
featured on www.foodafar.blogspot.com
amongst each Savannah postal service here.

Scouting out Savannah: Part 1, Where to Stay