SAVANNAH Georgia (October 25, 2012) – According to Savannah innkeeper Diane McCray, rejuvenating travel remains affordable, in spite of America’s and Europe’s tough economy. “Begin with what is little and small – the meaningful cozy spots. Discovering little loves is a gift to yourself for personal holidays. We read recently, some employers offer unlimited vacation days. Wouldn’t that be a dream — time to get away any day!”
Of course, Diane would love for you to begin your holiday — even the solo traveler — with a trip to the American South, lodging and socializing in her four-bedroom Green Palm Inn bed and breakfast home in the Savannah historic district.
Reasons to Go: Diane believes that “Little loves grow in Savannah, Georgia’s sweet spots – the back-to-nature vacation spots, the urban gardens, historic churches, chic to home style cafes, and the genteel social drinking places that dot the waterfront harbor and downtown. Local, cultural travel in and near Savannah pairs well with sweet southern hospitality that begins at the cozy cottage bed and breakfasts.” Part of the ‘take time for a little leisure’ attitude in Savannah is America’s indigenous Low Country foods (peasant foods) and fresh day boat seafood from Georgia Coast waterways, Diane adds.
Mini holidays and short getaways in Savannah’s character-rich, southern drinking city include good eats — the comfort foods of The South, dressed up in old to new southern style by professional chefs and endearing cooks. Here are a few ideas for food lovers. Introduced to colonial settlers by the American Indians, the native corn gets a cosmopolitan treatments in Corn Soup (at new Byrd’s Cookie Bar & Grill). It’s key in a Low Country Boil (Uncle Bubba’s), Brunswick Stew (at Wiley’s Championship BBQ), corn grilled in husk (Mushroom, Corn and Chevre Bread Pudding recipe, North Beach Grill at Tybee), corn bread (“hoecakes” at Paula Deen’s Lady and Sons restaurant), and grits (ground corn hominy served with fresh local shrimp, a great breakfast-for-supper favorite at Alligator Soul and Vic’s on the River). Shaking up group eating socials and unique dining experiences are Scotch and Bourbon tastings, beer fests and dinners, and wine events.
Where to Stay: “The Softer Side of Savannah” is Green Palm Inn’s swoon-worthy, top-rated inn – a home bed and breakfast in the 2.5 square mile National Historic Landmark district. Life slows and softens around the fireside, breakfast room table in this seamen’s cottage.
You’ll be in flat terrain, and walk-friendly Savannah in the historic district. So, beginning January 1, 2013, “Let there be toddies!” — morning to evening. Champagne mimosa will be that small indulgence at the inn’s gourmand breakfast. Sparkling beverages (plus tea or custom Savannah-ground coffee) make for a daily party when enjoying the inn’s afternoon sweets and mini dessert bar. Wine with finger hors d’oeuvres is served pre-dinner at 5 o’clock now, and will continue 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily.
Cozy up to the so-Savannah local culture, served up with personalized insider tips from the innkeeper and staff. You’ll know who Diane is right away — a darling gal reminiscent of your favorite aunt at this just-elegant-enough, clean-as-a-whistle cottage (circa 1898). No pretensions here.
The End: Discovering little loves, small indulgences need not be expensive. “Come for a mini Savannah holiday, 364/365 days a year! “ Diane encourages. “P.S. Don’t miss one of our little loves, Leopold’s Ice Cream, a Savannah gathering spot since 1909 and now a top-10-in-the-world ice cream, according to Toronto Star.”
Savannah this way! (TM) — What new introductions may we make for your next visit in Savannah?
Diane McCray, Innkeeper and cultural explorer
Green Palm Inn, a bed and breakfast home
548 East President Street, Savannah, GA USA 31401
Telephone 912-447-8901 / Toll Free USA / Canada 888-606-9510 greenpalminn.com | Twitter @GreenPalmInn | Facebook | Pinterest | YouTube Travel Video: The Softer Side of Savannah
Copyright (c) 2012 Sandy Traub/Green Palm Inn.