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Savannah By Sea: Little Mini-adventures While Lodging in Savannah

Lively and photogenic, the Savannah River harbor is an easy stroll away from little Green Palm Inn, top rated among downtown Savannah bed & breakfast inns.  Seeing international ships arrive and depart makes for a leisured experience in Savannah, Georgia.

• The river bluff is where the Savannah Waterfront Associations entertains with “First Friday on the River”.
• The Savannah River bluff (just west of the Hyatt hotel) is where the new World War II monument shows reverence, respect and appreciation.

Savannah River Marshes. Photo (c) Dwain Moody. Used with Permission

Savannah River Marshes

• The river bluff is where British colonists first arrived by ship in 1733, landing about where Bay Street and Whitaker Street meet. Oglethorpe’s Bench is there, marking the spot where Parliamentarian James Edward Oglethorpe climbed the bluff and camped for their first night in Georgia, Britain’s new North American colony.
• The riverfront is where favorite restaurants and nightlife are found, like Vic’s on the River and Kevin Barry’s Pub.

Beyond the Savannah Riverfront …

We think you might enjoy getting into the beautiful Georgia rivers and seeing more of the Georgia Coast! We’re not just talking about going up and down the Savannah river, but beyond. Cruises are available for one hour or a full day. Let us know and we’ll help with reservations.

• Dolphin and river cruises leave from the Savannah Riverfront downtown.
• The non-profit team of professionals at Wilderness-Southeast.org provides guided canoe trips on Ebenezer River, excursions by water to the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, Wassaw Island and more. Even while touring, this group shares tips about how to be a better Earth-friendly steward. If you are interested in volunteer tourism, ask the group about helping with Rivers Alive.
• Our own next adventure will be to Daufauski Island (reached only by ferry or private boat). In addition to the Gullah / Geechee culture there, we’re told the Daufuskie Island dining experience is alone worth the trip. Eat and dance at Marshside Mama’s Café or The Old Daufuskie Crab Company at Freeport Landing. Or, enjoy breakfast or lunch at the Dirt Road Diner.

Go Further Along the Georgia Coast, With Green Palm Inn As Your Hub …

Consider mini-day trips to see the beautiful Georgia Coast.

– A car or boat ride out to Moon River (made popular by Savannah’s own Johnny Mercer) will give you fresh perspective.  It was Audrey Hepburn who longingly sang Moon River, lyrics by Johnny Mercer (a Savannah GA native)  and composer Henry Mancini in the movie Breakfast at Tiffanys.

– A car ride out to Skidaway Island, and The UGA Aquarium, or arrange for a dive at Grey’s Reef off the Georgia Coast.
– A boat or car ride to Fort Pulaski on McQueen Island, pivotal in the Civil War. A Rails to Trails is there also for biking and walking overlooking the coastal marsh and waterway.
– We’ll be happy to reserve a fishing charter for deep sea fishing.
– Cumberland Island is about an hour’s drive, and reached only by ferry. Cumberland is where John F. Kennedy Jr., was married. Wild horses run. And, Lighthorse Harry Lee (father of Robert E. Lee) is buried there.
– Ossabaw Island is where the famous Ossabaw pig still roams with wild donkeys, plus a vast natural habitat and rookeries for birds. Accessible only by authorized boat, minimal access is available. But, we will track down details for you if you are interested for an educational-only / photographic half-day guided tour of the island.

The Best of a Town and Beach Vacation …

Tybee Island beaches offer a laid-back experience. Did you know the 1996 Olympic© yachting competition [since renamed sailing] was off the Georgia Coast? We’ll be happy to arrange for a combined town and beach vacation — historic district lodging here + a beach vacation at a bed and breakfast on Tybee – all in one trip!

Let us know when you’re ready to see “Jolly Little Savannah” by sea, beginning with Savannah lodging in the historic district at Green Palm Inn.

Diane McCray, Innkeeper

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