We share the passion of discovery, searching for what’s new or overlooked among the historic treasures in beautiful Savannah. Photographer Ernst Haas says it so well:
“I am not interested in shooting [photographing] new things – I am interested to see things new.”
Through the adventures of travelers staying at Green Palm Inn, we have the rare pleasure to enjoy this world-famous southern city through new eyes, from the vantage point from as many as nine guests daily. After scouting and tasting, today we’re zooming in on not only the lush landscape, but more of green Savannah.
Perhaps these travel tips will help you to stretch your Savannah experience, and “see things new” in the Landmark Savannah Historic District and beyond.
• Crisscross downtown Savannah and you cannot miss the 22 Savannah Squares, “those green jewels in Savannah’s crown”. That’s what the Insiders Guide to Savannah calls the mini-parks that dot The Landmark Historic District.
• Stop by the Irish Jasper Greens monument in Madison Square. The Jasper Greens were a Georgian Militia unit whose soldiers wore a distinctive green trimmed uniform.
• Visit beautiful Laurel Grove Cemetery. Johnny Cash sings “Delia’s Gone”, a song about Delia Green who is buried at Laurel Grove Cemetery South.
• Stroll through Ellis Square, which marks the return of green, public space in the footprint of the Old City Market. A statue of Johnny Mercer is in the square, honoring Savannah’s native son.
• Take photos of Savannah, once called “Forest City” because of its indigenous green forest of ancient Live Oak, magnolia, and tall pine trees. We feel so blessed to live, work and play in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, world renowned for its lush green, green landscapes.
• Make reservations for St. Patrick’s Day (March 17 annually). It’s a day when the southern grits, bagels and donuts are served up green. Water in city fountains and an unbelievable amount of beer flow green. It’s a day of shamrocks and Wearin’ O’ the Green with revelers dressed festively in Irish green.
• Listen to The Green Island radio show program on Georgia Public Radio. It features the best Irish & Celtic music with host Harry O’Donoghue.
• Stop by to see the work of celebrated Low Country artist Johnathan Green. Mr. Green’s popular work is often featured at Beach Institute Museum, celebrating African-American heritage and art.
• Travel east along President Street towards Tybee Island and you’ll pass the Savannah Golf Club. Golf greens of America’s First Golf Course still welcome golfers with membership and Savannah’s high society to the private club, founded in 1794.
• Memorable moments and grand events share the iconic backdrop of Forsyth Park, Savannah’s central park. Perpetually manicured, the grass and shade trees showcase this historic, ideal spot for outdoor community or romantic picnics, year-around festivals, films on the green, or casual strolls.
• Dine on the freshest collard greens at Mrs. Wilkes Diner, Lady & Sons, Wiley’s Championship BBQ, or Pirates’ House restaurants.
• It’s impossible to miss the “luxuriant green garden” [Savannah] that John Berendt describes in his novel, “Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil”. Clint Eastwood produced and directed the movie by the same title. The Director of Photography is Jack N. Green. (A photo of the movie location, Mercer Mansion in Savannah, is inset above.)
• Taste Fried Green Tomatoes, on the menu at Wiley’s Championship BBQ [@WileysBBQ], B. Matthews Bakery, and Paula Deen’s Lady & Sons restaurant. Sometimes this southern favorite is on the tasting menu, served with afternoon wine at Green Palm Inn [@GreenPalmInn]. Take in an Olde Pink House fining dining evening. Ask if this dish is on the menu: Fried Green Tomato with Sweet Corn Sauce & Beef Tenderloin with Green Peppercorn Sauce.
• Happily here we bring you right back to the Inn’s own Greene Square. Visit the serene square named to honor General Nathanael Greene, the valiant American Revolutionary War hero who was second in command to Georgia Washington. The Nathanael Greene Monument is the majestic centerpiece in Johnson Square. General Greene died on Mulberry Grove Plantation, a celebrated Savannah River plantation where his family called home following the war. In 2011, it will be 225 years since General Greene’s death. There is talk of a celebration.
• It goes without saying, we’d love for you to stay at Green Palm Inn while you are in Savannah, Georgia! By the time you arrive for your Savannah vacation or solo business trip, we expect to discover more green in Savannah stories to tell while sipping pre-dinner wine.
For now, we’ll close by saying, “It’s good to touch the *green, green grass of home” — Savannah! See you soon.
Diane McCray, Innkeeper
P.S. If you know more green Savannah that we’ve missed, we hope you will share your green comments below or through Twitter — @GreenPalmInn
* Claude “Curly” Putman Jr. wrote the country song “Green, Green Grass of Home“.