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Green Palm Inn, Synonymous with the Solo Traveler’s Try, Sip and Sample Savannah

SAVANNAH Georgia  (December 3, 2008) Incorrect images would be of native palm beaches in the tropics.

The real joys are the correct images – a fireside Jacuzzi bath;  a seaman’s Gingerbread cottage tucked neatly along Savannah’s British-colonial fort line; a semi-tropical southern U.S. city decorated with statuesque, turn-of-the-century palms, all in the most prominent of places, yet somehow hidden; and, an informed and doting innkeeper, Diane McCray, greeting you as family.

Savannah Bed and Breakfast once a Seaman's Cottage in Savannah Historic District | Photo Adam Kuehl/Green Palm Inn. All rights reserved

Green Palm Inn

McCray’s enthusiasm to her bed and breakfast guests is reminiscent of your adorable, favorite aunt — the one who is the tireless champion of the family, the one who polished your white church shoes or tied your laces, put an extra nickel or quarter in your pocket, and wrapped a piece of freshly backed cake to enjoy on your journey home.  With this storyline, you might even expect her to cry on your Savannah departure, but that would be taking the affection too far!

When you want to stretch all your senses, McCray will point out cultured, fun-loving recommendations of what to try, sip or sample in very walkable Savannah on the Georgia coast.  Unmistakably, her  dependable “I’m so glad you’re here” greeting reassures the single traveler — the one who cherishes the feeling of home-away-from home when on a new adventure to explore.

Cozy Up with History
The quiet, residential neighborhood of serene Greene Square is out your window.  The tales of seafaring captains seem to echo from the inn itself.  Also on Greene Square at Second African Baptist Church (ca. 1802, 123 Houston Street) Union General Sherman first granted to newly freed slaves at the close of the American Civil War, “40 acres and a mule,”  and where the novice carpenter Davenport built his family’s colonial-era home.  However, it was master-builder Isaiah Davenport’s family residence (ca. 1820, 324 East State Street) on Columbia Square — threatened with demolition in 1955 – where the beginning of historic preservation renaissance in this port city began.   So, add to your stay at Green Palm Inn the anticipation that your Savannah visit will be doused with jovial to classic character – in the people, stories and places – as you brush daily with pleasant, unavoidable smatterings of American history.

Finessing Southern Hospitality with Efficiency
On arrival anticipate also corporate efficiency, seamlessly finessed with affable southern hospitality — delivered remarkably by a gal from Michigan.  Part of the allure, too, is McCray’s memorable southern cooking, which makes even the lazy traveler eager to awake before 10 AM for breakfast.   “Breakfast is my time with my guests,” McCray insists.   And who would want to miss her breakfast … made more enjoyable with convivial conversations and laughter.  What follows is a complement of daylong refreshing beverages, sweet snacks-of-the-day on the dining buffet, and wine before dinner.  Expect also Diane’s city highlights, quickly orienting inn guests to the landscape, complete with recommendations and reservations that travelers may wish to consider.  Then, the innkeeper is off to make short work of your dinner reservations, entertainment tickets or transportation requests.

McCray tells guests to wear comfortable shoes for strolling through Savannah’s downtown on foot. “With a little encouragement to walk [throughout the 1-mile by 1.5 mile historic district], my guests say they really love the close proximity of Green Palm Inn to the riverfront (River Street), City Market, artsy boutique shopping, favorite restaurants, plus cultural and business hubs,”  adds McCray.  “The convention-goer, too, will stay with me when he/she wants to bypass the commercial hotel venue and savor more of Savannah’s local scene and sociality.”  The inn is only a 20 minute drive to an Atlantic Ocean beach walk on Tybee Island.

Savannah’s vital, living, playful, working open-air public museum may be the destination, but the magnetism of the very welcoming Green Palm Inn is likely to become your most endearing memory of this slow-paced southern city, an endearingly popular vacation place that morphs with time.  Once you’ve been to Green Palm Inn the name alone recaptures enough magic to bring a warm smile – a heartwarming, personal Deep South story-in-memory relived again and again back home.  For more information:  Green Palm Inn,  548 East President Street at Greene Square, Historic Savannah, Georgia USA 31401-3546; Toll free (888) 606-9510 | Phone (912) 447-8901; Email greenpalminn@aol.com and on the Web — www.greenpalminn.com .

Green Palm Inn occupies a compact clapboard-sided, double folk Victorian house (ca. 1897) which Fodor’s calls “a little gem of an inn” and “pleasing little discovery.” Built along colonial Savannah’s President Street palisades near the “Savanna Town” colony’s eastern boundary of East Broad Street, the inn is paired appropriately with an understated Greene Square neighborhood offering artful, old world charm. Reflecting upon Savannah’s British roots and its subtropical ambiance, the family-owned 4-bedroom B&B in Savannah, Georgia’s historic district exudes a calm, homey yet smart atmosphere.  Diane McCray is the happily attentive, personal innkeeper and chef.  In September 2007, Fodor’s Guide named Green Palm Inn on its short list of “Savannah and Charleston’s Best B&Bs & Inns.” In “A Quiet Refuge in the Heart of Savannah” the November/December 2007 issue of American Eagle Latitudes recommends the Inn. “Green Palm offers the best of Savannah as well as an escape from the crowded tourist scene….” 548 East President Street, Savannah GA 31401. Toll Free 888-606-9510 (within the USA) or local 912-447-8901. Email greenpalminn@aol.comwww.greenpalminn.com.

Pleasure is spread through the earth
In stray gifts to be claimed by whoever shall find.

~William Wordsworth, 1806

Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.
~Robert Frost

Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
~Margaret Lee Runbeck

One filled with joy preaches without preaching.
~Mother Teresa

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