This is an ode to cozy, old Savannah in the American South. It begins at Green Palm Inn, a romantic bed and breakfast inn in the Landmark Savannah Historic District.
We want to entice you to an early 2012 visit to dear old Savannah. Picture it – leaving this old southern home (ca. 1897) — now one of Savannah’s top-rated bed and breakfast inns — after a hearty breakfast, and exploring more of Savannah’s dear old spots.
Green Palm bed and breakfast innkeeper Diane McCray has favorite old places, especially when making recommendation to romantic couples and romanticizing cultural travelers who visit one of the world’s most beautiful cities — Savannah, Georgia.
You’d be missing the best parts of Savannah if you simply ride, expecting to see the best of old Savannah in a trolley. The city and its property owners serve up invitations to the dearest places when doors open wide open to visitors for weekday and weekend events. Thus, tourists and business travelers can DO MORE, EXPERIENCE MORE in Savannah’s grand old places, including Savannah Music Festival and Savannah Film Festival events.
After fires in the 1800s, much of Savannah was rebuilt in the late 19th Century. The restored mansion architecture, home interiors, and manicured floral landscapes (rather than vegetable gardens) are perhaps even more beautiful today.
SAVANNAH, GEORGIA, AMONG AMERICA’S FAVORITE CITIES 2011
In America’s Favorite Cities 2011, Travel+Leisure survey respondents LIKE Savannah best for Romantic escape (#1), Public parks and outdoor access (#1), Fall (#1), Architecture/Cool buildings (#2), Peace and quiet (#2), Antique stores (#2) , Valentine’s Day (#2), Historic sites and monuments (#3), Friendly people (#3) who are Proud of their city (#2).
Food / drink / restaurants make many of the top ten spots, perhaps because travelers can enjoy the ambiance — by no mere coincidence — woven into what they most LIKE, the public outdoor spaces, near historic sites and monuments, where peace and quiet prevails, and among friendly people.
WHAT’S OLD SAVANNAH IS NEW AND DEAR AGAIN!
The Savannah College of Art and Design reopened its newly expanded SCAD Museum of Art in October 2011. Once falling down, amazingly, the old Savannah brick arches of the old Central of Georgia Railroad depot are now framework for the dear old Savannah place, now beautiful restored. The art museum is a wonderfully romantic spot to meander to see the best of fashion, inspiring African American art, interactive media, a grand courtyard, and cafe. Lunch fare at the new museum’s fast-serve cafe is from the newly remodeled Gryphon, also owned by SCAD. Once an old Savannah pharmacy, the chic Monterey Square cafe serves up small plates and tea elegantly in a library setting.
Bigger than life, dear places offer a wonderful attractions during a romantic weekday escape or weekend getaway in Savannah. The best of world-class events happen in the old movie houses, now restored to their former grandeur — Lucas Theatre and SCAD Trustees Theatre (once Weis Theatre). In America’s oldest theater in continual operation, the historic Savannah Theatre on Chippewa Square is THE place for live musical productions.
From early lunch until wee hours of the night, stop into nostalgic Leopold’s Ice Cream shop. It’s gorgeous and feels like a dear old Savannah place for visiting. Located right next to Trustees Theatre, Hollywood movie producer Stratton Leopold and his wife, Mary, brought out the treasured Leopold family recipes, vintage tables and the soda fountain, then called in a movie set director to showcase the old ice cream place in a new spot.
COME VISIT DEAR OLD SAVANNAH, GEORGIA!
Come stay with us at dear old Green Palm Inn on Greene Square in the historic district. We work diligently to maintain a top-ranking among historic Savannah bed and breakfast houses. Click into the Savannah tourism chatter by following us on Twitter @GreenPalmInn and Facebook.
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