SAVANNAH Georgia — We know more than a few local Savannahians who will be quick to tell you, “Savannah is a garden party town with an outdoor picnic society* vibe.”
For travel pros, writing Savannah tips and top attraction highlights, diverse picnics are high on their short lists of “What to do in Savannah” also. Check some unique picnic-friendly spot ideas near and in Savannah, Georgia that we accumulated from travel writers and blog posts: “Let me count the ways” (below) for summer, fall, winter, and spring spots.
Looking for new ideas and fresh incentives to picnic in Savannah? June 18 is International Picnic Day. June 27 (the last Saturday in June annually) is the Great American Picnic Day.
On request any day, our prize little B&B’s foodie innkeeper [think your favorite aunt], Diane Crews at the top-rated Green Palm Inn bed and breakfast, will assist lodging guests with amazing picnic ideas.
Consider this: Packing up the inn’s gourmand breakfast to go and heading out to Tybee Island for a beach picnic breakfast. Or, ask Diane to hook you up with all the fixin’s for a lunch picnic at Wormsloe Historic Site (Georgia’s oldest plantation) or a dinner picnic for a sunset cruise!
Savannah, Georgia’s biggest picnic of the year is sponsored by the City of Savannah — “Picnic in the Park“, October 4, 2015, beginning at 4:00 p.m. in Forsyth Park. The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra will be the featured musical performers.
Anyone getting away for a few days will enjoy the Savannah picnic experience — solo traveler, romantic getaway guests, or girlfriends on an escape-from-the-norm trip.
You’ll adore Savannah’s eye-catching, Old South city with sass — tasty in imaginative southern ways, showy in an historical sense, character-rich in memorable surprises, and splendid in nature-filled ways.
What’s on our Savannah Pick-Up-Sticks Summer Picnic Menu? (pictured)
Food on a stick made this summer picnic idea so easy and healthy! Caprese Salad on a stick, fresh local fruit on a stick (watermelon, cantaloupe and peaches), Low Country Boil on a stick (shrimp, corn on the cob, potato, and sausage), and southern fried chicken nuggets squired on bamboo toothpicks. Little Coconut Cake Waffle sticks, topped with White Mountain Icing, add to this outdoor mini-party a simple dessert laced with nostalgic pizzazz.
Our easy, finger dessert recipe came from retired marketing executive, Sandy Traub, who recently unpacked her late mother’s recipe collection. Sandy relays, “My late mother’s recipe hobby (stored in my attic for over 16 years) is pretty close to the ‘Dirty Pages‘ project, featured in the New York Times. Except my collection of over 3500 recipes represents dreams of cooking new dishes to please our family. If I make to heaven I’ll be eager to tell my mother, Anna Shuman Connor (a real life Rosie the Riveter), that her dreams of trying new cooking ideas for our family and friends are finally happening … one generation later. Of course, once “Mema” learns she received a shout out posthumously, she will be flabbergasted.”
More of Savannah’s treasured temptations, passed down from one generation to another, can be in your picnic-to-go also from our local favorites — Back in the Day Bakery, Leopold’s Ice Cream Shop, and Smith Brothers Butchery Shop.
Check our Savannah inn’s Pinterest board for more “Savannah Best Picnic Spots + Food” ideas.
Let me count the ways. Travel Pro Tips for Diverse Picnics in Savannah GA area —
- Discover America and Annette Thompson writing in Southern Living magazine point to Forsyth Park for a picnic.
- At least through the 2015 season baseball fans can take in a game featuring the New York Mets’s farm team, and a Picnic Packages to watch the Savannah Sand Gnats in historic Grayson Stadium, Daffin Park.
- Chess players, get away for a picnic and lawn chess in Ellis Square, downtown Savannah.
- Bird watchers will enjoy a picnic along the Colonial Coast Birding Trail at two Georgia State Parks. Fort McAllister in Richmond Hill is just off Highway 17 along the Ogeechee River (near Henry Ford’s southern plantation) just south of Savannah. Also east of Savannah, at Skidaway Island State Park picnic shelters are also provided. North beach on Tybee Island along the Savannah River channel is part of the Colonial Coast Birding Trail also. Picnic on five miles of Tybee Island beaches.
- On PedalAmerica.com a picnic at Summer Movies in the park, Tybee Island, is recommended for biking fans.
- Preservationists enjoyed a picnic under the Savannah trees during a leadership forum.
- Movie buffs can enjoy a picnic in the shadow of Forrest Gump‘s bench. The movie prop was located in Chippewa Square along Bull Street in downtown Savannah.
- History buffs will welcome the covered and outdoor picnic areas are located at Fort Pulaski National Monument.
- Located between Savannah and Tybee Island near Fort Pulaski, running enthusiasts may consider McQueen Island‘s “Rails to Trails” for a pre-run or post-run picnic.
- An idea especially for blind tourists, TobaccoRoadTours.com recommends the unique Fragrant Garden for the Blind located in historic Savannah’s Forsyth Park.
- Literary fans may enjoy sipping a cocktail (by invitation from Pulitzer Prize poet Conrad Aiken) in Bonaventure Cemetery.
A book of verse beneath the bough,
A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou
Beside me in the wilderness –
And wilderness is paradise, now.
— From “The Rubaiyat” by Omar Khayyam (12th century)
- Music lovers may want to pack a picnic and take in views of Johnny Mercer’s famous (yes, there really is a Moon River!) near Skidaway Island State Park. Note: Something with huckleberries, crab, shrimp or fish would be appropriate for this picnic.
- Outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers may enjoy a private or group boat excursion to one of Georgia’s nearby uninhabited barrier islands for a unique beach picnic.
- A private carriage tour picnic is popular as well.
Get away to Savannah, Georgia USA and Green Palm Inn … soon and often. We’re here year around for Savannah lodging, plus assist you with local Savannah insider tips. See you soon!
ABOUT GREEN PALM INN
Innkeeper/co-owner Diane Crews touts Green Palm Inn (circa 1897) as “The Softer Side of Savannah”. Originally sea captain cottages, the four-room Gingerbread Classic B&B shares cottage-inn comforts in the quiet of Greene Square’s residential neighborhood in the National Landmark Historic District. Fodor’s guide calls Green Palm Inn a “pleasing little discovery” and “a little gem of an inn”. BedandBreakfast.com named the cottage B&B a top pick for a holiday trip – “Top 10 B&Bs for the Holidays, 2011″. For more information: GreenPalmInn.com; Email GreenPalmInn@aol.com, telephone toll free in USA 888/606-9510, local and international 912/447-8901, 548 East President Street, Savannah, GA USA 31401. Twitter @GreenPalmInn, Facebook, and Pinterest.
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*Note: Early in the 19th century, a fashionable group of Londoners (including Edwin Young) formed the ‘Picnic Society’. Members met in the Pantheon on Oxford Street. Each member was expected to provide a share of the entertainment and of the refreshments with no one particular host. Interest in the society waned in the 1850s as the founders died. Source: English picnics are described in Georgina Battiscombe (1949). English picnics. London: Harvill Press; there is also a National Trust Book of Picnics (1982). From Wikipedia