Friday, February 20, 2015

Summon the Heroes Who Touched Savannah, Georgia: Walter Cronkite

War Correspondent Walter Cronkite of the
United Press (UP) with a bomber crew of the
323rd Bomb Group, U.S. Eighth Air Force
and their B-26 Marauder
(serial number 41-31951) nicknamed "U.S.O". 
Left to right: Technical Sergeant Ceibert C Bragg
(flight engineer), Staff Sergeant. Enrique Zepeda
(tail gunner), Staff Sergeant Arthur W Brand
(radio operator). First Lieutenant Norman M
Rosner (bombardier), First Lieutenant Jack W.
Nye (pilot), and Walter Cronkite (War Correspondent).
Photo source: The Writing 69th

SAVANNAH Georgia -- Before 1997, there was an exciting buzz that rolled quietly and quickly through Savannah conversations when the beloved 48-foot yacht "Wyntje"**, owned by the famed CBS news anchor* Walter Cronkite, was spotted in Atlantic Intracoastal Waterways of the Wilmington River or Savannah River.

Walter and his wife of nearly 65 years, Betsy Cronkite were likely on board, sailing south in the fall to Florida or the Virgin Islands and while returning north to his summer home at Martha’s Vineyard.

These were not Mr. Cronkite's first moments to enthrall southern folks in the Savannah, Georgia USA area. 

The San Diego Union Times reported, Cronkite "seems to turn up everywhere, casting his lusty stamp of approval, glossing some worthy event with his gravelly charm and wit and making us feel better about ourselves."


On February 26, 1943, it was the charm, wit, and persistence of war correspondent Walter Cronkite that opened opportunities for him to fly on daytime raids into Germany with the U.S. Eighth Air Force. The print journalist was assigned to cover the escalation of World War II through the London Bureau of United Press.
Best known as Emmy award winning, anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years (1962–81), Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr. (1916-2009) was often cited as "the most trusted man in America".

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Easy to Love Savannah Cuisine: A Bed and Breakfast Deal at Zeigler House Inn

SAVANNAH Georgia -- On departure, guests of Zeigler House Inn bed and breakfast in Savannah, Georgia, usually want to hug or kiss the cook ... for the delicious cuisine and the wonderful way she entertains. 
It's no wonder that caterer-turned-innkeeper Jackie Heinz is a TripAdvisor nominee for an Exceptional Service Award (2015)!
best breakfast in Savannah GA B&B | Photo (c) Zeigler House Inn
Easy to #love bed and breakfast cuisine at
Zeigler House Inn bed and breakfast in Savannah, GA
What makes this Savannah bed and breakfast inn's gourmet cuisine so appealing?

Plenty of gourmet fare is the short answer. If the message of top-tier quality gourmet cuisine didn't reach Zeigler House Inn's guests before arrival, each B&B lodger discovers there is plenty of beautifully presented, delicious food to eat!

And, they discover the inclusive bed and breakfast menu would have otherwise added substantially to their Savannah trip's cost, if purchased a la carte any where else!

The Savannah bed and breakfast inn's menu selections are inclusive in the room rate, making it a bed and breakfast deal that is too often overlooked.  Jackie estimates food per person would cost travelers from $50 to $80 per person/per day if purchased in a bakery, cafe or restaurant.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Zeigler House Inn's Own Jones Street: 10Best, Prettiest Southern Streets for A Stroll -- USA Today

SAVANNAH Georgia -- Whatever is in sight is part of your unique Savannah experience at Zeigler House Inn on magnificent Jones Street.
Prettiest Southern Streets for a stroll right out Jones Street window at Zeigler House Inn Savannah GA
The beauty of historic Jones Street spills
into Zeigler House Inn, as seen during
storytelling visits (often during the historic
inn's Friday complimentary social hour)
by renown historian
Shannon Scott.

Eye-catching from the outside, the blush-colored Italianate mansion (circa 1856), now Zeigler House Inn, is located on one of the most picturesque blocks in the National Landmark Historic District.
"10Best: Prettiest Southern streets for a stroll" -- USA Today named Savannah, GA's Jones Street! 

"Jones Street, Savannah, Ga. Like the consummate Southern belle, this street appears in every regional and national beauty contest, and often wins. Live oaks festooned with Spanish moss tower over the cobblestone street. Flowerbeds and perfectly trimmed hedges neatly border historic carriage houses – everything in seemingly perfect condition. The B&B crowd has always gravitated to Jones Street for its beautiful little inns housed in historic buildings, surrounded by galleries and antique shops. Lately, in social media channels, it's started to garner a Pinterest following with the same aesthetic."
From our historic Savannah inn's second floor parlor, the floor-to-ceiling windows open up and frame the beauty of outdoors again -- majestic Live Oak trees, mid-19th century town homes, manicured sidewalk gardens, amazed tourists snapping photographs, and the wide brick-paved Jones Street. 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Star-level Bed and Breakfast Marketing: Savannah GA Inn Welcomes Wheel of Fortune Winner

Having won Zeigler House Inn's Savannah GA getaway prize,
Wheel of Fortune prize winner, Ashley Wimberley
visits Savannah, Georgia. Courtesy Photo, used with permission.
SAVANNAH Georgia -- The possibility of hosting a winner from  Wheel of Fortune­­® enticed Jackie Heinz to launch her showcase of Zeigler House Inn + Savannah, responding to the invitation from America's Favorite Game Show, then commissioning fresh video to be filmed for the prize promo. 

"To pursue this level of national marketing IS outside the box for my small bed and breakfast in Savannah, GA. It's big league marketing! And, the effort to pursue national B&B marketing is not inexpensive," Jackie adds. "However, I was and am confident that my historic inn could and can surpass expectations ... and, we did!"

Yes, indeed, Jackie would do it again! She did, actually. (That's another story for another day.)

In November 2014, winner Ashley Wimberley -- graceful, smart and darling in every way -- arrived to celebrate her winning prize! Before departing Zeigler House Inn, Ashley left this thoughtful note:

"Jackie, One thousand thank you's for making this trip so perfect. You have truly gone above & beyond for us and we could not be more grateful. I cannot wait to let the folks at Wheel of Fortune know what a truly fantastic prize this has been. Thank you so much for your generosity & hospitality. Your sweet & giving spirit shines through. We can't wait to come see you again. Ashley & David"
Within just a few days later, Jackie received an email from the wonderful folks at Wheel of Fortune, who shared Ashley's personal note of praise, sent to the show:

"Hi, [Name withheld]. I hope you are well. I doubt you'll remember me, but I won a trip on the Wheel of Fortune back in March (aired in June) to Savannah, Georgia. I wanted to let you and everyone at the Wheel know what a truly fantastic prize package this was. The innkeeper at the Zeigler House Inn, Jackie Heinz, went above and beyond to make us feel welcome. When I say above and beyond, I truly mean above and beyond. She presented us with a fantastic gift basket of Savannah goods upon our arrival, and made certain our meals were taken care of at the best restaurants in town. She even secured us spots on a great trolley tour and river boat tour of the city. I just cannot say enough about her, as well as the city of Savannah's hospitality toward us. Please spread the word!
Ashley Wimberley"
Please Extend Your Thanks, Too, To These Amazing Savannah GA Hospitality Stars.

During Ashley's visit, Zeigler House Inn -- @ZeiglerHouseInn -- tapped social media through Twitter and Facebook to post Ashley's itinerary and share her feedback.

"Each of these Savannah tourism stars showcased in friendly, welcoming ways the best of Savannah's charm. They do this on a daily basis, but this time these small, local businesses are getting national-level, generous praise from our amazing guest. Please thank each of these tourism stars for doing their personal best every day!" encouraged Jackie Heinz.

These are the wonderful small Savannah-based small businesses who graciously welcomed and helped to make Ashley's Savannah visit spectacular: Alligator Soul, Crystal Beer Parlor, Mrs. Wilkes, Jazz'd Tapas Bar, Old Savannah Trolley Tours & Riverboat Cruises, Sixth Sense Tours, The Olde Pink House, and WSAV-TV -- Savannah's NBC affiliate who interviewed Ashley during her visit. Here's a link to WSAV's story, "Wheel of Fortune Puts Savannah In the National Limelight".

"Thank you to everyone who did their part so magnificently!" Jackie concludes.

This top-pick, city bed and breakfast inn is an elegant model of Savannah’s world-famous historic restoration. The private and stately Zeigler House Inn (circa 1856) is a Salzberger lumber merchant’s family mansion transformed to seven French-inspired lodging suites and rooms in the downtown Savannah's National Landmark Historic District. At the top-rated, private small hotel the caterer-turned-innkeeper, Jackie Heinz, serves in-room breakfasts, home baked pastries worthy of a French p√Ętisserie, plus en vogue bed and breakfast comforts and southern hospitality. For more information, contact Zeigler House Inn — email or telephone toll free 866/233-5307 in the USA, or 912/233-5307 local or international; 121 West Jones Street, Savannah, Georgia USA 31401. Twitter @ZeiglerHouseInn, Facebook and Pinterest.

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