Sunday, June 28, 2015

Try Something New This Summer! A 48-hour Weekend Getaway with A Savannah Summer Deal at Zeigler House Inn

Summer vacation in Savannah GA at
Zeigler House Inn on beautiful Jones Street,
often called "The most beautiful avenue in America".

SAVANNAH Georgia -- Foodies, romantics and getaway couples, add a summer 2015 deal top your lodging on Jones Street in the Savannah historic district -- often called the most beautiful avenue in America -- and we're confident you will adore doubly your stay at Zeigler House Inn

Zeiger House Inn's Savannah Bed and Breakfast Summer Special 2015

July 20 through August 31, 2015 – Monday thru Thursday, all rooms are $169 per night plus tax. Friday thru Sunday all rooms are 15% off regular rates.

A two night minimum stay applies. Holidays and Special Event dates are excluded. Good on new reservations made after May 1, 2015, only.

Lodging rate includes parking, in-room daily breakfast, desserts, refreshing beverages, Wi-Fi, a local orientation, plus recommendations for attractions, transportation, and entertainment. Friday and Saturday also includes hors d'oeuvres and social hours.

Call toll free (Canada and USA) 866-233-5307 or local 912-233-5307; or email innkeeper@zeiglerhouseinn.com

Saturday, June 27, 2015

On Your Savannah Trips, See and Hear the Savannah Bells!

SAVANNAH Georgia -- Bells have a long and honored legacy in Savannah's history and daily life -- ship bells, fire bells, wedding bells, church bells, cow bells, dinner bells, and sleigh bells.

A park bench is an ideal spot to take in the sounds ... and the messages.  

When beginning to write this piece we realize that, living in downtown Savannah, we take the rich tradition of Savannah bells for granted. Yet, we treasure and welcome now the reminder of this to turn our attention to actually listening. Perhaps there are echoes, too, as we pass the now-silent bells, set as monuments to the days and people who pioneered a rich life for us now in Savannah, Georgia USA.

The Old Exchange Bell, the
bell of the former Savannah city hall,
resides in Emmett Park on Bay Street.
"The first notice of the arrival of the welcome
vessel [during General Lafayette's Savannah
visit] was by a few strokes of the
Exchange Bell."
-- Source: "History ofSavannah"
Church bells chime gospel tunes into Wright Square and Madison Square. Instead during the holidays you'll hear Christmas hymns and Jingle Bells, a song first penned by James Lord Pierpont in Savannah, Georgia.

The official City Hall Bell chimes noon midday. 
THE RINGING OF BELLS IS A REMINDER OF SAVANNAH'S RICH HERITAGE

We should not forget that the bells ring out and symbolize the spirit of America, with echoes of rich heritages from Ireland, Europe, Scotland, Bavaria, France, Portugal, and Spain. Though not sailors, the first 114 colonists would learn that nautical time was signaled by strokes of a ship's bell; eight bells signaled at 4:00, 8:00, or 12:00 o'clock, either a.m. or p.m.

Every colonist who arrived in the Georgia colony by ship would know that the ringing of bells met an important purpose. Each would bring some awareness of ancient bells from their native lands.
THE BELLS ARE A UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE 
"During the colony's first ten years the trustees sent to Georgia at their expense 1,847 colonists, of whom 1,008 were British people and 839 were foreigners. In Georgia a visitor could hear Gaelic spoken at Darien, German at Ebenezer, French at Highgate, Spanish at Hampstead, Creek among the Indians in the forest." Source: "The People of Georgia, An Illustrated Social History" by Mills Lane. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Zeigler House Inn B&B Champions Off the Beaten Path Savannah Package: Local Authentic Food and Places Outside the Historic District

The hip "Sly's Sliders and Fries" is attracting
national media, foodie folks and local Savannah downtown
executives ... and is, most definitely, one of the local joints
off the beaten path. Located on Abercorn Street
near 34th Street, the local Savannah cafe is in route to
Tybee Island beach or Wormsloe Plantation,
it's a fun spot with delicious small bites.
SAVANNAH Georgia --  Lately it seems that the theme of my exploring is in search of new Savannah places off-the-beaten path. Jackie Heinz, innkeeper at Zeigler House Inn has observed that increasing numbers of Savannah getaway travelers express an eagerness to explore outside of the Savannah historic district.

A new video from the New York Times, 36 Hours in Savannah (June 2015), showcases the wonderful vibe so well! #36Hours

Historian Mills Lane, in "The People of Georgia: An Illustrated Social History", writes about the people who had a "belief and faith in the pleasure of frequent changes of country", people suffering from a "nomadic itch", and people who loved the "border life". 
In the Savannah Morning News story of October 25, 2001, we read about the historian with a zeal for life, the philanthropist Lane: "Hugh Golson, a public school teacher who served with [scholar and patron Mills] Lane on the review board, thinks about the love Lane lavished on Savannah. 'He'd get mad and he'd run down to Florida, but he'd come back. He always came back,' Golson said. 'It was his seductress.'"
Of course, the people of whom Mills Lane wrote were moving to, out of, and throughout the state of Georgia. Yet, today Savannah travelers exude this curiosity as well, also coming and going to Savannah, a city which seduces.

Taking her Savannah inn's guests' requests to heart, Jackie has crafted an Off-the-Beaten Path Savannah Getaway Package to champion the "border life" experience.“Off the Beaten Path” Savannah Package – (2 person occupancy) | $375.00.

This add-on package at Zeigler House Inn simplifies seeing and experiencing the outskirts of Savannah beyond the National Landmark Historic District. The beautiful Savannah countryside taps the wonder of farm-to-table colonial life, leisure lifestyles along the Georgia coast, the lively Gatsby-esque world behind closed doors, the stories of slaves and their enduring influence, haunted places found in America’s Most Haunted City, and the world-famous cemetery where it is said to be buried there is better than to live anywhere else.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Kentucky-born Savannah GA Innkeeper Readies For Kentucky Derby Day 2015

SAVANNAH Georgia -- Zeigler House Inn's bed and breakfast owner, Jackie Heinz readily shares her Kentucky heritage and what it is like to be a Kentucky gal on Kentucky Derby Day. The running of the roses at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, happens Saturday, May 2, 2015.  Gates open at 8:00 a.m. and the first of 12 races is at 11:00 a.m. We'll be tweeting from @ZeiglerHouseInn on Derby Day, hashtag #KentuckyDerby #SavannahGA.


Kentucky Heritage from Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn's Kentucky owner
Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
Courtesy KentuckyTourism.com
I was asked to write a few lines describing what it was like growing up in Kentucky and my thoughts on the Derby.

If you’ve spent any time in Kentucky you know it is a beautiful state with green rolling hills, gorgeous lakes, spectacular mountains to the east and amazing meadows and fields covered in that famous Kentucky bluegrass.

You will also pick up on something else there, it's that there are two things Kentuckians are passionate about, Basketball and Horse Racing. You can’t live in this state and not fall in love with both and if you’re born there it is in your DNA. There’s just no getting around it.

This time of year, basketball is behind us for the season and it's time to focus on horse racing and The Derby. “The Derby”, what can I say? Its just the most spectacular event ever! People dressed in their finest, ladies in their hats all with mint juleps in hand and the most majestic of animals, the thoroughbred race horse, all on display.