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. 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Zeigler House Inn Encourages Savannah, Georgia Heritage Road Trip: Salzburgers Meet Up In Ebenezer, Labor Day 2015

Jerusalem Church ("Salzburger Church") in
Ebenezer, the oldest church building in Georgia
and the oldest public building in Georgia.
Construction began in 1767; completed in 1769.
Bricks are handmade from Savannah River clay. Fingerprints
can be observed in several places of the exterior walls.
SAVANNAH Georgia -- Heritage travelers, get away to the Savannah countryside for Labor Day 2015.

On Labor Day, September 7, 2015, the Georgia Salzburger Society will host hundreds (maybe thousands) attending the annual Heritage Day in Ebenezer, Georgia, celebrating the 281st anniversary of their ancestors landing in Georgia.

Ebenezer is near Rincon, Georgia, a 30 minute drive northwest from downtown Savannah on Georgia Highway 21. Descendants and the public are invited.

Our Historic Savannah Inn's Connection to Salzburger Heritage

Twenty-eight miles upriver from the high bluff along the Savannah River where the colony of Georgia was founded in Savannah (circa 1733), 150 exiled German Protestants -- peasant farmers from Salzburg in Europe -- chose to make their home on another high river bluff in the Georgia frontier.  
Year around, Zeigler House Inn (ca. 1856) invites heritage travelers and Salzburger descendants to book their lodging here, the beautifully restored home of a Salzburger pioneer in America, Solomon Zeigler.
Zeigler House Inn's original owner, an ambitious Solomon Zeigler, reportedly in his mid-thirties at the time, moved from his family's deeply religious Salzburger community of Ebenezer to Savannah. Over time Solomon built a thriving lumber business with offices on Smet's Wharf, near the old Ogeechee Canal along the Savannah River. A prominent citizen and lumber merchant, Mr. Zeigler gained in wealth and business affluence.

Innkeeper Jackie Heinz reports that "The old gentleman returns to Zeigler House Inn periodically. Mr. Zeigler was among the city's leading decision makers who counseled together, choosing to surrender Savannah (circa December 1864) to Union General William T. Sherman during the Civil War. Savannah's architecture is here today, spared from the ravages of General Sherman's famous March to the Sea because Savannah was not burned to the ground, as was the fate of Atlanta."

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Zeigler House Inn: Your Prominent Place to Stay in Savannah for Ease and Elegance

SAVANNAH Georgia -- Ease and elegance are Savannah traditions that continue in the "prominent and lively landmarks", including at Zeigler House Inn on beautiful Jones Street in downtown Savannah.

Historic homes on Jones Street top 10 pretty street in America
Innkeeper Jackie Heinz celebrates Savannah's patriotic
spirit, honoring America's Independent Day on July 4th,
walking along on Jones Street near Zeigler House Inn,
a small, private city hotel in downtown Savannah,
Georgia's National Landmark Historic District.
For this Savannah historic inn -- set in its prominent, top-pick downtown neighborhood along brick-paved Jones Street amid the gentlefolks -- the ambiance is one of peaceful, quiet lodging.

Here ease and elegance are paired with engaging, entertaining happenings and interesting visitors -- opera and Savannah Philharmonic music guests, European and southern heritage, downtown running marathon routes along Barnard Street, southern cuisine that wows here and steps away at Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room, and a southern USA-style patriotic spirit.
"Like the consummate Southern belle, Jones Street in Savannah, Ga., appears in every regional and national beauty contest, and often wins." -- 10Best: Prettiest Southern Streets for a Stroll, USA Today, November 2014  
Historic Savannah Lodging Places Are Part of the Historic District's Ease and Elegance  

Friday, March 20, 2015

Friendly Savannah, Georgia. Friendly Porches at Zeigler House Inn on World Famous Jones Street

The quintessential southern porch of Zeigler House Inn,
overlooking sidewalk gardens of blue hydrangeas
and summer spider lilies along the world famous
Jones Street in the Savannah, Georgia, historic district.
SAVANNAH Georgia -- Today is the first day of spring 2015!

Are you day-dreaming, yearning for southern days and nights, 'sitting for a spell' on our historic inn's welcoming porches? Here is where the friendly break from routine transforms any mediocre Savannah vacation into the extraordinary Savannah. Georgia visit.


The historic Zeigler House Inn porch in Savannah, Georgia USA.

Our lodging guests adore life on the porch -- the gentle breeze, people watching, porch dining, warm or chilled tea, lemonade, a good book, peaceful quiet time or friendly conversations.

So many B&B guests tell us that this upbeat, plum spot at our top-pick historic inn affords a soul-soothing, gentle Savannah vacation beyond their expectations.

Overlooking beautiful Jones Street, the inn's east-facing porch is drenched in the morning sun. The historic home's welcoming, second floor porch (circa 1856) was an original fixture in the family home built by prominent lumber merchant and Georgia Salzburger descendant Solomon Zeigler.

Get away to a romantic heritage in Savannah, GA.