Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Delightfully Charming Savannah Gardens, Rus in Urbe. Out of the "Gilbraltar of America" Came Boosters, Bricks, Forests, Plus Modern-day Brains and Brawn!

SAVANNAH, Georgia -- International travelers adore Savannah! Rich in natural resources and ingenuity, Savannah is one of the outstanding examples of 18th century town planning in North America.

Book your Savannah bed and breakfast lodging and buy tickets early for the 82nd Annual Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens will take place Thursday, March 23 – Sunday, March 26, 2017.
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, viewed
from Liberty Street through the Savannah's
landscaped forest.
Savannah, renowned as the "Hostess City of the South", is rich in urban forests, gardens, farm-to-table cuisine, friendly welcome, and ingenuity.

America's most beautiful city has been called "rus in urbe" -- an illusion of countryside created by a building or garden within a city: 'the beguiling rus in urbe of the park'. Origin. Latin, literally country in the city.  "With his fortuitous citizen-soldier plan for the city, [Georgia founder, James] Oglethorpe created rus in urbe 200 years before the landscape designers made it a goal...." Source: "The National Trust Guide to Savannah" by Roulhac Toledano

Positive as this expression is, Savannah "being called 'rural' and the 'little green bowery [farm] city of the south' were not ringing endorsements for future business". Source: "Constructing Savannah's Cityscape, 1837-1854" by Laura Beth Simo.


Undauntedly, the new settlers of the Georgia colony had started early to build a town with "humanizing influences" -- architecture, churches, literature, public squares and market, wealth, and ethnic diversity. [Fraser]

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A Few Of My Favorite Things in Savannah, Georgia USA: Music in Winter 2017

SAVANNAH, Georgia -- In a Savannah Winter season, sentiments turn to favorite things -- whether for nostalgic places, family traditions, gift shopping, treasured recipes, favorite foods, or wearing grandmother's fur stole for a night out on the town.  

Isle of Hope Marina on the historic Georgia coast near Savannah GA | Photo (c) Sandy Traub
Slow the pace to enjoy the best of Savannah, Georgia's
coastal style of living. Shown: Isle of Hope Marina,
the area of 19th century waterfront cottages.
Join the Oyster Roast, January 29, 2017
--  the classic winter in beautiful Savannah! 
Music is one of our favorite things. Gratefully, Savannah is a town of music, great food, and culture-rich events.   

This happy place called Savannah, Georgia is an easy spot to discover "My Favorite Things" -- those things that bring joy to the soul!

For us, the John Coltrane beloved jazz version of "My Favorite Things"* exudes more closely Savannah's endearingly repetitive, wacky-to-mesmerizing personality and spontaneity. Just imagine taking a break under the Live Oak canopy in a city square, people watching, sipping a warm tea or hot chocolate, listening to Coltrane's 13:44 minutes of music adding to the symphony of birds chirping, leaves rustling in a gentle breeze, soft-spoken chatter and friendly laughter. 
Keep that thought and put yourself here for these favorite events for a delightful winter in Savannah, Georgia USA! 

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

A USA First (Circa 1817): Savannah Debutante Ball in the Winter Social Season

SAVANNAH Georgia -- Always ready with a Savannah story, this time of year for winter vacation travelers, we were curious to learn if Savannah society carries over the winter social season that was prominent in New York and America in the late 19th Century.

The answer is, "Not so much" in the 21st Century. But, there are some good stories that touch on the Gilded Age in Savannah, and weddings remain popular in temperate Savannah's "no snow" winters. Green landscapes and winter's camellias dress the gardens.

Savannah tourism star Jackie Heinz shares Savannah travel tips
In 1955, seven prominent ladies of Savannah society
saved the Isaiah Davenport House,
where society weddings are hosted in the garden.
The effort by seven visionary women launched
what has become the heralded Historic Savannah
Foundation's preservation society in America's
most beautiful city.
Located on world famous Jones Street, Zeigler House Inn's own Jackie Heinz, known as a Savannah tourism star, always has fabulous cuisine, a new southern story for you, plus recommendations of places of interest to you, her bed and breakfast guests.

Today Savannah benefactors celebrate in different ways. 

Savannah's old society invites broader inclusion, opening Savannah society to philanthropic new comers. Forever a city of immigrants, international students, singles, and families arrive in Savannah, choosing to work, study, and/or to retire in America's most beautiful city -- inside the "elegant plan of Savannah", in suburbs, and enjoying the coastal island communities.

Winter remains time of the Christmas debutante cotillion, where young ladies from affluent, pedigreed families are presented and introduced to society as young ladies eligible for marriage. The Christmas Cotillion held in Savannah, Georgia (The Cotillion) is the oldest debutante ball in the USA, first held in 1817. Source:

Monday, November 21, 2016

Zeigler House Inn Highlights Overlooked Savannah Treasures: Walk Along The Waterfront and Visit Ships of the Sea Museum

Insider Tip: Imaginations can race
when one chooses a divine table
for lunch or dinner
overlooking the Savannah
River waterfront.
SAVANNAH, Georgia -- Any time of year, walk along the waterfront in the international port city of Savannah, Georgia USA, and you may catch yourself dreaming of arriving ship origins and departing international destinations.

The history of Zeigler House Inn has a dotted line to maritime life on the Savannah riverfront. Lumber merchant and exporter Solomon Zeigler built this stately home on Jones Street for his family. Magnificent, varied lumbers remain in this popular bed and breakfast inn.
Innkeeper Jackie Heinz has exceptional recommendations for riverfront dining, like Vic's on the River, as well as nautical gifts at Ships of the Sea Museum shop, and Ray Ellis Gallery paintings and note cards in Savannah City Market.
Between Bay Street and River Street in downtown Savannah, you'll notice the stony street ramps to Factors Walk. They are paved using "river cobble and quarried stone [ballast stones from schooners arriving in the Port of Savannah from] the American northeast, the Maritime Provinces of Canada, the British Isles, France, Spain, Portugal and Madeira". The stones were used also in buildings (such at Chart House Restaurant) and walkways, and became the foundation of ballast stone islands found today in river channels.  Read a geologist's blog about the ballast stone here.