Sunday, December 11, 2011

Day Clean Journey Tour - African American Heritage Tour

Recently, I took the Day Clean Journey Tour along with two other fellow innkeepers from Savannah Inns. This Tour highlights the African American Heritage and History in Savannah and the surrounding coastal area. Our tour guide Jamal Toure was an entertaining wealth of information on the subject. Sometimes speaking in several native African dialects including Gullah Geechee he wove an interesting fabric of history, folklore and stories. We drove through, now long gone, African American neighborhoods where he was able to bring back a sense of what life would have been like then. Stopping at several historic venues including the Beach Institute and First African Baptist Church we were able to see the contribution these people made to Savannah and her rich history. We ended the tour at the Garden of Eden restaurant for a slice of homemade red velvet cake. This was a lovely restaurant specializing in traditional Soul Food. I will definetly be recommending this place for anyone wanting to try Southern Soul Food. Everything looked and smelled yummy!
All in all, I would highly recommend this tour to anyone. They also offer several other wonderful tours including the one I want to take next, the Drums n’ Spirits Tour that covers Haants/Haints, Spirits, Ghosts, Hoo-Doo and lots more. You can see the list of tours and additional information on their website . This tour will be featured in our Black History Month package. Plan your getaway today!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Souther Belle's Tea

We're trying something new for the lazy days of summer this year. We are going to treat our guests to a traditional afternoon Southern Tea, summer style. We'll slow things down a bit every afternoon and take a step back in time to a enjoy ice cold lemonade, sweet tea, finger foods and some good conversation on the veranda or in the air conditioned parlor. How about a game of cards or checkers to make this a true Southern experience fit for any lady or gentleman.

Spend your cooler mornings out and about taking in the sites of the beautiful historic district and return in the languid afternoons to relax and restore with our tea before preparing for your romantic evenings of fun and dining.

This is a rare and dying tradition and I think it's high time we brought it back. Come on to Savannah and the Zeigler House Inn and let us indulge you!

This special treat is paired with our summer rates. Best room Monday - Thursday for only $159 per night plus tax. Friday - Sunday is 15% off the regular rate, plus tax. The rates and tea are good 7/5 - 9/1/2011.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

2011 NOGS Garden Tour

The tour formally known as the North of Gaston Street Tour has changed to the North of Gwinnett Street Tour to incorporate the southernmost streets of the National Historic District and their hidden gardens. The tour runs April 29 - 30, 2011 from 10am - 4pm daily. One of my close friends and her husband Teresa and Michael (aka Jake) Jacobson were chosen as a stop on this years tour. What an honor!

The walking tour includes eight walled gardens and the Owens-Thomas House English inspired par-terre garden. The gardens are selected each year for the excellence of design, historical interest and beauty. Hostesses at each garden will greet visitors and point out special plants, garden features and interesting historical facts. From 2 - 4pm daily ticket holders are invited to tour the historic Harper-Fowlkes House and enjoy a southern tea in its beautiful garden. There will also be entertainment and there is a promise of a surprise guest appearance. Wonder who?

If you can't make this year's tour, make your plans to attend next year. The 2012 date will be April 20 - 21. This is a wonderful experience and I'm sure if you're a garden lover like me you won't be disappointed.

2011 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf Tournament

This past week the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf tournament was held here in Savannah. The tournament, played April 18 - 24, 2011 was held at the Club at Savannah Harbor. Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf is the tournament that sparked the creation of the Champions Tour, formerly known as the Senior PGA Tour. The 54-hole, two man team tournament was won this year by Mark McNulty and David Eger. The team won a tidy sum of $460,000 for their efforts. The 33 year old tournament has been held here in Savannah for the last 9 years. Make plans to attend next year's tournament or just come to play a round of golf at this wonderful challenging course.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Afternoon Martini

Yesterday after a long day here at the inn I also had to go to the doctor for my annual physical.
Not one of my favorite pastimes. Afterwards, I had to to the pharmacy for a new prescription. There I stood in line for about 30 minutes only to find I had to wait an additional hour before it would be filled. Not really wanting to walk all the way back home and back again, I decided to treat myself to a glass of wine while I waited. I walked down the street a little ways and ran into Jen's and Friends, a nice little local bar that specializes in Martini's and advertises 100 Martini's and 100 beers. I didn't count to be sure but I think it is close. After perusing the menu, I quickly changed my mind and decided to ditch the wine and have a Martini. Now came the hard part, which on to choose. With names like White Elephant, Scooby Snack, Blueberry Cobbler, Snickers, Reece's, what is a girl to do? Then I saw it, the Savannah Bee Honey Vanilla Martini. Being a big fan of our local Savannah Bee Honey, I had to try this one. One word, "Yummy!" This drink lived up to its name and did not disappoint. I may have found my new favorite martini. What a great way to end a not so nice day. Oh, did I mention, I was there for an hour so I did have to have a second. Whoops! Next time you're in downtown Savannah stop by Jen's and Friends and give this one a try.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate!

Chocolate Temptations! The name alone was enough to get my attention. Anyone who has stayed with us here at the Zeigler House Inn in Savannah, GA. knows I love chocolate. It's everywhere! Yesterday along with my fellow innkeepers, Diane and Teresa, I attended the 700 Kitchen Cooking School for the first time. Under the direction of Chef Darin Sehnert we made 4 scrumptious chocolate desserts and learned some of the finer points about chocolate.
The desserts were Chocolate-Almond Truffles, Chocolate Fig Bundles, Chocolate Tortes Dressed in Berries and my personal favorite, Chocolate Pots de Creme. Yummy! I have always loved this particular recipe but hadn't make it in a long time. What was I thinking? Wow, I can't wait to make it again. Guess what's for dessert tonight?
Next time you're making plans for your Savannah getaway, you might consider spending a little time with Chef Darin at his wonderful cooking school. If you'd like to learn more about Chef Darin and the cooking school check out his website at . I think you'd really enjoy the experience.
Now, I'm off to the store to buy chocolate!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Go Back in Time at Colonial Faire and Muster

The Georgia Historical Society is presenting a Colonial Faire and Muster at Wormsloe State Historic Site on Saturday and Sunday, February 5 and 6, 2011 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm both days. The event is free and open to the public.
Visitors can see, hear and experience everyday life during colonial times through activities and demonstrations by on-site interpreters. There will be historical re-enactments, cannon firings, music and dance, and demonstrations of cooking and craft techniques.
As part of the GHS's Georgia History Festival, over 40 museums, historic homes, national forts, state historic sites and other cultural institutions commemorate the founding of Georgia on what is referred to as Super Museum Sunday. The event takes place on Sunday, February 6. Participating museums and historic sites in coastal Georgia and surrounding areas open their doors to the public free of charge from 12 noon to 4:00 pm.
Some of the Museums open here in the Historic District and close by are: Andrew Low House Museum, Isaiah Davenport House Museum, Telfair's Jepson Center for the Arts, Telfair's Owens-Thomas House, Telfair Academy, Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, Ships of the Sea Museum, Harper Fowlkes House, Fort Pulaski, Old Fort Jackson, Tybee Island Light Station and Museum and this is just a few. You can see the whole list, which is amazingly long at the GHS site
This is going to be an amazing weekend filled with lots to see and do, and all for free! Don't miss it I know I won't.

Another Great Weekend in Savannah

"Food, Frights and Fall.....Savannah wows me again." That's how Vicki started her travel blog. A friend of mine found this blog post and forwarded it to me. When I saw the photographs and read Vicki's descriptions of her and Matt's weekend in Savannah, I was blown away and knew I had to share. Vicki and Matt are repeat guests of the Zeigler House Inn. I knew they were a bright, fun-loving couple but I had no idea they were such accomplished photographers and writers. Her descriptions of Savannah and what it has to offer were right on. They made me want to go right out and follow their lead. Follow this link and see the beautiful pictures and Vicki's wonderful insights of Savannah.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Happy New Year!

It's a new year. 2010 has come and gone and we're starting anew with 2011. My goodness where did the time go? With every new year comes the inevitable rush of New Year's resolutions. You know, we all make them. I'm going to eat better, exercise more, lose those extra few pounds, quit procrastinating and wasting time, get all those things done we keep putting off. Sound familiar? Well I've made all of these plus a few more. Last year my resolution was to not make any more resolutions. I guess you now know how that one worked out. Anyway, one of mine was to get serious about this blogging thing. I really don't know much about this social media stuff but everyone keeps preaching to me I need to get with it. So, I promise I will try to do a better job of getting things out to you all.
To all of my guests and friends, past, present and future, Happy New Year!