Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Savannah Pajama Shop Hop is Here

SAVANNAH Georgia (December 2, 2013) -- The countdown is over! The date has arrived.

The Savannah Pajama Shop Hop sponsored by Savannah Inns is finally here. The event had its kick-off party on Thursday, Nov. 29th with the official start on Dec. 1. Remember this is a month long event so there is plenty of time to make your plans to "shop and save".

If you make a reservation to stay at our inn (or one of the other Savannah Inns) you will receive your Savings Passport free. If you are local resident or staying somewhere else you can still participate by bringing an unwrapped toy to donate to "Toys for Tots" to any one of the four Savannah Inns and we will give you a passport in return.

The rules are simple, acquire your Passport, Shop in you PJ's and Save. There are over 70 businesses that are participating including retail merchants, restaurants, bars, tours and historic homes.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Rock N' Roll Marathon

Well the weekend is coming to a close and the 2012 Rock n' Roll Marathon is over. This year the whole house was rented by runners. I must say it was a real treat.

Every guest was so nice, appreciative and kind. Everyone was very complimentary of Savannah and the race.

The runners said the race was very well organized and the locals made them feel welcome. One thing that impressed them was that people came out to cheer them along all through the course. They said in most cities the only people who come out are people who are there for someone running in the race.

Here whole neighborhoods seemed to come out to support them. One runner said their enthusiasm really kept her going. It really made me proud of our city. I know I for one will be looking forward to next year's race! 

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Public Kitchen and Bar

I tried the Public Kitchen and Bar last night. This is the new restaurant by the same people who gave us Local 11 Ten one of my favorite restaurants. Public is located at 1 W. Liberty Street, very close to the inn. This could quickly become one of my favorite places to go and just hang out.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Mata Hari's Does it Again

Mata Hari's, Savannah's only Speakeasy, does it again. This place just keeps getting better and better. Mata Hari's already boasts some of Savannah's most talented singers. It's an intimate spot to kick back and listen to some really good live talent and now they have taken it to the next level.

Last night I attended their first full performance of their new burlesque show. Yes, I said Burlesque! I was privileged to see a preview performance back in August and was blown away.

I must say, what I saw last night did not disappoint.


Monday, July 16, 2012

Three Women in Their PJ's?


What would you think if you saw three women in their PJ’s, shopping in an antique store while drinking Champagne from antique flutes in the middle of the day? Easy answer, they’re in Savannah! 
The picture shows three of the four innkeepers of Savannah Inns, including yours truly, sipping Champagne with our favorite antiques dealer Charlie Brown of C.H. Brown Antiques at 14 W. Jones Street. Those aren’t just any old Champagne flutes either. They are glasses from the estate of Thomas Gibbons, one of Savannah’s first mayors. These exact glasses were used in 1792 during George Washington’s visit to Savannah and one of us quite possibly was drinking from the same flute George Washington used. How insane is that. You just never know what you’ll run across while perusing through this wonderful shop. Charlie is an absolute wealth of information on Savannah both past and present. I consider him one of Savannah’s greatest ambassadors. You can pick up almost any item in the store and get a history lesson from him on its origins and use. I myself could spend hours here just looking and listening.
Oh, I forgot, I still haven't explained why we are in our PJ's. Well, there's a good reason for that. We were taking photos to promote our newest Savannah Inns event for December, the 1st Annual Savannah Pajama Shop Hop. Keep an eye on both our website and the Savannah Inns site for more information starting in September.
When you plan your next visit to Savannah and the Zeigler House Inn make time to go down the street to visit Charlie and his collection of extraordinary antiques. Maybe I’ll go with you and bring the Champagne.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Savannah Shoe Company

Savannah Shoe Company has opened a new store location just one very short block from the inn. Their other location is on W. Broughton Street. I went today and bought two of the cutest, most comfortable pairs of shoes and some new jewelry to boot. This could be habit forming. What am I saying, it already is. I think this makes about 5 or 6 pairs so far.  For those of you not familiar with this store, they make their own shoes and they're designed for walking. They are so comfortable and look really stylish not clunky.The selection of styles and colors is vast.
This location has just opened, they don't even have a sign yet. As you can see in the picture, its a nice large space so more room for more shoes! They are just one of the many great stores just down the block and around the corner from the inn. The area is known as the Downtown Design District. There's clothing, jewelery, antiques, stationary/paper, lighting, home decor and more. Next time you come to visit the Zeigler House you'll have to check it out. A girl can just never have enough shoes, or clothes, or jewelery, or....well, you get the idea. Hope to see you soon.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Flat Creek Lodge Cheese

Okay, those of you who know me, know how much I love food and that one of my favorite meals is Wine, Bread and Cheese. I know, not a well balanced meal but you like what you like. Anyway, thanks to  Flat Creek Lodge, cheese may have taken top billing.

Two Saturday's ago, I came across a new cheese at the Fresh Farmer's Market in Forsyth Park. The name of the cheese was Montazzio and the producer was Flat Creek Lodge. This is quite possibly the best cheese I have ever tasted. I immediately got on the internet and checked them out. Guess what, the dairy is only 60 minutes away from Savannah and they deliver! Needless to say, I ordered a whole wheel of this amazing cheese along with  4 other varieties. They were delivered on Tuesday and took center stage at social hour on Friday and Saturday evening. Everyone that tasted them agreed, "some of the best cheese we've ever eaten". Along with the Montazzio, a creamy European-style cheese, there was Aztec Cheddar. This cheese incorporates Guajillo chilies and cocoa. I also added their traditional cheddar, the blue Stilton, and a very soft creamy cheese similar to Italian Crescenza called Little Martha. Another show stopper was the Paris Medley laced with Vadalia onions, chives and a hint of red pepper. From here on out we will be featuring these local fresh cheeses here at the Zeigler House. Not only will you find them during afternoon refreshments and social hour but in some of our other dishes as well. How about Aztec cheddar cheese cookies with chocolate chunks to start? Maybe a cheese scone or two? Yummy!

Next time you come to visit the Zeigler House Inn, you might want to set aside a few extra hours to check out this dairy and see how they make this fabulous cheese. By the way, they also have a Spa! I have already made plans to take my own pilgrimage, an overnight trip, to see first-hand the facility and the process for making these award winning cheeses. A great sacrifice but I have to do my research. It's a tough job but someone has to do it, right? I'll  let you know how it goes. In the meantime, my quest continues to find the next great local ingredient to add to the cuisine here at the inn. Did I mention we also got some really nice vegetables to pickle while I was at the Farmers Market. Great with the cheese! Looking forward to seeing you here in Savannah and sharing some of our outstanding food.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Mata Hari's - Savannah's One and Only Speakeasy


Imagine walking up to a very unassuming wood door tucked away under Factor’s Walk and ringing a door bell. A very small window at the top opens and a man stares out waiting to see the one thing that will get you through the door, your silver key. The door opens and you step across the threshold and you’re immediately transported to another time and place. Where are you? Mata Hari’s, of course, Savannah’s one and only “Speak Easy”. Once inside it’s not hard to imagine that you have time traveled back to the 1920’s or 30’s and the age of Prohibition and hidden secret clubs. The décor, the music and staff all set the stage.
Let’s start with the décor. You are surrounded by an eclectic blend of antiques and shabby chic. Nice comfortable chairs and couches in small groupings, making it easy for intimate conversations. There’s a small classic looking bar and a stage where the songstress will soon come out to entertain you. There’s even a pool table.
The staff extends the experience with the waitresses in their tuxedo and tails leotards with fishnet hose and bartenders who still know how to pour a real drink, if you know what I mean. Then there is the music and it’s utterly amazing. The songstress takes the stage in her long evening gown and perfectly coiffed hair looking like she just stepped out of an old Bogart film. When she begins to sing the transportation is complete. There is even a small space for dancing to this wonderful music.
If you’re looking for a romantic spot to take your honey or to gather with a few of your closest friends, this is the place. Try it out next time you visit Savannah and the Zeigler House Inn. I’ll give you the secret to getting in to do a little time traveling of your own!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sidewalk Arts Festival

If someone said, "Let's go to the Sidewalk Arts Festival" what would you envision?You'd probably think artwork on canvas' set on easels lined up along the sidewalk for you to view. Right?
Well think again, that may be what you'd see somewhere else but not here in Savannah. On Saturday,April 28th the SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival will be held in Forsyth Park and the artwork is literally on the sidewalk with chalk being the medium. This wonderful festival will be celebrating its 31st year in 2012. Participants begin their work in the morning and is judged in the afternoon. Visitors can view the artists at work and their completed temporary chalk masterpieces from 11:00 am till 5:00 pm. There's also music and food, of course.
While you're in the park don't forget the local Farmer's Market held weekly from 9:00 am till 1:00 pm at south end of the park. Lot's of local produce baked good and more. Yum!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Tall Ships Are Coming!



The tall ships are coming, the tall ships are coming! Did you ever want to sail away when you were a kid? How about now as an adult? Sounds like paradise to me. A girl has to have a dream you know. Well the dream will be easier to imagine in May. Savannah will have the pleasure of welcoming 14 tall masted sailing vessels to our port from May 3-7, 2012. Historic, classic ships and Navy vessels from the United States and abroad will grace the Savannah River along River Street and the promenade on Hutchinson Island. There are only 400 tall masted sailing vessels known as “tall ships” left in the world so this will be a real treat for anyone interested in sailing ships.

Savannah will be the first port in the Tall Ships Challenge 2012. This is a race held at sea, between ports. The event series is organized by the American Sail Training Association who is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching youth education through character building and leadership development aboard tall ships.
This is sure to be a wonderful event you won’t want to miss. Make your plans to come see the “tall ships” and call for your reservations today.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Valentine's Day in Savannah

Let your spouse know you’d do it all over again. This Valentine’s Day come to Savannah and the Zeigler House Inn for a relaxing evening of romance. Arrive in your room to a chilled bottle of Champagne and decadent chocolate covered strawberries. Later in the evening kick back in the parlor and enjoy a special Valentine’s reception. Next, stroll to City Market to renew your vows with other fellow romantics. Afterwards, enjoy dinner at one of Savannah’s top restaurants, Alligator Soul. What could be more romantic?

Package includes:
  • One night stay at Zeigler House Inn in any available room
  • Champagne and Chocolate Covered Strawberries in room
  • Evening reception from 5:00 – 6:00 pm at Zeigler House Inn
  • Vow renewal at City Market 7:00 pm
  • Rose bouquet
  • Dinner at Alligator Soul ($75 gift certificate) 8:00 pm
Package Price: $375 per couple
(Package price does not include gratuities and applicable taxes. Additional nights are available at regular rates. Package is limited to Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012.)

Be sure to reserve early we are limited to only 7 rooms!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Cafe Florie and our Self-guided Tour


Cafe Florie was another stop on our self-guided tour of restaurants. This little gem, and I do mean little, has a wonderful menu with big flavors. The restaurant is down Barnard Street just a short way from the inn. The exterior is bright and colorful and continues to the interior. The staff was quite nice and this is where we chose to have our dessert. Pecan Pie and Sweet Potato Pie were the offering of the day and yes we tried both. They both were delicious! Needless to say there were no leftovers here.
Earlier in the week, Teresa from Azalea Inn did treat the four innkeepers from Savannah Inns with a take-out lunch from here. We had sandwiches and salad and I must say I was impressed. My favorite was the Tuna Melt but the others including the Meatloaf were all really good. The salad also was nice and fresh and the dressing was full of flavor.
Would I go back? You betcha! Plan a little getaway to Savannah and try some of our little out-of-the-way restaurants.

Starfish Cafe


This week I visited the Starfish Cafe for the first time with my friend Diane and my parents. We were on an afternoon self guided eating tour. We were out to try some of the restaurants we'd been meaning to check out. We stopped at 4 different restaurants and got a little bite at each. Now doesn't that sound like fun? Starfish was our last stop on this little tour and needless to say we were pretty full by that time. We decided to just look around and ask questions instead of eating, saving that for another day. I did buy their cookbook though! Looks like some great recipes. I'm sure a few will end up on the table here for afternoon social hour.
The great thing about this restaurant and the thing that intrigued me the most was why it is here in the first place. The Starfish Cafe is a joint venture between the Savannah Union Mission and the Savannah Technical College. The culinary arts training program serves breakfast and lunch to the public Monday thru Friday from 8 am to 2:30 pm. Participants in the program are homeless or are looking for job skills to make a better life for themselves. Since the program's inception in 2000, over 200 students have graduated and obtained full-time employment. The goal of the program is to assist each student in finding employment and making them independent and successful members of our community. What a great purpose!
By the way, a few days later we did try the food. Very nice. We tried three of their sandwiches, my favorite was the shrimp salad and their wonderful signature salad with chicken. Very yummy! This a great spot for a nice lunch that serves a great cause.
Plan your next vacation now and don't forget to stop here for lunch.

Black History Month in Savannah


Celebrate Black History Month in Savannah this year. Come discover the rich African American history, culture and heritage here in Savannah. Visit stops along the Underground Railroad, the First African Baptist Church, the Beech Institute, the Civil Rights Museum and sample some of the best Soul Food Savannah has to offer. Along with my sister innkeepers at SavannahInns.com we are offering a Black History Month Package. The two night package includes:
  1. Three days and 2 nights in your choice of available rooms with check-in on Sunday thru Wednesday nights during the months of January and February 2012.
  2. Day Clean African American History Tour for two, including admission to select venues.
  3. Secret map of Soul Food destinations and specific, must see, Black History/Heritage sites.

Price: $389, plus tax/2 night stay (price does not include gratuities)