Sunday, November 30, 2014

Star-level Bed and Breakfast Marketing: Savannah GA Inn Welcomes Wheel of Fortune Winner

Having won Zeigler House Inn's Savannah GA getaway prize,
Wheel of Fortune prize winner, Ashley Wimberley
visits Savannah, Georgia. Courtesy Photo, used with permission.
SAVANNAH Georgia -- The possibility of hosting a winner from  Wheel of Fortune­­® enticed Jackie Heinz to launch her showcase of Zeigler House Inn + Savannah, responding to the invitation from America's Favorite Game Show, then commissioning fresh video to be filmed for the prize promo. 

"To pursue this level of national marketing IS outside the box for my small bed and breakfast in Savannah, GA. It's big league marketing! And, the effort to pursue national B&B marketing is not inexpensive," Jackie adds. "However, I was and am confident that my historic inn could and can surpass expectations ... and, we did!"

Yes, indeed, Jackie would do it again! She did, actually. (That's another story for another day.)

In November 2014, winner Ashley Wimberley -- graceful, smart and darling in every way -- arrived to celebrate her winning prize! Before departing Zeigler House Inn, Ashley left this thoughtful note:

"Jackie, One thousand thank you's for making this trip so perfect. You have truly gone above & beyond for us and we could not be more grateful. I cannot wait to let the folks at Wheel of Fortune know what a truly fantastic prize this has been. Thank you so much for your generosity & hospitality. Your sweet & giving spirit shines through. We can't wait to come see you again. Ashley & David"
Within just a few days later, Jackie received an email from the wonderful folks at Wheel of Fortune, who shared Ashley's personal note of praise, sent to the show:

"Hi, [Name withheld]. I hope you are well. I doubt you'll remember me, but I won a trip on the Wheel of Fortune back in March (aired in June) to Savannah, Georgia. I wanted to let you and everyone at the Wheel know what a truly fantastic prize package this was. The innkeeper at the Zeigler House Inn, Jackie Heinz, went above and beyond to make us feel welcome. When I say above and beyond, I truly mean above and beyond. She presented us with a fantastic gift basket of Savannah goods upon our arrival, and made certain our meals were taken care of at the best restaurants in town. She even secured us spots on a great trolley tour and river boat tour of the city. I just cannot say enough about her, as well as the city of Savannah's hospitality toward us. Please spread the word!
Ashley Wimberley"
Please Extend Your Thanks, Too, To These Amazing Savannah GA Hospitality Stars.

During Ashley's visit, Zeigler House Inn -- @ZeiglerHouseInn -- tapped social media through Twitter and Facebook to post Ashley's itinerary and share her feedback.

"Each of these Savannah tourism stars showcased in friendly, welcoming ways the best of Savannah's charm. They do this on a daily basis, but this time these small, local businesses are getting national-level, generous praise from our amazing guest. Please thank each of these tourism stars for doing their personal best every day!" encouraged Jackie Heinz.

These are the wonderful small Savannah-based small businesses who graciously welcomed and helped to make Ashley's Savannah visit spectacular: Alligator Soul, Crystal Beer Parlor, Mrs. Wilkes, Jazz'd Tapas Bar, Old Savannah Trolley Tours & Riverboat Cruises, Sixth Sense Tours, The Olde Pink House, and WSAV-TV -- Savannah's NBC affiliate who interviewed Ashley during her visit. Here's a link to WSAV's story, "Wheel of Fortune Puts Savannah In the National Limelight".

"Thank you to everyone who did their part so magnificently!" Jackie concludes.

This top-pick, city bed and breakfast inn is an elegant model of Savannah’s world-famous historic restoration. The private and stately Zeigler House Inn (circa 1856) is a Salzberger lumber merchant’s family mansion transformed to seven French-inspired lodging suites and rooms in the downtown Savannah's National Landmark Historic District. At the top-rated, private small hotel the caterer-turned-innkeeper, Jackie Heinz, serves in-room breakfasts, home baked pastries worthy of a French pâtisserie, plus en vogue bed and breakfast comforts and southern hospitality. For more information, contact Zeigler House Inn — email or telephone toll free 866/233-5307 in the USA, or 912/233-5307 local or international; 121 West Jones Street, Savannah, Georgia USA 31401. Twitter @ZeiglerHouseInn, Facebook and Pinterest.

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Savannah Innkeeper Begins Her Foodoir: Jackie Heinz Takes Her Savannah B&B Guests Beyond Homemade Deliciousness To Treasured Southern Food Stories

SAVANNAH, Georgia USA -- Influential in the Savannah tourism, hospitality, and bed and breakfast communities, Jackie Heinz is a foodie with a sophisticated palate and flair for entertaining.
The inn's recent Wheel of Fortune winner, Ashley Wimberly told WSAV's  Ian Margol that she is going to miss Jackie's warm morning muffins every morning!
This top-tier inn's caterer-turned-innkeeper explains that her southern foodie roots run deeper than those of her lifetime alone ... and all the way to Europe and Germany. "From my grandmothers Lora Menshouse Hackworth and Ora Henry Carroll I developed a love of cooking. My mom had a hand in things as well since she is the one who taught me to make my first pie dough; but, it was my grandmothers who really were the great cooks who inspired me."

Here our Kentucky-born foodie begins her foodoir, first by introducing a few of her heirloom treasures in the kitchen -- the rolling pen her father crafted in his high school wood shop class when he was 16 for her grandma Lora, her inherited candy thermometer and Sunbeam mixer, a vintage potato masher like her grandma Carroll's, and her Mom's Betty Crocker Cookbook -- the one her mother received as a wedding present 59 years ago [turned in this photo to the "Testing Candy" page]. "This is the first cookbook I ever used," Jackie adds.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Eater-tainment Gains in Savannah Lodging and Tourism Popularity at Zeigler House Inn

SAVANNAH, Georgia (October 27, 2014) -- "Eatertainment, as in show me some fun and then show me some food"* is a popular addition at Zeigler House Inn, located on magnificent Jones Street in the historic district.
Did you know that this Savannah inn's owner, Jackie Heinz -- a star in Savannah tourism -- is a caterer-turned innkeeper? Our historic inn's Kentucky-born, southern hostess is from a lineage of fabulous southern cooks, hostesses, and storytellers.  
Sweet Little Shamrock Duo at Zeigler House Inn.
Entertainment plus lodging on select nights happens
just about every Friday and Saturday night.
On this night of this photo, the Duo brought a friend who
recited “The Raven”. "The folk music and poetry
were wonderful. It was like going back in time.
Just amazing," says innkeeper Jackie Heinz.

This top-pick, historic Savannah inn improves on eater-tainment even more -- adding lodging to the eater-tainment, at one all inclusive price!

Yes, Zeigler House Inn is speaking a Savannah traveler's dream language -- "Let me entertain you. No extra charges apply"!

Eater-tainment is at ‘no extra charge' -- a gift to lodging guests -- when Zeigler House Inn includes in-inn live music or storytelling (sometimes both!). The fabulous food is Jackie's heavy hors d'oeuvres during social hour on Friday and Saturday evenings. 

A happy buzz accompanies the news of unexpected eater-tainment. The entertainment? 

Popular folk music duo, Sweet Little Shamrock's folk music is a delightful step back in time. During October 2014 the Duo has entertained on Saturday evenings during this historic inn's popular social hour.
This delightful, folk music pair will be entertaining at the top-pick inn again on Saturday, November 22, 2014. A few guests rooms remain available for that weekend. 

Cuisine That's Worth a Savannah Travel Trip: Sweet and Savory Temptations from the Zeigler House Inn Kitchen For Fall in Savannah, Georgia

SAVANNAH Georgia (October 27, 2014) -- Great food is always an important part of trip planning. Reared in a southern tradition of cooking comfort and imaginative foods to please family and visitors, Jackie Heinz at Zeigler House Inn has started a whole new 2014 Fall Savory Menu.

New on the Menu: Ham and Cheese
Croissants at the Savannah foodies'
haven -- Zeigler House Inn --
a top-pick Georgia bed and
breakfast in the Savannah
historic district.
Returning guests know there is zero ho-hum cuisine at Zeigler House Inn. 

Lodging travelers who have enjoyed the fine cuisine at Zeigler House Inn first-hand have posted enthusiastic comments, too: "I am soooo ready to come back!" and "Make sure to have some of those available next month! We arrive on the 13th of November."

For years this caterer-turned-innkeeper has headed out early on Saturday mornings to the wildly popular foodies' forest -- the Forsyth Farmer's Market in Savannah's central park. There she meets farmers, cattlemen, and shrimpers bringing in their fresh, local and seasonal produce and seafood, plus meats and poultry.

Beginning in early October 2014, Jackie has been cooking up a storm to kick up that fresh, local, seasonal mantra several more notches. Her goal is to further enhance the balance between sweet and savory cuisine at this top-pick, Savannah bed and breakfast on magnificent Jones Street in the National Landmark Historic District.

From the early response, even the salad-dodgers have become converts from sweets to savory at Zeigler House Inn.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Zeigler House Inn Preps November 2014 #Savannah #GA Itinerary for Winner of Wheel of Fortune B&B Package

SAVANNAH, Georgia (October 5, 2014) -- "Fall in Savannah is magical!" Yes, that's a winning phrase that will play out again at Zeigler House Inn in November 2014 for one Wheel of Fortune | America's Game® winner. Caterer-turned-innkeeper, Jackie Heinz is putting together the fall itinerary for autumn in the 'Hostess City of the South', America's most beautiful city. 
Did you know? Savannah's native son, Johnny Mercer, who co-founded Capitol Records, wrote the lyrics to Autumn Leaves and Hooray for Hollywood
Southern tea on the porch at Zeigler House Inn
Stay Tuned for the Wheel of Fortune Winner's Fall Itinerary and Day-to-day Reactions to Savannah, Georgia USA!

"Yes, I've heard Savannah called Hollywood of the South; but, there is far more to Savannah than the spellbinding, enchanted stories, and movie location beauty shots," adds innkeeper Jackie Heinz. "I want this Wheel of Fortune winner to experience the soul and essence of Savannah, including its local people, rather than to feel corralled to tourist trails."

Considered a star in Savannah tourism circles, Zeigler House Inn's enterprising innkeeper began her quest to be featured on Wheel of Fortune with her commissioned, television-ready B-roll video. 

Zeigler House Inn in Savannah: On Select Saturday Evenings, It's Where America's Rich History and Creatives Meet Up!

SAVANNAH, Georgia (October 5, 2014) -- Known as a welcoming, historic showplace on magnificent Jones Street, Zeigler House Inn bed and breakfast's top-pick reputation is extending beyond decadent breakfasts, beyond nothing-but-delicious desserts and social hour hors d'oeuvres, and beyond erroneous expectations of patrician panache, to surprise guests with entertaining amenities on select Friday and Saturday nights.  

The arts in Savannah GA B&B -- Zeigler House Inn bed and breakfast
Sweet Little Shamrocks to perform at
Zeigler House Inn bed and breakfast, perhaps a
surprise but certainly an exclusive amenity of
local Savannah entertainment for the
top-tier inn's lodging guests.
On select Saturday nights, one top-pick Savannah B&B introduces guests to extraordinary, Savannah-style southern hospitality -- --  culture-rich, intimate, endearing music plus culinary specialties of Zeigler House Inn.

Exclusive to the historic inn's lodging guests, the musical duo Sweet Little Shamrocks Duo will perform at Zeigler House Inn in the National Landmark Historic District. The privileged entertainment is free during social hour for the inn's lodging guests on October 25, November 22, and December 20, 2014.  
"It's not houses I love, it's the life I live in them." -- Coco Chanel 
 A lover of music, the inn's caterer-turned-innkeeper Jackie Heinz knows well that she is delivering a value-rich amenity, with no additional charge to guests.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Savannah Fall Days and Nights: Picnic in the Park, Food and Wine + Playful Banter

SAVANNAH Georgia (September 21, 2014) -- It's fall in Savannah -- cooler temperatures and time for Picnic in the Park on Sunday, October 5, 2014.

Savannah tourism stars with Savannah Picnic in Forsyth Park
Two Savannah tourism stars -- Jackie Heinz of Zeigler House
Inn (R) with Diane Crews of Green Palm Inn (L) -- exemplify
how easy a Savannah picnic is -- pop up chairs, picnic
basket with yummies and beverages, blanket, casual fashions
(light weight cotton) and comfy shoes.
Tip: Don't forget the flashlight! It's daylight when the picnic
begins but will be pitch dark at the conclusion of music
by the Savannah Philharmonic!
The once-a-year Savannah tradition is a feast of time-honored southern conviviality and happy times outdoors -- music, food, playful bantering and laughter.

"For my guests, a personalized picnic is something I am happy to coordinate any time of year," adds Jackie Heinz, caterer-turned-innkeeper at Zeigler House Inn.

The October night out in old Savannah is compliments of the City of Savannah Cultural Affairs. The venue is always the grassy knoll of Forsyth Park, Savannah's central park in the National Landmark Historic District.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Celebrities in #Savannah Filming at Zeigler House Inn: New GAC Show to Premier Early 2015!

SAVANNAH Georgia (August 17, 2014) -- Two stars in Savannah tourism introduced celebrities, along with their production team filming a new GAC Network show, to fun places off the beaten path.

Two stars in Savannah tourism spend an exciting day with celebrities!
L-R: Holly Marie Combs, Jackie Heinz, Shannen Doherty, and
Diane Crews at Mati Hari, a speakeasy in Savannah, Georgia USA.
What we can say about the GAC Network (Great American Country Network) filming at Zeigler House Inn this week is this: the name of the show, scheduled to premier early in 2015, is Off the Map with Shannen and Holly.

Not knowing the show or hosts' names, we had spent a couple of hours with the celebrities before realizing who these hard-working, beautiful gals are!

Shannen is Shannen Doherty (Little House on the Prairie, Our House, Beverly Hills 90210 and Charmed) and Holly is Holly Marie Combs (Sweet Hearts Dance, Oliver Stone's Born on the Fourth of July, Picket Fences, Charmed, and Pretty Little Liars). Follow these best friends on their travel adventures on twitter #shannenandholly.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Golf in Savannah: Local Champions. Movie Locations. Sportive or Romantic Getaways to Zeigler House Inn B&B

SAVANNAH Georgia (July 26, 2014) -- It was a really BIG sports weekend for Savannah in mid-July 2014. Following a long tradition of Savannah golf, two Savannah natives won prominent PGA golf championships.
We offer our congratulations to Gene Sauers who won the Senior Open on the PGA Champions Tour in July 2014, and to Brian Harman, who turned pro in 2009, who won the John Deere Classic, his first PGA Tour win. 
Golf is a sports tradition in Savannah, dating back to 1794. "On record The Savannah Golf Club (private) is the Oldest Golf Club in America and is believed to be the first American city where the game of golf was played." -- Source: The Savannah Golf Club

Savannah Mansion Movie Location Near Forsyth Park
The stately Gaston Street mansion, Adele Invergordon's
movie location home in The Legend of Baggar Vance --
Gaston Street at Drayton Street, overlooking Forsyth Park.
At the time of filming this Savannah mansion was for sale.
Today this home is a private residence.
We think these 2014 wins could be titled straight from The Legend of Baggar Vance soundtrack titles, track #3 -- Savannah Needs A Hero!  

The novel, The Legend of BaggarVance: A Novel of Golf and the Game of Life by Steven Pressfield (1995) is set in Savannah, Georgia USA. In the 2000 film adaptation by Robert Redford, the director stays true to the story and chooses Savannah to portray itself in all of its 1930s restored beauty. Additional filming locations were in Low Country and Barrier Islands including Beaufort, Bluffton, Charleston, Hilton Head, and Kiawah Island, South Carolina, plus Jekyll Island, Georgia.

In the golf-themed movie, The Legend of Baggar Vance, filming locations in Savannah are right around the corner from Zeigler House Inn.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Fresh Ideas in Southern Hospitality: Fresh Georgia Travel Ideas at Zeigler House Inn's Top-Pick B&B in Historic #Savannah GA

Fresh southern hospitality travel ideas in Savannah at Zeigler House Inn
Here Shannon Scott (R), Savannah tour guide and
extraordinary southern storyteller is at Zeigler House Inn
entertaining our lodging guests during
one of the top-pick Savannah inn's
Friday "Fireside Tales".
SAVANNAH Georgia (July 1, 2014) -- Southern storytelling is not a fresh idea, unless you consider adding a tour guide with fresh stories to hospitality hour. Zeigler House Inn does this ofttimes on a Friday afternoon.

To the delight of her guests, innkeeper Jackie Heinz frequently coordinates with Angela Lynn, owner of 6th Sense Savannah Tours to bring a professional storyteller / tour guide into the inn for up close and personal stories. It's especially delightful, surrounded by the welcoming ambiance of this stately historic home (ca. 1856).

There are no weather concerns indoors when taking full advantage of the relaxing comforts of the inn!

Renown among Savannah's best storytellers, Shannon Scott -- historian, tour guide, and SCAD alumni -- was the star last Friday who enchanted the top-ten Savannah inn's guests at the historic inn's "Fireside Tales" (June 2014).

"I am delighted to see the smiling faces of my guests (as in the photo, above)!  After hearing Shannon's stories, guests are praising him by name in our bed and breakfast inn's reviews. I appreciate so much the extraordinary thoughtfulness by guests who take time also to comment in Zeigler House Inn's reviews

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

#Savannah: Paint the Town with Red, White and Blue Flair, Says the Top-rated Zeigler House Inn

SAVANNAH Georgia (June 16, 2014) -- On the 4th of July in Savannah's Deep South after a salute to America's red, white, and blue flag, you'll be dazzled when you discover even more red, white and blue in some of the best Savannah food, eateries, picnics, and beverages. 

Zeigler House Inn's Jackie Heinz gets into the red, white and blue
spirit on magnificent Jones Street in patriotic Savannah, Georgia USA!
Photo © 2014 Zeigler House Inn / Sandy Traub
Any Savannah foodie's bucket list for July 4th will be long and tantalizingly delicious. We'll be among the first to start off this patriotic Savannah nod with specifics -- white wine, white linens, blue crabs, Savannah Red Rice, red and white radicchio, red pepper jelly or vinaigrette with red onions, Strawberry Mint Sweet Tea, and laced in somewhere are red fish [red drum], new red potatoes, red hot chili pepper, "red apples" ['tomatas'], red wine vinegar, red peppercorns, white rum, red wine, and bite-into-sweet, white Vidalia onions.

How is that for starters?! 
From this top-pick place to stay in Savannah, we might ask, too "What's the best part of all this?" We cheer, salute, wave our pride-provoking flag of the United States of America, sing patriotic tunes, and dine on red, white and blue ... just about every day of the year!

Yes, Sir and Ma'am! In Savannah, Georgia, we're patriotic not just on the 4th of July, Independence Day Weekend, Veterans Day, Memorial Day, and D-Day!  It may seem a small thing, but you'll see our Savannah inn's American flag flying year around.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

TripAdvisor Ceritificate of Excellence 2014 for Top Ten Savannah Bed and Breakfast: Zeigler House Inn B&B

SAVANNAH Georgia (May 20, 2014) -- "Celebrate Your Certificate of Excellence! TripAdvisor is delighted to award Zeigler House Inn with a 2014 Certificate of Excellence. This prestigious award recognizes businesses that consistently earn top ratings from TripAdvisor travelers." -- TripAdvisor® is the world's largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip.

Located on magnificent Jones Street in the Savannah historic district, Zeigler House Inn ranks top ten among the top picks for bed and breakfast lodging in Savannah. Currently our historic Savannah inn is 5 of 40 B&Bs in Savannah.

Of course, we are happy to showcase this Certificate of Excellence award to our guests, staff, and the public with pride!

ABOUT ZEIGLER HOUSE INN, a top pick Savannah bed and breakfast inn in the historic district.

An elegant model of Savannah’s world-famous historic restoration, the stately Zeigler House Inn (circa 1856) is a Salzberger lumber merchant’s family mansion transformed to seven lodging suites and room in the downtown Savannah's National Landmark Historic District. At the top-rated Savannah bed and breakfast inn the caterer-turned-innkeeper, Jackie Heinz, serves in-room breakfasts, home baked pastries worthy of a French pâtisserie storefront, plus en vogue bed and breakfast comforts and southern hospitality. For more information, contact Zeigler House Inn — email or telephone toll free 866/233-5307 in the USA, or 912/233-5307 local or international; 121 West Jones Street, Savannah, Georgia USA 31401. Twitter @ZeiglerHouseInn, Facebook and Pinterest

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Top Ten Reasons to Stay at Zeigler House Inn in Savannah, Georgia

SAVANNAH Georgia (June 1, 2014) -- On June 6, 2014 those who love Wheel of Fortune, America's top game show, are likely to see Zeigler House Inn in Savannah, Georgia featured. "I am so excited!" says innkeeper Jackie Heinz.

Welcoming front parlor decorated
in French theme to honor
General Marquis de Lafayette, a French
American Revolutionary hero
who visited Savannah, Georgia.
Beyond the few seconds of introduction there, we thought you might want to know the Top 10 Reasons to Stay at Zeigler House Inn on Jones Street in Savannah's National Landmark Historic District.  

1. Sink-in Bed Comforts: The most popular luxurious feature at Zeigler House Inn is the extraordinary bed comforts. Whirlpool tubs and private outdoor patios are also unique features in several rooms.

2. Affordable rates: Everyday affordable, best-of-Savannah deals and loyal guest incentives simply say, “We’re so pleased to host your Savannah visit! Lodging at our historic bed and breakfast will make your Savannah travel easy. Call to inquire for special last-minute deals or seasonal B&B vacation packages.

3. Highly rated on Zeigler House Inn was awarded a Certificate of Excellence 2012 - 2014.

4. Delicious Food … options for private dining in! Easy breakfast dining in with fresh homemade baked fare, daily finger desserts and coffee/tea service. Signature appetizers and wine are paired for a special weekend getaway on Friday and Saturday. Continental breakfast is in-room with Jackie’s homemade breakfast dishes and breads, fresh fruit, and more. Plentiful tea, coffee, and refreshing cold beverages are in each guest room. 

Monday, May 26, 2014

A Rainy Day in #Savannah, #Georgia: What Does Zeigler House Inn Like Best?

Just 20 minutes from downtown Savannah
Tybee Island beach at sunrise with
rain clouds just above the horizon.
Photo © Jerry Harris
SAVANNAH Georgia -- (May 26, 2014) -- As we pause to write this post, it's a patriotic, rainy #MemorialDay Monday holiday in Savannah. 

Yet visitors move along undeterred by the day's drizzles or spurts of heavier rain. People on the sidewalks simply pause under awnings temporarily, take time for window shopping, or head into a bakery, coffee shop, ice cream parlor, or martini bar for impromptu refreshments.

“Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.” ― Roger Miller

Our guests and all of us at Zeigler House Inn, an historic Savannah inn in the National Landmark Historic District, get to enjoy nature's rainfall ... from the inn's tall windows, our porch overlooking magnificent Jones Street, or the relaxing veranda porch. 

What do we like best about rain in Savannah? 

  1. Greenery glistens. Savannah needs the rain for our urban forest to remain lush and beautifully green.
  2. Flowers seem to smile. The color-rich and fragrant, secret gardens and squares (garden parks) please so many Savannah visitors!
  3. The pitter patter rhythm spills onto our windows. Nature seems to dance on the window sill.
  4. It's a calming showtime of water cascading rain or spraying mist drizzles. 
  5. Rain in Savannah is a reminder that there is a time for all things great and small in nature.
  6. There's a refreshing smell of cooling rain hitting the steamy Savannah sidewalks. 
  7. Rain cools the spring, summer, and fall air.
  8. Even when the storm clouds gather, we think of how blessed we are to live in America. Especially today and patriotic holidays, the tune "God Bless America" comes to mind. (Of course, the storm clouds were of World War II looming in the song.) 
  9. The birds seem to love it! Listen to how happy they are in the early morning following a rain.
  10. Rainfall replenishes Savannah's natural aquifers.  
"What's the first thing an actor learns? 'The show must go on!' Come rain, come shine, come snow, come sleet, the show MUST go on! " -- Cosmo Brown, Singing in the Rain

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

“INN” Search in Savannah Tour Guide Manual Gives Charming Savannah Visit Insights, Like Award-wINNing, INNovative, PINNacle, and DINNer!

Savannah, Georgia (April 30, 2014) – We were curious: How many places would “INN” appear in the City of Savannah Tour Guide Manual?  INN appearing is a portion of the words is what surprised us!  Now we're curious and continue the search.

Horse carriages in Savannah are a popular way
to explore the National Landmark Historic District --
a 2.5 mile area, slightly expanded from
Georgia founder James Oglethorpe's
innovative city plan. Photo © Jerry Harris
Those INN words paint a delicious broad stroke to introduce you to beautiful, historic Savannah --  WINNING ARCHITECTURE, INNOVATIVE CITY PLAN, a presidential DINNER, Button GWINNETT, SOCIETY OF CINCINNATI, and BEGINNING in many different places. Historic INNs offer character-rich back stories and modern-day lodging, too.

Let's begin with ZEIGLER HOUSE INN, before we get to our fascinating findings.

ZEIGLER HOUSE INN is a privately-owned, family-owned inn on magnificent Jones Street. “Jones Street is often cited as the premier residential street in the Historic District”, the Tour Guide Manual states.  

Our Savannah INN's character-rich story is of Salzburg lumber merchant, Solomon Zeigler who came from the religious Ebenezer community to do business in the city. Using mahogany, oak, and pine lumber, he built this stately brick family townhome in 1856, now ZEIGLER HOUSE INN. In this Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, we'll add also that Mr. Zeigler was among the business and civic leaders who decided also to surrender Savannah to Union General William Sherman, rather than have Savannah destroyed, as was the fate of Atlanta during the Civil War (1861-1865).


Tall ship docked on the Savannah River.
In foreground are Colonial-era warehouses.
In background is Savannah's first sky scraper
and City Hall (dome). Photo © Jerry Harris
INNOVATIVE CITY PLAN FOR SAVANNAH.  One of Oglethorpe’s most enduring contributions was the development and implementation of an innovative CITY PLAN for Savannah (ca. 1733), which included a grid iron street system and green space.

AWARD WINNING ARCHITECTURE.  As one walks from square to square, passing each building, discovering a different nuance of detailing, from the eaves to the railings and stairs, the visual-architectural experience can be as overwhelming to the eye as a symphony is to the ear." --Eric Meyerhoff, Savannah architect who is renowned for the Gunn & Meyerhoff renovation to create Rousakis Plaza on Savannah River Street.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Holidays in Savannah: Easter with Zeigler House Inn's Tastemaker Innkeeper

Spring vacation at Zeigler House Inn.
SAVANNAH Georgia (April 17, 2014) -- #Savannah tastemaker, innkeeper Jackie Heinz at Zeigler House Inn sets a sublime #Easter tablescape!
"Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal, and new life." -- Janine di Giovanni
Why simply fantasize about a Savannah holiday trip?

These inspiring images (snapped April 17, 2014) capture a mere glimpse of Jackie's attention to detail and her eagerness to deliver something new to the Savannah inn's guests for every visit.  Spring's bounty is showcased in the Easter tablescape garden featuring parrot tulips and a rainbow colored flower and candle vases.

“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.”
― William Shakespeare, Sonnet XCVIII
Festive Easter holidays at Zeigler House Inn

The Lemon Cake could stand alone on a crystal plate. But, true to form, Jackie adds little extras -- simple fern greenery and snips small buds to add a festive splash of color.  More finger pastries
tempt guests on the antique sideboard (background above).

You don't need a special event to enjoy Savannah, but maybe a few ideas about a Savannah trip in  May 2014 might help.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Colloquial, Informal, Conversational Summer Vacations in Savannah Begin at Zeigler House Inn Bed and Breakfast

SAVANNAH Georgia (April 14, 2014) -- Savannah, the tourist haven known for its vibrant port city, 19th Century architecture, southern charm, and friendly people year around becomes more colloquial, informal and conversational in summer. That is the viewpoint of innkeeper Jackie Heinz of Zeigler House Inn, a top-pick bed and breakfast lodging on Jones Street in the Savannah historic district. 

Downtown July 4th fireworks are from
the Savannah River waterfront.
This photo is of Tybee Island beach
summer fireworks. Photo: KeysPhotography.
Use Under Creative Commons Attribution
2.5 Generic License.
A summer vacation in Savannah lacks "hastening"! The pace in Savannah slows more for laid back days and nights on the Georgia Coast. It's a time when you will want to slow down to tap into lively conversations with the character-rich locals.

In this blog post we can only skim the surface of what Savannah uniquely offers for a summer vacation; but oh, the nostalgia of it all when locals begin to tell the local stories!

In a less-hurried summer vacation in Savannah, May through September, you'll discover Savannah’s everyday-life destinations are intriguing, sometimes more interesting than the tourist destinations.

August is the ideal time for a laid-back summer vacation. It's when families are heading homeward, readying for school days, and the city and Tybee Island beach become the romantic's real world of Johnny Mercer's "Summer Wind" lyrics. 

Savannah's places, people and experiences are the things, people and places we at Zeigler House Inn want to show our visitors. Those don't exist back home in the Midwest or Canada or Australia, New York or Chicago. We'll introduce you to the locals’ favorite spots and help you to enjoy the contrasting ways of life found in Savannah and along the Georgia Coast.

Check out Zeigler House Inn's summer lodging deals, valid July 15, 2014 - August 28, 2014. We recommend early booking. In years past, Zeigler House Inn's summer specials mean this top-pick bed and breakfast sells out quickly. 

Beyond the colloquial, informal, and conversational atmosphere within Zeigler House Inn, we have a few things to do and happenings for 2014 Summer in Savannah and along the coast -- baseball, shag beach dancing, boiled peanuts, and "going-back-to-town" from Tybee Island.  

Monday, March 31, 2014

Lodging Deals for Summer Vacation in Savannah at Zeigler House Inn B&B

SAVANNAH, Georgia (March 31, 2014) -- Jackie Heinz at Zeigler House Inn in the Savannah historic district announces summer vacation rates and summer deals that will be available for lodging at this popular Savannah bed and breakfast July 15, 2014 - August 28, 2014.  Holidays and special event dates are excluded from this special pricing.
French Country room at Zeigler House Inn in
historic Savannah, Georgia USA.
Each room features a full or mini-kitchen.

- Best available room at time of booking.
- $169/night Monday-Thursday, plus tax.
- Friday - Sunday is 15% off high season rates.
- Complimentary in-suite breakfast, afternoon pastries, hot and cold beverages, plus parking are included.

** These rates are only good on new reservations booked after April 1, 2014 and before August 28, 2014.

We recommend early booking. In years past, Zeigler House Inn's summer specials mean the top-pick bed and breakfast will sell out quickly. Call toll free USA 866-233-5307 or local for 912-233-5307 reservations; or email


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

From the Savannah River to Forsyth Park, Partner with an Historic District Park Bench for Ten Minutes!

SAVANNAH Georgia (March 25, 2014) -- At the core of the Savannah bed and breakfast experience is a richer appreciation and getting closer to what is dearest in America's most beautiful city. From Zeigler House Inn, a top-pick bed and breakfast lodging in Savannah, we take this opportunity to introduce you to Savannah park benches.

For an athlete, the bench is a not-so-popular spot. For a Savannah tourist and joyful Girls Scouts on a walkabout in downtown Savannah, it's a whole new and wonderfully different story. 

Park bench, facing the Cathedral of
St. John the Baptist in Lafayette Square.
Photo © Sandy Traub

Sometime when we are at a loss for ideas in entertainment and fun, we suggest turning to the polite society arena of the stalwart park bench. Delightful beauty, priceless moments, friendly people and stories can be found there.

Even bed and breakfast inn owners welcome the social visiting time in the park squares. It's a refreshing opportunity to mosey along and sit for a spell on one of the well-placed Savannah park benches.

From the Savannah River throughout Forsyth Park, the park bench holds historic ground. So much so, that urban creatives may very well claim that each could speak with authority -- sure to be character-rich and endearing stories, we'd expect!

Lovely backdrops and colorful scenery surround these al fresco seats in the National Landmark Historic District. Wouldn't it be pretty fabulous if one could spend a day (or every day!) there, sitting on prime turf in charming Savannah, Georgia spots? Envy might set in if we spend too much time on this thought!

Would you think that these benches might facilitate modern-day squatters! Oh, no! We prefer to think the Savannah park benches play an important role in the social scene ... fully appreciated by weary runners or walking travelers enjoying Savannah's garden beauty in the squares and vast open spaces!

Who wouldn't want to befriend a park bench?

Friday, March 21, 2014

Irish Holidays in Savannah: St. Patrick's Day at Zeigler House Inn

SAVANNAH, Georgia (March 17, 2014) -- There's a popular Irish saying, "If you're enough lucky to be Irish, you're lucky enough!" This Irish sentiment is not only popular in Savannah, the belief looms bigger than life on March 17th each year for the Irish holiday -- St. Patrick's Day in downtown Savannah, even for those whose ancestry is not traced to Ireland!

At Zeigler House Inn, B&B innkeeper Jackie Heinz
prepared fresh Irish Pancakes with maple syrup and Irish
butter, plus Irish Coffee. Green accessories get
the Savannah inn's bed and breakfast guests ready
for the Irish parties, parade, and holiday festivities.
At Zeigler House Inn's bed and breakfast in downtown Savannah, adapted a bit, the saying would hold true also -- "If you're enough lucky to be a lodging guest here for St. Patrick's Day weekend, you're lucky enough!"

Beyond Jackie's homemade breakfast and pastry-shop-worthy sweets, our historic inn's guests enjoy Irish food that helps while imbibing, sometimes too much!

One must eat hearty with substantial food if one wants to attempt drinking like an Irishman or Irish lassie!

Recipe: Irish Pancakes

They must be cooked right after mixing, as the acid in the buttermilk starts to react with the baking soda at once. From

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Two Stars in Savannah Tourism To Be Seen in National Lifestyle Magazines in May 2014

Two "Stars in Savannah" tourism -- Zeigler House Inn
and Green Palm Inn -- will be seen in May 2014
lifestyle magazines promoting Georgia Tourism.

SAVANNAH Georgia (March 15, 2014) — A new branding piece — “Two Stars in Savannah” — comes from two top-rated bed and breakfast inns who have earned top-pick spots in Savannah, Georgia USA tourism. 

Green Palm Inn and Zeigler House Inn are taking part in State of Georgia tourism promotions in the May 2014 issues of Better Homes and Garden, Ladies Home Journal, Everyday with Rachael Ray, and Family Circle magazines!

The bed and breakfasts’ new found national reach began last year when each B&B was featured on Wheel of Fortune. 

Are the two small historic inns following the admonition of Horace — “Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise.”?

Amid millions of Savannah visitors annually, the two family- and privately-owned historic inns continually rise as ‘two stars’, hosting hundreds of Savannah leisure and business travelers each year. They are among 40+ historic bed and breakfasts in the National Landmark Historic District.

Brand strategist Sandy Traub gives insights into the success of the two small lodging businesses.

Monday, March 10, 2014

The Secret Ingredient for an Extraordinary Historic Savannah Vacation? Our Historic Savannah Inn on Jones Street

Savannah stories are secret
ingredients for a good time
during a Savannah visit.
Here innkeeper Jackie Heinz,
channels "Forrest Gump" --
a movie by the same name
that was filmed
primarily in Savannah, GA.
SAVANNAH Georgia (March 10, 2014) -- Bed and breakfast innkeeper Jackie Heinz is the foodie's ideal southern host! Before moving to Savannah and purchasing Zeigler House Inn, she was a popular caterer in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jackie was reared in Kentucky, the land of Mint Juleps and Churchill Downs. She learned to cook and bake in her grandmother's kitchen.

When you visit, ask Jackie to see her grandmother's rolling pen, crafted by a family member. 
As St. Patrick's Day approaches, we were perusing for unique recipes. We stumbled across an article about Irish Beef Stew in Mrs. Belanger's blog. She praised "the best Irish beef stew ever...." The "secret ingredient turned out to be parsnips!" she writes.

Now that was a moment we'll remember! Someone generously sharing the secret ingredient!


We appreciate learning secrets to success, and at Zeigler House Inn, we are happy to share. 

From knowledgeable chefs or tourism insiders, it is the little tips -- the secret ingredients -- that seem to make things simple! Take, for example, Jackie's recipe for Red, White and Blue White Chocolate Dipped Strawberries.

Jackie gives tips to the reader. It's "not recommended for outside warm weather". She reminds the reader "chocolate will not adhere to wet strawberries", "blue sugar is available at Michael's craft store", and to melt the chocolate in "45- or 60-second intervals, stirring between each time to ensure that the chocolate is melting evening and not burning". [Recipe is below.]

Jackie's generosity to share recommendations helps the novice and offers fresh tips for the expert cook. 


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Zeigler House Inn Shares Unheralded Savannah Story of Historic Jones Street: USA Patriotic Surprises

A blushing Zeigler House Inn's innkeeper, Jackie Heinz (R)
with pal Diane McCray from Green Palm Inn
at Chart House Restaurant on the Savannah waterfront.
SAVANNAH Georgia -- What's in a color, blush? What's in a street name, Jones? Both play important roles in what's happening at Zeigler House Inn right now.

Gussied up beautifully for spring's high season in Savannah, Georgia, Zeigler House Inn bed and breakfast's fresh coat of blush paint comes with an unheralded story about magnificent Jones Street.

Renewed blushes and hoorays, too for applause from SavannahNow, celebrating a big anniversary for John Berendt's novel, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil -- achieving a record number of weeks (216) it spent on the New York Times best-seller list (according to GeorgiaEncyclopedia).  Our Jones Street B&B guests here will be right in the thick of "The Book" neighborhood's storied places.

We'll bring you new photos of the inn soon! Meanwhile ... 

We're blushing with USA patriotic pride, learning this splendid story about Jones Street!  

Sunday, February 2, 2014

"The Visual Architectural Delight of Savannah" includes Italinate Architecture: Zeigler House Inn and Comer House

Comer House (background left) overlooks
Monterey Square and the Pulaski Monument,
Pulaski Monument, designed by Robert
Launitz and erected in 1855.
 Frances Benjamin Johnston, photographer
Library of Congress, Carnegie Collection
SAVANNAH Georgia (February 2, 2014) -- Historic 19th Century architecture in Savannah is one of the city's magnificent treasures. We can thank, in part, Civil War General William Sherman for his decision not to burn Savannah during the Union army's infamous "March to the Sea" in 1864.  Remember, his army burned Atlanta and a swath of plantations and farms between Atlanta and Savannah, including Savannah River plantation homes in route into the city.

"After 1850, Savannah saw the rise of Italianate, Queen Anne, and Gothic and exotic revival styles. Many of these buildings are high style residences, exhibiting the prosperity of Savannah before the Civil War." Source: Historic Savannah Foundation
Two beautiful Italianate homes, both steeped in history in Savannah's Landmark Historic District, are our Zeigler House Inn (circa 1858), and the historic Comer House (circa 1880) on Monterey Square.

Why limit your enjoyment to Savannah's architecture from  streetside views? We'd love for you to plan your stay at our popular, historic Savannah bed and breakfast -- Zeigler House Inn, built by lumber merchant Solomon Zeigler.
The "visual architectural delight of Savannah manifests itself in three distinct scales, entwined to create a visual fabric unlike any city in the United States." -- Eric Meyerhoff, Savannah architect

Sunday, January 5, 2014

What To Do in Savannah on a Chilly, Cloudy, Winter Day? Zeigler House Inn Shares Insider Tips For An Indulgent Winter Day on the Georgia Coast

SAVANNAH Georgia (January 4, 2014) -- These chilly January days in Savannah call out "collard greens, hot-from-the-oven cobbler, a cocoa toddy, classic movies, and camellias." Yes, we hit upon a nice string of "C" words, didn't we!?

We love these cuddle up days! But, when you want to do more than snuggle, our Savannah bed and breakfast innkeeper, Jackie Heinz has excellent ideas of what to do in Savannah.

For a chilly Savannah GA lunch in January ...
hearty, warm chili with fresh picked southern
camellias for the table.
Consistently Zeigler House Inn bed and breakfast's name comes last in alphabetical listings of Savannah lodging choices, particularly in the Savannah bed and breakfast places to stay.  Popular and top-rated, we take nice opportunities ... like this winter bed and breakfast blog post ... to settle in on a few more of the English alphabet's words towards the top of the alphabet. "C" works for today, as we follow along with the ones that got us started on this thread in the first place -- CHILLY, CLOUDY January day. 

It's a time when warming up stays top of mind, so it will come as no surprise also that winter is prime time for discovering COMFORT southern food.

With no particular places to be, let's hop scotch through Savannah, taking frequent mini-breaks where we can cuddle up with stop-worthy southern food, friendly folks, or at least warm thoughts of Savannah's southern teasers.