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.

This day begins with indulgent breakfast croissants and piping hot premium coffee (and more), privately in room at our historic inn on Jones StreetWhen gallivanting about town, you'll want to stop for hot chocolate steamers (Leopold's Ice Cream or Gallery Espresso), a lunch about town of warm chili or Crab Stew (or Low Country Brunswick Stew), and a stop in to see the top-rated Catholic Cathedral.  A few more 'don't misses' are hot-out-of-the-oven peach cobbler from Crystal Beer Parlor, a Crème brûlée and a hot toddy at the top-rated Lulu's Chocolate Bar, and chicken pot pie from Paula Deen's Lady and Sons or Molly MacPherson's Scottish Pub.

Camellias bloom in the winter cold -- Crawford Square
in the Savannah National Landmark Historic District.
Photo taken January 4, 2014.
Color-vibrant, southern camellias show off while the sub-tropical plants require COVERED sheets or blankets draped to protect the flowers from a few days of chilling cold. The January average low is +39F and high is +60F. In temperate Savannah, we're grateful that cold weather is brief and snow is so infrequent it's a novelty!

Riding parallel along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in Thunderbolt (a coastal Savannah suburb) we pass a chalkboard street sign at Tortugas Grille announcing "homemade CHILI". We're tempted to stop when two warm, comfort food alternatives come to mind: Crystal Beer Parlor's Crab Stew (where the hot peach cobbler is!), or southern Brunswick Stew served at Wiley's Championship BBQ on Whitmarsh Island -- located only 10 minutes from downtown Savannah.

Savannah's CAMELLIAS are winter bloomers. You'll see Camellia sasanqua (the Christmas or Yuletide camellia) and more camellia varieties bursting with color in the city's garden squares, private gardens and street medians throughout the National Landmark Historic District, and in the 19th century and 20th century neighborhood gardens. Camellias decorate Savannah's beloved evergreen cemeteries, including Bonaventure Cemetery and Greenwich Cemetery -- formerly colonial-era plantations.

A pleasantly peaceful, chilly day along
the Wilmington River, under grey clouds
and Live Oak canopies.
Yes, we rode through a few cemeteries today also. In Savannah, the cemeteries are places to reverently celebrate. They were abuzz today with tourists, photographers, and genealogists.

Respectfully slow, we passed two large funerals underway. Riding off, privately in the distance we heard the comforting sounds of a graveside ceremonial bagpipe player.  At that moment our view was of the Wilmington River's marsh grass softly rustling in the breeze, and a boat speeding by towards the Thunderbolt marinas. At the marina's boat lift we spotted a boat load of young fishermen. Yes, the bait shop was open, too. Cold weather does not stall the die hard fishermen and fishing women here!

We spotted horse CARRIAGES passing the stately CATHEDRAL of St. John the Baptist. On this near-freezing January day we would not recommend an open carriage ride. There are more comfortable ways to sight-see and visit around our evergreen town!  When circling Lafayette Square, we witness expressions of admiration and awe. Photographers are out and about with expensive to iPhone cameras snapping keepsake photos. Trolley shuttles stop, too, allowing on/off sightseeing tourists to go inside the top-rated city attraction -- the newly restored Catholic cathedral.

So, when you hear that the Savannah forecast is Cool. Cloudy. Light rain. Overcast. Mild. Cold.  Don't despair.  It's a great time to pamper yourself with a soaking bath or longer shower. Gallivant about with frequent stops in CHARMING places with southern COMFORT foods! Take in the inspiring art and mansion museums, a CLASSIC movie (like "Harvey" and "Rear Window" starring Jimmy Stewart) at the restored Lucas Theatre or CHEERY entertainment at the Savannah Theatre's live musical shows.

For more of Savannah's warmly snug and COMFY spots, Innkeeper Jackie Heinz will help make reservations for you at homey CAFES and restaurants with a roaring fireplace. Alligator Soul for dinner or dessert comes immediately to mind -- Bergamot Black Tea CHEESECAKE ~ Graham Cracker Crust ~ CRANBERRY COMPOTE!

Yes, she knows every nook and CRANNY worth knowing in Savannah! And, you're invited! Let us know when you'll be heading our way -- Zeigler House Inn, Toll free (866) 233-5307 in the USA and Canada, or (912)233-5307 local or international. 

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