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.
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 Street. When 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.
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.
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!
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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