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.  
Spring and Summer Baseball Games + Baseball Batting Glove Legend

Beginning April 3, 2014 through early September 1, 2014, you can take in the Savannah Sand Gnats baseball game in historic Grayson Stadium, Daffin Park. The Sand Gnats are the minor league farm club of the New York Mets. In the smaller ballpark with bright lights (and fireworks on many nights), you'll appreciate great seats, hot dogs and beer without a hassle.

Have you heard the legendary tale of Savannah transplant Kenneth Smith Harrelson, the All-Star first baseman and outfielder in Major League Baseball? Harrelson is credited with inventing the batting glove by wearing a golf glove while at bat with the A's. Challengers to this story may simply credit him with reintroducing and popularizing the batting glove in the 1960s. Harrelson currently serves as a television broadcast announcer for the Chicago White Sox.

With a swirling ceiling fan overhead and a nice summer
summer, it's time for a Savannah afternoon refresh!
Here Zeigler House Inn's owner and innkeeper,
Jackie Heinz sips chilled tea on the inn's
popular porch, which overlooks Jones Street in
Savannah's National Landmark Historic District.
This is a favorite spot for a casual lunch or dinner,
delivered by one of downtown Savannah's
local farm-to-table restaurants or cafes.
Summertime's "Going-back-to-town-traffic": Tybee Island to Savannah 

By the first of May summer is in full swing here. Average temps are 62 low to high of 85. When Memorial Day arrives, Savannah and Tybee Island see beach-goers in swarms, especially on weekends. Weekdays are the ideal to avoid beach crowds. When did Tybee become so popular, you might ask? In the late 1800s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution, Tybee Island (once known official as Savannah Beach) was discovered as a choice, remote beach for summertime getaways. After U.S. Highway 80 was completed, the popularity never waned. "In the 1920s and early 1930s the Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion hosted big bands fronted by Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, and Louis Armstrong. Thrilling music mingled with the sounds of the surf." Source: Family Motor Coaching Magazine, Tybee Island: Savannah's Beach, 2005

From downtown Savannah take the Island's Expressway and U.S. Highway 80, for a salty-air drive to Tybee Island. It takes roughly 20 minutes. Locals will smile when reading Polly Powers Stramm's "going-back-to-town-traffic" line, which will be a very familiar phrase, referring to returning from Tybee Island to Savannah as the sun goes down at the end of a fun-filled beach day. Source: Savannah Morning News, Polly's People: Tybee time is the perfect summer treat, June 20, 2008.

Boiled Peanuts. Green Peanuts are in season August through the end of October.  

Hardy Farms of Hawkinsville, Georgia, calls boiled peanuts, "The Country Caviar".  Baby boomers will recall the peanut hawkers in Savannah pushing a cart in Forsyth Park daily. As we think about this now, it was probably every day BUT Sunday. After all, those were the days when nearly nothing was sold or purchased on Sunday.  Those are the old stories are of peanut vendors hawking “Peanuts!!! Peanuts!!! Boiled or Roasted!” Handsome boys with white zinc-oxide sunscreen from yesteryear walked Tybee Island beach hawking the refreshing cold peanuts also during summer months.

Die hard southerners crave the boiled peanut [pronounced baw'ld pee-nut], a comfort food of The Old South -- August through to the end of October. Savannah native Polly Powers Stramms writes, "If you drive down on a weekday, stop by Davis Produce on Talahi Island and pick up a bag of boiled peanuts. Most of the time, the batch will be steaming hot because the peanuts have been boiled in a giant stainless steel cooker." Source: Savannah Morning News, Polly's People: Tybee time is the perfect summer treat, June 20, 2008.

The Shag is a dance. You can re-discover it Labor Day weekend at Tybee Island!

September 1, 2014 is Labor Day in the USA and too often the 'last Hurrah!' for summer vacations. It's the time when the spirit of the 1940s still lives on Tybee Island, Georgia, with shag dancing to beach music on the beach and on the oceanfront pavilion of the Tybee Island Pier ... and fireworks!

“The shag is a dance, a stylish, holding hands sort of dance, as old-time Southern as pouring salted peanuts into a sweating bottle of “co-cola.” It evolved during the 1940s, at oceanfront pavilions from Virginia Beach to  Savannah, Georgia….” — Source: “The Jitterbug Met R&B“. Source: Green Palm Inn, used with permission.

If you're especially intent on the insider's stories, do some extra homework before you get here. Click into the Facebook group, "You Know You're From Savannah If...." You'll be real-time listening into the daily posts of old timers with yarns, antics and photographs. Now if that's not a #ThrowBackThursday bonanza, I don't know what is! Among the recent posts we spotted one identifying the "great great great nephew of the waving girl Florence Martus". This famous lady, whose story is popular with tour guides and maritime lovers, has a statue on the Savannah River bluff, east end of River Street.

We hope you can get away this summer and tap into the summertime spirit of Savannah -- colloquial, informal, and conversational! Because Savannah's people are friendly, you should enjoy spending some time in the local spots with the local people with delightful tales to tell when you can! We think you'll have more to write home about when you do.

For more information or reservations, call toll free USA 866-233-5307 or local for 912-233-5307 reservations; or email

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