Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Jaw-dropping Savannah, Georgia USA: 12 Savannah Travel Inspirations, Traditions, Temptations and Gift Ideas

SAVANNAH, Georgia -- It's widely known that Savannah is a city of nostalgic horse carriages, a mesmerizing world-class harbor, retrofitted haunted houses, and subject of spicy novels. Beyond those first impressions, gentle Savannah offers eye-popping places and extends friendly tourism invitations to year around events, and gets up close and personal about local conversations.

As is the southern style, we at Zeigler House Inn gladly share more tales of home and family, impressive sites and don't-miss Savannah fall experiences. We think there are a few jaw-droppers that you may have overlooked.

Fall in Savannah, GA at Zeigler House Inn on world-famous
Jones Street in the National Landmark Historic District.
1. Let's begin with elegant comforts, southern hospitality, and jaw-dropping indulgences that are inclusive with lodging at Zeigler House Inn on legendary Jones Street! Give the gift of travel this holiday season -- a gift certificates from Zeigler House Inn.

2. Savannah Speed Classic (October 23-25, 2015) ...  and "jaw-dropping classics" at Hilton Head Motoring Festival (October 23 – November 1, 2015).  We add also that there is local authenticity, a noteworthy historical connection to American auto racing in Savannah. Did you know that Savannah was home to the first Grand Prix Race in America?

3. Fort Pulaski National Park ... jaw-dropping views, reports Moon Charleston and Savannah Guide by Jim Morekis. Yes, the views from the Civil War-era fort to the Savannah River channels and Tybee Roads (waterway) offer fresh vantage points to conjure up the first impressions of world travelers who have traveled upriver by boat for nearly three centuries since British colonization. 

4. Bonaventure Cemetery's sculptures offer stunning works by famous world artists to honor Savannah's noble citizens in the expansive garden setting along the Wilmington River. Dr. Charles Mackay wrote of the "mournful avenues of live oaks", stating further, "Never was a place more beautifully adapted by nature for such an object." Source: Historic Bonaventure Cemetery by Amie Marie Wilson and Mandi Dale Johnson, Arcadia Publishing.

5. Worship in Pink Week is October 18-24, 2015, to support Breast Cancer Awareness. As a breast cancer survivor, our inn's southern steel magnolia, Jackie Heinz, encourages you to consider joining in to support breast cancer. In this city of artistic expression, you'll feel comfortable worshiping in one of the many historic churches in downtown Savannah's Landmark Historic District. Nestled into the panorama of the National Landmark Historic District, the inspiring churches are worth their own walking tour.

6. Savannah weddings showcase brides in jaw-dropper gowns in their grandly elegant to elopement weddings, complimented by jaw-dropping backdrops of Savannah's National Landmark Historic District.

7. Judge Clarence Thomas's hometown is the fishing village of Pin Point (near Savannah, located on the Moon River near Skidaway Island). It is still is much like the coastline village settled by freed slaves who departed isolated places like Ossabaw Island after the Civil War (1861-1865). Yet, a fresh national roar or gasp has roots. The village's native son, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas issued his jaw-dropping gay marriage dissent: ‘Slaves did not lose their dignity,’ reported Charles Pulliam-Moore. Visit the Pin Point Heritage Museum (Thursday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.), once a crab and oyster factory, a place where American Songbook lyricist Johnny Mercer played as a young boy.

8. Vic's on the River ... A jaw dropping sunset behind the Talmadge Bridge is a priceless scene from the balcony and windows of this classy restaurant overlooking the Savannah River.

9. Savannah's architectural styles ... "jaw-dropping", according to Phil Sellers of Old City Walks.

10. Savannah Stopover ... "five years of throwing jaw-dropping parties...", and now offering more outdoor music parties and low country food delights at the city's chic food newcomer. The one getting wild roaring applause in national raves? The Grey restaurant. It's a don't miss low country experience one Saturday afternoon each month at "Stopover in the Yard".

11. Dora Charles's "The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks" ... Former Lady and Sons cook releases new cookbook, featuring "Shrimp and Rice; Simple Smoky Okra; Buttermilk Cornbread from her grandmother; and of course, a truly incomparable Fried Chicken. Each dish has a "secret ingredient" for a burst of flavor: mayonnaise in the biscuits; Savannah Seasoning in her Gone to Glory Potato Salad; sugar-glazed bacon in her deviled eggs. All the cornerstones of the Southern table are here, from Out-of-This-World Smothered Catfish to desserts like a jaw-dropping Very Red Velvet Cake."

12. A coastal Georgia dream spot, the Turner Creek estate of Paula Deen is on the real estate market for a  jaw-dropping price of $12.5M. The prime riverfront acreage includes two guest cottages, a dock house and a barn with an 8-car garage. If you watch Paula's television shows and read her magazine, you've seen the estate featured. If you take a Wilderness Southeast Tour to the undeveloped Wassaw Island, a coastal barrier island, you're likely to pass Paula's estate by water.

Yes, you can go jaw-droppingly beyond the norm to see and experience what you have missed before!  Contact Jackie Heinz for more insider tips to expand your Savannah trip. The inn's lodging rate includes parking, in-room daily breakfast, desserts, refreshing beverages, Wi-Fi, a local orientation, plus a well-connected local's recommendations for attractions, transportation, and entertainment. Friday and Saturday also includes hors d'oeuvres and social hours.

Call toll free (Canada and USA) 866-233-5307 or local 912-233-5307; or email innkeeper@zeiglerhouseinn.com

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