Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Resilience on World Famous Jones Street: Historic Homes Like Zeigler House Inn And Historic Savannah Neighbors

Savannah tourism star Zeigler House Inn exudes southern hospitality
Zeigler House Inn, a Savannah tourism star, where story
telling, hospitality, cuisine, and music project the engaging,
world famous and resilient Savannah, Georgia USA.
SAVANNAH, Georgia -- One of our our Jones Street neighbors is the historic home of Israel Keech Tefft, located at 1 West Jones Street. The family home was built in 1849, only seven years before our Zeigler House Inn was built in 1856 for Solomon Zeigler's family.

Mr. Tefft (February 12, 1794- June 30,1862), was Cashier of the Bank of the State of Georgia in Savannah. Our own Mr. Zeigler was an international lumber merchant. Both were industrious businessmen. They were among the most "respected and admired" men in the community.

Tefft's Independence Day, July 4, 1827, toast delivered in the Savannah Exchange building was to "Agriculture, Commerce, and Manufactures -- three sister arts, mutual support and fellowship are necessary for the prosperity of each." 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

World War I Stories and Places in Savannah, Georgia USA: Summer Ideas from Zeigler House Inn

SAVANNAH, Georgia -- The trend is changing from November to May high season in Savannah, to year around high season in Savannah. More than Savannah events, the travel trend focuses increasingly on ease of leisure, unique beauty, culture travel and Savannah stories, authentic places to see, and unique food to enjoy. 

Innkeeper Jackie Heinz encourages travelers to "Escape when life gets too complicated. Keep it simple yet elegant with your Savannah lodging at Zeigler House Inn".

During Apirl 2017 the PBS World War I broadcast of "The Great War" brings to mind again Savannah's role during WWI. It was April 6, 1917, that the United States of America declared war on Germany, and entered World War I.

We share a few back stories and places of interest for you to visit in Savannah today.

At Ships of the Sea Museum, the "PROPAGANDA OF WAR! SAVANNAH LINE" exhibit runs April 4, 2017 - October 15, 2017. In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the United States' entry into WWI, this year the Museum will feature the exhibit, "Propaganda of War! Savannah Line" highlighting the effects of two world wars on the Ocean Steamship Company of Savannah through the use of "imagined" and "re-imagined" propaganda posters. ​ Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM 

Georgia played a significant role during America's participation in World War I (1917-18). The state was home to more training camps than any other state and by the war's end had contributed more than 100,000 men and women to the war effort. -- Source: Georgia Encylopedia


Monday, March 20, 2017

The "Springtime in the South" Issue of the NEW Shrimp Collards & Grits Magazine features Zeigler House Inn

Historic Savannah Spring Fling in the news | Shrimp Collards and Grits Magazine
Issue One: "Shrimp,
Collards & Grits Magazine",
March 2017
SAVANNAH, Georgia -- "The circa-1856 Zeigler House Inn eases you back in time under a canopy of moss-draped live oaks...."

You'll find these words in the inaugural issue of "Shrimp, Collards & Grits Magazine", introducing readers to our elegant, historic inn on Jones Street.

"No longer leaving gaps of years between the phenomenally successful Shrimp, Collards and Grits cookbook series, this new lifestyle magazine fills the intermissions. From my first read, I believe it will keep foodies and southern devotees in tune with fresh, endearing stories of the Low Country's coastal traditions, old and new. We are so honored and excited to be included in the magazine's first issue," says Jackie Heinz, Zeigler House Inn's owner and innkeeper. 

"Shrimp Collards and Grits Magazine", Issue One, launched March 1, 2017.

The "Spring Fling in Savannah" feature written by Wendy Swat Snyder (pages 28-29) transports the reader to a veritable ramble through the National Landmark Historic District, meandering to genteel places, praise-worthy for dining, lodging, shopping, and sightseeing.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Mellow Savannah: By-gone Era Zeigler House Inn Shares New Savannah Travel Tips for Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter

Colorful azaleas are famous in Savannah,
especially each spring, near Easter annually.
SAVANNAH, Georgia --  Johnny Mercer, likely Savannah's most famous native son, was referred to as a "Mellow Fellow" by one of his friends in the entertainment industry.

Johnny Mercer is the songwriter who wrote the mellow lyrics "The Summer Wind", "Days of Wine and Roses", and talking about "my huckleberry friend" in "Moon River". He wrote rousing lyrics, too, like "Hooray for Hollywood" (among thousand more songs!). Johnny Mercer was co-founder of Capitol Records. His benevolent legacy continues through the Johnny Mercer Foundation, and locally through Friends of Johnny Mercer.

You can visit the grave of this "mellow fellow" in Bonaventure Cemetery, and his bronze statue in Ellis Square.


Yes, there is so much about Savannah that is mellow, too!  Delicate, savory, soft, soothing, sweet, aged are synonyms to begin this thought.

Delicate and Soft: Azalea flowers, burst into bloom every spring. In 2017 the colorful blooms are early, creating the annual wonderland in Savannah gardens, in roadway landscapes, and in the historic squares.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Zeigler House Inn Is Among the Hot Spots for Prohibition Era, Roaring 20s Time Travel in Savannah, Georgia USA

Savannah picnic in Laurel Grove Cemetery shows time travel and Roaring 20s Flapper fashion
Dolled-up in Flapper fashion,
Savannah tourism stars Jackie
Heinz (right) and dear friend Diane Crews
picnic in Laurel Grove Cemetery.
SAVANNAH, Georgia -- The Zeigler House Inn is a storied mansion on West Jones Street. The popular mansion bed and breakfast is at the heart of the "dry crusaders",  American Temperance Society neighborhoods, and Roaring Twenties' Prohibition-era escapades.

Liquor was not a new subject of contention for Georgia in the early 1900s. From the inception of Britain's last colony in North America (1733), liquor (rum, whisky, brandy) was banned in Georgia. Madeira wine and beer, however, were beverages carried on board the Atlantic Ocean crossing on the first settlers' ship, The Ann.


Innkeeper Jackie Heinz shares one character-rich story of a proper, bow-tied gentlemen whom she noticed walking slowly and often passed Zeigler House Inn.

A soft spoken gentleman -- perhaps wearing the quintessential seersucker suit -- called from the sidewalk for Jackie's attention one day, offering to share his tale of the stately mansion's "Cat House" era. Interestingly, a ceramic cat had been placed in a front window of the then-brothel / bordello. The position of the cat denoted whether it was safe to enter or if police were in the house ... as patrons, collecting fees, or raiding. The ceramic cat was used much like the "red light" in Europe's bordello-haus, which turned the red light on during working hours.
A ceramic cat from the Prohibition era can be seen at Ships of the Sea Museum. Two world travelers photographed the cat in their For 91-days in Savannah blog.  

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Extraordinary Women in Savannah, Georgia, and America

SAVANNAH, Georgia -- Women are getting national news headlines lately. We're happy to see it!

Amazingly, when spotlights are turned on women around the USA and the world, we can sometimes trace a connection to Savannah women, stories, plus associated places that travelers may visit today.

Caterer-turned-innkeeper and Savannah tourism
star Jackie Heinz of Zeigler House Inn

We are confident that you will enjoy your stay laced with southern hospitality and gracious cuisine at Zeigler House Inn, hosted by Kentucky born, caterer-turned-innkeeper Jackie Heinz!

When you visit Savannah, we hope that you will ponder the roles of women in making daily life in Savannah, and in the whole of America, a better place.

Don't be surprised when you see innkeeper Jackie Heinz's choice of flags waving in the Savannah breeze at this popular Jones Street inn. America's red, white and blue USA flag waves with patriotism. Pink flags hail attention and awareness to keep up the research to fight cancer and "Save the Tatas."

In March each year, green and orange flags celebrate the tireless effort of Ireland's immigrants who began arriving in the 1830s to Savannah. Joining slave labor, the Irishmen would join slaves to build the railroads, canals, streets, and grow the congregation of Catholic worship in the Georgia colony. Irish women rallied in spite of poor conditions of lodging on the east and west outskirts of the historic district.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Delightfully Charming Savannah Gardens, Rus in Urbe. Out of the "Gilbraltar of America" Came Boosters, Bricks, Forests, Plus Modern-day Brains and Brawn!

SAVANNAH, Georgia -- International travelers adore Savannah! Rich in natural resources and ingenuity, Savannah is one of the outstanding examples of 18th century town planning in North America.

Book your Savannah bed and breakfast lodging and buy tickets early for the 82nd Annual Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens will take place Thursday, March 23 – Sunday, March 26, 2017.
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, viewed
from Liberty Street through the Savannah's
landscaped forest.
Savannah, renowned as the "Hostess City of the South", is rich in urban forests, gardens, farm-to-table cuisine, friendly welcome, and ingenuity.

America's most beautiful city has been called "rus in urbe" -- an illusion of countryside created by a building or garden within a city: 'the beguiling rus in urbe of the park'. Origin. Latin, literally country in the city.  "With his fortuitous citizen-soldier plan for the city, [Georgia founder, James] Oglethorpe created rus in urbe 200 years before the landscape designers made it a goal...." Source: "The National Trust Guide to Savannah" by Roulhac Toledano

Positive as this expression is, Savannah "being called 'rural' and the 'little green bowery [farm] city of the south' were not ringing endorsements for future business". Source: "Constructing Savannah's Cityscape, 1837-1854" by Laura Beth Simo.


Undauntedly, the new settlers of the Georgia colony had started early to build a town with "humanizing influences" -- architecture, churches, literature, public squares and market, wealth, and ethnic diversity. [Fraser]

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A Few Of My Favorite Things in Savannah, Georgia USA: Music in Winter 2017

SAVANNAH, Georgia -- In a Savannah Winter season, sentiments turn to favorite things -- whether for nostalgic places, family traditions, gift shopping, treasured recipes, favorite foods, or wearing grandmother's fur stole for a night out on the town.  

Isle of Hope Marina on the historic Georgia coast near Savannah GA | Photo (c) Sandy Traub
Slow the pace to enjoy the best of Savannah, Georgia's
coastal style of living. Shown: Isle of Hope Marina,
the area of 19th century waterfront cottages.
Join the Oyster Roast, January 29, 2017
--  the classic winter in beautiful Savannah! 
Music is one of our favorite things. Gratefully, Savannah is a town of music, great food, and culture-rich events.   

This happy place called Savannah, Georgia is an easy spot to discover "My Favorite Things" -- those things that bring joy to the soul!

For us, the John Coltrane beloved jazz version of "My Favorite Things"* exudes more closely Savannah's endearingly repetitive, wacky-to-mesmerizing personality and spontaneity. Just imagine taking a break under the Live Oak canopy in a city square, people watching, sipping a warm tea or hot chocolate, listening to Coltrane's 13:44 minutes of music adding to the symphony of birds chirping, leaves rustling in a gentle breeze, soft-spoken chatter and friendly laughter. 
Keep that thought and put yourself here for these favorite events for a delightful winter in Savannah, Georgia USA!