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.

MELLOW SAVANNAH, GEORGIA USA

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.

ZEIGLER HOUSE INN: PROHIBITION ERA SAVANNAH

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.