Georgia State Railroad Museum at Tricentennial Park

September 25th, 2020 by Corey Edwards

Georgia State Railroad Museum at Tricentennial ParkWhether you’re a train enthusiast, history fan, or just looking for something to fill an afternoon, you’ll enjoy a visit to the Georgia State Railroad Museum at Tricentennial Park in downtown Savannah.

The Georgia State Railroad Museum (GSRM) may not have as big a collection of locomotives and cars as some others in the country but that’s okay. None of the others have what it does. Namely, the most complete antebellum railroad complex of its kind in the world.

This is because the GSRM is housed in what was once the Central of Georgia Railway Savannah Shops and Terminal Facilities. A 19th century artifact that predates the Civil War. Mostly spared by Sherman’s troops in 1864, some of the buildings in the complex date back to 1853. (more…)

Tour Historic Tybee Island Lighthouse

September 13th, 2020 by Corey Edwards

Tybee Island LighthouseVisit Savannah and tour Georgia’s oldest and tallest coastal light. Tybee Island Lighthouse has guarded the mouth of the Savannah River since 1736 and is one of only seven surviving colonial-era lighthouses in the U.S.

The Tybee Light has a storied history, to say the least. It made its first appearance when Georgia was still just a colony, not a state. This first incarnation was just a 90-foot tall day marker constructed of wood and brick- no light. A stark contrast to the 145-foot tall, black and white tower we know today.

The iconic lighthouse has gone through a number of shapes, sizes and locations. It has been around long enough to have seen both the American Revolution and our Civil War. The iconic and historic tower has suffered at the hands of Confederate troops and high seas.

Through it all, the iconic, life-saving light has persevered, bouncing back time and again, bigger, stronger, better and still guiding ships safely to and from the mouth of the Savannah River. (more…)

Leopold’s Ice Cream – Savannah’s Oldest

August 22nd, 2020 by Corey Edwards

Leopold's Ice CreamLeopold’s Ice Cream was founded by three brothers in 1919, making it Savannah’s oldest ice cream parlor – and that’s just one of the historic establishments many claims to fame!

Just about everyone enjoys a scoop of ice cream on a hot day but that’s not the only reason to visit Leopold’s Ice Cream. Savannah is home to lots of delicious ice creams, both chain stores and locally owned. When it comes to historical, Savannah ice cream parlors, however, only one comes to mind. (more…)

History and Recreation at Fort McAllister Historic State Park

August 13th, 2020 by Corey Edwards

Fort McAllister Historic State ParkHistory buffs, nature fans, and those seeking outdoor recreation will enjoy a visit to Fort McAllister Historic State Park. The historic site is home to the country’s best-preserved, Civil War earthwork fortification as well as hiking, biking, kayaking, and more!

The Savannah area is rich in both history and recreation and Fort McAllister State Park is one of the best examples of this. The park is located just south of Savannah on the banks of the Ogeechee River in Richmond Hill, GA. It preserves the original earthen fortifications of historic Fort McAllister. (more…)

Explore Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

July 25th, 2020 by Corey Edwards

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge Purple GallinuleGet out into the great outdoors and discover the natural beauty of the South at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge. Best of all, what seems like a whole different world is just 15 minutes from downtown Savannah and the door our Savannah bed and breakfast.

There’s so much to see and do in Savannah that you never have to leave the city. Nature lovers may feel compelled to do so, however, when they learn that Savannah National Wildlife Refuge is just next door.

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge is located on U.S. 17, about ten miles northwest of downtown Savannah and split almost evenly by the the Georgia-South Carolina border.

At over 30,000 acres, is is the largest wildlife refuge on the Georgia coast. It consists primarily of typical low country freshwater marsh and tidal creek environments, with areas of lowland cypress swamp and upland hardwood forest.

Hiking trails, a scenic drive, and the visitor center are located in the southern part of the refuge. The larger, northern section is mostly of swamp and marsh, with access limited to boats. (more…)

Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters Museum

July 12th, 2020 by Corey Edwards

The Owens-Thomas HouseThe Owens-Thomas House, located on the northeast corner of Savannah’s Oglethorpe Square, is not only one of the finest examples of English Regency architecture in the country. It’s also home to one of the oldest and best preserved urban slave quarters.

Telfair Museums has been operating the Owens-Thomas House as a historic house museum since the 1950’s. It wasn’t until a renovation in the 1990’s that they discovered the Carriage House had originally been an urban slave quarters. (more…)

Shop The Paris Market & Brocante

June 27th, 2020 by Corey Edwards

Paris Market and BrocanteLooking for a unique experience plus a little something to take home with you? Look no further than Savannah’s Paris Market and Brocante. This fascinating boutique is equal parts European bazaar, curiosity museum, and lifestyle shop.

If you enjoy shopping, either the serious kind or just perusing window displays, Savannah has plenty and then some. The Hostess City is home to a great many independent boutiques, small galleries, and family-run stores – not just the big name stores you find everywhere (though we have those, too).

Shops, galleries, and dining options are all within easy walking and driving distance of our downtown Savannah Inn. Antiques, upcycled furniture, imports, Fair Trade jewelry, paintings, pottery, one-of-a-kind curiosities, and so much more! (more…)

First African Baptist Church – Oldest Black Church in North America

June 12th, 2020 by Corey Edwards

First African Baptist Church of SavannahDid you know Savannah that is home to the oldest black church in North America? It’s true – the First African Baptist Church predates the formation of the United States by three years!

As one of the oldest cities in the country, Savannah is home to many historical firsts. The first American golf course, first cotton gin, first Southern art museum, and more. One of the most fascinating and important firsts, however, has to be the First African Baptist Church. (more…)

Savannah Antiques Stores and Vintage Markets

May 24th, 2020 by Corey Edwards

Savannah Antiques StoresIf you enjoy browsing shops for unique, vintage items you should plan a day to explore Savannah antiques stores and vintage markets. Our guests are always bowled over by the selection and quality of antiques stores in town – many very close to the inn.

With a city as rich in history as Savannah is, you know we can’t be beat for amazing antique finds and treasure-hunting fun. Savannah has the largest historic district in America, with antiques stores and vintage shops throughout it and across the city.

Treasure hunters will find unique and fascinating furniture, art, and home accessories from the old south and across the globe. You’ll discover that Savannah antiques dealers are some of the most knowledgeable and experienced you’ll find anywhere. (more…)

Discover Savannah’s Colonial Park Cemetery

May 11th, 2020 by Corey Edwards

Colonial Park CemeterySavannah’s Colonial Park Cemetery was established in 1750, when Savannah was still the capital of the British Province of Georgia. The historic grounds served as the city cemetery for more than 100 years, and contain over nine thousand, pre-Civil War graves.

Everyone knows about famous Bonaventure Cemetery, with its draping Spanish moss and historic and beautiful stone memorials. But Bonaventure is not Savannah’s only historic and fascinating cemetery.

While Boneventure was developing as a small family plot, the Colonial Park Cemetery was already in public use. In fact, it’s the oldest intact municipal cemetery in Savannah. (more…)