Presidents' Quarters Inn http://www.presidentsquarters.com Savannah, GA Bed & Breakfast Sun, 01 Mar 2015 04:49:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival 2015http://www.presidentsquarters.com/blog/scad-sidewalk-arts-festival-2015/ http://www.presidentsquarters.com/blog/scad-sidewalk-arts-festival-2015/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:30:02 +0000 http://www.presidentsquarters.com/?p=1662 What are you doing this April? We, here at President’s Quarters’ Inn, want you to know what is happening in the beautiful city of Savannah. One of our favorite events featured in Savannah during this time of the year is the SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival 2015! This Festival makes the streets of Savannah come to life with vibrant colors and sounds. Experience a tradition that is nearly as old as the university itself. Whether you are looking for a way to spend a beautiful spring afternoon or you want to immerse yourself in the rich culture of art, you should attend or enter the SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival 2015. Chalk … Continue reading

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SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival 2015What are you doing this April? We, here at President’s Quarters’ Inn, want you to know what is happening in the beautiful city of Savannah. One of our favorite events featured in Savannah during this time of the year is the SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival 2015! This Festival makes the streets of Savannah come to life with vibrant colors and sounds. Experience a tradition that is nearly as old as the university itself. Whether you are looking for a way to spend a beautiful spring afternoon or you want to immerse yourself in the rich culture of art, you should attend or enter the SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival 2015.

Chalk the Walk brings the paved walkways of Savannah’s scenic Forsyth Park to life at SCAD’s 34th annual Sidewalk Arts Festival. This wonderful Festival gives students, alumni and prospective students the opportunity to create colorful chalk masterpieces and compete for coveted prizes. On Saturday, April 25, contestants will transform Forsyth Park into an open-air gallery lined with colorful works of chalk art that will take your breath away. If you are interested in entering the Festival, registration will begin on April 1 and will be open to SCAD students, SCAD alumni and high school students, as well. You have the option to register as an individual or as a group with no limitations on the number of members per group. Start planning what you want to create so you will be ready for SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival 2015.

Prizes for the SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival 2015 are something worth your time. SCAD undergraduate students, graduate students, alumni and prospective students will compete in their respective categories. Esteemed art and design professionals will judge each design. The rules for the Festival are simple. Each drawing must remain within the designated square area, and you must use only the chalk distributed for the competition. With a few other rules, competing in the contest is an exciting experience. Chalk distribution begins at 10 A.M. and contestants need to pick up their chalk by 11 A.M. at the distribution tent. If you choose not to claim your square, it will be given to someone else. The judging will begin at 2 P.M. and the final results will be announced at about 4 P.M.

This is a fun day for not only the participants but also people observing the art being created. Take time to stroll through the entire park to look at the different styles of art that each person creates. SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival 2015 is a great event to attend, no matter if you are an art guru or just someone who enjoys festivals.

The SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival 2015 is a fantastic event to attend this April. There is no better place to stay while in the area than at the President’s Quarters’ Inn. Choose from the 16 beautifully decorated rooms the Inn has to offer. This exquisite Savannah boutique hotel will provide you complimentary Southern breakfast. Enjoy favorites such as muffins, pastries, French toast, or eggs Benedict. Come stay with us and enjoy the SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival 2015.

 

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The Best Savannah Walking Tourshttp://www.presidentsquarters.com/blog/savannah-walking-tours/ http://www.presidentsquarters.com/blog/savannah-walking-tours/#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 08:30:17 +0000 http://www.presidentsquarters.com/?p=1655 Looking for the perfect way to tour the beautiful city of Savannah? There is no better way to explore the city than taking in the sights on a Savannah walking tour. We, here at the Presidents’ Quarters Inn, want you to have the time of your life in the city. One of our favorite ways to explore Savannah is on a walking tour. Don’t know about any walking tours? Don’t worry! Here are our favorite walking tours to take in the city of Savannah. 1. Ghost Tour This tour is not for the weak at heart. You might be scared out of your mind while on a Ghost Tour. Guests … Continue reading

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Savannah Walking ToursLooking for the perfect way to tour the beautiful city of Savannah? There is no better way to explore the city than taking in the sights on a Savannah walking tour. We, here at the Presidents’ Quarters Inn, want you to have the time of your life in the city. One of our favorite ways to explore Savannah is on a walking tour. Don’t know about any walking tours? Don’t worry! Here are our favorite walking tours to take in the city of Savannah.

1. Ghost Tour

This tour is not for the weak at heart. You might be scared out of your mind while on a Ghost Tour. Guests will learn about local legends, house hauntings, and even the occasional house exorcism on a Ghost Tour of Savannah. This evening tour takes you through the stunning old colonial part of the historic district. Hold on to your senses as you take a twilight stroll beneath the moss sprinkled trees and along Savannah’s shadowy squares as tales are told of the old Gullah traditions and superstitions!! Find out about Savannah’s spooky past on a Ghost Tour!

2. Civil War Walking Tour

For all you history buffs out there, you are going to have a blast to the past on one of Savannah’s finest Civil War walking tours. Guests on a Civil War tour will see the houses involved in the Great War between the states and so much more. The friendly and knowledgeable staff will bring the history of Savannah back to life as you learn about military strategies of both sides as well as how locals endured the hardships of the war. Kids will be captivated by the exciting and intriguing past. Make sure to bring your camera along to capture all the fantastic memories!

3. The Savannah Stroll

Learn about Savannah’s rich history and culture on a Savannah Stroll tour. Guests will learn about the best shopping and dining in Savannah as well as its fascinating history. Whether you want a brief overview or an in-depth story of the city, a Savannah Stroll Tour is the way to go. The Savannah Stroll is the best way to see the history and culture of Savannah from ancient times to the present day. The tour is designed to scratch the surface of the city’s rich history. Kids and adults will have a fantastic time! This is one of our favorite Savannah walking tours.

Now that you know about a few of the best Savannah walking tours to take, it is time for you to book your trip to the historic city. The Presidents’ Quarters Inn offers a selection of lovely rooms and suites, which are all elegantly decorated to match the southern charm of the city. This charming bed and breakfast, located right on Oglethorpe Square, neighbors several prominent historical sites and offers easy access to all the best Savannah walking tours. Grab your walking shoes and hit the cobble stone streets of Savannah on one of the many walking tours offered! We can hardly wait to see you soon!

 

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Our Favorite Shops on Whitaker Streethttp://www.presidentsquarters.com/blog/whitaker-street/ http://www.presidentsquarters.com/blog/whitaker-street/#comments Mon, 16 Feb 2015 17:30:37 +0000 http://www.presidentsquarters.com/?p=1643 Grab a friend and hit one of Savannah’s finest shopping streets! Lined with charming boutiques, Whitaker Street is a wonderful place to spend the afternoon as you wander down the street and pop in and out of shops. The President’s Quarters’ Inn is located only 5 minutes away from this delightful street. When you come to visit us, you will have easy access to everything that Savannah has to offer, from fine dining to superb shopping! One of our favorite places to shop in the beautiful city of Savannah is Whitaker Street. Here is what you need to know about our favorite shops on Whitaker Street. 1. Custard Boutique Custard … Continue reading

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Whitaker StreetGrab a friend and hit one of Savannah’s finest shopping streets! Lined with charming boutiques, Whitaker Street is a wonderful place to spend the afternoon as you wander down the street and pop in and out of shops. The President’s Quarters’ Inn is located only 5 minutes away from this delightful street. When you come to visit us, you will have easy access to everything that Savannah has to offer, from fine dining to superb shopping! One of our favorite places to shop in the beautiful city of Savannah is Whitaker Street. Here is what you need to know about our favorite shops on Whitaker Street.

1. Custard Boutique

Custard Boutique is an adorable little store that offers a diverse range of styles. The friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you with whatever your needs may be. Custard is about dressing women, in classy yet elegant clothing. Whether you are looking for a chic dress for an evening on the town or a casual but classy outfit for a luncheon with the in-laws, Custard Boutique has it all! This is one of our favorite shops on Whitaker Street.

2. French Knot

Located in the historic Savannah, French Knot specializes in embroidery, needlepoint, and all things stitching. French Knot brings traditional hand stitching to a chic and modern atmosphere. Whether you want a pillow or a blanket embroidered, French Knot will take care of whatever your needs may be. If you are looking for a place to embroider something for you, head on over to French Knot.

3. La Paperie

Looking for a fantastic place to have your wedding invitations made? Look no further than Le Paperie! This unique little shop offers stationery, journals, and gifts! Whether you are looking for a gift for the your special someone or a friend, Le Paperie has the perfect thing for you! The owner Debbie carries items for every occasion, from functional to fashionable. Take time to check out this hidden treasure while shopping on Whitaker Street.

4. One Fish Two Fish

Offering furniture, home décor, linens, gifts, jewelry, handbags, clothing and so much more, One Fish Two Fish has it all! Storeowner Jennifer opened the doors of this charming little shop in 1998 and hasn’t looked back since. Drawing visitors from all over the world, One Fish Two Fish is a must when in the city of Savannah! Visit this quaint little store and find a treasure to take back with you!

Now that you know about a few of our favorite shops on Whitaker Street, it is time to find a place to rest during your time in the area! There is no better place to stay while in the beautiful southern city than at the Presidents’ Quarters Inn! Offering a selection of lovely rooms and suites, which are all elegantly decorated to match the southern charm of the city, you will not have trouble finding one that suits your needs. Your stay comes with a full delicious breakfast each morning so your days will start off on a bright note! We can hardly wait to see you soon!

 

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Squares in Savannah You Cannot Misshttp://www.presidentsquarters.com/blog/squares-in-savannah/ http://www.presidentsquarters.com/blog/squares-in-savannah/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 08:00:21 +0000 http://www.presidentsquarters.com/?p=1640 Because of Savannah’s rich and intriguing history, it is the ideal place to visit for an educational and relaxing vacation. From 100-year-old houses to significant sights, this southern city is a history buff’s paradise. President’s Quarters’ Inn is located on a historic square, giving you easy access to some of Savannah’s famous locations. When you come to visit us, you do not want to miss the Squares in Savannah. Read on to find out why you should come and see these beautiful plazas. In 1733, the city of Savannah was laid out around four open Squares, each surrounded by four residential blocks and four civic blocks. The original plan for … Continue reading

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Squares in SavannahBecause of Savannah’s rich and intriguing history, it is the ideal place to visit for an educational and relaxing vacation. From 100-year-old houses to significant sights, this southern city is a history buff’s paradise. President’s Quarters’ Inn is located on a historic square, giving you easy access to some of Savannah’s famous locations. When you come to visit us, you do not want to miss the Squares in Savannah. Read on to find out why you should come and see these beautiful plazas.

In 1733, the city of Savannah was laid out around four open Squares, each surrounded by four residential blocks and four civic blocks. The original plan for the city allowed for growth and thus expansion of the grid. During the 18th and 19th centuries additional squares were added and by 1851 there were 24 squares in total. Later, in the 20th century, three of the squares were lost, leaving only 21. However, in 2010, one of the three “lost” squares, Ellis, was reclaimed to bring the total to 22 squares. Most of the lovely squares are named in honor of a person, persons or historical event. Many of the squares contain monuments, markers, memorials, statues, plaques, and other tributes.

Our favorite square in Savanna is Oglethorpe Square, where the charming President’s Quarters’ Inn is located. The Inn is located not only in this beautiful area, but also in what is considered the most architecturally and historically significant building of Oglethorpe Square, The Owens-Thomas House Museum. One of the three remaining Regency style houses designed by William Jay, The Owens-Thomas House is one of Savannah’s most cherished examples of Savannah’s preservation movement. Both in its day and today, it is considered Savannah’s most classy house. Oglethorpe Square offers several things for you to enjoy, indoor and outdoor. Take a turn around the Square and experience the different styles of architecture that the city holds.

One of the Squares in Savannah that you don’t want to miss out on is Johnson Square. This Square was part of the original four squares that formed Savannah. The first of Savannah’s squares, Johnson Square was and remains the largest of the 24. The picturesque Square contains two fountains, as well as a sundial dedicated to Colonel William Bull, the namesake of Savannah’s Bull Street. The Johnson Square Business Center is another landmark of Johnson Square. Formerly known as the Savannah Bank Building, the Business Center was the city’s first skyscraper, built in 1911. Interestingly, the Square is known as the financial district or banking square of Savannah!

Now that you know about two of our favorite Squares in Savannah that you don’t want to miss, start planning your trip to the area to enjoy them for yourself. When you choose The President’s Quarters’ Inn as your Savannah destination, you are locating you and your family in the heart of Savannah on one of the city’s most historic squares. The President’s Quarters’ Inn offers a selection of lovely rooms and suites, which are all elegantly decorated to match the southern charm of the city. Before you head out to tour the Squares in Savannah, the Inn will offer you a signature gourmet breakfast. Book your stay today!

 

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Our List of the Best Southern Food in Savannahhttp://www.presidentsquarters.com/blog/best-southern-food-savannah/ http://www.presidentsquarters.com/blog/best-southern-food-savannah/#comments Sat, 31 Jan 2015 17:00:31 +0000 http://www.presidentsquarters.com/?p=1636 Savannah offers some of the best food in the south, from traditional southern cooking to authentic Asian cuisine. When you come to visit the beautiful city, you are going to need a list of places to grab a bite to eat. We, here at President’s Quarters’ Inn, want you and your family to eat only the best cuisine. Whether you are craving a big bowl of delicious pasta or a platter of fresh seafood, Savannah has an amazing selection of restaurants. Here is our list of the best southern food in Savannah. 1. The Olde Pink House This elegant Colonial mansion is serving up intensive Southern cuisine is a stylish … Continue reading

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Best Southern Food in SavannahSavannah offers some of the best food in the south, from traditional southern cooking to authentic Asian cuisine. When you come to visit the beautiful city, you are going to need a list of places to grab a bite to eat. We, here at President’s Quarters’ Inn, want you and your family to eat only the best cuisine. Whether you are craving a big bowl of delicious pasta or a platter of fresh seafood, Savannah has an amazing selection of restaurants. Here is our list of the best southern food in Savannah.

1. The Olde Pink House

This elegant Colonial mansion is serving up intensive Southern cuisine is a stylish way. The Olde Pink House is dishing out scrumptious dishes including lump crab hush puppies with spicy peach remoulade and crispy fried lobster tails with sweet chili Dijon, bacon buttermilk whipped potatoes and butter beans. The Olde Pink House is one of Savannah’s most popular restaurants. Don’t miss out on this Southern classic.

2. Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room

Family-owed since 1943, this lovely Southern diner, located on 107 West Jones Street, serves delicious lunches to groups of people at communal tables. A line gathers each morning at 11 o’clock to get a seat at the large tables for ten, which are shared with strangers. Each tabletop is laden with platters of fried chicken, sweet potato soufflé, cornbread dressing, okra gumbo, corn muffins and biscuits. The menu changes daily.

3. Elizabeth on 37th

Elizabeth on 37th serves up delicious dishes made only with local seafood and seasonal produce! Enjoy spicy Savannah red rice with Georgia shrimp in an elegant, circa-1900 mansion! Chef Elizabeth Terry and her husband Michael want guests to have a wonderful experience while they munch on their culinary creations. Take your special someone to a romantic dinner at Elizabeth on 37th!

4. Alligator Soul

Consistently recommended by Savannah’s most discerning citizens and travelers, Alligator Soul is known for organic, fresh, local and regional fare. From delicious organic made cocktails to house made desserts prepared by its pasty chefs, Soul is a romantic and elegant downtown dining experience you do not want to miss! Alligator Soul offers the best Southern food in Savannah!

5. Vic’s on the River

Located at 26 East Bay Street between the Old Cotton Exchange building and City Hall, Vic’s is a fantastic place for a light lunch. From BBQ egg rolls to fried green tomatoes, every dish served is simply wonderful! With excellent service and an elegant atmosphere, Vic’s on the River is one of the top places for the best southern food in Savannah.

Now that you know the places that serve the best southern food in Savannah, it is time for you to come and try them for yourself! Your experience while in Savannah will be enhanced when you choose Presidents’ Quarters Inn as your bed and breakfast. Our selection of lovely rooms and suites are all elegantly decorated to match the southern charm of the city. Your stay comes with a full Southern breakfast each morning so your days will start off on a bright note. And after your visit to one of the restaurants that serve the best southern food in Savannah, you can relax with cordials in the parlor. Start planning your getaway to Savannah today!

 

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Celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Savannah!http://www.presidentsquarters.com/blog/st-patricks-day-in-savannah/ http://www.presidentsquarters.com/blog/st-patricks-day-in-savannah/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:00:19 +0000 http://www.presidentsquarters.com/?p=1628 Celebrating a holiday in Savannah is always a fantastic idea! Whether it is Christmas or Columbus Day, enjoying the holiday in southern style is always a memorable experience. This year, we, here at President’s Quarters’ Inn, suggest that you and your family celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Savannah! You may wonder why you should! Let us tell you about a few fun things that the city does to celebrate this holiday! The number one reason to spend this St Patrick’s Day in Savannah is the Parade. Held rain or shine, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a wonderful event filled with exciting and thrilling events. The 191st St. Patrick’s Day … Continue reading

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St Patrick's Day in SavannahCelebrating a holiday in Savannah is always a fantastic idea! Whether it is Christmas or Columbus Day, enjoying the holiday in southern style is always a memorable experience. This year, we, here at President’s Quarters’ Inn, suggest that you and your family celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Savannah! You may wonder why you should! Let us tell you about a few fun things that the city does to celebrate this holiday!

The number one reason to spend this St Patrick’s Day in Savannah is the Parade. Held rain or shine, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a wonderful event filled with exciting and thrilling events. The 191st St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Savannah will take place on Tuesday, March 17th. The event begins at 10:15 A.M. on the dot. Check out the parade’s map here so you can decide where you want to sit and enjoy the festivities.

Make the holiday into a weekend long celebration, starting with the Irish Heritage Dance on Friday, March 13th. The event is held in the Alee Temple and begins at 8:00 P.M. On Saturday, enjoy the Tara Feis Irish Celebration at Emmet Park. This festive event begins at 11:00 A.M. and ends at 5:00 P.M. The family-friendly Feis will be a feast for the ears, eyes and palate! With live performances, delicious cuisine, crafts, fun games, and true Irish hospitality, the Tara Feis is the best way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah. The Feis features performances from Savannah Pipes and Drums, Glor na Daire Irish Dance School, McLean Avenue Band, Harry O’Donoghue and so many more talented artists.

After enjoying the Tara Feis, head over to Tybee Island to participate in the Irish heritage Celebration Parade. The Parade starts at 3:00 P.M. on March 14th and winds around downtown Tybee Island. The Island will be decked out in green with a family-friendly parade featuring grand floats, marchers, and musical bands. The Irish heritage Parade is done in a unique and quirky way that only Tybee Island can do! Everyone is encouraged to dress in green in celebration! The Parade starts at the Tybee City Hall and proceeds down Butler Avenue! Come out and enjoy the festivities!

Another way to celebrate the holiday is on River Street. The fun isn’t confined to just one day; River Street celebrates this holiday for a week. Filled with multiple stages of non-stop live entertainment, games, scrumptious food, cold beverages and so much more, St Patrick’s Day on River Street is a event you don’t want to miss!

With so many different ways to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Savannah, we hope you find the perfect one for you and your family. As you are planning your Savannah St. Patrick’s Day, do not forget to secure your reservation at the Presidents’ Quarters Inn. Any of our 16 luxurious rooms would make an excellent home away from home for a couple of nights. The Presidents’ Quarters Inn will serve you a complimentary Southern breakfast. Come stay with us for a true St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah!

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Ideas for Day Trips from Jacksonville FLhttp://www.presidentsquarters.com/blog/day-trips-from-jacksonville-fl/ http://www.presidentsquarters.com/blog/day-trips-from-jacksonville-fl/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 08:00:28 +0000 http://www.presidentsquarters.com/?p=1624 Whether you are a visitor or a local, escaping the city is always a fun twist to the day-to-day life. For everyone that is in lovely Jacksonville FL, we, here at President’s Quarters’ Inn, have a wonderful day trip idea for you and your family. From delicious food to interesting museums, Savannah is a great place to visit for a day or even a week! If you are looking for ideas for day trips from Jacksonville FL, we know just the place to go. Fill your car up with gasoline and hit the road for a fun day trip in Savannah! Here are just a few things to know about … Continue reading

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day trips from jacksonville flWhether you are a visitor or a local, escaping the city is always a fun twist to the day-to-day life. For everyone that is in lovely Jacksonville FL, we, here at President’s Quarters’ Inn, have a wonderful day trip idea for you and your family. From delicious food to interesting museums, Savannah is a great place to visit for a day or even a week! If you are looking for ideas for day trips from Jacksonville FL, we know just the place to go. Fill your car up with gasoline and hit the road for a fun day trip in Savannah! Here are just a few things to know about taking a day trip to the picturesque city of Savannah.

One reason that Savannah is a great place for one of your day trips from Jacksonville FL, is that it is less than 2-hours away. Hop on to I-95 and keep driving until you arrive in the beautiful city of Savannah! Why should you visit? One of the best and most satisfying reasons is the delicious cuisine. Whether you want good southern cooking or something non-traditional, the beautiful city has something for everyone.

A favorite among locals, Alligator Soul Restaurant offers delicious southern food made from organic and local ingredients. This lovely establishment was once a basement grain warehouse and offers a wonderful atmosphere for a romantic dinner or a casual lunch with the gals. Another fantastic eatery is Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant. Serving traditional plates and cocktails in a festive atmosphere, the Rancho Alegre serves family recipes prepared with authentic and fresh ingredients. From fried plantains to homemade Sopa de Pollo, your palate is sure to be satisfied.

Now that you know where to eat, it is time for you to figure out what you want to do with your time in the area. One historical significant site in Savannah is the Bonaventure Planation. Offering a peaceful setting, this site rests on a scenic bluff of the Wilmington River, just east of Savannah. The cemetery is opened to the public daily from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. and contains nearly 100 acres of beautiful land for guests to explore and enjoy.

Another reason Savannah should be one of your day trips from Jacksonville FL, is for a carriage ride. This is a fantastic way to see the best of the city in a fun and relaxing way. When you take a Carriage Tour of Savannah, you can get an up-close view of the city’s 18th and 19th century architecture, adorable charm, and grand statues.

Whether you just need to get away for a day or want to do something fun, a day trip to Savannah is just the thing for you and your family! You might just fall in love with Savannah and want to stay another day. The President’s Quarters’ Inn offers lovely accommodations from which you can choose. The Inn also serves a delicious breakfast, making your stay even more memorable. We hope that we helped you plan one of your next day trips from Jacksonville FL! Can’t wait to see you soon!

 

 

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The Owens-Thomas House: The Jewel of Oglethorpe Squarehttp://www.presidentsquarters.com/blog/owens-thomas-house/ http://www.presidentsquarters.com/blog/owens-thomas-house/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 21:00:34 +0000 http://www.presidentsquarters.com/?p=1620 Savannah, GA, is filled with rich history just waiting for you to discover. From significant landmarks to the grand architecture, Savannah takes great pride in her history. Whether you want just a glimpse of the past or a whirlwind tour, you are sure to find just what you are looking for in the beautiful southern city. We, here at the President’s Quarters’ Inn, want you to have a wonderful experience while in the area. One historic place you will not want to miss touring is the Owens-Thomas House! This lovely building should be at the top of your list of things to do in Savannah! Here is all you need … Continue reading

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Owens-Thomas HouseSavannah, GA, is filled with rich history just waiting for you to discover. From significant landmarks to the grand architecture, Savannah takes great pride in her history. Whether you want just a glimpse of the past or a whirlwind tour, you are sure to find just what you are looking for in the beautiful southern city. We, here at the President’s Quarters’ Inn, want you to have a wonderful experience while in the area. One historic place you will not want to miss touring is the Owens-Thomas House! This lovely building should be at the top of your list of things to do in Savannah! Here is all you need to know about the Owen-Thomas House.

Truly the jewel of Oglethorpe Square, the Owens-Thomas House is a wonderful place to spend the afternoon as you wander through it and learn about its rich history. Considered to be one of the finest examples of English Regency architecture, the Owens-Thomas House was completed in 1819 and occupies a full block! The home features a columned entrance portico that will transport you back to a different time and place. As visitors enter the home, a sweeping staircase and beautiful arched second story windows will greet them. The interior of the house boasts a stunning stairway of mahogany, cast iron, brass, and elegant furnishings!

The Owens-Thomas House, also know as the Richardson-Owens-Thomas House, was designed by English architect William Jay and was originally built for Richard Richardson. Richardson was a Bermuda-born banker and cotton merchant! Richardson, however, suffered financial setbacks shortly after the home was completed and lost it to the Bank of the United States three long years later. Later congressman, lawyer and one-time Savannah mayor George Welshman Owens purchased the beautiful home for $10,000. Today, this architectural gem is a National Historic Landmark.

Guests to Savannah can visit the Owens-Thomas House Mondays from 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M., Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. and Sundays from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. Tickets to the Owens-Thomas House may be purchased individually or in a combination that allows you not only to tour this lovely house but also the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences. After touring this spectacular home, take time to wander through the beautiful English-inspired parterre garden and the original carriage house. The carriage house contains one of the earliest intact urban slave quarters in the South. Kids and adults will have a wonderful and memorable time at the Owens-Thomas House!

Now that you know about the Owens-Thomas House, it is time for you to plan your trip to Savannah to see it! The President’s Quarters’ Inn offers a selection of lovely rooms and suites, which are all elegantly decorated to match the southern charm of the city. Before you head out into the beautiful day to tour the Owens-Thomas House, the Inn offers a signature gourmet breakfast. You can book your stay today to help ensure that you will have an unforgettable trip to the Owens-Thomas House! We can hardly wait to see you and your family soon!

 

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The Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum is a Great Place to Spend a Dayhttp://www.presidentsquarters.com/blog/ships-sea-maritime-museum/ http://www.presidentsquarters.com/blog/ships-sea-maritime-museum/#comments Wed, 31 Dec 2014 08:00:01 +0000 http://www.presidentsquarters.com/?p=1613 For all you lovers of everything maritime, we, here at the President’s Quarters’ Inn, have the perfect place for you to spend an afternoon or even an entire day. From galleries of ship models to maritime paintings and artifacts, the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum offers guests a wonderful opportunity to learn about Savannah’s history. Whether you are looking for a place to avoid the rainy weather or just to enjoy some of Savannah’s rich and intriguing history, Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum is a great place to spend a day! Read on to find out more about the fantastic museum and all that it has to offer! … Continue reading

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Ships of the Sea Maritime MuseumFor all you lovers of everything maritime, we, here at the President’s Quarters’ Inn, have the perfect place for you to spend an afternoon or even an entire day. From galleries of ship models to maritime paintings and artifacts, the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum offers guests a wonderful opportunity to learn about Savannah’s history. Whether you are looking for a place to avoid the rainy weather or just to enjoy some of Savannah’s rich and intriguing history, Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum is a great place to spend a day! Read on to find out more about the fantastic museum and all that it has to offer!

Ships of the Sea Museum, located in the William Scarbrough House, features nine excellent galleries of ship models, maritime paintings and artifacts. The Museum’s goal is to interpret the rich story of Savannah’s maritime history through the vast collection of ship models. As guests wander through the Museum, they are transported back to a different time in each of the nine beautiful galleries. From colonial vessels to ironclads to ocean-going steamers to modern navy ships, the collection of models are sure to impress the sharpest critic and satisfy the heart of any maritime enthusiast. All of the models in the Ships of the Seas Maritime Museum have been strenuously researched and delicately detailed.

One of the many ships the Museum features is The Steamship Savannah. Being the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean, this beautiful 98 feet long vessel is one of the most important ships in maritime history. The Steamship Savannah, financed by William Scarbrough himself, was launched in New York in 1818; engines were installed soon thereafter in New Jersey. This stunning vessel unfortunately sank off Fire Island, New York in 1823. Lucky for you the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum has a wonderful replica of the vessel for guests to view!

The Anne, which sailed to America in the fall of 1732, carried the first 114 colonists to the new colony of Georgia. This 200-ton British galley was only 87 feet long and 26 feet wide. This beautiful ship holds a special place in the Museum’s galleries.

The Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum also features a model of The Titanic. A sad but popular story, The Titanic was built in Belfast, Ireland in 1909-12 for the White Star Line, a British company owned by the American tycoon, J.P. Morgan. At 882 feet long and weighing 45,000 tons, The Titanic was the largest and most luxurious ship of its era. On April 14, 1912, during its maiden voyage from Southampton by the way of Cherbourg to New York, the ship struck an iceberg and sank in just over two hours. Unfortunately, of the 2201 persons on board, 1498 perished. The Museum has a beautiful model of The Titanic in its exhibits!

The Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum offers a wonderful array of models to enjoy. Now that you know about a few of the Museums finest ships, it is time for you to find a place to stay during your time in Savannah. The President’s Quarters’ Inn is located only a short 15-minute walk from the wonderful museum. Choose from any of our luxurious accommodations to stay in during your time in the city!

 

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2 Ways to Enjoy Ossabaw Island GAhttp://www.presidentsquarters.com/blog/ossabaw-island-ga/ http://www.presidentsquarters.com/blog/ossabaw-island-ga/#comments Fri, 26 Dec 2014 08:00:46 +0000 http://www.presidentsquarters.com/?p=1607 The coastline of Georgia is scattered with an array of beautiful islands full of intriguing things. Whether you have seen all that interests you in the historic city of Savannah or you just want a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, take a day and explore one of Georgia’s most beautiful islands! Ossabaw Island GA, is approximately twenty miles by water south from historic downtown Savannah; the perfect distance for a day trip. Don’t know what there is to do on Ossabaw Island GA? Here are 2 ways we, here at the President’s Quarters’ Inn, enjoy Ossabaw Island. Ossabaw Island GA, one of the Sea Islands located … Continue reading

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Ossabaw Island GAThe coastline of Georgia is scattered with an array of beautiful islands full of intriguing things. Whether you have seen all that interests you in the historic city of Savannah or you just want a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, take a day and explore one of Georgia’s most beautiful islands! Ossabaw Island GA, is approximately twenty miles by water south from historic downtown Savannah; the perfect distance for a day trip. Don’t know what there is to do on Ossabaw Island GA? Here are 2 ways we, here at the President’s Quarters’ Inn, enjoy Ossabaw Island.

Ossabaw Island GA, one of the Sea Islands located on the Atlantic Ocean, is only twenty miles by water south from Savannah. Ossabaw is the largest of Georgia’s barrier islands and contains 9,000 acres of wooded uplands with freshwater ponds and 16,000 acres of marshlands! At 26,000 acres, this beautiful island is the second largest barrier island off the coast of Georgia. Located between Wassaw Island and the Ogeechee River on the north and St. Catherine’s Island on the south, Ossabaw Island GA, is only accessible by boat or charter.

1. River Boat Tours

The first and best way to enjoy Ossabaw Island GA, is by taking a charter tour of the area. Bull River Cruises offers a tour of the entire Georgia coastline and includes a trip to Ossabaw Island. The 42-passenger Excursion vessel and the 2-20 passenger Island Express vessel provide a unique experience for everyone aboard. From the comfort of the boat, enjoy the picturesque scenery. This is a great way for the young ones to enjoy the island without having to keep everyone together! Grab your camera and hop aboard one of the Bull River Cruises for an experience you soon won’t forget!

2. Day Trip

Another fantastic way to explore the beautiful island is by taking a day trip and hiking around it. To get to the island you must have a boat or find a charter to take you. There are several wonderful captains willing to take people to the island. Several local boat captains provide charter service to Ossabaw Island. Service from various docks and marinas on the mainland is available; however, some charter captain’s licenses are limited to 6 passengers. Larger groups may want to consider chartering a pontoon boat, which can transport 20-40 people at a time. Bull River Cruise is great for larger groups and Tybee Island Charters is fantastic for groups of 6 or less.

Wildlife enthusiast will be in paradise at Ossabaw Island GA. The island is filled with an abundance of sea turtles. Have fun discovering all the intriguing creatures the island holds while you wander around! The island also offers tours! Getting around the island is an adventure in itself on one of the tours. Groups are transported on buckboards in the back of pick up trucks to see the beautiful island!

Now that you know a little something about Ossabaw Island GA, it is time to start planning your trip to the area. The President’s Quarters’ Inn is the perfect place to relax after a long but exiting day on Ossabaw Island GA. The Inn offers 16 luxurious rooms from which you can choose. Not only that, but we will also feed you a signature gourmet breakfast each morning of your stay to ensure that your day starts off on a bright note. Book your stay today!

 

Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region.

 

 

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