Romantic getaways only a bicycle away.

September 9th, 2015 by Dresser Palmer House

Looking for a fun and romantic way to get around Savannah? Why not hop on a bike and cycle around the streets and squares of Savanna and witness firsthand its 2.5 square mile History District or around Tybee Island for a fast paced energy rush.

There are those who prefer to appreciate the vintage and timeless beauty of Savannah lounging at the back of a historic trolley. How about stoping by Motorini and trading those four wheeled-trolleys into two wheels?  Cycling is not only scenic – it is the most efficient way to see the City as well! Plus, the way the city was structured, with all the bike lanes and locals familiar in sharing the road with cyclists, makes one’s bike ride even more appealing.  Thanks to bicycling advocate, James Oglethorpe, who 225 years ago designed Savannah’s city plan with a grid of streets punctuated by small parks called squares, each surrounded by a compact neighborhood unit called a ward in 1733. The city’s squares not only make Savannah one of the most beautiful cities in North America, they also have a traffic calming effect. Add to that the county’s flat terrain and moderate climate all year round, the outcome is an admirably cycle-friendly and “bikeable”city.

As you bike along the downtown streets, you will often find yourself sharing the cobbled lane with other cyclists, cars, motor scooters, tourist trolleys, delivery trucks, segways, pedicabs, even horse-drawn carriages and fifteen-seated pedal bicycle tour called the Savannah Slow Ride! This varied assembly of vehicles creates an unhurried pace of traffic, allowing cyclists to comfortably paddle and blend in with the flow. Want to stop by some coffee shop and take a cycle break? Well, the squares connect efficiently different historic homes, shops, cafés, landmarks, museums, schools, parks to green spaces, creating now a flourishing tapestry that now comprises the city of Savannah.

We can’t wait for you to visit.

Sorry Charlie’s: Take 1

June 7th, 2015 by Dresser Palmer House

Well, it’s June already! The hot weather is here and so starts a bit of a slow down in our world. SO, I decided it was time to venture out for dinner. Sorry Charlie’s is near City Market and with huge picture windows on 3 sides, it is a people watcher’s dream location to pick up a few drinks, maybe some oysters, and take it all in. We did just that…

Sorry Charlie’s in downtown Savannah was long vacant and was a staple in Savannah’s history. It was finally painstakingly renovated and restored and opened shortly after St. Pat’s weekend. I typically like to give restaurants a few months of open time to work out menu and service wrinkles before I try them. We were welcomed into the space, with a “rustic refined” coastal feel, by a friendly host that promptly seated us at a large bar-height table. The menu is simple, a one page clear and concise offering of fresh and fried seafood, raw oysters, unique starters, no frills salads, lovely looking blue crab stew, and some great looking inventive cocktails that all sounded fully leaded.

My party chose a dozen oysters on the half shell to start. For entrees we all decided (as unadventurous as it seems) to go with fried oyster Po’ Boys as a few had just passed by the table and caught our glares and salivating mouths with that cartoony quality like the steam from them had wandered over and turned our heads to attention.

We talked and peered out the giant walls of glass into Ellis Square’s crowds of families, lovers, and kids playing in the fountains under the setting sun and sipped on a few of the cocktails we had ordered. They were definitely potent and had our brains a little swimmy before our food arrived. The sandwiches arrived fairly quick like and were impressive portions. The bread was that perfect chewy, soft, and crispy roll just perfect for holding the plump fried fresh oysters, a few pickled okra, some spicy remoulade, and slaw. It was definitely one of the best Po’ boys I’d ever had, it was the perfect ratio of oyster to bread, and just saucy enough to coat them all in delicious heat. The fries were labeled as “crispy fries” and lived up to that name and included a drizzle of truffle oil and sea salt which made them an all but impossible to resist side.

What about our fresh oysters!?

That’s what we were thinking when the server abruptly came and apologized, explained that the tape in the order printer messed up and the kitchen had only received our entrée order. He stated that for the mess up they were taking care of our cocktails and dessert.

Dessert? HOW!? Well, my eyes trudged on to the menu once again and like a true glutton, I chose the bananas foster which was also divine and served atop a thick Belgian waffle.

In all, the great customer service, fun and relaxed atmosphere, and simple menu is a hit in my books. I’ll be sending guests there to do follow up missions very soon. I’m glad to have this building alive again especially with its perfect location and fresh offerings. Go check it out for yourself!

Savannah College of Art and Design Sidewalk Arts Festival

May 6th, 2014 by Dresser Palmer House

The Sidewalk Arts Festival was incredible this past weekend! Hundreds of artists came to decorate our beautiful Forsyth Park and only steps away from our front door. What could be better?! #SavannahCollegeofArtandDesign #arts #ForsythPark #outdoors #HistoricDistrict #events

SidewalkArtFestival05_JM12The Sidewalk Arts Festival was incredible this past weekend! Hundreds of artists came to decorate our beautiful Forsyth Park and only steps away from our front door. What could be better?! #SavannahCollegeofArtandDesign #arts #ForsythPark #outdoors #HistoricDistrict #events

Amazing Architectural Tour in Savannah

February 4th, 2014 by Dresser Palmer House

Savannah. is. GORGEOUS. We all know that. There are many factors that help her especially her amazing and varied architectural styles. Jonathan Stalcup, owner and sole tour guide of Architectural Savannah gives the MOST amazing architectural tour in Savannah.

Yesterday, the temperature was in the upper 70’s and it was absolutely beautiful to be able to get out about in the city (sorry northerners!) I had the chance, being friends with Jonathan, to sample his new route in the more central sections of the Historic District.2014-02-04 10.39.17

You think you know about the various styles and details in the buildings and homes ( mainly from watching HGTV and DIY networks) and Jonathan schools you at every turn. It’s great to have a professional guide that studied architecture at Savannah’s own SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) to lead you around and make you look UP. Gothic arches, marble quoins, Italianate porches, Greek revival pediments, Romanesque entryways, trefoil windows… I could go on and on.

Not only does he know his structural and design oriented details, he is a master at the historical knowledge of why and how these details were introduced, he knows the details about the lives of the famed architects that designed and the people that lived in these masterpieces. If you have a question, ANY question, about any building or style or architect, ask Jonathan and he either knows it or can easily find out from valid sources.

Stay with us at The Dresser Palmer House and I can most definitely get you in with Jonathan Stalcup for an amazing fact and design based tour of Savannah’s famed Historic District.

Vespa Scooters! Now is your chance!

February 1st, 2014 by Dresser Palmer House

It’s about to warm up! Have you ever passed the cool scooter shop ‪#‎Motorini‬ downtown on Drayton and thought about how fun it would be to zip around on one of those ‪#‎vespa‬ ‪#‎scooters‬?! Now is your chance! They have some really beautiful machines there that you need to take advantage of…photo (2)

With less than 300 in the United States, ‪#‎Savannah‬’s own #Motorini has one of the rare #Vespa 946’s on it showroom floor. Are you ready to come to Savannah and take it home? The Dresser Palmer House / An Historic Inn will give the lucky new owner a complimentary room night to explore the city with Italys most technologically advanced motor scooter to date.

Fun OUT of Historic District in Savannah.

January 28th, 2014 by Dresser Palmer House

Once in awhile, we DO get out of the #historicdistrict of #Savannah for a fun dinner. This time, a rainy Saturday brought me and a group of friends to #Habershamvillage, a small trendy neighborhood in #midtownsavannah. We decided on a great family casual place, The 5 Spot. The service was hilarious and attentive, the food was very hearty and filling for not much out of pocket. We shared a few appetizers, their collard and bacon DIP, yes, it was a delicious hot bubbly cheesy DIP with toasted pita points, and some chicken fingers. Then, as if that wasn’t enough gluttony, (forgot to mention my bloody mary), I also split an amazing burger with pepperjack cheese and bacon. Yes, I had bacon in two dishes… #don’tjudge.