Best Romantic Things to do in Savannah, GA

November 7th, 2012 by Dresser Palmer House

Thinking of taking a romantic getaway, maybe staying in a great bed and breakfast in Savannah? This time, instead of visiting the usual sights, try something out of the ordinary to create a unique trip you’ll never forget.  Whenever you leave a vacation spot you will always take away the culture, and what better way to get involved in local culture than with food and drink?

Romantic Activity 1: Taking a Cooking Class

Spend some real quality time together learning about the one thing every person loves: food!  There is no better place than the City of Hospitality to take in some great southern cooking and earn a few souvenir recipes which will last a lifetime.

Kitchens on the Square

Local chefs and caterers share their best tips with you through the Southern Lunch and Learn series of classes.  While you won’t be able to show off your skills here, you will be able to see firsthand how to prepare some amazing dishes, which are served to you at the end of the class.  Have fun, kick back, and relax during these small, eight-person classes.  You can easily register for classes online while planning your trip, or call a day in advance.

Mansion on Forsyth Park: 700 Kitchen Cooking School

Those couples looking for a more hands-on experience can head over to this state-of-the-art facility

located in the South Historic District of Savannah.  What you lack in experience going in will be gained in knowledge heading out.  The 700 Kitchen Cooking School boasts new tastes, flavors, and techniques for everyone and offers a wide variety of cooking classes not limited to Southern traditions.  A class schedule is available online, while reservations are available by phone.

Romantic Activity 2: Wine Tasting

Wine TastingNothing goes better with a cooking class than a little wine tasting to set the mood for the evening.  While you could just sip a glass of wine at your favorite new restaurant in Savannah, you may prefer to take home a bit of the romance in bottle form, which will last you all year.

Savannah Oaks Winery

Reservation-only wine and cheese tastings are available year-round at this winery’s lush grounds sprawling over 11,000 acres! You and your mate will be delighted to sample an expansive variety of reds and whites suitable for every palette and can even take a tour of the winery, if desired.  The winery is open every day of the week – call for reservations.

Savannah Wine Cellar

While the Savannah Wine Cellar may not actually bottle their own wine, they do offer hundreds of varieties, both local and imported, for tasting and to buy.  Be sure to check out their schedule of events, ranging from wine tasting classes to various local social events celebrated over hand poured wine.

This unique old-world style cellar offers wine tastings all day, with hours every day of the week but Sunday.  Reservations are not required for the daily tastings, but you may need to call to reserve a seat for a few of their more exclusive events.

With choices available like these, you are sure to find something romantic to do every day of the week in Savannah.  What do you think your lover would appreciate most?

Be sure to check out last week’s article – Top 10 Romantic Places in Savannah.

Top 10 Romantic Places in Savannah

October 31st, 2012 by Dresser Palmer House

#10 The Beaches of Tybee Island

This easily accessible barrier island is just a short trip from downtown Savannah, GA.  It’s a popular tourist spot where you’ll be able to enjoy the view of the ocean and smell of the warm, salty air.  There are a few mom-and-pop stores lining the pier, but overall, the location is very down to earth and well-kept.

#9 Chippewa Square

For a particularly lazy afternoon, stop by Chippewa Square in the heart of Savannah’s historical district.  Familiar benches line the brick-paved path through the park, providing a shady respite beneath trees draped in Spanish moss.  Tickle your sweetie’s funny bone with your best Forrest Gump impersonation as you explore this backdrop for the famous bus stop scenes from the movie.

#8 Skidaway Island State Park

Active couples can hop out to Skidaway Island for an afternoon of peace, quiet, and solitude.  This sub-tropical state park offers paved, yet adventurous trails for walking, hiking, and biking.  Enjoy the local wildlife while awing at the sweeping views from the observation towers.

#7 Oglethorpe Square

Relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of Oglethorpe Square, the “Central Park” Square of Savannah.  This picturesque scene is always equipped with an afternoon of merriment, whether you enjoy perusing a fresh-air market or kicking back, taking in live local music over a private picnic.

#6 River Street

River Street, paved entirely by cobblestone, provides an offbeat path for viewing a taste of Savannah’s celebrated historical architecture.  While enjoying the musical air of street musicians, you can take in a variety of smells from the swanky pubs and bistros as you stroll hand-in-hand beneath the mossy oak trees adorning this riverside treat.

#5 Jazz’d Tapas Bar

Those seeking a lively night can stop by Jazz’d Tapas Bar for a late night snack and live entertainment all from the basement of the historic Kress building.  Choose from their eclectic drink menu, which boasts over twenty-five types of martinis, kick back and enjoy the sultry jazz music just feet away, and watch the hours pass well into the morning.

#4 Broughton Street

24e Design CoBoth the hip and the hip-to-be-square can take delight in the eclectic shops and posh restaurants which line Broughton Street.  When you’re not admiring the architecture, you’ll be fervently purchasing the perfect gift for your sweetheart at 24e Design Co.

#3 Forsyth Park

A little touch of nature tucked away in the hustle and bustle of Savannah’s historic district.  Larger than the iconic squares, this pet-friendly park features a large band shell, which hosts the free Savannah Jazz Festival, providing the perfect setting and ambiance for a romantic evening out.

#2 Cha Bella

A truly unique dining experience, Cha Bella, is located in the North Historic District.  Here, they are consistently plating up organic, seasonal fare for both the eco-friendly and foodies alike.  Call ahead to participate in one of the many “Farm to Table” events for an extra special treat.

#1 Vic’s on the River

Offering live music every day of the week, Vic’s on the River is the perfect place to impress your loved one.  Valet parking and hand selected wines are all part of the everyday fanfare which makes Vic’s the number one romantic place of Savannah.

For more information on any of these locations, or for overnight accommodations, contact the friendly folks at the Dresser Palmer House bed & breakfast, just minutes away from all these great romantic spots!

Looking for a Savannah wedding venue? The Dresser Palmer is equipped to make your wedding in Savannah, the

History of Savannah, GA: Part One – Built on Integrity

October 24th, 2012 by Dresser Palmer House

James Oglethorpe - History of Savannah“No slaves, no Roman Catholics, no strong drink, and no lawyers,” is the fabled credo upon which James Edward Oglethorpe purportedly founded the legendary city of Savannah, Georgia. While no physical documentation of this farcical declaration exists, the essence of the statement rings true to the convictions of Oglethorpe himself.

But before expounding upon the rich history of Savannah, Georgia, “The Hostess City of the South”, it is important for us to understand the ethics which have been so deeply embedded into this historic city. It was the conscientious approach to founding a proper city on moral philosophy which has led to the success of Savannah.

Who was James Oglethorpe?

James Oglethorpe was a well-known, unusual sort of humanitarian in London throughout the early 1700’s. It was the death of his good friend, having been imprisoned for indebtedness, which coerced Oglethorpe down the unlikely path that first conceived the idea of Georgia. Upon his friend’s death, Oglethorpe set to investigating London prisons and found the most appalling of inhumane conditions. He was infuriated to find most prisoners had been placed there due to economic misfortune.

So then, with charity in mind, Oglethorpe, along with John Lord Viscount Percival and others, believed England’s “worthy poor” could be transformed from rotting prisoners into productive citizens of a new colony, where they could thrive, free of class divisions, slavery, and large landholdings. Thus, Georgia was born, and Oglethorpe, in addition to twenty other trustees, was named to govern the new land.

Venturing to the New World

The original intention was to pull indebted prisoners and their families from London jails to colonize the new settlement. Unfortunately, no prisoners were included in the first selection of settlers. Finally, in 1732, despite heavy restrictions against himself, which would have deprived Oglethorpe of a comfortable life in Georgia, he, alongside 114 men, women, and children, set sail on the Atlantic in search of a new beginning.

In early 1733, the Anne arrived at port in South Carolina. From there, James Oglethorpe and a handful of Carolina Rangers scouted out the new region to the North, designated as Georgia, eying particularly the Yamacraw Bluff, which overlooked the Savannah River. As was the challenge with most early settlements of the New World, the bluff was part of the nearby native nation of the Yamacraw.

Yamacraw Bluff - History of Savannah GAUnlike earlier proprietors and settlers, however, Oglethorpe approached Chief Tomochichi of the Yamacraw, with the help of Mary Musgrove who acted as translator, with offerings of diplomacy and friendship. Tomochichi was well aware that his country, home solely to indigenous nations, was rapidly changing with the arrival of the English. He invited Oglethorpe and the colonists to establish the Yamacraw bluff intending the new colony to increase trade and offer a diplomatic advantage with the English.

On February 12, 1733, the pine forest atop Yamacraw bluff was cleared, and so began work on Oglethorpe’s distinctive pattern of streets, ten-house “tythings”, and public squares which make up Savannah. The vestige of the original settlement is still prominent in the historic downtown of Savannah today. To catch more history on Savannah, try the Oglethorpe trolley tour or chat with the staff at the Dresser Palmer House. More on Savannah’s history coming next week! Stay tuned for the full story.


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TravelHost Gift Giving Guide….Guess Who Made the Cover???

October 5th, 2012 by Dresser Palmer House

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Dresser Palmer House & Savannah Pride Festival 2012

September 3rd, 2012 by Dresser Palmer House

The 2012 Savannah Pride Festival will be held September 8th in Forsyth Park, one block from the Dresser Palmer House.  The Festival is Saturday, September 8 from 12 –  10 p.m. and will boast dozens of vendors, thousands of people, as well as some  of the biggest names in entertainment Savannah  Pride has ever seen. From the Headliner, JoJo, to The  Cusses, to The Sexual Side Effects, Savannah Pride has reached a new level  of entertainment this year.  There will also be more Vendors than ever before , live entertaiment all day and food & drink!  The family area will be back as well this year, featuring a place for kids to enjoy Savannah Pride too.  This is a perfect venue for Savannah Pride to promote raised awareness and acceptance for the LGBT community and all communities.


Come to this years’ Savannah Pride Festival to embrace and learn from the LGBT community and to enjoy the festivities!  The Dresser Palmer House, one block from Forsyth Park,  is a proud supporter Savannah Pride and a LGBT friendly Inn.

Call now to book your room for the festival.  If you mention “Pride” we will give you a 20% discount.



Opera in Savannah

May 24th, 2012 by Dresser Palmer House

Sometimes in Savannah our theatre options are limited.  So it’s always great to see some fantastic options when it comes to music.  I am so looking forward to V.O.I.C.Experience coming to Savannah on Thursday, June 7th at the Christ Church Savannah, GA;Opera in Savannah 28 Bull St at Johnson Square.  This will be a benefit concert featuring the rising stars of Opera from around the nation with special guests from the Savannah Philharmonic Chorus and area High Schools.  V.O.I.C.Experience was formed by Metropolitan Opera/Grammy Award Winner Opera Star, baritone Sherrill Milnes when he decided to create a means for singers to advance in their careers he did so by giving them the highest level of educators and more importantly, the opportunity to perform for people who might not ever see a Broadway show or Opera… with the help of his wife, soprano, Maria Zouves, V.O.I.C.Experience – “VE” – was founded in 2001. They work in several intensive programs throughout the year and guide singers in directions that lead to their success, including a program oat our own GA Southern University.  One of my favorite parts of this upcoming performance is that on Sunday, June 3 area High School students get to have their own performance and receive feedback from the same vocalists that will be performing on Thursday, June 7th.  This I am sure will help instill some new passion with our own upcoming coming stars from Savannah.

Call NOW to Book your Room at the Dresser Palmer House, June 3 at 2pm & June 7 at 7:30pm, for what promises to be two very enjoyable performances.