Archive for the ‘Savannah Area Events & Activities’ Category

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!

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.

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.

Fun Things to do in Savannah GA for the Family or Couple

November 22nd, 2012 by Dresser Palmer House

Planning to visit Savannah? Keep your mind sharp and your blood flowing with these great activities which provide a first-hand look at Savannah’s eclectic history, breathtaking architecture, and vibrant culture.

Savannah Walking Tours with Savannah Dan

Savannah Tours - Things to do in SavannahA Savannah exclusive, the unique character, Savannah Dan, can often be found leading captivated groups of tourists through Savannah’s picturesque squares all summer long.  The original Southern gentleman will charm you with his sharp, intelligent wit and extensive knowledge of everything local as you stroll through Savannah’s historic downtown.

Don’t feel like walking? Savannah Dan also offers a horse-drawn carriage tour! Arrange to be picked up at your lodging before embarking on this first-class excursion.

Walking tours are available Monday through Saturday during the June, July, and August months at 10AM and 2PM.  Tours begin at Johnson Square.

Horse-drawn tours are available by making a reservation twenty-four hours in advance.  Accommodations allow four adults maximum.

Savannah Bike Tours

Take a relaxing, guided bicycle ride through historic downtown Savannah! Visit some of Savannah’s top tourist spots while avoiding the crowds at places like Forsyth Park, Factor’s Walk/River Street, and the Savannah College of Art and Design.  Guided tours are available every day led by Savannah Bike Tours’ knowledgeable owner/operator.

For a personalized experience, couples and groups can take a private tour catered to their interests.

Reservations are required for Savannah Bike Tours, and are strongly recommended to be made at least two days in advance.

Oglethorpe Trolley Tours

With stops at many of the most popular locations of Savannah’s historic district, the Oglethorpe Trolley Tour invites you to truly experience Savannah’s Southern hospitality.  Perhaps the fastest way to traverse the downtown while gaining valuable insight on the area, all while enjoying a relaxing shaded ride through the city.  Oglethorpe Trolley Tours provide ninety minutes of narration with tours beginning every twenty minutes.

One or two-day passes are available with unlimited hop on/hop off.  Tickets can be purchased online or at the circular, blue and yellow building on West Boundary Street, where the tour initially begins.  Tours run until 5:30PM.

Savannah’s Squares and Parks

Self-guided tours have long been a favorite of Savannah tourists wanting to fixate their eyes on the historic downtown district, which features Savannah’s unique squares and parks.  Walk, bike, or drive between the twenty-two distinct squares and submerse yourself in the rich history of the city. Three lush parks also grace the area, offering a more contemporary look at the history of Savannah. Notable squares and parks include:

Calhoun Square

For a true look into Savannah history, visit Calhoun Square: the only square where all of the original historic buildings still remain intact.  Notable buildings include the Massie School (now the Massie Heritage Center), the Low, Mercer, and Green-Meldrim Houses, and the Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church.

Forsyth Park

This thirty-acre park’s crowd drawing feature is an elaborate two-tier cast iron fountain, an homage to the Parisian fountain found at Place de la Concorde.  On the grounds, you can also be find the Fragrant Garden for the Blind and various historical monuments.

Enjoy your time in and around Savannah! We do hope you’ll make your stay a great one, and visit us at the Dresser Palmer House – true Southern hospitality and gourmet breakfast.

Thanksgiving in Savannah GA, A Day Plan

November 17th, 2012 by Dresser Palmer House

Thanksgiving in Savannah, GAThe holiday season is once again upon us: Thanksgiving is about to come knocking, are you ready? Instead of the formal meal this year, why not bring the family to Savannah? Or, if you’re needing a break this year, bring your sweetie for a long, romantic, holiday weekend to The Dresser Palmer House, who will be your family away from home! Regardless, whether you leave the family or bring them along, here is one plan to spend your Thanksgiving day immersed in Southern hospitality.

Breakfast at The Dresser Palmer House

Wake up Thanksgiving morning to the rich scents of delicious edibles like Pecan French Toast, Blintz Souffles with Strawberry Sauce, and every man’s favorite, Peppered Bacon! Each morning you stay at The Dresser Palmer House will be treated like a holiday, with hand-crafted, Southern gourmet recipes, prepared by your hosts, waiting for you in the Victorian dining room. See more of the menu at our bed and breakfast.

Stroll through Forsyth Park

Mere blocks away from The Dresser Palmer House lies Forsyth Park, a lush, Parisian-style park featuring an ornate, two-tiered cast-iron fountain. Oak trees romantically draped with Spanish moss line the brick-paved walkways of the park. Photo opportunities are abundant here to commemorate this year’s unique Thanksgiving in Savannah.

Eating Thanksgiving Dinner

Any number of restaurants in Savannah serve up a traditional Southern all-you-can-eat meal, but here are two uniquely different ways Savannah is serving up the fanfare.

Thanksgiving Day Riverboat Cruise

Spend your afternoon or evening aboard the Georgia Queen or the Savannah River Queen, with departure times at 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm. During your two-hour cruise along the Savannah River, you will be served roasted turkey and glazed ham alongside all your Thanksgiving favorites. Enjoy a full dessert bar while your ears take in the pleasant sounds of the riverboat’s on-board musical guests. Boarding is one hour ahead of sailing time, reservations recommended.

Traditional Savannah Thanksgiving at the Olde Pink House

Pure elegance will surround you at this beautiful 18th century home near Reynolds square. A formal dining room with like dress-code will leave you awash in Southern hospitality. Traditional Thanksgiving foods alongside Southern favorites will be served. Reservations are strongly recommended to enjoy the Thanksgiving meal here.

Evening Social at The Dresser Palmer House

Before retiring to your room for the evening, stop downstairs for the evening social with other guests of The Dresser Palmer House. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served to fill any niche you may have left, accompanied by a complimentary glass of wine from the cellar. For those wishing to spend a little more time with their family away from home, a cash bar is available featuring Dresser Palmer’s signature Savannah drinks.

While this is a reserved schedule offering you and your family a relaxing, enjoyable way to spend your Thanksgiving day, Savannah is full of that great Southern hospitality which beckons you to explore more. If you have any questions, or need more suggestions on how to spend your Thanksgiving weekend, just chat with your hosts anytime at the Dresser Palmer House.

While you’re here, check out Savannah’s top ten romantic locations.

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.