Savannah, Georgia is one of the best-loved cities in the South. There are endless choices of history and haunted tours, eclectic shopping spots, and fine dining. The good news for visitors is there’s a also a lot of things things you can do here […]
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Lots of people aren’t fans of doing things last minute. But there’s something to be said for an unexpected splurge now and then, and nothing fits the bill better than a last minute Savannah getaway. Just imagine, in a matter of hours, you could be […]
Deciding where to stay in Savannah is key to having a great vacation. Here’s an infographic on six of the top historic inns in Savannah. Each Inn here maintains top scores on TripAdvisor, is authentically historic, beautifully renovated and offers an abundance of amenities. The most difficult thing might be deciding which to try first!
Here’s some of the features you might find helpful:
- Pet Friendly: Olde Harbour Inn and East Bay Inn
- Children Welcome: Marshall House, Olde Harbour and East Bay Inn
- Adults Only and No Pets: Kehoe House, The Gastonian and Eliza Thompson House
- With an Elevator: Marshall House, East Bay Inn, Kehoe House
- Near River Street: Olde Harbour, East Bay Inn, Marshall House, Kehoe House
- Close to Forsyth Park: Eliza Thompson House and The Gastonian
- Bar/Lounge on Site: Marshall House
Where to Stay When Location is Everything
Nearly everything you’d want to do in historic downtown Savannah is within walking distance. Click on these links to find a map and distances to each inn’s nearby popular places.
Marshall House | East Bay Inn | Eliza Thompson House | Olde Harbour Inn | Gastonian | Kehoe House
Just thinking about the potential for fun in Savannah next month has us shaking off our winter blues. St Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and the concierges at Historic Inns of Savannah have some suggestions for you. Here are four things they recommend […]
US News & World Report Travel recently ranked Savannah as the nation’s #5 Best Romantic Getaway. With that kind of endorsement, a romantic Savannah getaway should definitely be in your plans! Here are six historic Savannah inns that specialize in romantic Savannah getaways. The Kehoe House […]
We couldn’t be more excited about our 2016 Holiday Special Offer at Historic Inns of Savannah! Beginning November 25, all reservations made on our own websites for stays through December 25 at The Marshall House, East Bay Inn, Olde Harbour Inn, Eliza Thompson House, The Gastonian, and The Kehoe House will receive a 10% discount. Plus, a portion of your stay will be donated to America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia.
The idea originated with our Staff — the bellmen, guest service representatives, housekeepers, kitchen staff, concierges, and maintenance teams — who wanted to make a charitable contribution to the community this holiday season.
With the inaugural Holidays on Broughton festivities starting this weekend, it’s an exceptionally good time to enjoy a Savannah getaway, and give back to the community at the same time. To join us in the giving, book the Save & Give promotion for a stay with us between Nov 25 & Dec 25.
Things to Do in Savannah
Holidays on Broughton: Nov 25-Dec 17
Visitors to Broughton Street this holiday season will enjoy festive decorations, photos with Santa, musical performances, extended shopping hours and holiday shopping incentives. And, we’ve heard rumors that Santa is planning to stay at The Marshall House before his visit on Dec 3!
Saturday – November 25 – 5:00 p.m. – Tree Lighting and Santa!
Broughton Street officially welcomes the holiday season with the lighting off the 50-foot holiday tree adorned with glistening lights, led by Mayor Eddie DeLoach. There will be musical performances, the arrival of Santa, and more.
Friday, Nov. 25, 5 to 9 p.m., & Every Saturday through Dec.17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Photos with Santa
Capture your holiday tradition on Broughton Street with a photo with Santa, located underneath the holiday tree at the corner of Broughton and Bull Streets.
- Nov 19-Dec 25 – Punch & Judy Pop-Up
Punch & Judy, Savannah’s premier children’s boutique, will return to its original Broughton Street roots for a limited time during Holidays on Broughton. For more than 60 years, the family-owned children’s store has served as Savannah’s premier children’s boutique providing a wide array of quality products for infants and children alike. From a variety of colorful clothing and accessories, to an array of toys, a fantastic selection of gifts and more, Punch and Judy offers the perfect place to shop for the wee-people on your shopping list.
- Nov 25 – Dec 26 – Art Projections
Throughout “Holidays on Broughton,” bright, colorful and whimsical building projections will illuminate Broughton Street nightly from 6 to 9:30 p.m. In celebration of Savannah’s original Main Street, the range of classic and modern projections will feature high-tech and immersive projections from Broughton Street’s storied past.
- Musical Entertainment – Nov 25 5-10 pm; Saturday in December 3-6 pm
Taking stage at the intersection of Broughton and Bull Streets. Local Savannah musical groups – from the Savannah Country Day School jazz band and Calvary Day School, to the Tell Scarlet artists and the Clear Daze Band – will provide holiday entertainment to the visitors and shoppers at Broughton’s grand holiday tree.
About Second Harvest Food Bank
Here’s some information about Second Harvest, the need in our community, and the services they provide:
- 1 in 4 children in Coastal Georgia are at risk for hunger
- Each $1.00 donated provides 5 meals!
- 64% of children in Coastal Georgia go hungry every day
- 43% of the people served by Second Harvest choose between food and utilities
- 34% of the people served by Second Harvest choose between food and housing
Second Harvest Services:
- Brown Bag for the Elderly – each month volunteers pack 1862 grocery bags to supplement the diets of seniors in need
- Partner Market Place – the food bank is the warehouse and distribution center for more than 300 non-profit and faith-based agencies in Coastal Georgia
- Mobile Food Pantry – operates in rural communities where hunger relief is limited
- Kids Café & Summer Feeding – provides a hot meal in an after-school program along with tutoring, homework assistance, and a safe haven
We hope you will visit us during Savannah’s holiday festivities this year. Book direct with Historic Inns of Savannah so that your visit will also yield a donation to Second Harvest Food Bank!
Five-Time Certificate of Excellence Winner! Eliza Thompson House was recently awarded TripAdvisor’s 2015 Certificate of Excellence – an achievement that is a direct result of great reviews on TripAdvisor. TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site, reaching 340 million unique monthly visitors and more than […]
The countdown is on to the four-day St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in Savannah — starting Friday, March 13 and continuing through Tuesday, March 17. Here’s your link to historic hotels in the downtown district near the parade route that still have some availability: Olde Harbour […]
Savannah’s reputation for being both “good and evil” is well known, and visitors often explore both “the eerie and the elegant” side of Savannah. Fortunately for the thrill seekers among us, it’s not hard to find a scary good time in beautiful Savannah, especially if you plan to stay in one of the city’s authentic historic Inns and hotels.
Here’s a look at five historic, haunted hotels in Savannah:
The Kehoe House
Ghost stories and strange phenomena abound at the Kehoe House. Built in 1892 for William Kehoe, his wife, Anne, and their 10 children, The Kehoe House is a stately building on Columbia Square. From the hauntings perpetrated by a story of twins that died while playing in a chimney in one of the rooms, to the eerie occurrences in several different guest rooms, The Kehoe House has one of the most haunted reputations of any downtown Savannah inn. Guests have reported hearing voices of children and doors unlocking and opening by themselves.
The Marshall House
In 1864, General William T. Sherman began his famous “March to the Sea” during the Civil War. After capturing Atlanta, Sherman’s Union troops marched for weeks — destroying almost everything in their path — until they reached Savannah. There Sherman set up an army hospital at The Marshall House. Guests have claimed dead soliders still haunt the building, along with the spirits of those who died while the hotel was used as a hospital during the city’s devastating yellow fever epidemics.
Olde Harbour Inn
Many of the old buildings along Savannah’s River Street were once warehouses used to store cotton. Built in 1892, the Old Harbor Inn was originally one such warehouse. Legend has it that the Inn is haunted by the spirit of one of the old warehouse’s employees, an unfortunate fellow nicknamed “Hank”. The tale goes that the warehouse caught on fire one night, and when the rubble was being cleared a very gruesome discovery was made — the charred remains of a body was found in the smoldering ashes, burned beyond recognition. Many think that Hank moves around the Inn in a ghostly form today. Guests at the Old Harbor Inn have experienced the smell of cigar smoke in empty hallways, objects being moved on their own accord, even mysterious coins falling out of nowhere.
East Bay Inn
Built in 1852, East Bay Inn is just steps away from the dark and scary waters of the Savannah River. The riverfront, with its cobble-stone streets and historic buildings is now a vibrant, pleasant place, but some say it still holds the spirits of long-past sailors, traders and pirates. The ghost of a former warehouse worker, affectionately named “Charlie” by the Inn’s staff, is said to haunt the Inn. He reportedly fell to his death from one of the Inns third story rooms, and it is alleged that he haunts that room to this day.
Eliza Thompson House
The Eliza Thompson House was the very first home to be built on Jones Street, which has been called the prettiest street in Savannah. The home was constructed in 1847 for Joseph and Eliza Thompson and their seven children. It’s been said that some of these children may still be in residence, making their presence known with giggles, and attempts to entice guests to play with them. From the street, visitors have claimed to see a confederate soldier standing in the window looking down. This apparition is believed to be that of James Thompson, one of Eliza and Joseph’s two sons, who survived the Civil War, but died of wounds inflicted after a horse kicked him in the stomach right in front of the house.
So whether you’re just curious about Savannah’s spooky past, or haunted to get to the truth, one of these Inns, combined with a Savannah ghost tour, can be an intriguing and unique adventure. The city offers fun pub crawls, spooky nighttime walking tours, thrilling hearse tours and even some very serious explorations of the supernatural. Book your visit to Savannah and ask your Concierge to assist you with ghost tours that will shed light on some of Savannah’s haunts.
Called “the most paranormal city in America,” Savannah is a mecca for those seeking a haunted experience. If you’re one of the many visitors interested in the haunted reputation of our city, you’ll want to check out these historic (and maybe haunted) B&Bs to make […]