It’s hard to get excited about any holiday that falls on a Wednesday, but we take our celebrations seriously in the South and Savannah’s July 4, 2012 Fireworks Extravaganza will be no exception. Everyone knows that Savannah is the only place to be for St. Patrick’s Day – after all, we did hold the largest parade with the largest attendence in the WORLD just a few weeks ago – but we take all opportunities that come our way to have some fun. Did you know there are over 200 festivals throughout the year in Savannah – no kidding! We love our food, our beer, our wine, our art, our culture, our city – heck, we love it all – but most of all we love sharing! So join us on July 4, even if it is a Wednesday, and plan on spending the night – getting up for work the next day is much easier if you didn’t spend it in jail cause you had a wee bit too much fun – or better, take the next day off, meander our streets and enjoy this world-class destination.
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I was so pleased to see the Savannah Book Festival selected by Southern Living magazine as one among many reason to visit Savannah. Actually, the book fest is one of the magazine’s top five reasons “why we love Savannah.” No surprise to us.
We were the delighted hosts for Roy Blount Jr and his artist wife, Joan Griswold, at this year’s past festival, and our inn guests got quite the surprise to see this prolific writer seated at the breakfast table over the weekend. In fact his presence inspired one couple to extend their stay to attend this world class event. Roy is known as a humorist, reporter, actor, author (of 12 books), and interestingly, a musician with the Rock Bottom Remainders – a band of writers who believe they are also musicians. Dave Barry is quoted as saying the band can play “as well as Metallica writes novels.”
Did you know that Savannah was home to these literary greats: Flannery O’Connor, Conrad Aiken and James Alan McPherson? Flannery O’Connor lived at 207 East Charlton Street her entire life, short as it was, and you can tour the home daily from 1-4 pm, excepting Thursday. Conrad Aiken was born in Savannah and died in Savannah, but raised by a family member in Massachusetts following the tragic deaths of his parents, one by murder and the other by suicide, which undoubtedly influenced his life’s work. Finally, James Alan McPherson, born in Savannah, the first African-American Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction.
Southern Living listed seven great reasons to visit Savannah and frankly, we can list a hundred. Maybe we should, one a day until we reach our number one reason to visit. Or, you can visit our Historic Savannah Georgia inn and read our list from the comfort of your bedroom or a tree-top balcony as the sounds of the fish pond water feature and the chirps of birds leave you lost for just a bit in the charms of the old South.
Call today to secure your place in an historic Savannah inn around the literary table of next year’s Savannah Book Festival. The 2012 festival is scheduled for February 15-19, 2012, but why wait? Visit Savannah any time your heart desires, you are sure to be enchanted.