Are you curious about Mary Flannery O’Connor – the writer from Savannah?
We were, too! At Azalea Inn & Gardens, a bed and breakfast in Savannah, Georgia, we like a good book and we LOVE a great one. Our parlor is chock full of books about Savannah’s history and the magazines that recount our city’s current moods and exploits. Let me tell you, a great book by Flannery O’Connor is NOT hard to find because she just might be one of the best short-story writers out there.
This story about Flannery O’Connor – the writer from Savannah, is dedicated to those vacation planners out there that love nothing more than a good story, and a great book!
A Little Bit about Flannery O’Connor – The Writer From Savannah
Born on March 25 in 1925 to Catholic parents that descended from a long lineage of strong pillars in that religious community, Flannery grew up as an only child. Though a moderate life that ended at the young age of 39 was lived modestly, Flannery’s work continues to influence and her true talents shone on the page rather than her social calendar. Flannery was a shy girl, and we’re almost glad for that because of the work she left behind that has made her into a literary legend.
Let’s look a little more into why a brief investigation into the life and work of Flannery O’Connor is a good choice when you’re planning to visit Savannah.
Visit Savannah to See the House Where Flannery O’Connor Lived
You can see where Flannery lived, and walk where she walked as a child and early teenager until the year of 1938. You can even see the garden where she taught her chicken to walk backwards as chronicled in the 1932 British Pathé newsreel company film Do You Reverse? Let me tell you, that the one-minute, eight second clip is WORTH watching!
At 207 E. Charlton Street on the Southeast corner of Lafayette Square (one of the twenty-two unique and beautiful Savannah squares) the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home stands. It is an odd house, a thin and tall no-nonsense structure that stands 3 stories high. Tours cost only $6.
Visit Savannah to Experience Flannery’s South…
Flannery’s book Wise Blood was made into a film by director John Huston. The 1979 film follows a Southern boy in his quest for social climbing by means of starting up a church. Can you imagine? It would be so fun to watch that movie then announce your vacation to Savannah!
There is a spirit to the South that you can’t quite put your finger on until you’ve lived among us for awhile. There’s no real name for the way that you relax into the drawwwll that shows up in the way we talk, the easy dresses and floppy hats that the ladies wear and the way the Spanish Moss drips from the live oak trees. You’ve got to see it to believe it but when you believe it you’ll maybe start to think that it’s too good to be true. YOU MUST COME VISIT!
An article that appeared in the December issue of Atlanta Magazine in 1966 quotes Flannery as she talks about how she was gaining notoriety as a Southern writer:
“Southern writers are stuck with the South, and it’s a good thing to be stuck with”
Come visit Savannah, and think about staying at Azalea Inn & Gardens on your next trip to the South.
And, hey – if you need a vacation in February (or, something special for Valentine’s Day, think about scheduling that trip for February 13-16, 2014 – when the Savannah Book Festival will wow you, and, your favorite bibliophile.
Today is dedicated to Romance so why not engage in a bit of swashbuckling reminiscing? Do you remember the thrill of old time pirate movies and swashbucklers such as Errol Flynn, or maybe more recently Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean – it was the sight of those full-masted sailing ships (okay, and the handsome men who captained them) that sent a girlish romantic shiver up my spine. You can get that thrill in early May when Savannah welcomes “Tall Ship Challenge 2012, Atlantic Coast” from May 3 to May 7. As many as 15 of these Class A, B and C ships will race to a buoy in the ocean on May 3 and then gather so they can enter the port together under full sail – an unbelievably impressive site. Most of these vessels will then berth on both sides of the Savannah Riverfront and leave for the next leg of the race on May 7.
The very idea of viewing these full rigged ships sailing into our harbor is beyond our ability to articulate. We will be the first in line to board the ships (a pittance at $10 per person), but even more, we have our heart set on the decided thrill of a two- or three-hour sail in the waters off our coast (not nearly a king’s ransom at $50).
We have the Savannah Riverfront Association to thank for six years of hard work with Tall Ships America, the organization that operates the Tall Ships Challenge, (an annual race which rotates among the Atlantic Coast, the Pacific Coast and the Great Lakes) for bringing this event to our city. These ships are rigged sailing vessels crewed by youth ages 13 to 25 enrolled in Sail Training programs operated by Tall Ships America. This year’s challenge race starts in Savannah finishing in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Last September Kenny Hill of the Savannah Riverfront Association told a group of local small businesses, “We’ve all seen the old photos and drawings of the Savannah riverfront with tall ships along the wharves on both sides of the river. For four days, Savannah will be transformed back to the maritime community it was when we started.” That sight, indeed, will “shiver me timbers.”
Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, implores you to book your room today – this opportunity may not come again – but if it does you will have to wait at least three more years.
Call us today at 800.582.3823 or reserve online by clicking here and begin experiencing what Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City” (July 2011).