Venerable Southern Inn in Savannah's Historic District
Spanish moss hangs from the trees along the cobblestone streets in Savannah's historic district. Here, 18th- and 19th-century buildings share space with parkland and old cemeteries. Built in 1876, The Dresser Palmer House stands on a street lined with old-fashioned townhouses. A wide wooden porch with light-green arches wraps around the front of the double-gallery mansion. Stroll along its red-brick paths and you'll wind past wisteria bushes and trickling fountains.
The Dresser Palmer House holds friendly evening socials where staff members serve complimentary glasses of wine and light hors d'oeuvres. In the morning, you won't be able to resist the lavish breakfast in the Victorian dining room, which may include items such as quiche with pears, pecans, and sausage as well as peaches-and-cream french toast.
The inn's rooms have names such as the Flannery O'Connor, Conrad Aiken, Wisteria, and Confederate Jasmine. They have distinct decor--some feature exposed brick walls, others fireplaces and clawfoot bathtubs--but they all have modern, private bathrooms and an elegant ambiance. In the Flannery O'Connor room, light pours in from the windows onto finely carved wooden furniture and romantic floral prints. An impressive four-poster bed anchors the Wisteria room, and a brick wall lies behind the beds in the Confederate Jasmine room.
Savannah, Georgia: Cobblestone Streets and Well-Preserved Historical Mansions
Founded in 1733 as Georgia's first city, Savannah retains much of its original layout, including its 22 famous public squares, or trustee lots, many of which contain a historical landmark or two. The outline of Savannah's remarkably well-preserved historic district conforms to the city's boundaries before the Civil War. With one option included in this deal, you can hop on an old-fashioned trolley tour of the beautiful buildings in town.
In addition to its multitude of antebellum homes and Regency-style mansions, the district has been declared the most haunted area in America by the American Institute of Parapsychology. Guided ghost tours take you through the city's spookiest spots, such as the allegedly haunted Colonial Park Cemetery.
A few blocks from Dresser Palmer are the green landscapes, wide boulevards, and ornate fountain of 30-acre Forsyth Park, the city's oldest park. After a visit to the Parisian-inspired park, you can head to bustling City Market, where four blocks of warehouses have been converted into quaint shops, restaurants, and boutiques.
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