You know us. You had already guessed that as soon as we both got our Covid-19 vaccinations we’d be out the door, headed to somewhere. And this time, our destination was the lovely town of Savannah, Georgia, only seven hours from Knoxville, yet far enough away to seem like La-La Land in Springtime!
And we’re taking you with us: starting on Jones Street where our Historic Inn — the Eliza Thompson House — sits squarely (smack-dab, as we say in the South) on the prettiest street in America named by Southern Living.
We’re not the first to write about this classy thruway. Business Insider featured Jones Street in “The Most Charming Streets in America” as did Valerie Price and John Wilsdon in their blog, Roadesque, when they wrote “Getting to Know Savannah in One Street.” But we also found a great source for lodging options in Erin Clarkson’s post “Stay in a Historic Home on Jones Street in Savannah, GA” and historical background for Jones Street in Go South! Savannah.
For those of you who know Southern architecture, it comes as no surprise that these lovely Georgian homes with their high stoops and multiple floors date from the 1850s and ’60s. Named for Major John Jones, Commander of Georgia Continentals during the Revolutionary War’s Battle of Savannah, the stately homes have more in common than not — they’re mostly brick in construction, standing side-by-side in rows along brick-paved streets, accessible via steps (sometimes steep) leading up to first floor parlors. Jones Street benefited from a large-scale restoration in the 1960s, and today, you can stay in several of the properties just as we did at the Eliza Thompson House.
The street is accessible to many attractions including Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room (on W. Jones Street). And it also intersects Bull Street, another charming notable by Southern Living and home to shopSCAD
(Savannah College of Art and Design), Alex Raskin Antiques and Forsyth Park.
But what we liked best was walking — early morning, late afternoon, well, any time. The homes may be similar — especially in their collective patriotic look and feel — but each is different, boasting planters or flags or colored walls.
We hope you’ll stay with us as we show you the Savannah we saw. But until then, just enjoy this first installment of our feeling-free-after-Covid-shots excursion.
If you want to make Savannah your next destination, book now. Bachelorette parties are in full swing, trolleys are at least half full, and the re-open feeling is alive and well. Another great thing: mosquitoes haven’t made it back to this classy Southern city just yet. And to that we say, “Sweeeeeet”!!
Rusha & Bert
This post is linked to Dan’s Thursday Doors, a weekly look at interesting doors and the buildings that support them. Hope you’ll check out this week’s entries.