Victorian Bed and Breakfast | Savannah, GA

Love is in the air at Park Avenue Manor!

 

Jeremy and Sarah became engaged when they stayed with us in 2012. And then in November 2014, they returned to the Park Avenue Manor for their honeymoon. Congratulations and we wish you many years of happiness together! Here is the happy couple:

Jeremy & Sarah's Honeymoon

 

Earlier this week Steve & Jen celebrated their 20th anniversary and renewed their wedding vows at the Park Avenue Manor. These two have become like family to us, as this makes their 6th stay at the Park Avenue Manor over the past 5 1/2 years. It’s obvious you’re very much in love and we wish you 20 more years of marital bliss!

Steve & Jen

 

Victorian Neighborhood named as “One of the Top 10 Great Neighborhoods in America for 2014″

On Friday, October 3, Savannah leaders presented the Victorian Neighborhoods Association with certificates from the American Planning Association declaring the area one of the nation’s 10 Great Neighborhoods for 2014.  The Park Avenue Manor is located in the heart of Savannah’s historic Victorian District.  Below is the award certificate:
Victorian District Award 2
Pictured below is VNA President and Park Avenue Manor owner Maurice Norman (on the right) accepting the award at the ceremony in Forsyth Park:
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“The Club” Ladies from New Jersey

Last weekend, July 19th & 20th, the Park Avenue Manor was proud to host the “The Club” Ladies from New Jersey.  These ladies are all long-time friends from work and decided to have their annual get-together at our centrally located Inn.   We were pleased they chose us and we all had a blast while they were here.  They promised to come back again next year for a return visit to the Hostess City.  Pictured below are the lovely Ladies of the The Club.

The Club Ladies

Memorial Day Breakfast at the Manor!

Enjoying the eats on Memorial Day!  Wishing everyone a great holiday!

Memorial Day table setting 2           Memorial Day table setting 1   Memorial Day guest at table

Happy Anniversary!

We are celebrating the 125th Anniversary of our Victorian home:  The Park Avenue Manor.

ParkAveManor    1889-plaque-feathered

The Park Avenue Manor property was originally built in 1889 as two townhouses (joined by a common wall) in the Italianate architecture of the time.  The structure was built for Ms. Ellen Kelly who lived in one townhouse and rented the other for income.  During the Great Depression of the 1930’s, Ms. Kelly opened up the entire property as a boarding house.  After her passing, the property was sold several times and eventually fell into disrepair and was condemned.

In 1995 the property was purchased at auction by Jonathan Santarosio.  Mr. Santarosio spent two years restoring the entire building.  He designed large doorways in the center wall, allowing the two townhomes to be used as one structure.  He furnished the rooms with authentic antique furniture, added bathrooms to all the upstairs rooms and converted the dining room and kitchen on the 109 side into private living quarters.  Mr. Santarosio opened the property as the Park Avenue Manor Bed and Breakfast in 1997.

In 2002, the property and business was sold to Murray Sauerbrei and Kathy Bush.  Murray and Kathy continued operating the Inn until 2009, when they sold it to current owners Maurice Norman and Glenn Gaylord.  The Inn has maintained a true Victorian style and charm throughout the years, where southern hospitality and comfort are a must!

We celebrate this 125 year milestone with beautiful new pictures on our website taken by Andrew Forino. Happy Anniversary, Park Avenue Manor!

 

 

 

Things to do near Forsyth Park Savannah GA

Forsyth Park Downtown Savannah GAForsyth Park, the largest and most beautiful park in Savannah’s Historic district, is located just across the street from our Victorian Bed and Breakfast.  Guests enjoy our location next to Forsyth Park, as it provides a quiet neighborhood setting away from excessive traffic and noise often found in the busy downtown river district and provides a serene setting for walking, relaxing and picnics.  There is a Farmers Market held every Saturday morning in the Park where fresh fruits and vegetables are ripe for picking, as well as other locally crafted and produced items for purchase.   Forsyth Park is a focal point for many Savannah activities, such as the Savannah Jazz Festival, Sunday Picnic in the Park, various Food Festivals, Sidewalk Art, Book Festivals and, of course, the “greening” of the Forsyth Park Fountain every St. Patrick’s Day.   There is a Band Shell where concerts are held, and free movies are displayed on Friday nights during the summer.   One block down the street is a health food store, The Brighter Day, which includes a delicatessen.  Several restaurants are within easy walking distance of the Park Avenue Manor:  The Forsyth Park Café, 700 Drayton, Betty Bombers, The Sentient Bean Coffee Shop, Leoci’s and Local 11-Ten.  There is also a wine shop (Le Chai) that sells exquisite wines from all over the globe.

In 1733, the lands around Forsyth Place [now Forsyth Park] comprise much of the designated 5-acre Savannah garden lots of colonial Savannah, Georgia’s earliest British and European settlers.  During the Civil War, Union soldiers encamped here.  In 1851, the park was expanded and named for John Forsyth, a Georgia Governor.  The park’s north end is home to a cast iron fountain that was erected in 1858.  The Forsyth Park Fountain was designed to resemble the grand fountain in Paris at the Place de la Concorde.  An exact replica of the Forsyth Park Fountain resides in Cuzco, Peru.  The park is also adorned by monuments to the Confederate Soldier, the Marine Corps Monument, the Spanish-American Monument and the Fragrant Garden for the Blind.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon 2013

This year the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon was held on Saturday, November 9th.  The Park Avenue Manor was delighted to have the Ladies of Gloucester Point stay with us, not only for the marathon, but made it a 4-night girl’s weekend.  We were also pleased to have returning guests G. Hughes and family for the event.  In all, there were 6 marathon participants staying us.  We are the closest B&B to the finish line, which is only 2 blocks away at the end of Forsyth Park.  Rooms book up fast, so make your reservations today for next year’s race!  Here are some pictures of our lovely participants:

Ladies of Gloucester Point 4     Marathon 2013 Participants 5

 

 

Chamber of Commerce features The Manor’s Recipe

The Park Avenue Manor has just been featured on the Savannah Chamber of Commerce “Visit Savannah” website blog! Check us out and get a great breakfast recipe, too! http://blog.savannahvisit.com/what-is-hot-in-savannah/park-avenue-manor-for-the-holidays/

The Manor's Bacon Potato Strata

Park Avenue Manor Gift Certificates – the Perfect Gift!

Get your holiday shopping done early by buying Park Avenue Manor Gift Certificates!   We have gift certificates available for any specific amount you would like to purchase, from $50 to $500.   The perfect gift for that favorite couple – your parents, in-laws, friends, or colleagues.  Just give us a call and we can help you decide the ideal amount to give.

Holiday Tour of Inns 2013

The Park Avenue Manor has once again been selected to be one of the six featured Inns for the annual Savannah Holiday Tour of Homes and Inns.  The Home Tour will be held on Saturday, December 14th and the Inn Tour will be held on Sunday, December 15th.  This year is especially noteworthy since four of the six Inns on the Tour are in Savannah’s Victorian District.  This will be the second time we have been on the Tour; our first was in 2011.   Here is the website for the Holiday Tour:  http://dnaholidaytour.com/.  Below are some pics of the Park Avenue Manor from past holiday seasons.

PAM Front ViewPark Avenue Manor SignChristmas Decorations

PAM Dining Room