Enjoying the eats on Memorial Day! Wishing everyone a great holiday!
107-109 West Park Avenue
JULY & AUGUST - $119 per night Sunday-Thursday and $139 on weekends*
*Add $10 per night for a one-night stay and $20 per night for the Georgia Suite.
We are celebrating the 125th Anniversary of our Victorian home: The Park Avenue Manor.
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!
Forsyth 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.
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:
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/
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.
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.
Returning Guests (and dear friends) Dee and Don spent 7 nights with us last week and they brought their bicycles with them, including Don’s hand crafted super bicycle. Heads turned and cameras clicked every time someone spotted the rather unusual bicycle as they rode around the downtown historic district. Red, on the other hand, does not look impressed.
August 17th was the annual 5k Color Run in Savannah. The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, individuality, and giving back to the community. The race benefited Horizons Savannah, which helps to provide students from low-income families in the Savannah area with an academic, cultural, and recreational program designed to help close the achievement gap by preventing summer learning loss and encouraging academic growth. Park Avenue Manor Guest Kathleen G. participated in the race and earned her “colors”.