Victorian Bed and Breakfast | Savannah, GA

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:

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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!

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:  Below are some pics of the Park Avenue Manor from past holiday seasons.

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Victorian Tea Garden wins the prize at the Picnic in the Park

On Sunday, October 6, the City of Savannah hosted “Picnic in the Park”.   This is an annual event in Forsyth Park (just across from our B&B) and this year’s theme was “Celebrating the Arts”.  Of course, the Victorian Neighborhoods Association (VNA) had an amazing presentation and their display for the event was titled “Mary Telfair…Celebrating the Arts in her Tea Garden”.  The display was designed around an 1872 Victorian Tea Garden.   The judges were blown away and the VNA won first prize!  Park Avenue Manor innkeepers Maurice Norman (VNA President) and Glenn Gaylord (VNA Treasurer) were not in costume, but did assist in the production.  In addition, the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra performed well into the evening.  Residents and Visiting Guests alike enjoyed the free outdoor experience.  Here are some pictures of the event.
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Don’s Super Cycle

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.

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Savannah’s Color Run

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”.

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The Ladies of LaSalle-Peru

Last weekend, July 11-13, the Park Avenue Manor was taken over by the Ladies of LaSalle-Peru!  Just kidding, these ladies are all long-time friends 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.  Pictured below are the lovely Ladies wearing their fascinator hats, perfect attire for strolling the streets of historic Savannah.

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Sidewalk Art and Civil War Soldiers

Saturday, April 27th was the annual Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) Sidewalk Art Festival at Forsyth Park.  Each participant artist was given one sidewalk square to paint with various colors of chalk.  The artwork was very creative and exceptionally colorful.  Here are a few of the ones we liked best:

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There was also a reenactment of a civil war battle scene that was being staged at the Confederate War Monument near the Bandshell at Forsyth Park.  Here are a few shots of the Civil War soldiers, widows and a Southern Belle.