Monday, February 10, 2014

2014 Historic Savannah visit and Port Fire recollections

Personal pick-up and private carriage ride at The Planters Inn
Where there's smoke there's fire!
Winter is a great time to visit Savanah in search of history and relaxation, away from peak tourism months. The Planters Inn on Reynolds Square serves as a central base of operations in the heart of downtown Savannah, just off of Abercorn Street. Manager Marc Friday was glad to grant our request to share places to dine and activities to enjoy, and our room provided a view of the square and a semi-private balcony. On the first Friday of the month in Savannah they hold a fireworks display, and the balcony seating was the kind of intangible that sets the Planters Inn apart from the rest. Dining at The Pink House allowed us to enjoy entrees of sustainable seafood including triggerfish and silver drum, paired with a Malbec wine. The triggerfish was meaty and just a bit too overcooked, served over a bed of stewed tomatoes with mussels that were fine for presentation but the mollusks were very small. Thanks to assistant manager Autumn Taylor for sharing the history of the Pink House and offering us a tour which included three separate levels including a cellar that now functions as a bar, and a grand room which serves as their prime location to host wedding receptions. A visit to this restaurant is truly a great way to soak up some local culinary culture, and I hope to return soon. Everyone in Savannah on Saturday February 8 has an added story to tell as a serious fire burned warehouse Number Three at the Port of Savannah, just a mile upriver from the tourist district known as River Street. The fire started about 11:30 a.m. and a thick plume of black smoke quickly billowed, sending a signal to all that something was ON FIRE. It wasn't long before social media made this blaze the talk of the town, with multiple photos of the smoke plume revealing that the fire was in an industrial area and thus less of a threat to people. The sirens began to ring out in the city and firemen spent all day battling flames at the warehouse, where a key firewall ended up being their ally in containing the burn to the rubber and pallets that burned up in the fire. Again, the smoke plume was dark black and was visible from miles away, and I suspect this blaze will be long remembered for its photogenic smoke that arched directly over Savannah for the entire day. Other activities that I can recommend after this 2014 visit is a carriage ride tour of the historic district, and a visit to the immaculately restored Lucas Theatre for a movie.
Triggerfish, mussels and haricots verts

Dinner in the 'office' at The Pink House

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