Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Our Stay At The Printmaker's Inn, Savanna, Georgia

In last week's travel post, I shared our very first day in Savannah, Georgia.  We arrived mid-morning and took a Trolley Ride to get a general overview of the area, then we checked into the home we would be staying in for the next four nights.  Because the home was so beautiful and special, I wanted to do an entire travel post about it.

The Printmaker's Inn is a large historic home divided into four suites for travelers.  We stayed in the Nicholas Suite.  The home is called the Printmaker's Inn because it was built for Williams Nichols;   the oldest son of George Nichols, the head printer in Savannah during the Civil War.  William followed in his father's footsteps and also became a prominent printer in Savannah.

It was built in 1884 and is a prime example of Italianate architecture of the Victoria Era in Savannah.

The house was also owned by Nat King Cole for a time, and has served as a local community center for underprivileged youth.


Now lets tour the gorgeous Nichols Suite of this house shall we?

The Nichols Suite is accessed by a private entrance at the front of the house.  The lower level encompasses the original main entrance and grand stairwell of the house plus a small bathroom.

The view when you open the front door.  I loved all the light streaming in and the light wall colors.  So many older homes are very dark, this home is filled with light!


This is the view to the left if your standing in the doorway.  The entry is filled with lots of gorgeous antique furniture.



This tiny under-the-staircase bathroom is so cute!  We never did use it, because we had a large bathroom upstairs.  I suppose it's nice to have a second toilet if the other one is being occupied.


The view from the second stair landing looking back at the front door.


The upstairs hallway looking into the kitchen.

 

And the view of the hallway in the opposite direction.  Don't you love the curved walls and mouldings?  I love how the wall is panted a soft olive green at the end of the hallway.  It really highlights the wardrobe.


And this is the view of our bedroom when you just walk into the room.  I literally got tears in my eyes when I saw this room for the first time.  It is so lovely and romantic.  The room has a king size four poster bed, a fireplace (non functioning of course) and a seating area.  The frosted glass door leads to a large bathroom.  Don't you love the transom windows and the beautiful moulding above the door?


Here's the view of the bed and fireplace as seen from the closet wall.


This is the seating area in the room looking back into the hallway.


The bathroom was large and gorgeous!  (You're going to get tired of reading that word, but I'm running out of adjectives!  haha!)  The bathtub was non-functional, of which we very disappointed about.  We walked so much n Savannah, we really would have liked a place to soak at the end of the day.  There was a simple standard shower to the right and only one small sink.  But for what the bathroom lacked in amenities, it made up for in appearance!


A view of the shower and tub looking back into the bedroom.


The bedroom opened up into a living space where there was another fireplace (there were three fireplaces in this suite), a lovely bay window, and a flat screen TV with over 200 channels.  Why, I have no idea, as who s going to watch TV when they are in Savannah?  We only had the TV on a little bit to catch the news in the morning, and that was it.

The doors to the living space could also closed if someone wanted to sleep while another watched TV.


This is the living room looking back into the bedroom.  The other opening leads to the hallway.


And here is the third fireplace.  The room is painted a lovely light yellow and is filled with lots of sunlight.  There is also a lovely front street view.


We ate our breakfast at this table every morning.  My husband loved to open the window and hear the birds sing.  We saw squirrels run across the deck just outside the window too!


Right off this living area is the entrance to the kitchen.


The kitchen was so pretty.  I loved the fun windows, and the tin back splash.  It was a fully functioning, stocked kitchen.  There is no hot breakfast at this inn.  The owner stocks the refrigerator with orange juice, bottled water, bagels and cream cheese, muffins, and granola bars.  He also included a complimentary bottle of wine (we don't drink, so we didn't open it).


Other than breakfast, we ate out every meal. The only appliances we used was the toaster and coffee maker.


We really enjoyed our stay at the Printmaker's Inn.  This was the first time we stayed in a home instead of a hotel.  The reason we chose this place was because all the hotels in the area were very expensive and frankly, I wasn't pleased with their room decor and all the extra charges.  When I found this place, I was apprehensive because I wasn't sure how it all worked, but it turned out to be such a positive experience, I will look for more homes to rent in the future.

I booked our room through Hotels.com which provided me with a little more assurance than if I just contacted a private party, as all bookings are guaranteed with Hotels.com.   Although  we paid more per night to stay in this house than we ever had for any hotel on any other vacation we've taken, I think we got quite a bargain compared to what else is available in the area.   The rates do go up and down depending on the time of year and whether you stay over a weekend or just weekdays.  We stayed Monday through Thursday night which really lowered our costs.

The positive experiences we had renting a suite in the house were primarily the space, the atmosphere, and free parking.  It felt so nice to have all that space to sprawl around in.  It was so roomy and we felt like we were at home instead of trapped in a tiny room.  And if you're going to go to a historic place like Savannah, what is better than spending a night in one of their gorgeous Antebellum homes?  My husband and I very often in our travels would see one of these large historic homes and wonder what it would be like to live in one.  Well, now we know!  Because we did get to live in one for almost a week!  We were also very pleased with the free parking, because every hotel in the area charged an additional $25.00 a night just to park your car.  Yikes!

The negative experience of staying at the Printmaker's Inn was the location was a little hike from where all the action was.  Although it was located in the historic area just a few blocks from Forsyth Park, it was still quite a walk to Riverstreet where all the restaurants are.  There is a free shuttle that stops every 10 minutes that we did take advantage of.  Another negative is not having all the amenities hotels have to offer:  a pool, a hot tub, a exercise room, turn down service, hot breakfast, etc.  All of that was OK with us except the hot tub.  Our bodies just ached at the end of the day, and we would have loved a good long hot soak. 

Finally, we did do a video where I walked through the suite room by room.  It gives you a much better idea of the space than just looking at photos.  We did it in one take, as we wanted to get out and explore Savannah, so please excuse any mistakes we made.  I think I even called the house by the wrong name once or twice...oops! 



If you'd like to see the other three suites of this beautiful home, HERE is their website.

Next week, I'll cover Day 2 of our Savannah vacation, when we toured the Mercer-Williams house!

Have a Great Day!  Amy

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Monday, May 21, 2018

How To Wear A Floral Midi Skirt

I wore this outfit to the Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden in Columbia South Carolina .  When I did a travel post on our visit, so many of you  commented on the outfit I thought I should do a separate fashion post on it.

When I heard my husband was taking me to a botanical garden, I wanted to wear something pretty because I knew he'd be taking a lot of pictures.  But I had a bit of a dilemma, because I also knew we'd be walking a lot that day, and it would be hot, so I had to wear something that was comfortable.  I decided on this midi skirt because it has an elastic waist (Elastic in the back. The front of the skirt is a band.)  and a sleeveless top.  Footwear was the real challenge.  Of course a killer pair of heels would have looked the best, but I knew I'd be walking for miles so I chose a sporty rose gold sandal by Adrienne Vittadini (DSW).


For sun protection, I wore a black straw hat.  I carried a large straw handbag to hold all my essentials for the day (like the water bottle you can see poking out in almost all the pictures!   haha! )


The skirt is longer in the back than it is front;  a detail I love.  Would you believe I found this skirt on a clearance rack at Charlotte Russe for only $4.99 last March?  Yea, I couldn't believe it either.  At that price, I didn't even bother to try it on in the store.  And when I got home and slipped it on, I couldn't believe how perfect it was, nor did I understand why no one else scooped it up.


The purple top I purchased last year from JCPenney.  It has a key hole opening in the back with a lace inlet panel and a narrow ruffle.

I have shown this top to you twice before HERE and HERE, and would you believe I wore this top to another zoo?  haha!  Too funny.  It must be the top perfect for wearing to zoos!








I was the only person at the zoo dressed like this, and I seemed to get a lot of attention for it.  But I also got a lot of compliments and one woman even wanted to know where I got my shoes!  I think this outfit is a great example of how you can dress up and look really nice, and still be comfortable.  It just requires a bit of thinking and a great pair of shoes!

Have a Great Day!  Amy

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

A Romantic Savanna Maxi Dress and a Link Up!

I'm so excited for today's fashion post because I not only get to show you this gorgeous floral maxi dress I wore in Savannah and for Mother's Day, but I am also co-hosting with Cheryl from Northwest Mountain Living & Style!

This is the first maxi dress I have ever purchased.  I've tried maxi skirts before, but I never liked them on me.  I did not think they looked good because they covered up the thinnest part of my body (my legs) and they chopped me in half making me appear shorter and wider.  Maxi dresses do just the opposite, they elongate the figure because it's all one piece;   you actually look taller in them!  As for covering up my legs, this dress has a sheer bottom so you can still see my legs!  Win, win!


All these pictures were taken at the gorgeous home we rented in Savannah.  Be sure to check Wednesdays Travel Post for a tour of the interior.  I felt this dress fit the Savannah "mood" quite well, don't you think?


I purchased this dress for an absolute steal from JCPenney.  It was on a clearance rack in March!  I actually bought two maxi dresses that same day and I wore the other one in Savannah as well.  That one also shows my legs!  Who knew I could find maxi dresses that showed my legs.  Anyway, by the time I used my JCP coupons I think I paid $14.99 for one dress and around $7.00 for the other.  What a steal eh?


In this photo you can see my legs through the sheer fabric.  It's much more noticeable in real life.

I paired my maxi dress with black sandals, a black straw hat, and a straw bag (all old).  I wore this hat and carried this bag all week long, but no, I did not walk around Savannah in these shoes.  Yikes!  I wore flats or sneakers most of the week.  These are for photography purposes only.  I did wear these shoes with this dress on Mother's Day though.  A lot less walking that day!


For jewelry I wore a red necklace, and red bracelets.  I added a red belt around my waist.











I'm so excited that I decided to give maxi dresses a try.  They are so pretty, feminine, yet comfortable as well.  I wore my maxi dresses all day walking around Savannah and I was very cool and comfortable.

And now, for the Link Up!  Here is what the lovely Cheryl is wearing this week.  I just love her!  She always has such a beautiful smile on her face and just radiates joy.  She has a great sense of style too!  I love her looks!  I have always struggled finding over-fifty fashion bloggers who wear clothes I would like to wear too...Cheryl is one of the few who looks I would definitely re-create for myself.  Be sure to check out her blog and follow her on all her social media links.  If you'd like to follow me, you can find all of my social media links on my Contact Page.  

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Have a Great Day!  Amy

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