Visiting 19 Broad Street

Somewhere on Broad Street
19 Broad Rainbow

Exploring Historic Charleston

The historic district of Charleston is so postcard-pretty perfect, the restored homes so gorgeous, that it almost feels like a movie set. Fake, almost; I expected to see ladies in hoop skirts step out of the horse-drawn carriages that ply the streets, or Rhett Butler to come strolling around the corner.

Charleston SCOur location could not have been better than the Jacobson Building at 19 Broad Street. On the main street of downtown Charleston in the midst of the Historic District, 19 Broad is a block from the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon (dating from the 17th Century, where many Revolutionary War patriots were imprisoned) and just around the corner from Rainbow Row (a series of thirteen colorful, photo-worthy houses reminiscent of the Caribbean).

At 19 Broad Street

We stayed in one of the Jacobson Building’s six self-serviced studios and suites; it offered space and comfort with amenities like coffee maker, a small fridge and plates/glasses/silverware so we could keep breakfast, snacks and wine for ourselves. Being self-serviced it also was without daily maid service, but more like having your own personal apartment in the heart of Charleston. The sanctioned historic inn offers spacious, serene, and up-to-date guest rooms. With ceiling heights of 16 feet, original dental moulding, brick hearth fireplaces and heart pine floors, 19 Broad is also outfitted with all the modern comforts: complimentary wireless internet, cable television, gas fireplaces, tile bathrooms and kitchen supplies.

The best thing was being able to walk almost everywhere we went, including the French Quarter, South of Broad mansions, Charleston City Market, historic homes open to the public such as the Nathanial Russell and Aiken-Rhett houses, and old atmospheric cemeteries where some of the city’s most prominent citizens are buried. On the ground floor of the building is the delightful Normandy Farm Artisan Bakery, a perfect place to get a delicious breakfast.

Old School Style

19 Broad19 Broad was designed by architect Nathaniel F. Potter, famous for his work on the original Charleston Hotel. The building served as the Bank of the State of South Carolina from 1817 to 1838 and the South Western Railroad Bank from 1840 to 1861. The building’s original granite facade, weighing several tons, crashed famously through Broad Street’s underground water mains in the Charleston Earthquake of 1886. At that time, 19 Broad operated as the News & Courier, a beacon of the New South Industrialism movement. In the 1950’s, the building became the Law Offices of I.H. Jacobson, thereby giving rise to the letters affixed to its facade today: Jacobson Building.

For us, the charm and history of Charleston was the major draw in visiting this beautiful city; and being in the midst of and a part of all that at 19 Broad really made our trip.

19 Broad Street, Charleston SC 29401
Jan and Mike Jacobson
Rates: $190-$950, depending on room and season.
Based on occupancy, 19 Broad can be subdivided and configured to accommodate parties of 2 to 12. Weekly and monthly rates are available. The hotel is also available for events such as weddings and parties.

Written by Shelley Seale and photos by Keith Hajovsky

Jones Street, Savannah

Jones Street in Savannah

Savannah Jones Street

Staying in Savannah

Savannah is a little like a slightly naughty debutante: beautiful, classic and polished on the surface; but with a funkiness that lies beneath, where things are quite as prim and proper as they appear. The leafy streets are populated wSavannah 11ith restored, historic Antebellum homes, and at the corner every couple of blocks are a series of small parks—some with fountains, all with gardens, benches and walkways. Savannah’s streets and buildings are as picturesque as they come; yet the town also feels very lived-in. It’s vibrant and artsy, with plenty of galleries, independent boutiques, restaurants and pubs and bars of all nature. The town gets up early and stays up late, with every minute positively oozing friendly Southern charm.

The historic Zeigler House Inn is located on Jones Street, which was called one of America’s prettiest streets by USA Today and Southern Living. Built in 1856, this Italianate home inn showcases gracious southern architecture, romantic splendor and the hallmarks of Savannah: wide verandahs, shady courtyards and museum-quality interior details such as pine and walnut staircases, carved ceiling medallions, original (non-working) fireplaces, and gorgeous chandeliers.

Fun at the Zeigler House

Savannah 7Yet Zeigler House Inn, like Savannah, is far from pretentious or stuffy. It offers guests unceremonious, home-away-from-home comforts with a gentle leisure and graceful, friendly service. From snacks, cookies, coffee, tea and sherry that is always on hand in the first-floor rooms to a DVD collection, games, and happy hours with wine and hors d’oerves, host Jackie Heinz makes every guest feel welcome. Maybe a little too much, as it’s hard to want to leave this place once you’re ensconced here.

The seven large guest suites all have private kitchens, which are stocked daily with amazing cold and hot breakfast treats prepared by Jackie and her staff, from quiche to muffins and casseroles. There are also snacks and drinks stocked in every refrigerator. No forced small talk over breakfast with other guests that is the hallmark of many bed-and-breakfast inns; here you can socialize or be private as much as you want.

Zeigler Amenities

Alongside the renovated historic rooms and period furniture, each suite also offers all the modern luxuries such as custom-made plush mattresses and linens, extraordinary toiletries, complimentary Wi-Fi, private baths, hair dryer, iron and board, cable TV, CD & DVD player, well-stocked refrigerator, microwave oven, toaster, coffee pot, and premium coffee. Several have separate living rooms and/or whirlpool tubs.

Zeigler House Inn is ideally located within a short walk of the major downtown attractions including shops, restaurants, art galleries, museums, Forsyth Park, City Market, and Savannah’s historic River Street. It’s a perfect location, in the quieter residential part of downtown that is within very close proximity to the entertainment district, yet away from the noise and bustle of it. The inn itself offers regular music nights with local musicians and other entertainment.

121 WEST Jones Street @ Barnard Street
Savannah, Georgia USA 31401
Phone 912-233-5307 | USA Toll-free 866-233-5307
Rates: $169-269
There are often specials running; check the website for details.

Review by Shelley Seale

Yacht Living in North Carolina on the Starry Banner

A Night on the Starry Banner

Starry Banner

When we were planning our trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina and saw the opportunity to stay on a yacht, we jumped at the chance. What a cool, fun, different experience! The Starry Banner has so many things going for it:

1) Comfort

Starry Banner 2The boat had all the comforts of home: you first stepped into a comfortable salon with a corner wrap-around couch, sound system and flat-screen TV. A few steps below that was a galley, with an equipped kitchen, head (bathroom) and a small sleeping space up front that would be suitable for a third person or children (12 and over only). At the aft of the boat was the main bedroom, and it was beautiful. Small of course, as space on boats generally is; but this was one of the most comfortable beds I have ever slept on. Dreamy!

2) Location

At the Manteo Marina of Roanoke Island, you are footsteps away from everything in the picturesque, exceedingly charming town. Restaurants, shopping, or just a stroll along the waterfront; it’s all right there. You’re also just across the bridge from the Roanoke Island Festival Park and its Queen Elizabeth ship. The Lost Colony and other historic sites are a short drive away, as are other locations of the Outer Banks such as Nags Head, Kitty Hawk and Cape Hatteras.

3) Fun and Adventure

We’ve all stayed in plenty of boring hotel rooms. This was something really unique, and it was a blast staying on a well-equipped boat for our stay.

There was also an upper deck on top that was delightful for sitting with a glass of wine or reading on pretty days. The yacht is self-serviced, meaning that no breakfast or maid service is provided but you have total privacy and the comforts of home. There are also grills available at the marina for guest use, and bicycles which are great for getting around the town. The management provides an extensive guest booklet that tells not only everything about the boat, but also local sites and restaurants.

Starry Banner 1The Starry Banner was docked at the marina in the town of Manteo, an incredibly picturesque place of clapboard buildings that houses restaurants, shops and even a brew pub (the Full Moon, one of our favorite spots there). Everything in the town was literally steps away from the boat, which provided the perfect location to explore Roanoke Island.

Coming “home” to the Starry Banner, sleeping with the light lull of the water and enjoying a glass of wine on the upper deck truly made our visit to the Outer Banks far more special than it would have been otherwise.

The management company also has several adorable cottages for rent on Roanoke Island; you can find out more about them at this website:


Summer (High Season) May 16- September 30
$199.00 per night 3 night minimum or $1250.00 per week

Spring & Fall (Mid seasons) April 1-May 15, Sept 30 – October 31
$155.00 per night / 3 night minimum or $976.00 per week


Sharon Watson
Telephone 252-256-2662 or 804-640-4440

Secure online reservations:

Review by Shelley Seale

The W Hotel Fort Lauderdale: Review

The W Hotel Fort Lauderdale: Review

fort lauderdale

Leave behind the chaos of Orlando and the over-the-top glitz of Miami and head straight for Fort Lauderdale. Located on the Atlantic coast, this sunny beach city provides a warm atmosphere for sun worshipping, water sports and dining out. To experience all Fort Lauderdale has to offer, the W Hotel is the perfect home base.

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The sleek and sophisticated common space at check-in welcomes guests to being indulging immediately. It connects to Whiskey Blue, which you can visit after the sun goes down for some top-of-the-line cocktails and beautifully modern decor. Outside on the sweeping balcony is the Living Room for even more fun ways to imbibe. After dropping off your luggage, have a decadent dinner experience at the whimsical and chic Steak 954, overseen by owner Stephen Starr.

Sleep in Style

Now, back to the decadent rooms. All spaces offer the perfect amount of comfort and amenities to accommodate any type of traveler, from families and girls getaways to solo business travelers and couples. Choose between large ‘Wonderful” rooms overlooking the glittering strip to multi-room “Fantastic” suites that have private balconies overlooking the endless ocean.

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When it’s time to relax, the W has opportunities on the property to unwind for days. The pool scene is unique, located above the hustle and bustle of the street with perfect beach views. Guests can reserve a private cabana for a day of lounging and enjoying the poolside service. Make sure to talk up the staircase from Whiskey Blue to reach the pool, as it cuts straight through he water with see-through plexiglass to offers an under the surface peek at splashing swimmers. After a dip, make plans to visit the onsite Bliss Spa for a quality facial, massage or pedicure treatment by top beauticians and stylists.

The W Hotel is a luxurious yet affordable option for travelers exploring the heart of Fort Lauderdale.

Eileen Cotter_Author

Eileen Cotter is a freelance travel writer who has a few notches in her belt throughout North America, Central America, the Caribbean, Asia, and Europe. She currently resides just outside Boston, Massachusetts. While writing for a wide variety of websites and travel magazines, her preferences so far have been covering various unique festivals worldwide, trying strange foods at tasty restaurants and encountering eccentric landmarks. By far her favorite place to roam is southern Spain and her future dream trip is exploring New Zealand.

Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel Review

Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel

Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel

Photo © by Stillman Rogers

Algarve’s 5-Star Beauty

Photo © by Stillman Rogers

Photo © by Stillman Rogers

The Algarve’s only 5-star resort was designed by Sir Terrance Conran architects with the intention of fitting into its natural environment. The plan succeeded admirably. Unlike the multi-story hotels that line cliffs of the central Algarve, this resort at Portugal’s southwestern western tip separates its Beach Rooms into smaller buildings that take advantage of the steeply sloping shore to open on two levels. The upper floors, accessed directly by stone pathways from the main hotel, have balconies, while those below have terraces. A few rooms are in the main building, whose second floor is devoted entirely to the glass-enclosed O Terraco restaurant.

Beach Rooms are spacious and airy, with an entire wall of glass opening to the beach and greenery below. Wide balconies, invisible from each other, are furnished with upholstered lounge chairs. Inside, custom-designed furniture uses native Portuguese materials: local woods, stone quarried at nearby Monchique, cork and woven palm leaves. King-sized beds are dressed in high-count linens. Desks are large, with plentiful outlets and coffee makers; internet is free and fast.

Bathrooms have large tubs (with both hand-held and rain showers) and separate rain shower stalls, wide vanities with make-up mirror and full-sized tubes of organic sea-based amenities from Ireland. Tubs could use handgrips, as it’s hard for anyone without long legs to step in or out. There are detachable hairdryers, heated towel racks and plenty of thick towels. Along with terry robes and slippers, rooms have tote bags with large towels to carry to the beach.

Around Martinhal

Photo © by Stillman Rogers

Photo © by Stillman Rogers

It’s the beaches that draw sun-lovers to this coast. Protected from the full force of the Atlantic by a long, tall headland, Martinhal’s broad cove is rimmed in golden sand. Surf rolls in gently enough to make the resort ideal for swimming, windsurfing, paddle boarding and kayaking. Rental equipment is available on the beach, where lessons are also offered.

Martinhal Eats

Three restaurants offer different styles – fine local dining, seafood and Italian — with terrace tables and all-Portuguese wine lists. Breakfast buffets are sumptuous spreads of fresh tropical fruits, a variety of hot dishes (and additional made-to-order entrees), fresh-squeezed juices, breads, pastries and an entire station of local cheeses, cured meats, smoked salmon and their accompaniments.

Martinhal and Family

Martinhal is ideal for families with children (each dining venue has children’s menus and adjacent play area, and age-specific children’s programs are well supervised) and for couples who seek quiet and privacy. The resort is spread over such a large area and offers such a variety of leisure environments that everyone can find their happy space.

Stay in Algarve

Package rates with breakfast, one three-course meal and use of the spa’s Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and indoor/outdoor heated pool begin at $250 per night per couple. For more information, visit

Our In The Know Writer, Barbara Radcliffe Rogers

BR IceBarStockholm Portrait sizeBarbara Radcliffe Rogers has been a writer and editor since college days in Boston. After working as a speechwriter for Congressmen and Senators in Washington, she moved on to full-time freelance writing on subjects ranging from travel to food and folk arts. Local foods and the arts are still a major focus of her travel articles. She is the co-author of more than 30 guidebooks to Italy, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Scandinavia, Canada and the northeastern United States, the most recent of which are guidebooks to the islands of Tenerife and Sardinia. Barbara’s travel articles are published regularly in Global Traveler Magazine, BellaOnline (Luxury Travel Editor), Buckettripper, TravelMindset and New Hampshire Magazine.