Johnny Mercer themed Savannah hotel special package

The other day I was on a football message board and I forget why but someone linked to this Youtube video, photos and a song: Margaret Whiting & Johnny Mercer singing “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”

A great song. So then I get this press release for a Bobby Mercer themed special package in Savannah, Georgia (where Mercer is from I just learned). Interesting timing – that’s one way to get me to publish your press release! Add to that all the Savannah lovers who read my blog and I figured someone might just find this interesting.

Exclusive Hotel Package “Too Marvelous For Words” Now Available for Booking

SAVANNAH (October 13, 2009) — AVIA Savannah, one of the Top New Hotels on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2009 Hot List, pays centenary tribute to Savannah’s own Johnny Mercer with the offering of an exclusive “Too Marvelous For Words” package. Throughout the month of November, guests can discover and celebrate the life of the legendary lyricist and vocalist whose credits include over 1,700 songs, including such Academy Award-winning hits as “Moon River” (1961) and “Days of Wine and Roses” (1962).

Starting at $199, the “Too Marvelous for Words” Johnny Mercer package includes:

a specially-discounted guestroom or suite

two Johnny Mercer cocktails at the AVIA Wine Bar

a full European breakfast buffet for two each morning at the AVIA Kitchen; and

a complimentary special-edition Johnny Mercer CD “Moon River, Johnny Mercer Sings the Johnny Mercer Songbook” Centennial Album. The last album recorded by Johnny Mercer in London in 1974 just remastered to be released November 2, 2009 .

The monthly celebration continues with special Johnny Mercer sets performed by local pianist and vocalist Gail Thurmond on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at the AVIA Kitchen + Wine Bar, where guests can enjoy three signature “Mercertini” cocktails, created by AVIA’s very own mixology team. A gallery of Johnny Mercer’s original watercolor paintings, which showcase the songwriter’s incredible artistic range, will also be on display at AVIA Savannah along with a mock-up of the life-size bronze statue of Johnny Mercer that will be dedicated in Ellis Square on the musician’s actual centennial birthday, November 18th.

Package prices vary based on room selection and are valid November 1 – November 30, 2009. Package is subject to availability and not valid with any other promotion or discount. Tax and gratuity not included.

Through the influence of Savannah’s historic, cultural and culinary traditions, AVIA welcomes guests with its understated elegance and local charm. With just over 150 rooms, a truly innovative kitchen and wine bar, an appealing outdoor terrace and pool and relaxed but elegant meeting facilities, the hotel was inspired by Savannah itself and many of the city’s most prominent local tastemakers. Supremely comfortable and built on a scale that is welcoming, relaxed and immensely appealing, AVIA Savannah’s goal is to serve as a gracious host to local residents and world travelers alike, providing all the amenities of a world-class hotel along with some unexpected surprises.

AVIA Savannah is located in the lively, historic district of Savannah, across the street from Ellis Square and a short stroll away from the popular City Market. For more information, guests can call (866) 644-2842 or (912) 233-2116, or visit to make reservations.

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  1. Sandy Traub says:

    In Johnny Mercer’s hometown of Savannah, Georgia, and around the world there are celebrations honoring Mr. Mercer. The Johnny Mercer Centennial has updated its calendar of events, highlighting the life-size bronze statue unveiling on November 18, 2009 in Savannah’s new Ellis Square.

    More events are posted by the Johnny Mercer Foundation —

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