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Byrd Cookie Company: A Savannah Favorite for 90 Years!

August 24th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Byrd Cookie CompanyWhat’s In A Cookie? A Taste So Sweet…

What’s better than a delicious cookie? For many, cookies mean more than just a sweet treat. Cookies are a reminder of afternoons in the kitchen at Grandma’s house, making her famous chocolate crinkles.

Cookies and a cold glass of milk are a cure-all for a bad day, and they keep Santa fueled on his busy night. They are the coveted snack high on the counter in the cookie jar, just out of reach, but nothing a kitchen chair couldn’t fix.Relive these memories, and create many more at Byrd Cookie Company: A Savannah Favorite for 90 Years!

Byrd’s Famous Cookies

There’s nothing like a yummy cookie, especially when they bring back such sweet memories.  Byrd Cookie Company, here in Savannah, Georgia, knows exactly how to create a memory with their scrumptious variety of cookies in their special Savannah scenery tins.

Offering the classics, chocolate chip, butter, and oatmeal, to unique tastes, such as Key Lime Coolers, Peach Coolers, and Red Velvet you’ll have no trouble walking away with a delicious tin of Byrd’s Famous Cookies. You’ll be back for more!

 90 Years, a Savannah Favorite

Byrd Cookie Company is celebrating 90 years in business, and they are doing it in a big way! Opening numerous locations in Savannah and Pooler, this beloved local cookie company is opening stores all along the east coast, from New York to Georgia.

In 1924, Ben T. Byrd, Sr. began his cookie business, baking cookies in his bakery and delivering them to neighborhood markets in his Model T Ford. It wasn’t long before the cookies and Mr. Byrd became famous to locals and visitors.

Check out Byrd Cookie Company at any of its three Savannah locations. Visit the factory store on Waters Avenue and smell the cookies baking the minute you step out of your car. Get a bite to eat at B. Tillman’s Restaurant & Bar located right next door.

Walking around downtown? Then don’t forget to stop by the City Market location to taste some samples, or BT Byrd’s @ Drayton Tower for a quick snake, hand-crafted soda, coffee, and of course, cookies!

Discover Your Favorite Cookie & Savannah

Find your own favorite treats at Byrd Cookie Company, and create new memories in Savannah. Book your next trip, grab a tin of cookies (or two), and enjoy a taste of Savannah!

 

Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve a room today to begin enjoying the best experiences in our city, which Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City.”

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Savannah’s Sultry Heat Never Tasted So Sweet: Recipe for Basil Lemonade

August 17th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Vixen Basil LemonadePicture yourself poolside on a clear, sunny day. You’re laid out on a lounge chair, working on your tan, while the stress of the day to day melts away. Of course, this poolside rejuvenation session requires a beverage.

This can’t be any beverage, however… you’re on vacation! You need something sweet. Maybe fresh squeezed lemonade…And there needs to be a hint of something…. Some basil would be a nice addition! Obviously, this drink needs a twist to it. How about some Vixen Vodka?

A cold, refreshing glass of Basil Lemonade is the perfect addition to your poolside vacation. Savannah’s sultry heat never tasted so sweet! 

Vacation in a Glass

What better way to spend a day poolside than with a cold glass of Basil Lemonade? One of our favorite recipes here at the Azalea Inn, Basil Lemonade is easy to fix, and even better to drink!  So, try out our favorite summer beverage, or book a last minute summer vacation and we’ll make it for you!

Recipe for Basil Lemonade: 

Basil Simple Syrup

  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Water
  • 3/4 Cup (packed) Basil Leaves
  1. Add all ingredients to a small sauce pan.
  2. Heat over medium-high heat, until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool.
  4. Strain out Basil leaves.
  5. Pour into a covered container and store in fridge for up to 2 weeks.

 

Basil Lemonade

  • 1 1/2 oz Vixen Vodka (or Gin)
  • 2oz Basil Simple Syrup
  • 2oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 2-4oz Club Soda
  • Basil Leaf for Garnish
  1. Fill Rocks Glass with ice.
  2. Add Vodka, Basil Simple Syrup, Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice & Club Soda; Stir.
  3. Add Basil leaf for garnish.

 

Enjoy!

 

Vixen Vodka

We use Vixen Vodka for our Basil Lemonade, and why wouldn’t we? Started in Georgia by two women, Vixen Vodka is the perfect compliment to your summer drink on a sunny day by the pool. For more information on Vixen Vodka, click here. 

Leave the Hard Work to Us! 

When you come for a relaxing getaway at the Azalea Inn & Gardens, be sure to let us know that you would like a refreshing glass of Basil Lemonade. We’ll pick some fresh basil from our gardens and whip up a glass just for you!

 

Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve a room today to begin enjoying the best experiences in our city, which Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City.”

Thanks for reading. Don’t forget to follow Azalea Inn & Gardens on Facebook and Twitter, too!

Room Feature: Magnolia Place, the Epitome of Southern Comfort and Charm

August 3rd, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Magnolia Place

Magnolia Place

When you imagine Savannah, it’s hard not to think of the beautiful nature that is found throughout the city. Of the many flowers found in Savannah, the well-known and magnificent magnolia flower can be seen all over the downtown area, encompassing Southern elegance.

Named after this majestic flower, our Magnolia Place is perfect for travelers seeking a peaceful abode with a twist of Southern comfort and charm. Soaring 11-foot ceilings pull you in immediately, creating a sense of home away from home in this popular room.

 

Southern Charm

Magnolia Place lives up to its beautiful name with earthy shades of chocolate brown, silky cream, and sage green, accented by orange to invoke a peaceful sense of nature, and of course, to reflect the elegance of the magnolia flower.

This delightful room invites you to relax on the luxurious queen bed, or the elegant chaise lounge while the breeze filters into the room from the waltz-in window that leads out to a private balcony. A stunning, peach tiled fireplace adds to the overall coziness that Magnolia Place provides.

It will be difficult to pull yourself away from the magic of this room!

 

Southern Comfort

After a long day of roaming the enchanting Savannah streets, come back to Magnolia Place to unwind and rest on the fan-cooled balcony that overlooks the garden and pool.

Refresh in the newly renovated walk-in shower and wrap yourself in a cozy Azalea Inn robe. After an eventful day, experience sweet dreams under the petal-soft sheets. After such a rejuvenating sleep, you’ll hardly need that fresh-brewed cup of coffee in the morning!

It’ll be easy to feel like you’re right at home in Magnolia Place.

So, what are you waiting for? Make your next Savannah stay memorable by reserving Magnolia place today! Experience the true meaning of Southern Comfort and Charm.

 

Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve a room today to begin enjoying the best experiences in our city, which Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City.”

Thanks for reading. Don’t forget to follow Azalea Inn & Gardens on Facebook and Twitter, too!

Win A Vacation at our NEW One-of-a-Kind Savannah Villas

July 20th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Savannah Villas Vacation Contest

Captivating Forsyth Park Fountain. (Photo by Greg Gilstrap)

Have you been dreaming of your next vacation? How about winning a free vacation?! Read on to learn more about how YOU can win a vacation at our NEW one-of-a-kind Savannah Villas.

About the NEW Savannah Villas

We’ve been working really hard to create three new, one-of-a-kind villas for your next trip to Savannah. It is the goal of Azalea Inn and Gardens to create the feeling of home during your Savannah stay, and the new Villas located in a historic property next to the Inn were designed just for that! These homey Savannah Villas provide beautiful and spacious living areas equipped with a kitchen, sumptuous linens, and amenities.

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Savannah’s Ellis Square – Sprinklers, People Watching and More!

July 13th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Ellis SquareToday we’re telling you all about Savannah’s Ellis Square.

When you visit Savannah, we make sure to help you have the best vacation EVER.

Our ideas about the BEST vacation in Savannah almost always include a lengthy and leisurely tour of the historic district to see each of the 24 different squares – those spaces that really set our city apart as an intriguing destination.

 

Where is Ellis Square?

Ellis Square is just east of City Market, where there is live music most every night and TONS to see and do. On Barnard Street between Bryan and Congress Streets, you can walk to Ellis Square from our B&B in just over 20 minutes. Keep walking East and you’ll hit the biggest square in Savannah, Johnson Square. Back to Ellis though…

 

People-Watching at Ellis Square

As the square closest to City Market, Ellis Square commands a great deal of foot traffic. It is really a crossroads, because Savannians and vacationers alike stop and take advantage of the ample seating or pass through on their way to other parts of this great city. Ellis is the square that has the most concrete and least green, so the look really fits its function as a crossroads. Visitors, don’t fret – the pavement presents, playtime!

 

The Only Square with Sprinklers is Ellis

Unleash your inner little kid at Ellis Square during the hot months here in Savannah. The sprinkler systems seem to have been designed with play in mind. In a city full of fun, we do NOT discourage that!

The fountains come right from the ground and cascade up into an ideal formation for running through and playing in. Those fountain sprinklers  are featured in the picture above, shooting out water to the delight of children of all ages.

Maybe you can tell that we love Ellis Square here!

We know you will too…

Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve a room today to begin enjoying the best experiences in our city, which Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City.”

Thanks for reading. Don’t forget to follow Azalea Inn & Gardens on Facebook and Twitter, too!

Come Visit the Art Museums in Savannah

July 6th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Art Museums in SavannahSavannah is home to a thriving arts college (Savannah College of Art and Design, or, SCAD) and a huge historic district boasting the beauty of the past. So no shortage of art here. We want to make sure you know that you can come visit the art museums in Savannah too!

Today we’re telling you more about the 3 top art museums in Savannah. And here’s the insider tip: you can purchase your admission to all 3 museums for only $20!

THE JEPSON CENTER: The Contemporary Art Museum in Savannah

The Jepson Center for the Arts is located at 205 West York Street (at the intersection of York and Barnard on the south side of Telfair Square). This just might be the most impressively modern building in all of Savannah. Boasting over 7,500 feet of gallery space and a large atrium with marble staircase leading you to the art treasures, we love it here. We know you will too.

Sunday – 12-5pm
Monday – 12-5pm
Tuesday – 10am-5pm
Wednesday – 10am-5pm
Thursday – 10am-8pm
Friday – 10am-5pm
Saturday – 10am-5pm

TELFAIR ACADEMY: Savannah’s Stately Art Museum

Well, it used to be a mansion folks. The stately building located at 121 Barnard Street was probably as impressive back when it was finished in 1819 as it is now for us now. Columns and statues impose their influence over the Telfair’s front lawn on the west side of Telfair Square. Here you’ll find sculpture and masterpieces hailing from the 18th and 19th centuries in both America and Europe.

Sunday – 1-5pm
Monday – 12-5pm
Tuesday – 10am-5pm
Wednesday – 10am-5pm
Thursday – 10am-5pm
Friday – 10am-5pm
Saturday – 10am-5pm

THE OWENS-THOMAS HOUSE: The Guided Collector’s Art Museum

Taking a step away from the art-centric Telfair Square, you’ll head east until you find Abercorn Street, and the historic Owens-Thomas House on the north end of it. The proper address is 124 Abercorn Street. The space boasts English Gardens and original artwork from the family’s collection. You’ll learn all about that when you arrive. This is the only art museum we feature today that requires guests to join a guided tour. With so much history, we know you’ll appreciate that!

Sunday – 1-5pm
Monday – 12-5pm
Tuesday – 10am-5pm
Wednesday – 10am-5pm
Thursday – 10am-5pm
Friday – 10am-5pm
Saturday – 10am-5pm

You won’t catch any shortage of inspiration in this city: from art in the streets to the 3 best art museums in Savannah we can’t wait to help you find the best of it all.

Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve a room today to begin enjoying the best experiences in our city, which Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City.”

Thanks for reading. Don’t forget to follow Azalea Inn & Gardens on Facebook and Twitter, too!

Visit Savannah in October

June 30th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Savannah in OctoberSavannah is the city where you can indulge your love of the ocean, even in October! We’ve been known to swim while others around the country are wearing their sweaters already. Besides putting the final touches on your summer tan, swimming and all the other fun stuff to do in Savannah, there are 2 amazing events in October you can’t miss.

When you visit Savannah in October you will experience the arrival of two replica tall ships from the shores of Spain AND attend a weekend festival dedicated exclusively to pirates.

Visit Savannah in October to See the Tall Ships

The tall ships are relics of the past named El Galeon and Nao Victoria. El Galeon is the replica of the ship that Ponce de Leon sailed way back in 1513 to the land we now know as Florida. Nao Victoria was the first ship to circumnavigate the world.

Rumor has it that at the end of October the ships will be docked on River Street. Daily tours will welcome you aboard as honored guests and teach you about the marvels and the mayhem of sailing in the 16th century.

Who doesn’t love a little fame? El Galeon is the ship used in the filming of the new television show Crossbones which features John Malkovich as the infamous pirate Blackbeard. Speaking of pirates…

Pirate Fest: A Must-See When You Visit Savannah in October

The Tybee Island Pirate Fest is taking place October 9-12, 2014. This 9th year of the beloved event is something you won’t want to miss. There’s a Thieve’s Market for those pirates among you searching for treasure. Most everyone is in costume on the island, which is only a 20 minute drive from Savannah’s historic district. Time to schedule that last hurrah, folks! Come to Savannah in October.

Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve a room today to begin enjoying the best experiences in our city, which Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City.”

Thanks for reading. Don’t forget to follow Azalea Inn & Gardens on Facebook and Twitter, too!

A Festival Devoted to Bacon in Savannah

June 22nd, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Bacon in SavannahDo YOU love bacon? You wouldn’t be alone. Especially when you come to visit Savannah during the first weekend in September for the inaugural BACON FEST in our hostess city. No, we aren’t joking, there really is a festival devoted to bacon in Savannah.

What Will Happen at Bacon Fest?

Savannah is home to amazing restaurants that will feed you so well you’ll be glad America has voted it one of the best walking cities in the country. Local restaurants will showcase their bacon creations on Friday, September 5 from 4-10pm and Saturday, September 6 from 10am-10pm at the Rousakis Riverfront Plaza. First Friday and Saturday on the Riverfront is a celebration of the end of the week and the beginning of a new month, with fireworks at 9:30 pm.

Bacon Fest is free and open to the public. You just show up and sample the variety of delicious creations.

How to Get to Bacon Fest in Savannah

First, reserve your favorite room at our Inn! Once you are settled in you’ll mosey on down Drayton Street till you cross over Bay Street where a slight right will lead you to a very steep set of stairs!  At the bottom of the stairs continue towards the River Street where you will then turn left. Rousakis Riverfont Plaza will be the only thing between you and the river.

River Street is the bustling waterfront of the Savannah River where to-go cups are the norm and majestically tall cargo ships slowly churn the river on their way to our port. You can watch local musical performers, absorb the sights, and maybe even find a few treasured souvenirs to take home.

What If I Can’t Make It to Bacon Fest in Savannah?

bourbon-bacon-jamWe’ve got you covered. One of our guests LOVED her bacon jam experience at the Distillery and upon return home to her beloved Newfoundland, created bourbon bacon jam which we have permission to share with you! Kim is a creative cook who thoroughly enjoys her craft – be sure to follow her blog.

If bacon just isn’t your thing, check out 3 other things to do in Savannah this Autumn.

Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve a room today to begin enjoying the best experiences in our city, which Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City.”

Thanks for reading. Don’t forget to follow Azalea Inn & Gardens on Facebook and Twitter, too!

All About James Oglethorpe, Savannah’s Founding Father

June 15th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

James OglethorpeToday we’ve got some fun facts for you today about James Oglethorpe, Savannah’s founding father. Read on to get a glimpse into the life of this great man including his vision for the poor, his friendship with Savannah’s natives and some other neat things about him. James Oglethorpe’s Vision for the Poor The official date is 1733 when Savannah’s founding father sailed from England to the New World. He wanted to find land for the poor of England to farm. You see, they had been thrown in jail unjustly for debts owed to the wealthy ruling class. Prison reform was Oglethorpe’s humanitarian crusade. His vision is a far cry from the urban life we now experience. However, we think his system of controlled urban settlement combined with small family farms and individual land ownership capped at 50 acres was a solid start for the settlement of Savannah. His Friendship with the Natives For 10 years, James Oglethorpe worked alongside his interpreter, the bilingual Mary Musgrove. Her dual proficiency in both English and the language of the Creek Indians enabled the peaceful cooperation between the two cultures. With Mary’s help to translate, James Oglethorpe became fast friends with Yamacraw chief Tomochichi (who allegedly still haunts Savannah from Chippewa Square). Without this friendship, Savannah would not exist today. Other Neat Things about James Oglethorpe For fun, James Oglethorpe liked to hunt. He called the hunting lodge established south of Savannah on Cumberland Island DUNGENESS. We love that. When you visit Savannah, you can walk down the street that bears his name as you enjoy the bustling hub of city activity combined with just the right amounts of green space. The man born on December 22, 1696 really made a mark on the world. We appreciate his vision for establishing the colony of Georgia – starting with Savannah.

Thank You, James Edward Oglethorpe!

We hope you get to visit us soon, to marvel at the modern transformation this city has made from the original vision of James Oglethorpe, Savannah’s founding father.

Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve a room today to begin enjoying the best experiences in our city, which Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City.”

Thanks for reading. Don’t forget to follow Azalea Inn & Gardens on Facebook and Twitter, too!

Autumn in Savannah – Book Your Rooms NOW

June 8th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Today we are bringing you 3 great events that just might tip the scales in your favor for spending some of your Autumn in Savannah.

Autumn in Savannah featuring: SAVANNAH CRAFT BREW FESTSeptember in Savannah featuring: SAVANNAH CRAFT BREW FEST

Beer geeks BEWARE, if you keep reading you will visit us. Savannah Craft Brew Fest kicks off Labor Day Weekend in Savannah, a testament to that truly beloved riverside beer-drinkin’ fun in our city! Saturday, August 30, 2014 you can walk downtown then take a free ferry over the Savannah River to the 7th annual Craft Brew Fest. Attendees number upwards of 5,000 – so you know they’ve got to be doing something right!

Autumn in Savannah featuring: THE SAVANNAH JAZZ FESTIVAL

September in Savannah featuring: THE SAVANNAH JAZZ FESTIVALMUSIC LOVERS, this event is for you. If you make plans to visit Savannah during the Savannah Jazz Festival in 2014 we are positive you won’t be disappointed.

From September 21 – 27 you get a whole week of FREE activities. The first Savannah Jazz Festival (in 1983) was organized by Savannah’s late jazz legend Ben Tucker. He shared his knowledge and talent generously with everyone who wanted to learn more about America’s original music.

Our B&B is just a short walk from the Jazz Festival’s main stage in Forsyth Park. By “short walk” we mean less than 5 minutes. Top that!

Autumn in Savannah featuring: SAVANNAH FILM FESTIVAL
September in Savannah featuring: Savannah Film FestivalFor the movie-buffs among you, this is a PERFECT excuse to visit! You’ll want to check the schedule then visit Savannah anytime from October 25 – November 1, 2014. Aspiring filmmakers and accomplished movie-makers alike gather together for competition film screenings, special screenings, workshops, panels, and lectures. Over 40,000 people attend the Savannah Film Festival presented by The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). I hope you are one of them.

 

Experience Autumn in Savannah!

You won’t even miss those dog days of summer when you extend the season. How?  Autumn in Savannah, when we attend amazing events, swim in our Inn’s backyard pool and still turn up the AC. Yes, our pool is incredible.

Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve a room today to begin enjoying the best experiences in our city, which Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City.”

Thanks for reading. Don’t forget to follow Azalea Inn & Gardens on Facebook and Twitter, too!

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