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Savannah’s Fall Festival’s

July 17th, 2015 by Teresa Jacobson

Fall festivals in Savannah offer something for everyone.   Savannah Voice Festival, Savannah Jazz Festival, Savannah Film Festival, Savannah Food & Wine Festival. Make your reservations now at Azalea Inn & Villas for Fall!

Fall brings festivals, fun and gorgeous weather to Savannah.  Make reservations and get tickets now for one of these Savannah events.  The only problem is choosing which of Savannah’s fall festival’s!

August 2 – 16      Summer wraps up with the Savannah VOICE Festival – The Savannah VOICE festival takes the city by storm with great classical singing of opera, music theater and song.

August 7 – 8     Dog Days of Summer Festival on River Street – Dogs bring your leash and your owner for all out dog fun on River Street.  Doggy vendors, activities, and a parade just for our furry friends.

 

Dog Days of Summer on River Street

Dog Days of Summer on River Street

September 4 – 5     Bacon Festival on River Street – Yep, it’s exactly what it sounds like.  Local restaurants will be set up along the river with their best bacon dishes.

September 12      Revival Fest – A fall festival celebrating the best in Southern music, local and regional foods, crafts, beer and spirits.

Revival Fest

Revival Fest

September 20 – 26      Savannah Jazz Festival – Produced by the Coastal Jazz Association, the Savannah Jazz Festival is FREE and open to the public in Forsyth Park just steps away from Azalea Inn & Villas.

October 3 – 4      Octoberfest on River Street – Enjoy a bit of Germany Savannah style with German beers, food, music, and of course the Weiner Dog Races.

Savannah Jazz Festival

Savannah Jazz Festival

October 24 – 31      Savannah Film Festival – The Savannah College of Art and Design presents the annual festival, filled with cinematic creativity from both award-winning professionals and emerging student filmmakers. Each year more than 40,000 people attend the eight day Savannah Film Festival. The festival is host to a wide variety of competition film screenings, special screenings, workshops, panels, and lectures.

November 6 – 7      Hopped Up on Georgia Brews Festival on River Street – An incredible tasting event featuring over 20 breweries from Georgia.

Savannah Film Festival

Savannah Film Festival

November 9 – 15      Savannah Food & Wine Festival – Celebrating wine and culinary excellence in Savannah with wine dinners, tasting events, a festival and more.

November 14 – 15      Telfair Art Fair – Held in the heart of the historic district in Telfair Square, this open air art fair features over 80 chosen artists from around the country displaying and selling works in various artistic disciplines.

Savannah Food & Wine Festival

Savannah Food & Wine Festival

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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Enter To Win A Two Night Stay At Azalea Inn & Villas

June 30th, 2015 by Teresa Jacobson

The Azalea Inn & Villas is celebrating Savannah visitors over 40 who are counting their steps to stay fit.  Walk Savannah to the Azalea Inn & Villas and enter to win a two night stay at the Inn.

 

Bring your fitness tracker to the Azalea Inn.

The Historic District of downtown Savannah, Georgia is undoubtedly the main attraction of the most beautiful city in the South.  Visitors come from all over the world to walk down cobblestone streets, along the river, and across Savannah’s iconic squares under a canopy of oaks and Spanish moss.  People are walking everywhere and many of them are counting their steps with fitness trackers.  The Azalea Inn & Villas is inspired by those over 40 who are committed to getting fit by counting their steps and is offering the chance to win a grand prize of a two night stay at the Inn.

Stop by the Azalea Inn & Villas with your fitness tracker while you’re in town and you’ll be entered into the ‘Walk Savannah to the Azalea Inn’ drawing for the grand prize of a two night stay at the beautiful Azalea Inn & Villas in 2016. 

There is also a $100 prize for the visitor that takes the ‘Most Steps’ in a day.  Stop by the Azalea Inn to enter the drawing at the end of the day, between 5pm – 6pm, and show the steps on your tracker for that day.  The visitor that enters the drawing with the ‘Most Steps’, wins a $100 gift card good towards a future stay.

How you can enter ‘Walk Savannah to the Azalea Inn’ :

  • Walk Savannah to the Azalea Inn‘ begins July 1, 2015 at 8am EST and ends December 31, 2015 at 6pm EST.
  • You must live at least 100 miles from Savannah’s Historic Districts.
  • One entry per person.
  • You must be over 40 because the Inn keeper insists that she be able to keep up with you.
  • Stop by the Azalea Inn & Villas at 217 E Huntington Street any day between 8am & 6pm with your fitness tracker.  The front desk will take your information for the drawing.
  • To enter the ‘Most Steps’ contest, stop by to register between 5pm – 6pm and show the front desk your steps from that day. The visitor at the end of the year with the most steps wins the $100 Gift Card!  One entry per person.
  • Tag #AzaleaWalkSav on social media! Snap a picture of yourself with your fitness tracker at the Inn and tag the photo #AzaleaWalkSav on Instagram or Twitter or tag the Azalea Inn and Gardens page on Facebook. Continue to take pictures as you walk throughout Savannah using #AzaleaWalkSav and you will be entered to win a two night stay at the Azalea Inn & Villas in 2016.
  • One (1) winner will receive an Azalea Inn and Villas Voucher for a 2-night stay in a deluxe queen room during the months of January and February, 2016 (minimum night restrictions may apply on some weekends).
  • The winner will be notified January 1, 2016. Happy New Year!!

Have a wonderful time walking our beautiful city of Savannah while staying fit and tagging #AzaleaWalkSav.  We look forward to seeing where you go.  Your next visit to Savannah could be on us!

Azalea Inn front entry and sign

Enter To Win A Two Night Stay At Azalea Inn & Villas

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE CHANCES OF WINNING.

SPONSOR
Sponsor is Dreams Inn Motion, Inc. dba Azalea Inn and Villas, 217 E. Huntingdon Street, Savannah, GA 31401 (“Sponsor”).

TERM
The #AzaleaWalkSav Contest (“Contest”) begins July 1, 2015 and ends December 31, 2015 at 6:00 pm US Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). All entries must be received by December 31, 2015 at 6:00 pm EDT. Information on how to enter and prizes is part of these official rules (“Official Rules”). By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to the Official Rules and warrants that his or her entry complies with all requirements set out in the Official Rules.

WHO MAY ENTER
The #AzaleaWalkSav Contest is open only to legal U.S. and Canadian Residents, 40 years of age or older and who live at least 100 miles from the Historic District of Savannah.

Employees of Dreams Inn Motion, Inc. and its member inns, officers, directors, advertising agencies, and their immediate families are not eligible to participate. Void in all areas not listed above and where prohibited by law. Federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply.

CONTEST PRIZE
One (1) winner will receive an Azalea Inn and Villas Voucher for a 2-night stay in a deluxe queen room during the months of January and February, 2016 (minimum night restrictions may apply on some weekends).

JUDGING CRITERIA AND CONDITIONS
To be eligible to win, each entrant must register at the inn AND submit a photograph of the Inn to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #AzaleaWalkSav.

Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify users, without notice, and for any reason.

ELIGIBLE ENTRANTS MUST ENTER IN ACCORDANCE WITH THESE OFFICIAL RULES. NO OTHER METHOD OF ENTRY WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Your entries must comply with the following requirements (the “Entry Requirements”):

When entering via Twitter or Instagram, you MUST include the hashtag #AzaleaWalkSav on Twitter and Instagram in the caption.

When entering via Facebook, you MUST ‘tag’ the Azalea Inn & Gardens page in the post.  You must ‘like’ the Azalea Inn & Gardens Facebook page to be able to ‘tag’.

LICENSE
Each entrant retains the copyright to his/her Photograph(s), but explicitly grants Sponsor, its licensees, affiliates and their designees (collectively, the “Authorized Parties”) an irrevocable, nonexclusive license for the duration of copyright to use each Photograph and Description for advertising, marketing, and promotional purposes, in any and all media now known or hereafter created, including but not limited to publication in blogs and websites, at Authorized Parties’ discretion, without additional consideration, notification, permission to entrant or any third party.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
By participating, participants agree to release, discharge and hold harmless Dreams Inn Motion, Inc. and its partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, tour operators, agents and their employees, officers, directors, and representatives from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in this Contest or any Contest-related activities and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any prize awarded hereunder. Entrants will not hold Dreams Inn Motion, Inc. responsible for any technical issues. Dreams Inn Motion, Inc. reserves the right to cancel or suspend the Contest at any time for any reason.

CONDITIONS
THIS CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Entrants agree that this Contest shall be subject to and governed by the laws of the State of Georgia and the forum for any dispute shall be in a court located in Chatham County, Georgia, or a federal court located in Georgia. To the extent permitted by law, the right to litigate, to seek injunctive relief or to make any other recourse to judicial or any other procedure in case of disputes or claims resulting from or on connection with this Contest are hereby excluded and any entrant expressly waives any and all such rights. Certain restrictions may apply.

Participants also agree (a) to be bound by these Official Rules; and (b) that the decisions of the Azalea Inn are final on all matters relating to the Contest. All federal, state and local taxes, fees and surcharges on prizes are the sole responsibility of the prize winner. In the event that the selected winner(s) of any prize are/is ineligible or refuses the prize, the prize will be forfeited and Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may choose whether to award the prize to another winner.

WINNERS LIST
Winners will be notified by email. For the names of the winners, please submit an email request within 10 days after the contest ends to info@azaleainn.com.

Savannah’s 4th of July Celebration And Heat Escapes

June 24th, 2015 by Teresa Jacobson

As Savannah gets ready for one of the biggest celebrations of the year, summer has landed with heat that reminds you that you are in the South.  Enjoy Savannah’s 4th of July Celebration and heat escapes.

Savannah 4th of July

Savannah celebrates 4th of July on the River

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 4th of July Celebration on River Street is a display of patriotism to rival any city in the US.  The party starts at 4pm with the fireworks beginning at 9pm.  Chairs and blankets are welcome so go down early to grab a good spot along with waterfront for the show.

The shade of the oaks that blanket the Historic District of Savannah give provide welcomed shade in the summer months. When you’re ready to for some air conditioning, Savannah’s museums are a great way to beat the heat exploring art, history, and Southern culture.

The Savannah History Museum is a great place to start.  Located in Tricentennial Park in the Savannah Visitors Center, the SHM allows you to walk through the city’s history from 1733 spanning the American Revolution and Civil War to today.

To submerge yourself in Savannah’s historic culture, visit one of the many house museums.

Owens Thomas House

Owens Thomas House

Owens Thomas House is considered by architectural historians to be one of the finest example of English Regency architecture in America.  Built 1816-1819.

The Davenport House strives to provide visitors with a true and vivid encounter with a unique Savanah story.  Built 1820.

Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace is filled with rich stories and experiences reflecting the arc of the life of Julliette Gordon Low and the remarkable worldwide Girl Scout movement she founded that changed the world. Built 1821.

 

Mercer Williams House

Mercer Williams House

Green-Meldrim House was home to General Sherman and used as headquarters when the Federal army occupied Savannah during the Civil War upon the invitation of Mr. Green.  Built early 1850’s.

Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home is a museum house dedicated to the work and life of the acclaimed novelist and shot story writer now widely considered one of the most important writers of the 20th century.

Mercer Williams House was made famous as the home of Jim Williams in the best-selling book and highly acclaimed movie, “Midnight In The Garden Of Good and Evil”.  The house is full of Mr. Williams private collection of 18th and 19th century furniture, art, and furnishings.   Built 1860

For art lovers…..

Telfair Academy Museum is a former mansion on Telfair Square with period rooms and houses nineteenth and twentieth century American and European art.  The collection is considered one of the most highly regarded in the Southeast US.

Jepson Center is across Telfair Square and is operated by the Telfair Museum.  Devoted to the art of today, the contemporary Jepson Center links Telfair’s future with its past.

Savannah College Museum of Modern Art is a premier contemporary art museum established to enrich the education of SCAD students introducing new exhibitions every academic quarter.

 

National Museum of the Mighty 8th Air Force

Mighty 8th Air Force

Ships of the Sea Museum is located in the William Scarborough mansion.  The mansion boasts a rich history as and architectural gem, the center of social life in old Savannah, Savannah’s first public school, and a boy’s orphanage.  Restored by the Historic Savannah Foundation, the museum features a wonderful collection of shop models, paintings, maritime antiques, and expansive gardens.

National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force chronicles the history of the 8th Air Force during World War II and after.

Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum chronicles the civil rights struggle of Georgia’s oldest African-American community from Slavery to the present.

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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Shopping Local in Savannah

June 17th, 2015 by Teresa Jacobson

Savannah’s unique culture and style shines through in the locally owned shops and boutiques throughout Savannah’s Historic District.  Here are our picks for shopping local in Savannah.

GIFTS

One Fish Two Fish

One Fish Two Fish

  • The Paris Market & Brocante – 36 W Broughton Street
    Inspired by the flea markets of Paris and India, the shop is two stories of elegant furnishings, vintage art, garden planters, home decor, and wonderful gifts for children and babies.
  • Savannah Bee Company – 104 W Broughton Street
    Savannah Bee Company is the destination for specialty honeys and naturally luxurious honeybee inspired body care.
  • One Fish Two Fish – 401 Whitaker Street
    A unique boutique in the heart of Savannah’s design district featuring fantastic home accessories, jewelry, bath & body products and ladies apparel.

 

FASHION

J Parker Ltd.

J Parker Ltd.

  • Gaucho – 251 Bull Street
    Savannah’s premier boutique serving you for 26 years! Upscale ladies clothing boutique in the heart of historic Savannah, GA
  • Red Clover – 244 Bull Street
    Offering a mix of classic, vintage inspired & indie designer clothing and accessories.
  • Men’s Fashion – J. Parker Ltd – 20 W Broughton Street
    J. Parker has been suiting the most stylish southern gentlemen since 1971.

 

JEWELRY

ZIA Jewelry Boutique

ZIA Jewelry Boutique

  • Zia Boutique – 325 W Broughton Street
    ZIA Boutique is a fashion-forward jewelry boutique, specializing in handmade exotic jewelry & accessories!

 

SHOES

Globe Shoes

Globe Shoes

  • Globe Shoe Company – 17 E Broughton Street
    A Savannah tradition for men and women since 1892. 

 

ACCESSORIES

Satchel

Satchel

  •  Satchel – 4 E Liberty Street
    Custom handbags, leather accessories, gifts, and slipcovers by local Savannah designer Elizabeth Seeger.  Always at the top of “Best Of” lists in Savannah!

 

FURNITURE & HOME

24e

24e

  • 24e – 24 E Broughton
    24e specializes in contemporary furniture design, interior design, and home accessories.  24e exists to bring you an eclectic collection of furnishings and accessories designed to help you fuse your individuality and inventiveness with your home environment.

 

GOODIES

Marche de Macarons

Marche de Macaroons

  • Marche de Macarons – 42 Abercorn Street
    Opened by two Savannah bakers just a few short years ago, they have created a macaron sensation in Savannah!  That’s all they do and they do it very, very well.

 

UNIQUE

The Salt Table

The Salt Table

  • Shop SCAD – 340 Bull Street
    The best and brightest from the Savannah College of Art & Design sell their paintings, jewelry, sculpture, fabrics, fashion, and more at Shop SCAD.  You won’t find a more unique and current gift gallery.
  • The Salt Table – 51 Barnard Street
    Trip Advisor ranks The Salt Table the #1 place to shop in Savannah and was a Flavor of Georgia Winner this year.  The Salt Table features free tasting samples of hundreds of different salts, seasonings, sugars, teas, dips, blends, Amish popcorn, and even local honey.

 

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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Antique Shopping in Savannah

May 28th, 2015 by Teresa Jacobson

Savannah’s rich, preserved history makes the city the perfect backdrop for the treasures of the past.  Antique shopping in Savannah is a literal treasure hunt through the largest historic district in America.  Shoppers will find furniture, art, and home accessories not just from the old south but from all over the world.  Retailers in Savannah are among the most experienced and knowledgeable dealers anywhere.

Jere’s Antiques


Jere’s Antiques
– 9 North Jefferson Street

Jere’s has been an established family business since 1976, specializing in the sale of fine antiques and in designing and constructing bespoke furniture.  Jere’s massive 33,000 square foot showroom is stocked with one of the largest and finest collections of rare English, Continental furniture and Bars from the 18th, 19th and 20th Century and is complemented with a carefully selected range of decorative items.

 

Alan Raskin Antiques

Alan Raskin Antiques


Alex Raskin Antiques– 441 Bull Street

Alex Raskin Antiques is just a block north of Forsyth Park and has what The New York Times calls, “A jaq-dropping collection.” Take a video tour of the store.

 

 

Everett & Cobb

Everett & Cobb


Everett & Cobb
– 12 W Harris Street

Specializing in a fine selection of 17th, 18th, 19th and early 20th Century art, antiques, and accessories. 20 years of experience in antique dealing brings an exceptional experience to antique shopping in Savannah.

 

 

Corner Door

Corner Door

Corner Door – 417 Whitaker Street

Located in Savannah’s Downtown Design District, Corner Door has 2 floors loaded with fine European Antiques & Accessories

 

 

 

George Davis Antiques

George Davis Antiques


George Davis Antiques & Interiors
– 408 Bull Street

George Davis Antiques & Interiors specialize in and import a fine selection of 18th and 19th-century French, Continental, English, and Italian furniture and accessories.

 

 

 

If you have something specific in mind for antique shopping in Savannah, here are a few stores that specialize in specific items.

 

Southern Charm Antiques

Southern Charm Antiques

Southern Charm Antiques – 250 Bull Street

“Where the Past Meets the Present and Moves into the Future”.  Fantastic antique selection,  specializing in American crystal of the depression era and fine porcelains from around the world.

 

 

 

Pinch of the Past

Pinch of the Past


Pinch of the Past– 2603 Whitaker Street

Architectural Antiques specializing in restoring vintage and historic home accents.

 

 

 

Jewelry Consignment

Jewelry Consignment

Jewelry Consignment Network – 139 Bull Street

A full service jewelry store specializing in consignments of fine estate jewelry and watches ranging from antique to contemporary.

 

 

 

V & J Duncan Maps

V & J Duncan Maps


V&J Duncan
 – 12 E Taylor Street

In business since 1983 and located on beautiful Monterey Square in Savannah’s Historic District. V&J Duncan has a vast collection of old engravings, mezzotints, lithographs, photographs, old books.

 

 

CH Brown Antiques

CH Brown Antiques


CH Brown’s Antiques & Silver
– 14 W Jones Street

Some of the most beautiful antique sterling silver to thrill the most passionate Savannah antique shopper.

 

 

 

Books on Bay

Books on Bay


Books on Bay – 224 W Bay Street

Antique books dating back to the 1600’s.

 

 

 

 

For excitement, look no further than Bull Street Auctions – 2819 Bull Street

Every other week, Bull Street auctions off a variety of items from local estates and regional consigners.  They specialize in fine antique and designer furniture, imported rugs, and paintings.

 

For Vintage Treasures:

Wright Square Antique Mall

Wright Square Antique Mall


Wright Square Antiques Mall
– 14 W State Street

Wright Square Antiques is a favorite in Savannah antique shopping.

Universal Trading Company – 352 Martin Luther King Blvd

There’s always a surprise at Universal Trading Company with everything from a wide variety of beautiful antiques to seven foot statues of dinosaurs and dragons.

 

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 Events

May 13th, 2015 by Teresa Jacobson

Summer kicks off with fun Savannah events.

We’ve had a gorgeous extended spring here in Savannah.  There has been just enough rain to fill the city with flowers, bright blue skies with highs in the mid 70’s, and cool evenings on the porch.  It’s a beautiful time in Savannah.

Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade

Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade

Savannah events continue to be fun and fascinating as we approach the summer season.  The rest of May will take you to the beach, showcase Paris worthy high fashion, bring runners back to Savannah in a burst of color, and Savannah is going to try to break the world record for the largest bar crawl.  On May 15th, the Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade will make its way across the island.  A local spectacle that showcases all that is unique, fun, and funky about Tybee Island.  If you don’t make it to Tybee Beach on the 15th, you can drop by Telfair Museum’s Jepson Center where Life’s a Beach photography exhibit will be opening.  One of Britain’s most beloved photographers, Martin Parr, takes you on a journey to beaches around the world highlighting the people who enjoy them.  Telfair Museums is celebrating the opening by partnering with nationally recognized local designer Zia Sachedina with an exhibit of his exotic collection of jewelry and accessories in, Art on Tap: Zia at the Beach.


Billed as the top student fashion show in the country, May 16th,  SCAD School of Fashion students showcase their talent at the annual SCAD Fashion Show at the SCAD Museum.  If you want a glimpse into the future of fashion, you can watch the show online LIVE here.


May 16th, The Color Run returns to Savannah.  The original paint race and “Happiest 5K on the Planet”, The Color Run turns Savannah’s Historic District into a burst of color and fitness.  And on the other side of the event spectrum, on May 30th, Savannah is once again going to try to break the Guinness World Record for Largest Pub Crawl with The Crawl of the South.

As summer begins to simmer in June, Savannah events focus on music and art.  River Street’s annual Blues Jazz & BBQ Festival is June 6th and 7th.  Deep southern blues, smooth jazz and smokey BBQ will be served up all weekend long on River Street.  The Savannah Civic Center has a fantastic line-up of shows in June.  Classic artists for all music tastes with Earth, Wind, & Fire, Casting Crowns, MAZE featuring Frankie Beverly, and John MelencampThe Lucas Theater calendar in June is full of tributes to great artists.  See 1964 The Tribute (a tribute to the Beatles), Walking After Midnight w/ JJ Hobbs (a tribute to Patsy Cline), and Travelin’ Light with acclaimed New York Cabaret artist Minda Larsen (a tribute to Savannah’s own Johnny Mercer).

On June 7th, take the opportunity to join one of two art events showcasing galleries in two different areas of town.  The Savannah Art Walk begins at Rocks on the Roof with a glass of wine and guides you through 4 galleries or exhibitions in the Historic District.  Or head to the south end of Forsyth Park and take the Starland District First Friday Art March through local galleries and their Indy Art Market.  Local art always makes a great Savannah event!

Come As You Are: Art of the 90’s Exhibit is opening at The Jepson Center on June 12th and the Downtown Neighborhood Association hosts its 2nd Annual Artists and Artisans Tour on June 25th.  Enjoy sipping wine in private downtown homes while meeting local artists showcasing their latest work.

So much to do in a Savannah summer!  Read our recent blog on the best ways to tour Savannah while you’re here.  Azalea Inn and Gardens wants to be your host in the Hostess City of the South.  One visit and you’ll consider Savannah and Azalea Inn & Gardens your second home.

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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The Best Way To Tour Savannah Is ……

May 7th, 2015 by Teresa Jacobson

The best way to tour Savannah is your way!

We’ve heard it said that the refreshingly slow pace of Savannah can be attributed to a handful of things.  The 22 squares throughout the Historic District slow the traffic down significantly.  Once you’ve slowed down, you start to look around and can’t help being mesmerized by the beauty and charm of moss draped oaks and stunning historic architecture.  Then, there are all the people walking around that the city has given the right of way to cross the street every few blocks.   And if you’ve ever gotten behind a horse and carriage, you know that you aren’t getting anywhere in a hurry, but the view sure is beautiful.  Might as well take it all in.

There are many distinctly different ways to see Savannah.  Depending on your pace or interests, a visitor can choose to see Savannah in a way that gives them the ideal experience.

Historic Savannah Carriage Tours

Historic Savannah Carriage Tours

A trolley tour is probably the most popular in the Historic District.  If you prefer to sit back and relax driving through the District, Old Savannah Tours has the most experienced tour guides that are sure to inform and entertain you.  They also offer a variety of different touring options from their Historic Overview tour, Fort tour, and Ghost tours.

Step back in time on a carriage tour through Savannah’s Historic District.  The slow pace of the horses gives you ample time to take in the sites and their stories as you make you way around Savannah’s squares.  Historic Savannah Carriage Tours has fantastic guides that bring the cities storied past to life.

The ample green space of Savannah’s squares and the shade of the oaks makes the perfect landscape for a walking tour.  There are many brilliant and experienced walking tour guides in Savannah, but the Azalea Inn picks are; Old City Walks, Historic Savannah by Foot with Jack Wray, and the always popular in seersucker, Savannah Dan.   Azalea is happy to arrange for a guide to come to the Inn to begin your tour right from our front door.

Segway Tours

Segway Tours

Bike Tours

Bike Tours

 

 

Some visitors enjoy being on the move, still having control of where they stop and go.  For that, you can pedal through history on a bicycle with Savannah Bike Tours, on a scooter with Vespa Savannah , or glide around the squares with Segway of Savannah.

 

For some, what you see is just as or more important than how you see it.   Savannah’s history, beauty, and charm pave the way for enthusiasts of all kinds to be enthralled with Savannah.  Tour Savannah’s notorious haunted past with Cobblestone Tour or Blue Orb.  Savannah is known as one of America’s most haunted cities and ghost tours around town don’t disappoint.  Capturing Savannah has tours for the budding or professional photographer.  They will guide you and your camera to capture the most stunning scenes and details of Savannah.

 

Our friend Jonathan Stalcup leads Architectural Tours of Savannah and is fantastic!!  Savannah’s historic architecture is a huge part of the city’s charm and Jonathan knows more than anyone we know!  Savannah has landed itself on the map in recent years as a destination for great food.  Savannah Taste Experience offers a unique culinary experience through bites and tastings at distinctive restaurants and specialty food stores.  Notorious for its open container policy, Savannah can happy hour with the best of them.  Savvy Savannah Tours will show you where the best martinis are all over town.  Savannah has been a Hollywood movie set many, many times.  Savvy will take you to Forrest Gump’s bench, Jim William’s home that was featured in The Garden of Good and Evil, and then treat you to ice cream at nationally known Leopold’s!

Sunset Dolphin Cruise

Sunset Dolphin Cruise

 

AND, dolphins.  Who doesn’t love dolphins?  Captain Mike will take you out onto the river for a sunset cruise when the dolphins come out in droves.  You’ll never forget seeing dolphins play in their natural habitat.

Savannah truly is the ‘Hostess City of the South’ and Azalea Inn is here to show you the Savannah that you’d like to see in a way that you’d like to see it.   The Best Way To Tour Savannah Is Your Way!

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!

 

Azalea Inn’s Top Ten Restaurants in Savannah and Their Best Dish

April 29th, 2015 by Teresa Jacobson

A great benefit of being a guest at The Azalea Inn & Gardens Bed and Breakfast is the expertise they have to make sure you have the perfect Savannah experience.  With a wide variety of wonderful restaurant options in Savannah, Azalea will tell you where to go AND what to eat.  Here are our Top Ten Restaurants in Savannah and our favorite choices at each!

  1. 45 Bistro – 123 East Broughton Street

    Best dishes:

    45 Bistro Rack of Lamb

    45 Bistro Rack of Lamb

  • Beef Carpaccio with Dijon mustard aioli, shaved Parmesan cheese, spinach chiffonade and crispy capers
  • Grilled Hearts of Romaine, garlic croutons, shaved Parmesan and Caesar dressing. Add grilled shrimp.
  • Roasted Ruby Beets, golden and ruby beets marinated in a champagne vinaigrette with Belgian endive, praline walnuts, Stilton cheese
  • Rack of Lamb, herb crusted and roasted, with whipped truffle Yukon Gold potatoes finished with port wine and rosemary demi-glace.
  • Escargot sautéed in herbed white wine butter with sun-dried tomatoes, slow roasted elephant garlic clove and grilled Asiago ciabatta.

 

Vic's on the River Crawfish Beignets

Vic’s on the River Crawfish Beignets

  1. Vic’s On The River – 26 East Bay Street
    Best dish:
  • Crawfish Beignets with Tabasco syrup
  1. Noble Fare – 321 Jefferson Street
    Best dish:
  • Ahi Tuna Tartar with avocado puree, pineapple pico, plantain chip, Ossetra caviar, curry oil
  1. The Grey – 109 Martin Luther King Boulevard
    Best dish:
  • Pork Shank with a “mess of greens” and cornbread

 

Local 11ten Mussels

Local 11ten Mussels

  1. Local 11 Ten –1110 Bull Street
    Best dishes:
  • Spicy Prince Edward Island mussels, house-made chorizo, tomato, cherry peppers, basil, garlic, white wine, grilled baguette
  • Open-faced rabbit ravioli, fire roasted tomato sauce, basil coulis, house-made ricotta
  1. Sapphire Grill – 110 West Congress Street
    Best dishes:
  • Benne Speckled Calamari & toasted coriander pesto with curried peanuts, lime sugar & soy glaze
  • Toasted garlic seared Muscovy duck breast & butternut squash confit with braised red chard, pain d’epice & toasted shallot
  • Toasted pepper seared tuna mignon & crispy golden rice with sauce ponzu, dried chili, pickled beets & scallion
A'lure Lamb Carppacio

A’lure Lamb Carppacio

  1. A’Lure – 309 West Congress Street
    Best dishes:
  • Lamb Carpaccio with cracked pepper scallion oil, basil, capers, savory Sweetgrass Diary blue cheese ice cream
  • Peas & Carrots pan seared sea scallops, sweet baby carrot risotto, shiitakes, ginger carrot reduction, sweet pea coulis
  • House Smoked Duck Breast ginger & garlic bbq, pickled mustard seed coleslaw, duck confit, brie and collard green egg roll
  1. Jazz’d Tapas Bar – 52 Barnard Street
    Best dishes:
  • Mussels Fra Diavolo – Season mussels steamed with white wine, simmered with grilled tomato sauce and finished with compound butter and toasted baguettes.
  • Coca-Cola Pork Ribs – Baby back ribs slow roasted with a Coca-Cola BBQ sauce and a fresh tortilla fennel slaw.
The Olde Pink House BLT Salad

The Olde Pink House BLT Salad

  1. The Pink House – 23 Abercorn Street
    Best dish:
  • BLT salad, fried green tomatoes & sweet bacon with black pepper thyme buttermild dressing
  1. Leoci’s Trattoria – 606 Abercorn Street
    Best Dishes:
  • Beet Salad with brick-oven roasted beets and Leoci’s pickled sweet baby beets accompanied by farmers blue cheese, drizzled with house-made champagne tarragon vinaigrette.
  • Brick oven-roasted mixed olives, a mix of Mediterranean olives

 

If a guest decides wants venture out of Historic District, this is where Azalea Inn will send you:

Ele Fine Fusion

Ele Fine Fusion

The Florence – The Starland District / 1 West Victory Drive
The latest from celebrity chef Hugh Acheson, The Florence is a neighborhood restaurant that highlights local and regional ingredients using Italian technique and background

Ele Fine Fusion – Wilmington Island / 7815 Highway 80 East
Unforgettable ambiance, unique cocktails, sushi bar & fine dining.

The Tybee Island Fish Camp – Tybee Island / 106 South Campbell Avenue
A cozy 1950’s cottage nestled under live oak and cedar trees with a regionally-focused seafood agenda, a full bar featuring heavily-domestic wine program, and specialty cocktails.

Sisters of the New South – Near Bonaventure Cemetery / 2605 Skidaway Road
Best Soul Food in Savannah!

 

And if you have something specific in mind…………………..

Best Seafood – You’re in Savannah, everybody asks, “Who has the best seafood?”  We always tell people that you can find great seafood all over Savannah.  All of the best restaurants have great seafood dishes.  We’d recommend seafood at all of our top restaurants.

Chocolat by Adam Turoni Blood Orange Truffle

Chocolat by Adam Turoni Blood Orange Truffle

Best Vegetarian – Kayak Café

Best Steak – 45 Bistro

Best Sweets – Leopold’s Ice Cream, Chocolat by Adam Turoni, Lulu’s Chocolate Bar

Best BBQ – Angels BBQ, Wiley’s Championship BBQ,

Best Casual & Experience – The Pirates House – Have the spring rolls!

Best Lunch Spots – Zunzi’s, Public Kitchen, B Matthews, Blowin’ Smoke, Papillote

Azalea Inn Breakfast

Azalea Inn Breakfast

 

Best Breakfast – The Azalea Inn & Gardens of course.  Nothing better in 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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Tour Hidden Gardens in the Historic District of Savannah

April 22nd, 2015 by Teresa Jacobson

This past weekend, The Garden Club of Savannah celebrated the 40th Anniversary of it’s Tour of Hidden Gardens.  Visitors were granted access to eight private gardens throughout the Historic District as well as the Massie Heritage Center Gardens.  The gardens ranged from expansive green space to small courtyards all brimming with beautiful native garden species and unique decor.   Just in case you missed it, we took pictures all along the way to share with you.

The Platt Garden – East Hall Street
The Platt Garden has generous private green space in the heart of Savannah’s Historic District.  A massive oak offers shade to the entire garden and reaches out over the sidewalk down Hall Street.
Click on the first photo to launch The Platt Garden slide show.

The Murse/Kern Garden – East Huntington Street
Cherokee Roses drap the gate at the entrance of the Murse/Kern garden.  Recent renovations to this garden include a beautiful fountain and built-in brick planters.  We found a mother robin nesting in a potted lemon tree.
Click on the first photo to launch The Murse/Kern Garden slide show.

The Mastrianni/Hester Garden – East Gaston Street
A sculpture bought by the homeowners while on vacation in Europe is the centerpiece of this small courtyard garden.  The art hangs above a mostly edible garden while colorful trumpet honeysuckle covers the wall of the garden.
Click on the first photo to launch The Mastrianni/Hester Garden slide show.

The Seabolt Garden – Abercorn Street
Another small courtyard garden built for lounging all year round.  A covered patio adorned with small statues and planters looks over a sitting area with a working fireplace and corner fountain.
Click on the first photo to launch The Seabolt Garden slide show.

Massie Heritage Center Gardens – East Gordon Street
The Massie Heritage Center is honored as Georgia’s oldest school in continuous operation.  The extensive grounds along Calhoun Square has a lovely courtyard surrounded by a brick wall draped in green vines.
Click on the first photo to launch the Massie Heritage Center Garden slide show.

The Russell Garden – East Gordon Street
The Russell Garden got our vote for the most beautiful entrance.  Brick columns in an iron fence covered in greens sets the stage for the lush drama of the garden within.   A beautiful brick patio takes you through an arbor to a pond with a sculpture and fountain surrounded by bamboo.  It’s so lush, you feel like you’ve stepped into a jungle.
Click on the first photo to launch The Russell Garden slide show.

The Chastulik Garden – West Gordon Street

Every step of the way through the garden and pathways of the Chastulik garden had fun garden treasures to see.  We only scratched the surface with the photos.  Walkways through two different patio area leads you to an open garden with a swimming pool.  Two stories of screened in porches overlook this incredible space filled with enchanting creatures, decor, and planters.  We weren’t surprised to see a plaque from Hidden Garden Tours of years past throughout the garden.
Click on the first photo to launch The Chastulik Garden slide show.

 The Bolch Garden – West Perry Street
The Bolch garden is designed with walkways around two fountains and a patio with a stunning Italian white marble sculpture.
Click on the first photo to launch The Bolch Garden slide show.

The Salandi Garden – East Oglethorpe Avenue
The Salandi garden of the Ballastone Inn is a lovely space for guests to relax in.  Moss dragonflies adorn the walls of this secret space hidden behind huge potted tea olives lining Oglethorpe Avenue.
Click on the first photo to launch The Salandi Garden slide show.

 

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.”

Savannah Celebrates Spring With Festivals and Fun

April 7th, 2015 by Teresa Jacobson

Azalea's in the Inn Garden

Azalea’s in the Inn Garden

 

 

 

The weather has finally shifted and the azaleas are blooming.  Spring has sprung in Savannah and it is beautiful!  Spring is a fantastic time to be in Savannah as everyone feels the glorious relief of warmth from the chill of winter and gets ready to celebrate with a bevy of spring festivals and fun that Savannah has to offer.

 

Fort Pulaski National Park

Fort Pulaski National Park

Locals and visitors from all over the world have just enjoyed another incredibly successful Savannah Music Festival.  With artists such as The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Roseann Cash, Bela Fleck, and Mavis Staples it’s easy to understand why USA Today calls the Festival, “one of the top festivals in the world”.  The rest of April in Savannah will see a wonderfully diverse offering of festivals.  On April 11th and 12th, there will be an incredible celebration colonial history at the 153rd Anniversary of the Siege of Fort Pulaski, Savannah’s own National Park.  Participate in a diverse array of activities to recognize the Battle of Fort Pulaski in 1862.  A fantastic Earth Day Festival will be in beautiful Forsyth Park on April 18th just steps away from The Azalea Inn.

SCAD Sidewalk Art Festival

SCAD Sidewalk Art Festival

 

 

The Tybee Island Wine Festival will last 5 days from April 22nd – 26th, and then you’re back to Forsyth Park for the SCAD Sidewalk Chalk Festival on April 25th.  There are a few rooms left at The Inn for that last minute getaway into the sunshine of the South and The Azalea Inn concierge is ready to help you navigate all festivities!

 

Susan G Komen Race photo from Savannahnow.com

Susan G Komen Race
photo from Savannahnow.com

 

Runners will wash Savannah’s Historic District with Pink on April 18th for the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure.  The world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer ever created with 100% of proceeds going toward their mission.  Registration is still open and there is room at The Azalea Inn!  Take a run for a good cause then let Inn staff pamper you silly while you rest your tired feet in our garden pool.

 

 

River Street Seafood Festival

River Street Seafood Festival

Make plans now to be with us at The Azalea Inn & Gardens in May.  The River Street Seafood Festival kicks off the month May 1 – 3.  Seafood Fest is one of River Street’s longest running and most anticipated events of the year.  Come enjoy shrimp, crawfish, oysters, crab, and live music at Rousakis Plaza.  Savannah’s most colorful cultural festival, The Savannah Scottish Games, will take place on May 2nd at historic Bethesda Academy’s Bynah’s Field overlooking the iconic Moon River.  A grand celebration with music, dancing and athletic competition, demonstrations, shopping, food, and fun for all!  If Scottish culture isn’t what you’re looking for on May 2nd, you can head to Tybee Island and submerge yourself in the low country culture of one of America’s best small beach towns by joining their Tybee Island Tour of Homes.   Wait a week and experience the Savannah Preservation Festival from May 7th – 9th.  It is an educational festival that demonstrates all the historic preservation that makes Savannah so unique and special.  The Preservation Wine Tour is always in high demand.

Visual Blues Exhibit at Telfair Museum

Visual Blues Exhibit at Telfair Museum

 

 

Art lovers can join the Starland District Art March on May 1st.  This tour guides you through local galleries and art exhibits south of Forsyth Park in the Starland District neighborhood the first Friday of every month.  Visit The Telfair Museum to experience the Visual Blues Art Exhibit through the end of May or go to Telfair’s Jepson Center on May 15th for nationally renowned jewelry designer Zia Sachedina 10th Anniversary Fashion Show.

 

There are many more fun and intriguing things to do and places to be in the Spring in Savannah.  The Azalea Inn & Gardens is excited to be your guide and show you southern hospitality at its best.

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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