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The History of Veterans Day

November 10, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Savannah is filled with history, and sometimes it just sucks us right into a world of imagination. As we’ve been preparing the Inn for our participation in the B&B for Vets Program, we’ve also been thinking  about the history of Veterans Day.

B&B for Vets which is a nation-wide effort to honor our Vets by booking our inn full and free of charge to those that have served our country on the eve of the federal holiday that celebrates them. It’s something we’ve been doing for a couple years now.

That’ll just make you jealous, though. So THIS, the history of Veterans Day, is fascinating.

The History of Veterans Day, Simplified

The way I’m lookin’ at it, Veterans Day as a federal holiday went through 4 major changes: 2 acts of Congress bookended by the actions of 2 US presidents (Wilson, and Eisenhower) after the first glimmer of peace following the devastations of World War I.

  • It All Starts in 1918: Have you ever wondered where the expression “Eleventh Hour” came from? Well, it predates the Armistice of 1918 but you’ll remember that at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an important document was signed in northern France, in Compiègne. The Armistice of Compiègne marks the beginning of the end of The Great War (also known as World War I). That’s the important thing, the beginning of peace. And now, you won’t forget the 11th when your friends ask, will ya?

 

  • The First Commemoration in 1919: Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States, declares a nation-wide remembrance of Armistice day, that beginning of peace following WWI. It was to be celebrated on that very same day, November 11. Armistice is commemorated.

 

  • Congress Acts in 1926: Congress adopts a resolution  directing the President to issue an annual proclamation to ensure that Armistice is commemorated. President Calvin Coolidge is in office at the time. Resolving to remember peace every year.

 

  • Dedication to World Peace in 1938: This year, President Franklin D. Roosevelt is in office. His Congress passes legislation. Now the legal holiday of Armistice Day is in place, “to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated” It’s law, now, to remember peace.

 

  • A Name Change in 1954: President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States, changes the name of the federal holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day. It is because of Eisenhower that we’re talking about Veterans Day, and we’re so proud of that. Different holiday name, same important sentiment.

History of Veterans Day

Of course, this short reflection on the History of Vererans Day is much more simplified than what great history books will tell you, but it’s something to think about on the eve of Veterans Day.

Now, go thank a vet.

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 Founders of Savannah Had No AC !!!

September 11, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Founders of SavannahTo some, history is a bore. To others, it is a rich tapestry of treasures and intrigues – of interests and imagination.

To us, it’s amusing to think back on the hottest days of summer and wonder, “how DID they do it?” The founders of Savannah had no AC!

Here’s the long and short about the founder of Savannah.

In 1733, British settlers led by James Oglethorpe arrived on land inhabited by the Yamacraw tribe of Native Americans.

The Yamacraw chief, Tomochichi was benevolent towards these settlers and helped them acclimate to the new world they found themselves in.

Noble Jones was the main surveyor who planned out the city streets back when the terrain was all sandy-soiled saw palmettos and live oaks strewn with Spanish Moss for miles – complete with alligators, spiders, snakes and all other sorts of creepy crawlies of course!

Noble even took over duties as the settlement’s physician when the attending doctor died. That’s talent! His descendants still own Wormsloe, an historic destination property best remembered as the alley where Forrest Gump triumphantly ran his way out of his leg braces.

There, the long and short of Savannah’s rich history. To discuss the history of Savannah, just remember: 1733, James Oglethorpe, Tomochichi, Noble Jones. We’re not gonna test you when you get here, but it is sure fun to know a little bit about the history of your surroundings, huh?

Oh, the clash of the modern and the past – an unlikely match in an unrivaled destination, come see for yourself. Don’t worry, we have AC.

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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Select Registry ‘Vacation of a Lifetime’ Winners Chose to Vacation at Azalea Inn & Gardens in Savannah

June 14, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Vacation of a Lifetime

(L-R) Teresa (Azalea Inn & Gardens Innkeeper), Janet Hankammer, Warren Hankammer

Last weekend was that time when Select Registry ‘Vacation of a Lifetime’ winners chose to vacation at Azalea Inn & Gardens in Savannah.

The winners, Janet and Warren Hankammer from Bedford, TX entered a contest with a prize of one free night’s lodging at each of the nearly 350 best country inns, B&B’s and boutique small hotels that are in the Select Registry™ family for a full year.

Are you a little jealous? Us too…We settled for feeling happy to host our lucky guests, and hope that a little of their luck will rub off on us.

What is Select Registry?

Azalea Inn & Gardens joined Select Registry – their tagline, I think, says it all…

Different Styles, Different Places, All Select…

Select Registry carries out randomized quality assurance testing . Like B&B secret shoppers, someone with years of experience in the hospitality industry stays with us, unannounced and unidentified. They get the same experience that all our guests get – and rate us accordingly.

There are over 20,000 bed and breakfast inns in the US, all offering an experience far superior, and much more intimate than a large hotel. Yet, out of those 20,000 properties – only 350 or so qualify as Select Registry Inns. Now that’s the cream of the crop!

Vacation of A Lifetime Winners Chose to Vacation at Azalea Inn & Gardens in Savannah!

Out of ALL the 350 Select Registry properties, the Hankammer’s chose Azalea. AND, out of all the cities and destinations in the country, the Hankammer’s chose Savannah as one of their stops.

They also chose to vacation in the California wine country (our Innkeeper, Teresa, approves, as she knows where to find all the good red wine in Savannah after living in CA wine country for a bit) and visiting Amelia Island – which is a lovely trip  just about a 2 hour drive south of Savannah).

Look how excited they are when talking about visiting!

Appreciating the Winners, and All Our Guests…

Janet and Warren are such a lovely couple – and appreciating them today reminds us of the reason that we give the best of our ideas and our experiences to make YOUR next vacation of a lifetime INCREDIBLE.

Like everyone, sometimes we need inspiration – and in those moments we flip through the handwritten B&B reviews handwritten in the guestbook that always sits in the entryway to Azalea Inn, and we also look at the wonderful world of online B&B reviews.

While you might not be hitting up each of the 350 Select Registry properties, maybe you can make plans today to experience the charm, the beauty and the allure of Savannah, Georgia…

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

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Memorial Day Weekend in Savannah at Our Bed and Breakfast

May 30, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Screen Shot 2013-05-28 at 1.25.09 PMMemorial Day Weekend in Savannah at our bed and breakfast is always a time for us to honor our deep connections to the military.

Innkeeper Teresa Jacobson hails from a military background and so she holds the men and women in our armed forces very dear.

While it’s a somber holiday, we keep in mind that those men and women who died while serving our country deserve a celebration of their lives, their service.

So, celebrate we did. It’s no wonder that Memorial Day is such a day for celebrating. We are honoring so many lives, so much bravery…

 

Memorial Day Weekend in Savannah

This weekend our 10 B&B rooms were PACKED with fun-loving vacationers, some visiting Savannah for the first time. All celebrating those who lost their lives serving our country.

The Summer Season is Bookended with Military Holidays

We think it appropriate that the 2 holidays that honor our military are the bookends of the summer season. From the last Monday each May (Memorial Day) to Veterans Day on November 11 the lazy days of summer are upon all of us.

At Azalea, we’re anything but lazy. We’re helping our guests plan their vacation in Savannah so that it ends up as the most perfect experience that they can imagine. We’re coming up with new recipes so that every 3-course breakfast, every hors d’ oevre hour is memorably delightful, delicious and absolutely intoxicating to the senses.

Military Discounts at our Savannah Bed and Breakfast

Azalea Inn & Gardens offers military and first responder discounts every day of the year with no exceptions. If you’ve never experienced a bed and breakfast, today is your lucky day! The inns, especially ours, offer a more personal touch than standard motels or hotels. We like to say that it’s a better way to stay!

Active duty and Retired Military please join us any day of any year knowing we honor your service. 

We invite you to reserve your room today to begin enjoying our home and the hospitality Azalea Inn and Gardens Bed and Breakfast, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast, and savor all that the Historic District of Savannah has to offer. 

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Earth Day Celebrations in Savannah, and Our Urban Gardens

April 20, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

The gardeners at bed and breakfast Azalea Inn & Gardens in Savannah, GA

The gardeners at our eco-friendly bed and breakfast – Azalea Inn & Gardens in Savannah, GA

Gardens have been featured before here at the blog for Azalea Inn & Gardens

Today we’re bragging, again.

As Earth Day approaches next week (officially on April 22) we are going to give you the scoop on Earth Day celebrations in Savannah, and our urban gardening adventures.

No celebration is complete if we can’t celebrate ourselves…Don’t you agree?

We are so committed to fresh, seasonal and local to the point that we tend our very own urban garden.

Celebrating the Gardens at Azalea

Here we are, today, celebrating our Gardens. We actually have two. One, an ornamental landscape and the other an edible landscape. The best of both worlds!

Our edible landscape is full of tomatoes, squash, eggplant, herbs, cucumbers, and other goodies. Our ornamental landscapes mimic traditional plants that were grown in the early days of Savannah settlement and we hope you’ll come and find your favorite.

The Mini Farm at Our Eco-Friendly Bed and Breakfast

Last year we called our edible gardens a “Mini Farm” and the story is quite a good read if you like to see urban gardening at its finest, and really investigate all the produce varietals that will be showing up in our guests’ full gourmet Southern breakfasts each morning. As a truly eco-friendly bed and breakfast, we’re doing our best to improve every day and every year.

We use a method of space conservation called square-foot gardening. We grow our food on trellises to maximize the yields from the least amount of space. Smart space utilization IS so important, especially downtown in the historic district of Savannah. We’re right at the south edge of the Savannah’s historic district so our guests get all the amenities without all the noise. Be our guest, during Earth Day, and all other days. You’re always welcome at Azalea.

Now THAT'S an urban garden. The grounds at Azalea Inn & Gardens, a B&B in Savannah, GA

Now THAT’S an urban garden. The grounds at Azalea Inn & Gardens, a B&B in Savannah, GA

Celebrating Earth Day in Savannah

This year (2013) the Earth Day celebrations will be held on Saturday, April 20 in Forsyth Park. Everything from music to edible landscaping will be featured. So, if you’re in town, make sure to check it out. More information about Earth Day in Savannah can be found here.

Whether you’re planning to visit Savannah this weekend, or need to start planning for next year – April in Savannah is a real treat and we hope to see y’all soon.

Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve your room today to experience our beautiful gardens and enjoy the best of our historic city.

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Easter in Savannah is a Chance to Explore Savannah’s Churches

March 19, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Easter in Savannah is a chance to explore Savannah's churches!

Today’s tip for those of you planning a vacation in Savannah (and for Savannah locals, too) has to do with an upcoming holiday: Easter. Easter in Savannah is a chance to explore Savannah’s churches.

With this chance to explore, let’s imagine a lazy Savannah afternoon, and how a day in your life could unfold as you walk around town discovering Savannah’s churches. Today we’re featuring 3 of them.

Easter falls on Sunday, March 31 this year (2013), but Greek Easter comes on Sunday, May 5 so you have a lot of wiggle room in this time frame to plan a vacation based around the excuse that you MUST see Savannah’s churches.

The Forrest Gump Church…

Imagine, a warm sunny day strolling up and down Bull Street (the street that divides East and West in Savannah!). You look up and think to yourself, “Hmmm. I feel as if I’m in a movie!” Your instincts aren’t foolin’, because the Independent Presbyterian Church (207 Bull Street, at the corner of Bull and Oglethorpe Streets) is the backdrop of that famous floating feather in Forrest Gump. From those towering white steeples gleaming in the sunshine, let’s move on to a totally different aesthetic.

An Example of Earthy Architecture on Calhoun Square…

You’re no architect (or, maybe, you ARE!) but you sure can agree that the vibe of the architecture at Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church can be summed up in one word as “earthy”. That double staircase leading up to the brick red front door with its halo of gothic windows is a fantastic photo-op! Calhoun Square and Wesley Monumental (429 Abercorn Street at the corner of Abercorn and East Gordon Streets) await your eager exploration. Now from the architecture to the history.

The Oldest Black Church in North America…

We know that every corner and crevice of Savannah is brimming with historical facts and snippets of information. What we’re about is making that history come alive. Established in 1777, the First African Baptist Church just west of City Market in Savannah. 23 Montgomery Street (at the corner of Montgomery and West Bryan Streets) marks the northwest edge of Franklin Square, and a location you won’t want to miss on your tour of Savannah. Like Monumental United, the red doors beckon. The stained glass windows will get you hoping that zoom-lens on your camera functions perfectly. In fact, maybe you want to start practicing your photography skills now!

Come See for Yourself!

To appreciate the beauty of the Savannah’s churches, you don’t have to be religious. You don’t even have to go far from Azalea Inn & Gardens to be awed by the architecture. In just a 20-minute stroll down to historic River Street from our B&B, you can experience for yourself what we’ve shared today in this B&B spotlight on our favorite city-wide sanctuaries.

  Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve your room today to enjoy Easter in Savannah and to explore Savannah’s Churches in the city Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City.”

Recap of Savannah Stopover, 2013

March 13, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Picture 1If ya’ll were lucky, you were in Savannah during the Savannah Stopover – the first big music event of the year. Today we’re bringing you a recap of Savannah Stopover, 2013.

This Stopover recap comes with our B&B’s heavy endorsement to attend the biggest music event of the year, the upcoming Savannah Music Festival. The Savannah Music Festival is a 3-week celebration of live music in Savannah from March 20-April 6, 2013.

What is Savannah Stopover?

Savannah Stopover is an indie music festival that takes place at the beginning of March in Savannah, GA. 2013 marks Stopover’s 3rd annual year of grabbing bands from around the country who are heading to Austin, TX for SXSW. There are venues for all ages, and 21+ performances also. Basically, Stopover brings music for everyone, with almost 100 musical acts making their mark on the musical heartstrings of Savannah.

How to Make the Most of All the Live Music in Savannah During Stopover:

To make the most out of all the live music in Savannah during Stopover NEXT year (because this recap helps you realize just how awesome Stopover really is), you’ve first got to get tickets. Stopover always has a lot of pricing options. You can get day passes for a single day, check out single shows per venue or purchase passes for the whole 3-day music event in Savannah with the added option of putting yourself on the VIP list for a few extra bucks.

Secondly, you’ve got to plan your weekend because there’s SO MUCH MUSIC to see. For the marquee events of Savannah Stopover 2013 we had:

  • Thurston Moore, previously of Sonic Youth, performing on Thursday night at Knights of Columbus with his current band, Chelsea Light Moving.
  • of Montreal performing at what can be called the main event. Forsyth Park on Friday night was PACKED with what seemed like at least 3000 people for the free concert

Who knows what’s in store for next year’s Stopover, but mark your calendars and follow Azalea Inn & Gardens on Facebook, because we’ll be reminding you!

What Kind of Bands Play at Savannah Stopover?

Local bands, Nashville bands, New England bands and many more from around the county come to Savannah Stopover in 2013. Local bands from Savannah including The Accomplices, mumbledust and Bear Fight! played. So did some fun New England bands like Mercies and Bronze Radio Return. Nashville made its mark on the Savannah music scene by lending us The Wild Feathers and Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes. You can check out samples and bios for all the bands on the Savannah Stopover website. Almost 100 bands to choose from!

Where is the Best Place to See Live Music in Savannah

We don’t have a favorite music venue, because the best place to see live music in Savannah really depends on what live music happens where. Venues like The Sparetime, The Jepson Center, Congress Street Social Club and The Jinx along with many, many more hosted 3 nights chock full of live music in Savannah during Stopover this year.

 Ok, Let’s Mark Our Calendars for the Best Live Music in Savannah!

Here’s the deal. Stopover is the greatest, for all you music lovers. Well, the greatest SO FAR this year. And let’s be serious, who ISN’T a music lover. Like Nietzsche says, “Without music, life would be a mistake.” If you didn’t make Savannah Stopover, mark your calendars for next year’s Stopover and start making your plans to attend the upcoming Savannah Music Festival, a 3-week celebration of live music in Savannah from March 20-April 6.

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

Veterans Day Reception: Thank You to our Restaurants

November 13, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson

Veterans enjoying the reception and the company!

Our third annual Veterans Day Reception was held on Sunday, November 11, 2012 and exceptionally well attended by over 35 active duty and retired veterans plus families. One special veteran was the 92-year-old grandfather of Laci Leoci, of Leoci’s Trattoria – he was truly the center of attention as veterans of all ages shook his hand and thanked him for his contribution to our Country.

The kitchen at Azalea Inn and Gardens was the staging ground and “bar” for the evenings repast and the on again off again sprinkles did little to dampen the spirits or the appetites of these wonderful men and women. Quiet murmurs of appreciation were heard throughout the house as they dined on an enormous spread of foods from some of our most favorite restaurants. We take this time to say “Thank You” to our restaurant partners:

Alligator Soul’s Cajun Meatloaf was the favorite of one vet whose wife declined to make him lunch before arriving… he had begged her to make him some meatloaf!

Leoci’s Trattoria provided Charcuterie and Cheese platters which were devoured quickly and these gracious hosts quickly came over with more platters.

Cha Bella contributed a mouthwatering seasoned Chicken Breasts, Mac-n-Cheese and Green Beans, and the youngest in the crowd declared the mac-n-cheese the best ever!

Pirates House pulled pork and collard Spring Rolls and dipping sauce were quick to go.

Sage made a delicous Planked Salmon, Bruchetta and herbed cream cheese with homemade crostini.

Crystal Beer Parlor shared their famous Crab Dip and homemade crostinie.

Gigi’s Cupcakes contributed 40 mini-cupcakes which were, as expected, quickly devoured.

Lulu’s Chocolate Bar also added to the dessert display with chocolate covered strawberries – Yum!

Azalea Inn and Gardens made Sweet Ricotta Cheese with Fresh Fruit Blintzes.

Wine, sodas and water were all supplied by the four Savannah Inns, Azalea Inn and Gardens, Green Palm Inn, Zeigler House Inn and Dresser Palmer House.

 

Savannah Inn Gives Back at Arlington National Cemetery

July 9, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson

At Columbarium – Arlington National Cemetery

Every year this Savannah Inn gives back to our nation’s military heroes with participation in PLANET’s Renewal and Remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC). This year, the mission at ANC is to lime 155 of acres of turf, aerate 36 acres of turf, provide tree protection and arborist services, install perennials, update two irrigation systems, and continue the Children’s Program. It seems daunting when you realize that nearly 68 TONS of lime will be spread. Can you begin to imagine the coordination it takes to arrange delivery of the lime to different areas of ANC, the equipment required to spread lime and the numbers of people on each team to ensure that in the 8 hours we are granted access to the grounds that this will be accomplished? I am in absolute awe of the details the PLANET committee has put into this memorial project.

Jake and I are part of the irrigation team which makes sense when you realize that Jake is a territory sales manager for the world’s largest irrigation manufacturer in the world, Jain Irrigation. The Irrigation project has 5 teams at the Columbarium and three teams at the Receiving Vault. The Columbarium teams will install low-voltage irrigation control wire which in the long range will allow Columbarium #1 through #8 to be controlled by two ACC controllers that will link to a central computer allowing for central management of the system. They will also continue the upgrade of sprinkler heads around the Columbarium. There are multiple teams working at the Columbarium because all work must be coordinated so as to not interfere with (the 29) funeral schedules.

We are assigned to the Receiving Vault where Jake is the Captain in charge of installing drrip irrigation around the Rose Garden. We will arise early on Monday and join 400+ volunteers in prayer as we open our day to giving back to those who have given so much.

Azalea Inn and Gardens urges all retired and active duty military to take advantage of our 365-day a year special just for you! Call or book on-line and be sure to mention your duty status and branch of service. We are waiting for you.

Savannah Inn Joins PLANET at Arlington National Cemetery for Renewal and Remembrance

June 11, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson

Repairing irrigation system Arlington National Cemetery, 2011

The owners of Azalea Inn and Gardens have a firm commitment to the military: active duty, retired and deceased, to honor their service whereever and whenever possible, and for the second year in a row this Savannah Inn joins PLANET at Arlington National Cememtery for Renewal and Remembrance on July 9, 2012. PLANET is an acronym for Professional Landcare Network, and for 16 years this organization has drawn hundreds of volunteers in the landscape and lawn care profession from  across the country. They spend the day mulching, cabling and installing  lightening protection for trees, pruning, planting, and liming and aerating more than 200 acres. Mike Jacobson is an irrigation specialist and has volunteered to oversee the installation of new irrigation products which are being donated by his employer, Jain Irrigation USA. Last year as one of the Irrigation Association (IA) volunteers Mike (known as Jake at the inn) and Teresa  worked on the addition of new irrigation components at the receiving vault, a historic building dating back to the Civil War. The volunteers and staff also upgraded the irrigation system at the columbarium, where cremated remains are interred.

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