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Savannah Craft Beer: Hop Down to Azalea Inn & Villas and Visit the Best Beer Spots in Town

November 16, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Savannah Craft Beer

Enjoy Savannah Craft Beer when you visit the Hostess City!

Savannah Craft Beer

There are many reasons to visit Savannah, but if you are into craft beer, Savannah is definitely a city worth checking out! With so many places featuring delicious craft beer, we have narrowed it down to a handful of places, and even marked some spots on a map of downtown Savannah for our guests.

Read all about each brewery, bar, or restaurant featured below, and book your rooms for a beer tour around the Hostess City! Take brewery tours, try local Georgia beers, and more when you come enjoy Savannah Craft Beer.

 

 

Try Savannah Craft Beer at the Crystal Beer Parlor

Located on West Jones Street, the Crystal Beer Parlor is a local and visitor favorite when it comes to food and beer. Crystal Beer Parlor has been around for over 80 years now, and was one of the first American eating establishments to provide alcohol after the repeal of Prohibition. Some say that it was speakeasy during Prohibition! Check out this historical Savannah business and grab a brew and a burger! Choose from their extensive list of beers, and be sure to check out the local beers they have on tap.

 

Savannah Craft Beer

Taste local Savannah beer at South Bound Brewery!

Taste our Local Savannah Craft Beer at Southbound Brewing Co.

Southbound Brewing Company is the first production microbrewery in Savannah, Georgia. Take a tour of the brewery Wednesdays-Fridays, from 5:30pm-7:30pm, or on Saturdays from 2pm-4pm. Tours are first come, first serve and are free with a complimentary tasting. Find your perfect brew from their five beers: Scattered Sun Belgian Witbier, Secret’s Shared Wild IPA, Fade to Red Ale, Moonlight Drive Stout, and Hoplin’ IPA. Southbound Brewery offers a little taste of Savannah in a big way!

 

The Beer Growler

Do you like your beer in quantity? Well, the Beer Growler, located on Liberty Street, offers craft beers of all varieties for you to taste, enjoy, and take home in your very own growler! Some local Savannah Craft Beer can be found on their menu, so you can take home a growler of your favorite Savannah brew.

 

Savannah Craft Beer

Bring out your inner craft beer enthusiast at the Distillery!

The Distillery

The next stop on your Savannah Craft Beer tour is the Savannah Distillery Ale House, or as we call it: The Distillery. The Distillery Ale House is a true craft beer bar, as well as a restaurant, offering 21 craft beers on tap, and over 99 varieties of bottled beers! Pick your brew of choice, and select something off of their expansive menu. Beer lovers, you will not be disappointed.

 

 

 

Ampersand

Ampersand is a new bar/restaurant in town, offering delicious food and intriguing cocktail concoctions. As enticing as those options are, Ampersand also has an extensive beer list. So, after a day of shopping on Broughton Street, turn the corner onto Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, and plant yourself at Ampersand for some good brews and food.

  

O’Connell’s Irish Pub

Looking for an authentic Irish Pub on your Savannah Craft Brew journey? Well, look no further! O’Connell’s Irish Pub is the perfect atmosphere to enjoy a nice cold brew in. Take in the Irish memorabilia while sipping on a Guinness, or…dare say…if you are tired of beer, try their Pickleback: a shot of whiskey chased with a shot of pickle brine!

 

Service Brewing Co.

Another local Savannah brewery, Service Brewing Co. is a veteran owned and operated craft brewery. Stop in and check out the process of brewing with a tour and a tasting at Service Brewing Co. Their tour times are Thursday-Friday, 5:30pm to 7:30pm, and Saturdays, 2-4pm. Be sure to try their year round beers: The Ground Pounder Pale Ale and the Compass Rose IPA. Don’t miss out on their seasonal brew: the Rally Point Bohemian-style Pilsner. A portion of their revenue goes toward various charities that support service.

 

Savannah Craft Beer

Enjoy delicious burgers and beer at Green Truck Pub!

Green Truck Pub

Now, the Green Truck Pub is not located downtown, but it definitely makes our Savannah Craft Beer Tour list. The Green Truck Pub is not only home to some of the best burgers in town, but they also provide an extensive beer menu. Voted best restaurant in Savannah four years in a row, you can’t go wrong with the Green Truck Pub. Pick from their beers on tap or from the bottle and pair it with a tasty, grass-fed beef burger!

 

 

 

Local Georgia Beers to Try

While tasting around Savannah, be sure to try some Local Georgia Brews:

  • Coastal Empire Beer Co.
  • Monday Night Brewing
  • Red Brick Brewing Company
  • SweetWater Brewing Company
  • Terrapin Beer Company
  • Service Brewing Company
  • Southbound Brewing Company
  • Moon River Brewing Co.
  • Eagle Creek Brewing Company

 

 

Come to Savannah for Craft Beer and Stay at Azalea Inn

Take in Savannah with a cold glass of beer on the go, thanks to our open container policy! Stay at Azalea Inn & Villas and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast to start you on your day of tasting. We are located in the heart of downtown Savannah, providing easy access to historical sites, tours, restaurants, bars, museums, and more! Let us know that you are interested in our beer tour map of downtown when you book your room. If you’re a lover of beer, hop (pun intended) down to Savannah for their craft brew selection. Book your rooms today!

 

Azalea Inn and Villas, 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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Celebrate Black History Month in Savannah

November 9, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Black History Month in Savannah

Celebrate Black History Month in Savannah with our Special Vacation Package!

Experience Black History Month in Savannah

Are you a history buff? Do you love to explore historic homes, monuments, and cities? Savannah has a rich past, making it an oasis for history lovers. Our history can be found in the city’s architecture, along its historic streets, within the beautiful Savannah squares, and even in the city’s culture. Black heritage and culture make up a large part of Savannah’s history, providing many avenues for exploring Black History.

Azalea Inn will be featuring a Savannah Vacation Package during the months of January and February in celebration of Black History Month. This is an offer you don’t want to miss out on!

Book a two night stay in Gentleman’s Parlor, Sweet Olive, Magnolia Place, or Forsyth Place and we will include two tickets for our favorite Black Heritage Tour and a secret map to guide you to the best Soul Food in the city!

Black History Month in Savannah

Enjoy a detailed tour of Savannah’s Black History with Day Clean Journeys!

Take a Tour For Black History Month in Savannah

Our Black History Month Vacation Package provides two tickets for one of our favorite tour groups, Day Clean Journeys. Day Clean Journeys is a company that offers 2 hour long tours filled with the detail of Savannah’s history, culture, and life.  The Day Clean African American History Tour will take you through the historic district for just $25 per person, however, if you take part in our Black History Month Package, you’ll receive two FREE tickets and we’ll do the booking for you!

Black History Month in Savannah

Stop in at the King-Tisdell Cottage, and many other great historical places to learn more about Black History in Savannah

View Live History When you Visit Savannah for Black History Month

Savannah provides ample opportunities for history buffs to explore past eras. Take a tour at the King-Tisdell Cottage, a Victorian home turned museum dedicated to preserving African American history and culture. Explore the museum’s artifacts and period furniture pieces that were standard of a coastal black residence of the 1890s. The King-Tisdell Cottage is not far from the Azalea Inn & Villas- it’s located at 514 East Huntingdon Street, just down the road! Tour Savannah’s First African Baptist Church downtown. This church was established in 1773, and is said to have ties to the Underground Railroad! Then head over to the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum. This museum has great historical significance as the largest African American bank in the county.

Eat Great Soul Food!

What’s better than some good Ol’ Southern Soul Food?  When you participate in our Black History Month Vacation Package, you will have access to an exclusive map with all of the best Soul Food places in Savannah! Take a break and enjoy some fabulous food when you experience Black History Month in Savannah. Shhh! Locations are top secret!

Black History Month in Savannah

Check out the amazing exhibits at the Telfair Museums!

Enjoy Black History at Savannah’s Art Museums

The Telfair Museums have wonderful exhibits taking place this year, some of which surround Black History. Come January, Savannah’s Telfair Museum will host the “Visual Blues” exhibit, which investigates the conjunction of blues and jazz music with Harlem Renaissance artists as the genre made it’s way north from the South. Check out these bright, and lively paintings, and be sure to stop in at the Jepson Museum and enjoy the Deep River installation by artist Whitfield Lovell, featuring the emotional journey to freedom.

Stay at Azalea Inn & Villas and Celebrate Black History Month

Experience Black History Month in Savannah when you stay at Azalea Inn & Villas and take part in our Savannah Vacation Special! Our city is filled with great history and so much to see, so make the most of it this January and February with our Black History Month Vacation Package. Book your rooms today and don’t miss out on this great celebration!

Chef Tim Rutherford – Savannah Cooking Classes at Azalea Inn

November 6, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

cheftimSavannah, Georgia’s Azalea Inn & Villas is now offering Private Cooking Classes by Chef Tim Rutherford for small groups. Get your girlfriends together and enjoy a lovely evening of good food, wine, and education!

Chef Tim Rutherford grew up in rural Kentucky – then left home to pursue more than three decades as a photojournalist and newsman. A ground-breaking meal in New Orleans in 1979 set him on a path exploring the people and places that make food and drink special.

He consults in the food and beverage industry on food safety, menu development and event marketing. Tim has written about wine for Connect Savannah, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine and Publix’ The Grape. He contributes regularly to magazines ranging from Food Network magazine to Delta Sky. He has appeared on Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, NPR and Martha Stewart Radio. He is a regular contributor to the UK-based website Chowzter.

His weekly e-mail newsletter, Savannahfoodie Tastings, circulates weekly to nearly 6,000 subscribers.

In his spare time, Tim teaches cooking and conducts consumer education programs on food and drink. He and his wife, T.J., a psychotherapist, live in Chatham County with their two Chihuahuas.

Call the Inn to discuss your groups specific needs, we’ll make sure it’s a great time for all!

Savannah in the Fall: Two Months of Perfect Weather

September 7, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Savannah in the Fall NightsEnjoy Savannah in the Fall
We love Savannah in the Fall, because come September and October, two months of perfect Savannah weather are here!

September and October in Savannah means blue skies, cool breezes, and temperatures in the mid to low seventies. Savannah in the Fall offers perfect weather for walking around the Hostess City. The days and nights are perfect for taking in the wonderful sights, breathtaking architecture and scenery.

Play Outside!
Walk along River Street and enjoy the cool breezes that come off the water. Do some shopping on Broughton Street, and don’t forget to stop at Leopold’s for a scoop of delicious ice cream!  Stroll around the shaded squares found all around the downtown area. Enjoy the historic monuments and locations all over this incredible walking city.

Savannah in the Fall might mean you are ready to strut and Lunch with Marilyn. You know who we mean, THE Marilyn.  Okay, it’s a Savannah-based Marilyn Monroe statue in City Market, but still…  You can catch lunch at Vinnie Van Go Go’s and enjoy a slice of pizza while you cozy up to Marilyn.

Maybe you want to grab one of the best sandwiches in America at Zunzi’s, located on York Street. Bid your time enjoying your lunch in their outdoor seating area. Insider tip: You are only a few steps from Oglethorpe Square. Why not stroll on over and relax on a bench in the shade?

Later, head over to Vic’s for drinks and dinner accompanied by a view of the river and impressive cargo ships.

Fall Events & Activities in Savannah
Savannah in the Fall offers wonderful events and activities providing ample opportunity to experience the gorgeous weather.

Enjoy the Annual Savannah Jazz Festival in Forsyth Park taking place September 21-27.  Let us pack up a picnic to take to the park along with a bottle of your favorite beverage. Grab a blanket or some beach chairs and enjoy the local music!

Okay, so September holidays don’t include Valentine’s day but, why not indulge anyway?  International Chocolate Day (13th) and National White Chocolate Day (22nd) are good enough reason for us!  PS: Don’t forget to stop in at Chocolat by Adam Turoni for some of the best handmade chocolates in Savannah. You can find the store at 323 West Broughton Street.

Things to do in Savannah in the Fall October

Picnic in Forsyth Park. Photo Credit: SavannahNow.com

One of our favorite October events is Picnic in the Park – an extravaganza of music and food and friendship. This favorite event takes place on October 5 in Forsyth Park. Picnic-goers with a creative flair and a competitive nature will vie for the best picnic spread that emulates this year’s theme “Fly Me to the Moon.” Contestants are encouraged to design their picnic spread inspired by elegance, luminescence, and romance. This is easily one of the most spectacular picnic events in Georgia, if not the entire East Coast! Reserve your room now because this is always a sell-out!

Oktober Fest and Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival are also in October, giving visitors the chance to sample some German cuisine and enjoy live entertainment on the waterfront.  Later in October head across the River to Hutchison Island for the Concours d’Elegance  Did you know Savannah was the Birthplace of Gran Prix racing? Enjoy a glimpse into the inner workings of racing with a visit of the Speed Classic.

Race cars not your thing? Maybe Tall Ships are! Tour the Tall Ship,  El Galeon, a replica of the ship that Ponce de Leon sailed in 1513 to Florida. The ship will grace the Savannah Riverfront from October 24 through November 2. (The ship is also used in the filming of the television show, Crossbones.)

Don’t Miss Out on Savannah in the Fall
With such beautiful weather, the possibilities are endless! Let us know and we’ll make all the arrangements … and cue you into the fun of discovering some of Savannah‘s best kept secrets! Book your trip to the Azalea Inn and Villas to experience the beauty of Savannah in the Fall.

Azalea Inn and Villas, 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 & Villas on Facebook and Twitter, too!

Hey Y’all! Find Out What’s New With Paula Deen!

August 31, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Paula Deen Hey Ya’ll!

Nothing says Savannah like the delightful, Southern chef, Paula Deen. We were lucky enough to attend the first showing of Paula Deen Live at the Lucas Theater, featuring Paula and her family doing what they do best: cooking and laughing!

This Southern chef has a lot of exciting things coming up that you won’t want to miss!  So, find out what’s new with Paula Deen!

A Family That Cooks Together 

Paula entertained her guests with her contagious joy and laughter, her natural Southern charm and love for Savannah. First, Paula and her two sons, Jamie and Bobby, whipped up a delicious peach trifle, proving that dessert is certainly best when eaten first, and that Georgia peaches are the sweetest peaches you’ll ever taste.

Michael, Paula’s husband, joined the family on stage to create a dish they call a Five in Dime. This dish had only five ingredients: chicken, feta, arugula, tomatoes, and corn, and can be thrown together in only ten minutes! Easy and delicious- our kind of meal.

Get Ready for Paula’s Next Adventure

Paula Deen is Savannah’s Sweetheart, and we are all excited for the launch of her new network. The Paula Deen Network will start this September, featuring recipes, shows, and much more. The best part? It’s all accessible from your phone, tablet, and PC! Find out more information here.

A night full of fun and laughter is what you can expect from Paula Deen and her family, embodying the true Savannah spirit in their love for food and one another. You’ll feel right at home in Paula’s kitchen.

There Is No Place Like Savannah

Take it from Paula when she says, “There is no place like Savannah in the entire world!”

Y’all, she’s right!

So, make your plans to visit Savannah soon! You don’t miss out on any of the great Paula Deen Live shows, or the book signings taking place this September –December at her restaurant, Lady & Sons.

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 3, 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!

Come Visit the Art Museums in Savannah

July 6, 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 30, 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 22, 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 15, 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!

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