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Sweet Beginning – Ricotta Quiche with Fresh Berries

April 28th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Ricotta Quiche breakfast

Sweet Ricotta Quiche

Sweet Ricotta Quiche with Fresh Berries what a glorious beginning to the day when combined with sausage and hearty cups of coffee. It’s enough to make you swoon. The second B in Bed and Breakfast is a sacred time in our daily ritual and we strive to make it memorable for you. We are often asked where our recipes come from and the answer is a combination of childhood memories, magazines, the internet, friends and best of all, our guests. It is, however, the childhood memories that make for the best recipes.

Sweet Beginning:

When I was a little girl growing up in small town Massachusetts, neighbors seemed friendlier than the those of today. Life seemed, and surely must have been, simpler. When breakfast was over, out the door we would scamper, ready to explore for the day with not a care that a stranger lurking would do us harm. Our parents didn’t worry either – they knew someone was keeping an eye on us. There was no possibility of getting away with anything and anyone’s mom could spank you. Holidays were extended beyond family and into the homes of your neighbors with comings and goings throughout the day.

Easter Sunday was one such shared holiday. We spent the hours after Mass visiting with primarily two families: the Rausa Family and the Crawford Family. What these two families had in common were lots of stepladder children and an Italian Heritage. Mr. Rausa was my dad’s very best friend and many holidays found us all in one or the others kitchen sharing food and drink. Easter, however, will forever be the holiday of the Crawford family for Mrs. Crawford made the best ever Easter Pie. a sweet ricotta quiche. This recipe is not what I remember from my childhood, but its inspiration is deeply rooted in that time. This Ricotta Quiche has become a favorite at the inn but is served more often than just for a holiday.

Tips: We make these Ricotta Quiche pies the day before and allow them to come to room temperature prior to serving. Cut each pie into 8 servings. Top with Fresh Berries and zigzag the Berry Sauce over the Ricotta Quiche and the plate. Serve with sausage links or thick cut bacon. Garish side of plate with mint, fanned strawberry or thin orange slice. Now go relax with YOUR guests.

Sweet Ricotta Quiche:

Topping:

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

½ cup sugar

½ cup (one stick) butter

1 tsp ground cinnamon

Mix flour, sugar, butter and cinnamon in food processor. Set aside.

Filling:

¾ cup butter

¾ cup sugar

6 eggs, extra large to jumbo

1 tsp orange extract

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 lbs ricotta cheese

2 9-inch uncooked pie crusts

1 egg white, beaten

Set oven to 350.

In the mixer, cream softened butter and sugar for five minutes at medium high speed. Reduce speed to low and add eggs, one at a time until incorporated. Mix in orange extract and vanilla extract. Add ricotta and mix well again.

Brush pie crusts with egg white and pour in the filling. Sprinkle on the topping. Bake the ricotta quiche for one hour.

Allow to cool. Cover and refrigerate. Make Berry Sauce and refrigerate.

Berry Sauce:

1/3 cup sugar

1 cup frozen strawberries or triple berries

Heat the fruit with sugar for approximately 30 minutes until slightly thickened. Strain if necessary to remove seeds. Pour into nozzle-tip plastic bottle. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Fresh Berries Topping:

There is not an exact science to prepping the berries. Simply choose your favorites. We use sliced strawberries, blue berries and blackberries. Sprinkle with brown sugar – again the amount depends on the tartness of your fruit. Let marinate while prepping your plates for service. Toss and top the sliced pie. Drizzle with the berry sauce.

 

~~~ Teresa

 

 

 

Savannah Inns Luxury Suites Nearly Complete!

April 11th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Savannah Family Vacation bed and b

Savannah Inns Luxury Suites Nears Completion

Savannah Inns Luxury Suites are nearly complete! We truly did mean to keep you apprised of progress, as a matter of fact we started this Blog on March 30. Our intent was to take you on the journey with us, so  we have been sorting pictures into a collage of the progress. Suddenly, however, opening day was upon us!  AND our new suites remain unnamed (well, we now call them 601, 603 and 605). So, what are we going to do about this oversight on our part? Keep reading to find out about the best new promotion offered by Savannah Inns bed and breakfast.

Savannah Inns Luxury Suites

These three units will be offering the same fine amenities you have come to expect from Azalea Inn. Luxury bath amenities, Comphy sheets, fine bed linens, you will have it. Beautiful kitchens with granite counter-tops, fully stocked – yes we thought of that too. Breakfast on your time, not ours – yep, that too.

Are you ready for the Unveiling?

601 – Two Bedroom

The second floor location of this suite affords a closer look at the beauty of Huntingdon Street and the surrounding historic homes. This suite features one king-bedroom and one queen-bedroom as well as a 2-sink bathroom with a tub/shower. The living room sofa also folds out into a twin bed making this suite perfect for five! The well-appointed kitchen features granite counters and gas stove with over the range microwave.

603 – One Bedroom

Located on the second floor this suite has an expansive fan-cooled covered porch overlooking the backyard and neighboring historic homes. The living area has a double sofa bed and opens to the kitchen bar area where a gas range and other fabulous amenities make your stay more delightful. The king bed and double-shower bathroom leaves you wondering why you would need to go anywhere.

605 – The Carriage House

Though still under construction, the new carriage house with private entrance leaves no amenity missed. A Galley kitchen with granite counter-tops opens to the sitting room with double sofa bed and soft light filtering in under the coverage of the yew pines growing alongside your entry. Your queen-bed room is beautifully appointed for your comfort.

old garage gone moving along windows and a mess

 

 

 

 

Savannah Inns Luxury Suites Promotion

Savannah Inns Luxury Suites are Nearly Complete – but GASP – not one of the suites has a name. We are pleading with you! Please name these three suites for us. If your entry is chosen you will win two nights* for two in your suite and be invited to our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. (Rules will be posted at the bottom of this email.) We are awaiting the completion of the third suite to announce the the date of our Ribbon Cutting. This promotion ends June 1, 2014 with the winners announced June 16, 2014.

So, what are you waiting for? We are offering incredibly low introductory pricing on our three new suites – why – well, because we need you to help us work any kinks out and make our new inn the South’s preferred Getaway destination!

 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.  

Chosen as #5 of “19 Truly Charming Places To See Before You Die”

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 *You may enter as many suggestions as you like but each entry must be submitted separately. Three winners will be chosen. Each winner is responsible for city and state taxes on the retail value of the room; these taxes will be collected at the time of the reservation. Reservation must be completed by December 31, 2014, and specifically excludes holidays and special events listed on the website of www.VisitSavannah.com. The entire stay must be taken at one time. Other rules may apply.

Visit Savannah Giveaway

March 11th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Visit Savannah Giveaway

Visit Savannah’s famous fountain in beautiful Forsyth Park.

Visit Savannah for an unforgettable stay in the Historic District’s most pamper-centric inn. Be the first to choose our newest vacation package – the Visit Savannah Giveaway.  We are bundling a takeaway memento with every new reservation at Azalea Inn & Gardens through the end of 2014 (hence the Visit Savannah Getaway)!  It’s simple enough, you merely have to book a 2-night stay and this giveaway is yours.  This is just the beginning however of a fun year ahead for our bed and breakfast inn.

On a lazy rainy Tuesday afternoon a few weeks ago during a team-building planning session we began sharing stories about our favorite parts of innkeeping. We spoke of our favorite guests, best desserts and most often asked questions. We used all this (sometimes hilarious) data to give you what you ask for most. Keep your eye on us over the next 60 days because you will see more fun packages and gift-bearing contests. Follow our Blog, Facebook and newsletter to keep up.  Some contestants will even win a 2-night stay in the Savannah Inns annex suites located at 225 E. Huntingdon. A series of Visit Savannah Giveaways are being developed as you read this.

The First Visit Savannah Giveaway:

Let’s begin with our first package: Visit Savannah Giveaway.  A stay at our bed and breakfast begins with a warm welcome and an invitation to our evening wine and social hour. As guests come and go, they often share that our social hour was the first glimpse into what the city had to offer. Our guests really enjoy sharing their experiences whether it be a recommendation for a walking tour or a particularly tasty luncheon. Armed with all this free info, off you go to fall in love with our city. Evenings may find you hurrying home knowing that a delicious evening snack awaits your return to our home. Favorite guest requests include our Sweet Dreams and Giant Chocolate Toffee cookies, as well as the sinfully rich Carrot-Craisin Cake with Cream Cheese frosting.

Visit Savannah Giveaway

Visit Savannah Giveaway Signature Coffee Mugs

Your first morning begins with a steaming cup of Good and Evil – a deep brooding blend from Savannah Coffee Roasters sure to spark you awake for the day’s explorations. If tea is your cuppa, we’ve got the tea to set your day right from Adagio Tea’s Casablanca Twist to Sleeping Dragon to Yunnan Noir, we have it all. Your second social experience of a bed and breakfast stay is, of course, the second B – Breakfast. The day begins with a fruit course – Mango Tango or perhaps Fosters Banana. When you finish licking the spoon out comes your next entree – either a sweet or savory main course (think Orange-Cranberry Croissant Soufflé with fresh fruit and sizzling thick cut bacon, or Eggs Pomodoro with Creamy Georgia Grits and  homemade butter biscuits served alongside a choice of house-made jams). Endless cups of coffee, tea, juice and milk nicely round out the start to your day.

Exploration of the “Jewel of the South” begins with a trolley tour of old Savannah by day while nights in one of America’s most haunted cities invite a walk through the ghostly past of Savannah. Your savvy personable innkeepers will point the way to fabulous finds and intimate escapes: Drop in for a few small plate bites in underground Savannah. Slip down Ole Savannah’s mesmerizing streets to a piano bar, reminiscent of Prohibition Days … but with legal booze and live jazz. Here you will find a near perfect combination of American South’s slower pace of leisure, amazing climate, southern style, and beautiful location. Though parting will be such sweet sorrow – the memories you make here will never fade – Two Signature Azalea Inn & Gardens mugs are yours with our compliments. Each mug is hand-thrown by Deneen Pottery and are perfect for gift giving.

Here’s the Deal:

Book a Two-night stay online (or by phone). Choose the Visit Savannah Giveaway under the tab Specials and Packages. Two mugs will be awaiting you on arrival with a coupon for our Favorite Coffee Roaster – Savannah Coffee Roasters.

 

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.  

Chosen as #5 of “19 Truly Charming Places To See Before You Die”

You can also keep up with Azalea Inn & Gardens on FacebookGoogle+ and Twitter, too!

Family Friendly Savannah Vacation Suites

February 25th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Family Friendly Savannah Vacation Suites

Family Friendly Bed and Breakfast Renovations

Our bed and breakfast has broken ground on a new project – family friendly Savannah vacation suites. You know us as a romantic Savannah bed and breakfast, one where small children don’t roam. However, we have been listening – we understand. Some people want to travel with their kids, or with grammie and pops. Others look for the perfect getaway for sisters or best friends. The list seems endless and not every inn is on speaking terms with your needs.

We took on the challenge to build our own Family Friendly Savannah vacation suites. This new venture is undertaken with families of all ages in mind and is conveniently located on quiet East Huntingdon Street, a mere block from world-famous Forsyth Park.

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Wedding Planning Event in Savannah, GA (and How to Attend Free)

February 9th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Savannah Wedding at Bed and Breakfast

“The best time to love with your whole heart is always now, in this moment, because no breath beyond the current is promised.”
-Fawn Weaver

Wedding Planning season is upon us and we are sure it’ll be no surprise to learn that most proposals occur in the time-frame between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, or that 46% of couples share the good news via Facebook!  And how about these little factoids: In 2011, 62 proposals took place via the Jumbotron at Fenway Park in Boston,  2000 engagements per year happen at Disney World, and on average 75-100 people ride the ferry to propose at the Statue of Liberty annually. Wait, did you know the average length of an engagement is 14 months?

Holy moly – but what is this all leading up to?  The Fifth Annual Behind the Veil wedding planning event in Savannah, GA hosted by our city’s only bridal Lifestyle magazine, Savannah Weddings. And we have the inside scoop on how to attend free!

On Sunday, March 2, 2014, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Telfair Museums in historic downtown Savannah you will have the opportunity to meet LOCAL expert wedding professionals who are deeply entwined in all that this low country coastal wedding destination has to offer.  Join these top professionals for tastings, consultations, luxe giveaways and a top-label gown show, presented by BleuBelle Bridal Boutique, Simon’s Formal Wear, B Street Salon, Savannah Makeup and Skincare Professionals, Urban Poppy, and Jeremy Davis & The Equinox Jazz Quintet. And don’t forget to book your Savannah honeymoon at the Azalea Inn & Gardens!

A mainstay of romance in the South’s most beautiful city, Azalea Inn & Gardens offers a small intimate venue for couples who want to stay focused on each other on their day of days.  More than 100 couples who have chosen to elope to Savannah select our inn for the personal attention that comes wrapped in our elopement package. Small and personal, our package offers a chance for couples to really come together and start a brand new chapter. This one-on-one wedding is perfect for those who are looking for a more personal experience and is most often chosen by second-marriage couples.

Other couples have chosen the inn as the site for their family and friends only wedding ceremony. Reserving the entire inn for two or three days and  relaxing, these couples taking great comfort in knowing that their guests will have this vibrant Southern city to amuse and enthrall them. All while they relax in the gracious surroundings of our intimate Bed and Breakfast- what better way can you celebrate? Wedding planning has never looked this promising!

Wait, we did promise to tell you how to attend this event for free.  Simply follow these steps.

  1. Pick someone to come with you – your soon-to-be-groom or your bride’s maid.
  2. Book one or two nights at the inn to include Sunday, March 2, 2014.
  3. Mention Behind the Veil in the comment section if booking online, or tell our staff if you are booking by phone.
  4. On arrival TWO tickets to the event will be yours!

It’s really that easy.  So come on! It’s time to start a new adventure- Savannah is waiting for you.

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

You can also keep up with Azalea Inn & Gardens on FacebookGoogle+ and Twitter, too!

Architectural Tour of Savannah with Jonathon Stalcup: What We Miss When We Don’t Look Up

January 19th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Savannah is widely considered one of the most walkable cities in the US. Not only is Savannah absolutely stunning but she is also filled with a rich history that most can’t help but feel captivated by. Beyond the live oak trees and the Spanish moss we can see an even more detailed face of the Savannah and that is her architectural design. But how does one even begin to fathom the complex history of Savannah with her architecture? Jonathon Stalcup took this challenge by the horns and did so in a marvelous way! Here’s why we LOVE Jonathon’s Architectural Tour:

Your Tour Guide

Jonathon Stalcup, a local author and SCAD graduate, sought to bring this “secret Savannah” to public light and did so in a marvelous way. On his tour you don’t feel overwhelmed with information or intimidated by his knowledge. His approach to enlightening his tour-mates is leisurely and comfortable making this the ideal tour for those of you who would want a brief overview of Savannah’s architecture without feeling like you’re losing that information.

Savannah’s Architecture and History

With over three hundred years of history compressed into its buildings a lot of people, Savannahians included, miss a lot when they don’t look up. Savannah has been there for a majority of American History and has also gone through constant changes in design and styles as the years go on. Jonathon does a marvelous job summing up the trials of Savannah as she was faces the challenges of history.

For example, did you know that after the Revolutionary War Savannahians of the time got so sick of the British Empire that they adopted Grecian architecture?  Although they did not get rid of all the Colonial Styles a good portion of the wealthy elite and others built or converted their homes, businesses, and public buildings into what appears to be Greek Temple and Pantheons. Stylish- but it made it difficult to discern which was the post office and which was your house. At least it was showing your true allegiance to democracy, right? Take that, British Empire!

Start Walking!

So book a tour with Jonathon, bring a bottle of water, wear comfortable shoes, and most importantly, prepare to be enlightened and once again captivated by Savannah’s beauty . Jonathon Stalcup’s Architectural Tour of Savannah will no doubt leave you with a whole new perspective.

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.”

You can also keep up with Azalea Inn & Gardens on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter, too!

Savannah Restaurant Week: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

January 5th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

One of our many favorites from 45 Bistro. :)

Scallops: one of our many favorites from 45 Bistro. :)

If there’s anything you should know about Savannah it’s that we are THE city when it comes to unique, tantalizing cuisine. So to celebrate coming the 24th of January and ending February 2nd The Savannah Restaurant Week will be taking off!

This 10-day festivity pays homage to the culinary gems of Savannah and offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to anyone looking for a more intimate look what these restaurants have to offer.

What’s Included

With over thirty spectacular restaurants participating this is a MUST for anyone!

Each restaurant participating in Savannah Restaurant Week is offering three decadent courses and for only $30 a person (not including tax and gratuity) you can be apart of this delicious escapade!

Whose Participating in Savannah Restaurant Week?

Participating restaurants for The Savannah Restaurant Week are scattered all throughout the Historic District and each has their own unique charm but let’s get you better acquainted with two of our favorites:

45 Bistro is a must for those of you looking for the terrific atmosphere of fine dining and cuisine with all the comforts of family. Located inside the Marshall House Hotel, 45 Bistro has made a significant impression on the people of Savannah and all of her travelers for being an excellent model for hospitality. And of course, one of our favorite places to have some fabulous meals!

Chef Brian, Sous Chef Alfredo, and the staff of 45 will do more satisfy your appetite; they’ll win your heart as well.

A.lure is a restaurant that might make you do a double take at the menu. Originally a divorce lawyer, Chef Charles found his true calling in low country cuisine and we are more than impressed! You’ll experience an almost overwhelming array decadent dishes that will satisfy your taste buds and send you back for more! His innovative approach to contemporary low country cuisine is truly masterful and not to be missed.

What are you waiting for?!

Come on down to Savannah to experience the restaurants mentioned above and many more! The Savannah Restaurant Week only comes twice a year so hop to it!

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.”

You can also keep up with Azalea Inn & Gardens on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter, too!

 

Savannah’s Jingle Bell Square

December 23rd, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

It’s getting closer to Christmas and we just can’t wait to share the inn with everyone! And of course, what is the Christmas spirit without any music?  Did you know that Savannah has her Jingle Bell Square? That’s right! Jingle Bells was written right here in Savannah’s Troup Square!

 The Musician

James L. Pierpont was a talented Music Director of the Unitarian Church overlooking Troup Square and also served as a Confederate cavalry regiment. Of the many lyrics and compositions he wrote, Jingle Bells was the one that really took Savannah’s people and the world by storm for its catchy tune!

The Music of Savannah’s Jingle Bell Square

He wrote the composition and lyrics to Jingle Bells in 1853 under the title ‘One Horse Open Sleigh’. His initial inspiration for the song was drawn from the bells attached to the harnesses of horses whose purpose was to alert other carriages of your presence when you were coming to a blind intersection.

The bells were especially important when it snowed seeing as how you can’t hear the sleighs! Imagine if they didn’t think of having them? YIKES.

 Jingle Bells Today!

When it was reprinted in 1859 it was given the name ‘Jingle Bells.’ Since it’s become public domain the song has become a Christmas classic having been covered by scores of musicians all over the world! So come down to Troup Square on the corner of Habersham and Harris street in the Historic District! And from all of us at the Azalea Inn & Gardens: Have a Merry Christmas, a Happy Holiday, and a wonderful New Year!

 

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.”

You can also keep up with Azalea Inn & Gardens on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter, too!

Savannah, Birthplace of the Girl Scouts

November 19th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Birthplace of the Girl ScoutsScouts honor, Savannah is the bona fide birthplace of the Girl Scouts of the USA.

In 1912, Savannah’s own Juliette Gordon Low dreamed of a world where young girls would enjoy the same real-world education that boys enjoyed. Or, that is to say – as she did,  a ‘real fun’ experience that shapes courage, confidence and character.

 

Equality for Young Women in America Started Here

A young lady’s male counterpart at that time had the Boy Scouts, whose official organization was incorporated a mere 2 years earlier. That is, 2 years before Juliette, or ‘Daisy’ as she was called, started a ripple in the fight for women’s rights across America. Juliette gave girls equal rights 7 years before the 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote. Go Juliette.

In the Year of 1912…

Imagine, Savannah in 1912, the same year the Titanic sailed. And we are sure you can recall the opulence of dress that Kate Winslet donned for her character, Rose in the movie. Just saying, the fashion certainly did not put women on an equal playing ground – but THIS Girl Scout sure wouldn’t mind an opportunity to play dress up while celebrating my equal rights, and selling cookies, or, eating them.

Living History Right Here in Savannah, Birthplace of the Girl Scouts

Wouldn’t you know, that the Juliette Gordon Low birthplace was the FIRST Registered National Landmark in Savannah? That started another tidal wave, for we now have one of the largest historic districts in the country. Come see for yourself! Also, as we mentioned already, Daisy said that her #1 reason for founding the Girl Scouts is that it’s “real fun.” Savannah continues to deliver on that.

When you visit Savannah, we think spending an hour or two at the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace is a great idea – for girls AND boys of all ages. It is located at 10 East Oglethorpe Avenue (at the intersection of Bull and Oglethorpe). Full of living history, and, real fun!

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.”

You can also keep up with Azalea Inn & Gardens on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter, too!

Sample Breakfast Menus at Our Bed and Breakfast

November 3rd, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Ooh hey y’all – cold weather is approaching. THAT means more time happily spent in a toasty kitchen concocting delightful dishes for friends and family. You’re in luck, because when you stay with us, YOU are our friends and family.

We tell you all about what the experience of breakfast is like here, but for right now, let’s just indulge our imaginations a little with some sample breakfast menus

How lucky will you feel when we place your stuffed breakfast potato in front of you. It’s twice-baked with eggs, bacon, green peppers, fresh chives and melted monterey jack cheese. YUM

bakedpotatoes

 

Or some thick cut bacon, a half-orange broiled then sprinkled with spice to accompany fruit-filled cheese blintzes with berries and coulis…

blintz

How about caramelized french toast with strawberries and local sausage?

frenchtoast

When you visit Savannah and need a place to rest, to feel safe and be happy – just like when you’re at home – you won’t be scrambling for a place to have breakfast each morning, because what just might be the best meal of your day is awaiting YOU at our bed and BREAKFAST.

 

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.”

You can also keep up with Azalea Inn & Gardens on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter, too!

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