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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!

Holiday Tour of Homes

October 27th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Holiday Tour of HomesSavannah’s Annual Holiday Tour of Homes is YOUR chance to get a peek inside some of the most fabulous houses that grace our beautiful city. They’re all decorated for the holidays, too. This year, the 39th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes will take place on Saturday, December 14 (2013).

 

How to Attend

You can purchase tickets for Savannah’s Annual Holiday Tour of Homes in advance after you’ve decided to indulge yourself in a much-needed vacation in Savannah. As far as deciding specifics, there are two home tours, each giving you the insiders look at 6 homes each, or 12 homes and another historic building where the option of indulging in Victorian tea is yours for the taking if you want it all.

 

12 Beautiful Homes….

You and yours can make a day of the Holiday Tour of Homes in Savannah. Trolleys to and from each home are included in your ticket price. There is an afternoon tour from 12-3pm and an evening tour from 5-8. 6 homes will be shown at each tour, with no repeats. That means, 12 homes total! $35 each or both tours for $90 including the Victorian Tea.

 

…And Victorian Tea, Oh My!

When you visit Savannah on December 14, you can even splurge on a Victorian Tea at the John Williams Townhouse at  3 or 4pm – you choose. Just $25 gets you into the historic building where fashion-forward Savannians nod to the opulence and frivolous frocks of days long past as they serve you tea and light refreshments. Think of the new profile pics and bragging rights! WOW. We’re telling you, this is an EVENT.

 

The Holiday Tour of Homes was created by Savannah’s Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) to give locals and visitors alike a glimpse into how families live and decorate in their own styles within a historic home. Last year, the organizers kept saying that Savannah delights in making a big fuss over her guests – and in all the best ways, that is SO TRUE.

 

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!

Ghost Stories of Savannah – Our Favorites

October 15th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Ghost Stories of SavannahSome say that Savannah is one of the most haunted cities in America.

Today we’re sharing ghost stories of Savannah – our favorites including the story of Tomochichi, The Pirate’s House and the Colonial Park Cemetery.

The Ghost of Tomochichi, the Yamacraw chief who who helped the founders of Savannah establish our city in 1733, allegedly resides in Wright Square. Ghost tour guides will tell you to find the large rock monument to Tomochichi on the southeast corner of Wright Square, run around it three times saying “TOMOCHICHI.” His ghost may appear.

The Pirate’s House is a restaurant in the downtown historic district. They say that in one of the back rooms a little girl sits on stairs that go…nowhere. Seriously, stairs that go NOWHERE. If she’s shy, there are real pirates walking around.

The Colonial Park Cemetery is located at the intersection of Abercorn and Oglethorpe. Aside from being beautiful in the daytime, there are many hauntings and haints that reside among the old gravestones and lurking among the clumps of Spanish moss dumped from the live oaks that are scattered throughout the premises.

There are so many great things to do here when you visit, and choosing your own ghost-spotting adventure in Savannah is just one of them. We’re always here to help.

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!

The Savannah Speed Classic in October

October 2nd, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Speed_Classic_Road_Races

Rev your engines of excitement, the Savannah Speed Classic is coming to town Friday, October 25 - Sunday, October 27.

Every day from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM the auxiliary adrenaline is yours for the taking, if you want it.

All you need is to take the first step.

 

We’ve got all the details for you so that when you visit Savannah and stay with us during the Savannah Speed Classic, you’ll be ready to just soak in all the excitement from the event and revel in all of the greatness of downtown historic Savannah.

 

What IS Savannah Speed Classic?

The 2013 Savannah Speed Classic is a 3 day car-racing event across the river from Savannah’s renowned historic district during the last weekend of October (10/25-10/27) with opening ceremonies at Ellis Square on Thursday, October 24. The event is organized by Historic Sportscar Racing, Ltd. (HSR).

For us, travel is an opportunity to experience life in a whole new way.  Our imaginations run wild thinking about that car race as a way to celebrate the beauty of the automobile and the intrigue of humanity’s adventuring spirit. Can we go? We’ll go faster. Can we drive? We’ll drive better. Can we win? We’ll win smarter. These are the thoughts that will be running through our minds at the race track during the last weekend of October

 

How to Get to the Savannah Speed Classic

The Savannah Speed Classic will wave its checkered flags for you on Hutchinson Island the last week of October. Hutchinson Island is a little oasis North of Savannah, accessible by your vehicle via the beautiful white Tallmudge Bridge -OR- a ferry boat ride.

We like to get on the ferry across from City Hall because, well, City Hall is easy to spot. It’s that big gold leaf dome-topped building (YES, it’s real gold!) at the intersection of Bull and Bay streets. Isn’t it nice to have easy landmarks when you’re in unfamiliar territory? And a source that gets you all the pertinent information? Like this, the Savannah_Belles_Schedule for the ferry, if you want it.

 

Planning Your Trip

First, Call us at (912) 236-6080 to reserve your room.

Next, you can buy tickets for the Savannah Speed Classic here.

Are you military? We think it’s pretty cool that active duty military get 50% discount to the 2013 Savannah Speed Classic. Especially because of OUR  commitment to the military.

 

Still Need Some Convincing to Treat Yourself to a Vacation in Savannah?

October is part of a beautiful season to visit Savannah, as the weather is warm but not hot and cool but not cold. The coolest thing is, a bed and breakfast has that flair separating your accommodation from all other options.

Think about it.

 

Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve a room today to begin enjoying the best holiday 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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