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Savannah Restaurant Week: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

January 5, 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 23, 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 19, 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 3, 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 27, 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 15, 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 2, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

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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!

Our B&B Holiday Dinner in Savannah, for Christmas AND Thanksgiving

September 22, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Thanksgiving-Dinner-image-holiday-2012-WOur B&B Holiday Dinner in Savannah comes, not once, but twice, every year!

Guests who visit Savannah during Christmas AND Thanksgiving can choose to include an absolutely inspiring wine-paired dinner to their holiday vacation.

Let me tell you more about our Chef, about Thanksgiving Dinner and your Christmas meal…

 

The Chef at Our B&B Holiday Dinners in Savannah

Our B&B’s Thanksgiving Dinners and Christmas Dinners are lovingly prepared by our new chef, Megan. Megan is a culinary super-genius whose specialty is fresh, local food in Savannah. She trained at Johnson and Wales Culinary School. Prior to joining our team, Megan worked as the Sous Chef at Vic’s on the River and as the Head Chef at Churchill’s Pub – two amazing Savannah restaurants.

 

Thanksgiving Dinner – A Memorable B&B Holiday Dinner

For years now we’ve been offering Thanksgiving Dinner as an add-on for guests joining us for the holiday in Savannah. Thanksgiving is one of our favorite days of the year, because we sure love to cook and we have a LOT to be grateful for.

 

Christmas Dinner – A Magical B&B Holiday Dinner

In 2005, Azalea Inn and Gardens began a Christmas tradition of our own – dinner with our “just for the day family.” This tradition was created through the happenstance of a moment in time which turned out to be so delightful that we incorporated it into our lives. Now, it’s expected and we love it.

Skip the cooking. Skip the drama. Start saving room for seconds. Treat yourself this holiday season to Christmas Dinner or Thanksgiving Dinner with us, whether you’re a local or visiting from afar.

Are You Ready for a Completely Re-Imagined Holiday?

Please call us at (912) 236-6080 for more information about our plans for your next Holiday dinner in Savannah. No check-ins or check-outs on Thanksgiving or Christmas day, please.

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!

Savannah’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in November

August 25, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Savannah's Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in NovemberGet ready to rock and roll while running during Savannah’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in November.

On November 9, 2013 runners from around the country (and maybe even the world) flock to our city for one of the best marathons around.

If you love running and are itching for an amazing vacation, it’s not too late to sign up!

 

More Info About Savannah’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in November

Runners choose a full marathon, a half-marathon or a 2-person half-marathon relay. You can register for the Savannah Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon here. From someone living here, the course will take you through some beautiful locations. Here’s the half-marathon course map:

Savannah's Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in November

Savannah Rock ‘n’ Roll Half-Marathon Course Map

You can see from the map that your marathon starts near River Street in Savannah’s historic district, and winds right through the picturesque city streets. Azalea Inn & Gardens is located right near stop 6 and just a leisurely 5 minute stroll through our famous Forsyth Park from the finish line. Can it get any better? Savannah for runners is heavenly, especially in November.

 

 Why You Should Stay with Us During Savannah’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in November

Before and after all that running, and maybe even a whole lot of dancing, you’ll probably want to be pampered with true Southern hospitality. WE would. That’s why we think that staying with us during the Savannah Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon is the best choice you could make. For starters, Leoci’s restaurant is right in our backyard so you can do your pre-race carb-loading in homemade, easy-living style. Another thing, we’ve got:

  • The comfiest sheets in existence
  • A pool right in your backyard
  • Private dining utilizing the most fresh, local food in Savannah
  • 3 Course Southern Breakfast
  • So many more B&B amenities that you’d expect from a top-rated lodging provider

Did we mention that we are located a leisurely 5-minute walk from the finish line, a meandering victory stroll through Savannah’s famous Forsyth Park? A lovely and active vacation awaits you during Savannah’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in November…

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!

How to Stay Cool During Savannah Summers

August 20, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Stay Cool During Savannah SummersSummer in Savannah brings the warmest, hottest months of the year from June to August. Because it’s important to beat the heat sometimes, today we’re sharing our top 3 tips about how to stay cool during Savannah summers.

From the beach to the ice cream parlor to your own porch and pool – we’ve got all the info you need to stay cool during your next vacation in Savannah’s sultry summertime heat.

 

Stay Cool During Savannah Summers on Tybee Island

What better way to stay cool than a dip in the Atlantic Ocean? You’ll love the old-timey feel of Tybee Island beach. What’s not to love about the lighthouses, the pier, the crashing waves, the sand between your toes…We can’t think of a more beautiful or historic city with a beach so very close. Tybee is just about 30 minutes driving distance from Azalea Inn & Gardens in Savannah’s historic district. The beach is calling!

 

Stay Cool During Savannah Summers at Leopold’s

Everyone in Savannah knows that the BEST place to get ice cream in Savannah is at Leopold’s Ice Cream. Since 1919, the historic Broughton Street location has been serving up the finest homemade from-scratch flavors. If you feel like you’re stepping into a movie as you walk into the shop, your senses aren’t fooling. Leopold’s interior hails straight from Hollywood, as it was designed with many of the original fixtures from the first family business by Academy Award nominated designer Dan Lomino.

 

Stay Cool During Savannah Summers at Azalea Inn & Gardens

Did you know that we are one of the few B&B’s in town to offer our guests an outdoor swimming pool? Nestled among our heritage gardens just a few steps away from the Koi pond, our pool is the best place in Savannah for an afternoon dip. Once you cool off and enjoy yourselves at the pool you can lounge away to your heart’s content on the amazing wrap-around porch equipped with comfy lounge furniture to match. Maybe you even chose one of our B&B rooms with balconies so you can beat the heat there also!

Whether you want to cool off at the beach, with some homemade ice cream or at your home-away-from home complete with pool and porch for the ultimate relaxation experience, you now have all the info you need about how to stay cool during Savannah summers, so come visit already!

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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