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The Savannah Voice Festival is Coming in August

July 5th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Screen Shot 2013-07-03 at 1.51.59 PMDo you like opera? The Savannah Voice Festival is coming in August as part of the national VoicExperience musical programs.

Visit Savannah August 3-17, 2013 for a festival of great singing through opera and song, the Savannah Voice Festival. Stay with us!

Legendary Baritone and most recorded American singer of all time, Sherrill Milnes brings his legend and his artistic excellence to The Savannah VOICE Festival and, yet again, like in the Savannah Film Festival, our city is crawling with movie stars and because it’s a smaller city – you have the opportunity to meet them.

You won’t believe all the cool stuff that’s happening at the festival, but, as always, we’re bringing you the details, in as quick and fun way as possible.

At Azalea Inn & Garden, we believe that life is more about the plans and less about the planning so in addition to making you the most yummy breakfasts and all that other good stuff that makes us a top-rated B&B in Savannah, we’re here to help with your planning when you stay with us!

Here’s a rundown of the Savannah Voice Festival Events…

Saturday, August 3rd – Death by Aria – Parts I & II

Westin Savannah Harbor – 3pm & 6:30pm – $15
Meet the artists of the Savannah Voice Festival with a
wonderful selection of arias and songs – in two parts.


Sunday, August 4 – Music Out of a Hat: A Game Show

Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church – 3pm – $15

Test your musical knowledge in a concert of audience engagement,fun prizes and singing excitement!
Monday, August 5th Sherrill Milnes Master Class

The Westin Savannah Harbor – 6:30pm – FREE
America’s most famous baritone and VOICE’s artistic director
works with singers as they perform and make discoveries
about their art.


Tuesday, August 6th – An Evening of Sacred Music
First Presbyterian Church – 6:30pm – $15
Enjoy beautiful voices, singing some of the greatest liturgical
and spiritual works in an inspiring setting.


Thursday, August 8th – Movie Night: PUCCINI’S TOSCA
Savannah Arts Academy Auditorium – 6:30pm – FREE

Sit back, relax and enjoy a movie version of one of opera’s most beloved movies, with pre & post movie insights from Sherrill Milnes.


The Westin Savannah Harbor – 8pm – $55 (VS members only)
VOICExperience presents an elegant night at the opera with a
sneak peek into the 2013 Savannah Philharmonic Season’s
opera production followed by an opportunity to meet the
artists at a post performance reception.


The Westin Savannah Harbor – 10am – $20 for participants
High school aged singers spend a unique coaching day with
the legendary Sherrill Milnes and then perform for an
audience of family and friends in a FREE showcase.


Sunday, August 11th -“Listen to My Heart”; the music of David Friedman
Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church – 3pm – $15
With multi-platinum recordings, Broadway shows, Disney
Animated Films, Television scores, and a teaching and
lecturing career that spans the nation, Friedman presents his
inspirational show about life and love sung with classical


Tuesday, August 13th- American Music Concert
First Presbyterian Church – 6:30pm – $15
The extraordinary talent of American musical director/pianist
Dan Gettinger and festival artists are presented in an evening
of American musical traditions from Broadway, opera and


Thursday, August 15th – Tito Capobianco Master Class
Savannah Arts Academy Auditorium – 6:30pm – FREE
One of opera’s greatest stage directors and the founder of the
Julliard Opera Center shares his insights and creativity with
festival singers.


Saturday, August 17th – FESTIVAL FINALE: A Grand Night for Singing
Christ Church, Savannah – 6:30pm $25
The Savannah Voice Festival comes to a close with a
wonderful concert of music from all genres.


You can buy all your tickets to the Savannah Voice festival here. The VoicExperience is dedicated to the quality, integrity and perpetuation of the vocal arts it its very highest level through programs for career seeking artists. VoicExperience provides performance and study opportunities for singers while creating outreach of opera and musical theatre to the communities of the world. We’re so excited they’re bringing song to Savannah, and hope you can bring yourself here right quick!

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

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Tybee Floatilla is Starting Soon, So Plan Your Summer Vacation in Savannah NOW.

April 11th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Screen Shot 2013-04-10 at 5.46.05 PMWe’re so happy that the seaside is only a beautiful 30-minute drive away from Savannah.

Tybee floatilla is starting soon, so plan your summer vacation in Savannah NOW.

Tybee Island is Savannah’s own beach town. Although we’re on the coast, exploring the marshes and tanning in the white sands are two different stories.

We’ve got another exciting story for you today…Tybee Floatilla. We’re the B&B that makes sure our guests have all the insider info about our great city of Savannah.

Read on for details.


What Is Floatilla?

Floatilla is one of the funnest things you can do in the Savannah summer. It’s 3-4 hours of floating in the water with your friends! It’s Georgia at its finest.

What Is It Like to Do Tybee Floatilla as a Tourist in Savannah?

Push off the banks, being wary of the barnacles – and float your way down the river. After an hour and a half of relaxing you’ll hit Criminal Island (a sandbar in the middle of Chimney Creek) where you should be arrested for having so much fun. An hour or so later, you’ll arrive at the Crabshack, a haven of seafood – and thank goodness because you’ll be hungry after laughing with your friends, both old and new, for 3-4 hours. This is what summer vacation in Savannah is all about!

YOU can be one of these people at Tybee Floatilla.

How Much Does Tybee Floatilla Cost?

It costs 30 bucks, but every single penny is donated to a deserving charity. The best part? The charity changes every time. We don’t think that there is really any way to quantify the price of river-like revelry in our very own oceans…but this is a steal.

When Can I Do Floatilla?

The Floatilla events kick off this year (2013) on Sunday, June 2 and last until September, so plan now for the best vacation EVER. For more information about Tybee Island Floatilla, visit the Tybee Island Floatilla website.

Get ready to raft down the river, you locals and visitors alike.

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

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Visiting Savannah for SCAD’s Sidewalk Arts Festival?

March 28th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

SCAD Sidewalk ARTS FestivalThe end of April brings throngs of people to Savannah visiting SCAD for the Sidewalk Arts Festival. Are you going to be lucky enough to be one of those people?

What is SCAD?

SCAD is the Savannah College of Art and Design, one of the top art schools in the country. It is located right in the heart of our city. A lot of the historic buildings in Savannah have been purchased and restored by the educational institution. We love city revitalization that keeps on giving! Our guests at Azalea Inn & Gardens always seem to appreciate the cool artsy vibe that comes along with the art-centric education.

Do You Have to Know Someone at SCAD to Attend the Sidewalk Arts Festival?

The Sidewalk Arts Festival is free and open to the public. During the Sidewalk Arts Festival on April 27 from 11am to 5pm, you will be able to wander through the walkways of Forsyth Park and see the best chalk art that our city’s students can create. Those inspired students just might get you excited about finding and noticing art in unlikely places.

Why Noticing Art in Unlikely Places Enriches Your Vacation in Savannah…

If you choose to stay with us at Azalea Inn & Gardens, you’ll be primed from the moment you wake to appreciate art in unlikely places. There’s unique one-of-a-kind art pieces in each of our 10 bed and breakfast rooms. Our dining room walls are covered with hand-painted murals depicting pivotal moments in Savannah’s history. After you’ve had what might just be the best breakfast of your life, you’ll be delighted to find that the Sidewalk Arts Festival is just a short stroll away!

Come See the Sidewalk Arts Festival for Yourself

Chalk art is an opportunity for you to unleash your inner child, and really appreciate art in unlikely places with the wonder of a child. We hope to see you in April!

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

Visit Savannah on St. Patrick’s Day

February 28th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Visit Savannah on St. Patrick's Day” ‘Tis the luck of the Irish”, they say…

“Kiss me, I’m Irish”, they say…

Well, guess what?!? When you visit Savannah on St. Patrick’s Day, and, in fact, the entire weekend surrounding the festivities that transform our lovely city into a completely, um, “IRISH” town – you don’t even HAVE to be Irish to have the best time of your life.

Don’t take my word for it. Listen to what others say about Savannah on St. Patrick’s Day:


Everyone’s Talking about How Awesome it is to Visit Savannah on St. Patrick’s Day

  • MSN Travel rates Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade #2 in the country (only after Boston, which is still really cold on St. Patrick’s Day…come to where the flowers are blooming and the sun is shining!)
  • US News Travel rates Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade #4 in the country (after Boston, Chicago and NYC)
  • Reuters rates Savannah just before Galway, Ireland when ranking the top places to visit for St. Patrick’s Day

Don’t even take their word(s) for it. Just pack up your celebratory spirit, a big group of friends (or your favorite beloved – your anam cara as the Irish would say) and your greenest clothes. Ladies, grab some red lipstick because you’ll be kissing lots of “Irish” cheeks and spreading that luck to many a cheek during the parade! When you get here, you’ll figure it out.

St. Patrick’s Day Events in Savannah

Events throughout the St. Patrick’s Day celebration week include:

  • The Greening of the Fountain
  • Tara Feis
  • The Celtic Cross Ceremony
  • St. Patrick’s Day Mass

We’ll tell you all about those when you get here! The big bang comes on Saturday, March 16, 2013 – the parade that starts exactly at 10:15am then meanders along for 3 WHOLE HOURS! For a tradition that started in 1813 we’re sure that the volunteer St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee has something special planned for party-goers and onlookers of this years’ 189th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  There’s EVEN a Savannah St. Patrick’s Day website!

Insider tip: The parade starts right outside our front door so you’ll have built-in front row seats when you stay with us! When you plan to visit Savannah on St. Patrick’s Day, think about staying at Azalea Inn & Gardens and experiencing the charm of a bed and breakfast in the most alluring city of America. The 10:15am parade start leaves you just enough time to enjoy our gourmet southern breakfast, whether you prefer the 8:30am OR 9:30am seating.

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

Make Plans now for Savannah Fashion Week in April

February 20th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Only two moPicture 3nths left until Savannah’s Fashion Week in April, and we can’t wait! We’ve got all the inside info at Azalea Inn & Gardens as you make plans NOW for Savannah Fashion Week in April.

There’s going to be Fashion Week events in Savannah from April 22-26, and that’s the last full week in April. Wait, where did January go?

Oh well, who cares where January went as long as you’re living in the moment. If that moment’s got you feeling weary of winter, we DID come up with a way to help you Beat the Winter Blues (until March 4) and we’re always scheming to help anyone plan the best vacations in Savannah.

With events like Savannah Fashion Week going on ALL THE TIME in Savannah, it’s hard to work because all we want to do is play. Yet, work we do so that YOU can come enjoy our dear and charming city, a vacation spot that you CANNOT miss. If you’re wondering why we’re so into fashion in Savannah, check out Teresa’s ensemble for a recent trip to Vegas.

Teresa (your Azalea Inn & Gardens Innkeeper) bringing Savannah’s charm to Las Vegas. Who could resist?

Looking classy (and sassy) doesn’t just come naturally – the charm of Savannah seeps into your veins while you’re here…Fashion in Savannah gets better as you stay here more, and you might just go back home with a floppy hat (or a lamb’s wool collar like Teresa’s) to remind you of the great times our great city has to offer.

A night on the town during Savannah Fashion Week can be your girlfriend getaway dream come true. If April doesn’t work for you, set your sights on September 2013, which will bring yet another fabulous fashion event. Check out our report from a previous Fashion’s Night Out (FNO) in Savannah.

There you have it. Fun, fashion, shopping, Savannah style. We’re gushing now, so it’s time to stop. Just come visit in April. Savannah is calling!

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

Beat the Winter Blues with our Wintertime Special

February 9th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

The Cutest Dog in Savannah, GA

Joey’s got the winter blues, but he’ll help you beat yours.

See this cute pup? He’s Joey, our resident Yorkie greeter at the Inn and the one that holds the key for you to beat the winter blues.

We know that some wintertime R&R in the sunshine is super-important for you to maintain your sanity so we’re hookin’ it up. $159 gets you the best room in the Inn upon arrival.

If that sounds too good to be true, call us right now at 912-236-6080 to book a stay between now and March 4, 2013 to take advantage of the offer that Joey begged us to create!

Whether strolling through romantic city squares of Savannah is your calling, or staying in bed until 2 o’clock upon discovery that our secret sheets are the most comfortable you’ve ever slept on, or heard about the 5 reasons you really should visit Savannah during Black History Month this February…the list of ways to beat the winter blues goes on and on and on at Azalea Inn & Gardens.

We always give our guests:

  • Full Southern Gourmet Breakfast every morning
  • Wine & Hors D’Oeuvres every night (except Sunday)
  • Fresh Baked Dessert Nightly
  • Cream Sherry in the parlor whenever you want it
  • WiFi
  • Parking

Don’t forget the BEST Customer Service in the city now! Remember, you can call us today at 912-236-6080 to book your stay through March 4 for only $159 nightly to get all that AND the best room available on arrival. Check out these B&B rooms in Savannah.

If you’re a numbers-kinda person, you’ll be happy to know that you’ll save anywhere from $40-200 when you let Joey help you beat the winter blues at Azalea Inn & Gardens in Savannah. If you’re a theme-song kinda person…we’re pretty sure you might agree that Beyonce knows all about upgrading.

That’s a good look. Seriously, please don’t miss this wintertime special, your chance to upgrade you a room in our unstuffy bed and breakfast that will get you wantin’ to move in and enjoy the Savannah sunshine and spirit forEVER.

We hope that all you New Englanders are staying safe as Nemo dumps some snow on your soil. So when it’s safe, it’s time for you to dig yourself out and get on down to Savannah where the sun is shining and ~gasp~ the azaleas are even starting to bloom. Take advantage of our extra special upgrade offer through March 4, 2013.

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

RESOLVE: Don’t Forget About Valentine’s Day

January 29th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

happy_valentines_dayDon’t let those resolutions get you down. We’re halfway through the most healthy month of the year and you’ll do just fine as long as you don’t forget about Valentine’s Day. That’s right. Don’t you dare forget about Valentine’s Day. You can start drinking again, skip the gym or do whatever you’ve sworn off of in the New Year. Believe me you won’t mind as long as you set up the year right with your sweetheart at our B&B in Savannah.

I know, I know. Valentine’s is a commercial holiday that doesn’t really mean anything. Those couples you see on Valentine’s Day are just faking it for the sake of the holiday. Or ARE THEY?

Test the theory. Become one of those couples this Valentine’s Day. Here’s how.

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Savannah Pajama Shop Hop Update

December 18th, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson

Well, we wanted to surprise you – but let’s face it: too many surprises around this time of year and what we really need is a nice drink and some new shoes for all the holiday parties. And some retail therapy for all the “tidings of great joy” we have to get to share. So, if you haven’t heard already – we’ve got your ticket, er, passport.

Yup, here’s another Savannah Pajama Shop Hop update for ya’ll – the December shopping event for visitors and Savannians alike. Today we’re featuring detailed discounts from the restaurants participating  in our first ever Savannah Pajama Shop Hop and details to get you and your friends shopping. As I am writing I am getting an overwhelmingly great sense of a slightly not-sober pajama be-clad drinking and shopping day, ladies and gentlemen! Please drink and shop responsibly!


The Pirate’s House Restaurant is giving 10% off at the gift shop (where there are more t-shirt designs than friends on your gift list) and 1/2 off an entree with any entree purchase. You might even get spooked in the haunted facilities. On the outside of 20 East Broad Street (at Broad and Bryan) it looks like just some old house. Those looks don’t deceive – it’s actually the oldest building in Savannah, and, the ENTIRE state of Georgia. Hours: 11-9:30 Sun – Th. and 11-10 Fridays and Saturdays.

Wright Square Cafe at 21 West York Street (Between Whitaker and Bull Streets right off, you guessed it, Wright Square) is offering either 20% off purchases. They have a huge selection of chocolate confections for sale, and amazing sandwiches also! They describe their business as “a casual European cafe serving only the finest and freshest”. It’s true! Hours: M-F 7:30-5:30, Saturdays from 9-5:30. Closed on Sundays.

For a restaurant championing local and organic produce, Cha Bella is your best bet. You get 10% off your meal and with December temperatures hovering high, you can still choose to sit outside on their patio, which is always sparkling with little white lights! Go to the intersection of Broughton and Broad, to 102 Broad Street to take advantage of your passport at Cha Bella!

45 Bistro at 123 E. Broughton Street has an absolutely STUNNING atmosphere. The photo ops are unlimited: you, and your friends, in pajamas. Drinking cocktails surrounded by the finery. Get a free dessert with any entree purchase with your Shop Hop passport here! The Bar opens around 5, the Restaurant around 6. Close at 9, but they say “until” because they’ll stay open when busy and close when not.

1790 Restaurant is giving away a free dessert or glass of wine. Their website points out that Emerson wrote, of wine, that “It gladdens the heart and stimulates all that is most generous in human nature.” Now that’s a holiday tradition I can get behind! Go to 307 E. President Street (at Lincoln and President Streets). Hours: Lunch Monday-Friday 11:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m / Dinner 5:30 – 10:00 p.m. The Lounge is open 11 a.m. to Midnight with happy hour from 4-7. WAIT. HOLD THE PHONE. Did I just say happy hour???

Cotton Exchange Tavern & Restaurant at 201 E River Street (where the intersection of River and Abercorn Streets WOULD be if there was one but you can enter right on Bay Street). If you get apps and dinner, the appetizer is $8.95 off (and most of the appetizers are in that range so it’s basically a free appetizer) OR, $4 off a cocktail. We even have a room with the same name at our Inn! Hours: 11 am until 10:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday -or- until 11:45 Friday & Saturday. Closed Sundays.

Jazz’d Tapas Bar at 52 Barnard Street (at Broughton and Barnard underneath The GAP – giving 25% off any Pajama Shop Hoppers’ purchase) is offering 25% off Tapas and a basic martini for only $6. Hours: Everyday from 4-10, and until 12 on Friday and Saturday. Happy Hour Monday-Thursday 4-7. Ladies Night every Thursday!

I mentioned Lulu’s Chocolate Bar already in the last Shop Hop update  but, seriously, this place is awesome. Dessert and booze at the SAME PLACE as a reward for all the work you put into your Pajama Shop Hop shopping? What’s not to like about that? 15% off anything you buy at Lulu’s for the Shop Hoppers of Savannah. Hellooooo. GO, reserve your room or get your toy NOW to get your passport. You won’t be disappointed. Hours: Open at 5 everyday. Close at 11 Sunday and Monday. Close at 12 Tuesday-Thursday. Close at 1 Friday-Saturday.

Mirage Restaurant is a Hookah Lounge AND a Mediterranean Bar and Grill at 20 E. Broughton Street (about halfway between Bull and Drayton cross-streets). They are giving 10 percent discount to Shop Hoppers in their PJ’s! Hours: Sunday – Wednesday from 5-12. Thursday – Saturday from 5-2:30am.

So now that you’re hungry, remember that you’ll work up an appetite WALKING all around downtown Savannah’s historic district. Don’t forget your holiday shoes! Savannah Shoe Co. is featuring the “cobblestones to cocktail” shoe right now for the season – and there is no better way to hit the pavement. Stop by downtown Savannah location at 226 West Broughton Street between Jefferson & Barnard to get 10% off  your new party shoes! Get your passport TODAY and shop until December 31st!

You only have until December 31 to take advantage of all these restaurant discounts, and the other shopping discounts at the 70+ participating retailers of the Savannah Pajama Shop Hop. To participate, Reserve a room at Azalea Inn & Gardens for 2 nights in December, or, we’ll trade you a Savannah Pajama Shop Hop Saving’s Passport for a new, unwrapped toy (which will be given to the Toys for Tots program). To sweeten the deal, if you get 10 stamps on your passport and bring it BACK to Azalea, you’ll be entered into our Shop Hop drawing to win 2 nights at one of the participating Savannah Inns, including Azalea Inn & Gardens.


The Savannah Pajama Shop Hop was masterminded by Azalea Inn & Garden’s Innkeeper Teresa Scott Jacobson. Look how much fun she had convincing the businesses to give YOU the discounts!  Imagine how much fun you will have with YOUR friends, too! It’s so simple to find fun things to do in Savannah – and we’re your ticket, whether you’re local or you’re visiting and want a B&B to show you how to have the best Savannah vacation in our our great city of shopping and eating delights!


Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve your room today and begin enjoying the best experiences in our city – including shopping!

Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed Savannah as a “World’s Best City.”

Savannah Pajama Shop Hop’s TOP TEN Gift Guide

December 10th, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson

The inaugural Savannah Pajama Shop Hop kickoff has happened and we’re near bursting with excitement. It’s local holiday shopping at its best in Savannah. It’s also time for you to roll out of bed and head to downtown Savannah’s historic district to finish up the last of your holiday gift list.

To start shopping, don your favorite pajamas and stop by Azalea Inn & Gardens at 217 Huntingdon Avenue. It’s the 2-story yellow historic home with white trim and the white picket fence. Reserve a room for 2 nights in December, or, we’ll trade you a Savannah Pajama Shop Hop Saving’s Passport for a new, unwrapped toy (which will be given to the Toys for Tots program).

Even better, get 10 stamps on your passport and bring it BACK to Azalea for a chance at the Shop Hop drawing to win 2 nights at one of the participating Savannah Inns, including Azalea Inn & Gardens. Don’t think you can find 10 good gifts in Savannah? Well, we’ve done the thinking for you.

Here’s a TOP TEN Gift Guide for our inaugural Savannah Pajama Shop Hop, going on until the end of December.

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Holiday Shopping at its BEST in Historic Downtown Savannah, Georgia

December 2nd, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson

Holiday shopping in Savannah, GAIf you have been a guest of our inn, you know we support local, fresh and seasonal products whenever we can – whether its produce from our own gardens or fresh-selected at the Farmers Market in Forsyth Park every Saturday, from Georgia wild shrimp to artisan cheeses, we seek it out. Holiday shopping is definitely seasonal and surely at its best in Historic Downtown Savannah, Georgia during the Inaugural Savannah Pajama Shop Hop – the brainchild of Savannah Inns and yours truly. We championed a month-long event that offers our guests an opportunity to purchase unique holiday gifts which will never see the light of day in a commercial shopping mall, and all from the playful comfort of your Pajamas! Yes indeed, your PJs, your jams, your nightgown, your nightshirt, your robe, your smoking jacket, your fluffy bunny rabbit slippers … in exchange for a discount on your purchases from over 70 downtown merchants, shops, boutiques, restaurants, bars, tours and more!

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