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Pajama Shop Hop is Coming to Town!

November 8th, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson

Teresa Jacobson and Shannon Romine of Savannah Inns are getting the word out!

“We’re making a list… checking it twice…” but we really don’t care if you are naughty or nice! The Savannah Pajama Shop Hop is coming to town and we are proud to be a sponsor of this inaugural event that joins our love of the holidays with our comfiest attire – PJs. Join over 60 participating merchants and your fellow Savannah travelers on an outrageously fun-filled month of Holiday Savings and spirit-filled memories. Grab your best gal (or two), your favorite PJs (or your most outlandish costume) and reserve a room at any of the four Savannah Inns for two nights to receive your Passport to Savings free!

Do not despair, oh Locals of Savannah, we aren’t leaving you out of the fun! Bring us an unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots (TM) program sponsored by the United States Marines and a complimentary passport is yours!

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Wine and Beer Tastings: Tuesdays with Tim Returns in November

October 16th, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson

Tuesdays with Tim Returns

There is nothing we love more than attending wine and beer tasting with Tim Rutherford though admittedly reading his food blog, Savannahfoodie.com, is nearly (but not quite) as good.  What we had come to miss though was a weekly ritual of small plate and beverage pairings  – and happily for us – and all of you - “Tuesdays with Tim” returns in November!

Mr. Rutherford has been on the food scene of Savannah for over six years passionately seeking out the new, the unique, the comfortable, the sublime, sharing his finds with over 3000 subscribers a week! He is a cooking class demonstrator, an entertaining and informative after-dinner speaker, and at the drop of an email is available to help with your next wine pairing dinner or reception.

Tim’s return to Tuesdays is eagerly anticipated and we invite you to join us in welcoming Tim back in early November. More details are to follow but the first tasting will be at the back bar at Taco Abajo from 5:30-7 p.m. where Tim will host the sampling of three or four winter seasonal beers with a small plate of light bites.

Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve your room today and begin enjoying the best food experiences in our city, which Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City” in July 2011.


A.lure in Savannah’s Historic District Lures Diners in for Fresh Local Seafood

October 8th, 2012 by kolinpodell

Savannah is dotted with seafood joints both classy and casual. Most are born and bred on the local catch and offer the succulent selection of fine Georgia Coast seafood. A new place has hit the downtown area and is more than hooked on the areas finest ocean goodies. A.lure sits near City Market in Historic Savannah, Georgia on Congress street. A.lure’s beautifully appointed modern interior features local art, a warm and dark brick interior, and expertly planned lighting that features each individual table and highlights your entree. After all, we do eat with our eyes first… and A.lure in Savannah’s Historic District lures diners in for fresh local seafood.

Service to a “T” is what we got at A.lure. The staff is well trained and very comfortable with the menu, something I highly prize in a good eatery. If the staff knows the menu in detail and is comfortable with telling you exactly how they feel about each item, you know they’ve tried each thing and know what is going on! Our server was spot on with our first course of seared, sushi-grade tuna. Spicy notes of wasabi melded with sweet beet reduction carefully whisped about the plate of sticky rice that was topped with our hearty helping of ultra-rare seared tuna with a sesame oil foam. The nuttiness of the sesame complimented the natural saltiness of the pristine smooth fish. I was torn when it came to the main course… being called A.lure (an obviously fishy name) could they deliver on a NY Strip with frites?!

The steak arrived tender and moist on the red interior with a lovely caramelized outer salty crust… a home run with the extra crisp Parmesan fries that were beyond golden on the outside with the characteristic fluffy soft interior of the best frites of the world. My dining partners enjoyed a rare Thai-inspired duck breast with a delicious curry, and the other daintily fed on crisp tender crab cakes loaded with fresh lump crab.

The portions are well above par for most fine-dining establishments. The service, impeccable and highly educated on the food. The atmosphere, fun and inviting while maintaining an air of privacy to each table no matter the size of the party. The food, though, takes the cake… even though we had no more room for the “cake”. Hehehe….

Savannah has some of the top dining establishments in the nation… come find out for yourself. Make a long weekend out of it and stay at Azalea Inn and Gardens. The best rates can be found online, which can help you save a few bucks to splurge on the best bites in town!


TravelHost Savannah Holiday Gift Guide

October 4th, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson

Guess who’s a cover girl?  Hitting hotels throughout Savannah today:  TravelHost Savannah Holiday Gift Guide

Honoring My Roots – Paying Tribute to Our Veterans

October 1st, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson

Albert Crawley, 1894-1986

Veterans Day is the single day in the year set aside to thank those who have served our country in times of peace and during times of conflict.  Honoring my roots and paying tribute to our Veterans is a part of the fabric of my being. I grew up the daughter of a career Air Force man who also served in WWII, the neice of a WAV, the granddaughter of  a soldier who served with the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force and was injured at Vimy Ridge, France during WWI. I am the sister of a former Air Force MP who has continued her career with the Jacksonville Police Department.  I am also the granddaughter of Albert Crawley who served in the Royal Newfoundland Regiment.  In Grand Falls, Newfoundland, at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 12, hangs a map my grandfather brought back from the battle of Keiberg Ridge during World War I stained in the blood of his captain. My granddad scooped the map dropped by his fallen captain and continued up the ridge. He lost of one of his best friends in that same assault, one of three young men from Grand Falls who joined together and had sequential serial numbers. There too was a display of the Crawley family who had been in service to their country: grandfather Albert, sons-in-law John Scott and Bernard Davis, sons Jerry and William, followed in the next generation by Jerry Crawley’s children: Maureen Crawley (who died on active duty), Diane, Nancy and Cathy Crawley. His son-in-law, John Scott, has two children who also gave service to their country and their names and pictures will soon be added to the display: my sister Sharon Scott and I.

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Paula Deen Visits Set of Eat It and Like It with Jesse Blanco

September 25th, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson

Check out Jesse Blanco‘s Eat It and Like It and Paula Deen! http://savannahnow.com/eat-it-and-it-paula-deen-pt-2

Saunter over to Gryphon for a true Savannah, GA luncheon.

September 24th, 2012 by kolinpodell

Gryphon Tea Room ceiling, SavannahIf you’re looking to impress, saunter over to Gryphon for a true Savannah, GA luncheon. Nestled in moss-draped Madison Square in the center of historic Savannah, Gryphon (once known as the Grypnon Tea Room) is a true southern treat. This beautifully renovated former apothocary run by SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) has a dark comfortable old library feel as you enter and though the white tableclothes might have you thinking high tea, the friendly staff immediately puts you at ease.

The menu evokes that old southern charm with new ideas and fresh and impeccable ingredients. The concise menu includes inventive salads such as the Fresh crab , avocado mousse, and tomato salad… or the Poached Salmon topped with avocado cream, mango, strawberries, candied walnuts, and goat cheese on Bibb lettuce with citrus vinaigrette. Sandwiches include a Croque-monsieur with warm applewood smoked ham and swiss on challah bread, or the southern classic Pimento Cheese grilled with onion confit and smoked bacon on cornbread. My personal favorite is the Wild Georgia Shrimp Orzo with feta and fresh tomatoes.

The Gryphon is a tea room as well, and the book-lined walls almost demand you try an exotic blend from their extensive tea wall. The service is exquisite and completely furnished by highly trained SCAD students. They are very knowledgeable about the menu and all of the teas. They are also eager to tell you about thier individual majors and where they are in their college careers!

Sophistication, class, gourmet lunch, and excellent tea are all perfect reasons to visit the Gryphon in Savannah, GA. and the Azalea Inn and Gardens is THE place to enjoy more of that same high-class style and service expected in the South’s premiere historic destination.



Savannah, GA to Host “Beerathon”, November 10, 2012

September 17th, 2012 by kolinpodell

I don’t run. I don’t like to sweat. I don’t like exercise basically, so I nearly missed this reference in the newspaper recently. Following the wildly successful NYC Beerathon, Boston Beerathon and Houston Beerathon, someone suggested Savannah, GA to host a “Beerathon” on November 10, 2012 - and of course, Savannah accepted. It is logical that Savannah would be chosen, we are after all home to three local breweries, several pub crawl tours, and the ever growing and wildly popular Savannah Craft Brew Festival.  We have a very vibrant college student body (SCAD and Armstrong-Atlantic, to name a few), a quirky fun and eclectic group of residents and, well, we are known to party – have you ever heard of our St. Paddy’s Day Parade?

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Azalea Inn and Gardens Supports Savannah Pride 2012

August 15th, 2012 by kolinpodell

Azalea Inn and Gardens supports Savannah Pride 2012 which will be held on September 8 in Forsyth Pak. The organization strives for equality and unity in the Savannah, GA area. Their mission is to promote social awareness and unity through diversity for the LGBT community throughout the South. Events in the form of parties and gatherings at local supporting businesses are held and donations are collected to fund the organization and the main event, Savannah Pride Festival 2o12.

The headliner for this year’s festival will be JoJo. This 20 year old’s powerhouse vocals will draw in a large crowd of fans both old and new. Her first album “JoJo” was released when she was 13 and was an instant hit on pop charts around the globe; especially the track “Leave: Get Out” which reached number one on the top 40 list in 2006. JoJo was the youngest artist to ever have a number one on the US pop charts. A second album was released at the age of 15, and her most recent album, at age 20, is “Jumping Trains”.

There will be many more vendors than in previous years with booths lining the open areas of Forsyth Park. Last year there were over 50 participating and the Pride board is confident they will match or exceed the amount of vendors this year. Along with the vendors and live entertainment throughout the day, there will be food and drink! Savannah Pride is promotes a family friendly and family oriented atmosphere. In doing so Savannah Pride wishes to raise awareness, acceptance, and equality at all age levels.

Come to this year’s Savannah Pride Festival to promote equality, learn about acceptance, embrace the local LGBT community and have fun! Lodging is as close as a block away at Azalea Inn and Gardens, proud supporters of Savannah Pride and a LGBT friendly vacation destination.

Reserve your room today ’cause they’re going fast at Azalea Inn and Gardens! Click here to check best available and last-minute rates.

Savannah International Food and Wine Festival 2012

August 6th, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson

The 10th annual Savannah International Food and Wine Festival 2012 will be held on Saturday, September 8 from 4 to 7 PM at 14 West Anderson St., St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church.  The best news??  It’s only a short 15-minute walk from Azalea Inn and Gardens 

The proceeds of this festival benefit the many local, regional and national charities of the Greek Ladies Orthodox Philoptochos Society as well as their local scholarship fund. Admission is only $30 in advance or $35 at the door making it one of the best deals in town! There will be over 12 restaurants serving signature dishes from around the world and at least 50 wines to please your palate! Additionally there will be a silent auction from 4 to 6 PM.

Established in 1931 by the Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras I, the Philoptochos Society is the largest organization of Greek Orthodox Women involved in philanthropic work. It is also the second largest women’s philanthropic organization in the US in terms of money donated to charity, second only to the Jewish women’s group, Sisterhood of Hadassah. 

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