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A Parents’ Day Gift Idea

July 27, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Parents' Day Gift IdeaParents’ Day is coming THIS Sunday (Sunday, July 28, 2013) and we think we’ve got the perfect Parents’ Day Gift Idea.

If you’re anything like us, you’re always looking for a chance to celebrate, and tell the people you love how much you love them. Sometimes that means a little handmade gift, a store-bought card or a hand-penned letter.

Sometimes, you need an excuse to splurge on those you love, and splurge BIG. Splurge on a B&B, we say – and that is our Parents’ Day Gift Idea! Let us tell you more…

Why a B&B Stay is the Best Parents’ Day Gift Idea EVER

Of course our Parents’ Day gift idea is to splurge on a B&B for your parents. We spend all our waking hours making sure that the experience of our guests is one that surpasses expectations and creates dreams.

We aren’t saying that every holiday is an excuse to get up and go spend money, but we are saying that a stay at Azalea Inn & Gardens in Savannah, Georgia is a great gift for your parents this Parents’ Day.

Why ‘Splurge’ ?

Countless guests have come to us through the years as the result of a gift, most commonly an anniversary gift or a Mothers’ Day/Fathers’ Day surprise. Maybe a child, or a group of siblings conspires to purchase their parents a vacation in Savannah.

Those hardworking parents deserve SO much but don’t indulge themselves. Here’s an opportunity!

The Indulgence at Azalea

Our accommodations beckon with the grace an charm of an easy-living hotel mansion – and like all B&B’s, the experience is SO MUCH better than a hotel. Just like mom’s cooking is SO MUCH better than anyone else and dad’s jokes make you laugh SO MUCH harder than anyone else (even when they’re corny).

Amenities at Azalea Inn & Gardens for Your Parents

Our inn amenities and services will give your parents everything they could think of during their surprise gift of a relaxing vacation in Savannah: a delicious 3-course breakfast every morning, a fireplace maybe, a whirlpool tub if they want, wine and hors d’ oevres every evening (except Sunday), a fresh baked dessert every night, super plush and comfy bathrobes, private gardens, a swimming pool and even a NEW private dining menu featuring fresh, local food in Savannah.

We’re convinced that our experience is better than anything else in Savannah.

We invite you to try us out.

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

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Fresh, Local Food in Savannah

July 21, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Fresh, Local Food in SavannahFresh, local food in Savannah just got taken to a whole new level with Azalea Inn & Garden’s NEW chef, a NEW private dining menu and a NEW signature cocktail for the summer months.

Folks, you won’t want to choose ANY other B&B in Savannah once you’ve given yourself the chance to explore our fresh, local food options.

The rooms are SO beautiful that the decision becomes easy. You just absolutely have to come visit us!

New Chef in the House

Please join us in welcoming Megan Jacobs to the experience of Azalea Inn & Gardens. Megan trained at Johnson and Wales Culinary School. Prior to joining our team, she worked as the Sous Chef at Vic’s on the River and as the Head Chef at Churchill’s Pub – two amazing Savannah restaurants.

Megan says, “My style of cooking is southern, local, and as fresh as the ingredients that I can get my hands on. This is especially easy at our Inn with the huge garden that the owner, Teresa and her husband, Jake, have created.”

Private Dining at the Inn featuring Fresh, Local Food in Savannah

Now with Megan as part of our team, we are so proud to bring our guests the best in FRESH and LOCAL food. No longer is your culinary delight confined to breakfast and hors d’oeuvres at our B&B. The new private dining menu we created for our guests is right up there with some of the best restaurants in town!

Our amazing innkeeper, Teresa, makes sure that our guests have a discerning selection of wines to pair with their private dining experience.

Featuring menu items like Grouper Au Poivre, Crispy Half Duck- with a Grand Marnier Ginger glaze along with Fried Green Tomato Napoleon – private dining at Azalea is the best WE’VE had in town. We think you should try it!

NEW Signature Summer Cocktail at Azalea Getting Attention

Well folks, we have SO much basil growing in our local urban garden next door in our innkeeper’s backyard. Thus, we decided to craft a signature cocktail. We like Vixen Vodka, and they liked US so much that they’re planning a visit to our B&B soon to taste the wonders. Isn’t that cool? Wouldn’t you like to do the same? Now’s your chance!

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.”

Thanks for reading. Don’t forget to follow Azalea Inn & Gardens on Facebook and Twitter, too!

Visit Savannah for the Savannah Jazz Festival This Year!

July 9, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Savannah Jazz FestivalIf you haven’t already planned your next vacation in Savannah, visit Savannah for the Savannah Jazz Festival this year! The 2013 Jazz Festival lasts from Sunday, September 22 to Sunday, September 28. That’s a whole WEEK of activities centered around JAZZ, America’s original music.

While we are not going to go into a history lesson about the musical genre, we WILL keep repeating that when you visit Savannah for the Savannah Jazz Festival at the end of September, you will sure be happy with your life choices.

Here’s the highlights of the Jazz festival from where we’re sitting, which is just a short walk from the Jazz Festival’s main stage. By “short walk” we mean less than 5 minutes. Top that!

  • THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2013: Blues Night from 6:30PM to 10:30PM
  • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2013:  Live Music at the Forsyth Park Bandshell from 7:00PM to 10:30PM
  • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2013:  Live Music at the Forsyth Park Bandshell from 4PM to 10:30PM
  • SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2013: Children’s Festival from 4PM to 7PM

Forsyth Park’s Bandshell venue is your setting for a jazz-filled picnic extravaganza for 4 nights out of this year’s week-long jazz festival in Savannah. Look how beautiful it is!

Forsyth Park Bandshell

Forsyth Park Bandshell

HEY, listen. We have been living here in Savannah GA for a long time and we enjoy sharing the best of what our city has to offer with our guests. Let me tell YOU, this Jazz Festival is surely one of the best things Savannah has to offer. By way of live music, it is arguably the best, especially because OUR B&B is just minutes away from the main music stage in Forsyth Park.

A little bit of Savannah Jazz Festival history…

The Savannah Jazz Festival is made possible through the efforts of the Coastal Jazz Association – a nationally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to preserving America’s original music: Jazz. We find ourselves taking for granted that musical genre that explores the span of human emotion, expressing our own thoughts succinctly, wonderfully and instrumentally – if only we take time to listen.

The first Savannah Jazz Festival was held at Grayson Stadium on October 1, 1983. The events started as a way for the late Ben Tucker to lend his knowledge and talents to a group of folks interested in learning more about jazz. This year will be especially poignant, as we are sure a lot of the festivities will be celebrated in memory of Ben’s great life, for the legendary bassist from Savannah passed away tragically this year on June 4, 2013.

Walk to the Savannah Jazz Festival from your incredible bed and breakfast room at Azalea Inn & Gardens in Savannah this September for one of the best FREE musical festivals in Savannah this year.

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.”

Thanks for reading. Don’t forget to follow Azalea Inn & Gardens on Facebook and Twitter, too!

The Savannah Voice Festival is Coming in August

July 5, 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.”

Thanks for reading. Don’t forget to follow Azalea Inn & Gardens on Facebook and Twitter, too!

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

April 11, 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 28, 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 28, 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 20, 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 9, 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 29, 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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