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Savannah’s Top 5 Haunted Places And Their Stories

August 31, 2015 by Teresa Jacobson

Savannah has been called the most haunted city in America many times.   There are centuries of southern drama embedded in the architecture and burial grounds of the Historic District.  The stories behind the haunting’s are as intriguing as the events.  Here are Savannah’s top 5 haunted places and their stories.

 

1. Wright Square and the ghost of Alice Ryley.  Alice Ryley was a young Irish immigrant who worked as an indentured servant for a cruel aristocrat named William Wise.  On March 16, 1734, Alice, tired of Mr. Wise’s abuse, murdered him with the help of her lover.  A pregnant Alice Ryley was sentenced to death by hanging in the gallows of Wright Square, but not until after her baby was born.   Just days after her son was born, Alice became the first woman in Georgia to be executed as she wailed for her new born child.  Alice’s ghost has been seen many times wondering Wright Square and has been heard crying for her baby.

Wright Square - photo by Visit Historic Savannah

Wright Square – photo by Visit Historic Savannah

2. The Kehoe House on Columbia Square. While most associate haunting with tragedy and violence, the haunting at The Kehoe House seems to be more curious and friendly.  The house was completed in 1892 when Mr. and Mrs. Kehoe and their ten children moved into their new home.   Having changed hands a few times since, the house has been a boarding house, funeral parlor, and held for a time by football star, Joe Namath.  In 1992 the house opened as a bed and breakfast and reviews from guests have regularly reported encounters since.  Children in the hallways, a gentleman in the original study, laughing children where there are none, and guests objects being oddly placed.

The Kehoe House

The Kehoe House

3. The Marshall House was built and opened in 1851 as a hotel in Savannah’s premier shopping district of Brought Street. From 1865-1865 the hotel was occupied by General Sherman’s Union army and used as a hospital.  Again in 1876 the hotel was used as a hospital during a yellow fever epidemic that killed over 1,000 people.  The death in the building is blamed for frequent strange sightings and occurrences.  Guests report figures that appear and disappear, running down hallways with no person in sight, and in particular, water faucets turning themselves on.

The Marshall House

The Marshall House

4. The Old Pink House. Now one of Savannah’s most popular restaurants, The Pink House was built in 1771 by James Habersham Jr.  Mr Habersham is rumored to have hung himself in the basement of the building in 1799 distraught over his wife’s death.  The building has been occupied by the Union Army, served as a bank, and eventually a tea room opened in the 1930’s.  The restaurant has been open for over 50 years.  Servers and patrons alike have experienced and seen strange things.  A manly figure thought to be Mr. Habersham is seen in the winter months typically on quiet Sunday afternoons.  Candles that are blown out are known to re-light.  A woman sobbing has been heard on the second floor, many women have complained of someone holding the basement bathroom door so they couldn’t exit, and wine bottle frequently move in the basement tavern.  A security camera captured what many think is a ghost in 2011.

 

The Pink House

The Pink House

5. 432 Abercorn Street on Calhoun Square. This is more of an UNSTORY with a creepy ending.  Built in 1868 for General Benjamin J. Wilson, the house at 432 Abercorn has been a favorite stop for ghost tours in Savannah for years.   Once one of the most grand homes of the city, the property now sits empty and dilapidated in the middle of the historic district.  Stories of neglected children that died, murdered families, and disappearing persons are among the tales that ghost tours will tell.  While none of those stories are true, the only historically relevant fact is that the area of Calhoun Square was a slave burial ground.  What can’t be denied is the intensely ill feeling that many people have described that comes over them when venture around the property.  Frequently electronics such as phones and cameras won’t work when near the house.  In other words, bad juju around 432 Abercorn.

432 Abercorn Street

432 Abercorn Street

 

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.”

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The Squares of Bull Street in Historic Savannah

August 21, 2015 by Teresa Jacobson

Many times we’ve told a visitor who wants to get a good feel for Savannah to walk the squares of Bull Street.  Start at Bay Street and walk south down Bull Street to Forsyth Park.  The walk will take you through five of Savannah’s iconic squares.  The monuments and plaques in those squares tell stories of Savannah’s rich history as you stroll under moss and oaks past historic homes, architecture, shops, and restaurants.   The walk is less than 1 mile, but you could spend all day on Bull Street.

 

1)  Johnson Square is the oldest and largest square in Savannah and surrounded by some of the most magnificent buildings downtown.  City Hall, Christ Church Episcopal (Georgia’s first) Nathanael Greene monument  and several large banks.  The Nathanael Greene monument in Johnson Square honors one of America’s top Revolutionary War officers. Brigadier General Nathanael Greene (1742-1786) was second only to George Washington.  Green and his son are buried under the monument.  A bench in tribute to the legendary songwriter Johnny Mercer and a sundial in honor of Colonel William Bull who helped Oglethorpe layout and settle Savannah are also in the square.

 

2) Wright Square has two of the most impressive monuments in all of downtown.  A towering statue of William Washington Gordon and an enormous boulder over the burial site of Creek leader Tomichichi with his burial site.

 

3)  Chippewa Square is in the center of Savannah’s Historic District.  The Historic Savannah Theater, The First Baptist Church and the Moses Eastman House are around the square as well as restaurants and shops.  A monument to Savannah founder James Edward Oglethorpe towers over the center of the square and Forrest Gump sat on a bench in Chippewa Square talking about chocolates.

 

4) Madison Square has history and haunting’s and a great selection of restaurants and shops. Named for U.S. President James Madison, the monument of this square is an 1888 statue by Alexander Doyle memorializing Sgt. William Jasper, a soldier of courageous acts in the Siege of Savannah.  The Green-Meldrim House, where General Sherman stayed after taking Savannah, is on Madison Square next to St. John’s Episcopal Church.

 

5) At the center of Monterey Square  is statue of Casimir Pulaski, a Polish nobleman who came to Savannah seeking a better life and sacrificed his life in the Siege of Savannah in 1779.   The Mercer-Williams House, the setting for the murder in “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” is part of the reason Monterey Square is widely considered the most picturesque of all the squares of Bull Street in historic Savannah.

 

Forsyth Park is over 30 acres of the most beautiful urban green space in America and was named after Georgia Governor at the time of the expansion in 1851, John Forsyth.  Modeled after the fountains found in Place de la Concorde in Cuzco, Peru, the iconic Forsyth Fountain was added to the North end of the park in 1858.  Savannah’s Confederate Memorial Statue stand just south of the fountain and is meant to commemorate those volunteers who gave their lives fighting for the Confederacy.  There is also a Spanish-American War statue.  Forsyth Park is home to the Farmer’s Market every Saturday, a site for concerts during the Savannah Jazz Festival, and a host to free movies in the park every few months and the destination for all kinds of festivals and special events throughout the year.

 

Forsyth Park Fountain

Forsyth Park Fountain

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.”

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Explore Savannah’s Coastal Heritage and Wildlife

July 30, 2015 by Teresa Jacobson

Savannah’s rich history and natural beauty expands deep into the Intracoastal Waterway of the coastline.  For centuries, the rivers and salt marshes have been a way of life for the diverse cultures that call Savannah home.  The Moonriver District encompasses six institutions where you can explore salt marshes, forest trails, Colonial and pre-Civil War history, a contemporary marine center, a historic Gullah Geechee oystering community, a 275 year old farm and school, an un-spoiled barrier island and a centuries old riverside village.  You can explore Savannah’s coastal heritage and wildlife only 20 minutes from Downtown Savannah.

Wormsloe Plantation Historic Site

Wormsloe Plantation Historic Site

1.       Wormsloe Plantation Historic Site

A breathtaking avenue sheltered by live oaks and Spanish moss leads to the tabby ruins of Wormsloe Plantation, the colonial estate of Noble Jones (1702-1775).  Visitors can interact with costumed interpreters, visit the Wormsloe Museum, and stroll interpretive nature trails participating in period programs.

Ford Museum at Bethesda

Ford Museum at Bethesda

2.       The Ford Museum at Bethesda Academy

Explore the deep and diverse history of Bethesda Academy and its significant part of our nation’s history.  The Ford Museum features a look into Georgia’s earliest history and the life lived at Bethesda, founded in 1740.

Pin Point Heritage Museum

Pin Point Heritage Museum

3.       Pin Point Heritage Museum

For nearly one hundred years, Pin Point was an isolated and self-sustained Gullah/Geechee enclave founded by first-generation freedmen.   Pin Point Heritage Museum celebrates the life and history of the culture so deeply connected to the water on the banks of the Moon River.

Skidaway Island State Park

Skidaway Island State Park

4.       Skidaway Island State Park

Experience Savannah’s lowcountry wildlife in the park that borders Skidaway narrows, a part of Georgia’s Intracoastal Waterway.  Trails wind through maritime forest and past salt marsh, leading to boardwalks and an observation tower.  Visitors can explore on their own or take advantage of one of the many programs offered such as hiking with a ranger or bird watching.   The staff at the park’s interpretive center will help guide you find the stunning wildlife of the Georgia coast.

University of Georgia Aquarium

University of Georgia Aquarium

5.       University of Georgia Marine Center Aquarium

The UGA Aquarium features 16 exhibit tanks that showcase a variety of Georgia’s marine life.  Most species are caught by aquarium staff right off the coast.  A public Touch Tank allows visitors to get up close and personal with some of Georgia’s marine invertebrates such as snails and crabs.

Ossabaw Island

Ossabaw Island

6.       Ossabaw Island

Ossabaw Island is the third largest barrier island off the coast of Georgia with 26,000 acres of maritime forest, tidal wetlands and wide beaches on the Atlantic Ocean.  An unspoiled place set aside by the State of Georgia as a heritage preserve for natural, scientific, and cultural study.  The Ossabaw Island Foundation offers programs such as walking with loggerhead sea turtles, archeological digs, and historic cultural practices like indigo dying.  Access to the island is by reservation only.  Visit the Ossabaw Island website for more information.

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.”

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Savannah’s Fall Festival’s

July 17, 2015 by Teresa Jacobson

Fall festivals in Savannah offer something for everyone.   Savannah Voice Festival, Savannah Jazz Festival, Savannah Film Festival, Savannah Food & Wine Festival. Make your reservations now at Azalea Inn & Villas for Fall!

Fall brings festivals, fun and gorgeous weather to Savannah.  Make reservations and get tickets now for one of these Savannah events.  The only problem is choosing which of Savannah’s fall festival’s!

August 2 – 16      Summer wraps up with the Savannah VOICE Festival – The Savannah VOICE festival takes the city by storm with great classical singing of opera, music theater and song.

August 7 – 8     Dog Days of Summer Festival on River Street – Dogs bring your leash and your owner for all out dog fun on River Street.  Doggy vendors, activities, and a parade just for our furry friends.

 

Dog Days of Summer on River Street

Dog Days of Summer on River Street

September 4 – 5     Bacon Festival on River Street – Yep, it’s exactly what it sounds like.  Local restaurants will be set up along the river with their best bacon dishes.

September 12      Revival Fest – A fall festival celebrating the best in Southern music, local and regional foods, crafts, beer and spirits.

Revival Fest

Revival Fest

September 20 – 26      Savannah Jazz Festival – Produced by the Coastal Jazz Association, the Savannah Jazz Festival is FREE and open to the public in Forsyth Park just steps away from Azalea Inn & Villas.

October 3 – 4      Octoberfest on River Street – Enjoy a bit of Germany Savannah style with German beers, food, music, and of course the Weiner Dog Races.

Savannah Jazz Festival

Savannah Jazz Festival

October 24 – 31      Savannah Film Festival – The Savannah College of Art and Design presents the annual festival, filled with cinematic creativity from both award-winning professionals and emerging student filmmakers. Each year more than 40,000 people attend the eight day Savannah Film Festival. The festival is host to a wide variety of competition film screenings, special screenings, workshops, panels, and lectures.

November 6 – 7      Hopped Up on Georgia Brews Festival on River Street – An incredible tasting event featuring over 20 breweries from Georgia.

Savannah Film Festival

Savannah Film Festival

November 9 – 15      Savannah Food & Wine Festival – Celebrating wine and culinary excellence in Savannah with wine dinners, tasting events, a festival and more.

November 14 – 15      Telfair Art Fair – Held in the heart of the historic district in Telfair Square, this open air art fair features over 80 chosen artists from around the country displaying and selling works in various artistic disciplines.

Savannah Food & Wine Festival

Savannah Food & Wine Festival

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.”

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Savannah’s 4th of July Celebration And Heat Escapes

June 24, 2015 by Teresa Jacobson

As Savannah gets ready for one of the biggest celebrations of the year, summer has landed with heat that reminds you that you are in the South.  Enjoy Savannah’s 4th of July Celebration and heat escapes.

Savannah 4th of July

Savannah celebrates 4th of July on the River

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 4th of July Celebration on River Street is a display of patriotism to rival any city in the US.  The party starts at 4pm with the fireworks beginning at 9pm.  Chairs and blankets are welcome so go down early to grab a good spot along with waterfront for the show.

The shade of the oaks that blanket the Historic District of Savannah give provide welcomed shade in the summer months. When you’re ready to for some air conditioning, Savannah’s museums are a great way to beat the heat exploring art, history, and Southern culture.

The Savannah History Museum is a great place to start.  Located in Tricentennial Park in the Savannah Visitors Center, the SHM allows you to walk through the city’s history from 1733 spanning the American Revolution and Civil War to today.

To submerge yourself in Savannah’s historic culture, visit one of the many house museums.

Owens Thomas House

Owens Thomas House

Owens Thomas House is considered by architectural historians to be one of the finest example of English Regency architecture in America.  Built 1816-1819.

The Davenport House strives to provide visitors with a true and vivid encounter with a unique Savanah story.  Built 1820.

Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace is filled with rich stories and experiences reflecting the arc of the life of Julliette Gordon Low and the remarkable worldwide Girl Scout movement she founded that changed the world. Built 1821.

 

Mercer Williams House

Mercer Williams House

Green-Meldrim House was home to General Sherman and used as headquarters when the Federal army occupied Savannah during the Civil War upon the invitation of Mr. Green.  Built early 1850’s.

Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home is a museum house dedicated to the work and life of the acclaimed novelist and shot story writer now widely considered one of the most important writers of the 20th century.

Mercer Williams House was made famous as the home of Jim Williams in the best-selling book and highly acclaimed movie, “Midnight In The Garden Of Good and Evil”.  The house is full of Mr. Williams private collection of 18th and 19th century furniture, art, and furnishings.   Built 1860

For art lovers…..

Telfair Academy Museum is a former mansion on Telfair Square with period rooms and houses nineteenth and twentieth century American and European art.  The collection is considered one of the most highly regarded in the Southeast US.

Jepson Center is across Telfair Square and is operated by the Telfair Museum.  Devoted to the art of today, the contemporary Jepson Center links Telfair’s future with its past.

Savannah College Museum of Modern Art is a premier contemporary art museum established to enrich the education of SCAD students introducing new exhibitions every academic quarter.

 

National Museum of the Mighty 8th Air Force

Mighty 8th Air Force

Ships of the Sea Museum is located in the William Scarborough mansion.  The mansion boasts a rich history as and architectural gem, the center of social life in old Savannah, Savannah’s first public school, and a boy’s orphanage.  Restored by the Historic Savannah Foundation, the museum features a wonderful collection of shop models, paintings, maritime antiques, and expansive gardens.

National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force chronicles the history of the 8th Air Force during World War II and after.

Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum chronicles the civil rights struggle of Georgia’s oldest African-American community from Slavery to the present.

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.”

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Shopping Local in Savannah

June 17, 2015 by Teresa Jacobson

Savannah’s unique culture and style shines through in the locally owned shops and boutiques throughout Savannah’s Historic District.  Here are our picks for shopping local in Savannah.

GIFTS

One Fish Two Fish

One Fish Two Fish

  • The Paris Market & Brocante – 36 W Broughton Street
    Inspired by the flea markets of Paris and India, the shop is two stories of elegant furnishings, vintage art, garden planters, home decor, and wonderful gifts for children and babies.
  • Savannah Bee Company – 104 W Broughton Street
    Savannah Bee Company is the destination for specialty honeys and naturally luxurious honeybee inspired body care.
  • One Fish Two Fish – 401 Whitaker Street
    A unique boutique in the heart of Savannah’s design district featuring fantastic home accessories, jewelry, bath & body products and ladies apparel.

 

FASHION

J Parker Ltd.

J Parker Ltd.

  • Gaucho – 251 Bull Street
    Savannah’s premier boutique serving you for 26 years! Upscale ladies clothing boutique in the heart of historic Savannah, GA
  • Red Clover – 244 Bull Street
    Offering a mix of classic, vintage inspired & indie designer clothing and accessories.
  • Men’s Fashion – J. Parker Ltd – 20 W Broughton Street
    J. Parker has been suiting the most stylish southern gentlemen since 1971.

 

JEWELRY

ZIA Jewelry Boutique

ZIA Jewelry Boutique

  • Zia Boutique – 325 W Broughton Street
    ZIA Boutique is a fashion-forward jewelry boutique, specializing in handmade exotic jewelry & accessories!

 

SHOES

Globe Shoes

Globe Shoes

  • Globe Shoe Company – 17 E Broughton Street
    A Savannah tradition for men and women since 1892. 

 

ACCESSORIES

Satchel

Satchel

  •  Satchel – 4 E Liberty Street
    Custom handbags, leather accessories, gifts, and slipcovers by local Savannah designer Elizabeth Seeger.  Always at the top of “Best Of” lists in Savannah!

 

FURNITURE & HOME

24e

24e

  • 24e – 24 E Broughton
    24e specializes in contemporary furniture design, interior design, and home accessories.  24e exists to bring you an eclectic collection of furnishings and accessories designed to help you fuse your individuality and inventiveness with your home environment.

 

GOODIES

Marche de Macarons

Marche de Macaroons

  • Marche de Macarons – 42 Abercorn Street
    Opened by two Savannah bakers just a few short years ago, they have created a macaron sensation in Savannah!  That’s all they do and they do it very, very well.

 

UNIQUE

The Salt Table

The Salt Table

  • Shop SCAD – 340 Bull Street
    The best and brightest from the Savannah College of Art & Design sell their paintings, jewelry, sculpture, fabrics, fashion, and more at Shop SCAD.  You won’t find a more unique and current gift gallery.
  • The Salt Table – 51 Barnard Street
    Trip Advisor ranks The Salt Table the #1 place to shop in Savannah and was a Flavor of Georgia Winner this year.  The Salt Table features free tasting samples of hundreds of different salts, seasonings, sugars, teas, dips, blends, Amish popcorn, and even local honey.

 

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.”

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Antique Shopping in Savannah

May 28, 2015 by Teresa Jacobson

Savannah’s rich, preserved history makes the city the perfect backdrop for the treasures of the past.  Antique shopping in Savannah is a literal treasure hunt through the largest historic district in America.  Shoppers will find furniture, art, and home accessories not just from the old south but from all over the world.  Retailers in Savannah are among the most experienced and knowledgeable dealers anywhere.

Jere’s Antiques


Jere’s Antiques
– 9 North Jefferson Street

Jere’s has been an established family business since 1976, specializing in the sale of fine antiques and in designing and constructing bespoke furniture.  Jere’s massive 33,000 square foot showroom is stocked with one of the largest and finest collections of rare English, Continental furniture and Bars from the 18th, 19th and 20th Century and is complemented with a carefully selected range of decorative items.

 

Alan Raskin Antiques

Alan Raskin Antiques


Alex Raskin Antiques– 441 Bull Street

Alex Raskin Antiques is just a block north of Forsyth Park and has what The New York Times calls, “A jaq-dropping collection.” Take a video tour of the store.

 

 

Everett & Cobb

Everett & Cobb


Everett & Cobb
– 12 W Harris Street

Specializing in a fine selection of 17th, 18th, 19th and early 20th Century art, antiques, and accessories. 20 years of experience in antique dealing brings an exceptional experience to antique shopping in Savannah.

 

 

Corner Door

Corner Door

Corner Door – 417 Whitaker Street

Located in Savannah’s Downtown Design District, Corner Door has 2 floors loaded with fine European Antiques & Accessories

 

 

 

George Davis Antiques

George Davis Antiques


George Davis Antiques & Interiors
– 408 Bull Street

George Davis Antiques & Interiors specialize in and import a fine selection of 18th and 19th-century French, Continental, English, and Italian furniture and accessories.

 

 

 

If you have something specific in mind for antique shopping in Savannah, here are a few stores that specialize in specific items.

 

Southern Charm Antiques

Southern Charm Antiques

Southern Charm Antiques – 250 Bull Street

“Where the Past Meets the Present and Moves into the Future”.  Fantastic antique selection,  specializing in American crystal of the depression era and fine porcelains from around the world.

 

 

 

Pinch of the Past

Pinch of the Past


Pinch of the Past– 2603 Whitaker Street

Architectural Antiques specializing in restoring vintage and historic home accents.

 

 

 

Jewelry Consignment

Jewelry Consignment

Jewelry Consignment Network – 139 Bull Street

A full service jewelry store specializing in consignments of fine estate jewelry and watches ranging from antique to contemporary.

 

 

 

V & J Duncan Maps

V & J Duncan Maps


V&J Duncan
 – 12 E Taylor Street

In business since 1983 and located on beautiful Monterey Square in Savannah’s Historic District. V&J Duncan has a vast collection of old engravings, mezzotints, lithographs, photographs, old books.

 

 

CH Brown Antiques

CH Brown Antiques


CH Brown’s Antiques & Silver
– 14 W Jones Street

Some of the most beautiful antique sterling silver to thrill the most passionate Savannah antique shopper.

 

 

 

Books on Bay

Books on Bay


Books on Bay – 224 W Bay Street

Antique books dating back to the 1600’s.

 

 

 

 

For excitement, look no further than Bull Street Auctions – 2819 Bull Street

Every other week, Bull Street auctions off a variety of items from local estates and regional consigners.  They specialize in fine antique and designer furniture, imported rugs, and paintings.

 

For Vintage Treasures:

Wright Square Antique Mall

Wright Square Antique Mall


Wright Square Antiques Mall
– 14 W State Street

Wright Square Antiques is a favorite in Savannah antique shopping.

Universal Trading Company – 352 Martin Luther King Blvd

There’s always a surprise at Universal Trading Company with everything from a wide variety of beautiful antiques to seven foot statues of dinosaurs and dragons.

 

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.”

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Savannah Events

May 13, 2015 by Teresa Jacobson

Summer kicks off with fun Savannah events.

We’ve had a gorgeous extended spring here in Savannah.  There has been just enough rain to fill the city with flowers, bright blue skies with highs in the mid 70’s, and cool evenings on the porch.  It’s a beautiful time in Savannah.

Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade

Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade

Savannah events continue to be fun and fascinating as we approach the summer season.  The rest of May will take you to the beach, showcase Paris worthy high fashion, bring runners back to Savannah in a burst of color, and Savannah is going to try to break the world record for the largest bar crawl.  On May 15th, the Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade will make its way across the island.  A local spectacle that showcases all that is unique, fun, and funky about Tybee Island.  If you don’t make it to Tybee Beach on the 15th, you can drop by Telfair Museum’s Jepson Center where Life’s a Beach photography exhibit will be opening.  One of Britain’s most beloved photographers, Martin Parr, takes you on a journey to beaches around the world highlighting the people who enjoy them.  Telfair Museums is celebrating the opening by partnering with nationally recognized local designer Zia Sachedina with an exhibit of his exotic collection of jewelry and accessories in, Art on Tap: Zia at the Beach.


Billed as the top student fashion show in the country, May 16th,  SCAD School of Fashion students showcase their talent at the annual SCAD Fashion Show at the SCAD Museum.  If you want a glimpse into the future of fashion, you can watch the show online LIVE here.


May 16th, The Color Run returns to Savannah.  The original paint race and “Happiest 5K on the Planet”, The Color Run turns Savannah’s Historic District into a burst of color and fitness.  And on the other side of the event spectrum, on May 30th, Savannah is once again going to try to break the Guinness World Record for Largest Pub Crawl with The Crawl of the South.

As summer begins to simmer in June, Savannah events focus on music and art.  River Street’s annual Blues Jazz & BBQ Festival is June 6th and 7th.  Deep southern blues, smooth jazz and smokey BBQ will be served up all weekend long on River Street.  The Savannah Civic Center has a fantastic line-up of shows in June.  Classic artists for all music tastes with Earth, Wind, & Fire, Casting Crowns, MAZE featuring Frankie Beverly, and John MelencampThe Lucas Theater calendar in June is full of tributes to great artists.  See 1964 The Tribute (a tribute to the Beatles), Walking After Midnight w/ JJ Hobbs (a tribute to Patsy Cline), and Travelin’ Light with acclaimed New York Cabaret artist Minda Larsen (a tribute to Savannah’s own Johnny Mercer).

On June 7th, take the opportunity to join one of two art events showcasing galleries in two different areas of town.  The Savannah Art Walk begins at Rocks on the Roof with a glass of wine and guides you through 4 galleries or exhibitions in the Historic District.  Or head to the south end of Forsyth Park and take the Starland District First Friday Art March through local galleries and their Indy Art Market.  Local art always makes a great Savannah event!

Come As You Are: Art of the 90’s Exhibit is opening at The Jepson Center on June 12th and the Downtown Neighborhood Association hosts its 2nd Annual Artists and Artisans Tour on June 25th.  Enjoy sipping wine in private downtown homes while meeting local artists showcasing their latest work.

So much to do in a Savannah summer!  Read our recent blog on the best ways to tour Savannah while you’re here.  Azalea Inn and Gardens wants to be your host in the Hostess City of the South.  One visit and you’ll consider Savannah and Azalea Inn & Gardens your second home.

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.”

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The Best Way To Tour Savannah Is ……

May 7, 2015 by Teresa Jacobson

The best way to tour Savannah is your way!

We’ve heard it said that the refreshingly slow pace of Savannah can be attributed to a handful of things.  The 22 squares throughout the Historic District slow the traffic down significantly.  Once you’ve slowed down, you start to look around and can’t help being mesmerized by the beauty and charm of moss draped oaks and stunning historic architecture.  Then, there are all the people walking around that the city has given the right of way to cross the street every few blocks.   And if you’ve ever gotten behind a horse and carriage, you know that you aren’t getting anywhere in a hurry, but the view sure is beautiful.  Might as well take it all in.

There are many distinctly different ways to see Savannah.  Depending on your pace or interests, a visitor can choose to see Savannah in a way that gives them the ideal experience.

Historic Savannah Carriage Tours

Historic Savannah Carriage Tours

A trolley tour is probably the most popular in the Historic District.  If you prefer to sit back and relax driving through the District, Old Savannah Tours has the most experienced tour guides that are sure to inform and entertain you.  They also offer a variety of different touring options from their Historic Overview tour, Fort tour, and Ghost tours.

Step back in time on a carriage tour through Savannah’s Historic District.  The slow pace of the horses gives you ample time to take in the sites and their stories as you make you way around Savannah’s squares.  Historic Savannah Carriage Tours has fantastic guides that bring the cities storied past to life.

The ample green space of Savannah’s squares and the shade of the oaks makes the perfect landscape for a walking tour.  There are many brilliant and experienced walking tour guides in Savannah, but the Azalea Inn picks are; Old City Walks, Historic Savannah by Foot with Jack Wray, and the always popular in seersucker, Savannah Dan.   Azalea is happy to arrange for a guide to come to the Inn to begin your tour right from our front door.

Segway Tours

Segway Tours

Bike Tours

Bike Tours

 

 

Some visitors enjoy being on the move, still having control of where they stop and go.  For that, you can pedal through history on a bicycle with Savannah Bike Tours, on a scooter with Vespa Savannah , or glide around the squares with Segway of Savannah.

 

For some, what you see is just as or more important than how you see it.   Savannah’s history, beauty, and charm pave the way for enthusiasts of all kinds to be enthralled with Savannah.  Tour Savannah’s notorious haunted past with Cobblestone Tour or Blue Orb.  Savannah is known as one of America’s most haunted cities and ghost tours around town don’t disappoint.  Capturing Savannah has tours for the budding or professional photographer.  They will guide you and your camera to capture the most stunning scenes and details of Savannah.

 

Our friend Jonathan Stalcup leads Architectural Tours of Savannah and is fantastic!!  Savannah’s historic architecture is a huge part of the city’s charm and Jonathan knows more than anyone we know!  Savannah has landed itself on the map in recent years as a destination for great food.  Savannah Taste Experience offers a unique culinary experience through bites and tastings at distinctive restaurants and specialty food stores.  Notorious for its open container policy, Savannah can happy hour with the best of them.  Savvy Savannah Tours will show you where the best martinis are all over town.  Savannah has been a Hollywood movie set many, many times.  Savvy will take you to Forrest Gump’s bench, Jim William’s home that was featured in The Garden of Good and Evil, and then treat you to ice cream at nationally known Leopold’s!

Sunset Dolphin Cruise

Sunset Dolphin Cruise

 

AND, dolphins.  Who doesn’t love dolphins?  Captain Mike will take you out onto the river for a sunset cruise when the dolphins come out in droves.  You’ll never forget seeing dolphins play in their natural habitat.

Savannah truly is the ‘Hostess City of the South’ and Azalea Inn is here to show you the Savannah that you’d like to see in a way that you’d like to see it.   The Best Way To Tour Savannah Is Your Way!

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.”

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Azalea Inn’s Top Ten Restaurants in Savannah and Their Best Dish

April 29, 2015 by Teresa Jacobson

A great benefit of being a guest at The Azalea Inn & Gardens Bed and Breakfast is the expertise they have to make sure you have the perfect Savannah experience.  With a wide variety of wonderful restaurant options in Savannah, Azalea will tell you where to go AND what to eat.  Here are our Top Ten Restaurants in Savannah and our favorite choices at each!

  1. 45 Bistro – 123 East Broughton Street

    Best dishes:

    45 Bistro Rack of Lamb

    45 Bistro Rack of Lamb

  • Beef Carpaccio with Dijon mustard aioli, shaved Parmesan cheese, spinach chiffonade and crispy capers
  • Grilled Hearts of Romaine, garlic croutons, shaved Parmesan and Caesar dressing. Add grilled shrimp.
  • Roasted Ruby Beets, golden and ruby beets marinated in a champagne vinaigrette with Belgian endive, praline walnuts, Stilton cheese
  • Rack of Lamb, herb crusted and roasted, with whipped truffle Yukon Gold potatoes finished with port wine and rosemary demi-glace.
  • Escargot sautéed in herbed white wine butter with sun-dried tomatoes, slow roasted elephant garlic clove and grilled Asiago ciabatta.

 

Vic's on the River Crawfish Beignets

Vic’s on the River Crawfish Beignets

  1. Vic’s On The River – 26 East Bay Street
    Best dish:
  • Crawfish Beignets with Tabasco syrup
  1. Noble Fare – 321 Jefferson Street
    Best dish:
  • Ahi Tuna Tartar with avocado puree, pineapple pico, plantain chip, Ossetra caviar, curry oil
  1. The Grey – 109 Martin Luther King Boulevard
    Best dish:
  • Pork Shank with a “mess of greens” and cornbread

 

Local 11ten Mussels

Local 11ten Mussels

  1. Local 11 Ten –1110 Bull Street
    Best dishes:
  • Spicy Prince Edward Island mussels, house-made chorizo, tomato, cherry peppers, basil, garlic, white wine, grilled baguette
  • Open-faced rabbit ravioli, fire roasted tomato sauce, basil coulis, house-made ricotta
  1. Sapphire Grill – 110 West Congress Street
    Best dishes:
  • Benne Speckled Calamari & toasted coriander pesto with curried peanuts, lime sugar & soy glaze
  • Toasted garlic seared Muscovy duck breast & butternut squash confit with braised red chard, pain d’epice & toasted shallot
  • Toasted pepper seared tuna mignon & crispy golden rice with sauce ponzu, dried chili, pickled beets & scallion
A'lure Lamb Carppacio

A’lure Lamb Carppacio

  1. A’Lure – 309 West Congress Street
    Best dishes:
  • Lamb Carpaccio with cracked pepper scallion oil, basil, capers, savory Sweetgrass Diary blue cheese ice cream
  • Peas & Carrots pan seared sea scallops, sweet baby carrot risotto, shiitakes, ginger carrot reduction, sweet pea coulis
  • House Smoked Duck Breast ginger & garlic bbq, pickled mustard seed coleslaw, duck confit, brie and collard green egg roll
  1. Jazz’d Tapas Bar – 52 Barnard Street
    Best dishes:
  • Mussels Fra Diavolo – Season mussels steamed with white wine, simmered with grilled tomato sauce and finished with compound butter and toasted baguettes.
  • Coca-Cola Pork Ribs – Baby back ribs slow roasted with a Coca-Cola BBQ sauce and a fresh tortilla fennel slaw.
The Olde Pink House BLT Salad

The Olde Pink House BLT Salad

  1. The Pink House – 23 Abercorn Street
    Best dish:
  • BLT salad, fried green tomatoes & sweet bacon with black pepper thyme buttermild dressing
  1. Leoci’s Trattoria – 606 Abercorn Street
    Best Dishes:
  • Beet Salad with brick-oven roasted beets and Leoci’s pickled sweet baby beets accompanied by farmers blue cheese, drizzled with house-made champagne tarragon vinaigrette.
  • Brick oven-roasted mixed olives, a mix of Mediterranean olives

 

If a guest decides wants venture out of Historic District, this is where Azalea Inn will send you:

Ele Fine Fusion

Ele Fine Fusion

The Florence – The Starland District / 1 West Victory Drive
The latest from celebrity chef Hugh Acheson, The Florence is a neighborhood restaurant that highlights local and regional ingredients using Italian technique and background

Ele Fine Fusion – Wilmington Island / 7815 Highway 80 East
Unforgettable ambiance, unique cocktails, sushi bar & fine dining.

The Tybee Island Fish Camp – Tybee Island / 106 South Campbell Avenue
A cozy 1950’s cottage nestled under live oak and cedar trees with a regionally-focused seafood agenda, a full bar featuring heavily-domestic wine program, and specialty cocktails.

Sisters of the New South – Near Bonaventure Cemetery / 2605 Skidaway Road
Best Soul Food in Savannah!

 

And if you have something specific in mind…………………..

Best Seafood – You’re in Savannah, everybody asks, “Who has the best seafood?”  We always tell people that you can find great seafood all over Savannah.  All of the best restaurants have great seafood dishes.  We’d recommend seafood at all of our top restaurants.

Chocolat by Adam Turoni Blood Orange Truffle

Chocolat by Adam Turoni Blood Orange Truffle

Best Vegetarian – Kayak Café

Best Steak – 45 Bistro

Best Sweets – Leopold’s Ice Cream, Chocolat by Adam Turoni, Lulu’s Chocolate Bar

Best BBQ – Angels BBQ, Wiley’s Championship BBQ,

Best Casual & Experience – The Pirates House – Have the spring rolls!

Best Lunch Spots – Zunzi’s, Public Kitchen, B Matthews, Blowin’ Smoke, Papillote

Azalea Inn Breakfast

Azalea Inn Breakfast

 

Best Breakfast – The Azalea Inn & Gardens of course.  Nothing better in Savannah!

 

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.”

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