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A Moveable Feast: The Savannah Food & Wine Festival

September 21st, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

The Savannah Food & Wine Festival

A Savannah Moveable Feast!

A Moveable Feast, Savannah Style

While reflecting on his time in Paris, Ernest Hemingway called the city of love “a moveable feast,” or a series of memories that will always remain with him. In his memoir, titled “A Moveable Feast,” Hemingway discusses his time abroad, including many descriptions of cafés, bars, and dining experiences that he fondly remembers.

Hemingway understood that food and drink are more than simply sustenance…They are combined to yield a masterful creation to enjoy, and that is exactly what the Savannah Food & Wine Festival seeks to achieve through a week long “moveable feast” in the Hostess City.

Wine & Dine Your Way Through The Savannah Food & Wine Festival

Who doesn’t enjoy an amazing meal accompanied by a delectable glass of wine? Well, Savannah certainly knows a thing or two about pairing great wine and delicious food… that’s why we have a week dedicated to the duo! The Savannah Food & Wine Festival will host events throughout the week of November 10-16. We don’t want you to miss out on a single one, so here is a list of food & wine events taking place during the Savannah Food & Wine Festival.

The Savannah Food & Wine Festival

Wine & dine surrounded by the beauty of Savannah

November 10-Kick-off the Festivities at the Bethesda Farm to Table Dinner

Join the Savannah Food & Wine Festival kick-off at Bethesda Academy. Experience the expertise of several masterful Chefs and a Master Sommelier from the Savannah area as they prepare and serve a one of a kind meal with fresh, local ingredients. Enjoy the romance of the scenery featuring marsh, tall oaks, and swaying Spanish moss from the tented dining room. Feel free to take a tour of Bethesda’s chapel, museum, and historic grounds. This is an opportunity you certainly do not want to miss!

November 11-Begin the Master Class Series

Have you always wanted to know how to cook food from Spain? Well, now is your chance to learn! Starting Tuesday, November 11 through Thursday, November 13 , the Savannah Food & Wine Festival will begin their Master Class Series taking place at the Mansion on Forsyth. Learn from Chef Kate Button’s class, “Spain for the Holidays,” on Tuesday. Or Sample various wines from Spain & Portugal at a “Taste of Iberia” with Master Sommelier, Robert Jones on Wednesday. On Thursday choose a class with Chef and author Virginia Willis, or Chef Nico Romo, or take both!  For more information on classes, tickets and times, click here.

November 12-Discuss & Dine with the Chefs at the Celebrity Chef Tour

On Wednesday, November 12, join multiple award-winning chefs at the James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour. Meet chefs from all over Georgia, as well as from right here in Savannah. The Celebrity Chef Tour is a night of combining supreme culinary talent to create an amazing culinary experience. Each meal will be carefully paired with specific wine, as prepared by the Master Sommelier. Proceeds will go to the James Beard Foundation.

The Savannah Food & Wine Festival

Bring out your inner Master of Wine.

November 13-Calling All Wine & BBQ Lovers!

For all the wine lovers out there, this event is specifically tailored to you! The Grand Reserve Tasting & Silent Auction is located at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa. Taste the best of the best with wines specifically chosen for a one of a kind wine experience. We’ll drink to that!  This is a popular event, so get your tickets NOW! Also, taking place at the Westin Savannah Harbor Gold Resort & Spa is Le Grand Cochon, a Heritage Hog Roasting experience with some of the best pit masters showcasing their best BBQ recipes.

November 14-Participate in the Olde World Wine & Dine Experience

Start the evening with the Candlelight Home Tour, and end on a delicious note at the The Brice for the Olde World Wine & Dine Experience. Enjoy carefully selected wines, paired with each dish concocted by the Pacci Italian Kitchen & Bar at the Brice. The Savannah Food & Wine Festival hopes to combine the historical significance of Savannah, and a world class dining experience into an educational and delightful evening!

November 14- Eat & Drink Your Way Through the River Street Stroll

Also taking place on Friday, November 14, the River Street Stroll provides a chance to enjoy a walk up and down the scenic and historic River Street while enjoying wine and beer tastings, along with tasty food! Combine this event with the Riverboat Wine & Dinner Cruise for an evening filled with wonderful spirits and food!

The Savannah Food & Wine Festival

Enjoy a Taste of Savannah

November 15- Don’t Miss the Main Event: A Taste of Savannah

Now, this event is certainly a moveable feast! Taking place from Ellis Square to Johnson Square, A Taste of Savannah features educational courses, food, drinks, and more, providing a full day dedicated to celebrating Savannah and food! But, don’t get too full at the Taste of Savannah…move this feast to the Winery Cellar Dinner later that evening, located at the Westin, featuring three celebrity chefs and winemakers for an evening of unforgettable food and wine.

November 16- The Grand Finale

If you still have room for another bite, join the Savannah Food & Wine Festival for the Jazz & Bubbles Brunch. Taste champagne to the sounds of smooth jazz and dine on a Savannah-Style brunch prepared by the AquaStar at the Westin. Cheers to the Savannah Food & Wine Festival!

Experience Every Bite of Savannah

Are you ready to participate in this grand food adventure? Get your Festival tickets and call the Azalea Inn & Villas to book your room. This is a popular event, so don’t hesitate! Tickets and rooms are going quickly, so make your reservations today and experience the best at the Savannah Food & Wine Festival. 

 

 

Azalea Inn and Villas, 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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Best Picnic Spots in Savannah: Make the most of the Savannah’s Squares, Parks & Cuisine!

September 14th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Best Picnic Spots in Savannah - Support of Breast Cancer Awareness MonthLunch at One of the Best Picnic Spots in Savannah

These ladies sure do look like they are enjoying lunch at one of the best picnic spots in Savannah – Forsyth Park! With such beautiful fall weather upon us, it is a crime if you don’t take advantage of the outdoor utopias found in the Savannah squares and parks. Sunny skies, and fall breezes offer a wonderful opportunity to explore Savannah the way it should be seen: by foot.  

Take Advantage of Savannah’s Squares & Parks

Now, after all of that exploring, you can surely work up an appetite. But, that doesn’t mean you need to eat inside! We have a list of the best picnic spots in Savannah to keep you connected to the outdoors! Make the most of Savannah’s squares and parks by planning a lunch, Savannah style. With 22 squares to choose from, it’s hard to decide where you should picnic, but here are some of the best picnic spots in Savannah.

Best Picnic Spots in Savannah

Visit Savannah’s famous fountain in beautiful Forsyth Park.

Forsyth Park

Located in the heart of Savannah’s historic downtown are, and just a block from our Inn, Forsyth Park is our equivalent to Central Park in New York. An expansive green space, Forsyth Park is the perfect place for a picnic and rates at as our #1 Best Picnic Spots in Savannah. Ask the Innkeeper to make you picnic lunch (complete with wine, of course) to go. Or grab some food from the Forsyth Café located right on the park. There is also the Sentient Bean found at the south end of the park on Park Avenue right next to Brighter Day.  The hardest part of your picnic will be choosing in which part of this 30-acre green space is your perfect picnic spot. Relax, stretch out, enjoy the breeze filtering through the leaves of the towering oaks, take a nap, even! Why else do we love Forsyth Park? The grandest free events occur here!  Make plans to attend the Jazz Festival, September 21-27, and Picnic in the Park, taking place October 5. Before you leave the park, make sure to get your “I’m a Tourist” photo-op in front of the world-famous Forsyth Fountain. It is a beautiful as the pictures you have seen.

Best Picnic Spots in SavannahReynolds Square 

Make your way toward Reynolds Square for a picnic on one of its benches or lounge in one of the green spaces shaded by beautiful Spanish Moss-covered Oaks. Where do you pick up a lunch on the go? We highly recommend Leopold’s Ice Cream located on Broughton Street just a block over from the square.  Not only does Leopold’s have the best ice cream in town, but they also make great sandwiches and fabulous fountain drinks. When you finish lunch, be sure to double back for post-picnic ice cream! Take a hint for the Savannah Pajama Shop Hop ladies, it’s worth every bite!

Best Picnic Spots in SavannahWright Square

If you’re a chocolate lover, this is the Savannah picnic spot for you! Located on Bull and President’s St., Wright Square offers shaded benches, and a great spot for people watching. Stop by the Wright Square Café, grab some of their delicious chocolates and coffee, and head over to the square to enjoy. Afterwards, check out Tomochichi’s Monument located in Wright Square. Tomochichi was Chief to the Yamacraw Creek Tribe and welcomed founder, James Oglethorpe to build the city of Savannah. Legend has it, if you walk around his Monument three times and say “Tomochichi,” the Chief might have something to say right back!

Best Picnic Spots in SavannahChippewa Square

Have you seen Forrest Gump? Well, if you didn’t know, most of the film was shot right here in Savannah. The famous “box of chocolates” scene was filmed right here on Chippewa Square. While you won’t find the bench where Forest sat, you can enjoy a picnic on any of the benches located around the square. Before you get to the famous square, stop by the Soho Café located on Liberty Street, just a hop, skip and a jump from Chippewa Square. Grab one of their signature salads or sandwiches, all made with local ingredients and enjoy at one of the best picnic spots in Savannah.

Plan Your Picnic With Us!

What’s a picnic without some bubbly? Grab a bottle from the Azalea Inn and Villas before you head out to one of the best picnic spots in Savannah! Book your trip with Azalea Inn & Gardens and allow us to make reservations and suggestions for your special trip to the Hostess City. Make the most of Savannah’s squares and parks during your trip, as well as the wonderful local cuisine and scenery.

 

Azalea Inn and Villas, 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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Hey Y’all! Find Out What’s New With Paula Deen!

August 31st, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Paula Deen Hey Ya’ll!

Nothing says Savannah like the delightful, Southern chef, Paula Deen. We were lucky enough to attend the first showing of Paula Deen Live at the Lucas Theater, featuring Paula and her family doing what they do best: cooking and laughing!

This Southern chef has a lot of exciting things coming up that you won’t want to miss!  So, find out what’s new with Paula Deen!

A Family That Cooks Together 

Paula entertained her guests with her contagious joy and laughter, her natural Southern charm and love for Savannah. First, Paula and her two sons, Jamie and Bobby, whipped up a delicious peach trifle, proving that dessert is certainly best when eaten first, and that Georgia peaches are the sweetest peaches you’ll ever taste.

Michael, Paula’s husband, joined the family on stage to create a dish they call a Five in Dime. This dish had only five ingredients: chicken, feta, arugula, tomatoes, and corn, and can be thrown together in only ten minutes! Easy and delicious- our kind of meal.

 

Get Ready for Paula’s Next Adventure

Paula Deen is Savannah’s Sweetheart, and we are all excited for the launch of her new network. The Paula Deen Network will start this September, featuring recipes, shows, and much more. The best part? It’s all accessible from your phone, tablet, and PC! Find out more information here.

A night full of fun and laughter is what you can expect from Paula Deen and her family, embodying the true Savannah spirit in their love for food and one another. You’ll feel right at home in Paula’s kitchen.

 

There Is No Place Like Savannah

Take it from Paula when she says, “There is no place like Savannah in the entire world!”

Y’all, she’s right!

So, make your plans to visit Savannah soon! You don’t miss out on any of the great Paula Deen Live shows, or the book signings taking place this September –December at her restaurant, Lady & Sons.

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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Byrd Cookie Company: A Savannah Favorite for 90 Years!

August 24th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Byrd Cookie CompanyWhat’s In A Cookie? A Taste So Sweet…

What’s better than a delicious cookie? For many, cookies mean more than just a sweet treat. Cookies are a reminder of afternoons in the kitchen at Grandma’s house, making her famous chocolate crinkles.

Cookies and a cold glass of milk are a cure-all for a bad day, and they keep Santa fueled on his busy night. They are the coveted snack high on the counter in the cookie jar, just out of reach, but nothing a kitchen chair couldn’t fix.Relive these memories, and create many more at Byrd Cookie Company: A Savannah Favorite for 90 Years!

Byrd’s Famous Cookies

There’s nothing like a yummy cookie, especially when they bring back such sweet memories.  Byrd Cookie Company, here in Savannah, Georgia, knows exactly how to create a memory with their scrumptious variety of cookies in their special Savannah scenery tins.

Offering the classics, chocolate chip, butter, and oatmeal, to unique tastes, such as Key Lime Coolers, Peach Coolers, and Red Velvet you’ll have no trouble walking away with a delicious tin of Byrd’s Famous Cookies. You’ll be back for more!

 90 Years, a Savannah Favorite

Byrd Cookie Company is celebrating 90 years in business, and they are doing it in a big way! Opening numerous locations in Savannah and Pooler, this beloved local cookie company is opening stores all along the east coast, from New York to Georgia.

In 1924, Ben T. Byrd, Sr. began his cookie business, baking cookies in his bakery and delivering them to neighborhood markets in his Model T Ford. It wasn’t long before the cookies and Mr. Byrd became famous to locals and visitors.

Check out Byrd Cookie Company at any of its three Savannah locations. Visit the factory store on Waters Avenue and smell the cookies baking the minute you step out of your car. Get a bite to eat at B. Tillman’s Restaurant & Bar located right next door.

Walking around downtown? Then don’t forget to stop by the City Market location to taste some samples, or BT Byrd’s @ Drayton Tower for a quick snake, hand-crafted soda, coffee, and of course, cookies!

Discover Your Favorite Cookie & Savannah

Find your own favorite treats at Byrd Cookie Company, and create new memories in Savannah. Book your next trip, grab a tin of cookies (or two), and enjoy a taste of 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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Celebrate Labor Day in Savannah

August 10th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

300px-US-DeptOfLabor-Seal-AltColors.svg_311We all look forward to Labor Day Weekend. It’s a nice little break at the end of Summer and beginning of Fall to get away from all of the hustle and bustle of life. This year marks 120 years of Labor Day. But what is the origin of Labor Day? It isn’t just for the blow out sales and three day weekend, so what is it for?

How It All Began: The Origin of Labor Day 

Who came up with Labor Day? Those details are a bit unclear. Some historical records state that it was Peter J. McGuire, Co-Founder of the American Federation of Labor that suggested the holiday. Other records credit Matthew Maguire, a machinist, for proposing the holiday in 1882 while serving as the secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York.

Though the origins are muddy, each year, on the first Monday of September, we celebrate Labor day and all of the achievements made by American workers.

Labor Day Weekend Events

Are you a beer enthusiast? Then satisfy the brew master in you at the 7th Annual Savannah Craft & Brew Festival taking place Saturday, August 30. Enjoy the many varieties of beer, along with the entertainment and educational services provided by the Savannah Craft & Brew Festival. For more information click here.

How about some fun at the beach? Tybee Labor Day Beach Bash will be in full swing, with delicious food and live entertainment. Sit on the pier and catch the fireworks, or dance to the music inside the pavilion.  Click here for more information on this fun Labor Day Weekend Event.

Looking for a little history? Check out the Old Fort Jackson. They will be hosting a special program, “A Century of Sentries: 100 Years of Fort Jackson Guarding Savannah.” Make sure you don’t miss out on their Daily Canon Firing. It’ll start your day with a bang! For more information click here.

How Will You Celebrate? 

Labor Day is a day to relax and celebrate the hard work you put in all year round. So, why not celebrate with a Labor Day Weekend getaway? Plan a trip to Savannah and explore all of the beauty that this historic city has to offer, as well as some fun events going on that weekend!

Be sure to make your plans as soon as you can! Labor Day will be here before you know it!

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

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Visit Savannah in November

July 27th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

SavfoodandwinefestNovember is the perfect time to plan a trip to the Hostess City. The cool November breezes make Savannah enjoyable for those who are not fans of the heat, but want to get away from the cold winters.

With the holiday season right around the corner, plus the beautiful weather, Savannah is humming with activities and fun for all!

When you visit Savannah in November experience music, delicious local food, wine, and live entertainment. The possibilities are endless!

 

Dance Your Way Through Your Visit to Savannah in November

Whether you’re a runner, a music lover, or both, The Savannah Rock-N-Roll Marathon has everything you’re looking for. Taking place November 8-9, the Savannah Rock-N-Roll Marathon features a marathon and a half marathon, as well as a variety of musical concerts along the way!

Genres include Classic rock, Country, Hip Hop, Blue Grass, Celtic and many more, providing enough variety to suit your musical tastes. The marathon and music will take place in Downtown Savannah, starting at Bay Street and finishing at Forsyth Park.

Live bands will perform along each mile of the racecourse for all to enjoy. So, bring your dancing/running shoes and join us for this rockin’ event! For more information on the Savannah Rock-N-Roll Marathon click here.

 

Enjoy the Savannah Food & Wine Festival When You Visit Savannah in November 

Savannah Food & Wine Festival is an annual event that combines the love of food and wine into a week long wining and dining tour of Savannah. Taking place November 10-16, The Savannah Food & Wine Festival provides nine different locations and themes to cater to the many tastes of the festival participants.

Hungry yet?

This is an event you definitely do not want to miss out on, especially if you consider yourself a foodie! Be sure to get your tickets and book your rooms, because this is one popular festival, from visitors to locals alike! Tickets and information are available online here.

 

Visit Savannah in November to See “A Christmas Tradition” at the Savannah Theatre

Get into the Christmas spirit with the Savannah Theatre! “A Christmas Tradition” is a festive performance, bringing you the holiday joy found in your beloved Christmas standards, with a dash of comedy and audience participation. So, brush up on Jingle Bells and join the talented Savannah Theatre for “A Christmas Tradition” from November 27- December 26. For more information and tickets click here.

We look forward to seeing you during your visit to Savannah in November!

 

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

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Savannah’s Ellis Square – Sprinklers, People Watching and More!

July 13th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Ellis SquareToday we’re telling you all about Savannah’s Ellis Square.

When you visit Savannah, we make sure to help you have the best vacation EVER.

Our ideas about the BEST vacation in Savannah almost always include a lengthy and leisurely tour of the historic district to see each of the 24 different squares – those spaces that really set our city apart as an intriguing destination.

 

Where is Ellis Square?

Ellis Square is just east of City Market, where there is live music most every night and TONS to see and do. On Barnard Street between Bryan and Congress Streets, you can walk to Ellis Square from our B&B in just over 20 minutes. Keep walking East and you’ll hit the biggest square in Savannah, Johnson Square. Back to Ellis though…

 

People-Watching at Ellis Square

As the square closest to City Market, Ellis Square commands a great deal of foot traffic. It is really a crossroads, because Savannians and vacationers alike stop and take advantage of the ample seating or pass through on their way to other parts of this great city. Ellis is the square that has the most concrete and least green, so the look really fits its function as a crossroads. Visitors, don’t fret – the pavement presents, playtime!

 

The Only Square with Sprinklers is Ellis

Unleash your inner little kid at Ellis Square during the hot months here in Savannah. The sprinkler systems seem to have been designed with play in mind. In a city full of fun, we do NOT discourage that!

The fountains come right from the ground and cascade up into an ideal formation for running through and playing in. Those fountain sprinklers  are featured in the picture above, shooting out water to the delight of children of all ages.

Maybe you can tell that we love Ellis Square here!

We know you will too…

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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Come Visit the Art Museums in Savannah

July 6th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Art Museums in SavannahSavannah is home to a thriving arts college (Savannah College of Art and Design, or, SCAD) and a huge historic district boasting the beauty of the past. So no shortage of art here. We want to make sure you know that you can come visit the art museums in Savannah too!

Today we’re telling you more about the 3 top art museums in Savannah. And here’s the insider tip: you can purchase your admission to all 3 museums for only $20!

THE JEPSON CENTER: The Contemporary Art Museum in Savannah

The Jepson Center for the Arts is located at 205 West York Street (at the intersection of York and Barnard on the south side of Telfair Square). This just might be the most impressively modern building in all of Savannah. Boasting over 7,500 feet of gallery space and a large atrium with marble staircase leading you to the art treasures, we love it here. We know you will too.

Sunday – 12-5pm
Monday – 12-5pm
Tuesday – 10am-5pm
Wednesday – 10am-5pm
Thursday – 10am-8pm
Friday – 10am-5pm
Saturday – 10am-5pm

TELFAIR ACADEMY: Savannah’s Stately Art Museum

Well, it used to be a mansion folks. The stately building located at 121 Barnard Street was probably as impressive back when it was finished in 1819 as it is now for us now. Columns and statues impose their influence over the Telfair’s front lawn on the west side of Telfair Square. Here you’ll find sculpture and masterpieces hailing from the 18th and 19th centuries in both America and Europe.

Sunday – 1-5pm
Monday – 12-5pm
Tuesday – 10am-5pm
Wednesday – 10am-5pm
Thursday – 10am-5pm
Friday – 10am-5pm
Saturday – 10am-5pm

THE OWENS-THOMAS HOUSE: The Guided Collector’s Art Museum

Taking a step away from the art-centric Telfair Square, you’ll head east until you find Abercorn Street, and the historic Owens-Thomas House on the north end of it. The proper address is 124 Abercorn Street. The space boasts English Gardens and original artwork from the family’s collection. You’ll learn all about that when you arrive. This is the only art museum we feature today that requires guests to join a guided tour. With so much history, we know you’ll appreciate that!

Sunday – 1-5pm
Monday – 12-5pm
Tuesday – 10am-5pm
Wednesday – 10am-5pm
Thursday – 10am-5pm
Friday – 10am-5pm
Saturday – 10am-5pm

You won’t catch any shortage of inspiration in this city: from art in the streets to the 3 best art museums in Savannah we can’t wait to help you find the best of it all.

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 Johnson Square

May 25th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Johnson SquareSavannah’s Johnson Square is one of the twenty-four squares in Savannah that make it such a great city to visit. You walk around, and look everywhere – visual overload, happily processed, no shortage of green space OR beauty here in this great city, y’all.

From our Inn, walk only 9/10 of a mile to historic River Street and meander through all the city streets. Put your tourist tennies (Read: Walking Shoes) at the top of your pack list, because we are starting y’all on a walking tour – beginning, of course, with the BIGGEST square.

Where is Johnson Square?

Johnson Square just happens to be the FIRST square laid out in 1733 when the city planners were scheming for what has turned into a prosperous and thriving city full of life and fun (especially for visitors like YOU). Walk north on Bull Street (that central street which divides Savannah, east from west) and find Johnson square nestled nicely between Bryan and Congress Streets. It’s the last square you’ll hit before the River.

What Happens at Johnson Square?

What once was the location for colonials to do their bread baking is now the center around which the bankers of Savannah flock to do their daily tasks. Seriously, to prevent fires, ovens were centralized in those early days. And residents DO work in Savannah, sometimes.

Are There Ghosts in Johnson Square?

For those history buffs and all y’all that LOVE ghost stories – you might find it interesting to know that the monumental obelisk at Johnson Square is constructed atop the eternal resting place of General Nathanael Greene and his son, George Washington Greene. In case you’re wondering, that monument stands about 50 feet tall.

Ok, I Want To Visit Johnson Square – Anything Else I Should Know?

You can usually find a local artist selling prints, which are perfect souvenirs, on the north side of the square which is named after a colonial governor from South Carolina, Robert Johnson. In addition to that tall obelisk at Johnson Square, there are two fountains and an accurate bronze and marble sundial – perfect backdrops for your next vacation photo. Come see it for yourself …23 more squares and days worth of fun to go – good thing we start all our guests with a deliciously nourishing gourmet Southern breakfast!

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

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Savannah is Beautiful: What You Can Do On A Rainy Day

April 22nd, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

As I’m writing this in our charming parlor listening to the rain hit the windows and steps of our front porch I’ve come to a sudden realization that some would think their vacation is un-salvageable once it rains. True, this could happen in some places, but this writer would like to gently remind you that Savannah isn’t just any place.

Savannah dazRed Azaleazles even when we have a hint of frost. Our fair city fascinates even when she’s in atrocious downpours. Savannah is captivating even when she does not shine and there are light trickles of rain on the leaves, new azaleas, and flowers of magnolia trees. Savannah is beautiful under colorful umbrellas and rubber boots as you stroll through Forsyth Park.

Think of all the things you can do when it’s rainy outside! Take advantage of exploring the antique shops throughout the Historic district and find hidden treasures from the past. Go through the Telfair museum and look at the newest collection of art or even go on a trolley tour to learn Savannah’s history. Go to the local shops along lovely Bull street or through the beautiful squares; perhaps have lunch at a local’s hangout like Crystal Beer Parlor, Six Pence, Zunzi’s, or Fire Street Food. And when you crave something a little sweeter head over to Leopold’s Ice Cream Parlor or Chocolat by Adam Tourni.

Think of the rain as a lovely symphony heard upon the roof of a private balcony overlooking the garden; the necessary white noise to quiet your mind and spirit as you nestle yourself in the arm chair of the parlor with  evening wine and hor d’oeuvres. Rain is a lovely sound in the background as you read a book with tea or coffee in the early hours of afternoon.

And when the sun comes out go out and be amazed by Savannah all over again. Just because the rain is there doesn’t mean it will meddle with your vacation. Rain or shine- Savannah is the place you want to be. So, are you ready to be mesmerized?

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.  

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