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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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Tour Hidden Gardens in the Historic District of Savannah

April 22, 2015 by Teresa Jacobson

This past weekend, The Garden Club of Savannah celebrated the 40th Anniversary of it’s Tour of Hidden Gardens.  Visitors were granted access to eight private gardens throughout the Historic District as well as the Massie Heritage Center Gardens.  The gardens ranged from expansive green space to small courtyards all brimming with beautiful native garden species and unique decor.   Just in case you missed it, we took pictures all along the way to share with you.

The Platt Garden – East Hall Street
The Platt Garden has generous private green space in the heart of Savannah’s Historic District.  A massive oak offers shade to the entire garden and reaches out over the sidewalk down Hall Street.
Click on the first photo to launch The Platt Garden slide show.

The Murse/Kern Garden – East Huntington Street
Cherokee Roses drap the gate at the entrance of the Murse/Kern garden.  Recent renovations to this garden include a beautiful fountain and built-in brick planters.  We found a mother robin nesting in a potted lemon tree.
Click on the first photo to launch The Murse/Kern Garden slide show.

The Mastrianni/Hester Garden – East Gaston Street
A sculpture bought by the homeowners while on vacation in Europe is the centerpiece of this small courtyard garden.  The art hangs above a mostly edible garden while colorful trumpet honeysuckle covers the wall of the garden.
Click on the first photo to launch The Mastrianni/Hester Garden slide show.

The Seabolt Garden – Abercorn Street
Another small courtyard garden built for lounging all year round.  A covered patio adorned with small statues and planters looks over a sitting area with a working fireplace and corner fountain.
Click on the first photo to launch The Seabolt Garden slide show.

Massie Heritage Center Gardens – East Gordon Street
The Massie Heritage Center is honored as Georgia’s oldest school in continuous operation.  The extensive grounds along Calhoun Square has a lovely courtyard surrounded by a brick wall draped in green vines.
Click on the first photo to launch the Massie Heritage Center Garden slide show.

The Russell Garden – East Gordon Street
The Russell Garden got our vote for the most beautiful entrance.  Brick columns in an iron fence covered in greens sets the stage for the lush drama of the garden within.   A beautiful brick patio takes you through an arbor to a pond with a sculpture and fountain surrounded by bamboo.  It’s so lush, you feel like you’ve stepped into a jungle.
Click on the first photo to launch The Russell Garden slide show.

The Chastulik Garden – West Gordon Street

Every step of the way through the garden and pathways of the Chastulik garden had fun garden treasures to see.  We only scratched the surface with the photos.  Walkways through two different patio area leads you to an open garden with a swimming pool.  Two stories of screened in porches overlook this incredible space filled with enchanting creatures, decor, and planters.  We weren’t surprised to see a plaque from Hidden Garden Tours of years past throughout the garden.
Click on the first photo to launch The Chastulik Garden slide show.

 The Bolch Garden – West Perry Street
The Bolch garden is designed with walkways around two fountains and a patio with a stunning Italian white marble sculpture.
Click on the first photo to launch The Bolch Garden slide show.

The Salandi Garden – East Oglethorpe Avenue
The Salandi garden of the Ballastone Inn is a lovely space for guests to relax in.  Moss dragonflies adorn the walls of this secret space hidden behind huge potted tea olives lining Oglethorpe Avenue.
Click on the first photo to launch The Salandi Garden slide show.

 

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.”

Savannah Celebrates Spring With Festivals and Fun

April 7, 2015 by Teresa Jacobson

Azalea's in the Inn Garden

Azalea’s in the Inn Garden

 

 

 

The weather has finally shifted and the azaleas are blooming.  Spring has sprung in Savannah and it is beautiful!  Spring is a fantastic time to be in Savannah as everyone feels the glorious relief of warmth from the chill of winter and gets ready to celebrate with a bevy of spring festivals and fun that Savannah has to offer.

 

Fort Pulaski National Park

Fort Pulaski National Park

Locals and visitors from all over the world have just enjoyed another incredibly successful Savannah Music Festival.  With artists such as The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Roseann Cash, Bela Fleck, and Mavis Staples it’s easy to understand why USA Today calls the Festival, “one of the top festivals in the world”.  The rest of April in Savannah will see a wonderfully diverse offering of festivals.  On April 11th and 12th, there will be an incredible celebration colonial history at the 153rd Anniversary of the Siege of Fort Pulaski, Savannah’s own National Park.  Participate in a diverse array of activities to recognize the Battle of Fort Pulaski in 1862.  A fantastic Earth Day Festival will be in beautiful Forsyth Park on April 18th just steps away from The Azalea Inn.

SCAD Sidewalk Art Festival

SCAD Sidewalk Art Festival

 

 

The Tybee Island Wine Festival will last 5 days from April 22nd – 26th, and then you’re back to Forsyth Park for the SCAD Sidewalk Chalk Festival on April 25th.  There are a few rooms left at The Inn for that last minute getaway into the sunshine of the South and The Azalea Inn concierge is ready to help you navigate all festivities!

 

Susan G Komen Race photo from Savannahnow.com

Susan G Komen Race
photo from Savannahnow.com

 

Runners will wash Savannah’s Historic District with Pink on April 18th for the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure.  The world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer ever created with 100% of proceeds going toward their mission.  Registration is still open and there is room at The Azalea Inn!  Take a run for a good cause then let Inn staff pamper you silly while you rest your tired feet in our garden pool.

 

 

River Street Seafood Festival

River Street Seafood Festival

Make plans now to be with us at The Azalea Inn & Gardens in May.  The River Street Seafood Festival kicks off the month May 1 – 3.  Seafood Fest is one of River Street’s longest running and most anticipated events of the year.  Come enjoy shrimp, crawfish, oysters, crab, and live music at Rousakis Plaza.  Savannah’s most colorful cultural festival, The Savannah Scottish Games, will take place on May 2nd at historic Bethesda Academy’s Bynah’s Field overlooking the iconic Moon River.  A grand celebration with music, dancing and athletic competition, demonstrations, shopping, food, and fun for all!  If Scottish culture isn’t what you’re looking for on May 2nd, you can head to Tybee Island and submerge yourself in the low country culture of one of America’s best small beach towns by joining their Tybee Island Tour of Homes.   Wait a week and experience the Savannah Preservation Festival from May 7th – 9th.  It is an educational festival that demonstrates all the historic preservation that makes Savannah so unique and special.  The Preservation Wine Tour is always in high demand.

Visual Blues Exhibit at Telfair Museum

Visual Blues Exhibit at Telfair Museum

 

 

Art lovers can join the Starland District Art March on May 1st.  This tour guides you through local galleries and art exhibits south of Forsyth Park in the Starland District neighborhood the first Friday of every month.  Visit The Telfair Museum to experience the Visual Blues Art Exhibit through the end of May or go to Telfair’s Jepson Center on May 15th for nationally renowned jewelry designer Zia Sachedina 10th Anniversary Fashion Show.

 

There are many more fun and intriguing things to do and places to be in the Spring in Savannah.  The Azalea Inn & Gardens is excited to be your guide and show you southern hospitality at its best.

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.”

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

Experience Spooks, Scares, and Fun: Visit Savannah for Halloween

October 5, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Visit Savannah for Halloween

Make plans to Visit Savannah for Halloween

Celebrate Halloween in Savannah

Once the sun sets in Savannah, head out on the town for some spooks and scares, and ultimately some fun this Halloween. Saunter down the moonlit cobblestone walkways, under the hanging Spanish moss, and watch Savannah come to life right before your eyes!

Savannah has been voted as one of the most haunted cities in America, and it’s no mystery as to why. Savannah sits on Native American burial grounds, is home to old homes and cemeteries, and has seen a yellow-fever epidemic, massive fires, hurricanes, brutal battles, and more. With such rich and intense history, the Hostess City is the perfect historical for Halloween. So, make your plans to visit Savannah for Halloween!

Visit Savannah for Halloween

Search for ghosts at the very haunted Sorrel-Weed House in Savannah

Become a True Ghost Hunter When You Visit Savannah for Halloween:

Seek your thrills at the haunted Sorrel-Weed House! Located on Harris Street, this historic home has been featured on HGTV & Syfy because of its supernatural activity. There have been multiple accounts of bodiless voices and ghostly figures seen about the home. Scared yet? Well, if you are brave enough, sign up for the professional Ghost Hunting Experience, authentic ghost hunting equipment provided, offered late October at the Sorrel-Weed House. Click here for more information.

Visit Savannah for Halloween and Participate in Crawl-O-Ween:

Want to participate in something a little less scary? Well, when you visit Savannah for Halloween, be sure to participate in the Crawl-O-Ween pub crawl, taking place October 31. Put on your best costume and enjoy strolling the streets of Savannah! Click here for more details.

Visit Savannah for Halloween

Take a ghost tour and learn all about the supernatural history of Savannah

Enjoy History, Spooks, & Scares on a Savannah Ghost Tour:

Get into the Halloween mood with a Savannah ghost tour! With so much history (and ghosts), there are plenty of haunted spots to explore around the city. Choose from a few of our favorite Ghost Tours to hear all of the spooky stories and juicy details that surround some of Savannah’s most popular haunted sites. We suggest Blue Orb walking tours, Sixth Sense Savannah ghost tours, or if you are looking for something a little more lighthearted, the Savannah Hearse Tour. Ghost tours are the perfect thing to do when you visit Savannah for Halloween!

Make Your Halloween Plans Today!

Don’t miss out on any of this spooky fun! Make your plans to visit Savannah for Halloween and stay at the Azalea Inn & Villas. We are located right in the heart of downtown Savannah, just a block over from Forsyth Park, offering quick access to all activities and Savannah’s best attractions. We look forward to see you this Halloween, so call and reserve your room today!

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.”

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

A Savannah Thanksgiving: Make Plans with Azalea Inn

September 28, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Savannah Thanksgiving

Experience a wonderful meal and convivial atmosphere this Thanksgiving at the Azalea Inn

Enjoy a Savannah Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to be with the ones you love, enjoying delicious food, wonderful wine, and yummy desserts! But, preparing and cooking such a big meal is hard work. Before you know it, you’re spending all your time in the kitchen and zero time with your loved ones. So, this year, make your Thanksgiving plans with the Azalea Inn, and leave the hard work to us!

Get in the Holiday Spirit during Your Savannah Thanksgiving

Take this Thanksgiving off and enjoy all that Savannah has to offer, with mild temperatures, beautiful scenery, and a few events to kick off the holiday season. Watch the Boat Parade of Lights in the Savannah Harbor, featuring live entertainment and a fireworks show. If you like musicals, catch a viewing of  “A Christmas Tradition” at the Savannah Theater, or do a little holiday shopping on Broughton Street. There is so much to do when you plan a Savannah Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving at the Azalea Inn

Make your Thanksgiving plans this year with Azalea Inn and enjoy the wonderful menu we have put together, featuring savory and fresh ingredients that we carefully chose to create a memorable, and of course, delicious meal.

Savannah Thanksgiving

Dine with the Azalea Inn for Thanksgiving

Appetizer

The evening begins with Ginger and Brie Tartlets, Smoke Salmon and Cucumber Squares, as well as Assorted Fruits, Cheeses, and Crackers. But don’t get too full on these appetizers- you still have three courses and dessert to go! Read on to find out what else is on the menu!

First Course

Our first course will feature a velvety Butternut Squash Soup with Spiced Candied Pecans and Blue Cheese Crumbles. The perfect start to our Thanksgiving meal!

Second Course

Next you will enjoy Crisp Field Greens with Glazed Pecans, Goat Cheese, Dried Cranberries with a Dijon Vinaigrette… how divine does that sound?

Third Course

The main course features the Traditional Roasted Turkey with Pan Gravy,  Glazed Ham, Three Cheese Scalloped Potatoes, Sage Sausage Dressing, and Haricot Verts with Orange-Rosemary Gremolata. A true Thanksgiving feast with gourmet flare!

Dessert

And of course, what meal would be complete without dessert? Be sure to save room for our creamy Pumpkin Cheesecake and sinful Chocolate Walnut Tweed Torte, the finale to this scrumptious Savannah Thanksgiving!

Savannah Thanksgiving

Enjoy carefully selected wines with your meal.

But Wait! There is More!

We are so excited to have our Sommelier, Adam Dean, pair wines for our Thanksgiving feast! His pairings will put the “Cherry on the Sundae” for sure. The wines featured will be available for purchase by the bottle or the glass. We are also offering a flight of paired wines for those who want to sip just a bit of everything. For more details, please call Azalea Inn at 912-236-6080.

Join Us for Your Savannah Thanksgiving

This delicious Thanksgiving spread is served in the slow easy-going family way over three or more hours – you set the pace.  We love Thanksgiving here at Azalea Inn and would love to share it with you. The cost is only $65 per person and the wine selections are also available for purchase. November 27 is just around the corner, so call and make your plans today to stay with us for the holiday!

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.”

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

A Moveable Feast: The Savannah Food & Wine Festival

September 21, 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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A Moveable Feast: The Savannah Food & Wine Festival

September 21, 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.”

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

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

September 14, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

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Lunch 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.

Forsyth Park

Best Picnic Spots in Savannah

Visit Savannah’s famous fountain in beautiful 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.

Reynolds 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!

Wright 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 Savannah
Chippewa 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.”

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

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