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Architectural Tour of Savannah with Jonathon Stalcup: What We Miss When We Don’t Look Up

January 19th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Savannah is widely considered one of the most walkable cities in the US. Not only is Savannah absolutely stunning but she is also filled with a rich history that most can’t help but feel captivated by. Beyond the live oak trees and the Spanish moss we can see an even more detailed face of the Savannah and that is her architectural design. But how does one even begin to fathom the complex history of Savannah with her architecture? Jonathon Stalcup took this challenge by the horns and did so in a marvelous way! Here’s why we LOVE Jonathon’s Architectural Tour:

Your Tour Guide

Jonathon Stalcup, a local author and SCAD graduate, sought to bring this “secret Savannah” to public light and did so in a marvelous way. On his tour you don’t feel overwhelmed with information or intimidated by his knowledge. His approach to enlightening his tour-mates is leisurely and comfortable making this the ideal tour for those of you who would want a brief overview of Savannah’s architecture without feeling like you’re losing that information.

Savannah’s Architecture and History

With over three hundred years of history compressed into its buildings a lot of people, Savannahians included, miss a lot when they don’t look up. Savannah has been there for a majority of American History and has also gone through constant changes in design and styles as the years go on. Jonathon does a marvelous job summing up the trials of Savannah as she was faces the challenges of history.

For example, did you know that after the Revolutionary War Savannahians of the time got so sick of the British Empire that they adopted Grecian architecture?  Although they did not get rid of all the Colonial Styles a good portion of the wealthy elite and others built or converted their homes, businesses, and public buildings into what appears to be Greek Temple and Pantheons. Stylish- but it made it difficult to discern which was the post office and which was your house. At least it was showing your true allegiance to democracy, right? Take that, British Empire!

Start Walking!

So book a tour with Jonathon, bring a bottle of water, wear comfortable shoes, and most importantly, prepare to be enlightened and once again captivated by Savannah’s beauty . Jonathon Stalcup’s Architectural Tour of Savannah will no doubt leave you with a whole new perspective.

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.”

You can also keep up with Azalea Inn & Gardens on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter, too!

Savannah Restaurant Week: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

January 5th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

One of our many favorites from 45 Bistro. :)

Scallops: one of our many favorites from 45 Bistro. :)

If there’s anything you should know about Savannah it’s that we are THE city when it comes to unique, tantalizing cuisine. So to celebrate coming the 24th of January and ending February 2nd The Savannah Restaurant Week will be taking off!

This 10-day festivity pays homage to the culinary gems of Savannah and offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to anyone looking for a more intimate look what these restaurants have to offer.

What’s Included

With over thirty spectacular restaurants participating this is a MUST for anyone!

Each restaurant participating in Savannah Restaurant Week is offering three decadent courses and for only $30 a person (not including tax and gratuity) you can be apart of this delicious escapade!

Whose Participating in Savannah Restaurant Week?

Participating restaurants for The Savannah Restaurant Week are scattered all throughout the Historic District and each has their own unique charm but let’s get you better acquainted with two of our favorites:

45 Bistro is a must for those of you looking for the terrific atmosphere of fine dining and cuisine with all the comforts of family. Located inside the Marshall House Hotel, 45 Bistro has made a significant impression on the people of Savannah and all of her travelers for being an excellent model for hospitality. And of course, one of our favorite places to have some fabulous meals!

Chef Brian, Sous Chef Alfredo, and the staff of 45 will do more satisfy your appetite; they’ll win your heart as well.

A.lure is a restaurant that might make you do a double take at the menu. Originally a divorce lawyer, Chef Charles found his true calling in low country cuisine and we are more than impressed! You’ll experience an almost overwhelming array decadent dishes that will satisfy your taste buds and send you back for more! His innovative approach to contemporary low country cuisine is truly masterful and not to be missed.

What are you waiting for?!

Come on down to Savannah to experience the restaurants mentioned above and many more! The Savannah Restaurant Week only comes twice a year so hop to 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.”

You can also keep up with Azalea Inn & Gardens on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter, too!

 

Savannah’s Jingle Bell Square

December 23rd, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

It’s getting closer to Christmas and we just can’t wait to share the inn with everyone! And of course, what is the Christmas spirit without any music?  Did you know that Savannah has her Jingle Bell Square? That’s right! Jingle Bells was written right here in Savannah’s Troup Square!

 The Musician

James L. Pierpont was a talented Music Director of the Unitarian Church overlooking Troup Square and also served as a Confederate cavalry regiment. Of the many lyrics and compositions he wrote, Jingle Bells was the one that really took Savannah’s people and the world by storm for its catchy tune!

The Music of Savannah’s Jingle Bell Square

He wrote the composition and lyrics to Jingle Bells in 1853 under the title ‘One Horse Open Sleigh’. His initial inspiration for the song was drawn from the bells attached to the harnesses of horses whose purpose was to alert other carriages of your presence when you were coming to a blind intersection.

The bells were especially important when it snowed seeing as how you can’t hear the sleighs! Imagine if they didn’t think of having them? YIKES.

 Jingle Bells Today!

When it was reprinted in 1859 it was given the name ‘Jingle Bells.’ Since it’s become public domain the song has become a Christmas classic having been covered by scores of musicians all over the world! So come down to Troup Square on the corner of Habersham and Harris street in the Historic District! And from all of us at the Azalea Inn & Gardens: Have a Merry Christmas, a Happy Holiday, and a wonderful New Year!

 

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.”

You can also keep up with Azalea Inn & Gardens on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter, too!

Savannah, Birthplace of the Girl Scouts

November 19th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Birthplace of the Girl ScoutsScouts honor, Savannah is the bona fide birthplace of the Girl Scouts of the USA.

In 1912, Savannah’s own Juliette Gordon Low dreamed of a world where young girls would enjoy the same real-world education that boys enjoyed. Or, that is to say – as she did,  a ‘real fun’ experience that shapes courage, confidence and character.

 

Equality for Young Women in America Started Here

A young lady’s male counterpart at that time had the Boy Scouts, whose official organization was incorporated a mere 2 years earlier. That is, 2 years before Juliette, or ‘Daisy’ as she was called, started a ripple in the fight for women’s rights across America. Juliette gave girls equal rights 7 years before the 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote. Go Juliette.

In the Year of 1912…

Imagine, Savannah in 1912, the same year the Titanic sailed. And we are sure you can recall the opulence of dress that Kate Winslet donned for her character, Rose in the movie. Just saying, the fashion certainly did not put women on an equal playing ground – but THIS Girl Scout sure wouldn’t mind an opportunity to play dress up while celebrating my equal rights, and selling cookies, or, eating them.

Living History Right Here in Savannah, Birthplace of the Girl Scouts

Wouldn’t you know, that the Juliette Gordon Low birthplace was the FIRST Registered National Landmark in Savannah? That started another tidal wave, for we now have one of the largest historic districts in the country. Come see for yourself! Also, as we mentioned already, Daisy said that her #1 reason for founding the Girl Scouts is that it’s “real fun.” Savannah continues to deliver on that.

When you visit Savannah, we think spending an hour or two at the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace is a great idea – for girls AND boys of all ages. It is located at 10 East Oglethorpe Avenue (at the intersection of Bull and Oglethorpe). Full of living history, and, real fun!

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.”

You can also keep up with Azalea Inn & Gardens on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter, too!

Our B&B Holiday Dinner in Savannah, for Christmas AND Thanksgiving

September 22nd, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Thanksgiving-Dinner-image-holiday-2012-WOur B&B Holiday Dinner in Savannah comes, not once, but twice, every year!

Guests who visit Savannah during Christmas AND Thanksgiving can choose to include an absolutely inspiring wine-paired dinner to their holiday vacation.

Let me tell you more about our Chef, about Thanksgiving Dinner and your Christmas meal…

 

The Chef at Our B&B Holiday Dinners in Savannah

Our B&B’s Thanksgiving Dinners and Christmas Dinners are lovingly prepared by our new chef, Megan. Megan is a culinary super-genius whose specialty is fresh, local food in Savannah. She trained at Johnson and Wales Culinary School. Prior to joining our team, Megan worked as the Sous Chef at Vic’s on the River and as the Head Chef at Churchill’s Pub – two amazing Savannah restaurants.

 

Thanksgiving Dinner – A Memorable B&B Holiday Dinner

For years now we’ve been offering Thanksgiving Dinner as an add-on for guests joining us for the holiday in Savannah. Thanksgiving is one of our favorite days of the year, because we sure love to cook and we have a LOT to be grateful for.

 

Christmas Dinner – A Magical B&B Holiday Dinner

In 2005, Azalea Inn and Gardens began a Christmas tradition of our own – dinner with our “just for the day family.” This tradition was created through the happenstance of a moment in time which turned out to be so delightful that we incorporated it into our lives. Now, it’s expected and we love it.

Skip the cooking. Skip the drama. Start saving room for seconds. Treat yourself this holiday season to Christmas Dinner or Thanksgiving Dinner with us, whether you’re a local or visiting from afar.

Are You Ready for a Completely Re-Imagined Holiday?

Please call us at (912) 236-6080 for more information about our plans for your next Holiday dinner in Savannah. No check-ins or check-outs on Thanksgiving or Christmas day, please.

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

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Weddings in Savannah

September 3rd, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Weddings in SavannahKnown around the country as one of the top destinations for romance, Savannah offers the atmosphere and the attractions that make for the perfect wedding locale.

Weddings in Savannah offer the romance and the promise of perfect weather, a down-to-earth beauty and the Southern charm that you and your loved ones will be talking about for years to come.

If you’re interested in planning a wedding in Savannah, keep reading!

Why People Choose Weddings in Savannah

Savannah is recognized across the nation and the world by its visitors as one of the most romantic places in the country. The live oak trees lining the city streets and the historic district’s old-timey charm juxtapose with the modern restaurants and the bustling artsy life that sets Savannah apart from all the other cities in the world. For a day so special, choose a city as special…

For Small, Traditional Weddings in Savannah…

Our guests have said that our Inn is refined without being stuffy and elegant with a hefty dose of charm. It is a memorable venue that we think could be perfect for your vision of a small, traditional wedding. Give us a call at 912-236-6080 to talk details.

…Or Eloping at a B&B…

When we think about weddings in Savannah, we think ROMANCE and the pinnacle of this romance is elopement weddings. When you want an intimate wedding experience solely for you and your partner, Azalea Inn & Gardens offers an incredibly easy solution. We’ve written before at length about eloping in Savannah, so read about that here.

Always Beautiful Photography of Weddings in Savannah…

For weddings in Savannah, your photography setting options are endless. Nothing can match the live oak trees and the years and years of culture preserved in our historic district. The photos are what you’ll be showing to others for the rest of your lives, so make ‘em count!

Then Honeymoon at Our B&B

(After Your Wedding in Savannah)

King and Queen sized beds with sheets like butter, and maybe even a 2-person bathtub or a private balcony and breakfast in bed every day if you want it. Ooh la la!

 

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!

September in Savannah, GA :: The Events You CAN’T MISS

August 11th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

September in Savannah is one of the best months to visit the South. The endlessness of balmy August turns into cooler, shorter days and nights when you still can feel the excitement of summer nipping at your heels.

There are 3 events during September in Savannah, GA that we think would be worth attending: Savannah Craft Brew Fest, Savannah Jazz Festival and Savannah Film Festival.

September in Savannah featuring: SAVANNAH CRAFT BREW FESTSeptember in Savannah featuring: SAVANNAH CRAFT BREW FEST

Savannah Craft Brew Fest kicks off Labor Day Weekend in Savannah, a testament to that truly beloved riverside beer-drinkin’ fun in our city! Saturday, August 31, 2013 from 1-5 pm.

Here’s some craft beer insider info we just got wind of: The Distillery (a Savannah stalwort, our favorite craft beer watering hole modeled after a historic saloon from 1895) is hosting a week’s worth of events leading up to the Savannah Craft Brew Fest. Starting August 25 different brewers from near and far are showcased in the Distillery’s upstairs Speakeasy. Beer geeks BEWARE, so much fun is waiting so reserve your room now. Hurry!

September in Savannah featuring: THE SAVANNAH JAZZ FESTIVAL

September in Savannah featuring: THE SAVANNAH JAZZ FESTIVALIf you visit Savannah for the Savannah Jazz Festival this year.

From Sunday, September 22 to Sunday, September 28 you get a whole WEEK of activities centered around JAZZ, America’s original music.

Our B&B is just a short walk from the Jazz Festival’s main stage in Forsyth Park. By “short walk” we mean less than 5 minutes. Top that!

 

September in Savannah featuring: SAVANNAH FILM FESTIVAL

September in Savannah featuring: Savannah Film FestivalSavannah Film Festival takes place October 27 – November 3. Over 40,000 people attend the Festival every year, and I hope you are one of them.

Aspiring filmmakers and accomplished movie-makers alike gather together for competition film screenings, special screenings, workshops, panels, and lectures.

Just Come Visit during September in Savannah!

To bookend these three great events during September in Savannah, there’s the Savannah Voice Festival in August and you DEFINITELY don’t want to miss the Savannah Food and Wine Festival coming up Monday, November 11 to Sunday, November 17 (2013). You won’t even miss summer with the fall festivals our city’s got in the works, and events during September in Savannah, GA are waiting for YOU.

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!

Make Your Plans Now for Savannah Craft Brew Fest to Kickoff Labor Day Weekend!

June 19th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

logoThe end of August is the time when you might be thinking about the first days of school and the last days of summer, squeezing in the last few days of fun in the sun! We’ve got the perfect activity for you, so it’s time to make your plans now for Savannah Craft Brew Fest to kickoff Labor Day weekend!

What Is Savannah Craft Brew Fest Like?

On Saturday, August 31, 2013 from 1-5pm you can hang out on the banks of the Savannah River as you sample craft beers from around the country with friends and strangers (who will just become new friends anyway!).

This is the 6th year the Craft Brew Fest has been up and running. Attendees number upwards of 5,000 – so you know they’ve got to be doing something right!

Where Else Can I Drink Craft Beer in Savannah?

If you think the Craft Brew Fest sounds AMAZING, you might want to start planning your trip to Savannah NOW! There are some great spots in town to enjoy craft beer. Here are a few.

  • Southbound Brewing Co. is the first production microbrewery to open in Savannah, and we’re so proud of our local brewery!
  • If you want the largest selection of craft beer, check out the 2 story bar at the intersection of Broughton and Whitaker (located on the North side of Broughton at 112 W. Broughton Street) – World of Beer.
  • For a more intimate craft beer tasting experience, check out The Distillery. For you history buffs, the building was erected in 1904 as a as a bonafide distillery. With 21 craft beers on tap, and 99 bottles, The Distillery at 416 W. Liberty Street is definitely the right choice for your Labor Day weekend in Savannah!

We’ve got tons of good memories about Labor Day Weekend, and we hope you’ll consider coming to Savannah and kicking off YOUR celebrations at the Savannah Craft Brew Fest!

 Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve your room today for Labor Day weekend in Savannah, starting with the 2013 Savannah Craft Brew Fest.

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

Flannery O’Connor – The Writer From Savannah

May 26th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Flannery O'Connor - Writer from SavannahAre you curious about Mary Flannery O’Connor – the writer from Savannah?

We were, too! At Azalea Inn & Gardens, a bed and breakfast in Savannah, Georgia, we like a good book and we LOVE a great one. Our parlor is chock full of books about Savannah’s history and the magazines that recount our city’s current moods and exploits. Let me tell you, a great book by Flannery O’Connor is NOT hard to find because she just might be one of the best short-story writers out there.

This story about Flannery O’Connor – the writer from Savannah, is dedicated to those vacation planners out there that love nothing more than a good story, and a great book!

 

A Little Bit about Flannery O’Connor – The Writer From Savannah

Born on March 25 in 1925 to Catholic parents that descended from a long lineage of strong pillars in that religious community, Flannery grew up as an only child. Though a moderate life that ended at the young age of 39 was lived modestly, Flannery’s work continues to influence and her true talents shone on the page rather than her social calendar. Flannery was a shy girl, and we’re almost glad for that because of the work she left behind that has made her into a literary legend.

Let’s look a little more into why a brief investigation into the life and work of Flannery O’Connor is a good choice when you’re planning to visit Savannah.

 

Visit Savannah to See the House Where Flannery O’Connor Lived

You can see where Flannery lived, and walk where she walked as a child and early teenager until the year of 1938. You can even see the garden where she taught her chicken to walk backwards as chronicled in the 1932 British Pathé newsreel company film Do You Reverse? Let me tell you, that the one-minute, eight second clip is WORTH watching!

At 207 E. Charlton Street on the Southeast corner of Lafayette Square (one of the twenty-two unique and beautiful Savannah squares) the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home stands. It is an odd house, a thin and tall no-nonsense structure that stands 3 stories high. Tours cost only $6.

 

Visit Savannah to Experience Flannery’s South…

Flannery’s book Wise Blood was made into a film by director John Huston. The 1979 film follows a Southern boy in his quest for social climbing by means of starting up a church. Can you imagine? It would be so fun to watch that movie then announce your vacation to Savannah!

There is a spirit to the South that you can’t quite put your finger on until you’ve lived among us for awhile. There’s no real name for the way that you relax into the drawwwll that shows up in the way we talk, the easy dresses and floppy hats that the ladies wear and the way the Spanish Moss drips from the live oak trees. You’ve got to see it to believe it but when you believe it you’ll maybe start to think that it’s too good to be true. YOU MUST COME VISIT!

An article that appeared in the December issue of Atlanta Magazine in 1966 quotes Flannery as she talks about how she was gaining notoriety as a Southern writer:

“Southern writers are stuck with the South, and it’s a good thing to be stuck with”

Come visit Savannah, and think about staying at Azalea Inn & Gardens on your next trip to the South.

And, hey – if you need a vacation in February (or, something special for Valentine’s Day, think about scheduling that trip for February 13-16, 2014 – when the Savannah Book Festival will wow you, and, your favorite bibliophile.

 Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve your room today and begin enjoying the hometown of Flannery O’Connor – the writer from Savannah.

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Girlfriend Getaways at Azalea Inn & Gardens, a Savannah B&B

April 28th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

select registry pic pj shop hopWhen is the last time you got together with your best girlfriends? A time when you pre-planned spa days morphing into girls nights and late night champagne conversations until the wee hours of the morning?

The time is here. The time is now for girlfriend getaways at Azalea Inn & Gardens, a Savannah B&B.

Every woman deserve a blowout vacation with her friends at least once every few years and Azalea Inn & Gardens is the perfect place!

Here’s the deal: We’ve got a Cottage Garden House. It’s 2 floors nestled out back in our gardens by the pool. With a large private balcony and outside seating area, you’ll have a haven of respite to hash out those long conversations that made you fall in love with your best girlfriends in the first place.

Imagine…

This Is Where You’ll Sleep

The charming decor at our Inn is not too casual and not too cluttered. The perfect mix of feminity and daring to remind you to be the best version of yourself that you can possibly be.

One of the bedrooms on the second floor of the Cottage Garden House at Azalea Inn & Gardens in Savannah, GA.

One of the bedrooms on the second floor of the Cottage Garden House at Azalea Inn & Gardens in Savannah, GA.

Might I add, the sheets are ABSOLUTELY DIVINE and you might end up taking some home.

For a 3- or 4- Person Girlfriend Getaway

Now, we already have a girlfriend getaway package for 2 of you to share the 2nd floor, 2 bedrooms with a shared bathroom. Click the link to find the 2-person package. But read on to get on board with what I’m imagining: 4 best girlfriends renting out the WHOLE Garden Cottage House at Azalea Inn & Gardens.

This is the Private Patio on the First Floor of our Garden Cottage House for Your 3-4 Person Girlfriend Getaway:

A Perfect Place to Share Your Secrets.

The Private Patio in the Garden Cottage House at Azalea Inn & Gardens, a Savannah B&B

The Private Patio in the Garden Cottage House at Azalea Inn & Gardens, a Savannah B&B

This is Where You and Your 2 or 3 Best Girlfriends Will Share a Bottle of Wine

The living area in the first floor suite is light, airy and filled with sunshine. Imagine having a glass of good red wine in Savannah here!

The Cottage Garden House Living Area at Azalea Inn & Gardens

The Cottage Garden House Living Area at Azalea Inn & Gardens. It’s PERFECT for Your Girlfriend Getaway

If you click the wine link above, you’ll read about our Innkeeper’s love of good wine.

So, wine lovers beware – Teresa has tons of wine on hand at the Inn for you.

Isn’t it time you started planning to visit Savannah for a girlfriend getaway? If you have just 1 bestie, our existing girlfriend getaway package is perfect for you. If you roll with a bigger crew (up to 4 girlfriends, total), the whole house rental is the right option for you.

Maybe we can help with your itinerary, so here’s a couple timeframe options for your vacation.

No matter when you decide to come, Cottage Garden House, First Floor and Cottage Garden House, Second Floor are the rooms for your girlfriend getaway!

Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve your room today to experience our beautiful B&B and enjoy the best of our historic city during your next girlfriend getaway.

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