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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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Eloping in Savannah – Ditch the Big Wedding Already!

January 22nd, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

elopingIf you want to elope while retaining some of the elements in a traditional wedding, eloping in Savannah is the perfect choice for YOU and your betrothed.

  • You want the charm, the romance, the WEDDING CAKE!
  • You want the preparation, the primping, the PICTURES!
  • You want the the ring, the romance and the ROSES!

What you DO NOT want is the planning, the stress OR 150 of your fiance’s mother’s closest friends. Boy oh boy are you lucky you found this story!

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10th Annual Springtime Made in the South – February 10 – 12, 2013

December 29th, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson

Come and see hand thrown pottery, exquisite jewelry, artists of all kinds, basket weaving, colorful purses and totes, metal working, hand made rocking chairs from the mountains of Tennessee, blown glass, stained glass.  Don’t forget all the wonderfully delicious gourmet delights to savor and so much more at the 10th Annual Springtime Made in the South – February 10-12, 2013.

Book early for this favorite Spring-time festival; Azalea Inn and Gardens has a room for you!

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

Savannah Pajama Shop Hop Update

December 18th, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson

Well, we wanted to surprise you – but let’s face it: too many surprises around this time of year and what we really need is a nice drink and some new shoes for all the holiday parties. And some retail therapy for all the “tidings of great joy” we have to get to share. So, if you haven’t heard already – we’ve got your ticket, er, passport.

Yup, here’s another Savannah Pajama Shop Hop update for ya’ll – the December shopping event for visitors and Savannians alike. Today we’re featuring detailed discounts from the restaurants participating  in our first ever Savannah Pajama Shop Hop and details to get you and your friends shopping. As I am writing I am getting an overwhelmingly great sense of a slightly not-sober pajama be-clad drinking and shopping day, ladies and gentlemen! Please drink and shop responsibly!

THE SAVANNAH RESTAURANTS

The Pirate’s House Restaurant is giving 10% off at the gift shop (where there are more t-shirt designs than friends on your gift list) and 1/2 off an entree with any entree purchase. You might even get spooked in the haunted facilities. On the outside of 20 East Broad Street (at Broad and Bryan) it looks like just some old house. Those looks don’t deceive – it’s actually the oldest building in Savannah, and, the ENTIRE state of Georgia. Hours: 11-9:30 Sun – Th. and 11-10 Fridays and Saturdays.

Wright Square Cafe at 21 West York Street (Between Whitaker and Bull Streets right off, you guessed it, Wright Square) is offering either 20% off purchases. They have a huge selection of chocolate confections for sale, and amazing sandwiches also! They describe their business as “a casual European cafe serving only the finest and freshest”. It’s true! Hours: M-F 7:30-5:30, Saturdays from 9-5:30. Closed on Sundays.

For a restaurant championing local and organic produce, Cha Bella is your best bet. You get 10% off your meal and with December temperatures hovering high, you can still choose to sit outside on their patio, which is always sparkling with little white lights! Go to the intersection of Broughton and Broad, to 102 Broad Street to take advantage of your passport at Cha Bella!

45 Bistro at 123 E. Broughton Street has an absolutely STUNNING atmosphere. The photo ops are unlimited: you, and your friends, in pajamas. Drinking cocktails surrounded by the finery. Get a free dessert with any entree purchase with your Shop Hop passport here! The Bar opens around 5, the Restaurant around 6. Close at 9, but they say “until” because they’ll stay open when busy and close when not.

1790 Restaurant is giving away a free dessert or glass of wine. Their website points out that Emerson wrote, of wine, that “It gladdens the heart and stimulates all that is most generous in human nature.” Now that’s a holiday tradition I can get behind! Go to 307 E. President Street (at Lincoln and President Streets). Hours: Lunch Monday-Friday 11:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m / Dinner 5:30 – 10:00 p.m. The Lounge is open 11 a.m. to Midnight with happy hour from 4-7. WAIT. HOLD THE PHONE. Did I just say happy hour???

Cotton Exchange Tavern & Restaurant at 201 E River Street (where the intersection of River and Abercorn Streets WOULD be if there was one but you can enter right on Bay Street). If you get apps and dinner, the appetizer is $8.95 off (and most of the appetizers are in that range so it’s basically a free appetizer) OR, $4 off a cocktail. We even have a room with the same name at our Inn! Hours: 11 am until 10:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday -or- until 11:45 Friday & Saturday. Closed Sundays.

Jazz’d Tapas Bar at 52 Barnard Street (at Broughton and Barnard underneath The GAP – giving 25% off any Pajama Shop Hoppers’ purchase) is offering 25% off Tapas and a basic martini for only $6. Hours: Everyday from 4-10, and until 12 on Friday and Saturday. Happy Hour Monday-Thursday 4-7. Ladies Night every Thursday!

I mentioned Lulu’s Chocolate Bar already in the last Shop Hop update  but, seriously, this place is awesome. Dessert and booze at the SAME PLACE as a reward for all the work you put into your Pajama Shop Hop shopping? What’s not to like about that? 15% off anything you buy at Lulu’s for the Shop Hoppers of Savannah. Hellooooo. GO, reserve your room or get your toy NOW to get your passport. You won’t be disappointed. Hours: Open at 5 everyday. Close at 11 Sunday and Monday. Close at 12 Tuesday-Thursday. Close at 1 Friday-Saturday.

Mirage Restaurant is a Hookah Lounge AND a Mediterranean Bar and Grill at 20 E. Broughton Street (about halfway between Bull and Drayton cross-streets). They are giving 10 percent discount to Shop Hoppers in their PJ’s! Hours: Sunday – Wednesday from 5-12. Thursday – Saturday from 5-2:30am.

So now that you’re hungry, remember that you’ll work up an appetite WALKING all around downtown Savannah’s historic district. Don’t forget your holiday shoes! Savannah Shoe Co. is featuring the “cobblestones to cocktail” shoe right now for the season – and there is no better way to hit the pavement. Stop by downtown Savannah location at 226 West Broughton Street between Jefferson & Barnard to get 10% off  your new party shoes! Get your passport TODAY and shop until December 31st!

You only have until December 31 to take advantage of all these restaurant discounts, and the other shopping discounts at the 70+ participating retailers of the Savannah Pajama Shop Hop. To participate, Reserve a room at Azalea Inn & Gardens for 2 nights in December, or, we’ll trade you a Savannah Pajama Shop Hop Saving’s Passport for a new, unwrapped toy (which will be given to the Toys for Tots program). To sweeten the deal, if you get 10 stamps on your passport and bring it BACK to Azalea, you’ll be entered into our Shop Hop drawing to win 2 nights at one of the participating Savannah Inns, including Azalea Inn & Gardens.

 

The Savannah Pajama Shop Hop was masterminded by Azalea Inn & Garden’s Innkeeper Teresa Scott Jacobson. Look how much fun she had convincing the businesses to give YOU the discounts!  Imagine how much fun you will have with YOUR friends, too! It’s so simple to find fun things to do in Savannah – and we’re your ticket, whether you’re local or you’re visiting and want a B&B to show you how to have the best Savannah vacation in our our great city of shopping and eating delights!

 

Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve your room today and begin enjoying the best experiences in our city – including shopping!

Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed Savannah as a “World’s Best City.”

Savannah Pajama Shop Hop’s TOP TEN Gift Guide

December 10th, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson

The inaugural Savannah Pajama Shop Hop kickoff has happened and we’re near bursting with excitement. It’s local holiday shopping at its best in Savannah. It’s also time for you to roll out of bed and head to downtown Savannah’s historic district to finish up the last of your holiday gift list.

To start shopping, don your favorite pajamas and stop by Azalea Inn & Gardens at 217 Huntingdon Avenue. It’s the 2-story yellow historic home with white trim and the white picket fence. Reserve a room for 2 nights in December, or, we’ll trade you a Savannah Pajama Shop Hop Saving’s Passport for a new, unwrapped toy (which will be given to the Toys for Tots program).

Even better, get 10 stamps on your passport and bring it BACK to Azalea for a chance at the Shop Hop drawing to win 2 nights at one of the participating Savannah Inns, including Azalea Inn & Gardens. Don’t think you can find 10 good gifts in Savannah? Well, we’ve done the thinking for you.

Here’s a TOP TEN Gift Guide for our inaugural Savannah Pajama Shop Hop, going on until the end of December.

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Holiday Shopping at its BEST in Historic Downtown Savannah, Georgia

December 2nd, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson

Holiday shopping in Savannah, GAIf you have been a guest of our inn, you know we support local, fresh and seasonal products whenever we can – whether its produce from our own gardens or fresh-selected at the Farmers Market in Forsyth Park every Saturday, from Georgia wild shrimp to artisan cheeses, we seek it out. Holiday shopping is definitely seasonal and surely at its best in Historic Downtown Savannah, Georgia during the Inaugural Savannah Pajama Shop Hop – the brainchild of Savannah Inns and yours truly. We championed a month-long event that offers our guests an opportunity to purchase unique holiday gifts which will never see the light of day in a commercial shopping mall, and all from the playful comfort of your Pajamas! Yes indeed, your PJs, your jams, your nightgown, your nightshirt, your robe, your smoking jacket, your fluffy bunny rabbit slippers … in exchange for a discount on your purchases from over 70 downtown merchants, shops, boutiques, restaurants, bars, tours and more!

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5 Reasons You REALLY Should Visit Savannah During Black History Month

November 28th, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson

When you stay at our B&B in Savannah, we think of ourselves as your hosts, and that means we will direct you to the things and places that are REALLY worth it. Let me tell you 5 reasons why making a trip to Savannah for Black History Month is REALLY WORTH IT.  Technically Black History Month is celebrated in February, but we are running a Savannah vacation special in January AND February to celebrate the unique stage our city sets for you to come learn more about the history that is unique to the African American culture. We’ve got a lot of information for you here but don’t wait too long because to take advantage of our special, travel must be completed by the end of February.

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Spend Your Thanksgiving in Savannah, GA with Us

November 15th, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson

Thanksgiving is coming so soon! If your family is spread far and wide, you can spend your Thanksgiving in Savannah, GA with us! We are starting preparations for the festivities already. Thanksgiving is so special for us, because we sure love to cook and we have A LOT to be grateful for.

 

You are officially invited to stay at Azalea Inn & Gardens for a top notch Thanksgiving celebration in Savannah. On Black Friday you’ll be able to shop until you drop because you know our oh-so-comfy bedsheets and bathrobes are here waiting for YOU.

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2012 Savannah Holiday Tour of Homes & Inns features Azalea Inn & Gardens

November 15th, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson

December is off to a great start start with the kickoff of the soon to be famous Savannah Pajama Shop Hop (discount historic district shopping for the entire month).   Our next favorite Holiday event occurring during the same time period is 2012 Savannah Holiday Tour of Homes & Inns featuring Azalea Inn & Gardens!  If you haven’t had an opportunity to tour our Inn, or any inn for that matter, this is the perfect way to kick off the holidays in Savannah.

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