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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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15th Annual Savannah Film Festival starts tomorrow, October 27, 2012

October 26th, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson

2012 Savannah Film Festival

You don’t have to be in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre or behind the gold cord at the Oscars to lay claim to a “star” sighting. You merely need to be in Savannah for the 15th Annual Savannah Film Festival which starts tomorrow, October 27, 2012.  Actors Matt Dillon, Diane Lane and John Goodman will receive the Outstanding Achievement in Cinema award while actress Michelle Monaghan and director John Gatins will each receive the Spotlight Award. Filmmaker Geoffrey Fletcher (winner of the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for “Precious”) will receive the Savannah College of Art and Design Cinevation Award. The Lifetime Achievement Award will go to Stan Lee (Spiderman, the Avengers, the X-Men and hundreds of others).


Book your room today at Azalea Inn and Gardens. There is so much more to this festival you won’t want to miss a moment. For more information, please visit www.filmfest.scad.edu/tickets.

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”.

Tybee Island Marine Science Center Creates Fun in Learning!

August 13th, 2012 by kolinpodell

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Tybee Island, GA Marine Science Center

Looking for a fun summer learning experience for the summer? Tybee Island Marine Science Center creates fun in learning! The center, open daily from 10am-5pm near the pier on Tybee Island just a short 20 minutes drive from the Historic District of Savannah, GA, offers many daily activities and beach learning experiences for the whole family.The center houses some of Coastal Georgia’s living treasures such as a loggerhead turtle, a baby alligator, spider crabs, and many unique and interesting creatures. These can all be seen in the center’s Coastal Gallery with admission being only $4 and kids under 4 are always free! Other activities offered are Beach Discovery Walks, great for groups and families to discover  and learn about the creatures, and landscape of coastal Georgia. Turtle Talks is a great look into the lives of local nesting sea turtles. Their anatomy, lifestyle, and  conservation are studied in a 90 minute talk and walk. Looking to get your hands in the mud? Marsh Treks are one hour explorations into the marshes around Tybee to look for crabs, snails, and beautiful wetlands birds.

Take advantage of our close location to Tybee Marine Science center! Book your stay at Azalea Inn and Gardens; availability and best rates are online.

Savannah, GA Rocks at The Jinx

August 4th, 2012 by kolinpodell

Whats on at the Jinx Bar, Savannah GAThe Jinx club and bar, a.k.a. “the CBGB of the South”, is Savannah’s premier spot for crowd’s of all ages to rock to local and traveling bands. If you’re looking for awesome drinks from local long time bartenders that make you feel like you’re just enjoying a fun time in their basement, we at Azalea Inn and Gardens head to The Jinx. There is something going on every night of the week in the funky skulls and darkness atmosphere. Karaoke, Rock and Roll Bingo nights, live concerts, and Hip Hop Hop night are just a few of the weekly events that draw in the wide array of clientele.

The recent filming of the 2013 movie, “CBGB”, happened mostly at The Jinx and surrounding buildings. Top actors such as Rupert Grint and Justin Bartha had a great time there calling out bingo numbers or simply enjoying the relaxed atmosphere after a day of filming. The location manager for “CBGB”, Charley Baxter, even planned on having the wrap party for the movie at The Jinx.

The owner, Susanne Guest Warnekros, got her inspiration for The Jinx directly from CBGB. She is proud to host traveling bands in the area. Her staff goes a long way to welcome weary bandmates, housing them on couches and providing home cooked meals. The Jinx was also home to many bands during the latest Savannah Stopover Festival. The whole feeling of The Jinx is a real down home place to rock, drink, meet locals, and have an all-out great time.


Savannah’s July 4th 2012 Fireworks Extravaganza

April 8th, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson

Fireworks in Savannah Georgia

It’s hard to get excited about any holiday that falls on a Wednesday, but we take our celebrations seriously in the South and Savannah’s July 4, 2012 Fireworks Extravaganza will be no exception. Everyone knows that Savannah is the only place to be for St. Patrick’s Day – after all, we did hold the largest parade with the largest attendence in the WORLD just a few weeks ago – but we take all opportunities that come our way to have some fun. Did you know there are over 200 festivals throughout the year in Savannah – no kidding! We love our food, our beer, our wine, our art, our culture, our city – heck, we love it all – but most of all we love sharing! So join us on July 4, even if it is a Wednesday, and plan on spending the night – getting up for work the next day is much easier if you didn’t spend it in jail cause you had a wee bit too much fun – or better, take the next day off, meander our streets and enjoy this world-class destination.

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Exploring Savannah’s Black Heritage

December 15th, 2011 by Teresa Jacobson

Black History Vacation at Azalea Inn & Gardens

First African Baptist Church - 1st black congregation in Georgia

Savannah’s Black Heritage is not the most touted tour in our beautiful city and perhaps that is because people tend to step lightly when discussing slavery even after all these years. This subtle attitude however belies the magnificence of the contribution that Savannah’s blacks have given to the fabric of our city. Four inns of Savannah have decided to collaboratively create a package that will highlight some of the best but lesser known historical sites of our city’s black history, culture and heritage.

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What’s there to do in Savannah in the Fall?

September 14th, 2011 by Teresa Jacobson

Stay at Azalea Inn and Gardens for the Jazz Festival

Jazz and Blues, Forsyth Park Savannah

We are often asked, “What’s there to do in Savannah?” and with a quiet smile we share, and share and share.   The quality and quantity of everyday adventures in Savannah is legend.  Our history and architecture alone justifies a 3-day submersion into culture and food and art.  If this is not enough, or you have been Savannah-friendly for a while now, we will help you find more to love about our city by honing in on some of your other interests and building an itinerary fit for you.

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Historic Savannah Rocked Fashion’s Night Out

September 9th, 2011 by Teresa Jacobson

Azalea Inn and Gardens shoots Savannah's Fashion Night Out

Savannah's Fashion Night Out

Historic Savannah rocked Broughton Street last night, and I for one am so looking forward to the second Vogue Fashion’s Night Out (FNO). The evening was a mix of fashion shows, food, wine, and desserts (you know me – I still have to have my sweet fix). I am not a fashion chaser, heck I am barely literate in the world of “What to Wear” when one is approaching 60, but last night’s affair has me reevaluating my wardrobe!

I arrived fashionably late, a scant 45 minutes after the start of FNO, to find Broughton Street closed to traffic and a line of sassy women, children and young men flaunting their most fashion forward pose as SCAD students completed lightning-fast sketches of our model wannabes. I skirted this group, not feeling particularly fashionable, and made my way to Ruel Joyner’s 24E (one of the nations leading furniture stores) where a collection of boutiques had set up “pop-up” stores with displays of clothing lines and accessories from jewelry to scarves.  Three of my favs were there: Violet Gardens (bohemian couture), and Mangled Courtesan (Project Runway’s April Johnston) and Kathi Rich. I also bumped cheeks with the beautiful Jaclyn Schott of the blog “Shop My Savannah”. Grabbing a decadently rich chocolate brownie I headed on down the street to find what other treats awaited me.

The street was beginning to fill, the bands interspersed throughout the blocks of our fashion “runway” were rocking, and aspiring trendsetters walked, no, strutted their delightful sense of fashion abandon up and down Broughton Street. I reluctantly admit that I was not brave enough to raise my camera and click, click, click away recording some serious fashion nightmares. I ducked into the Copper Penny knowing that Alligator Soul provided the appetizers at this stop and you know this is one of my top go-to restaurants. The interactive fashion show was a mix of renowned designers (Dianne Von Furstenberg and Tibi) as well as a few up-and-comers like Annie Griffin and Waverly Grey.

Paris Market was my next stopping point, where I captured a fashion statement or two around the deliciously set table of confections front and center just inside the store.  Shoppers of all ages, children and adults, were pulling loose wisps of green cotton candy and stuffing it into eager mouths while store clerks dressed in the period of Marie Antoinette serving up refreshing beverages.

Azalea Inn and Gardens loves Savannah Bee Company's Bea

Savannah Bee Company was Abuzz with Bea!

I ventured next to the Savannah Bee Company and the delightful Bee, Bea – seriously, the bumble bee at Savannah Bee is named Bea – abuzz with activity.  She favored the crowd with her incredible bee knowledge, describing the nuances of different honey samplings, and as well as enlightening the crowd with honey flavor science.  I scooped a chunk of bee hive honey onto a chunk of cheese, dripped a bit down my shirt and licking my lips left the store.  Trust me, I will be back.

I then made a beeline for the Savannah Shoe Company just missing Adam Turoni of Chocolat, but in time to sample a sensuous melt-slowly-over-your-tongue trufflesque treat. I was wearing a colorful pair of slides from SSC and on request modeled them for some shoppers – I do believe I should have earned a commission on that sale – or at least a discount on my custom made ankle boots!  (I’ll tell you about them later). Scarfing up one more chocolate I was out the door.

Fab’rik seemed to be the hottest happening store on the block and after a few moments inside I realized in its past life it had been a funky antique mall with the grandest staircase I had ever seen. The same stairs provided several levels of inspired pampering with personal beauty consultations and a glam squad ready to help you shop!

Reaching the outer limits of the FNO zone I found the runway – a flatbed trailer with a band at one end and the catwalk performances  with models from Rise Model Management – it was time for me to turn back and catch the other side of the street’s offerings and soon to wend my way home via Pedi-Cab.

You really must make reservations for next year’s Fashion’s Night Out.  We have a little something planned for the evening to set you off in style!  Azalea Inn and Gardens is a better way to stay.


Savannah Georgia is Vogue choice as a Host for the Third Annual Fashion’s Night Out

August 11th, 2011 by Teresa Jacobson

Savannah GA hosts Fashion's Night Out

Savannah Fashion’s Night Out – Mingle with Designers and Stars!

It really should come as no surprise to those who live and work here that Savannah, Georgia is recognized as a fashion influence by inclusion in Vogue Magazine’s Third Annual Fashion’s Night Out.  We have SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) to thank for this honor, or at least in the humble opinion of the mother-in-law of a SCAD Fashion graduate, Kelley Landry Brock.  Why thank SCAD?  This college’s fashion program has gained such recognition that it rivals the top schools of New York CIty.  Savannah has become the home of several boutique start-ups of SCAD Grads, and boasts the success of the likes of Project Runway’s April Johnston (Season 8). The official announcement of new cities will be made in New York on August 15, but who needs to wait that long?  I want to tell you NOW!

This hot fashion event started three years ago during the economic downturn  of 2009; the 2011 edition of the best one-night fashion party is slated for September 8, 2011 from 7pm to 11 pm.  Bring cash, credit card or checks and arrive on Broughton Street in Historic Savannah GA prepared to mingle with celebrities, designers and stars.  Who knows what incredible fashion design you may find, the one that just cries out to you, “I am made for you!”   The right guy is not the only way to get that tingle from your toes to your nose – sometimes it’s just about the right fashion as it slithers, swishes, swoops and swoons over your body.

There are only 28 days, two hours and oh, so few minutes till the hottest fashion event of the year is launched in American’s favorite city, the most walkable city in America,  ranked the number 2 art destination (beating out  Charleston),  most historic city, the best place to retire (again, personal opinion), best place to vacation, one of American’s prettiest towns… (need I go on), SAVANNAH!!

Play it smart and come in early on Thursday night, September 8 for Savannah’s Fashion’s Night Out and stay the extra day, Friday night, September 9, so you won’t miss the delightful, tasteful, delectable, incredible Taste of Savannah!  We plan to be at both, of course.

Call Azalea Inn and Gardens to reserve your room – you won’t want to miss either event!

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