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FLOATILLA in 2014 – 3 Chances for YOU!

June 1st, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Screen Shot 2013-04-10 at 5.46.05 PMWe wrote last year about Floatilla and this year, we are writing again. WHY? Because Floatilla in 2014 is one of the most fun things we can recommend to our summertime guests. 4+ hours of floating through the ocean currents with hoards of new friends all looking for some fun in the sun. From cost to dates to details, we’re the bed and breakfast that’ll get you into that refreshing Atlantic ocean during Floatilla.

 

How Much Does Tybee Floatilla Cost?

It breaks down to less than $10/hour and a total cost of $30 for over 4 hours of fun. Every single penny is donated to a deserving charity. Needless to say, we think you’re making the right move if you’re considering Floatilla as part of your summer vacation plans next time you visit Savannah.  The best part? Well, other than the huge bargain, the charity changes every time

 

When Can I Participate in the 2014 Tybee Floatilla?

In each of the months that showcase Savannah’s summertime swelter you have only ONE chance to include Tybee Island Floatilla in your Savannah vacation plans. That’s 3 total chances y’all, and here they are:

  • Sunday, June 22 from 11am – 3pm: Floatilla to benefit The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • Sunday, July 20 from 10am – 2 pm: Floatilla to benefit the Tybee Marine Science Center
  • Sunday, August 24 from 3pm – 7pm: Floatilla to benefit Fresh Air Home

 

Ok, I Want to Go to Floatilla. What Other Details Do I Need?

Well, reserve your room first. Once that is settled, go to the Floatilla website and click the big red “Register Now” button. Then, go find your float, deflate that and pack it into your suitcase. Now, sit back, relax and daydream about your upcoming vacation. Beverage optional. Doesn’t that feel good?

 

Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve your room today to experience the Tybee Floatilla and enjoy the best of our beautiful and historic city.

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Savannah’s Johnson Square

May 25th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

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

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

Where is Johnson Square?

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

What Happens at Johnson Square?

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

Are There Ghosts in Johnson Square?

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

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

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

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

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Sweet Beginning – Ricotta Quiche with Fresh Berries

April 28th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Ricotta Quiche breakfast

Sweet Ricotta Quiche

Sweet Ricotta Quiche with Fresh Berries what a glorious beginning to the day when combined with sausage and hearty cups of coffee. It’s enough to make you swoon. The second B in Bed and Breakfast is a sacred time in our daily ritual and we strive to make it memorable for you. We are often asked where our recipes come from and the answer is a combination of childhood memories, magazines, the internet, friends and best of all, our guests. It is, however, the childhood memories that make for the best recipes.

Sweet Beginning:

When I was a little girl growing up in small town Massachusetts, neighbors seemed friendlier than the those of today. Life seemed, and surely must have been, simpler. When breakfast was over, out the door we would scamper, ready to explore for the day with not a care that a stranger lurking would do us harm. Our parents didn’t worry either – they knew someone was keeping an eye on us. There was no possibility of getting away with anything and anyone’s mom could spank you. Holidays were extended beyond family and into the homes of your neighbors with comings and goings throughout the day.

Easter Sunday was one such shared holiday. We spent the hours after Mass visiting with primarily two families: the Rausa Family and the Crawford Family. What these two families had in common were lots of stepladder children and an Italian Heritage. Mr. Rausa was my dad’s very best friend and many holidays found us all in one or the others kitchen sharing food and drink. Easter, however, will forever be the holiday of the Crawford family for Mrs. Crawford made the best ever Easter Pie. a sweet ricotta quiche. This recipe is not what I remember from my childhood, but its inspiration is deeply rooted in that time. This Ricotta Quiche has become a favorite at the inn but is served more often than just for a holiday.

Tips: We make these Ricotta Quiche pies the day before and allow them to come to room temperature prior to serving. Cut each pie into 8 servings. Top with Fresh Berries and zigzag the Berry Sauce over the Ricotta Quiche and the plate. Serve with sausage links or thick cut bacon. Garish side of plate with mint, fanned strawberry or thin orange slice. Now go relax with YOUR guests.

Sweet Ricotta Quiche:

Topping:

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

½ cup sugar

½ cup (one stick) butter

1 tsp ground cinnamon

Mix flour, sugar, butter and cinnamon in food processor. Set aside.

Filling:

¾ cup butter

¾ cup sugar

6 eggs, extra large to jumbo

1 tsp orange extract

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 lbs ricotta cheese

2 9-inch uncooked pie crusts

1 egg white, beaten

Set oven to 350.

In the mixer, cream softened butter and sugar for five minutes at medium high speed. Reduce speed to low and add eggs, one at a time until incorporated. Mix in orange extract and vanilla extract. Add ricotta and mix well again.

Brush pie crusts with egg white and pour in the filling. Sprinkle on the topping. Bake the ricotta quiche for one hour.

Allow to cool. Cover and refrigerate. Make Berry Sauce and refrigerate.

Berry Sauce:

1/3 cup sugar

1 cup frozen strawberries or triple berries

Heat the fruit with sugar for approximately 30 minutes until slightly thickened. Strain if necessary to remove seeds. Pour into nozzle-tip plastic bottle. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Fresh Berries Topping:

There is not an exact science to prepping the berries. Simply choose your favorites. We use sliced strawberries, blue berries and blackberries. Sprinkle with brown sugar – again the amount depends on the tartness of your fruit. Let marinate while prepping your plates for service. Toss and top the sliced pie. Drizzle with the berry sauce.

 

~~~ Teresa

 

 

 

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

April 22nd, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chosen as #5 of “19 Truly Charming Places To See Before You Die”

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Savannah Inns Luxury Suites Nearly Complete!

April 11th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Savannah Family Vacation bed and b

Savannah Inns Luxury Suites Nears Completion

Savannah Inns Luxury Suites are nearly complete! We truly did mean to keep you apprised of progress, as a matter of fact we started this Blog on March 30. Our intent was to take you on the journey with us, so  we have been sorting pictures into a collage of the progress. Suddenly, however, opening day was upon us!  AND our new suites remain unnamed (well, we now call them 601, 603 and 605). So, what are we going to do about this oversight on our part? Keep reading to find out about the best new promotion offered by Savannah Inns bed and breakfast.

Savannah Inns Luxury Suites

These three units will be offering the same fine amenities you have come to expect from Azalea Inn. Luxury bath amenities, Comphy sheets, fine bed linens, you will have it. Beautiful kitchens with granite counter-tops, fully stocked – yes we thought of that too. Breakfast on your time, not ours – yep, that too.

Are you ready for the Unveiling?

601 – Two Bedroom

The second floor location of this suite affords a closer look at the beauty of Huntingdon Street and the surrounding historic homes. This suite features one king-bedroom and one queen-bedroom as well as a 2-sink bathroom with a tub/shower. The living room sofa also folds out into a twin bed making this suite perfect for five! The well-appointed kitchen features granite counters and gas stove with over the range microwave.

603 – One Bedroom

Located on the second floor this suite has an expansive fan-cooled covered porch overlooking the backyard and neighboring historic homes. The living area has a double sofa bed and opens to the kitchen bar area where a gas range and other fabulous amenities make your stay more delightful. The king bed and double-shower bathroom leaves you wondering why you would need to go anywhere.

605 – The Carriage House

Though still under construction, the new carriage house with private entrance leaves no amenity missed. A Galley kitchen with granite counter-tops opens to the sitting room with double sofa bed and soft light filtering in under the coverage of the yew pines growing alongside your entry. Your queen-bed room is beautifully appointed for your comfort.

old garage gone moving along windows and a mess

 

 

 

 

Savannah Inns Luxury Suites Promotion

Savannah Inns Luxury Suites are Nearly Complete – but GASP – not one of the suites has a name. We are pleading with you! Please name these three suites for us. If your entry is chosen you will win two nights* for two in your suite and be invited to our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. (Rules will be posted at the bottom of this email.) We are awaiting the completion of the third suite to announce the the date of our Ribbon Cutting. This promotion ends June 1, 2014 with the winners announced June 16, 2014.

So, what are you waiting for? We are offering incredibly low introductory pricing on our three new suites – why – well, because we need you to help us work any kinks out and make our new inn the South’s preferred Getaway destination!

 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.  

Chosen as #5 of “19 Truly Charming Places To See Before You Die”

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

 *You may enter as many suggestions as you like but each entry must be submitted separately. Three winners will be chosen. Each winner is responsible for city and state taxes on the retail value of the room; these taxes will be collected at the time of the reservation. Reservation must be completed by December 31, 2014, and specifically excludes holidays and special events listed on the website of www.VisitSavannah.com. The entire stay must be taken at one time. Other rules may apply.

Best 2014 Girlfriends Getaway Package

April 5th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Best 2014 Girlfriends Getaway

Exclusive Design District Savannah Shopping Tour

The best 2014 girlfriends getaway package anywhere in the South launches on April 11, 2014 when we combine our newest suites with the most ingenious Tour in the historic district,  ‘Tiques Boutique Shopping Tours.  Leave responsibility behind for a a bit of time; significant others are banished from your thoughts. This is all about you. Laugh with abandon, explore a new world, shop in secret places. Stay up late, watch movies and eat buttered popcorn. Drink wine, sip martinis. Devour Macrons or the decadent Cranberry-Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese frosting (an Azalea Inn and Gardens signature dessert). Order in Pizza. Sleep late. Stay in your nightie till noon. Have pedicure. Indulge in a massage. Take a nap.  Savor hand made chocolates. Let your personal shoppers show you where to find the fabulous one-of-a-kind-god-I-feel-beautiful-and-look-at-these-shoes designer outfit sure to make your lover swoon.  Are you ready to reserve the best 2014 Girlfriends Getaway Package in Savannah?

April 11th marks the soft opening of three luxury suites next to Azalea Inn Inn and Gardens bed and breakfast rooms. These suites are sure to be a hit just like our bed and breakfast rooms but these suites are suited to family gatherings and getaways.  The unveiling will come soon enough but for now know we have spared nothing in  the buildout – same luxurious linens, sleep-defining mattresses, free wi-fi, full kitchens and an expanded continental feast each morning in your room. Oh, you want a traditional breakfast and our fabulous wine and appetizer hour included? No problem – add the Social package for the full bed and breakfast experience.

  • 601, a two-bedroom suite and love-seat sofa (that converts to a twin bed!) – comfortably sleeps five.
  • 603, a one-bedroom suite and queen convertible sofa – suited for four but best enjoyed by two – think Honeymoon privacy.
  • 605, a carriage house with a queen bedroom and queen convertible sofa – sleeps four which makes it girlfriend perfect.

Here is what ‘our fab partner has to say: “Over here at ‘Tiques Boutique Shopping Tours headquarters, we are particularly excited about the 605 Carriage House. Why? Because our new tour also launches on April 11, and we can think of nothing better than a group of girlfriends having a memorable weekend staying at this new addition to the Azalea Inn & Gardens family and spending a fabulous 3.5 hours exploring the best boutiques in Savannah with our expert Style Hosts.

Imagine…checking in to your carriage house and strolling around beautiful Forsyth Park with azaleas blooming and Spanish moss dripping from the huge Live Oak trees. Kicking your feet up with complimentary wine and appetizers or a Southern-inspired cocktail before heading out on a ghostly adventure or joining a Savannah Slowride pub crawl. The next day, wake up to a wonderful Southern breakfast that might include stuffed breakfast potatoes, cheese blintzes, or local sausage before joining your small group of fellow fashionistas to shop the best boutiques in Savannah on our ‘Tiques shopping tour.

Our tours include deep discounts that more than pay for the price of your ticket, plus gourmet chocolates and tea sandwiches. But the highlight is arguably the exclusive insider experiences with the designers and curators who will show you how to put together that perfect outfit, provide access to private samples, and are ready to help you look like a million bucks.

When we told Azalea Inn & Gardens owner Teresa and Innkeeper Shannon about our new shopping tours—the only one of its kind in Savannah—they both loved the idea, and we know you will too. To celebrate, we’ve got two discount codes for you: for tours on April 11 & 12, use the code LAUNCH to buy one ticket, get your second for 50% off. For other tour dates in April, use the code HONEYMOON for buy one ticket, get the second for 25% off.

We can’t wait to host you!”

–‘Tiques

So, what are you waiting for? We are offering incredibly low introductory pricing on our three new suites – why – well, because we need you to help us work any kinks out and make our new inn the Souths preferred Girlfriend Getaway destination!

 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.  

Chosen as #5 of “19 Truly Charming Places To See Before You Die”

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

Juliette Gordon Low Sculpture Unveiled

March 29th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Woman of Compassion - Juliette Gordon Low

Woman of Compassion – Juliette Low

Nestled in the gardens of the Juliette Gordon Low childhood home, the “Lady of Compassion” sculpture was unveiled on March 25, 2014. Sculpted by great-great niece, Nina de Burgh, the statue depicts Juliette seated on a bench in her garden with her dog. Everyone knows Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts. History teaches us that she was an accomplished artist, sculptor, and “rabble rouser” as Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the United States has stated.

Building a World of Successful Women:

What we may have forgotten over the years is that Juliette Gordon Low (or “Daisy”) encouraged girls to be more, learn more, and live broader lives. At a time when girls were prepared for lives of traditional homemaking roles, Daisy was building the possibility that girls could attain future roles as professional women. She envisioned women engaged in the world of arts, history and science. She was also engendering a spirit of active citizenship outside the home.

I was inspired by the comments of Ms. Chávez during the dedication and unveiling. I was impressed with the words of Nina de Burgh as she shared the commitment of her Father, Richard Platt, to the organization. (Did you know that Juliette Gordon Low was given America’s highest civilian award, the Medal of Freedom, in May 2012. Mr. Platt traveled to the White House to accept the award on behalf of Juliette Gordon Low and her ancestors.) Dr. Stan Deaton, Senior Historian, Georgia Historical Society, spoke eloquently interweaving Daisy’s vision and dreams for girls of the world with the historical influences of her time.

One Hundred and Two years later her vision is as powerful today as it was then.  Ms. Chávez stated during a recent luncheon “… when boys speak up, they are lauded for exhibiting “executive skills” while girls are told to stop “being bossy” and assertive. ”  Ms. Chávez is dedicated to continuing Juliette Gordon Low’s legacy and never forgetting that the Girl Scouts are a foundation of development for the future of young girls worldwide. 

Girl Scouts today are in dire need of volunteers, women willing to carry the torch that Juliette Gordon Low first lit so long ago, even before women achieved the right to vote. Take a moment to consider whether you have a gift to share with our future women leaders.

A Few Quick Facts About Juliette Gordon Low:

On March 12, 1912 Juliette called a girlfriend in Savannah and ”I’ve got something for the girls of Savannah, and all America, and all the world, and we’re going to start it tonight.” Girl Guides, later called Girl Scouts, was born in America.

On July 3rd, 1948, President Harry S. Truman signed a bill authorizing a three-cent commemorative stamp in honor of Juliette Gordon Low.

During World War II, a liberty ship was named in her honor.

In 1954, the city of Savannah honored her by naming a new school for her.

On October 28, 1979, Juliette Gordon Low was installed in the Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York. The Hall of Fame is to “honor in perpetuity those women, … whose contributions to the arts, athletics, business, education, government, the humanities, philanthropy and science have been of greatest value to the development of their country.”

On December 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill naming the new Federal Building in Savannah, Ga. for Juliette Gordon Low. It was only the second Federal Building in history to be named for a woman. The first was named after Mary E. Switzer for her years of service to public welfare, and specifically for championing on behalf of people with disabilities.

Visit the First Girl Scout Headquarters This Summer:

Bring your daughter, or your sister. Maybe your best friend from childhood. It really doesn’t matter. Walk in the footsteps of the woman who changed so many young girls lives. Visit the home where the belief that girls can be more and do more was born. Book a Two-night stay online (or by phone). You must mention Girl Scouts in the comment section and two free admissions to the Juliette Gordon Low birthplace are included.

 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.  

Chosen as #5 of “19 Truly Charming Places To See Before You Die”

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

 

Visit Savannah Giveaway

March 11th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Visit Savannah Giveaway

Visit Savannah’s famous fountain in beautiful Forsyth Park.

Visit Savannah for an unforgettable stay in the Historic District’s most pamper-centric inn. Be the first to choose our newest vacation package – the Visit Savannah Giveaway.  We are bundling a takeaway memento with every new reservation at Azalea Inn & Gardens through the end of 2014 (hence the Visit Savannah Getaway)!  It’s simple enough, you merely have to book a 2-night stay and this giveaway is yours.  This is just the beginning however of a fun year ahead for our bed and breakfast inn.

On a lazy rainy Tuesday afternoon a few weeks ago during a team-building planning session we began sharing stories about our favorite parts of innkeeping. We spoke of our favorite guests, best desserts and most often asked questions. We used all this (sometimes hilarious) data to give you what you ask for most. Keep your eye on us over the next 60 days because you will see more fun packages and gift-bearing contests. Follow our Blog, Facebook and newsletter to keep up.  Some contestants will even win a 2-night stay in the Savannah Inns annex suites located at 225 E. Huntingdon. A series of Visit Savannah Giveaways are being developed as you read this.

The First Visit Savannah Giveaway:

Let’s begin with our first package: Visit Savannah Giveaway.  A stay at our bed and breakfast begins with a warm welcome and an invitation to our evening wine and social hour. As guests come and go, they often share that our social hour was the first glimpse into what the city had to offer. Our guests really enjoy sharing their experiences whether it be a recommendation for a walking tour or a particularly tasty luncheon. Armed with all this free info, off you go to fall in love with our city. Evenings may find you hurrying home knowing that a delicious evening snack awaits your return to our home. Favorite guest requests include our Sweet Dreams and Giant Chocolate Toffee cookies, as well as the sinfully rich Carrot-Craisin Cake with Cream Cheese frosting.

Visit Savannah Giveaway

Visit Savannah Giveaway Signature Coffee Mugs

Your first morning begins with a steaming cup of Good and Evil – a deep brooding blend from Savannah Coffee Roasters sure to spark you awake for the day’s explorations. If tea is your cuppa, we’ve got the tea to set your day right from Adagio Tea’s Casablanca Twist to Sleeping Dragon to Yunnan Noir, we have it all. Your second social experience of a bed and breakfast stay is, of course, the second B – Breakfast. The day begins with a fruit course – Mango Tango or perhaps Fosters Banana. When you finish licking the spoon out comes your next entree – either a sweet or savory main course (think Orange-Cranberry Croissant Soufflé with fresh fruit and sizzling thick cut bacon, or Eggs Pomodoro with Creamy Georgia Grits and  homemade butter biscuits served alongside a choice of house-made jams). Endless cups of coffee, tea, juice and milk nicely round out the start to your day.

Exploration of the “Jewel of the South” begins with a trolley tour of old Savannah by day while nights in one of America’s most haunted cities invite a walk through the ghostly past of Savannah. Your savvy personable innkeepers will point the way to fabulous finds and intimate escapes: Drop in for a few small plate bites in underground Savannah. Slip down Ole Savannah’s mesmerizing streets to a piano bar, reminiscent of Prohibition Days … but with legal booze and live jazz. Here you will find a near perfect combination of American South’s slower pace of leisure, amazing climate, southern style, and beautiful location. Though parting will be such sweet sorrow – the memories you make here will never fade – Two Signature Azalea Inn & Gardens mugs are yours with our compliments. Each mug is hand-thrown by Deneen Pottery and are perfect for gift giving.

Here’s the Deal:

Book a Two-night stay online (or by phone). Choose the Visit Savannah Giveaway under the tab Specials and Packages. Two mugs will be awaiting you on arrival with a coupon for our Favorite Coffee Roaster – Savannah Coffee Roasters.

 

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.  

Chosen as #5 of “19 Truly Charming Places To See Before You Die”

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

Pimento Cheese: Southern Staple Served with a Twist

March 4th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Pimento Cheese - a Southern Food in Savannah

Toasted Pimento Cheese Sandwich
Photo courtesy of www.PimentoCheese.com

 

Pimento Cheese is definitely a Southern staple – it is, after all, the Caviar of the South. But would you eat it in your breakfast sandwich? With your eggs? Between two slices of Sourdough bread? Loaded with Bacon? We would!!! Seriously, until I moved to the South (Mississippi to be exact) many (many) years ago, I don’t recall ever having pimento cheese anywhere near my taste buds.  I was introduced to it while attending college and though I found it interesting, my 17-year-old Yankee palate didn’t take a serious liking to it.

 

Eat Pimento Locally:

Enter Savannah, a city teaming with exceptional restaurants, and in particular my favorite casual beer and burger place, Green Truck Pub where I learned to get my Pimento on. Green Truck Pub makes their own pimento cheese and offer it three ways: as an appetizer with house-made pickles and crostini, in a sandwich with mustard, lettuce and tomato, and my favorite way, on a burger. Order the Trailer Park, a tasty  grass-fed all natural, hormone free, beef burger from Hunter Cattle Company, topped with said pimento cheese, bacon, lettuce and tomato – and get ready to fall in love with pimento. Oh, before I forget, they have a phenomenal beer selection. They pride themselves on serving beer made in the USA in small American-owned craft breweries. I usually task my husband with our choice of beer as his palate is much broader than mine, and he has never failed me.  Iron Lion Pale Ale is an easy to drink every day beer brewed right here in Savannah at the Southbound Brewing Company (ask us about tours), but my palate runs to darker more robust beers. I usually choose the Duck Rabbit Milk Stout of Farmville, NC or Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro out of Longmont, CO which are delicious enough to be dessert.  Here’s a neat little factoid about Green Truck Pub that will make you smile: “We do simple food the hard way – by handmaking everything from ketchup and pimento cheese to salad dressing and veggie patties.”

Pimento Cheese Inspired Us:

But let’s get to the real reason for this post: Last week I stopped into Back in the Day Bakery (while CNN was filming) and ordered the Pig and Pimento sandwich and therein the inspiration for a pimento cheese breakfast sandwich was born. I devoured their grilled pimento and bacon sandwich, totally oblivious to the crew who filmed my obvious enjoyment for posterity and an upcoming story on eclectic Southern coastal towns covering where you should eat and what you should see. As I licked my fingers I thought “So Southern, so delicious, and so comforting.  I should be sharing this with my Northern friends.” But we do breakfast at the inn, not lunch, my other self said. Ah yes, so we do. Now what? I appeased her “Proper” side by adding soft scrambled eggs and calling it a breakfast sandwich.  We dressed up the plate with some roasted potatoes, a bit of kiwi, a sunny slice of orange and a burst of red with juicy just-in-season strawberries and moaned “Yes, yes, yes!”

SO… would you like to see this distinctly southern twist on a classic Pimento Cheese sandwich on our table for breakfast? Click “Like” on our Facebook page if your answer is “YES”.

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.  Chosen as #5 of “19 Truly Charming Places To See Before You Die”

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

 

Family Friendly Savannah Vacation Suites

February 25th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Family Friendly Savannah Vacation Suites

Family Friendly Bed and Breakfast Renovations

Our bed and breakfast has broken ground on a new project – family friendly Savannah vacation suites. You know us as a romantic Savannah bed and breakfast, one where small children don’t roam. However, we have been listening – we understand. Some people want to travel with their kids, or with grammie and pops. Others look for the perfect getaway for sisters or best friends. The list seems endless and not every inn is on speaking terms with your needs.

We took on the challenge to build our own Family Friendly Savannah vacation suites. This new venture is undertaken with families of all ages in mind and is conveniently located on quiet East Huntingdon Street, a mere block from world-famous Forsyth Park.

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