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Veterans Day 2014: A Celebration at Azalea Inn and Villas

September 25th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Veterans Day 2014

B&B For Vets 2010. Thank you all who are serving and have served our country.

Veterans Day 2014 at the Azalea Inn & Villas

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of Veterans Day, which is an important day for our country, especially here in Savannah at the Azalea Inn & Villas. We recognize and are beyond grateful for the service of our current and former soldiers and believe in doing what we can to express our thanks.

Azalea Inn & Villas is an active member of B&B for Vets which is a nation-wide effort by bed and breakfast inn owners to honor our Vets. The initiative asks that on the eve of Veterans Day innkeepers donate one night free of charge to those that have served our country. My husband and I have been very blessed in life and so our commitment for the past five years has been to fill our 10-room inn with retired Veterans and Active Duty service members alike. We have a community of like-mind restaurateurs who have generously donated platters of delectable food for our evening reception. This year will be no different.

Veterans Day 2014

Teresa Jacobson during her service in the U.S. Army

Why Veterans Day is So Important to Us

Military Service runs deep in the backbone of my family. My mother’s dad served with the Royal Newfoundland Regiment in WWI and the terrible battle at Keiberg Ridge where he lost his two best buddies. My grandfather Scott enlisted with the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force at the age of 15. He was seriously injured at the battle of Vimy Ridge in Northern France following four days of bloody fighting. My own father was a career man having enlisted in the Navy at 16. Prior to the end of WWII he then enlisted in the Army-Air Corp and completed 20 more years of service as an OSI agent in the US Air Force.  My father’s sister was a WAVE serving in Washington during the early years of the war. Two of my mother’s brothers also served during the war. The next generation of these two families found 5 of my Canadian cousins (all girls) serving their country . One of my sisters gave service in the Air Force while I joined the Army. Finally, I have a nephew who is currently enlisted in the US Army.

So you see, supporting the military runs deep in my soul. Our commitment to today’s military led us to take one giant step forward in our daily lives. On Veteran’s Day 2011, we hosted three soldiers of the then Wounded Warrior Transition Battalion of Fort Stewart’s 3rd Infantry Division. The bravery, courage and fortitude of these three men was the catalyst for creating “Respite and Retreat”. We provide two combat injured soldiers and a significant other a day and night at our inn, while the 3rd ID gives these soldiers a 4-day leave. The program starts with resiliency training by the company chaplain and the remainder of the leave is designed to give the soldier and family the necessary time to implement what they have learned. We have once again paired with two Savannah restaurants, The Pirates House and Leoci’s Trattoria, who provide a three-course dinner to the participants. Veterans Day is a public ceremony of thanks, we have chosen to say thank you every single month.

Veterans Day 2014

Veterans Day 2014 in Savannah

Veterans Day 2014 in Savannah

In addition to our own celebration of Veterans Day 2014, Savannah will host a Veteran’s Day parade. The soldiers who stay at our inn have a short walk to enjoy the parade. It conveniently passes within sighting distance of the Inn!  History Buffs know that a walk around beautiful Savannah will lead you to a number of  war memorials. The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum features historical displays and memorabilia of the United States Armed Forces. Discounts are available for military veterans and individuals currently enlisted. Entrance is Free to veterans of World War II.

Veterans Day 2014 Savannah Style

For Veterans Day 2014, we welcome soldiers and veterans to our bed & breakfast for a night of relaxation, rejuvenation, and as an overall appreciation for their service. Thank you to all of our service men and women, and to our veterans. You are dear to our hearts.

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

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

A Moveable Feast: The Savannah Food & Wine Festival

September 21st, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

The Savannah Food & Wine Festival

A Savannah Moveable Feast!

A Moveable Feast, Savannah Style

While reflecting on his time in Paris, Ernest Hemingway called the city of love “a moveable feast,” or a series of memories that will always remain with him. In his memoir, titled “A Moveable Feast,” Hemingway discusses his time abroad, including many descriptions of cafés, bars, and dining experiences that he fondly remembers.

Hemingway understood that food and drink are more than simply sustenance…They are combined to yield a masterful creation to enjoy, and that is exactly what the Savannah Food & Wine Festival seeks to achieve through a week long “moveable feast” in the Hostess City.

Wine & Dine Your Way Through The Savannah Food & Wine Festival

Who doesn’t enjoy an amazing meal accompanied by a delectable glass of wine? Well, Savannah certainly knows a thing or two about pairing great wine and delicious food… that’s why we have a week dedicated to the duo! The Savannah Food & Wine Festival will host events throughout the week of November 10-16. We don’t want you to miss out on a single one, so here is a list of food & wine events taking place during the Savannah Food & Wine Festival.

The Savannah Food & Wine Festival

Wine & dine surrounded by the beauty of Savannah

November 10-Kick-off the Festivities at the Bethesda Farm to Table Dinner

Join the Savannah Food & Wine Festival kick-off at Bethesda Academy. Experience the expertise of several masterful Chefs and a Master Sommelier from the Savannah area as they prepare and serve a one of a kind meal with fresh, local ingredients. Enjoy the romance of the scenery featuring marsh, tall oaks, and swaying Spanish moss from the tented dining room. Feel free to take a tour of Bethesda’s chapel, museum, and historic grounds. This is an opportunity you certainly do not want to miss!

November 11-Begin the Master Class Series

Have you always wanted to know how to cook food from Spain? Well, now is your chance to learn! Starting Tuesday, November 11 through Thursday, November 13 , the Savannah Food & Wine Festival will begin their Master Class Series taking place at the Mansion on Forsyth. Learn from Chef Kate Button’s class, “Spain for the Holidays,” on Tuesday. Or Sample various wines from Spain & Portugal at a “Taste of Iberia” with Master Sommelier, Robert Jones on Wednesday. On Thursday choose a class with Chef and author Virginia Willis, or Chef Nico Romo, or take both!  For more information on classes, tickets and times, click here.

November 12-Discuss & Dine with the Chefs at the Celebrity Chef Tour

On Wednesday, November 12, join multiple award-winning chefs at the James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour. Meet chefs from all over Georgia, as well as from right here in Savannah. The Celebrity Chef Tour is a night of combining supreme culinary talent to create an amazing culinary experience. Each meal will be carefully paired with specific wine, as prepared by the Master Sommelier. Proceeds will go to the James Beard Foundation.

The Savannah Food & Wine Festival

Bring out your inner Master of Wine.

November 13-Calling All Wine & BBQ Lovers!

For all the wine lovers out there, this event is specifically tailored to you! The Grand Reserve Tasting & Silent Auction is located at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa. Taste the best of the best with wines specifically chosen for a one of a kind wine experience. We’ll drink to that!  This is a popular event, so get your tickets NOW! Also, taking place at the Westin Savannah Harbor Gold Resort & Spa is Le Grand Cochon, a Heritage Hog Roasting experience with some of the best pit masters showcasing their best BBQ recipes.

November 14-Participate in the Olde World Wine & Dine Experience

Start the evening with the Candlelight Home Tour, and end on a delicious note at the The Brice for the Olde World Wine & Dine Experience. Enjoy carefully selected wines, paired with each dish concocted by the Pacci Italian Kitchen & Bar at the Brice. The Savannah Food & Wine Festival hopes to combine the historical significance of Savannah, and a world class dining experience into an educational and delightful evening!

November 14- Eat & Drink Your Way Through the River Street Stroll

Also taking place on Friday, November 14, the River Street Stroll provides a chance to enjoy a walk up and down the scenic and historic River Street while enjoying wine and beer tastings, along with tasty food! Combine this event with the Riverboat Wine & Dinner Cruise for an evening filled with wonderful spirits and food!

The Savannah Food & Wine Festival

Enjoy a Taste of Savannah

November 15- Don’t Miss the Main Event: A Taste of Savannah

Now, this event is certainly a moveable feast! Taking place from Ellis Square to Johnson Square, A Taste of Savannah features educational courses, food, drinks, and more, providing a full day dedicated to celebrating Savannah and food! But, don’t get too full at the Taste of Savannah…move this feast to the Winery Cellar Dinner later that evening, located at the Westin, featuring three celebrity chefs and winemakers for an evening of unforgettable food and wine.

November 16- The Grand Finale

If you still have room for another bite, join the Savannah Food & Wine Festival for the Jazz & Bubbles Brunch. Taste champagne to the sounds of smooth jazz and dine on a Savannah-Style brunch prepared by the AquaStar at the Westin. Cheers to the Savannah Food & Wine Festival!

Experience Every Bite of Savannah

Are you ready to participate in this grand food adventure? Get your Festival tickets and call the Azalea Inn & Villas to book your room. This is a popular event, so don’t hesitate! Tickets and rooms are going quickly, so make your reservations today and experience the best at the Savannah Food & Wine Festival.

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

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

A Moveable Feast: The Savannah Food & Wine Festival

September 21st, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

The Savannah Food & Wine Festival

A Savannah Moveable Feast!

A Moveable Feast, Savannah Style
While reflecting on his time in Paris, Ernest Hemingway called the city of love “a moveable feast,” or a series of memories that will always remain with him. In his memoir, titled “A Moveable Feast,” Hemingway discusses his time abroad, including many descriptions of cafés, bars, and dining experiences that he fondly remembers.

Hemingway understood that food and drink are more than simply sustenance…They are combined to yield a masterful creation to enjoy, and that is exactly what the Savannah Food & Wine Festival seeks to achieve through a week long “moveable feast” in the Hostess City.

Wine & Dine Your Way Through The Savannah Food & Wine Festival
Who doesn’t enjoy an amazing meal accompanied by a delectable glass of wine? Well, Savannah certainly knows a thing or two about pairing great wine and delicious food… that’s why we have a week dedicated to the duo! The Savannah Food & Wine Festival will host events throughout the week of November 10-16. We don’t want you to miss out on a single one, so here is a list of food & wine events taking place during the Savannah Food & Wine Festival.

The Savannah Food & Wine Festival

Wine & dine surrounded by the beauty of Savannah

November 10-Kick-off the Festivities at the Bethesda Farm to Table Dinner
Join the Savannah Food & Wine Festival kick-off at Bethesda Academy. Experience the expertise of several masterful Chefs and a Master Sommelier from the Savannah area as they prepare and serve a one of a kind meal with fresh, local ingredients. Enjoy the romance of the scenery featuring marsh, tall oaks, and swaying Spanish moss from the tented dining room. Feel free to take a tour of Bethesda’s chapel, museum, and historic grounds. This is an opportunity you certainly do not want to miss!

November 11-Begin the Master Class Series
Have you always wanted to know how to cook food from Spain? Well, now is your chance to learn! Starting Tuesday, November 11 through Thursday, November 13 , the Savannah Food & Wine Festival will begin their Master Class Series taking place at the Mansion on Forsyth. Learn from Chef Kate Button’s class, “Spain for the Holidays,” on Tuesday. Or Sample various wines from Spain & Portugal at a “Taste of Iberia” with Master Sommelier, Robert Jones on Wednesday. On Thursday choose a class with Chef and author Virginia Willis, or Chef Nico Romo, or take both! For more information on classes, tickets and times, click here.

November 12-Discuss & Dine with the Chefs at the Celebrity Chef Tour
On Wednesday, November 12, join multiple award-winning chefs at the James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour. Meet chefs from all over Georgia, as well as from right here in Savannah. The Celebrity Chef Tour is a night of combining supreme culinary talent to create an amazing culinary experience. Each meal will be carefully paired with specific wine, as prepared by the Master Sommelier. Proceeds will go to the James Beard Foundation.

The Savannah Food & Wine Festival

Bring out your inner Master of Wine.

November 13-Calling All Wine & BBQ Lovers!
For all the wine lovers out there, this event is specifically tailored to you! The Grand Reserve Tasting & Silent Auction is located at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa. Taste the best of the best with wines specifically chosen for a one of a kind wine experience. We’ll drink to that! This is a popular event, so get your tickets NOW! Also, taking place at the Westin Savannah Harbor Gold Resort & Spa is Le Grand Cochon, a Heritage Hog Roasting experience with some of the best pit masters showcasing their best BBQ recipes.

November 14-Participate in the Olde World Wine & Dine Experience
Start the evening with the Candlelight Home Tour, and end on a delicious note at the The Brice for the Olde World Wine & Dine Experience. Enjoy carefully selected wines, paired with each dish concocted by the Pacci Italian Kitchen & Bar at the Brice. The Savannah Food & Wine Festival hopes to combine the historical significance of Savannah, and a world class dining experience into an educational and delightful evening!

November 14- Eat & Drink Your Way Through the River Street Stroll
Also taking place on Friday, November 14, the River Street Stroll provides a chance to enjoy a walk up and down the scenic and historic River Street while enjoying wine and beer tastings, along with tasty food! Combine this event with the Riverboat Wine & Dinner Cruise for an evening filled with wonderful spirits and food!

The Savannah Food & Wine Festival

Enjoy a Taste of Savannah

November 15- Don’t Miss the Main Event: A Taste of Savannah
Now, this event is certainly a moveable feast! Taking place from Ellis Square to Johnson Square, A Taste of Savannah features educational courses, food, drinks, and more, providing a full day dedicated to celebrating Savannah and food! But, don’t get too full at the Taste of Savannah…move this feast to the Winery Cellar Dinner later that evening, located at the Westin, featuring three celebrity chefs and winemakers for an evening of unforgettable food and wine.

November 16- The Grand Finale
If you still have room for another bite, join the Savannah Food & Wine Festival for the Jazz & Bubbles Brunch. Taste champagne to the sounds of smooth jazz and dine on a Savannah-Style brunch prepared by the AquaStar at the Westin. Cheers to the Savannah Food & Wine Festival!

Experience Every Bite of Savannah
Are you ready to participate in this grand food adventure? Get your Festival tickets and call the Azalea Inn & Villas to book your room. This is a popular event, so don’t hesitate! Tickets and rooms are going quickly, so make your reservations today and experience the best at the Savannah Food & Wine Festival.

 

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

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

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

September 14th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Best Picnic Spots in Savannah - Support of Breast Cancer Awareness MonthLunch at One of the Best Picnic Spots in Savannah

These ladies sure do look like they are enjoying lunch at one of the best picnic spots in Savannah – Forsyth Park! With such beautiful fall weather upon us, it is a crime if you don’t take advantage of the outdoor utopias found in the Savannah squares and parks. Sunny skies, and fall breezes offer a wonderful opportunity to explore Savannah the way it should be seen: by foot.  

Take Advantage of Savannah’s Squares & Parks

Now, after all of that exploring, you can surely work up an appetite. But, that doesn’t mean you need to eat inside! We have a list of the best picnic spots in Savannah to keep you connected to the outdoors! Make the most of Savannah’s squares and parks by planning a lunch, Savannah style. With 22 squares to choose from, it’s hard to decide where you should picnic, but here are some of the best picnic spots in Savannah.

Best Picnic Spots in Savannah

Visit Savannah’s famous fountain in beautiful Forsyth Park.

Forsyth Park

Located in the heart of Savannah’s historic downtown are, and just a block from our Inn, Forsyth Park is our equivalent to Central Park in New York. An expansive green space, Forsyth Park is the perfect place for a picnic and rates at as our #1 Best Picnic Spots in Savannah. Ask the Innkeeper to make you picnic lunch (complete with wine, of course) to go. Or grab some food from the Forsyth Café located right on the park. There is also the Sentient Bean found at the south end of the park on Park Avenue right next to Brighter Day.  The hardest part of your picnic will be choosing in which part of this 30-acre green space is your perfect picnic spot. Relax, stretch out, enjoy the breeze filtering through the leaves of the towering oaks, take a nap, even! Why else do we love Forsyth Park? The grandest free events occur here!  Make plans to attend the Jazz Festival, September 21-27, and Picnic in the Park, taking place October 5. Before you leave the park, make sure to get your “I’m a Tourist” photo-op in front of the world-famous Forsyth Fountain. It is a beautiful as the pictures you have seen.

Best Picnic Spots in SavannahReynolds Square 

Make your way toward Reynolds Square for a picnic on one of its benches or lounge in one of the green spaces shaded by beautiful Spanish Moss-covered Oaks. Where do you pick up a lunch on the go? We highly recommend Leopold’s Ice Cream located on Broughton Street just a block over from the square.  Not only does Leopold’s have the best ice cream in town, but they also make great sandwiches and fabulous fountain drinks. When you finish lunch, be sure to double back for post-picnic ice cream! Take a hint for the Savannah Pajama Shop Hop ladies, it’s worth every bite!

Best Picnic Spots in SavannahWright Square

If you’re a chocolate lover, this is the Savannah picnic spot for you! Located on Bull and President’s St., Wright Square offers shaded benches, and a great spot for people watching. Stop by the Wright Square Café, grab some of their delicious chocolates and coffee, and head over to the square to enjoy. Afterwards, check out Tomochichi’s Monument located in Wright Square. Tomochichi was Chief to the Yamacraw Creek Tribe and welcomed founder, James Oglethorpe to build the city of Savannah. Legend has it, if you walk around his Monument three times and say “Tomochichi,” the Chief might have something to say right back!

Best Picnic Spots in SavannahChippewa Square

Have you seen Forrest Gump? Well, if you didn’t know, most of the film was shot right here in Savannah. The famous “box of chocolates” scene was filmed right here on Chippewa Square. While you won’t find the bench where Forest sat, you can enjoy a picnic on any of the benches located around the square. Before you get to the famous square, stop by the Soho Café located on Liberty Street, just a hop, skip and a jump from Chippewa Square. Grab one of their signature salads or sandwiches, all made with local ingredients and enjoy at one of the best picnic spots in Savannah.

Plan Your Picnic With Us!

What’s a picnic without some bubbly? Grab a bottle from the Azalea Inn and Villas before you head out to one of the best picnic spots in Savannah! Book your trip with Azalea Inn & Gardens and allow us to make reservations and suggestions for your special trip to the Hostess City. Make the most of Savannah’s squares and parks during your trip, as well as the wonderful local cuisine and scenery.

 

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

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

 

            

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

September 14th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Best Picnic Spots in Savannah - Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Lunch at One of the Best Picnic Spots in Savannah
These ladies sure do look like they are enjoying lunch at one of the best picnic spots in Savannah – Forsyth Park! With such beautiful fall weather upon us, it is a crime if you don’t take advantage of the outdoor utopias found in the Savannah squares and parks. Sunny skies, and fall breezes offer a wonderful opportunity to explore Savannah the way it should be seen: by foot.

Take Advantage of Savannah’s Squares & Parks
Now, after all of that exploring, you can surely work up an appetite. But, that doesn’t mean you need to eat inside! We have a list of the best picnic spots in Savannah to keep you connected to the outdoors! Make the most of Savannah’s squares and parks by planning a lunch, Savannah style. With 22 squares to choose from, it’s hard to decide where you should picnic, but here are some of the best picnic spots in Savannah.

Forsyth Park

Best Picnic Spots in Savannah

Visit Savannah’s famous fountain in beautiful Forsyth Park.

Located in the heart of Savannah’s historic downtown are, and just a block from our Inn, Forsyth Park is our equivalent to Central Park in New York. An expansive green space, Forsyth Park is the perfect place for a picnic and rates at as our #1 Best Picnic Spots in Savannah. Ask the Innkeeper to make you picnic lunch (complete with wine, of course) to go. Or grab some food from the Forsyth Café located right on the park. There is also the Sentient Bean found at the south end of the park on Park Avenue right next to Brighter Day.  The hardest part of your picnic will be choosing in which part of this 30-acre green space is your perfect picnic spot. Relax, stretch out, enjoy the breeze filtering through the leaves of the towering oaks, take a nap, even! Why else do we love Forsyth Park? The grandest free events occur here!  Make plans to attend the Jazz Festival, September 21-27, and Picnic in the Park, taking place October 5. Before you leave the park, make sure to get your “I’m a Tourist” photo-op in front of the world-famous Forsyth Fountain. It is a beautiful as the pictures you have seen.

Reynolds Square
Make your way toward Reynolds Square for a picnic on one of its benches or lounge in one of the green spaces shaded by beautiful Spanish Moss-covered Oaks. Where do you pick up a lunch on the go? We highly recommend Leopold’s Ice Cream located on Broughton Street just a block over from the square.  Not only does Leopold’s have the best ice cream in town, but they also make great sandwiches and fabulous fountain drinks. When you finish lunch, be sure to double back for post-picnic ice cream! Take a hint for the Savannah Pajama Shop Hop ladies, it’s worth every bite!

Wright Square
If you’re a chocolate lover, this is the Savannah picnic spot for you! Located on Bull and President’s St., Wright Square offers shaded benches, and a great spot for people watching. Stop by the Wright Square Café, grab some of their delicious chocolates and coffee, and head over to the square to enjoy. Afterwards, check out Tomochichi’s Monument located in Wright Square. Tomochichi was Chief to the Yamacraw Creek Tribe and welcomed founder, James Oglethorpe to build the city of Savannah. Legend has it, if you walk around his Monument three times and say “Tomochichi,” the Chief might have something to say right back!
Best Picnic Spots in Savannah
Chippewa Square

Have you seen Forrest Gump? Well, if you didn’t know, most of the film was shot right here in Savannah. The famous “box of chocolates” scene was filmed right here on Chippewa Square. While you won’t find the bench where Forest sat, you can enjoy a picnic on any of the benches located around the square. Before you get to the famous square, stop by the Soho Café located on Liberty Street, just a hop, skip and a jump from Chippewa Square. Grab one of their signature salads or sandwiches, all made with local ingredients and enjoy at one of the best picnic spots in Savannah.

Plan Your Picnic With Us!
What’s a picnic without some bubbly? Grab a bottle from the Azalea Inn and Villas before you head out to one of the best picnic spots in Savannah! Book your trip with Azalea Inn & Gardens and allow us to make reservations and suggestions for your special trip to the Hostess City. Make the most of Savannah’s squares and parks during your trip, as well as the wonderful local cuisine and scenery.

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

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

Savannah in the Fall: Two Months of Perfect Weather

September 7th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Savannah in the Fall NightsEnjoy Savannah in the Fall
We love Savannah in the Fall, because come September and October, two months of perfect Savannah weather are here!

September and October in Savannah means blue skies, cool breezes, and temperatures in the mid to low seventies. Savannah in the Fall offers perfect weather for walking around the Hostess City. The days and nights are perfect for taking in the wonderful sights, breathtaking architecture and scenery.

Play Outside!
Walk along River Street and enjoy the cool breezes that come off the water. Do some shopping on Broughton Street, and don’t forget to stop at Leopold’s for a scoop of delicious ice cream!  Stroll around the shaded squares found all around the downtown area. Enjoy the historic monuments and locations all over this incredible walking city.

Savannah in the Fall might mean you are ready to strut and Lunch with Marilyn. You know who we mean, THE Marilyn.  Okay, it’s a Savannah-based Marilyn Monroe statue in City Market, but still…  You can catch lunch at Vinnie Van Go Go’s and enjoy a slice of pizza while you cozy up to Marilyn.

Maybe you want to grab one of the best sandwiches in America at Zunzi’s, located on York Street. Bid your time enjoying your lunch in their outdoor seating area. Insider tip: You are only a few steps from Oglethorpe Square. Why not stroll on over and relax on a bench in the shade?

Later, head over to Vic’s for drinks and dinner accompanied by a view of the river and impressive cargo ships.

Fall Events & Activities in Savannah
Savannah in the Fall offers wonderful events and activities providing ample opportunity to experience the gorgeous weather.

Enjoy the Annual Savannah Jazz Festival in Forsyth Park taking place September 21-27.  Let us pack up a picnic to take to the park along with a bottle of your favorite beverage. Grab a blanket or some beach chairs and enjoy the local music!

Okay, so September holidays don’t include Valentine’s day but, why not indulge anyway?  International Chocolate Day (13th) and National White Chocolate Day (22nd) are good enough reason for us!  PS: Don’t forget to stop in at Chocolat by Adam Turoni for some of the best handmade chocolates in Savannah. You can find the store at 323 West Broughton Street.

Things to do in Savannah in the Fall October

Picnic in Forsyth Park. Photo Credit: SavannahNow.com

One of our favorite October events is Picnic in the Park – an extravaganza of music and food and friendship. This favorite event takes place on October 5 in Forsyth Park. Picnic-goers with a creative flair and a competitive nature will vie for the best picnic spread that emulates this year’s theme “Fly Me to the Moon.” Contestants are encouraged to design their picnic spread inspired by elegance, luminescence, and romance. This is easily one of the most spectacular picnic events in Georgia, if not the entire East Coast! Reserve your room now because this is always a sell-out!

Oktober Fest and Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival are also in October, giving visitors the chance to sample some German cuisine and enjoy live entertainment on the waterfront.  Later in October head across the River to Hutchison Island for the Concours d’Elegance  Did you know Savannah was the Birthplace of Gran Prix racing? Enjoy a glimpse into the inner workings of racing with a visit of the Speed Classic.

Race cars not your thing? Maybe Tall Ships are! Tour the Tall Ship,  El Galeon, a replica of the ship that Ponce de Leon sailed in 1513 to Florida. The ship will grace the Savannah Riverfront from October 24 through November 2. (The ship is also used in the filming of the television show, Crossbones.)

Don’t Miss Out on Savannah in the Fall
With such beautiful weather, the possibilities are endless! Let us know and we’ll make all the arrangements … and cue you into the fun of discovering some of Savannah‘s best kept secrets! Book your trip to the Azalea Inn and Villas to experience the beauty of Savannah in the Fall.

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

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

Hey Y’all! Find Out What’s New With Paula Deen!

August 31st, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Paula Deen Hey Ya’ll!

Nothing says Savannah like the delightful, Southern chef, Paula Deen. We were lucky enough to attend the first showing of Paula Deen Live at the Lucas Theater, featuring Paula and her family doing what they do best: cooking and laughing!

This Southern chef has a lot of exciting things coming up that you won’t want to miss!  So, find out what’s new with Paula Deen!

A Family That Cooks Together 

Paula entertained her guests with her contagious joy and laughter, her natural Southern charm and love for Savannah. First, Paula and her two sons, Jamie and Bobby, whipped up a delicious peach trifle, proving that dessert is certainly best when eaten first, and that Georgia peaches are the sweetest peaches you’ll ever taste.

Michael, Paula’s husband, joined the family on stage to create a dish they call a Five in Dime. This dish had only five ingredients: chicken, feta, arugula, tomatoes, and corn, and can be thrown together in only ten minutes! Easy and delicious- our kind of meal.

Get Ready for Paula’s Next Adventure

Paula Deen is Savannah’s Sweetheart, and we are all excited for the launch of her new network. The Paula Deen Network will start this September, featuring recipes, shows, and much more. The best part? It’s all accessible from your phone, tablet, and PC! Find out more information here.

A night full of fun and laughter is what you can expect from Paula Deen and her family, embodying the true Savannah spirit in their love for food and one another. You’ll feel right at home in Paula’s kitchen.

There Is No Place Like Savannah

Take it from Paula when she says, “There is no place like Savannah in the entire world!”

Y’all, she’s right!

So, make your plans to visit Savannah soon! You don’t miss out on any of the great Paula Deen Live shows, or the book signings taking place this September –December at her restaurant, Lady & Sons.

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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Byrd Cookie Company: A Savannah Favorite for 90 Years!

August 24th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Byrd Cookie CompanyWhat’s In A Cookie? A Taste So Sweet…

What’s better than a delicious cookie? For many, cookies mean more than just a sweet treat. Cookies are a reminder of afternoons in the kitchen at Grandma’s house, making her famous chocolate crinkles.

Cookies and a cold glass of milk are a cure-all for a bad day, and they keep Santa fueled on his busy night. They are the coveted snack high on the counter in the cookie jar, just out of reach, but nothing a kitchen chair couldn’t fix.Relive these memories, and create many more at Byrd Cookie Company: A Savannah Favorite for 90 Years!

Byrd’s Famous Cookies

There’s nothing like a yummy cookie, especially when they bring back such sweet memories.  Byrd Cookie Company, here in Savannah, Georgia, knows exactly how to create a memory with their scrumptious variety of cookies in their special Savannah scenery tins.

Offering the classics, chocolate chip, butter, and oatmeal, to unique tastes, such as Key Lime Coolers, Peach Coolers, and Red Velvet you’ll have no trouble walking away with a delicious tin of Byrd’s Famous Cookies. You’ll be back for more!

 90 Years, a Savannah Favorite

Byrd Cookie Company is celebrating 90 years in business, and they are doing it in a big way! Opening numerous locations in Savannah and Pooler, this beloved local cookie company is opening stores all along the east coast, from New York to Georgia.

In 1924, Ben T. Byrd, Sr. began his cookie business, baking cookies in his bakery and delivering them to neighborhood markets in his Model T Ford. It wasn’t long before the cookies and Mr. Byrd became famous to locals and visitors.

Check out Byrd Cookie Company at any of its three Savannah locations. Visit the factory store on Waters Avenue and smell the cookies baking the minute you step out of your car. Get a bite to eat at B. Tillman’s Restaurant & Bar located right next door.

Walking around downtown? Then don’t forget to stop by the City Market location to taste some samples, or BT Byrd’s @ Drayton Tower for a quick snake, hand-crafted soda, coffee, and of course, cookies!

Discover Your Favorite Cookie & Savannah

Find your own favorite treats at Byrd Cookie Company, and create new memories in Savannah. Book your next trip, grab a tin of cookies (or two), and enjoy a taste of Savannah!

 

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

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Savannah’s Sultry Heat Never Tasted So Sweet: Recipe for Basil Lemonade

August 17th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Vixen Basil LemonadePicture yourself poolside on a clear, sunny day. You’re laid out on a lounge chair, working on your tan, while the stress of the day to day melts away. Of course, this poolside rejuvenation session requires a beverage.

This can’t be any beverage, however… you’re on vacation! You need something sweet. Maybe fresh squeezed lemonade…And there needs to be a hint of something…. Some basil would be a nice addition! Obviously, this drink needs a twist to it. How about some Vixen Vodka?

A cold, refreshing glass of Basil Lemonade is the perfect addition to your poolside vacation. Savannah’s sultry heat never tasted so sweet! 

Vacation in a Glass

What better way to spend a day poolside than with a cold glass of Basil Lemonade? One of our favorite recipes here at the Azalea Inn, Basil Lemonade is easy to fix, and even better to drink!  So, try out our favorite summer beverage, or book a last minute summer vacation and we’ll make it for you!

Recipe for Basil Lemonade: 

Basil Simple Syrup

  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Water
  • 3/4 Cup (packed) Basil Leaves
  1. Add all ingredients to a small sauce pan.
  2. Heat over medium-high heat, until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool.
  4. Strain out Basil leaves.
  5. Pour into a covered container and store in fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Basil Lemonade

  • 1 1/2 oz Vixen Vodka (or Gin)
  • 2oz Basil Simple Syrup
  • 2oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 2-4oz Club Soda
  • Basil Leaf for Garnish
  1. Fill Rocks Glass with ice.
  2. Add Vodka, Basil Simple Syrup, Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice & Club Soda; Stir.
  3. Add Basil leaf for garnish.

Enjoy!

 

Vixen Vodka

We use Vixen Vodka for our Basil Lemonade, and why wouldn’t we? Started in Georgia by two women, Vixen Vodka is the perfect compliment to your summer drink on a sunny day by the pool. For more information on Vixen Vodka, click here. 

Leave the Hard Work to Us! 

When you come for a relaxing getaway at the Azalea Inn & Gardens, be sure to let us know that you would like a refreshing glass of Basil Lemonade. We’ll pick some fresh basil from our gardens and whip up a glass just 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.”

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Celebrate Labor Day in Savannah

August 10th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

300px-US-DeptOfLabor-Seal-AltColors.svg_311We all look forward to Labor Day Weekend. It’s a nice little break at the end of Summer and beginning of Fall to get away from all of the hustle and bustle of life. This year marks 120 years of Labor Day. But what is the origin of Labor Day? It isn’t just for the blow out sales and three day weekend, so what is it for?

How It All Began: The Origin of Labor Day 

Who came up with Labor Day? Those details are a bit unclear. Some historical records state that it was Peter J. McGuire, Co-Founder of the American Federation of Labor that suggested the holiday. Other records credit Matthew Maguire, a machinist, for proposing the holiday in 1882 while serving as the secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York.

Though the origins are muddy, each year, on the first Monday of September, we celebrate Labor day and all of the achievements made by American workers.

Labor Day Weekend Events

Are you a beer enthusiast? Then satisfy the brew master in you at the 7th Annual Savannah Craft & Brew Festival taking place Saturday, August 30. Enjoy the many varieties of beer, along with the entertainment and educational services provided by the Savannah Craft & Brew Festival. For more information click here.

How about some fun at the beach? Tybee Labor Day Beach Bash will be in full swing, with delicious food and live entertainment. Sit on the pier and catch the fireworks, or dance to the music inside the pavilion.  Click here for more information on this fun Labor Day Weekend Event.

Looking for a little history? Check out the Old Fort Jackson. They will be hosting a special program, “A Century of Sentries: 100 Years of Fort Jackson Guarding Savannah.” Make sure you don’t miss out on their Daily Canon Firing. It’ll start your day with a bang! For more information click here.

How Will You Celebrate? 

Labor Day is a day to relax and celebrate the hard work you put in all year round. So, why not celebrate with a Labor Day Weekend getaway? Plan a trip to Savannah and explore all of the beauty that this historic city has to offer, as well as some fun events going on that weekend!

Be sure to make your plans as soon as you can! Labor Day will be here before you know 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.”

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