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

January 19th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

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

Your Tour Guide

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

Savannah’s Architecture and History

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

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

Start Walking!

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

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

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Savannah’s Jingle Bell Square

December 23rd, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

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

 The Musician

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

The Music of Savannah’s Jingle Bell Square

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

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

 Jingle Bells Today!

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

 

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

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Savannah, Birthplace of the Girl Scouts

November 19th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

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

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

 

Equality for Young Women in America Started Here

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

In the Year of 1912…

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

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

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

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

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

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

The History of Veterans Day

November 10th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Savannah is filled with history, and sometimes it just sucks us right into a world of imagination. As we’ve been preparing the Inn for our participation in the B&B for Vets Program, we’ve also been thinking  about the history of Veterans Day.

B&B for Vets which is a nation-wide effort to honor our Vets by booking our inn full and free of charge to those that have served our country on the eve of the federal holiday that celebrates them. It’s something we’ve been doing for a couple years now.

That’ll just make you jealous, though. So THIS, the history of Veterans Day, is fascinating.

The History of Veterans Day, Simplified

The way I’m lookin’ at it, Veterans Day as a federal holiday went through 4 major changes: 2 acts of Congress bookended by the actions of 2 US presidents (Wilson, and Eisenhower) after the first glimmer of peace following the devastations of World War I.

  • It All Starts in 1918: Have you ever wondered where the expression “Eleventh Hour” came from? Well, it predates the Armistice of 1918 but you’ll remember that at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an important document was signed in northern France, in Compiègne. The Armistice of Compiègne marks the beginning of the end of The Great War (also known as World War I). That’s the important thing, the beginning of peace. And now, you won’t forget the 11th when your friends ask, will ya?

 

  • The First Commemoration in 1919: Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States, declares a nation-wide remembrance of Armistice day, that beginning of peace following WWI. It was to be celebrated on that very same day, November 11. Armistice is commemorated.

 

  • Congress Acts in 1926: Congress adopts a resolution  directing the President to issue an annual proclamation to ensure that Armistice is commemorated. President Calvin Coolidge is in office at the time. Resolving to remember peace every year.

 

  • Dedication to World Peace in 1938: This year, President Franklin D. Roosevelt is in office. His Congress passes legislation. Now the legal holiday of Armistice Day is in place, “to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated” It’s law, now, to remember peace.

 

  • A Name Change in 1954: President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States, changes the name of the federal holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day. It is because of Eisenhower that we’re talking about Veterans Day, and we’re so proud of that. Different holiday name, same important sentiment.

History of Veterans Day

Of course, this short reflection on the History of Vererans Day is much more simplified than what great history books will tell you, but it’s something to think about on the eve of Veterans Day.

Now, go thank a vet.

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

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

Sample Breakfast Menus at Our Bed and Breakfast

November 3rd, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Ooh hey y’all – cold weather is approaching. THAT means more time happily spent in a toasty kitchen concocting delightful dishes for friends and family. You’re in luck, because when you stay with us, YOU are our friends and family.

We tell you all about what the experience of breakfast is like here, but for right now, let’s just indulge our imaginations a little with some sample breakfast menus

How lucky will you feel when we place your stuffed breakfast potato in front of you. It’s twice-baked with eggs, bacon, green peppers, fresh chives and melted monterey jack cheese. YUM

bakedpotatoes

 

Or some thick cut bacon, a half-orange broiled then sprinkled with spice to accompany fruit-filled cheese blintzes with berries and coulis…

blintz

How about caramelized french toast with strawberries and local sausage?

frenchtoast

When you visit Savannah and need a place to rest, to feel safe and be happy – just like when you’re at home – you won’t be scrambling for a place to have breakfast each morning, because what just might be the best meal of your day is awaiting YOU at our bed and 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.”

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

Holiday Tour of Homes

October 27th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Holiday Tour of HomesSavannah’s Annual Holiday Tour of Homes is YOUR chance to get a peek inside some of the most fabulous houses that grace our beautiful city. They’re all decorated for the holidays, too. This year, the 39th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes will take place on Saturday, December 14 (2013).

 

How to Attend

You can purchase tickets for Savannah’s Annual Holiday Tour of Homes in advance after you’ve decided to indulge yourself in a much-needed vacation in Savannah. As far as deciding specifics, there are two home tours, each giving you the insiders look at 6 homes each, or 12 homes and another historic building where the option of indulging in Victorian tea is yours for the taking if you want it all.

 

12 Beautiful Homes….

You and yours can make a day of the Holiday Tour of Homes in Savannah. Trolleys to and from each home are included in your ticket price. There is an afternoon tour from 12-3pm and an evening tour from 5-8. 6 homes will be shown at each tour, with no repeats. That means, 12 homes total! $35 each or both tours for $90 including the Victorian Tea.

 

…And Victorian Tea, Oh My!

When you visit Savannah on December 14, you can even splurge on a Victorian Tea at the John Williams Townhouse at  3 or 4pm – you choose. Just $25 gets you into the historic building where fashion-forward Savannians nod to the opulence and frivolous frocks of days long past as they serve you tea and light refreshments. Think of the new profile pics and bragging rights! WOW. We’re telling you, this is an EVENT.

 

The Holiday Tour of Homes was created by Savannah’s Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) to give locals and visitors alike a glimpse into how families live and decorate in their own styles within a historic home. Last year, the organizers kept saying that Savannah delights in making a big fuss over her guests – and in all the best ways, that is SO TRUE.

 

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

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

Ghost Stories of Savannah – Our Favorites

October 15th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Ghost Stories of SavannahSome say that Savannah is one of the most haunted cities in America.

Today we’re sharing ghost stories of Savannah – our favorites including the story of Tomochichi, The Pirate’s House and the Colonial Park Cemetery.

The Ghost of Tomochichi, the Yamacraw chief who who helped the founders of Savannah establish our city in 1733, allegedly resides in Wright Square. Ghost tour guides will tell you to find the large rock monument to Tomochichi on the southeast corner of Wright Square, run around it three times saying “TOMOCHICHI.” His ghost may appear.

The Pirate’s House is a restaurant in the downtown historic district. They say that in one of the back rooms a little girl sits on stairs that go…nowhere. Seriously, stairs that go NOWHERE. If she’s shy, there are real pirates walking around.

The Colonial Park Cemetery is located at the intersection of Abercorn and Oglethorpe. Aside from being beautiful in the daytime, there are many hauntings and haints that reside among the old gravestones and lurking among the clumps of Spanish moss dumped from the live oaks that are scattered throughout the premises.

There are so many great things to do here when you visit, and choosing your own ghost-spotting adventure in Savannah is just one of them. We’re always here to help.

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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The Savannah Speed Classic in October

October 2nd, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

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Rev your engines of excitement, the Savannah Speed Classic is coming to town Friday, October 25 - Sunday, October 27.

Every day from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM the auxiliary adrenaline is yours for the taking, if you want it.

All you need is to take the first step.

 

We’ve got all the details for you so that when you visit Savannah and stay with us during the Savannah Speed Classic, you’ll be ready to just soak in all the excitement from the event and revel in all of the greatness of downtown historic Savannah.

 

What IS Savannah Speed Classic?

The 2013 Savannah Speed Classic is a 3 day car-racing event across the river from Savannah’s renowned historic district during the last weekend of October (10/25-10/27) with opening ceremonies at Ellis Square on Thursday, October 24. The event is organized by Historic Sportscar Racing, Ltd. (HSR).

For us, travel is an opportunity to experience life in a whole new way.  Our imaginations run wild thinking about that car race as a way to celebrate the beauty of the automobile and the intrigue of humanity’s adventuring spirit. Can we go? We’ll go faster. Can we drive? We’ll drive better. Can we win? We’ll win smarter. These are the thoughts that will be running through our minds at the race track during the last weekend of October

 

How to Get to the Savannah Speed Classic

The Savannah Speed Classic will wave its checkered flags for you on Hutchinson Island the last week of October. Hutchinson Island is a little oasis North of Savannah, accessible by your vehicle via the beautiful white Tallmudge Bridge -OR- a ferry boat ride.

We like to get on the ferry across from City Hall because, well, City Hall is easy to spot. It’s that big gold leaf dome-topped building (YES, it’s real gold!) at the intersection of Bull and Bay streets. Isn’t it nice to have easy landmarks when you’re in unfamiliar territory? And a source that gets you all the pertinent information? Like this, the Savannah_Belles_Schedule for the ferry, if you want it.

 

Planning Your Trip

First, Call us at (912) 236-6080 to reserve your room.

Next, you can buy tickets for the Savannah Speed Classic here.

Are you military? We think it’s pretty cool that active duty military get 50% discount to the 2013 Savannah Speed Classic. Especially because of OUR  commitment to the military.

 

Still Need Some Convincing to Treat Yourself to a Vacation in Savannah?

October is part of a beautiful season to visit Savannah, as the weather is warm but not hot and cool but not cold. The coolest thing is, a bed and breakfast has that flair separating your accommodation from all other options.

Think about it.

 

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

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

September 22nd, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

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

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

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

 

The Chef at Our B&B Holiday Dinners in Savannah

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

 

Thanksgiving Dinner – A Memorable B&B Holiday Dinner

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

 

Christmas Dinner – A Magical B&B Holiday Dinner

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

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

Are You Ready for a Completely Re-Imagined Holiday?

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

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

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The Founders of Savannah Had No AC !!!

September 11th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Founders of SavannahTo some, history is a bore. To others, it is a rich tapestry of treasures and intrigues – of interests and imagination.

To us, it’s amusing to think back on the hottest days of summer and wonder, “how DID they do it?” The founders of Savannah had no AC!

Here’s the long and short about the founder of Savannah.

In 1733, British settlers led by James Oglethorpe arrived on land inhabited by the Yamacraw tribe of Native Americans.

The Yamacraw chief, Tomochichi was benevolent towards these settlers and helped them acclimate to the new world they found themselves in.

Noble Jones was the main surveyor who planned out the city streets back when the terrain was all sandy-soiled saw palmettos and live oaks strewn with Spanish Moss for miles – complete with alligators, spiders, snakes and all other sorts of creepy crawlies of course!

Noble even took over duties as the settlement’s physician when the attending doctor died. That’s talent! His descendants still own Wormsloe, an historic destination property best remembered as the alley where Forrest Gump triumphantly ran his way out of his leg braces.

There, the long and short of Savannah’s rich history. To discuss the history of Savannah, just remember: 1733, James Oglethorpe, Tomochichi, Noble Jones. We’re not gonna test you when you get here, but it is sure fun to know a little bit about the history of your surroundings, huh?

Oh, the clash of the modern and the past – an unlikely match in an unrivaled destination, come see for yourself. Don’t worry, we have AC.

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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