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Symptoms and Signs You Need a Vacation: Relax and Rejuvenate in Savannah at Azalea Inn & Villas

October 26th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Do These Symptoms and Signs Sound Familiar?

Relax and Rejuvenate in Savannah

“I need a vacation! Someone kidnap me please!” -Joey

Signs & Symptoms:

  1. You’re just. So. Tired.
  2. Are you trying on your favorite vacation looks just for fun?
  3. Does your food taste bland?
  4. Is your luggage collecting dust in the back of your closet?
  5. Do you catch yourself gazing at travel magazines?
  6. You’re tired of hearing about your neighbor’s recent getaway.
  7. Is your daily routine lacking the excitement you so greatly desire?
  8. Are you overly stressed?
  9. Waking up for work causes pain. Great, unbearable pain.
  10. Does the slightest request push you over the edge?

If you answered yes to some or all of the questions above, there is only one explanation; there is only one cure: You are in desperate need of a vacation to Savannah, Georgia! Recuperate, relax and rejuvenate in Savannah at Azalea Inn & Villas.

Relax and Rejuvenate in Savannah

Breakfast is never bland at Azalea Inn!

Enjoy an Amazing Breakfast When You Relax and Rejuvenate in Savannah

When you stay with us at Azalea Inn & Villas you will never taste a bland breakfast! Our promise! Wake up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee. We get our beans from Savannah Coffee Roasters with a 100% guarantee that the beans are fresh and savory. Everything we serve for breakfast is made from scratch, right down to the fluffy, warm biscuits- hot out of the oven. Would you like your breakfast in bed? Let concierge know when you call to book your room!

Relax and Rejuvenate in Savannah

Enjoy a wonderful night’s sleep in our rooms or villas!

Refresh in Our Beautiful Rooms & Villas

Are you in desperate need of a good night’s sleep? Well, the beds at Azalea Inn offer a wonderful night’s sleep! Relax and Rejuvenate in Savannah at our villas. Our beautiful rooms provide the luxury you desire. Experience a deep sleep or a catnap on our comfy beds. Our soft sheets will guarantee the rest you need. Refresh in our newly renovated bathrooms, and relax in our cozy robes with a book and a glass of champagne. You’ll never want to leave!

Relax and Rejuvenate in Savannah

Plan a spa day full of relaxation and rejuvenation. Watch the stress melt away!

Relax and Rejuvenate in Savannah With a Spa Day

Are you incredibly stressed? Does your back ache from hours of sitting in your desk chair? Treat yourself to a day at the spa! Allow Azalea Inn to make spa appointments for you. How does a massage or a facial sound? What about a mani/pedi? Pamper yourself on your rejuvenation vacation!  Experience luxury and relaxation at one of Savannah’s local spas.

Make Your Plans Today!

If you’re in a vacationless funk, make plans to visit the Hostess City! Dust off those suitcases, pack up your vacation outfits and hit the road! Experience beauty and luxury when you relax and rejuvenate in Savannah. Stay with us at Azalea Inn & Villas and make the most of your rejuvenation vacation.

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!

Dance Your Way Through Savannah: Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

October 19th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Rock 'n' Roll Marathon

Enjoy the live music and marathon events at this year’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

Dance Your Way Through Savannah

Do you love live music? How about running for charity? If you answered “yes” to either one, join us November 8-9 for Savannah’s annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, a marathon, and half marathon, featuring bands all around the race course. Not a runner? No problem! Dance your way around Savannah during this year’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon! Enjoy the live entertainment and catch some of the race along the way!

Listen to the Music

Along with the marathon, there are many fantastic bands playing this year at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. Don’t miss out on a single one! You can find bands playing all along the marathon course, and some major headlining bands playing in Forsyth Park. This year, Savannah welcomes Cranford H0llow, Phillip Phillips, and Nickel Bag of Funk to the Marathon. Read on to find out more about each band and when they’ll be playing!

Rock 'n' Roll Marathon

Don’t miss Cranford Hollow and their Southern sound!

Don’t miss Cranford Hollow at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

Cranford Hollow is the opening band for this year’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. Featuring a blend of Southern Rock, American Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Appalachian Fiddle Music, Cranford H0llow is sure to get the crowd dancin’!  Find them at Forsyth Park, starting at 8am until 10:30am. Listen to them here.

Rock 'n' Roll Marathon

Watch Phillip Phillips perform this year at the Savannah Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon!

Feel at “Home” in Savannah with Phillip Phillips at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

You heard right! American Idol winner, Phillip Phillips, will be headlining at this year’s Savannah Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. With his hit single, “Home”, playing on the radio, Phillip Phillips has become a household name. Don’t miss his performance in Forsyth Park, taking place from 11am to 12:15pm. Listen to his music here.

Rock 'n' Roll Marathon

Groove to Nickel Bag of Funk in Forsyth Park!

Get Your Groove On at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon with Nickel Bag of Funk

Catch Nickel Bag of Funk, the closing act of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. This local band features R&B, Hip Hop, and funk, guaranteeing a fun time! Enjoy their set in Forsyth Park starting at 12:45pm to 3pm. Listen to Nickel Bag of Funk here.

Shake, Rattle, & Roll at the Savannah Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

Are you participating in this year’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, or just coming to Savannah to enjoy the music? Whichever it may be, stay with Azalea Inn & Villas. Located right next to Forsyth Park, the Azalea Inn offers quick and easy access to the weekend’s many events. Enjoy the comfort and luxury of Savannah in our bed & breakfast… you’ll need to after hours of dancing! Make your plans to stay at Azalea Inn & Villas today.

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 Spotlight: The Savannah Film Festival

October 12th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Savannah Film Festival

Watch unique films at SCAD’s annual Savannah Film Festival

Bring Out Your Inner Film Buff For the Savannah Film Festival:

Are you a fan of the silver screen? Do you love all that goes into film-making? Or, do you just enjoy a great movie? Well, Savannah is the place for you!  As a destination for filming, as well as home to Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah is no stranger to movie crews and film. So, pack your bags, make your plans, and buy your tickets for the Savannah Film Festival!

Lights, Camera, Action:

Founded in 1998, the Savannah Film Festival, hosted by Savannah College of Art & Design, has brought filmmakers, actors, and educators to the city for eight days of film viewings, lectures, and conferences. Each year more than 40,000 people attend the eight day Savannah Film Festival. Channel your inner film buff and enjoy the cinematic creativity from SCAD film students and award-winning professionals! There will be over 90 premiere film screenings this year, providing ample opportunities to see amazing independent films.

Savannah Film Festival

Catch unique movies, discussions with filmmakers and actors, and more!

You can find big names within many of the films that will be shown this year, and often, some of these actors, directors, and writers will be hosting Q&A sessions after screenings. Names have not been announced yet, but keep on the look out! Catch the screening of “The Homesman”, a film that tells the story of the harsh pioneer life, featuring Hilary Swank, Meryl Streep, James Spader, and Tommy Lee Jones. Or, watch the popular Benedict Cumberbatch in his intense performance as Alan Turning in “The Imitation Game.” Interested in something spooky? Well, the Savannah Film Festival will host a series call “After Dark.” This series includes thriller, supernatural, and horror genres, with screenings of “Creep”, Horns”, and “The Badabook.” Whatever genre you prefer, there are plenty of unique films this year at the festival, so don’t miss out!

Star Searching:

Keep your eyes out for famous faces! The Savannah Film Festival brings famous writers, directors, and actors to the Hostess City. Jeremy Irons,  Norman Reedus, Alec Baldwin, and Abigail Breslin are just a few actors that have received awards and discussed films with audiences at the Savannah Film Festival. Many actors have come to Savannah for this festival and to film movies, such as Forrest Gump and Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil. You can find celebrities hanging out at 45 Bistro, or attending the after parties happening each night. Purchase tickets to these after parties and feel like a star on the red carpet! You’ll surely be surrounded by them!

Make Your Plans Today to Attend the Savannah Film Festival

Savannah College of Art & Design will be hosting their 16th annual Savannah Film Festival from October 25through November 1. Enjoy unique and intriguing films, star searching, and more at this year’s event. Tickets are on sale now, and are going fast, as are rooms! So, grab your tickets, and book your room at Azalea Inn & Villas for the Savannah Film 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!

Experience Spooks, Scares, and Fun: Visit Savannah for Halloween

October 5th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Visit Savannah for Halloween

Make plans to Visit Savannah for Halloween

Celebrate Halloween in Savannah

Once the sun sets in Savannah, head out on the town for some spooks and scares, and ultimately some fun this Halloween. Saunter down the moonlit cobblestone walkways, under the hanging Spanish moss, and watch Savannah come to life right before your eyes!

Savannah has been voted as one of the most haunted cities in America, and it’s no mystery as to why. Savannah sits on Native American burial grounds, is home to old homes and cemeteries, and has seen a yellow-fever epidemic, massive fires, hurricanes, brutal battles, and more. With such rich and intense history, the Hostess City is the perfect historical for Halloween. So, make your plans to visit Savannah for Halloween!

Visit Savannah for Halloween

Search for ghosts at the very haunted Sorrel-Weed House in Savannah

Become a True Ghost Hunter When You Visit Savannah for Halloween:

Seek your thrills at the haunted Sorrel-Weed House! Located on Harris Street, this historic home has been featured on HGTV & Syfy because of its supernatural activity. There have been multiple accounts of bodiless voices and ghostly figures seen about the home. Scared yet? Well, if you are brave enough, sign up for the professional Ghost Hunting Experience, authentic ghost hunting equipment provided, offered late October at the Sorrel-Weed House. Click here for more information.

Visit Savannah for Halloween and Participate in Crawl-O-Ween:

Want to participate in something a little less scary? Well, when you visit Savannah for Halloween, be sure to participate in the Crawl-O-Ween pub crawl, taking place October 31. Put on your best costume and enjoy strolling the streets of Savannah! Click here for more details.

Visit Savannah for Halloween

Take a ghost tour and learn all about the supernatural history of Savannah

Enjoy History, Spooks, & Scares on a Savannah Ghost Tour:

Get into the Halloween mood with a Savannah ghost tour! With so much history (and ghosts), there are plenty of haunted spots to explore around the city. Choose from a few of our favorite Ghost Tours to hear all of the spooky stories and juicy details that surround some of Savannah’s most popular haunted sites. We suggest Blue Orb walking tours, Sixth Sense Savannah ghost tours, or if you are looking for something a little more lighthearted, the Savannah Hearse Tour. Ghost tours are the perfect thing to do when you visit Savannah for Halloween!

Make Your Halloween Plans Today!

Don’t miss out on any of this spooky fun! Make your plans to visit Savannah for Halloween and stay at the Azalea Inn & Villas. We are located right in the heart of downtown Savannah, just a block over from Forsyth Park, offering quick access to all activities and Savannah’s best attractions. We look forward to see you this Halloween, so call and reserve your room today!

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 Savannah Thanksgiving: Make Plans with Azalea Inn

September 28th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Savannah Thanksgiving

Experience a wonderful meal and convivial atmosphere this Thanksgiving at the Azalea Inn

Enjoy a Savannah Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to be with the ones you love, enjoying delicious food, wonderful wine, and yummy desserts! But, preparing and cooking such a big meal is hard work. Before you know it, you’re spending all your time in the kitchen and zero time with your loved ones. So, this year, make your Thanksgiving plans with the Azalea Inn, and leave the hard work to us!

Get in the Holiday Spirit during Your Savannah Thanksgiving

Take this Thanksgiving off and enjoy all that Savannah has to offer, with mild temperatures, beautiful scenery, and a few events to kick off the holiday season. Watch the Boat Parade of Lights in the Savannah Harbor, featuring live entertainment and a fireworks show. If you like musicals, catch a viewing of  “A Christmas Tradition” at the Savannah Theater, or do a little holiday shopping on Broughton Street. There is so much to do when you plan a Savannah Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving at the Azalea Inn

Make your Thanksgiving plans this year with Azalea Inn and enjoy the wonderful menu we have put together, featuring savory and fresh ingredients that we carefully chose to create a memorable, and of course, delicious meal.

Savannah Thanksgiving

Dine with the Azalea Inn for Thanksgiving

Appetizer

The evening begins with Ginger and Brie Tartlets, Smoke Salmon and Cucumber Squares, as well as Assorted Fruits, Cheeses, and Crackers. But don’t get too full on these appetizers- you still have three courses and dessert to go! Read on to find out what else is on the menu!

First Course

Our first course will feature a velvety Butternut Squash Soup with Spiced Candied Pecans and Blue Cheese Crumbles. The perfect start to our Thanksgiving meal!

Second Course

Next you will enjoy Crisp Field Greens with Glazed Pecans, Goat Cheese, Dried Cranberries with a Dijon Vinaigrette… how divine does that sound?

Third Course

The main course features the Traditional Roasted Turkey with Pan Gravy,  Glazed Ham, Three Cheese Scalloped Potatoes, Sage Sausage Dressing, and Haricot Verts with Orange-Rosemary Gremolata. A true Thanksgiving feast with gourmet flare!

Dessert

And of course, what meal would be complete without dessert? Be sure to save room for our creamy Pumpkin Cheesecake and sinful Chocolate Walnut Tweed Torte, the finale to this scrumptious Savannah Thanksgiving!

Savannah Thanksgiving

Enjoy carefully selected wines with your meal.

But Wait! There is More!

We are so excited to have our Sommelier, Adam Dean, pair wines for our Thanksgiving feast! His pairings will put the “Cherry on the Sundae” for sure. The wines featured will be available for purchase by the bottle or the glass. We are also offering a flight of paired wines for those who want to sip just a bit of everything. For more details, please call Azalea Inn at 912-236-6080.

Join Us for Your Savannah Thanksgiving

This delicious Thanksgiving spread is served in the slow easy-going family way over three or more hours – you set the pace.  We love Thanksgiving here at Azalea Inn and would love to share it with you. The cost is only $65 per person and the wine selections are also available for purchase. November 27 is just around the corner, so call and make your plans today to stay with us for the holiday!

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!

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.”

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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!

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