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Visit Savannah in November

July 27th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

SavfoodandwinefestNovember is the perfect time to plan a trip to the Hostess City. The cool November breezes make Savannah enjoyable for those who are not fans of the heat, but want to get away from the cold winters.

With the holiday season right around the corner, plus the beautiful weather, Savannah is humming with activities and fun for all!

When you visit Savannah in November experience music, delicious local food, wine, and live entertainment. The possibilities are endless!

 

Dance Your Way Through Your Visit to Savannah in November

Whether you’re a runner, a music lover, or both, The Savannah Rock-N-Roll Marathon has everything you’re looking for. Taking place November 8-9, the Savannah Rock-N-Roll Marathon features a marathon and a half marathon, as well as a variety of musical concerts along the way!

Genres include Classic rock, Country, Hip Hop, Blue Grass, Celtic and many more, providing enough variety to suit your musical tastes. The marathon and music will take place in Downtown Savannah, starting at Bay Street and finishing at Forsyth Park.

Live bands will perform along each mile of the racecourse for all to enjoy. So, bring your dancing/running shoes and join us for this rockin’ event! For more information on the Savannah Rock-N-Roll Marathon click here.

 

Enjoy the Savannah Food & Wine Festival When You Visit Savannah in November 

Savannah Food & Wine Festival is an annual event that combines the love of food and wine into a week long wining and dining tour of Savannah. Taking place November 10-16, The Savannah Food & Wine Festival provides nine different locations and themes to cater to the many tastes of the festival participants.

Hungry yet?

This is an event you definitely do not want to miss out on, especially if you consider yourself a foodie! Be sure to get your tickets and book your rooms, because this is one popular festival, from visitors to locals alike! Tickets and information are available online here.

 

Visit Savannah in November to See “A Christmas Tradition” at the Savannah Theatre

Get into the Christmas spirit with the Savannah Theatre! “A Christmas Tradition” is a festive performance, bringing you the holiday joy found in your beloved Christmas standards, with a dash of comedy and audience participation. So, brush up on Jingle Bells and join the talented Savannah Theatre for “A Christmas Tradition” from November 27- December 26. For more information and tickets click here.

We look forward to seeing you during your visit to Savannah in November!

 

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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Win A Vacation at our NEW One-of-a-Kind Savannah Villas

July 20th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Savannah Villas Vacation Contest

Captivating Forsyth Park Fountain. (Photo by Greg Gilstrap)

Have you been dreaming of your next vacation? How about winning a free vacation?! Read on to learn more about how YOU can win a vacation at our NEW one-of-a-kind Savannah Villas.

About the NEW Savannah Villas

We’ve been working really hard to create three new, one-of-a-kind villas for your next trip to Savannah. It is the goal of Azalea Inn and Gardens to create the feeling of home during your Savannah stay, and the new Villas located in a historic property next to the Inn were designed just for that! These homey Savannah Villas provide beautiful and spacious living areas equipped with a kitchen, sumptuous linens, and amenities.

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Savannah’s Ellis Square – Sprinklers, People Watching and More!

July 13th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Ellis SquareToday we’re telling you all about Savannah’s Ellis Square.

When you visit Savannah, we make sure to help you have the best vacation EVER.

Our ideas about the BEST vacation in Savannah almost always include a lengthy and leisurely tour of the historic district to see each of the 24 different squares – those spaces that really set our city apart as an intriguing destination.

 

Where is Ellis Square?

Ellis Square is just east of City Market, where there is live music most every night and TONS to see and do. On Barnard Street between Bryan and Congress Streets, you can walk to Ellis Square from our B&B in just over 20 minutes. Keep walking East and you’ll hit the biggest square in Savannah, Johnson Square. Back to Ellis though…

 

People-Watching at Ellis Square

As the square closest to City Market, Ellis Square commands a great deal of foot traffic. It is really a crossroads, because Savannians and vacationers alike stop and take advantage of the ample seating or pass through on their way to other parts of this great city. Ellis is the square that has the most concrete and least green, so the look really fits its function as a crossroads. Visitors, don’t fret – the pavement presents, playtime!

 

The Only Square with Sprinklers is Ellis

Unleash your inner little kid at Ellis Square during the hot months here in Savannah. The sprinkler systems seem to have been designed with play in mind. In a city full of fun, we do NOT discourage that!

The fountains come right from the ground and cascade up into an ideal formation for running through and playing in. Those fountain sprinklers  are featured in the picture above, shooting out water to the delight of children of all ages.

Maybe you can tell that we love Ellis Square here!

We know you will too…

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.”

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

Come Visit the Art Museums in Savannah

July 6th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Art Museums in SavannahSavannah is home to a thriving arts college (Savannah College of Art and Design, or, SCAD) and a huge historic district boasting the beauty of the past. So no shortage of art here. We want to make sure you know that you can come visit the art museums in Savannah too!

Today we’re telling you more about the 3 top art museums in Savannah. And here’s the insider tip: you can purchase your admission to all 3 museums for only $20!

THE JEPSON CENTER: The Contemporary Art Museum in Savannah

The Jepson Center for the Arts is located at 205 West York Street (at the intersection of York and Barnard on the south side of Telfair Square). This just might be the most impressively modern building in all of Savannah. Boasting over 7,500 feet of gallery space and a large atrium with marble staircase leading you to the art treasures, we love it here. We know you will too.

Sunday – 12-5pm
Monday – 12-5pm
Tuesday – 10am-5pm
Wednesday – 10am-5pm
Thursday – 10am-8pm
Friday – 10am-5pm
Saturday – 10am-5pm

TELFAIR ACADEMY: Savannah’s Stately Art Museum

Well, it used to be a mansion folks. The stately building located at 121 Barnard Street was probably as impressive back when it was finished in 1819 as it is now for us now. Columns and statues impose their influence over the Telfair’s front lawn on the west side of Telfair Square. Here you’ll find sculpture and masterpieces hailing from the 18th and 19th centuries in both America and Europe.

Sunday – 1-5pm
Monday – 12-5pm
Tuesday – 10am-5pm
Wednesday – 10am-5pm
Thursday – 10am-5pm
Friday – 10am-5pm
Saturday – 10am-5pm

THE OWENS-THOMAS HOUSE: The Guided Collector’s Art Museum

Taking a step away from the art-centric Telfair Square, you’ll head east until you find Abercorn Street, and the historic Owens-Thomas House on the north end of it. The proper address is 124 Abercorn Street. The space boasts English Gardens and original artwork from the family’s collection. You’ll learn all about that when you arrive. This is the only art museum we feature today that requires guests to join a guided tour. With so much history, we know you’ll appreciate that!

Sunday – 1-5pm
Monday – 12-5pm
Tuesday – 10am-5pm
Wednesday – 10am-5pm
Thursday – 10am-5pm
Friday – 10am-5pm
Saturday – 10am-5pm

You won’t catch any shortage of inspiration in this city: from art in the streets to the 3 best art museums in Savannah we can’t wait to help you find the best of it all.

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.”

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

Visit Savannah in October

June 30th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Savannah in OctoberSavannah is the city where you can indulge your love of the ocean, even in October! We’ve been known to swim while others around the country are wearing their sweaters already. Besides putting the final touches on your summer tan, swimming and all the other fun stuff to do in Savannah, there are 2 amazing events in October you can’t miss.

When you visit Savannah in October you will experience the arrival of two replica tall ships from the shores of Spain AND attend a weekend festival dedicated exclusively to pirates.

Visit Savannah in October to See the Tall Ships

The tall ships are relics of the past named El Galeon and Nao Victoria. El Galeon is the replica of the ship that Ponce de Leon sailed way back in 1513 to the land we now know as Florida. Nao Victoria was the first ship to circumnavigate the world.

Rumor has it that at the end of October the ships will be docked on River Street. Daily tours will welcome you aboard as honored guests and teach you about the marvels and the mayhem of sailing in the 16th century.

Who doesn’t love a little fame? El Galeon is the ship used in the filming of the new television show Crossbones which features John Malkovich as the infamous pirate Blackbeard. Speaking of pirates…

Pirate Fest: A Must-See When You Visit Savannah in October

The Tybee Island Pirate Fest is taking place October 9-12, 2014. This 9th year of the beloved event is something you won’t want to miss. There’s a Thieve’s Market for those pirates among you searching for treasure. Most everyone is in costume on the island, which is only a 20 minute drive from Savannah’s historic district. Time to schedule that last hurrah, folks! Come to Savannah in October.

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.”

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

A Festival Devoted to Bacon in Savannah

June 22nd, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Bacon in SavannahDo YOU love bacon? You wouldn’t be alone. Especially when you come to visit Savannah during the first weekend in September for the inaugural BACON FEST in our hostess city. No, we aren’t joking, there really is a festival devoted to bacon in Savannah.

What Will Happen at Bacon Fest?

Savannah is home to amazing restaurants that will feed you so well you’ll be glad America has voted it one of the best walking cities in the country. Local restaurants will showcase their bacon creations on Friday, September 5 from 4-10pm and Saturday, September 6 from 10am-10pm at the Rousakis Riverfront Plaza. First Friday and Saturday on the Riverfront is a celebration of the end of the week and the beginning of a new month, with fireworks at 9:30 pm.

Bacon Fest is free and open to the public. You just show up and sample the variety of delicious creations.

How to Get to Bacon Fest in Savannah

First, reserve your favorite room at our Inn! Once you are settled in you’ll mosey on down Drayton Street till you cross over Bay Street where a slight right will lead you to a very steep set of stairs!  At the bottom of the stairs continue towards the River Street where you will then turn left. Rousakis Riverfont Plaza will be the only thing between you and the river.

River Street is the bustling waterfront of the Savannah River where to-go cups are the norm and majestically tall cargo ships slowly churn the river on their way to our port. You can watch local musical performers, absorb the sights, and maybe even find a few treasured souvenirs to take home.

What If I Can’t Make It to Bacon Fest in Savannah?

bourbon-bacon-jamWe’ve got you covered. One of our guests LOVED her bacon jam experience at the Distillery and upon return home to her beloved Newfoundland, created bourbon bacon jam which we have permission to share with you! Kim is a creative cook who thoroughly enjoys her craft – be sure to follow her blog.

If bacon just isn’t your thing, check out 3 other things to do in Savannah this Autumn.

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.”

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

All About James Oglethorpe, Savannah’s Founding Father

June 15th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

James OglethorpeToday we’ve got some fun facts for you today about James Oglethorpe, Savannah’s founding father. Read on to get a glimpse into the life of this great man including his vision for the poor, his friendship with Savannah’s natives and some other neat things about him. James Oglethorpe’s Vision for the Poor The official date is 1733 when Savannah’s founding father sailed from England to the New World. He wanted to find land for the poor of England to farm. You see, they had been thrown in jail unjustly for debts owed to the wealthy ruling class. Prison reform was Oglethorpe’s humanitarian crusade. His vision is a far cry from the urban life we now experience. However, we think his system of controlled urban settlement combined with small family farms and individual land ownership capped at 50 acres was a solid start for the settlement of Savannah. His Friendship with the Natives For 10 years, James Oglethorpe worked alongside his interpreter, the bilingual Mary Musgrove. Her dual proficiency in both English and the language of the Creek Indians enabled the peaceful cooperation between the two cultures. With Mary’s help to translate, James Oglethorpe became fast friends with Yamacraw chief Tomochichi (who allegedly still haunts Savannah from Chippewa Square). Without this friendship, Savannah would not exist today. Other Neat Things about James Oglethorpe For fun, James Oglethorpe liked to hunt. He called the hunting lodge established south of Savannah on Cumberland Island DUNGENESS. We love that. When you visit Savannah, you can walk down the street that bears his name as you enjoy the bustling hub of city activity combined with just the right amounts of green space. The man born on December 22, 1696 really made a mark on the world. We appreciate his vision for establishing the colony of Georgia – starting with Savannah.

Thank You, James Edward Oglethorpe!

We hope you get to visit us soon, to marvel at the modern transformation this city has made from the original vision of James Oglethorpe, Savannah’s founding father.

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.”

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

Autumn in Savannah – Book Your Rooms NOW

June 8th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Today we are bringing you 3 great events that just might tip the scales in your favor for spending some of your Autumn in Savannah.

Autumn in Savannah featuring: SAVANNAH CRAFT BREW FESTSeptember in Savannah featuring: SAVANNAH CRAFT BREW FEST

Beer geeks BEWARE, if you keep reading you will visit us. Savannah Craft Brew Fest kicks off Labor Day Weekend in Savannah, a testament to that truly beloved riverside beer-drinkin’ fun in our city! Saturday, August 30, 2014 you can walk downtown then take a free ferry over the Savannah River to the 7th annual Craft Brew Fest. Attendees number upwards of 5,000 – so you know they’ve got to be doing something right!

Autumn in Savannah featuring: THE SAVANNAH JAZZ FESTIVAL

September in Savannah featuring: THE SAVANNAH JAZZ FESTIVALMUSIC LOVERS, this event is for you. If you make plans to visit Savannah during the Savannah Jazz Festival in 2014 we are positive you won’t be disappointed.

From September 21 – 27 you get a whole week of FREE activities. The first Savannah Jazz Festival (in 1983) was organized by Savannah’s late jazz legend Ben Tucker. He shared his knowledge and talent generously with everyone who wanted to learn more about America’s original music.

Our B&B is just a short walk from the Jazz Festival’s main stage in Forsyth Park. By “short walk” we mean less than 5 minutes. Top that!

Autumn in Savannah featuring: SAVANNAH FILM FESTIVAL
September in Savannah featuring: Savannah Film FestivalFor the movie-buffs among you, this is a PERFECT excuse to visit! You’ll want to check the schedule then visit Savannah anytime from October 25 – November 1, 2014. Aspiring filmmakers and accomplished movie-makers alike gather together for competition film screenings, special screenings, workshops, panels, and lectures. Over 40,000 people attend the Savannah Film Festival presented by The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). I hope you are one of them.

 

Experience Autumn in Savannah!

You won’t even miss those dog days of summer when you extend the season. How?  Autumn in Savannah, when we attend amazing events, swim in our Inn’s backyard pool and still turn up the AC. Yes, our pool is incredible.

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.”

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

FLOATILLA in 2014 – 3 Chances for YOU!

June 1st, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

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

 

How Much Does Tybee Floatilla Cost?

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

 

When Can I Participate in the 2014 Tybee Floatilla?

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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Savannah’s Johnson Square

May 25th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

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

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

Where is Johnson Square?

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

What Happens at Johnson Square?

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

Are There Ghosts in Johnson Square?

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

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

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

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

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

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