June 7th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson
Do you need accommodations for the Savannah Film Festival in 2013? Well, you’ve come to the right place!
The staff at Azalea Inn & Gardens is already getting excited for the Savannah Film Festival presented by the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). It is scheduled to take place October 27 – November 3, 2013.
Movies and Films in Savannah
What you might know about movies and Savannah is that awesome movies like Forrest Gump (featuring Tom Hanks), Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (featuring John Cusack), and Something to Talk About (featuring Julia Roberts) were filmed right here in our beautiful city. Hold up, wait! Over 75 movies were filmed in our city! Would you believe that!
When you visit Savannah you can take tours specifically geared toward educating you about the locations and the specifics of these big-screen masterpieces. Let us know when you reserve your room and we’ll give you all the details!
Visit Savannah During the Savannah Film Festival for a Movie-Themed Vacation!
During the Savannah Film Festival, our city is crawling with movie stars. Over 40,000 people attend the Festival every year, and I hope you are one of them. Aspiring filmmakers and accomplished movie-makers alike gather together for competition film screenings, special screenings, workshops, panels, and lectures.
For the movie-lovers out there, this is a perfect event for you! Take a movie holiday by planning your next vacation in Savannah during the Savannah Film Fest October 27 – November 3, 2013.
May 30th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson
Memorial Day Weekend in Savannah at our bed and breakfast is always a time for us to honor our deep connections to the military.
Innkeeper Teresa Jacobson hails from a military background and so she holds the men and women in our armed forces very dear.
While it’s a somber holiday, we keep in mind that those men and women who died while serving our country deserve a celebration of their lives, their service.
So, celebrate we did. It’s no wonder that Memorial Day is such a day for celebrating. We are honoring so many lives, so much bravery…
Memorial Day Weekend in Savannah
This weekend our 10 B&B rooms were PACKED with fun-loving vacationers, some visiting Savannah for the first time. All celebrating those who lost their lives serving our country.
The Summer Season is Bookended with Military Holidays
We think it appropriate that the 2 holidays that honor our military are the bookends of the summer season. From the last Monday each May (Memorial Day) to Veterans Day on November 11 the lazy days of summer are upon all of us.
At Azalea, we’re anything but lazy. We’re helping our guests plan their vacation in Savannah so that it ends up as the most perfect experience that they can imagine. We’re coming up with new recipes so that every 3-course breakfast, every hors d’ oevre hour is memorably delightful, delicious and absolutely intoxicating to the senses.
Military Discounts at our Savannah Bed and Breakfast
Azalea Inn & Gardens offers military and first responder discounts every day of the year with no exceptions. If you’ve never experienced a bed and breakfast, today is your lucky day! The inns, especially ours, offer a more personal touch than standard motels or hotels. We like to say that it’s a better way to stay!
Active duty and Retired Military please join us any day of any year knowing we honor your service.
We invite you to reserve your room today to begin enjoying our home and the hospitality Azalea Inn and Gardens Bed and Breakfast, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast, and savor all that the Historic District of Savannah has to offer.
May 26th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson
Are you curious about Mary Flannery O’Connor – the writer from Savannah?
We were, too! At Azalea Inn & Gardens, a bed and breakfast in Savannah, Georgia, we like a good book and we LOVE a great one. Our parlor is chock full of books about Savannah’s history and the magazines that recount our city’s current moods and exploits. Let me tell you, a great book by Flannery O’Connor is NOT hard to find because she just might be one of the best short-story writers out there.
This story about Flannery O’Connor – the writer from Savannah, is dedicated to those vacation planners out there that love nothing more than a good story, and a great book!
A Little Bit about Flannery O’Connor – The Writer From Savannah
Born on March 25 in 1925 to Catholic parents that descended from a long lineage of strong pillars in that religious community, Flannery grew up as an only child. Though a moderate life that ended at the young age of 39 was lived modestly, Flannery’s work continues to influence and her true talents shone on the page rather than her social calendar. Flannery was a shy girl, and we’re almost glad for that because of the work she left behind that has made her into a literary legend.
Let’s look a little more into why a brief investigation into the life and work of Flannery O’Connor is a good choice when you’re planning to visit Savannah.
Visit Savannah to See the House Where Flannery O’Connor Lived
You can see where Flannery lived, and walk where she walked as a child and early teenager until the year of 1938. You can even see the garden where she taught her chicken to walk backwards as chronicled in the 1932 British Pathé newsreel company film Do You Reverse? Let me tell you, that the one-minute, eight second clip is WORTH watching!
At 207 E. Charlton Street on the Southeast corner of Lafayette Square (one of the twenty-two unique and beautiful Savannah squares) the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home stands. It is an odd house, a thin and tall no-nonsense structure that stands 3 stories high. Tours cost only $6.
Visit Savannah to Experience Flannery’s South…
Flannery’s book Wise Blood was made into a film by director John Huston. The 1979 film follows a Southern boy in his quest for social climbing by means of starting up a church. Can you imagine? It would be so fun to watch that movie then announce your vacation to Savannah!
There is a spirit to the South that you can’t quite put your finger on until you’ve lived among us for awhile. There’s no real name for the way that you relax into the drawwwll that shows up in the way we talk, the easy dresses and floppy hats that the ladies wear and the way the Spanish Moss drips from the live oak trees. You’ve got to see it to believe it but when you believe it you’ll maybe start to think that it’s too good to be true. YOU MUST COME VISIT!
An article that appeared in the December issue of Atlanta Magazine in 1966 quotes Flannery as she talks about how she was gaining notoriety as a Southern writer:
“Southern writers are stuck with the South, and it’s a good thing to be stuck with”
Come visit Savannah, and think about staying at Azalea Inn & Gardens on your next trip to the South.
And, hey – if you need a vacation in February (or, something special for Valentine’s Day, think about scheduling that trip for February 13-16, 2014 – when the Savannah Book Festival will wow you, and, your favorite bibliophile.
May 18th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson
Are you racking your poor overworked brain for something especially romantic to plan for that next anniversary or spontaneous (and much needed) rekindling? Look no further – the two-person bathtub experience at Azalea Inn & Gardens has found you.
Today we’re giving you the details about two of our romantic bed and breakfast rooms in Savannah with 2-person bathtubs.
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Want more info? Read on to find out which 2-person bathtub is right for you!
The 2-Person Whirlpool Bathtub in Cotton Exchange
Cotton Exchange is one of the most romantic breakfast rooms in Savannah with a nice big 2-person bathtub…
Azalea Inn & Garden’s Cotton Exchange is a romantic bed and breakfast room in Savannah with a 2-person bathtub. Actually, a nice HUGE bathtub. With enough room for two, this room features an amazing jetted air tub with a waterfall faucet. A mesmerizing experience to refill the hot water and watch it cascade from the spigot…your very own personal waterfall! You and your partner might not want to leave the bathtub in the Savannah B&B Room, Cotton Exchange! Read more about Cotton Exchange here.
The 2-Person Jacuzzi Bathtub in Azalea’s Cottage Garden House
The Cottage Garden House (First Floor) is one of the most incredible bed and breakfast rooms in Savannah with a nice big 2-person bathtub…
You’ll be poolside when you stay at our Cottage Garden House. The 2-person jacuzzi bathtub in this room will have you thinking that the pool has jumped in through that sunny window! The combination jacuzzi tub/rain shower will have you thinking you don’t even need the pool. However, we really do recommend you check out the actual pool from your own private patio after soaking in the 2-person bathtub of this incredible Savannah B&B Room, Cottage Garden House (First Floor). Read more about Cottage Garden House (First Floor) here.
It’s bathtime y’all! And it’s about time you thought about that relaxing vacation with your special someone! No inn in town does bathtubs better than Azalea Inn & Gardens.
Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve your room today and begin relaxing in a 2-person bathtub before you enjoy the best experiences in our city, which Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City.”
May 12th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson
We love to read Savannah bed and breakfast reviews – our guests love us! Even if they don’t, it is good to get feedback so that we can always keep growing and improving.
When you work so hard, it’s nice to be appreciated. That’s why we love reading our guest reviews.
We’re excited to share some of our favorite handwritten reviews of our bed and breakfast in Savannah with you today.
Savannah Bed and Breakfast Reviews: Our Online Guest Experiences
We’ve written before about what our guests are saying online. As I sit here in the Inn and try to see our world from your perspective, I remember staying here and just being “wowed” over and over and over again by all Azalea’s amenities: the complementary wine and hors d’ oeuvre hour (every day except Sunday), the amazing breakfasts, the hand-painted murals in the dining room, the amazing breakfast, the cream sherry available in the front parlor day and night! WOW. From BedandBreakfast.com to TripAdvisor we feel the love from our guests online…but let’s talk about the handwritten reviews now.
Savannah Bed and Breakfast Reviews: Our Handwritten Guestbook
We’re giving you a look into our treasured guest book today. Oh my, now I feel like a movie star overwhelmed by the fanmail! And I’m loving it. Whether anonymous or not, you become like our family when you stay with us – the family that you LIKE going to visit…We can’t thank you enough for choosing to stay with Azalea Inn and Gardens, a bed and breakfast in Savannah, GA.
A handwritten note says so much, especially in this day and age when everything moves fast and gets typed out onto the internet (don’t forget, we’ve got wifi for our guests too!). Here’s what some of the handwritten reviews in our guestbook say:
If you’re thinking about weddings in Savannah, we have some beautiful options for you!
Other handwritten notes that we loved say:
- “We couldn’t be any more grateful for the ways in which you made our stay so memorable; solidifying the fact we will return and HIGHLY recommend this marvelous Inn.” -Janelle and John from Metuchen, NJ
- Warm ambiance – wonderful staff – and a truly delightful + memorable stay – wish we were here longer <3 -Craig and Michelle from York, PA
- “My husband brought me here to celebrate my 40th birthday. I absolutely love the Azalea Inn. The staff is wonderful and the food and goodies both day and night are awesome. Betty does an amazing job of keeping our room clean and cozy. It was a dream from the moment we walked through the front door. I wish it were closer to home so we can visit for mini vacations. Hopefully we’ll be back to celebrate our anniversary.” -Tracey-Ann and Martin from Miramar, FL
- “This was our first stop on our honeymoon and we couldn’t have picked a better place. The Inn is beautiful, the staff makes you feel at home and the breakfast is delicious!!! Thank you for such a wonderful stay.” Annie and Justin from Waldorf, MD
- “We had a wonderful experience and look forward to our next visit!” -Calvin and Yumi Wong from Atlanta, GA
Thanks for taking the time out of your day to share your thoughts with us here at Azalea Inn & Gardens! We hope to see you soon.
Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve your room today and begin enjoying the best experiences in our city, which Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City.”
May 5th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson
Today let us tell you about a great idea for a blow-her-out-of-the-water last minute Mother’s Day gift.
Read on to find out why a last minute Mother’s Day gift from Azalea Inn & Gardens, the best bed and breakfast in Savannah, is a good idea.
She’ll love it…
Why Is Azalea Inn & Gardens the Right Choice for Your Mom?
Azalea Inn & Gardens is the right choice for your mom because it is the best B&B in Savannah. And let me tell you why we’re the best: food and location. We make the best breakfast. We’re located right on the south end of Savannah’s historic district so you get all the amenities without all the noise. At once, mom will get a quiet respite and access to all the fun things the charming city of Savannah has to offer, all fueled by the yummiest breakfast she’s ever tasted.
What Will Your Mom Get at Azalea Inn & Gardens?
When you choose a stay at Azalea Inn & Gardens as your last minute Mother’s Day gift, your mom will get to stay in an easy-living hotel mansion – yet our bed and breakfast (like all B&B’s) is SO MUCH better than a hotel. Just like mom’s cooking is SO MUCH better than anyone else. Our inn amenities and services will give her everything she could want for her relaxing vacation: a fireplace maybe, a whirlpool tub, wine and hors d’ oevres every evening (except Sunday), a fresh baked dessert every night. I could go on, but let’s get back to your mom.
Why Will Your Mom Love This Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift?
AZALEA blooms represent the sentiment to “take care of yourself, for me”. There’s no better sentiment that I (or Hallmark) can think up at this moment for your mom, and what could be the best last minute Mother’s Day gift EVER.
May 12, 2013 is your chance to shower mom with an indulgent trip to Azalea Inn & Gardens, the greatest bed and breakfast in Savannah. Check out the rooms at Azalea Inn & Gardens then give us a call at 912-236-6080 to talk about what we’re giving your mom this year for Mother’s Day.
Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve your room today to experience our beautiful B&B and enjoy the best of our historic city during your next girlfriend getaway.
April 28th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson
When is the last time you got together with your best girlfriends? A time when you pre-planned spa days morphing into girls nights and late night champagne conversations until the wee hours of the morning?
The time is here. The time is now for girlfriend getaways at Azalea Inn & Gardens, a Savannah B&B.
Every woman deserve a blowout vacation with her friends at least once every few years and Azalea Inn & Gardens is the perfect place!
Here’s the deal: We’ve got a Cottage Garden House. It’s 2 floors nestled out back in our gardens by the pool. With a large private balcony and outside seating area, you’ll have a haven of respite to hash out those long conversations that made you fall in love with your best girlfriends in the first place.
This Is Where You’ll Sleep
The charming decor at our Inn is not too casual and not too cluttered. The perfect mix of feminity and daring to remind you to be the best version of yourself that you can possibly be.
Might I add, the sheets are ABSOLUTELY DIVINE and you might end up taking some home.
For a 3- or 4- Person Girlfriend Getaway
Now, we already have a girlfriend getaway package for 2 of you to share the 2nd floor, 2 bedrooms with a shared bathroom. Click the link to find the 2-person package. But read on to get on board with what I’m imagining: 4 best girlfriends renting out the WHOLE Garden Cottage House at Azalea Inn & Gardens.
This is the Private Patio on the First Floor of our Garden Cottage House for Your 3-4 Person Girlfriend Getaway:
A Perfect Place to Share Your Secrets.
This is Where You and Your 2 or 3 Best Girlfriends Will Share a Bottle of Wine
The living area in the first floor suite is light, airy and filled with sunshine. Imagine having a glass of good red wine in Savannah here!
If you click the wine link above, you’ll read about our Innkeeper’s love of good wine.
So, wine lovers beware – Teresa has tons of wine on hand at the Inn for you.
Isn’t it time you started planning to visit Savannah for a girlfriend getaway? If you have just 1 bestie, our existing girlfriend getaway package is perfect for you. If you roll with a bigger crew (up to 4 girlfriends, total), the whole house rental is the right option for you.
Maybe we can help with your itinerary, so here’s a couple timeframe options for your vacation.
- Come during the summer to spend 3+ hours on a tube in the ocean during Tybee Floatilla for a proper dose of sunshine.
- Choose a January vacation for the Savannah Pajama Shop Hop shopping extravaganza.
- Visit Savannah on St. Patrick’s Day for some luck o’ the Irish.
- Celebrate Black History Month in Savannah – there’s so much here for you to see and learn!
- At the end of April is Savannah Fashion Week – so that’s the best choice for all you fashionistas.
- You can explore Savannah’s churches around Easter, or, anytime!
Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve your room today to experience our beautiful B&B and enjoy the best of our historic city during your next girlfriend getaway.
April 20th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson
Gardens have been featured before here at the blog for Azalea Inn & Gardens…
Today we’re bragging, again.
As Earth Day approaches next week (officially on April 22) we are going to give you the scoop on Earth Day celebrations in Savannah, and our urban gardening adventures.
No celebration is complete if we can’t celebrate ourselves…Don’t you agree?
We are so committed to fresh, seasonal and local to the point that we tend our very own urban garden.
Celebrating the Gardens at Azalea
Here we are, today, celebrating our Gardens. We actually have two. One, an ornamental landscape and the other an edible landscape. The best of both worlds!
Our edible landscape is full of tomatoes, squash, eggplant, herbs, cucumbers, and other goodies. Our ornamental landscapes mimic traditional plants that were grown in the early days of Savannah settlement and we hope you’ll come and find your favorite.
The Mini Farm at Our Eco-Friendly Bed and Breakfast
Last year we called our edible gardens a “Mini Farm” and the story is quite a good read if you like to see urban gardening at its finest, and really investigate all the produce varietals that will be showing up in our guests’ full gourmet Southern breakfasts each morning. As a truly eco-friendly bed and breakfast, we’re doing our best to improve every day and every year.
We use a method of space conservation called square-foot gardening. We grow our food on trellises to maximize the yields from the least amount of space. Smart space utilization IS so important, especially downtown in the historic district of Savannah. We’re right at the south edge of the Savannah’s historic district so our guests get all the amenities without all the noise. Be our guest, during Earth Day, and all other days. You’re always welcome at Azalea.
Celebrating Earth Day in Savannah
This year (2013) the Earth Day celebrations will be held on Saturday, April 20 in Forsyth Park. Everything from music to edible landscaping will be featured. So, if you’re in town, make sure to check it out. More information about Earth Day in Savannah can be found here.
Whether you’re planning to visit Savannah this weekend, or need to start planning for next year – April in Savannah is a real treat and we hope to see y’all soon.
April 11th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson
Tybee Island is Savannah’s own beach town. Although we’re on the coast, exploring the marshes and tanning in the white sands are two different stories.
We’ve got another exciting story for you today…Tybee Floatilla. We’re the B&B that makes sure our guests have all the insider info about our great city of Savannah.
Read on for details.
What Is Floatilla?
Floatilla is one of the funnest things you can do in the Savannah summer. It’s 3-4 hours of floating in the water with your friends! It’s Georgia at its finest.
What Is It Like to Do Tybee Floatilla as a Tourist in Savannah?
Push off the banks, being wary of the barnacles – and float your way down the river. After an hour and a half of relaxing you’ll hit Criminal Island (a sandbar in the middle of Chimney Creek) where you should be arrested for having so much fun. An hour or so later, you’ll arrive at the Crabshack, a haven of seafood – and thank goodness because you’ll be hungry after laughing with your friends, both old and new, for 3-4 hours. This is what summer vacation in Savannah is all about!
How Much Does Tybee Floatilla Cost?
It costs 30 bucks, but every single penny is donated to a deserving charity. The best part? The charity changes every time. We don’t think that there is really any way to quantify the price of river-like revelry in our very own oceans…but this is a steal.
When Can I Do Floatilla?
The Floatilla events kick off this year (2013) on Sunday, June 2 and last until September, so plan now for the best vacation EVER. For more information about Tybee Island Floatilla, visit the Tybee Island Floatilla website.
Get ready to raft down the river, you locals and visitors alike.
April 3rd, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson
Forsyth Place is a room for the adventurous to revel in. It’s a corner room with 5 windows streaming sunlight through the treetops. Pictures won’t do justice to the warmth and glow emanating from THIS favorite room at Azalea Inn & Gardens.
There’s so much sunlight and warmth in this place!
You’ll notice that 3 of your 5 windows comprise a bay window. Your luxurious queen sized bed nestles so nicely right into those bay windows, and perhaps you may agree that the ultimate sign of your victorious relaxation can be had in just one moment. In that one moment you choose, above all else, to nap soundly with the sun shining warmly on your softly shut eyes.
Your eyes feel like they’re smiling…
After your nap, you’re ready. You’re confident. The regal mahogany headboard is complemented by the golden beige coverlet adorned with elegant paisley stitching. Come to think of it, when you stay in Forsyth Place at Azalea Inn & Gardens, you feel regal and elegant too. You just can’t help it.
You’ll sit up in bed, propped up by the luxurious pillows. You’ll look out at your room and breathe a sigh of relief. When’s the last time you have remembered to feel this good? Hey, you can reserve Forsyth Place NOW if you want to!
Yes, A simple room really can make you feel so good…
Finally, you have arrived (and maybe you’ll congratulate yourself on making the CORRECT vacation choice). Your eyes scan the room.
To the left you see a gas fireplace with a stately wrought iron cover. That fireplace is surrounded by a milky pastel aqua-green textured tile. To the right you see your bathroom and its floor-to-ceiling waltz-out window. You can open it all the way up to step outside to your balcony where you lazily watch the intersection of Huntingdon and Lincoln Streets. There’s not much traffic though, so you can hear the faint sounds of the city wafting upwards but those sounds don’t disturb you. Nothing can disturb you.
You’re ready for adventure, now!
After a long lazy afternoon on your balcony you stroll back in to find a leaf-shaped pottery dish on the dresser and 3 monkeys above the mantle reminding you to enjoy your wild side as well as the sunshine. A compilation of Rudyard Kipling’s masterpieces is tucked into the bottom of your bedside table. We’d bet he’d choose this room too. You would both enjoy that same newfound regal wildness, and the elegance you’ve chosen to enjoy with Forsyth Place.
Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve your room today and begin enjoying Savannah from the vantage point of Forsyth Place, one of the best B&B rooms in the city.