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Savannah in the Fall: Two Months of Perfect Weather

September 7th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Things to do in Savannah in the Fall October

Picnic in Forsyth Park. Photo Credit: SavannahNow.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 31st, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Paula Deen Hey Ya’ll!

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

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

A Family That Cooks Together 

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

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

Get Ready for Paula’s Next Adventure

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

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

There Is No Place Like Savannah

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

Y’all, she’s right!

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

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

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Byrd Cookie Company: A Savannah Favorite for 90 Years!

August 24th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

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

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

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

Byrd’s Famous Cookies

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

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

 90 Years, a Savannah Favorite

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

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

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

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

Discover Your Favorite Cookie & Savannah

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

 

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

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

August 17th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

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

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

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

Vacation in a Glass

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

Recipe for Basil Lemonade: 

Basil Simple Syrup

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

Basil Lemonade

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

Enjoy!

 

Vixen Vodka

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

Leave the Hard Work to Us! 

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

 

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

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Celebrate Labor Day in Savannah

August 10th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

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

How It All Began: The Origin of Labor Day 

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

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

Labor Day Weekend Events

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

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

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

How Will You Celebrate? 

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

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

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

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Room Feature: Magnolia Place, the Epitome of Southern Comfort and Charm

August 3rd, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Magnolia Place

Magnolia Place

When you imagine Savannah, it’s hard not to think of the beautiful nature that is found throughout the city. Of the many flowers found in Savannah, the well-known and magnificent magnolia flower can be seen all over the downtown area, encompassing Southern elegance.

Named after this majestic flower, our Magnolia Place is perfect for travelers seeking a peaceful abode with a twist of Southern comfort and charm. Soaring 11-foot ceilings pull you in immediately, creating a sense of home away from home in this popular room.

Southern Charm

Magnolia Place lives up to its beautiful name with earthy shades of chocolate brown, silky cream, and sage green, accented by orange to invoke a peaceful sense of nature, and of course, to reflect the elegance of the magnolia flower.

This delightful room invites you to relax on the luxurious queen bed, or the elegant chaise lounge while the breeze filters into the room from the waltz-in window that leads out to a private balcony. A stunning, peach tiled fireplace adds to the overall coziness that Magnolia Place provides.

It will be difficult to pull yourself away from the magic of this room!

Southern Comfort

After a long day of roaming the enchanting Savannah streets, come back to Magnolia Place to unwind and rest on the fan-cooled balcony that overlooks the garden and pool.

Refresh in the newly renovated walk-in shower and wrap yourself in a cozy Azalea Inn robe. After an eventful day, experience sweet dreams under the petal-soft sheets. After such a rejuvenating sleep, you’ll hardly need that fresh-brewed cup of coffee in the morning!

It’ll be easy to feel like you’re right at home in Magnolia Place.

So, what are you waiting for? Make your next Savannah stay memorable by reserving Magnolia place today! Experience the true meaning of Southern Comfort and Charm.

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 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.”

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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!

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