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.
March 28th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson
The end of April brings throngs of people to Savannah visiting SCAD for the Sidewalk Arts Festival. Are you going to be lucky enough to be one of those people?
What is SCAD?
SCAD is the Savannah College of Art and Design, one of the top art schools in the country. It is located right in the heart of our city. A lot of the historic buildings in Savannah have been purchased and restored by the educational institution. We love city revitalization that keeps on giving! Our guests at Azalea Inn & Gardens always seem to appreciate the cool artsy vibe that comes along with the art-centric education.
Do You Have to Know Someone at SCAD to Attend the Sidewalk Arts Festival?
The Sidewalk Arts Festival is free and open to the public. During the Sidewalk Arts Festival on April 27 from 11am to 5pm, you will be able to wander through the walkways of Forsyth Park and see the best chalk art that our city’s students can create. Those inspired students just might get you excited about finding and noticing art in unlikely places.
Why Noticing Art in Unlikely Places Enriches Your Vacation in Savannah…
If you choose to stay with us at Azalea Inn & Gardens, you’ll be primed from the moment you wake to appreciate art in unlikely places. There’s unique one-of-a-kind art pieces in each of our 10 bed and breakfast rooms. Our dining room walls are covered with hand-painted murals depicting pivotal moments in Savannah’s history. After you’ve had what might just be the best breakfast of your life, you’ll be delighted to find that the Sidewalk Arts Festival is just a short stroll away!
Come See the Sidewalk Arts Festival for Yourself
Chalk art is an opportunity for you to unleash your inner child, and really appreciate art in unlikely places with the wonder of a child. We hope to see you in April!
Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve your room today and begin enjoying the art of Savannah, which Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City.”
March 19th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson
Today’s tip for those of you planning a vacation in Savannah (and for Savannah locals, too) has to do with an upcoming holiday: Easter. Easter in Savannah is a chance to explore Savannah’s churches.
With this chance to explore, let’s imagine a lazy Savannah afternoon, and how a day in your life could unfold as you walk around town discovering Savannah’s churches. Today we’re featuring 3 of them.
Easter falls on Sunday, March 31 this year (2013), but Greek Easter comes on Sunday, May 5 so you have a lot of wiggle room in this time frame to plan a vacation based around the excuse that you MUST see Savannah’s churches.
The Forrest Gump Church…
Imagine, a warm sunny day strolling up and down Bull Street (the street that divides East and West in Savannah!). You look up and think to yourself, “Hmmm. I feel as if I’m in a movie!” Your instincts aren’t foolin’, because the Independent Presbyterian Church (207 Bull Street, at the corner of Bull and Oglethorpe Streets) is the backdrop of that famous floating feather in Forrest Gump. From those towering white steeples gleaming in the sunshine, let’s move on to a totally different aesthetic.
An Example of Earthy Architecture on Calhoun Square…
You’re no architect (or, maybe, you ARE!) but you sure can agree that the vibe of the architecture at Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church can be summed up in one word as “earthy”. That double staircase leading up to the brick red front door with its halo of gothic windows is a fantastic photo-op! Calhoun Square and Wesley Monumental (429 Abercorn Street at the corner of Abercorn and East Gordon Streets) await your eager exploration. Now from the architecture to the history.
The Oldest Black Church in North America…
We know that every corner and crevice of Savannah is brimming with historical facts and snippets of information. What we’re about is making that history come alive. Established in 1777, the First African Baptist Church just west of City Market in Savannah. 23 Montgomery Street (at the corner of Montgomery and West Bryan Streets) marks the northwest edge of Franklin Square, and a location you won’t want to miss on your tour of Savannah. Like Monumental United, the red doors beckon. The stained glass windows will get you hoping that zoom-lens on your camera functions perfectly. In fact, maybe you want to start practicing your photography skills now!
Come See for Yourself!
To appreciate the beauty of the Savannah’s churches, you don’t have to be religious. You don’t even have to go far from Azalea Inn & Gardens to be awed by the architecture. In just a 20-minute stroll down to historic River Street from our B&B, you can experience for yourself what we’ve shared today in this B&B spotlight on our favorite city-wide sanctuaries.
Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve your room today to enjoy Easter in Savannah and to explore Savannah’s Churches in the city Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City.”
March 13th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson
If ya’ll were lucky, you were in Savannah during the Savannah Stopover – the first big music event of the year. Today we’re bringing you a recap of Savannah Stopover, 2013.
This Stopover recap comes with our B&B’s heavy endorsement to attend the biggest music event of the year, the upcoming Savannah Music Festival. The Savannah Music Festival is a 3-week celebration of live music in Savannah from March 20-April 6, 2013.
What is Savannah Stopover?
Savannah Stopover is an indie music festival that takes place at the beginning of March in Savannah, GA. 2013 marks Stopover’s 3rd annual year of grabbing bands from around the country who are heading to Austin, TX for SXSW. There are venues for all ages, and 21+ performances also. Basically, Stopover brings music for everyone, with almost 100 musical acts making their mark on the musical heartstrings of Savannah.
How to Make the Most of All the Live Music in Savannah During Stopover:
To make the most out of all the live music in Savannah during Stopover NEXT year (because this recap helps you realize just how awesome Stopover really is), you’ve first got to get tickets. Stopover always has a lot of pricing options. You can get day passes for a single day, check out single shows per venue or purchase passes for the whole 3-day music event in Savannah with the added option of putting yourself on the VIP list for a few extra bucks.
Secondly, you’ve got to plan your weekend because there’s SO MUCH MUSIC to see. For the marquee events of Savannah Stopover 2013 we had:
- Thurston Moore, previously of Sonic Youth, performing on Thursday night at Knights of Columbus with his current band, Chelsea Light Moving.
- of Montreal performing at what can be called the main event. Forsyth Park on Friday night was PACKED with what seemed like at least 3000 people for the free concert
Who knows what’s in store for next year’s Stopover, but mark your calendars and follow Azalea Inn & Gardens on Facebook, because we’ll be reminding you!
What Kind of Bands Play at Savannah Stopover?
Local bands, Nashville bands, New England bands and many more from around the county come to Savannah Stopover in 2013. Local bands from Savannah including The Accomplices, mumbledust and Bear Fight! played. So did some fun New England bands like Mercies and Bronze Radio Return. Nashville made its mark on the Savannah music scene by lending us The Wild Feathers and Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes. You can check out samples and bios for all the bands on the Savannah Stopover website. Almost 100 bands to choose from!
Where is the Best Place to See Live Music in Savannah
We don’t have a favorite music venue, because the best place to see live music in Savannah really depends on what live music happens where. Venues like The Sparetime, The Jepson Center, Congress Street Social Club and The Jinx along with many, many more hosted 3 nights chock full of live music in Savannah during Stopover this year.
Ok, Let’s Mark Our Calendars for the Best Live Music in Savannah!
Here’s the deal. Stopover is the greatest, for all you music lovers. Well, the greatest SO FAR this year. And let’s be serious, who ISN’T a music lover. Like Nietzsche says, “Without music, life would be a mistake.” If you didn’t make Savannah Stopover, mark your calendars for next year’s Stopover and start making your plans to attend the upcoming Savannah Music Festival, a 3-week celebration of live music in Savannah from March 20-April 6.
Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve your room today and begin enjoying the best live music in Savannah, which Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City.”
March 8th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson
Hello wine lovers from around the country, and the world! Today we’re talking about where to find good red wine in Savannah.
Savannah is where Azalea Inn & Gardens Innkeeper Teresa Jacobson has settled down to make a home, both for herself and for those like you that want to visit Savannah. Do you know what that means? Well, she’s bringing her love of wines to you, the amazing guests at the most charming B&B in town.
That’s right, I’m bragging.
As an unofficial sommelier in the city and an unabashed admirer of the red wines that lend the robustness and complexity to the palate, Teresa’s guide to the good red wine in Savannah is the one to follow.
The thing is, when you stay at Azalea Inn & Gardens there is a large variety of wine available for purchase. Teresa has tasted them all over the years so they come with her bonafide personal stamp of approval. From as low as $10 to as high as $65 for those of you who want to experience a red wine oozing with character, we’ve got you covered at our Savannah bed and breakfast.
Why should YOU trust Teresa’s palate? Let me let you in on a little secret…
About 20 or so years ago Teresa lived in San Diego, California where Temeculah Valley Wine Country is only an hour away. Wine tastings ensured Teresa and friends hours of enjoyment but weren’t exactly affordable. So, when one of their favorite vineyards started announcing plans for an upcoming 4-course wine paired dinner, Teresa said: WE CAN DO THIS.
And do they did. 4 friends each took a course and selected 2 wines to match. They had no idea what the other courses were, so the tasting courses were surprisingly unpredictable yet altogether satisfying and absolutely delightful. You never knew what you were going to get, but the gettings were GOOD and a love for wine blossomed.
When the East Coast called her back to be near her son and daughter in law (who were thinking of going to SCAD), the woman named INNKEEPER OF THE YEAR loaded up a truck with cases and cases of the wines she loved. Pack your favorite outfit and start planning an amazing Savannah wine vacation. With Teresa as your guide, the results will be (as they have been before) surprisingly unpredictable yet altogether satisfying and absolutely delightful.
The good red wine in Savannah is waiting for you…and not just because Teresa effortlessly brings the charm of Temeculah Valley wine country to meet the unreserved Savannah hospitality that makes our city great!
Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve your room today and begin enjoying the best red wine in Savannah, which Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City.”
February 28th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson
“Kiss me, I’m Irish”, they say…
Well, guess what?!? When you visit Savannah on St. Patrick’s Day, and, in fact, the entire weekend surrounding the festivities that transform our lovely city into a completely, um, “IRISH” town – you don’t even HAVE to be Irish to have the best time of your life.
Don’t take my word for it. Listen to what others say about Savannah on St. Patrick’s Day:
Everyone’s Talking about How Awesome it is to Visit Savannah on St. Patrick’s Day
- MSN Travel rates Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade #2 in the country (only after Boston, which is still really cold on St. Patrick’s Day…come to where the flowers are blooming and the sun is shining!)
- US News Travel rates Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade #4 in the country (after Boston, Chicago and NYC)
- Reuters rates Savannah just before Galway, Ireland when ranking the top places to visit for St. Patrick’s Day
Don’t even take their word(s) for it. Just pack up your celebratory spirit, a big group of friends (or your favorite beloved – your anam cara as the Irish would say) and your greenest clothes. Ladies, grab some red lipstick because you’ll be kissing lots of “Irish” cheeks and spreading that luck to many a cheek during the parade! When you get here, you’ll figure it out.
St. Patrick’s Day Events in Savannah
Events throughout the St. Patrick’s Day celebration week include:
- The Greening of the Fountain
- Tara Feis
- The Celtic Cross Ceremony
- St. Patrick’s Day Mass
We’ll tell you all about those when you get here! The big bang comes on Saturday, March 16, 2013 – the parade that starts exactly at 10:15am then meanders along for 3 WHOLE HOURS! For a tradition that started in 1813 we’re sure that the volunteer St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee has something special planned for party-goers and onlookers of this years’ 189th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. There’s EVEN a Savannah St. Patrick’s Day website!
Insider tip: The parade starts right outside our front door so you’ll have built-in front row seats when you stay with us! When you plan to visit Savannah on St. Patrick’s Day, think about staying at Azalea Inn & Gardens and experiencing the charm of a bed and breakfast in the most alluring city of America. The 10:15am parade start leaves you just enough time to enjoy our gourmet southern breakfast, whether you prefer the 8:30am OR 9:30am seating.
Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve your room today and visit Savannah on St. Patrick’s Day to begin enjoying the best experiences in our city, which Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City.”
February 20th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson
Only two months left until Savannah’s Fashion Week in April, and we can’t wait! We’ve got all the inside info at Azalea Inn & Gardens as you make plans NOW for Savannah Fashion Week in April.
There’s going to be Fashion Week events in Savannah from April 22-26, and that’s the last full week in April. Wait, where did January go?
Oh well, who cares where January went as long as you’re living in the moment. If that moment’s got you feeling weary of winter, we DID come up with a way to help you Beat the Winter Blues (until March 4) and we’re always scheming to help anyone plan the best vacations in Savannah.
With events like Savannah Fashion Week going on ALL THE TIME in Savannah, it’s hard to work because all we want to do is play. Yet, work we do so that YOU can come enjoy our dear and charming city, a vacation spot that you CANNOT miss. If you’re wondering why we’re so into fashion in Savannah, check out Teresa’s ensemble for a recent trip to Vegas.
Looking classy (and sassy) doesn’t just come naturally – the charm of Savannah seeps into your veins while you’re here…Fashion in Savannah gets better as you stay here more, and you might just go back home with a floppy hat (or a lamb’s wool collar like Teresa’s) to remind you of the great times our great city has to offer.
A night on the town during Savannah Fashion Week can be your girlfriend getaway dream come true. If April doesn’t work for you, set your sights on September 2013, which will bring yet another fabulous fashion event. Check out our report from a previous Fashion’s Night Out (FNO) in Savannah.
There you have it. Fun, fashion, shopping, Savannah style. We’re gushing now, so it’s time to stop. Just come visit in April. Savannah is calling!
Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve your room today for Savannah Fashion Week to begin enjoying the best experiences in our city, which Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City.”
February 9th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson
See this cute pup? He’s Joey, our resident Yorkie greeter at the Inn and the one that holds the key for you to beat the winter blues.
We know that some wintertime R&R in the sunshine is super-important for you to maintain your sanity so we’re hookin’ it up. $159 gets you the best room in the Inn upon arrival.
If that sounds too good to be true, call us right now at 912-236-6080 to book a stay between now and March 4, 2013 to take advantage of the offer that Joey begged us to create!
Whether strolling through romantic city squares of Savannah is your calling, or staying in bed until 2 o’clock upon discovery that our secret sheets are the most comfortable you’ve ever slept on, or heard about the 5 reasons you really should visit Savannah during Black History Month this February…the list of ways to beat the winter blues goes on and on and on at Azalea Inn & Gardens.
We always give our guests:
- Full Southern Gourmet Breakfast every morning
- Wine & Hors D’Oeuvres every night (except Sunday)
- Fresh Baked Dessert Nightly
- Cream Sherry in the parlor whenever you want it
Don’t forget the BEST Customer Service in the city now! Remember, you can call us today at 912-236-6080 to book your stay through March 4 for only $159 nightly to get all that AND the best room available on arrival. Check out these B&B rooms in Savannah.
If you’re a numbers-kinda person, you’ll be happy to know that you’ll save anywhere from $40-200 when you let Joey help you beat the winter blues at Azalea Inn & Gardens in Savannah. If you’re a theme-song kinda person…we’re pretty sure you might agree that Beyonce knows all about upgrading.
That’s a good look. Seriously, please don’t miss this wintertime special, your chance to upgrade you a room in our unstuffy bed and breakfast that will get you wantin’ to move in and enjoy the Savannah sunshine and spirit forEVER.
We hope that all you New Englanders are staying safe as Nemo dumps some snow on your soil. So when it’s safe, it’s time for you to dig yourself out and get on down to Savannah where the sun is shining and ~gasp~ the azaleas are even starting to bloom. Take advantage of our extra special upgrade offer through March 4, 2013.
Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve your room today to beat the winter blues and begin enjoying the best experiences in our city, which Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City.”
January 29th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson
Don’t let those resolutions get you down. We’re halfway through the most healthy month of the year and you’ll do just fine as long as you don’t forget about Valentine’s Day. That’s right. Don’t you dare forget about Valentine’s Day. You can start drinking again, skip the gym or do whatever you’ve sworn off of in the New Year. Believe me you won’t mind as long as you set up the year right with your sweetheart at our B&B in Savannah.
I know, I know. Valentine’s is a commercial holiday that doesn’t really mean anything. Those couples you see on Valentine’s Day are just faking it for the sake of the holiday. Or ARE THEY?
Test the theory. Become one of those couples this Valentine’s Day. Here’s how.
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