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A Parents’ Day Gift Idea

July 27th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Parents' Day Gift IdeaParents’ Day is coming THIS Sunday (Sunday, July 28, 2013) and we think we’ve got the perfect Parents’ Day Gift Idea.

If you’re anything like us, you’re always looking for a chance to celebrate, and tell the people you love how much you love them. Sometimes that means a little handmade gift, a store-bought card or a hand-penned letter.

Sometimes, you need an excuse to splurge on those you love, and splurge BIG. Splurge on a B&B, we say – and that is our Parents’ Day Gift Idea! Let us tell you more…

Why a B&B Stay is the Best Parents’ Day Gift Idea EVER

Of course our Parents’ Day gift idea is to splurge on a B&B for your parents. We spend all our waking hours making sure that the experience of our guests is one that surpasses expectations and creates dreams.

We aren’t saying that every holiday is an excuse to get up and go spend money, but we are saying that a stay at Azalea Inn & Gardens in Savannah, Georgia is a great gift for your parents this Parents’ Day.

Why ‘Splurge’ ?

Countless guests have come to us through the years as the result of a gift, most commonly an anniversary gift or a Mothers’ Day/Fathers’ Day surprise. Maybe a child, or a group of siblings conspires to purchase their parents a vacation in Savannah.

Those hardworking parents deserve SO much but don’t indulge themselves. Here’s an opportunity!

The Indulgence at Azalea

Our accommodations beckon with the grace an charm of an easy-living hotel mansion – and like all B&B’s, the experience is SO MUCH better than a hotel. Just like mom’s cooking is SO MUCH better than anyone else and dad’s jokes make you laugh SO MUCH harder than anyone else (even when they’re corny).

Amenities at Azalea Inn & Gardens for Your Parents

Our inn amenities and services will give your parents everything they could think of during their surprise gift of a relaxing vacation in Savannah: a delicious 3-course breakfast every morning, a fireplace maybe, a whirlpool tub if they want, wine and hors d’ oevres every evening (except Sunday), a fresh baked dessert every night, super plush and comfy bathrobes, private gardens, a swimming pool and even a NEW private dining menu featuring fresh, local food in Savannah.

We’re convinced that our experience is better than anything else in Savannah.

We invite you to try us out.

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

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Fresh, Local Food in Savannah

July 21st, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Fresh, Local Food in SavannahFresh, local food in Savannah just got taken to a whole new level with Azalea Inn & Garden’s NEW chef, a NEW private dining menu and a NEW signature cocktail for the summer months.

Folks, you won’t want to choose ANY other B&B in Savannah once you’ve given yourself the chance to explore our fresh, local food options.

The rooms are SO beautiful that the decision becomes easy. You just absolutely have to come visit us!

New Chef in the House

Please join us in welcoming Megan Jacobs to the experience of Azalea Inn & Gardens. Megan trained at Johnson and Wales Culinary School. Prior to joining our team, she worked as the Sous Chef at Vic’s on the River and as the Head Chef at Churchill’s Pub – two amazing Savannah restaurants.

Megan says, “My style of cooking is southern, local, and as fresh as the ingredients that I can get my hands on. This is especially easy at our Inn with the huge garden that the owner, Teresa and her husband, Jake, have created.”

Private Dining at the Inn featuring Fresh, Local Food in Savannah

Now with Megan as part of our team, we are so proud to bring our guests the best in FRESH and LOCAL food. No longer is your culinary delight confined to breakfast and hors d’oeuvres at our B&B. The new private dining menu we created for our guests is right up there with some of the best restaurants in town!

Our amazing innkeeper, Teresa, makes sure that our guests have a discerning selection of wines to pair with their private dining experience.

Featuring menu items like Grouper Au Poivre, Crispy Half Duck- with a Grand Marnier Ginger glaze along with Fried Green Tomato Napoleon – private dining at Azalea is the best WE’VE had in town. We think you should try it!

NEW Signature Summer Cocktail at Azalea Getting Attention

Well folks, we have SO much basil growing in our local urban garden next door in our innkeeper’s backyard. Thus, we decided to craft a signature cocktail. We like Vixen Vodka, and they liked US so much that they’re planning a visit to our B&B soon to taste the wonders. Isn’t that cool? Wouldn’t you like to do the same? Now’s your chance!

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.”

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Visit Savannah for the Savannah Jazz Festival This Year!

July 9th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Savannah Jazz FestivalIf you haven’t already planned your next vacation in Savannah, visit Savannah for the Savannah Jazz Festival this year! The 2013 Jazz Festival lasts from Sunday, September 22 to Sunday, September 28. That’s a whole WEEK of activities centered around JAZZ, America’s original music.

While we are not going to go into a history lesson about the musical genre, we WILL keep repeating that when you visit Savannah for the Savannah Jazz Festival at the end of September, you will sure be happy with your life choices.

Here’s the highlights of the Jazz festival from where we’re sitting, which is just a short walk from the Jazz Festival’s main stage. By “short walk” we mean less than 5 minutes. Top that!

  • THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2013: Blues Night from 6:30PM to 10:30PM
  • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2013:  Live Music at the Forsyth Park Bandshell from 7:00PM to 10:30PM
  • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2013:  Live Music at the Forsyth Park Bandshell from 4PM to 10:30PM
  • SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2013: Children’s Festival from 4PM to 7PM

Forsyth Park’s Bandshell venue is your setting for a jazz-filled picnic extravaganza for 4 nights out of this year’s week-long jazz festival in Savannah. Look how beautiful it is!

Forsyth Park Bandshell

Forsyth Park Bandshell

HEY, listen. We have been living here in Savannah GA for a long time and we enjoy sharing the best of what our city has to offer with our guests. Let me tell YOU, this Jazz Festival is surely one of the best things Savannah has to offer. By way of live music, it is arguably the best, especially because OUR B&B is just minutes away from the main music stage in Forsyth Park.

A little bit of Savannah Jazz Festival history…

The Savannah Jazz Festival is made possible through the efforts of the Coastal Jazz Association – a nationally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to preserving America’s original music: Jazz. We find ourselves taking for granted that musical genre that explores the span of human emotion, expressing our own thoughts succinctly, wonderfully and instrumentally – if only we take time to listen.

The first Savannah Jazz Festival was held at Grayson Stadium on October 1, 1983. The events started as a way for the late Ben Tucker to lend his knowledge and talents to a group of folks interested in learning more about jazz. This year will be especially poignant, as we are sure a lot of the festivities will be celebrated in memory of Ben’s great life, for the legendary bassist from Savannah passed away tragically this year on June 4, 2013.

Walk to the Savannah Jazz Festival from your incredible bed and breakfast room at Azalea Inn & Gardens in Savannah this September for one of the best FREE musical festivals in Savannah this year.

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.”

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The Savannah Voice Festival is Coming in August

July 5th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Screen Shot 2013-07-03 at 1.51.59 PMDo you like opera? The Savannah Voice Festival is coming in August as part of the national VoicExperience musical programs.

Visit Savannah August 3-17, 2013 for a festival of great singing through opera and song, the Savannah Voice Festival. Stay with us!

Legendary Baritone and most recorded American singer of all time, Sherrill Milnes brings his legend and his artistic excellence to The Savannah VOICE Festival and, yet again, like in the Savannah Film Festival, our city is crawling with movie stars and because it’s a smaller city – you have the opportunity to meet them.

You won’t believe all the cool stuff that’s happening at the festival, but, as always, we’re bringing you the details, in as quick and fun way as possible.
 

At Azalea Inn & Garden, we believe that life is more about the plans and less about the planning so in addition to making you the most yummy breakfasts and all that other good stuff that makes us a top-rated B&B in Savannah, we’re here to help with your planning when you stay with us!

Here’s a rundown of the Savannah Voice Festival Events…

Saturday, August 3rd – Death by Aria – Parts I & II

Westin Savannah Harbor – 3pm & 6:30pm – $15
Meet the artists of the Savannah Voice Festival with a
wonderful selection of arias and songs – in two parts.

 

Sunday, August 4 – Music Out of a Hat: A Game Show

Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church – 3pm – $15

Test your musical knowledge in a concert of audience engagement,fun prizes and singing excitement!
 
Monday, August 5th Sherrill Milnes Master Class

The Westin Savannah Harbor – 6:30pm – FREE
America’s most famous baritone and VOICE’s artistic director
works with singers as they perform and make discoveries
about their art.

 

Tuesday, August 6th – An Evening of Sacred Music
First Presbyterian Church – 6:30pm – $15
Enjoy beautiful voices, singing some of the greatest liturgical
and spiritual works in an inspiring setting.

 

Thursday, August 8th – Movie Night: PUCCINI’S TOSCA
Savannah Arts Academy Auditorium – 6:30pm – FREE
A FILM STARRING PLACIDO DOMINGO, SHERRILL
MILNES and RAINA KABAVIANSKA

Sit back, relax and enjoy a movie version of one of opera’s most beloved movies, with pre & post movie insights from Sherrill Milnes.

 

Friday, August 9th – VOICE SOCIETY MEMBERS ONLY PRELUDE TO THE OPERA™ – LA BOHEME
The Westin Savannah Harbor – 8pm – $55 (VS members only)
VOICExperience presents an elegant night at the opera with a
sneak peek into the 2013 Savannah Philharmonic Season’s
opera production followed by an opportunity to meet the
artists at a post performance reception.

 

Saturday, August 10th – COMMUNITY OUTREACH SESSION: TEEN VOICE WORKSHOP & SHOWCASE
The Westin Savannah Harbor – 10am – $20 for participants
High school aged singers spend a unique coaching day with
the legendary Sherrill Milnes and then perform for an
audience of family and friends in a FREE showcase.

 

Sunday, August 11th -“Listen to My Heart”; the music of David Friedman
Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church – 3pm – $15
With multi-platinum recordings, Broadway shows, Disney
Animated Films, Television scores, and a teaching and
lecturing career that spans the nation, Friedman presents his
inspirational show about life and love sung with classical
voices.

 

Tuesday, August 13th- American Music Concert
First Presbyterian Church – 6:30pm – $15
The extraordinary talent of American musical director/pianist
Dan Gettinger and festival artists are presented in an evening
of American musical traditions from Broadway, opera and
song. AN AUDIENCE FAVORITE!

 

Thursday, August 15th – Tito Capobianco Master Class
Savannah Arts Academy Auditorium – 6:30pm – FREE
One of opera’s greatest stage directors and the founder of the
Julliard Opera Center shares his insights and creativity with
festival singers.

 

Saturday, August 17th – FESTIVAL FINALE: A Grand Night for Singing
Christ Church, Savannah – 6:30pm $25
The Savannah Voice Festival comes to a close with a
wonderful concert of music from all genres.

 

You can buy all your tickets to the Savannah Voice festival here. The VoicExperience is dedicated to the quality, integrity and perpetuation of the vocal arts it its very highest level through programs for career seeking artists. VoicExperience provides performance and study opportunities for singers while creating outreach of opera and musical theatre to the communities of the world. We’re so excited they’re bringing song to Savannah, and hope you can bring yourself here right quick!

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.”

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The Savannah Food and Wine Festival in November is Coming!

June 28th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Savannah Food and Wine FestivalLadies and gentleman, make way in your schedule because the Savannah Food and Wine Festival in November is coming!

Clear your calendars as much as you can from Monday, November 11 to Sunday, November 17 (2013). You won’t be disappointed, and neither will your tastebuds!

 

Why We’re Recommending The Savannah Food and Wine Festival…

We consider it part of our job to know the best of what you can eat and drink in Savannah. Luckily we LOVE to eat and drink around town – who doesn’t? We’re pretty much expert level in the subject. You can check out the highlights of our exploits in the section of our blog called “Foodies and Vinophiles.” As experts, we can recommend that you visit Savannah sometime during November 11-17 to check out the Savannah Food and Wine Festival. For the food, for the wine, for the fun…

How Do I Attend the Savannah Food and Wine Festival?

Well, we recommend that you reserve your room at Azalea Inn & Gardens first, because we can’t stop yammering about how incredible this event is going to be.

After you’ve secured your B&B room you can get tickets for the Savannah Food and Wine Festival. Those tickets will be available on July 1 at the Savannah Food and Wine Festival website. Then, just start dreaming of how awesome your week in Savannah is going to be! We’ll remind you on Facebook, so make sure you’re getting Facebook updates from Azalea Inn & Gardens!

Why Will the Savannah Food and Wine Festival Be So Special?

You don’t have to attend all the events, but we think that it would make for the trip of all foodie trips. Imagine yourself in beautiful and romantic Savannah, Georgia with your friends or your loved ones, at the following events. Those are just some of OUR favorite highlights, but events last all week, so check it out!

  • Wednesday, November 13 – A Celebrity Chef Tour at the Mansion on Forsyth park, featuring a collaboration dinner brought to you by the collaborative efforts of at least 4 famous James Beard Chefs. The James Beard Foundation (JFB) has a mission to celebrate, nurture, and honor America’s diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire. JFB is the gatekeeper for the upper echalon of excellence in food, so it’s a really BIG DEAL that they are involved.

 

  • Friday, November 15 – A River Street Wine Stroll down our historic waterfront, famous worldwide for all the fun to be had on the cobblestone walkways…Wine tastings and food pairings at all the best locations up and down River Street! We can’t wait for this.

 

  • Saturday, November 16 from 12-4pm in Ellis Square, come experience the Taste of Savannah. Entertainment, food, drinks…What else could you want on a perfect Saturday?

 

  • Sunday, November 17 from 12-3pm – This event is the official Savannah Food and Wine Festival finale. It’s a champagne jazz brunch in honor of Savannah’s own jazz great, Ben Tucker (who passed away tragically this year). Jazz and Bubbles Brunch, yes please!

 

You will not be disappointed when you book your next trip to Savannah November 11-17, 2013 for the Savannah Food and Wine Festival. This B&B is excited, and we hope you are too!

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

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Make Your Plans Now for Savannah Craft Brew Fest to Kickoff Labor Day Weekend!

June 19th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

logoThe end of August is the time when you might be thinking about the first days of school and the last days of summer, squeezing in the last few days of fun in the sun! We’ve got the perfect activity for you, so it’s time to make your plans now for Savannah Craft Brew Fest to kickoff Labor Day weekend!

What Is Savannah Craft Brew Fest Like?

On Saturday, August 31, 2013 from 1-5pm you can hang out on the banks of the Savannah River as you sample craft beers from around the country with friends and strangers (who will just become new friends anyway!).

This is the 6th year the Craft Brew Fest has been up and running. Attendees number upwards of 5,000 – so you know they’ve got to be doing something right!

Where Else Can I Drink Craft Beer in Savannah?

If you think the Craft Brew Fest sounds AMAZING, you might want to start planning your trip to Savannah NOW! There are some great spots in town to enjoy craft beer. Here are a few.

  • Southbound Brewing Co. is the first production microbrewery to open in Savannah, and we’re so proud of our local brewery!
  • If you want the largest selection of craft beer, check out the 2 story bar at the intersection of Broughton and Whitaker (located on the North side of Broughton at 112 W. Broughton Street) – World of Beer.
  • For a more intimate craft beer tasting experience, check out The Distillery. For you history buffs, the building was erected in 1904 as a as a bonafide distillery. With 21 craft beers on tap, and 99 bottles, The Distillery at 416 W. Liberty Street is definitely the right choice for your Labor Day weekend in Savannah!

We’ve got tons of good memories about Labor Day Weekend, and we hope you’ll consider coming to Savannah and kicking off YOUR celebrations at the Savannah Craft Brew Fest!

 Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve your room today for Labor Day weekend in Savannah, starting with the 2013 Savannah Craft Brew Fest.

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Select Registry ‘Vacation of a Lifetime’ Winners Chose to Vacation at Azalea Inn & Gardens in Savannah

June 14th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Vacation of a Lifetime

(L-R) Teresa (Azalea Inn & Gardens Innkeeper), Janet Hankammer, Warren Hankammer

Last weekend was that time when Select Registry ‘Vacation of a Lifetime’ winners chose to vacation at Azalea Inn & Gardens in Savannah.

The winners, Janet and Warren Hankammer from Bedford, TX entered a contest with a prize of one free night’s lodging at each of the nearly 350 best country inns, B&B’s and boutique small hotels that are in the Select Registry™ family for a full year.

Are you a little jealous? Us too…We settled for feeling happy to host our lucky guests, and hope that a little of their luck will rub off on us.

What is Select Registry?

Azalea Inn & Gardens joined Select Registry – their tagline, I think, says it all…

Different Styles, Different Places, All Select…

Select Registry carries out randomized quality assurance testing . Like B&B secret shoppers, someone with years of experience in the hospitality industry stays with us, unannounced and unidentified. They get the same experience that all our guests get – and rate us accordingly.

There are over 20,000 bed and breakfast inns in the US, all offering an experience far superior, and much more intimate than a large hotel. Yet, out of those 20,000 properties – only 350 or so qualify as Select Registry Inns. Now that’s the cream of the crop!

Vacation of A Lifetime Winners Chose to Vacation at Azalea Inn & Gardens in Savannah!

Out of ALL the 350 Select Registry properties, the Hankammer’s chose Azalea. AND, out of all the cities and destinations in the country, the Hankammer’s chose Savannah as one of their stops.

They also chose to vacation in the California wine country (our Innkeeper, Teresa, approves, as she knows where to find all the good red wine in Savannah after living in CA wine country for a bit) and visiting Amelia Island – which is a lovely trip  just about a 2 hour drive south of Savannah).

Look how excited they are when talking about visiting!

Appreciating the Winners, and All Our Guests…

Janet and Warren are such a lovely couple – and appreciating them today reminds us of the reason that we give the best of our ideas and our experiences to make YOUR next vacation of a lifetime INCREDIBLE.

Like everyone, sometimes we need inspiration – and in those moments we flip through the handwritten B&B reviews handwritten in the guestbook that always sits in the entryway to Azalea Inn, and we also look at the wonderful world of online B&B reviews.

While you might not be hitting up each of the 350 Select Registry properties, maybe you can make plans today to experience the charm, the beauty and the allure of Savannah, Georgia…

 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.”

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Do You Need Accommodations for Savannah Film Festival in 2013?

June 7th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

sff_LogoDo 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.

 Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve your room today for the 2013 Savannah Film Fest to and begin enjoying all that Savannah has to offer.

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Memorial Day Weekend in Savannah at Our Bed and Breakfast

May 30th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Screen Shot 2013-05-28 at 1.25.09 PMMemorial 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. 

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Flannery O’Connor – The Writer From Savannah

May 26th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Flannery O'Connor - Writer from SavannahAre 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.

 Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve your room today and begin enjoying the hometown of Flannery O’Connor – the writer from Savannah.

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