July 9th, 2012 by Teresa
Every year this Savannah Inn gives back to our nation’s military heroes with participation in PLANET’s Renewal and Remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC). This year, the mission at ANC is to lime 155 of acres of turf, aerate 36 acres of turf, provide tree protection and arborist services, install perennials, update two irrigation systems, and continue the Children’s Program. It seems daunting when you realize that nearly 68 TONS of lime will be spread. Can you begin to imagine the coordination it takes to arrange delivery of the lime to different areas of ANC, the equipment required to spread lime and the numbers of people on each team to ensure that in the 8 hours we are granted access to the grounds that this will be accomplished? I am in absolute awe of the details the PLANET committee has put into this memorial project.
Jake and I are part of the irrigation team which makes sense when you realize that Jake is a territory sales manager for the world’s largest irrigation manufacturer in the world, Jain Irrigation. The Irrigation project has 5 teams at the Columbarium and three teams at the Receiving Vault. The Columbarium teams will install low-voltage irrigation control wire which in the long range will allow Columbarium #1 through #8 to be controlled by two ACC controllers that will link to a central computer allowing for central management of the system. They will also continue the upgrade of sprinkler heads around the Columbarium. There are multiple teams working at the Columbarium because all work must be coordinated so as to not interfere with (the 29) funeral schedules.
We are assigned to the Receiving Vault where Jake is the Captain in charge of installing drrip irrigation around the Rose Garden. We will arise early on Monday and join 400+ volunteers in prayer as we open our day to giving back to those who have given so much.
Azalea Inn and Gardens urges all retired and active duty military to take advantage of our 365-day a year special just for you! Call or book on-line and be sure to mention your duty status and branch of service. We are waiting for you.
July 6th, 2012 by Teresa
What exactly is street food? And where do you find it in Savannah? Street food is a concept familiar to world travelers who seek a local flavor during their travels to regions such as Africa, Asia and Latin America. It is similar to our fast food joints with the exception that these are mobile restaurants, not fixed buildings and the food is local, seasonal and generally very fresh (though you may feel some concern regarding the safety of said food in foreign countries). In Savannah there are exceedingly few food street vendors to be found except during festivals, but there is a grass-roots campaign that hopes to change that. In the meantime, there are a few restaurants with “street food” flair! My three favorite “Street Food” restaurants are Fire, Taco Abajo and the Subdogs Hot Doggery. Today let’s talk about Fire. Located at 13 E. Perry Lane with weekend hours from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 a.m., it is perfectly situated for Theatre goers as well as late night revelers but caters to the downtown weekday lunch crowd with ease. Order from the counter, grab a seat in the trendy tangerine and aqua space and though certainly not fast, the food arrives within a very reasonable “got to get back to work” time.
Jake and I stopped in on one of those rare Friday’s when he returns from a week on the road at a decent time. I had a bowl of Gang Dang Gai, a curry based of chicken, rice and vegetables that was so deliciously comforting that I allowed Jake but a single bite. He ordered the fried fish sandwich which he declined to share, but that’s okay, I was comfortably full with my Gang. We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch and would definitely return.
Reserve your room today at Azalea Inn and Gardens and receive our secret list of Savannah’s must-dine places. We are the only bed and breakfast in Savannah with a pool, an evening social and our own parking lot!
June 11th, 2012 by Teresa
The owners of Azalea Inn and Gardens have a firm commitment to the military: active duty, retired and deceased, to honor their service whereever and whenever possible, and for the second year in a row this Savannah Inn joins PLANET at Arlington National Cememtery for Renewal and Remembrance on July 9, 2012. PLANET is an acronym for Professional Landcare Network, and for 16 years this organization has drawn hundreds of volunteers in the landscape and lawn care profession from across the country. They spend the day mulching, cabling and installing lightening protection for trees, pruning, planting, and liming and aerating more than 200 acres. Mike Jacobson is an irrigation specialist and has volunteered to oversee the installation of new irrigation products which are being donated by his employer, Jain Irrigation USA. Last year as one of the Irrigation Association (IA) volunteers Mike (known as Jake at the inn) and Teresa worked on the addition of new irrigation components at the receiving vault, a historic building dating back to the Civil War. The volunteers and staff also upgraded the irrigation system at the columbarium, where cremated remains are interred.
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May 31st, 2012 by Teresa
We showed up for lunch last Friday and were seated pretty quickly in the small street level dining room. Our waiter was very attentive and efficiently delivered the day’s specials. As is often our habit, we asked our waiter for his recommendations on the specials while also sharing with him what choices we were leaning toward. His recommendations were right on target for us with the Grilled Skirt Steak over Bibb Salad with a plum-balsamic reduction for me while Jake opted for the chef’s BLT. Lunch with ice tea for two and tip came to just under $30.
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May 27th, 2012 by Teresa
It’s summer, at least here in the South, and the warm sultry afternoons definately demand a long cool drink of something, well, Southern. Sweet Tea is the go-to beverage for most picnic and hot weather days, but here at the Azalea Inn and Gardens we want more. Dreamsicle Lemonade, a pool and Savannah … What else do you need?
This incredible summer beverage recipe was a gift to us from a happy Texas guest – who used to own a tea room – and got raves on her lemonade. So here’s to our Texas Beauty and to you, and to summer at the pool!
May 22nd, 2012 by Teresa
Are you stressing already about the school getting out for the summer? We know you are longing for a getaway that doesn’t include the needs of others – just your needs – and what better way to unwind than with a once in a summertime memory with your BFF, mother, daughter, sister or cousin – in Savannah! The hardest part of this decision will be choosing your room.
No beds to make, no meals to cook, no clothes to do, no yard to mow, no weeds to pull. It will be the most delightful NO you will ever experience. Simply book two midweek nights checking in Sunday thru Wednesday, mention the secret getaway phrase* and this Savannah Summertime Memory gift package ($70 value) is yours!
- Savannah Trolley Tour for Two with OLD SAVANNAH TOURS – bringing Savannah History to Life for nearly 30 years
- Luscious Ice Cream Banana Split for Two to Share at LEOPOLD’S ICE CREAM (since 1919)
- Admission for Two to JULIETTE GORDON LOW HOUSE – Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scouts and the woman who knew women deserved more equality.
Immerse yourselves in outstanding accommodations, picturesque settings, and V.I.P. personalized and attentive service. This special is only available from June 3 thru August 23 so book early! Additional restrictions may apply.
Oh before I forget – your must mention GIRL SCOUT COOKIES to take advantage of this once in a summer-time package.
Azalea Inn and Gardens, Savannah’s bed and breakfast of choice – Call Now!!
May 11th, 2012 by Teresa
Sometimes we are so touched by the lives of our guests that when we find ourselves the recipient of a “Thank You” worth sharing we can’t wait to do just that! Once a year, on the eve of Veterans Day, the bed and breakfast community across the United States and Canada donate room nights to both active duty and retired military as a way of providing thanks for the service they have given to their country. Our inn has always supported this effort as a way of honoring our parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles who have given service to our country through two World Wars, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam War, the Gulf Wars, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This year we are doing something different in conjunction with the B&B for Vets program – we are donating two nights a month to our local military by a special arrangement with the US Army – and we have enlisted the cooperation of two local restaurants, Leoci’s Trattoria and The Pirates’ House, who provide dinner in conjunction with their stay.
Last night, Azalea Inn and Gardens was honored to have two soldiers (and one husband) who provide the toughest kind of care to our active duty military. They work daily with Wounded Warriors as these soldiers struggle through healing, both physical, mental and emotional. The cadre of this special battalion of the military exhaust themselves to the point of breaking because they want no solider forgotten, no soldier to believe they don’t matter. Kristina has with over 12 years in active duty and is the single mom of an 11-year-old-girl; Kimberly has 16 years on active duty, is married with three children, a 12-year-old, a 3-year-old and a 2-year-old; her husband was formerly on active duty.These exceptional young women we so extraordinarily grateful for our support that for just a moment we believed we could fly on angel’s wings. Let me share with you Kimberly’s letter.
11 May 2012
I walked in your beautiful inn tired, frazzled and stressed out. I’m walking out today a more calm, relaxed wife, mother and Solider. My husband and I walked around the local squares, visited the Cathedral and went out for a romantic dinner! We loved it here so much we decided to hurry back and let our feet “dangle” in your pool at night. We laughed and just “enjoyed the moment.” Thank you for making it all possible. I am listening to the birds tweet to me on the patio right now…
Thank you for Everything!
B&B for Vets is sponsored and endorsed by BetterWayToStay, and the Professional Association of Innkeepers.
May 8th, 2012 by Teresa
Two perfect servings:
1 large tomato, sliced and drizzled with olive oil
4 eggs, poached
4 slices ham, bacon or turkey bacon
2 biscuits (bake lightly and cut in half)
2 tablespoon freshly chopped basil or fresh made pesto
2 tablespoons greshly frated Parmesan Cheese
Prep: Drizzle tomato slices with olive oil and bake at 350 until tomatoes are soft but not smooshy. Remove from oven and lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Preheat oven to 375. Bake biscuits to light brown; don’t overcook.
Poach Eggs: Boil 3 cups of water in a large deep frying pan. While waiting for the water to boil, break eggs into individual small bowls and sprinkle with salt and pepper. When the water begins to boil add a sprinkling of salt and 3 Tablespoons of white or cider vinegar. Now gently lower the bowls into the boiling water and allow some of the water to come into the bowl and wrap around the egg, then slip the egg into the water; repeat with all eggs. Turn the heat OFF. Cover the pan and set the timer for three minutes – you will have perfectly poached eggs if you follow this suggestion.
When the biscuits are done, let them cool slightly, then cut them in half and brush lightly with butter. Cover each biscuit half with the oven roasted tomatoes, ham (or bacon) and top with poached egg. Place a generous dollop of pesto sauce or finely chopped basil on top of the egg, then sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Broil until cheese melts.
Serve immediately on a bed of mixed greens that have been lightly drizzled with olive oil or your favorite dressing. Creamy Georgia Grits make a nice side.
Still afraid to tackle the perfect poached egg? Book a stay at the inn between June 15 and August 15, and you may take a lesson from Kimberly, our assistant innkeeper, on the secrets of the perfect poached eggs. Just be sure to mention this offer when you book your stay at Savannah’s bed and breakfast of choice, Azalea Inn and Gardens.
April 28th, 2012 by Teresa
As a member of PAII and a supporter of BetterWayToStay.com, Azalea Inn & Gardens has taken a stand on an important B&B issue: To Doily or not to Doily.
Please take a moment to educate yourself on this issue – help us to clear up one of most prevelent misconceptions regarding a Bed and Breakfast stay: It is not a visit to your post-war-era grandma’s house - many of us are Doily-Free.
“Innkeepers, the time is now to dump the doily. Enough of this Pro-Doily dribble; the B&B industry has suffered long enough saddled with archaic symbols. Doily reform must take place and the time is now. Don’t occupy Wall Street; preoccupy yourselves with doily prohibition. The No-Doily party supports capital punishment for doilies and we’re hoping you’ll sign up to support the cause.”
This has been a message from the Committee to eliminate doilies from every bureau.
See for yourselves! Reserve a doily-free room today in historic Savannah’s only bed and breakfast with a pool and private parking! Not to mention stupendous breakfasts, evening social and homemade desserts every single night – Azalea Inn & Gardens.
April 18th, 2012 by Teresa
The last real weekend of summer, Labor Day Weekend, cries out to be the most memorable end to summer, and the 5th Annual Craft Brew Festival in Savannah, GA is sure to linger as an outstanding memory of tastes and sounds and friends. Sponsored by VisitSavannah, the weekend kicks off on Friday, August 31, 2012 with dinner at the International Trade and Convention Center for a pairing of Coastal cuisine with Stoudt’s Brewing Company’s favorite craft brews.
Situated on the Esplanade of the Trade Center overlooking the Savannah River, the Grand Tasting Event, Saturday, September 1, is the grandest event of the weekend where you will have the opportunity to sample nearly 150 American craft beers. A beautiful color printed guide will show the location of each brewery over the festival site. Would you let summer end without food? Do not fear, there will be plenty of delicious beer festival food like soft pretzels, French fries and chicken sandwiches on hand. Are you feeling the vibe of those last hours of summer yet?
The last day of the festival is the International Craft Brew Tasting which is just as it sounds, a plethora of craft brews from around the world. Without leaving Savannah or for that matter the US, you can take your taste buds on a hop-induced tour of the world!
If you are coming to Savannah before the festival, be sure to check out some of our own favorite brew-spots. Savannah’s own local brewery, Moon River Brewing Company , can be found on West Bay Street, or for a larger selection of craft beers hop on over to The Distillery, a craft beer and gastro-pub located on West Liberty Street.
Book your Azalea Inn & Gardens room NOW for the 3-day Labor Day Weekend and be entered in a drawing to be held on August 25, 2012. One lucky winner will be given two tickets to the Grand Tasting Event and a second winner will receive two tickets to the International Tasting Event.
Azalea Inn & Gardens the bed and breakfast of choice in Savannah, Georgia.