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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January 22nd, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson
If you want to elope while retaining some of the elements in a traditional wedding, eloping in Savannah is the perfect choice for YOU and your betrothed.
- You want the charm, the romance, the WEDDING CAKE!
- You want the preparation, the primping, the PICTURES!
- You want the the ring, the romance and the ROSES!
What you DO NOT want is the planning, the stress OR 150 of your fiance’s mother’s closest friends. Boy oh boy are you lucky you found this story!
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January 8th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson
There are so many romantic things to do in Savannah. Romance is waiting for you and that special someone at Azalea Inn & Gardens, the most romantic B&B in historic Savannah Georgia. If you’re wondering, “what are some romantic things to do in Savannah?” – we’ve got your answer.
Let us paint you a picture. You and your love strolling down streets lined with historic architecture and live oak trees dripping with moss. You and your love taking a horse-drawn carriage tour around the city and sipping wine, cocktail or hot chocolate as you meander around the squares of Savannah – rated one of the top 10 best walking cities in the U.S. by Walking Magazine. In this modestly sized yet grandly adorned city you’ll fall in love all over again – easily.
When you are tired of walking and in the mood for some real romance – hey, even MSN included Savannah among top 8 romantic cities of North America, thank your lucky stars you found Azalea Inn & Gardens. Nestled at the edge of the historic district with all the amenities, without all the noise, you’ll be greeted by wine and hors d’oevres (everyday except Sunday). After you’ve enjoyed the treats, saunter back to a room where the sheets are smoother than a baby’s bottom, and snuggle up in the robes preferred by celebrities and every single guest that has stayed with us – ever. Light up your very own gas fireplace and let your imagination take it from there. Sneak back into our imagination and back into the dining room for a fresh, home-baked dessert every night. A little sugar is a nice energy boost!
After what might be the best night of your life, wake up lazily to breakfast in bed, or swap stories with the other guests around our family-style breakfast table. Your eyes dazzled by the hand-painted murals depicting Savannah’s history, your senses awakened by the culinary genius of the ladies who love to cook and have made it their job to make your food and warm your heart with some good old-fashioned southern hospitality. By the way have I mentioned that you are keeping company with the of the love of your life? He or she deserves and needs a special vacation, and when is the last time you’ve splurged on some romance? Oh, can’t remember? Let’s keep this story going a bit so you can make your move.
You can splurge on the jetted air tubs in Forsyth Place or Chinaberry Balcony, the 2-person jetted air tub in Cotton Exchange or the 2-person whirlpool tub in the Cottage Garden House. And you can schedule one of our romance packages. Or, you just chose some a la carte options we offer for romance, like breakfast in bed, chocolate covered strawberries, fresh flowers in your room, or a silk rose petal turndown accompanied by champagne. Whatever fits your mood and your personality, give us a call (912-236-6080) to reserve your romantic B&B room so we can help you arrange your vacation and come up with the most romantic things to do in Savannah, Georgia. We know all the top restaurants and all the massage therapists in town – because all this imagining is making ME want to run around for some romance in Savannah. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
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.”
January 1st, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson
Be still my heart. A room called Chinaberry Balcony with a fireplace AND a balcony AND a jetted air tub in historic Savannah, GA exists. This bed and breakfast room is a reminder of renewal as these nights are getting longer, albeit a little bit colder.
In the holiday season of hectic merrymaking, it’s easy to forget to take care of ourselves. I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the good that can come of planning a winter vacation in Savannah to take care of yourself, and maybe your loved one too!
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December 18th, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson
Well, we wanted to surprise you – but let’s face it: too many surprises around this time of year and what we really need is a nice drink and some new shoes for all the holiday parties. And some retail therapy for all the “tidings of great joy” we
have to get to share. So, if you haven’t heard already – we’ve got your ticket, er, passport.
Yup, here’s another Savannah Pajama Shop Hop update for ya’ll – the December shopping event for visitors and Savannians alike. Today we’re featuring detailed discounts from the restaurants participating in our first ever Savannah Pajama Shop Hop and details to get you and your friends shopping. As I am writing I am getting an overwhelmingly great sense of a slightly not-sober pajama be-clad drinking and shopping day, ladies and gentlemen! Please drink and shop responsibly!
THE SAVANNAH RESTAURANTS
The Pirate’s House Restaurant is giving 10% off at the gift shop (where there are more t-shirt designs than friends on your gift list) and 1/2 off an entree with any entree purchase. You might even get spooked in the haunted facilities. On the outside of 20 East Broad Street (at Broad and Bryan) it looks like just some old house. Those looks don’t deceive – it’s actually the oldest building in Savannah, and, the ENTIRE state of Georgia. Hours: 11-9:30 Sun – Th. and 11-10 Fridays and Saturdays.
Wright Square Cafe at 21 West York Street (Between Whitaker and Bull Streets right off, you guessed it, Wright Square) is offering either 20% off purchases. They have a huge selection of chocolate confections for sale, and amazing sandwiches also! They describe their business as “a casual European cafe serving only the finest and freshest”. It’s true! Hours: M-F 7:30-5:30, Saturdays from 9-5:30. Closed on Sundays.
For a restaurant championing local and organic produce, Cha Bella is your best bet. You get 10% off your meal and with December temperatures hovering high, you can still choose to sit outside on their patio, which is always sparkling with little white lights! Go to the intersection of Broughton and Broad, to 102 Broad Street to take advantage of your passport at Cha Bella!
45 Bistro at 123 E. Broughton Street has an absolutely STUNNING atmosphere. The photo ops are unlimited: you, and your friends, in pajamas. Drinking cocktails surrounded by the finery. Get a free dessert with any entree purchase with your Shop Hop passport here! The Bar opens around 5, the Restaurant around 6. Close at 9, but they say “until” because they’ll stay open when busy and close when not.
1790 Restaurant is giving away a free dessert or glass of wine. Their website points out that Emerson wrote, of wine, that “It gladdens the heart and stimulates all that is most generous in human nature.” Now that’s a holiday tradition I can get behind! Go to 307 E. President Street (at Lincoln and President Streets). Hours: Lunch Monday-Friday 11:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m / Dinner 5:30 – 10:00 p.m. The Lounge is open 11 a.m. to Midnight with happy hour from 4-7. WAIT. HOLD THE PHONE. Did I just say happy hour???
Cotton Exchange Tavern & Restaurant at 201 E River Street (where the intersection of River and Abercorn Streets WOULD be if there was one but you can enter right on Bay Street). If you get apps and dinner, the appetizer is $8.95 off (and most of the appetizers are in that range so it’s basically a free appetizer) OR, $4 off a cocktail. We even have a room with the same name at our Inn! Hours: 11 am until 10:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday -or- until 11:45 Friday & Saturday. Closed Sundays.
Jazz’d Tapas Bar at 52 Barnard Street (at Broughton and Barnard underneath The GAP – giving 25% off any Pajama Shop Hoppers’ purchase) is offering 25% off Tapas and a basic martini for only $6. Hours: Everyday from 4-10, and until 12 on Friday and Saturday. Happy Hour Monday-Thursday 4-7. Ladies Night every Thursday!
I mentioned Lulu’s Chocolate Bar already in the last Shop Hop update but, seriously, this place is awesome. Dessert and booze at the SAME PLACE as a reward for all the work you put into your Pajama Shop Hop shopping? What’s not to like about that? 15% off anything you buy at Lulu’s for the Shop Hoppers of Savannah. Hellooooo. GO, reserve your room or get your toy NOW to get your passport. You won’t be disappointed. Hours: Open at 5 everyday. Close at 11 Sunday and Monday. Close at 12 Tuesday-Thursday. Close at 1 Friday-Saturday.
Mirage Restaurant is a Hookah Lounge AND a Mediterranean Bar and Grill at 20 E. Broughton Street (about halfway between Bull and Drayton cross-streets). They are giving 10 percent discount to Shop Hoppers in their PJ’s! Hours: Sunday – Wednesday from 5-12. Thursday – Saturday from 5-2:30am.
So now that you’re hungry, remember that you’ll work up an appetite WALKING all around downtown Savannah’s historic district. Don’t forget your holiday shoes! Savannah Shoe Co. is featuring the “cobblestones to cocktail” shoe right now for the season – and there is no better way to hit the pavement. Stop by downtown Savannah location at 226 West Broughton Street between Jefferson & Barnard to get 10% off your new party shoes! Get your passport TODAY and shop until December 31st!
You only have until December 31 to take advantage of all these restaurant discounts, and the other shopping discounts at the 70+ participating retailers of the Savannah Pajama Shop Hop. To participate, Reserve a room at Azalea Inn & Gardens for 2 nights in December, or, we’ll trade you a Savannah Pajama Shop Hop Saving’s Passport for a new, unwrapped toy (which will be given to the Toys for Tots program). To sweeten the deal, if you get 10 stamps on your passport and bring it BACK to Azalea, you’ll be entered into our Shop Hop drawing to win 2 nights at one of the participating Savannah Inns, including Azalea Inn & Gardens.
The Savannah Pajama Shop Hop was masterminded by Azalea Inn & Garden’s Innkeeper Teresa Scott Jacobson. Look how much fun she had convincing the businesses to give YOU the discounts! Imagine how much fun you will have with YOUR friends, too! It’s so simple to find fun things to do in Savannah – and we’re your ticket, whether you’re local or you’re visiting and want a B&B to show you how to have the best Savannah vacation in our our great city of shopping and eating delights!
Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed Savannah as a “World’s Best City.”
December 10th, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson
The inaugural Savannah Pajama Shop Hop kickoff has happened and we’re near bursting with excitement. It’s local holiday shopping at its best in Savannah. It’s also time for you to roll out of bed and head to downtown Savannah’s historic district to finish up the last of your holiday gift list.
To start shopping, don your favorite pajamas and stop by Azalea Inn & Gardens at 217 Huntingdon Avenue. It’s the 2-story yellow historic home with white trim and the white picket fence. Reserve a room for 2 nights in December, or, we’ll trade you a Savannah Pajama Shop Hop Saving’s Passport for a new, unwrapped toy (which will be given to the Toys for Tots program).
Even better, get 10 stamps on your passport and bring it BACK to Azalea for a chance at the Shop Hop drawing to win 2 nights at one of the participating Savannah Inns, including Azalea Inn & Gardens. Don’t think you can find 10 good gifts in Savannah? Well, we’ve done the thinking for you.
Here’s a TOP TEN Gift Guide for our inaugural Savannah Pajama Shop Hop, going on until the end of December.
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