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March Music Madness and Blooms

February 7th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Lodging Savannah Music FestivalMarch is alive with the sound of Music!  Whether we are speaking of the Wedding March Music or a Symphony, Jazz to African Drums, it’s all here, all for you, and as easy as 1-2-3.  So, where do we start? Jeremy Davis and The Equinox Jazz Quartet will be with us at the Telfair Museums for a peek into Savannah’s Signature Bridal Event. Bonus for you: just be the first two engaged couples to book your two-night stay between February 28 and March 3 and you will be admitted for free – a $40 value per couple! Not planning a wedding? That’s okay cause we have more music to captivate your soul and so much more this March.

“Every year, hundreds of the best up-and-coming bands make the long trek down I-95 to Austin’s Prestigious South by Southwest Music Conference. Where do they stop along the way? You guessed it!”  The Savannah Stopover Festival is in its third year now and we are more than happy to join in the dance that is music.

We find ourselves laughingly captivated by the Stopover organization’s blurb, “Bands will enjoy the quirky, shamelessly social elements of Georgia’s Hostess City while festival goers will be exposed to up-and-coming bands in closer, more personal environs.” With 100 performances over three days do you seriously need another reason to visit Savannah in March? March Music Madness has never looked so wonderful!

Well, okay then. Not only do we have the honor of hosting some seriously incredible up and coming bands from March 6 thru March 9th but hot on the heels of this epic event is our never to be missed St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festivities that begins on March 14 and culminates in a day of debauchery (okay seriously raucous partying) that follows the parade. But wait, of course there’s more…

Savannah Music Festival is a three-week long event (commencing on March 20 and running through April 5) that allows immersion into nearly every genres of music you can imagine – Americana/Folk/Traditional, Chamber/Symphonic, Dance, International/World, Jazz/Blues/Cabaret, Pop/Rock/R&B – you choose. Get excited, tune yourself on to new adventures in music, explore the possibilities, but don’t forget to reserve your rooms for this major music force worthy to be part of March Music Madness!

Ever wonder what is behind the walls of some beautiful, historic, iconic, magnificent Historic District Homes?  You don’t have to stand outside looking in. March is also the hostess month for the 79th Annual Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens. We are, of course, thrilled to share with you that we were honored to be a Featured Garden in the 71st Tour of Homes and Gardens (in our first 12 months of operation!). Our gardens have continued to grow and be featured in publications, tours and stories in the years since and with the addition of the property next door we are able to festoon our breakfast plates with homegrown produce at least nine months of the year!

If you can’t join us in March to tour gardens, we have one more chance for you to peek behind the walls in April. Join the Garden Club of Savannah for its 39th Annual NOGS Tour of Hidden Gardens, April 25th and 26th, 2014. It is always an honor to take a peek behind the gates of some of the historic districts most impressive gardens. Tours are self-guided, are open from 10 to 4 each day, and cost $40.

March and April are the beginning of the most exciting Months in Savannah, followed by May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December, January and February. Don’t miss out. Subscribe to our newsletter today!

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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Valentine’s Day in Savannah: Chocolate by Adam Turoni

February 3rd, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Valentines Day in Savannah

Hearts on Display

 

Whomever decided to pair chocolate and Valentine’s Day together is a genius because ( 1) It’s another excuse to eat chocolate and (2) refer back to number one, and (3) they’ve been best friends ever since. Since then chocolate has made a significant impression on everyone; your mom or dad, your girlfriend or boyfriend, spouse, grandparents, coworkers, and just about everyone else in-between!

Chocolate is the gift that keeps on giving and we know the MASTER of the craft, Adam Turoni! With his help you can find a chocolate that can fit just about ANYONE. Allow us to show you some several delicious examples:

Savannah Chocolates - Red Velvet Truffles. Mmmm.

Red Velvet Truffles. Mmmm.

 

Red Velvet Truffles: light, decadent, just down right precious! Look at the pink casing and the white piping-  this is definitely the kind of chocolate to dazzle a certain someone. Heck, you could give these to your best friend and still make their Valentine’s Day in Savannah! And besides, who can say no to red velvet?

 

Savannah Chocolates - Hazelnut creme with dark chocolate crisps

Hazelnut creme with dark chocolate crisps and beautifully printed music notes? Adam’s Chocolates never cease to amaze us!

 

See! There’s even chocolate for the musician in your life! We try not to question the chocolate voodoo going on in Adam’s little shop of wonders but you can’t help but wonder how he makes them all look so gorgeous. And with dark chocolate crisps and hazelnut you can’t go wrong.

 

 

 

Savannah Chocolates - Riesling and Rose Water Truffles

Riesling and Rose Water truffles. Simple, sophisticated, and of course- stunning.

 

Perhaps you have that friend or loved one with a much more delicate palate. Maybe you had trouble picking between a bottle of wine and some artisan chocolates? Problem solved! Adam’s Rose Water and Riesling Wine Truffles can impress even the most eclectic of foodies. Light, subtle, and fragrant this truffle will leave them wanting more.

 

Savannah Chocolates - Screw Love truffles

Screw Love! Have Chocolate!

 

Heck, there’s even a chocolate for the recently single ( or perhaps fiercely independent woman who doesn’t need a man or vice versa) in your life! Hard to be bitter when the Screw Love truffles are so clever and delicious! 72% dark chocolate is something we can all go a little batty for this Valentine’s Day in Savannah.

 

 

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for lovers- it’s meant to celebrate love of all kinds! Tell the people in your life that you care by picking out the chocolate that’s unique as they are. We promise- Adam doesn’t disappoint. Find his shop right on Broughton Street near MLK Boulevard. Go to Adam’s Facebook page and be swept away by a master of the craft. And of course,  we can’t wait to hear about your Valentine’s Day in 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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Architectural Tour of Savannah with Jonathon Stalcup: What We Miss When We Don’t Look Up

January 19th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Savannah is widely considered one of the most walkable cities in the US. Not only is Savannah absolutely stunning but she is also filled with a rich history that most can’t help but feel captivated by. Beyond the live oak trees and the Spanish moss we can see an even more detailed face of the Savannah and that is her architectural design. But how does one even begin to fathom the complex history of Savannah with her architecture? Jonathon Stalcup took this challenge by the horns and did so in a marvelous way! Here’s why we LOVE Jonathon’s Architectural Tour:

Your Tour Guide

Jonathon Stalcup, a local author and SCAD graduate, sought to bring this “secret Savannah” to public light and did so in a marvelous way. On his tour you don’t feel overwhelmed with information or intimidated by his knowledge. His approach to enlightening his tour-mates is leisurely and comfortable making this the ideal tour for those of you who would want a brief overview of Savannah’s architecture without feeling like you’re losing that information.

Savannah’s Architecture and History

With over three hundred years of history compressed into its buildings a lot of people, Savannahians included, miss a lot when they don’t look up. Savannah has been there for a majority of American History and has also gone through constant changes in design and styles as the years go on. Jonathon does a marvelous job summing up the trials of Savannah as she was faces the challenges of history.

For example, did you know that after the Revolutionary War Savannahians of the time got so sick of the British Empire that they adopted Grecian architecture?  Although they did not get rid of all the Colonial Styles a good portion of the wealthy elite and others built or converted their homes, businesses, and public buildings into what appears to be Greek Temple and Pantheons. Stylish- but it made it difficult to discern which was the post office and which was your house. At least it was showing your true allegiance to democracy, right? Take that, British Empire!

Start Walking!

So book a tour with Jonathon, bring a bottle of water, wear comfortable shoes, and most importantly, prepare to be enlightened and once again captivated by Savannah’s beauty . Jonathon Stalcup’s Architectural Tour of Savannah will no doubt leave you with a whole new perspective.

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.”

You can also keep up with Azalea Inn & Gardens on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter, too!

Savannah Restaurant Week: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

January 5th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

One of our many favorites from 45 Bistro. :)

Scallops: one of our many favorites from 45 Bistro. :)

If there’s anything you should know about Savannah it’s that we are THE city when it comes to unique, tantalizing cuisine. So to celebrate coming the 24th of January and ending February 2nd The Savannah Restaurant Week will be taking off!

This 10-day festivity pays homage to the culinary gems of Savannah and offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to anyone looking for a more intimate look what these restaurants have to offer.

What’s Included

With over thirty spectacular restaurants participating this is a MUST for anyone!

Each restaurant participating in Savannah Restaurant Week is offering three decadent courses and for only $30 a person (not including tax and gratuity) you can be apart of this delicious escapade!

Whose Participating in Savannah Restaurant Week?

Participating restaurants for The Savannah Restaurant Week are scattered all throughout the Historic District and each has their own unique charm but let’s get you better acquainted with two of our favorites:

45 Bistro is a must for those of you looking for the terrific atmosphere of fine dining and cuisine with all the comforts of family. Located inside the Marshall House Hotel, 45 Bistro has made a significant impression on the people of Savannah and all of her travelers for being an excellent model for hospitality. And of course, one of our favorite places to have some fabulous meals!

Chef Brian, Sous Chef Alfredo, and the staff of 45 will do more satisfy your appetite; they’ll win your heart as well.

A.lure is a restaurant that might make you do a double take at the menu. Originally a divorce lawyer, Chef Charles found his true calling in low country cuisine and we are more than impressed! You’ll experience an almost overwhelming array decadent dishes that will satisfy your taste buds and send you back for more! His innovative approach to contemporary low country cuisine is truly masterful and not to be missed.

What are you waiting for?!

Come on down to Savannah to experience the restaurants mentioned above and many more! The Savannah Restaurant Week only comes twice a year so hop to 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.”

You can also keep up with Azalea Inn & Gardens on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter, too!

 

Savannah’s Jingle Bell Square

December 23rd, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

It’s getting closer to Christmas and we just can’t wait to share the inn with everyone! And of course, what is the Christmas spirit without any music?  Did you know that Savannah has her Jingle Bell Square? That’s right! Jingle Bells was written right here in Savannah’s Troup Square!

 The Musician

James L. Pierpont was a talented Music Director of the Unitarian Church overlooking Troup Square and also served as a Confederate cavalry regiment. Of the many lyrics and compositions he wrote, Jingle Bells was the one that really took Savannah’s people and the world by storm for its catchy tune!

The Music of Savannah’s Jingle Bell Square

He wrote the composition and lyrics to Jingle Bells in 1853 under the title ‘One Horse Open Sleigh’. His initial inspiration for the song was drawn from the bells attached to the harnesses of horses whose purpose was to alert other carriages of your presence when you were coming to a blind intersection.

The bells were especially important when it snowed seeing as how you can’t hear the sleighs! Imagine if they didn’t think of having them? YIKES.

 Jingle Bells Today!

When it was reprinted in 1859 it was given the name ‘Jingle Bells.’ Since it’s become public domain the song has become a Christmas classic having been covered by scores of musicians all over the world! So come down to Troup Square on the corner of Habersham and Harris street in the Historic District! And from all of us at the Azalea Inn & Gardens: Have a Merry Christmas, a Happy Holiday, and a wonderful New Year!

 

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.”

You can also keep up with Azalea Inn & Gardens on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter, too!

Savannah, Birthplace of the Girl Scouts

November 19th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Birthplace of the Girl ScoutsScouts honor, Savannah is the bona fide birthplace of the Girl Scouts of the USA.

In 1912, Savannah’s own Juliette Gordon Low dreamed of a world where young girls would enjoy the same real-world education that boys enjoyed. Or, that is to say – as she did,  a ‘real fun’ experience that shapes courage, confidence and character.

 

Equality for Young Women in America Started Here

A young lady’s male counterpart at that time had the Boy Scouts, whose official organization was incorporated a mere 2 years earlier. That is, 2 years before Juliette, or ‘Daisy’ as she was called, started a ripple in the fight for women’s rights across America. Juliette gave girls equal rights 7 years before the 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote. Go Juliette.

In the Year of 1912…

Imagine, Savannah in 1912, the same year the Titanic sailed. And we are sure you can recall the opulence of dress that Kate Winslet donned for her character, Rose in the movie. Just saying, the fashion certainly did not put women on an equal playing ground – but THIS Girl Scout sure wouldn’t mind an opportunity to play dress up while celebrating my equal rights, and selling cookies, or, eating them.

Living History Right Here in Savannah, Birthplace of the Girl Scouts

Wouldn’t you know, that the Juliette Gordon Low birthplace was the FIRST Registered National Landmark in Savannah? That started another tidal wave, for we now have one of the largest historic districts in the country. Come see for yourself! Also, as we mentioned already, Daisy said that her #1 reason for founding the Girl Scouts is that it’s “real fun.” Savannah continues to deliver on that.

When you visit Savannah, we think spending an hour or two at the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace is a great idea – for girls AND boys of all ages. It is located at 10 East Oglethorpe Avenue (at the intersection of Bull and Oglethorpe). Full of living history, and, real fun!

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.”

You can also keep up with Azalea Inn & Gardens on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter, too!

The History of Veterans Day

November 10th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Savannah is filled with history, and sometimes it just sucks us right into a world of imagination. As we’ve been preparing the Inn for our participation in the B&B for Vets Program, we’ve also been thinking  about the history of Veterans Day.

B&B for Vets which is a nation-wide effort to honor our Vets by booking our inn full and free of charge to those that have served our country on the eve of the federal holiday that celebrates them. It’s something we’ve been doing for a couple years now.

That’ll just make you jealous, though. So THIS, the history of Veterans Day, is fascinating.

The History of Veterans Day, Simplified

The way I’m lookin’ at it, Veterans Day as a federal holiday went through 4 major changes: 2 acts of Congress bookended by the actions of 2 US presidents (Wilson, and Eisenhower) after the first glimmer of peace following the devastations of World War I.

  • It All Starts in 1918: Have you ever wondered where the expression “Eleventh Hour” came from? Well, it predates the Armistice of 1918 but you’ll remember that at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an important document was signed in northern France, in Compiègne. The Armistice of Compiègne marks the beginning of the end of The Great War (also known as World War I). That’s the important thing, the beginning of peace. And now, you won’t forget the 11th when your friends ask, will ya?

 

  • The First Commemoration in 1919: Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States, declares a nation-wide remembrance of Armistice day, that beginning of peace following WWI. It was to be celebrated on that very same day, November 11. Armistice is commemorated.

 

  • Congress Acts in 1926: Congress adopts a resolution  directing the President to issue an annual proclamation to ensure that Armistice is commemorated. President Calvin Coolidge is in office at the time. Resolving to remember peace every year.

 

  • Dedication to World Peace in 1938: This year, President Franklin D. Roosevelt is in office. His Congress passes legislation. Now the legal holiday of Armistice Day is in place, “to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated” It’s law, now, to remember peace.

 

  • A Name Change in 1954: President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States, changes the name of the federal holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day. It is because of Eisenhower that we’re talking about Veterans Day, and we’re so proud of that. Different holiday name, same important sentiment.

History of Veterans Day

Of course, this short reflection on the History of Vererans Day is much more simplified than what great history books will tell you, but it’s something to think about on the eve of Veterans Day.

Now, go thank a vet.

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.”

You can also keep up with Azalea Inn & Gardens on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter, too!

Sample Breakfast Menus at Our Bed and Breakfast

November 3rd, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Ooh hey y’all – cold weather is approaching. THAT means more time happily spent in a toasty kitchen concocting delightful dishes for friends and family. You’re in luck, because when you stay with us, YOU are our friends and family.

We tell you all about what the experience of breakfast is like here, but for right now, let’s just indulge our imaginations a little with some sample breakfast menus

How lucky will you feel when we place your stuffed breakfast potato in front of you. It’s twice-baked with eggs, bacon, green peppers, fresh chives and melted monterey jack cheese. YUM

bakedpotatoes

 

Or some thick cut bacon, a half-orange broiled then sprinkled with spice to accompany fruit-filled cheese blintzes with berries and coulis…

blintz

How about caramelized french toast with strawberries and local sausage?

frenchtoast

When you visit Savannah and need a place to rest, to feel safe and be happy – just like when you’re at home – you won’t be scrambling for a place to have breakfast each morning, because what just might be the best meal of your day is awaiting YOU at our bed and BREAKFAST.

 

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.”

You can also keep up with Azalea Inn & Gardens on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter, too!

Holiday Tour of Homes

October 27th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Holiday Tour of HomesSavannah’s Annual Holiday Tour of Homes is YOUR chance to get a peek inside some of the most fabulous houses that grace our beautiful city. They’re all decorated for the holidays, too. This year, the 39th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes will take place on Saturday, December 14 (2013).

 

How to Attend

You can purchase tickets for Savannah’s Annual Holiday Tour of Homes in advance after you’ve decided to indulge yourself in a much-needed vacation in Savannah. As far as deciding specifics, there are two home tours, each giving you the insiders look at 6 homes each, or 12 homes and another historic building where the option of indulging in Victorian tea is yours for the taking if you want it all.

 

12 Beautiful Homes….

You and yours can make a day of the Holiday Tour of Homes in Savannah. Trolleys to and from each home are included in your ticket price. There is an afternoon tour from 12-3pm and an evening tour from 5-8. 6 homes will be shown at each tour, with no repeats. That means, 12 homes total! $35 each or both tours for $90 including the Victorian Tea.

 

…And Victorian Tea, Oh My!

When you visit Savannah on December 14, you can even splurge on a Victorian Tea at the John Williams Townhouse at  3 or 4pm – you choose. Just $25 gets you into the historic building where fashion-forward Savannians nod to the opulence and frivolous frocks of days long past as they serve you tea and light refreshments. Think of the new profile pics and bragging rights! WOW. We’re telling you, this is an EVENT.

 

The Holiday Tour of Homes was created by Savannah’s Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) to give locals and visitors alike a glimpse into how families live and decorate in their own styles within a historic home. Last year, the organizers kept saying that Savannah delights in making a big fuss over her guests – and in all the best ways, that is SO TRUE.

 

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.”

You can also keep up with Azalea Inn & Gardens on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter, too!

Ghost Stories of Savannah – Our Favorites

October 15th, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Ghost Stories of SavannahSome say that Savannah is one of the most haunted cities in America.

Today we’re sharing ghost stories of Savannah – our favorites including the story of Tomochichi, The Pirate’s House and the Colonial Park Cemetery.

The Ghost of Tomochichi, the Yamacraw chief who who helped the founders of Savannah establish our city in 1733, allegedly resides in Wright Square. Ghost tour guides will tell you to find the large rock monument to Tomochichi on the southeast corner of Wright Square, run around it three times saying “TOMOCHICHI.” His ghost may appear.

The Pirate’s House is a restaurant in the downtown historic district. They say that in one of the back rooms a little girl sits on stairs that go…nowhere. Seriously, stairs that go NOWHERE. If she’s shy, there are real pirates walking around.

The Colonial Park Cemetery is located at the intersection of Abercorn and Oglethorpe. Aside from being beautiful in the daytime, there are many hauntings and haints that reside among the old gravestones and lurking among the clumps of Spanish moss dumped from the live oaks that are scattered throughout the premises.

There are so many great things to do here when you visit, and choosing your own ghost-spotting adventure in Savannah is just one of them. We’re always here to help.

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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