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Spend Your Thanksgiving in Savannah, GA with Us

November 15th, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson

Thanksgiving is coming so soon! If your family is spread far and wide, you can spend your Thanksgiving in Savannah, GA with us! We are starting preparations for the festivities already. Thanksgiving is so special for us, because we sure love to cook and we have A LOT to be grateful for.

 

You are officially invited to stay at Azalea Inn & Gardens for a top notch Thanksgiving celebration in Savannah. On Black Friday you’ll be able to shop until you drop because you know our oh-so-comfy bedsheets and bathrobes are here waiting for YOU.

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Savannah Inn Cultivates a Garden of Eating – Part 2

April 14th, 2011 by Teresa Jacobson

Garden of Eating

What an exciting concept – a small Savannah inn cultivates a Garden of Eating! The same historic bed and breakfast that began a recycling program two years before the city did is breaking new grounds – literally.  Azalea Inn and Gardens has teamed up with local farmer, Adam Mentzer of Adam’s Farm to develop a high-yield square-foot garden in the urban locale of historic Savannah’s former garden district.  In the 2005 commissioned research of 217 E. Huntingdon Street it was discovered that the grounds on which our Inn is located were once part of the original 5-acre garden plots given to each new settler in James Oglethorpe’s Savannah colony.

Several consultations later, Adam presented the innkeepers with a design, a budget and a plan.  Construction began on March 5, compost was hauled in on March 18 and planting commenced on March 24.   Jake designed and installed the irrigation system over the course of those few weeks and completed the installation and hook-up on April 9.  The garden is springing to life with seeded crop pushing leaves through the soil and seedlings taking hold and growing.

We opted for a variety of produce to grace the raised beds installed throughout the small plot area choosing many varieties of tomato (Brandymaster Pink, Morning Light yellow, Cherokee Purple, Amana Orange and Supersweets), members of the squash family (cucumber, gourd Cucuzzi snake, 8-Ball Squash, Zucchini,  and two forms of eggplant), the melon family (Galia, Athena, and other curcurbits),  peppers including Aristocrat and Anastar along with Ancients, several beans (Kentucky blue pole and purple and yellow bush beans) and a variety of root crop from scarlet queen red turnips to fennel and carrots and potatoes.

We also threw in some strawberry varieties for good measure and a bed dedicated to herbs.  Finally, a customer of Jake’s, a blueberry farmer, had given us four plants and we were pleased to see they were beginning to put forth fruit.

We are excited to see how our garden grows and the delight we anticipate in the eyes and on the palates of our guests as they enjoy the bounty of “Our Garden of Eating” at our inn.

Heartwarming Review: “Azalea Inn My Mind”

March 24th, 2011 by Teresa Jacobson

Dear Teresa, Elizabeth, Kimberly, Kolin and Miss Betty,

Three days back in Miami, and still I have not been able to stop thinking of your wonderful Inn.  It has been difficult for me to concentrate at work.  I find myself going into your website and reading all the wonderful blogs, trying to keep this dreamy feeling as long as possible.  May I never wake up from this dream.  The minute we walked in to your house (because we felt like this was “your” house, not a bed and breakfast), we felt like we were stepping into another world, another country (if you will), a country full of friendliness, good manners, excellent service, fabulous food accompanied by wonderful discussions over breakfast.  In this little country called Azalea, strangers became friends in less than ten minutes, discussions flowed and laughter came easy.  In this little country, smiles came easy and helpfulness came naturally.  This beautiful little country is full of color and flowers and rooms full of light; the people that are lucky enough to visit this place are magically transformed from the moment that they walk in through the foyer.  We have visited many places, many countries but we have never felt so welcomed, so comfortable, yet so reluctant to leave the poetry and the charm of the place.  Here we found culture, southern hospitality (which is as warm as our own Latin version of it which stresses the importance of family and food that warms the heart and soul), and the best gourmet breakfasts that we have ever tasted (I am not exaggerating!!!).

I would wish for my words to capture the feeling, I would wish to write an ode to the Azalea and to each one of you.  Thank you Teresa for sharing your wonderful stories, your wit, your energy, your flowers, thank you for creating Azalea and for making it grow as lovely as your garden.  Thank you Kolin for food that melts in your mouth.  Thank you Elizabeth and Kimberly for five-star service and for golden smiles.  Thank you Miss Betty for your sweet personality and an extra smile for my Mami every morning when you greeted her.

May we all be lucky enough to visit Azalea once again and may the dream last forever.  I will end this heart-felt tribute with some of my favorite lines from Keats’s “Ode to a Nightingale”, which perfectly suits beautiful Savannah and your Azalea:

O, for a draught of vintage! that hath been

Cool’d a long age in the deep-delved earth,

Tasting of Flora and the country green,

Dance, and Provencal song, and sunburnt mirth!

O for a beaker full of the warm South,

Full of the true, the blushful Hippocrene,

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Thank you again for inspiring my mother, my sister and I and for making our stay in Savannah so special!  Azalea will always be in our thoughts and in our dreams.

Fondest greetings from,

Ana (myself), Maria Esther (my sister), and Esther Pezon (my beautiful mother)

Thanksgiving Dinner at Azalea Inn and Gardens

August 20th, 2010 by Teresa Jacobson

Just because you left town for the Thanksgiving holiday doesn’t mean you have to miss out on a truly traditional and delicious Thanksgiving meal.  Book yourself a relaxing and stress-free stay in one of Savannah’s finest bed and breakfasts – Azalea Inn and Gardens – for the holiday and join us for Thanksgiving Dinner at 3 P.M.

Kolin, our personal chef, and I sat down today to create a Thanksgiving menu to rival even your grandmother’s.  We started with the obvious choices…turkey, dressing and Pecan Pie, and then added a little Azalea Inn style.  Seafood is a staple in the south, so we thought that we would start the meal with a Savannah favorite, Southern Style crab cakes with a basic remoulade.  Served with Beet deviled eggs and we feel like we are still keeping it semi-traditional. 

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Kami-Kazi de Squirrel takes a bite out of Georgia Power

May 29th, 2010 by Teresa Jacobson

At 7:15 this morning at 217 E. Huntingdon Street, Savannah, Georgia, the booming sound of a cannon being fired followed immediately by power loss, interrupted the breakfast preparation at Azalea Inn and Gardens for the next 90 minutes. Innkeeper Teresa Jacobson uttered an expletive of a gentle Southern nature then quickly set about getting one last pot of coffee a drippin’ – she knew that contraption would have enough super-hot water to push one more precious pot through. Three pots of coffee, 20 guests…. could mean trouble.

Jake (her husband and occasional “Juice Boy”) strode through the back door to announce that a member of the de Squirrel family had taken out the transformer… again. Quickly assessing the situation, Teresa ordered Jake to “Fire up the grill” and looked up in time to see Kolin letting himself through the front door. Kolin was assigned to finishing the herbed potatoes on the gas stovetop and to prep the fruit. Teresa scooped two of three Chicken-Broccoli Quiches out of the oven and fairly ran down the hall to the backyard grill. The temperature had only reached 350, so leaving Jake in charge of fine-tuning the temp and guarding the quiches, she turned quickly and trotted back to the kitchen. Jake had already brought up from the basement the only non-electric powered coffee maker in the house – a glass drip contraption that takes easily 20 minutes to make a pot with tortuous administration of dollops of water – but there were 20 coffee drinkers in the house and surely mayhem would ensue if not provided with the morning sustenance!

In the meantime, potatoes progressed, quiches puffed nicely, coffee laboriously brewed, and watermelon and kiwi were prepared for the plates – though we did change the plan a bit. The white-chocolate cranberry scones would not be ready for the first seating – oh well – I simply erased it off the menu! The breakfast table was full of merriment as a fire alarm kept ringing off and on in a first floor room – the shower was creating too much steam and with no exhaust, the poor wife kept opening the room door and fanning it back and forth until the alarm stopped only to start up again when she shut the door. We told the story of the unfortunate critter each time a guest came down for coffee and chuckled at the obvious observations of possibilities – squirrel stew, squirrel fricassee, etc. The third quiche made it to the grill shortly before the first breakfast guests arrived, and after setting breakfast on the table Teresa zipped out to the grill with the first batch of scones and managed to deliver a plate full to the table shortly before the second seating arrived. They were heavenly and just what we all needed – a sweet pick-me-up!

During the second seating we again recounted the story, and continued to point the way to the corpse of the culprit – how very odd that everyone wanted to see the scoundrel. One gentleman, a funny fellow, stated his heart felt heavy with sadness over the squirrel’s untimely demise. What could l do? Grief counseling? Well, tonight from 5 to 6 pm we will have a poolside memorial for young Kami during which wine and hors d’ouevres will be served.  Amen.

Cotton Exchange and Sweet Olive get a facelift!

August 29th, 2009 by Teresa Jacobson

Well, let’s be specific and say, “Two of Azalea Inn and Gardens’ favorite rooms just got a chin lift.”
The decks were torn down and completely rebuilt to accommodate the tree that grows right outside the Cotton Exchange and up past Live Oak Canopy. The tree had the deck going all katiwhumpus and the nails holding all together were groaning to be released from the pain.
My brother Sean arrived on Saturday afternoon, and by Sunday afternoon, must have been bored silly and offered to fix the decks.  Now Sean is a perfectionist when it comes to carpentry, so it would be no other way than tearing it down and rebuilding it, using all the same materials just re-purposed with the addition of composite decking boards which NEVER need painting!

 

Cotton Exchange before:                      Sweet Olive before:
Cotton Exchange BalconySweet Olive Balcony

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