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Romance In Savannah

January 15, 2016 by Teresa Jacobson

Valentine’s Day on the horizon has you thinking about romance doesn’t it.  Savannah is the perfect romantic getaway for Valentine’s Day or anytime. We’ll make all the arrangements for the perfect date and romance in Savannah.

Rekindle The Romance at Azalea Inn

Rekindle The Romance at Azalea Inn




Begin with the Rekindle the Romance Package we offer at The Azalea Inn & Villas.  Luxurious accommodations with wine, chocolate covered strawberries, and a rose petal turndown set the mood for romance.



Take a private carriage ride with Carriage Tours of Savannah to roof top lounge Top Deck to watch the sunset over the Savannah River.


The Pink House

The Pink House




After the sun has gone down, take a Short stroll through historic Johnson Square to The Olde Pink House for a delicious and romantic dinner steeped in Old South nostalgia that only The Olde Pink House mansion can offer.


Another short walk back through Johnson Square and Ellis Square for after dinner drinks at Jazz’d where you will hear Savannah’s best jazz musicians.


If you’re ready to head back to the Inn, jump into a Savannah Pedicab for two under a blanket for a leisurely ride back to the Inn.

Midnight Ghost City Tour

Midnight Ghost City Tour


If you’re not quite ready to turn in, a Midnight Ghost Tour with Ghost Tours of Savannah is a sure fire way to have your love holding you tight as you walk through Savannah’s squares hearing tales of Savannah’s Historic District’s deaths, murders, and haunting’s.

Guaranteed romance in Savannah!  And since you won’t want the romance to end, we’ll set up a new itinerary for the next night.  Come to Azalea Inn and let us pamper you and your love silly.


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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Savannah’s Fall Festival’s

July 17, 2015 by Teresa Jacobson

Fall festivals in Savannah offer something for everyone.   Savannah Voice Festival, Savannah Jazz Festival, Savannah Film Festival, Savannah Food & Wine Festival. Make your reservations now at Azalea Inn & Villas for Fall!

Fall brings festivals, fun and gorgeous weather to Savannah.  Make reservations and get tickets now for one of these Savannah events.  The only problem is choosing which of Savannah’s fall festival’s!

August 2 – 16      Summer wraps up with the Savannah VOICE Festival – The Savannah VOICE festival takes the city by storm with great classical singing of opera, music theater and song.

August 7 – 8     Dog Days of Summer Festival on River Street – Dogs bring your leash and your owner for all out dog fun on River Street.  Doggy vendors, activities, and a parade just for our furry friends.


Dog Days of Summer on River Street

Dog Days of Summer on River Street

September 4 – 5     Bacon Festival on River Street – Yep, it’s exactly what it sounds like.  Local restaurants will be set up along the river with their best bacon dishes.

September 12      Revival Fest – A fall festival celebrating the best in Southern music, local and regional foods, crafts, beer and spirits.

Revival Fest

Revival Fest

September 20 – 26      Savannah Jazz Festival – Produced by the Coastal Jazz Association, the Savannah Jazz Festival is FREE and open to the public in Forsyth Park just steps away from Azalea Inn & Villas.

October 3 – 4      Octoberfest on River Street – Enjoy a bit of Germany Savannah style with German beers, food, music, and of course the Weiner Dog Races.

Savannah Jazz Festival

Savannah Jazz Festival

October 24 – 31      Savannah Film Festival – The Savannah College of Art and Design presents the annual festival, filled with cinematic creativity from both award-winning professionals and emerging student filmmakers. Each year more than 40,000 people attend the eight day Savannah Film Festival. The festival is host to a wide variety of competition film screenings, special screenings, workshops, panels, and lectures.

November 6 – 7      Hopped Up on Georgia Brews Festival on River Street – An incredible tasting event featuring over 20 breweries from Georgia.

Savannah Film Festival

Savannah Film Festival

November 9 – 15      Savannah Food & Wine Festival – Celebrating wine and culinary excellence in Savannah with wine dinners, tasting events, a festival and more.

November 14 – 15      Telfair Art Fair – Held in the heart of the historic district in Telfair Square, this open air art fair features over 80 chosen artists from around the country displaying and selling works in various artistic disciplines.

Savannah Food & Wine Festival

Savannah Food & Wine Festival

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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Tour Hidden Gardens in the Historic District of Savannah

April 22, 2015 by Teresa Jacobson

This past weekend, The Garden Club of Savannah celebrated the 40th Anniversary of it’s Tour of Hidden Gardens.  Visitors were granted access to eight private gardens throughout the Historic District as well as the Massie Heritage Center Gardens.  The gardens ranged from expansive green space to small courtyards all brimming with beautiful native garden species and unique decor.   Just in case you missed it, we took pictures all along the way to share with you.

The Platt Garden – East Hall Street
The Platt Garden has generous private green space in the heart of Savannah’s Historic District.  A massive oak offers shade to the entire garden and reaches out over the sidewalk down Hall Street.
Click on the first photo to launch The Platt Garden slide show.

The Murse/Kern Garden – East Huntington Street
Cherokee Roses drap the gate at the entrance of the Murse/Kern garden.  Recent renovations to this garden include a beautiful fountain and built-in brick planters.  We found a mother robin nesting in a potted lemon tree.
Click on the first photo to launch The Murse/Kern Garden slide show.

The Mastrianni/Hester Garden – East Gaston Street
A sculpture bought by the homeowners while on vacation in Europe is the centerpiece of this small courtyard garden.  The art hangs above a mostly edible garden while colorful trumpet honeysuckle covers the wall of the garden.
Click on the first photo to launch The Mastrianni/Hester Garden slide show.

The Seabolt Garden – Abercorn Street
Another small courtyard garden built for lounging all year round.  A covered patio adorned with small statues and planters looks over a sitting area with a working fireplace and corner fountain.
Click on the first photo to launch The Seabolt Garden slide show.

Massie Heritage Center Gardens – East Gordon Street
The Massie Heritage Center is honored as Georgia’s oldest school in continuous operation.  The extensive grounds along Calhoun Square has a lovely courtyard surrounded by a brick wall draped in green vines.
Click on the first photo to launch the Massie Heritage Center Garden slide show.

The Russell Garden – East Gordon Street
The Russell Garden got our vote for the most beautiful entrance.  Brick columns in an iron fence covered in greens sets the stage for the lush drama of the garden within.   A beautiful brick patio takes you through an arbor to a pond with a sculpture and fountain surrounded by bamboo.  It’s so lush, you feel like you’ve stepped into a jungle.
Click on the first photo to launch The Russell Garden slide show.

The Chastulik Garden – West Gordon Street

Every step of the way through the garden and pathways of the Chastulik garden had fun garden treasures to see.  We only scratched the surface with the photos.  Walkways through two different patio area leads you to an open garden with a swimming pool.  Two stories of screened in porches overlook this incredible space filled with enchanting creatures, decor, and planters.  We weren’t surprised to see a plaque from Hidden Garden Tours of years past throughout the garden.
Click on the first photo to launch The Chastulik Garden slide show.

 The Bolch Garden – West Perry Street
The Bolch garden is designed with walkways around two fountains and a patio with a stunning Italian white marble sculpture.
Click on the first photo to launch The Bolch Garden slide show.

The Salandi Garden – East Oglethorpe Avenue
The Salandi garden of the Ballastone Inn is a lovely space for guests to relax in.  Moss dragonflies adorn the walls of this secret space hidden behind huge potted tea olives lining Oglethorpe Avenue.
Click on the first photo to launch The Salandi Garden slide show.


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.”

Savannah Celebrates Spring With Festivals and Fun

April 7, 2015 by Teresa Jacobson

Azalea's in the Inn Garden

Azalea’s in the Inn Garden




The weather has finally shifted and the azaleas are blooming.  Spring has sprung in Savannah and it is beautiful!  Spring is a fantastic time to be in Savannah as everyone feels the glorious relief of warmth from the chill of winter and gets ready to celebrate with a bevy of spring festivals and fun that Savannah has to offer.


Fort Pulaski National Park

Fort Pulaski National Park

Locals and visitors from all over the world have just enjoyed another incredibly successful Savannah Music Festival.  With artists such as The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Roseann Cash, Bela Fleck, and Mavis Staples it’s easy to understand why USA Today calls the Festival, “one of the top festivals in the world”.  The rest of April in Savannah will see a wonderfully diverse offering of festivals.  On April 11th and 12th, there will be an incredible celebration colonial history at the 153rd Anniversary of the Siege of Fort Pulaski, Savannah’s own National Park.  Participate in a diverse array of activities to recognize the Battle of Fort Pulaski in 1862.  A fantastic Earth Day Festival will be in beautiful Forsyth Park on April 18th just steps away from The Azalea Inn.

SCAD Sidewalk Art Festival

SCAD Sidewalk Art Festival



The Tybee Island Wine Festival will last 5 days from April 22nd – 26th, and then you’re back to Forsyth Park for the SCAD Sidewalk Chalk Festival on April 25th.  There are a few rooms left at The Inn for that last minute getaway into the sunshine of the South and The Azalea Inn concierge is ready to help you navigate all festivities!


Susan G Komen Race photo from

Susan G Komen Race
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Runners will wash Savannah’s Historic District with Pink on April 18th for the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure.  The world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer ever created with 100% of proceeds going toward their mission.  Registration is still open and there is room at The Azalea Inn!  Take a run for a good cause then let Inn staff pamper you silly while you rest your tired feet in our garden pool.



River Street Seafood Festival

River Street Seafood Festival

Make plans now to be with us at The Azalea Inn & Gardens in May.  The River Street Seafood Festival kicks off the month May 1 – 3.  Seafood Fest is one of River Street’s longest running and most anticipated events of the year.  Come enjoy shrimp, crawfish, oysters, crab, and live music at Rousakis Plaza.  Savannah’s most colorful cultural festival, The Savannah Scottish Games, will take place on May 2nd at historic Bethesda Academy’s Bynah’s Field overlooking the iconic Moon River.  A grand celebration with music, dancing and athletic competition, demonstrations, shopping, food, and fun for all!  If Scottish culture isn’t what you’re looking for on May 2nd, you can head to Tybee Island and submerge yourself in the low country culture of one of America’s best small beach towns by joining their Tybee Island Tour of Homes.   Wait a week and experience the Savannah Preservation Festival from May 7th – 9th.  It is an educational festival that demonstrates all the historic preservation that makes Savannah so unique and special.  The Preservation Wine Tour is always in high demand.

Visual Blues Exhibit at Telfair Museum

Visual Blues Exhibit at Telfair Museum



Art lovers can join the Starland District Art March on May 1st.  This tour guides you through local galleries and art exhibits south of Forsyth Park in the Starland District neighborhood the first Friday of every month.  Visit The Telfair Museum to experience the Visual Blues Art Exhibit through the end of May or go to Telfair’s Jepson Center on May 15th for nationally renowned jewelry designer Zia Sachedina 10th Anniversary Fashion Show.


There are many more fun and intriguing things to do and places to be in the Spring in Savannah.  The Azalea Inn & Gardens is excited to be your guide and show you southern hospitality at its best.

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.”

Thanks for reading. Don’t forget to follow Azalea Inn & Gardens on Facebook and Twitter, too!

Eloping in Savannah – Ditch the Big Wedding Already!

January 22, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

elopingIf 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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Spend Your Thanksgiving in Savannah, GA with Us

November 15, 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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The Most Divine Buttermilk Pancake Recipe – EVER!

February 10, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson

Pancakes at the the best bed and breakfast in Savannah GA

Azalea Inn's Blueberry and Pear Buttermilk Pancakes

We believe that we have the most Divine Buttermilk Pancake recipe – EVER!  We make this claim easily after witnessing the unfettered consumption of each deletable bite, right down to the last drip of maple syrup, whenever we serve them. These pancakes are light and moist with a texture that is a cross between a crepe and a pancake.

Preparation is quite simple and the batter is the perfect vehicle for added flavors such as fresh plump blueberries, sliced or diced apples or pears or perhaps toasted pecans. We prefer to assemble the dry ingredients the night before, but this is not necessary. Are you ready?

Buttermilk Pecan Pancakes

Yield: 4 servings of 3 pancakes per serving

1          cup all-purpose flour

2          tablespoons yellow cornmeal

2          tablespoons (packed) golden brown sugar

1          teaspoon baking powder

1          teaspoon baking soda

½       teaspoon salt

1          cup buttermilk

1         cup plain whole-milk yogurt

1          large egg

1          tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Additional unsalted butter

Combine first 6 ingredients in large bowl; whisk to blend. Whisk buttermilk, yogurt, and egg in medium bowl to blend; add to dry ingredients and stir until just blended but still lumpy. Gently mix in 1 1/2 tablespoons melted butter.  Avoid over-mixing the batter (it’s okay if there are lumps) to ensure that the pancakes will be airy. At this point, add  your choice of “flavoring”, toasted pecans, sliced bananas or apples, blueberries – you get the idea!

Heat griddle or large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Spread thin coating of butter over griddle and let melt. Working in batches, drop batter by 1/3 cupfuls onto griddle, spacing apart.  (If you want to make several different flavors of pancakes, add the ingredient to the top of the pancake now). Cook pancakes until brown on bottom and bubbles form on top, about 3 minutes. Turn pancakes over and sprinkle chopped pecans on top; cook until bottoms are brown and pancakes are barely firm to touch. Transfer to plates. Repeat with remaining batter, adding more butter to griddle as needed.


Would you prefer to have your pancakes served in bed?  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” in July 2011.

Call us today at 800.582.3823 or reserve online by clicking here.

Azalea Inn’s Tomato Harvest WOW

July 10, 2011 by Teresa Jacobson

We have had the most incredible garden treats from Azalea Inn and our tomato harvest has inspired our favorite (so far) WOW recipe: Tomato Jam.  I picked the last of our cherry and yellow pear tomatoes  to be turned into our infamous Tomato Jam.  We plan to serve the Jam on Rosemary shortbread at next week’s wine and appetizer hour.  As you can see from the impish faces of Kolin and Courtney, we love our tomatoes!  I am not sure how many of the garden harvested tomatoes made it into the jam, but there was enough for two more canning jars of our oft-requested jam recipe (compliments of Bon Appetite, April 2010).

The recipe itself calls for 5 large tomatoes but we have a plethora of the cherry and tiny yellow pear tomatoes and found that they worked as well, if not better, with the two-tone color. We did not skin these tomatoes as the recipe calls for, instead squeezing the seeds out whole and tossing into the saucepan, no boiling first necessary.

Tomato Jam:

2 1/4 pounds ripe tomatoes (about 5 large)

2 cups granulated sugar

Generous pinch of salt

Generous pinch of ground cayenne pepper

2 or 3 grinds of black pepper

2 or 3 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Using a paring knife, cut out the stem end of each tomato, then slice a shallow X in the bottom. Plunge the tomatoes into the boiling water until their skins loosen, about 30 seconds. Remove them with a slotted spoon and let cool.

When cool enough to handle, slip off the tomato skins. Discard the water, but save the saucepan for cooking the jam. Halve the tomatoes crosswise and gently squeeze out the seeds and juice. Chop the tomatoes into 1/3-inch pieces.

Return the tomatoes to the saucepan; stir in the sugar, salt, and peppers. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently to ensure that the mixture is cooking evenly but not burning, until most of the liquid has evaporated. If foam occasionally rises to the top, skim it off with a large spoon. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon juice to taste.

Ladle the jam into sterilized jars. Cover tightly, let cool, and refrigerate. The jam will keep for at least 6 months refrigerated, though it has not lasted that long at the inn!

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Azalea Inn and Gardens receives prestigious “Certificate of Excellence”

May 29, 2011 by Teresa Jacobson

A Savannah Georgia way to stayAzalea Inn and Gardens has once again been recognized by those who know it best: travelers.   It’s always nice to receive praise for something that you love doing – it encourages you.  It’s especially nice when the praise comes from our guests reviewing what we do on the TripAdvisor website.  We are excited to announce that we have been chosen to receive TripAdvisor’s prestigious 2011 Certificate of Excellence award.  This prestigious honor is only given to properties that consistently received excellent ratings from their guests.   We know you have a lot of choices when it comes to where to stay in Savannah and when you choose us, well, it means that all the hard work is paying off for both of us.

Being one of the top ten Savannah B&Bs is not to be sneezed at, getting 4.5 marks out of 5 is pretty pleasing too, and having 96% positive comments makes us blush! Thanks to all the guests that took the time to leave their review on TripAdvisor.  We also take this as a challenge to keep our standards high and make the Azalea Inn and Gardens as comfortable as possible for guests so that their stay is unforgettable. Being rewarded by such a trusted site as TripAdvisor is a great honor for us.

We invite you to see for yourself what all the buzz is about in historic Savannah, Georgia’s premiere bed and breakfast inn.   Book your stay now at our  Savannah, Georgia Bed and Breakfast to enjoy the bounty of our Garden District eco-friendly garden.   Located in the historic district of Savannah, GA, Azalea Inn and Gardens is the premier destination for earth to table dining at breakfast!

Alligator Soul debutes Lunch Menu – Wow!

October 14, 2009 by Teresa Jacobson

Alligator SoulLast Monday, three innkeepers and a husband met at Alligator Soul to admire the new logo and sample the newly-opened-for-lunch menu.   Chef Chris DiNello shared with Savannah Foodie’s Tim Rutherford:  “Our focus is on express gourmet Southern-style lunch for under $10. The menu will be short, light and diverse. Diners should expect changes on a regular basis because I’m using ingredients that are fresh, local and predominately organic.”

Alligator Soul’s world class cuisine and ambiance is well-known in the bed and breakfast circles, and a favorite of these three innkeepers and one of our top choices for dinner recommendations.  Could Maureen and Chris, the co-owners, meet our expectations and their own?

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