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Christmas in Savannah: Our Favorite Holiday Recipes

December 21, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Christmas in Savannah

Enjoy delicious holiday recipes when you stay at Azalea Inn in Savannah

Christmas in Savannah

Christmas in Savannah is a special time. The historic downtown area is decorated in red bows, wreaths, and white lights, creating a sense of nostalgia and excitement for the holiday season. Food can also create a sense of nostalgia during the holidays, whether it’s your mother’s famous Christmas Day roast, the chocolate cake your grandmother always made, or the cookies you would make every year for Santa Claus and his reindeer. This season, at Azalea Inn, we pulled out a few of our favorite holiday recipes, perfect for Christmas day! Today, we will share with you our favorite Christmas breakfast and our favorite Santa Claus cookies!




Caramelized French Toast

Our Caramelized French Toast is one of our favorite breakfast recipes here at Azalea Inn. It is also the perfect decadent treat for Christmas morning! Don’t want to make it yourself? Then let us do the hard work! We’ll be serving this scrumptious dish on Christmas morning!



½ Cup Corn Syrup

2 Cups Brown Sugar

2 Sticks Butter

1 Loaf French Bread, cubed

12 Eggs

2 Cups Half & Half

2 Tsp Vanilla

½ Cup Sour Cream

1 Pint Strawberries, sliced


8 greased Ramekins



Combine Corn Syrup, Brown Sugar and Butter in a heavy sauce pan and heat, stirring until bubbly. Pour mixture into greased ramekins. Fill ramekins with bread cubes. Mix Eggs, Half & Half and vanilla and pour over bread, making sure all cubes are soaked. Cover ramekins and refrigerate over-night.


Pre-heat oven to 350. Bake for 45 minutes. To serve, loosen edges of bread from ramekin with a knife and invert onto plate so that caramelized part is on top. Spoon TBSP of Sour Cream on top and top with Sliced Strawberries.



Christmas in Savannah

How about some oh-so-gooey Giant Chocolate Toffee Cookies for Santa?

Giant Chocolate Toffee Cookies

Another one of our favorite holiday treats at Azalea Inn is our Giant Chocolate Toffee Cookies. Rich, sweet, and oh-so-gooey, these are the best cookies to leave for Santa Claus (or to have a few for yourself!).







1/2 cup all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

12 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) chocolate, chopped

4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter

1-3/4 cups (packed) brown sugar

4 large eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

5 1.4-ounce chocolate-covered English toffee bars (such as Heath), coarsely chopped

1 cup walnuts, toasted, chopped



Combine flour, baking powder and salt in small bowl; whisk to blend. Stir chocolate and butter in top of double boiler set over simmering water until melted and smooth. Remove from over water. Cool mixture to lukewarm.

Using electric mixer, beat sugar and eggs in bowl until thick, about 5 minutes.

Beat in chocolate mixture and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture, then toffee and nuts. Chill batter overnight.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment or waxed paper. Drop batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto sheets, spacing 2 1/2 inches apart. Bake just until tops are dry and cracked but cookies are still soft to touch, about 15 minutes. Cool on sheets. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.)


Christmas in Savannah

Make plans to visit Azalea Inn and Savannah today!

Enjoy these Recipes & More at Azalea Inn

Christmas in Savannah is such a special time, and the delicious treats we create and enjoy together make the holidays even more memorable. Book your rooms today and enjoy a wonderful Christmas in Savannah at Azalea Inn. We look forward to sharing some yummy treats with you!






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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A Savannah Thanksgiving: Make Plans with Azalea Inn

September 28, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Savannah Thanksgiving

Experience a wonderful meal and convivial atmosphere this Thanksgiving at the Azalea Inn

Enjoy a Savannah Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to be with the ones you love, enjoying delicious food, wonderful wine, and yummy desserts! But, preparing and cooking such a big meal is hard work. Before you know it, you’re spending all your time in the kitchen and zero time with your loved ones. So, this year, make your Thanksgiving plans with the Azalea Inn, and leave the hard work to us!

Get in the Holiday Spirit during Your Savannah Thanksgiving

Take this Thanksgiving off and enjoy all that Savannah has to offer, with mild temperatures, beautiful scenery, and a few events to kick off the holiday season. Watch the Boat Parade of Lights in the Savannah Harbor, featuring live entertainment and a fireworks show. If you like musicals, catch a viewing of  “A Christmas Tradition” at the Savannah Theater, or do a little holiday shopping on Broughton Street. There is so much to do when you plan a Savannah Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving at the Azalea Inn

Make your Thanksgiving plans this year with Azalea Inn and enjoy the wonderful menu we have put together, featuring savory and fresh ingredients that we carefully chose to create a memorable, and of course, delicious meal.

Savannah Thanksgiving

Dine with the Azalea Inn for Thanksgiving


The evening begins with Ginger and Brie Tartlets, Smoke Salmon and Cucumber Squares, as well as Assorted Fruits, Cheeses, and Crackers. But don’t get too full on these appetizers- you still have three courses and dessert to go! Read on to find out what else is on the menu!

First Course

Our first course will feature a velvety Butternut Squash Soup with Spiced Candied Pecans and Blue Cheese Crumbles. The perfect start to our Thanksgiving meal!

Second Course

Next you will enjoy Crisp Field Greens with Glazed Pecans, Goat Cheese, Dried Cranberries with a Dijon Vinaigrette… how divine does that sound?

Third Course

The main course features the Traditional Roasted Turkey with Pan Gravy,  Glazed Ham, Three Cheese Scalloped Potatoes, Sage Sausage Dressing, and Haricot Verts with Orange-Rosemary Gremolata. A true Thanksgiving feast with gourmet flare!


And of course, what meal would be complete without dessert? Be sure to save room for our creamy Pumpkin Cheesecake and sinful Chocolate Walnut Tweed Torte, the finale to this scrumptious Savannah Thanksgiving!

Savannah Thanksgiving

Enjoy carefully selected wines with your meal.

But Wait! There is More!

We are so excited to have our Sommelier, Adam Dean, pair wines for our Thanksgiving feast! His pairings will put the “Cherry on the Sundae” for sure. The wines featured will be available for purchase by the bottle or the glass. We are also offering a flight of paired wines for those who want to sip just a bit of everything. For more details, please call Azalea Inn at 912-236-6080.

Join Us for Your Savannah Thanksgiving

This delicious Thanksgiving spread is served in the slow easy-going family way over three or more hours – you set the pace.  We love Thanksgiving here at Azalea Inn and would love to share it with you. The cost is only $65 per person and the wine selections are also available for purchase. November 27 is just around the corner, so call and make your plans today to stay with us for the holiday!

Azalea Inn and Villas, 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 Pajama Shop Hop Update

December 18, 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 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!


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 – including shopping!

Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed Savannah as a “World’s Best City.”

Savannah Holiday Tour of Homes Sponsored by the Downtown Neighborhood Association

December 9, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson

Azalea Inn and Gardens has been selected to join five other inns on the December 9, 2012 for the Holiday Tour of Homes and Inns.  Enjoy a unique opportunity to visit a selection of Savannah’s most celebrated Historic and Victorian Inns. To buy your tickets in advance you can visit

24th Annual Christmas Made in the South Craft Fair – November 2012

November 16, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson

Christmas Made in the South is focused on keeping the world of fine artisans and craftspeople vibrant.  Exhibitors will be there all three days demonstrating and selling their handcrafted works, Santa’s elves hard at work.

November 16, 17 & 18 

Fri. 10-8 

Sat. 10-6

Sun. 11-5

One Admission Good for All 3 Days with hand stamp! Adults – $7.00 – Children 12 & Under – Free


2nd Annual Rock-n-Roll Marathon November 3, 2012

November 1, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson

This was a sell-out event last year so be sure to:
(1) Register for the full or 1/2 marathon early.

(2) Secure your accommodations early at

Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra “Celebrate America!” October 19, 2012

October 19, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson

Lucas Theatre for the Arts.

Time: 7:30 pm.

Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra Chamber Music Concert No. 1: Balkan Quartet

October 11, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson

Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra Chamber Music Concert No. 1: Balkan Quartet

Telfair Academy at 7:30 pm

War of Independence Battle of Savannah Commemorative March on October 9, 2012

October 9, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson

Each year we mark the anniversary of the Battle of Savannah, which took place on October 9, 1779 with a commemorative march to Battlefield Memorial Park  (located between the Visitors Center and the Georgia Railroad Museum.)

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.