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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.”

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10th Annual Springtime Made in the South – February 10 – 12, 2013

December 29th, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson

Come and see hand thrown pottery, exquisite jewelry, artists of all kinds, basket weaving, colorful purses and totes, metal working, hand made rocking chairs from the mountains of Tennessee, blown glass, stained glass.  Don’t forget all the wonderfully delicious gourmet delights to savor and so much more at the 10th Annual Springtime Made in the South – February 10-12, 2013.

Book early for this favorite Spring-time festival; Azalea Inn and Gardens has a room for you!

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”.

Savannah Holiday Tour of Homes Sponsored by the Downtown Neighborhood Association

December 9th, 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 http://dnaholidaytour.com/tickets.htm

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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23rd Annual Savannah Folk Music Festival

October 12th, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson

A popular weekend festival devoted to the enjoyment, preservation, and continuation of the living art of folk music. Featuring national and regional talent, as well as a youth songwriting competition.

All events are free and open to the public. 912-786-6953 |  http://www.savannahfolk.org

Savannah Inn Joins PLANET at Arlington National Cemetery for Renewal and Remembrance

June 11th, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson

Repairing irrigation system Arlington National Cemetery, 2011

The owners of Azalea Inn and Gardens have a firm commitment to the military: active duty, retired and deceased, to honor their service whereever and whenever possible, and for the second year in a row this Savannah Inn joins PLANET at Arlington National Cememtery for Renewal and Remembrance on July 9, 2012. PLANET is an acronym for Professional Landcare Network, and for 16 years this organization has drawn hundreds of volunteers in the landscape and lawn care profession from  across the country. They spend the day mulching, cabling and installing  lightening protection for trees, pruning, planting, and liming and aerating more than 200 acres. Mike Jacobson is an irrigation specialist and has volunteered to oversee the installation of new irrigation products which are being donated by his employer, Jain Irrigation USA. Last year as one of the Irrigation Association (IA) volunteers Mike (known as Jake at the inn) and Teresa  worked on the addition of new irrigation components at the receiving vault, a historic building dating back to the Civil War. The volunteers and staff also upgraded the irrigation system at the columbarium, where cremated remains are interred.

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Cooking Class in Historic Downtown Savannah, Georgia

December 18th, 2010 by kolin

The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful – if you are in a cooking class in historic downtown Savannah, Georgia.  The fire I’m speaking of was under the pot of gumbo I was making at a cooking class I recently attended.  We have been experiencing an unseemly cold snap here in Savannah, and have been searching for warmer inside activities. We discovered an answer only a short jaunt from the inn at a 3-hour cooking class with a re-known chef and 10 other foodies.  It was, to say the least, a blast!

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Romantic Escape, Savannah GA, a Travel and Leisure Top Spot

November 17th, 2010 by Teresa Jacobson

Travel and Leisure Magazine has just published a list of America’s Favorite Cities with Savannah taking top spot as the Best Place for a Fall Destination!  But did you know we came second to only Honolulu as best place for a Romantic Escape?  It was no surprise we beat out Charleston in this category.  Don’t get me wrong, Charleston has a been a favorite destination for a long time, but finally, what we all know and love about Savannah is on a list to include (but not limited to):

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Beach Yoga – Breath to Balance

June 8th, 2010 by Teresa Jacobson

I met Sue Finkle by chance at a Friday afternoon “5 for $15″ wine hour at Cha Bella restaurant a few months ago.  Sue teaches yoga at the Savannah Yoga Center located just a few blocks from our inn, as well as at a variety of business locations around Savannah.  She also holds a Master’s Degree in Marine Biology and worked as the Assistant Curator and then Curator of the Skidaway Island UGA Aquarium for 10 years.  Sue has lived in Savannah since 1997, and is passionate about bringing yoga to students of all ages and all levels.

Beginners and experienced yoga aficionados will love her Sunday Tybee Island beach class:  A one hour gentle yoga class moving slowly between poses for just the right balance between strengthening and stretching muscles. During the last 15 minutes of class enjoy deep relaxation positions.  This hour long experience helps to leave you feeling refreshed, reconnected, and relaxed.  Sue does not charge for the class, but donations are gratefully accepted.  Feel free to contact Sue at breathe2balance@yahoo.com or visit her webpage at Breath into Balance.

Time: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Gulick Street walkover, North Beach Parking Lot, Tybee Island and of course, Weather Permitting!

Summer Concerts in Johnson Square have begun!

June 4th, 2010 by Teresa Jacobson

The City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs announced that it will be presenting a series of free live concerts in Johnson Square throughout the summer. Sixteen concerts are planned from June 2 through July 23. Concerts will be held on Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Whether you are visiting Savannah or taking a break from the office, it’s the perfect opportunity to grab lunch from one of our many outstanding local restaurants and enjoy your meal with great music.”  says NAE founder and co-owner Ricardo Ochoa.  NAE is managing the concert series.

 Concerts are free and open to the public.  Wednesdays and Fridays, from June 2-July 23, 11am-2pm.  For information on NAE, call 912-596-1360 or visit www.newartsensembles.com.

Roger Moss and Eric Jones in Johnson Square

2010 Summer Concerts in the Squares Schedule
June 2 Roger Moss/Eric Jones
June 4 Regina Rene Quartet
June 09 Jan Spillane
June 11 Jimmy Wallin Band
June 16 Trae Gurley
June 18 Claire Frazier & Frank Bright
June 23 Eddie Wilson
June 25 Bottles ‘n Cans
June 30 Silver Lining
July 2 Roger Moss & Eric Jones
July 7 Trae Gurley
July 9 Annie Allman Trio
July 14 Clair Frazier & Frank Bright
July 16 Silver Lining
July 21 Eddie Wilson
July 23 Bottles ‘n Cans

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