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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.”
Visit Savannah in the Spring
Are you tired of scraping ice off of your windshield? Is the winter chill getting to you? Do you dream of warm breezes, blue skies, and plenty of sunshine? Well, then you should make plans to visit Savannah in the Spring! Savannah boasts beautiful weather this time of year, as well as gorgeous, blooming scenery.
But, that’s not all! There are also plenty of other reasons to visit Savannah in the Spring! Read about all of the upcoming events this season, and make your plans. You won’t want to miss out on these great Savannah events!
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Are you curious about Mary Flannery O’Connor – the writer from Savannah?
We were, too! At Azalea Inn & Gardens, a bed and breakfast in Savannah, Georgia, we like a good book and we LOVE a great one. Our parlor is chock full of books about Savannah’s history and the magazines that recount our city’s current moods and exploits. Let me tell you, a great book by Flannery O’Connor is NOT hard to find because she just might be one of the best short-story writers out there.
This story about Flannery O’Connor – the writer from Savannah, is dedicated to those vacation planners out there that love nothing more than a good story, and a great book!
A Little Bit about Flannery O’Connor – The Writer From Savannah
Born on March 25 in 1925 to Catholic parents that descended from a long lineage of strong pillars in that religious community, Flannery grew up as an only child. Though a moderate life that ended at the young age of 39 was lived modestly, Flannery’s work continues to influence and her true talents shone on the page rather than her social calendar. Flannery was a shy girl, and we’re almost glad for that because of the work she left behind that has made her into a literary legend.
Let’s look a little more into why a brief investigation into the life and work of Flannery O’Connor is a good choice when you’re planning to visit Savannah.
Visit Savannah to See the House Where Flannery O’Connor Lived
You can see where Flannery lived, and walk where she walked as a child and early teenager until the year of 1938. You can even see the garden where she taught her chicken to walk backwards as chronicled in the 1932 British Pathé newsreel company film Do You Reverse? Let me tell you, that the one-minute, eight second clip is WORTH watching!
At 207 E. Charlton Street on the Southeast corner of Lafayette Square (one of the twenty-two unique and beautiful Savannah squares) the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home stands. It is an odd house, a thin and tall no-nonsense structure that stands 3 stories high. Tours cost only $6.
Visit Savannah to Experience Flannery’s South…
Flannery’s book Wise Blood was made into a film by director John Huston. The 1979 film follows a Southern boy in his quest for social climbing by means of starting up a church. Can you imagine? It would be so fun to watch that movie then announce your vacation to Savannah!
There is a spirit to the South that you can’t quite put your finger on until you’ve lived among us for awhile. There’s no real name for the way that you relax into the drawwwll that shows up in the way we talk, the easy dresses and floppy hats that the ladies wear and the way the Spanish Moss drips from the live oak trees. You’ve got to see it to believe it but when you believe it you’ll maybe start to think that it’s too good to be true. YOU MUST COME VISIT!
An article that appeared in the December issue of Atlanta Magazine in 1966 quotes Flannery as she talks about how she was gaining notoriety as a Southern writer:
“Southern writers are stuck with the South, and it’s a good thing to be stuck with”
Come visit Savannah, and think about staying at Azalea Inn & Gardens on your next trip to the South.
And, hey – if you need a vacation in February (or, something special for Valentine’s Day, think about scheduling that trip for February 13-16, 2014 – when the Savannah Book Festival will wow you, and, your favorite bibliophile.
Today is dedicated to Romance so why not engage in a bit of swashbuckling reminiscing? Do you remember the thrill of old time pirate movies and swashbucklers such as Errol Flynn, or maybe more recently Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean – it was the sight of those full-masted sailing ships (okay, and the handsome men who captained them) that sent a girlish romantic shiver up my spine. You can get that thrill in early May when Savannah welcomes “Tall Ship Challenge 2012, Atlantic Coast” from May 3 to May 7. As many as 15 of these Class A, B and C ships will race to a buoy in the ocean on May 3 and then gather so they can enter the port together under full sail – an unbelievably impressive site. Most of these vessels will then berth on both sides of the Savannah Riverfront and leave for the next leg of the race on May 7.
The very idea of viewing these full rigged ships sailing into our harbor is beyond our ability to articulate. We will be the first in line to board the ships (a pittance at $10 per person), but even more, we have our heart set on the decided thrill of a two- or three-hour sail in the waters off our coast (not nearly a king’s ransom at $50).
We have the Savannah Riverfront Association to thank for six years of hard work with Tall Ships America, the organization that operates the Tall Ships Challenge, (an annual race which rotates among the Atlantic Coast, the Pacific Coast and the Great Lakes) for bringing this event to our city. These ships are rigged sailing vessels crewed by youth ages 13 to 25 enrolled in Sail Training programs operated by Tall Ships America. This year’s challenge race starts in Savannah finishing in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Last September Kenny Hill of the Savannah Riverfront Association told a group of local small businesses, “We’ve all seen the old photos and drawings of the Savannah riverfront with tall ships along the wharves on both sides of the river. For four days, Savannah will be transformed back to the maritime community it was when we started.” That sight, indeed, will “shiver me timbers.”
Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, implores you to book your room today – this opportunity may not come again – but if it does you will have to wait at least three more years.
Call us today at 800.582.3823 or reserve online by clicking here and begin experiencing what Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City” (July 2011).