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RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATIONS AND BUILD-YOUR-OWN ITINERARY SUGGESTIONS:

 

We will be delighted to make your reservation for any trip, tour, or dining accommodation you may desire. Just give us a call. During any special event it is highly recommended that you make dining reservations as early as possible to ensure a seat in the restaurant you want when you want it!

Dinner Recommendations:

    • Sapphire Grill: – One of our ABSOLUTE favorites, every bite you take will make you think you have gone to heaven. The calamari is tender and flavorful (not rubbery as some may fear). They serve melt-in-your-mouth steaks, lamb, and pork (with five different sauces!). If you are not sure about grits, try the Arugula and Chevre-Spiked grits! For a romantic dine-alone or a quiet dinner with friends, have our staff inquire about the Wine Cellar
    • Alligator Soul – Jake and I have been very impressed with the food offerings (very fresh, seasonal choices) and with the service! Jake had the signature gumbo and as a main course the Beef Short Ribs while I chose the Georgia Wild Shrimp Plate for my main. The waiter was very helpful in choosing a wine (by the glass in three price ranges) that paired beautifully with my shrimp dish, as well as choices for Jake’s beef
    • NEW!! 45 Bistro  - I recently dined at the Bistro with a friend (and at her suggestions) who has years of experience in the Savannah dining scene so naturally I left the ordering to her. Mind you, we opted to sit at the magnificent bar rather than in the dining room but you can opt for a more intimate dining experience if you choose. The first course was Roasted Ruby Beets – Belgian endive, praline walnuts, stilton cheese and roasted golden and ruby beets marinated in champagne vinaigrette. I LOVE beets and these did not disappoint. Next was GRILLED hearts of romaine with garlic croutons, shaved Parmesan and their house made Caesar dressing. I don’t think I will ever have an ordinary Caesar salad again – grilled split romaine is the way to go. Our final course was a shared plate of Duck Two Ways – a succulent pan-seared duck breast and confit thigh topped with whipped Yukon gold potatoes, roasted beets and natural jus reduction
    • Vic’s on the River – Avoid the line at Lady and Sons and come to Vic’s for real Southern Cuisine and attention to detail. Spicy Jumbo Shrimp over stone ground grits and Tasso ham gravy; or perhaps a crispy fried trio of shrimp, oysters and local flounder. I love the Fried Green Tomatoes with goat cheese and tomato chutney. Sample southern side dishes favorites of mac n’ cheese and collard greens or take a leap and try the grilled asparagus. Also open for lunch.
    • Jazz’d – A Tapas Bar featuring small portions of a large variety of food – great for sharing when you can’t make up your mind what to eat! Jazz band begins around 9:00. Don’t miss Thursday’s singer Trey Gurley with a voice reminiscent of Frank Sinatra. “Wine’d Down” every Monday and Wednesday, 4-7 p.m. Select bottles will be offered at just $12 per bottle! Live music six nights week and never a cover.
    • Sundae Cafe on Tybee Island – I have to say, I love a surprise – especially when it’s a dinner that exceeds every expectation for quality, flavor, service, and best of all, price. That night we had a Jerk BBQ salmon over sweet potato and plantain hash, a lovely strip of beef tenderloin with biscuit bread pudding, lamb chops over a creamed spinach and a raspberry port demi-glace, jumbo sea scallop with an andouille succotash with a roasted poblano pepper sauce, and dessert, a simple chocolate cake with chocolate mousse, fresh berries and two cheeses. WOW. The food was sublime, but the wildly decadent bread pudding made of buttermilk biscuits and blue cheese brought even more flavors to our palate. The restaurant’s location is deceptive – don’t be put off by the strip mall and gas station.

Great for Lunch:

    • Mrs. Wilkes’ Boarding House – LUNCH ONLY Monday thru Friday. No stay would be complete without lunch at Mrs. Wilkes -southern home cooking at its best. Served family style – this lunch will keep you full till past dinner. Lines begin forming at 11:00 a.m. and service stops when the food runs out – generally around 2:00 p.m. Open weekdays ONLY!
    • Zunzi’s – a delightful mix of international cuisines reflecting the very different cultural backgrounds of the owners, Gabriella and Johnny. Enjoy the combination of South African, Swiss, Italian and Dutch every day; vegetarian options also available. One of my favorites is Gabby’s Zesty Chicken – an oven baked boneless skinless chicken thigh served with rice or mashed potatoes and choice of veggie or salad. Jake loves their Boerewors on a roll – Homemade South African sausage served on French bread with gravy, onions and mustard. Be sure to try the South African tea – Rooibos ice cold. Open six days a week 11 to 6 (making it a great place to grab a take-out bite for dinner). NEW!!! Zunzi’s 2 (on Drayton just before Bay St) This New Location has the same Great Menu, but has indoor seating and a full bar…Open until 2am.
    • Wright Square Café – An absolute must is this casual European style café with rich coffee, fresh breads, imported chocolates. Enjoy fresh made salads of green beans, pasta, or rice, sandwiches on fresh-made bread or wraps, muffins, bagels, and truly decadent desserts. My favorite is a baked chicken wrap with caramelized figs. The truffles are a delightfully decadent treat to finish off the lunch, or bring back to our inn to enjoy as you relax by the pool, or on your deck or balcony.
    • Savannah Tea Room – not just for girls anymore! Even my husband enjoyed the cuisine and imagine, a particular tea that matches beautifully with your salad, or your sandwich – and I thought only wine paired up with food!
    • B&D Burgers – The name says it all…BURGERS!  If you are looking for a great casual place to chill or would like to watch your favorite sporting event on the Big Screen (at night) the Patio area is a Must for you.  All the Burgers have “Savannah” names & those sweet potato fries are awesome.

TOUR SAVANNAH:

Trolley Tours:

Our go to trolley is Old Savannah Tourswww.oldsavannahtours.com, is a home-town company that goes above and beyond in customer service. Our guests rave about the tours, the tour guides and the service. May we suggest you try “The Savannah Experience.

Walking Tours:

  1. Bobby Davis – (www.exploresavannah.com) is our most preferred choice for a private waking tour of Savannah. Bobby will tailor the tour to your particular interests, be it the Civil War, Architecture, Cemeteries, historical homes, you name it! You can’t go wrong with Bobby.
  2. Jonathan Stalcup – a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design with a Master of Architecture degree, offers the best Architectural Tour of Savannah, you will not be disappointed. Please see his website at www.architecturalsavannah.com.
  3. Historic Savannah by Foot with Jack Wray - Jack is a close runner up to Bobby and Jonathan, offering a customized tour of Savannah that is sure to make you fall in love with our city. www.historicsavannahbyfoot.com
  4. Savannah Dan Walking Tours – Take a leisurely stroll through picturesque squares with a Southern Gentleman. Hear the history of Savannah in the language of the South. www.savannahdan.com
  5. Old City Walks – Delight in Savannah’s indelicate truths, the lechery, treachery and debauchery …. Savannah Style! Some stories will make you blush others will make you grin, but all will entertain. From Savannah’s Women to Civil Rights, this is a must-do walk! We love it.

Black Heritage History:

A mesmerizing journey beginning with Day Clean Soul Tours. Dey-Kleen is the Gullah-Geechee philosophy of life that “each day is a new day, each day starts anew; no matter what occurred yesterday – today is a new day!” Jamal Toure’, a renowned lecturer, author and living history performer, will guide you through Savannah’s black history with stops at the Beach Institute, Laurel Grove Cemetery South, the Ralph Gilbert Marks Civil Rights Museum which will open eyes to the courageous acts undertaken to ensure equality of all. Take a few steps along the Underground Railroad with a stop at the First African Baptist Church, the oldest black Christian congregation in America followed by a visit to the Haitian Monument also located on Franklin Square. Jamal will fill your 2-1/2 hour journey with enough tidbits to compel one to learn more about our black history.

GHOSTS! In American’s Most Haunted City

If you just want to stay in the Historic District our Favorite is the Sixth Sense World, http://6thsenseworld.com/, they have several tours to choose from: Sixth Sense Savannah Ghost Tour, America’s Most Haunted City, Original Midnight Tour—all PM Walking Tours.  They also have 2 Daytime Tours: Bonaventure Cemetary Tour & America’s Most Historic City.

We also recommend these downtown Savannah tours:

Horse Drawn Carriage:

Historic Savannah Carriage Tours…our preferred provider. Public rides daily from City Market. OR…. Let us book you a Private ride from the inn to dinner (or perhaps from dinner back to the inn). Romance and History – what’s not to love?

Telfair Museum Foundation: Visit three museums for the price of two:

  • Owens-Thomas House and slave quarters
  • Telfair Museum
  • Jepson Art Center

MOTORIZED OPTIONS:

  • SEGWAY! – The hottest craze to hit town: So Much Fun…Coordination is not a requirement J Tour the city on a Personal Transporter. Tours begin promptly at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily. www.segwayofsavannah.com
  • MOTORINI Savannah – Not a guided tour but a fun way to get around Savannah and Tybee; conveniently located at 236 Drayton Street, a short ten-minute walk from our inn. www.vespasavannah.com/acatalog/Scooter_Rentals.html

THEATRE, ETC.

Savannah Theatre – Live professional performances at The Savannah Theatre, matinee and evening performances available. “Jukebox Journey”, “Back to the 50’s” and “Christmas on Bull”. To learn more, please visit their website at www.savannahtheatre.com.

 

ON THE WATER:

  • Dolphins abound the waters in the right season. For more information on what to do on the water visit www.tybeeisland.com/dolphin-tours.shtml.
  • Or perhaps the sea and you, one on one – in a kayak! Visit www.tybeeisland.com/kayaking.shtml.
  • Coastal Journeyswww.coastaljourneys.com (912-308-6050) Glen Gartner will take you into the marshlands surrounding our coastal area on an ecology/nature-based cruise. Explore an uninhabited barrier island, hunt for old bottles or shark’s teeth along Savannah’s river channel, or perhaps bird watching inspires you. Glen will customize a trip for you, your friends and family.
  • Wilderness Southeast Nature Tourswww.wilderness-southeast.org Explore pristine beaches or river swamps; discover habitats and exciting wildlife on your own private nature tour.

DEEP SEA FISHING:

COOKING:

  • www.chefjoerandall.com/calendar.htm – Watch Chef Randall as he prepares a full course of delightful dishes – no tiny samples here – a full on tasting experience!
  • www.kitchensonthesquare.com – Classes include a generous tasting of all the dishes prepared with a beverage, copies of all the recipes and 10% discount on all items bought in the store on the day of the class.

DAY SPA:

Enjoy pampering that is unsurpassed by any other. Teresa always books her massages, facials, and mud baths with Magnolia Day Spa. Michelle, manager of Magnolia, goes above and beyond to ensure that all guests of Azalea Inn and Gardens who book last minute are accommodated within a 3-hour timeframe of their requested hour! Call us to book or contact Michelle directly at 912-373.2039

 

GOLF:

Southbridge Golf: Conveniently located within a few minutes of Savannah Georgia’s historic district, Southbridge is a Savannah jewel – a treat for both the eye and the golf game.  Southbridge has long been the most highly acclaimed golf course in the Savannah area.  Legendary architect Rees Jones’ chose to design this fine masterpiece through a tract of dense woodland in south Georgia. http://www.southbridgegolfclub.com/

 

MORE:

Visit www.savannahvisit.com for more ideas on what to do and see in Savannah.

CAT Shuttle:

CAT Shuttle: follow this link for more information on the free historic district shuttle.

 

MONTHLY EVENTS

 

 

March Events:

 

FIRST FRIDAY:
Fireworks on the River, 9:30 p.m., on Historic River Street. (912) 234-0295 or riverstreetsavannah.com.

FIRST FRIDAY:
“First Friday for Folk Music,” a production of the Savannah Folk Music Society at First Presbyterian Church at 520 Washington Ave. savannahfolk.org.

FIRST FRIDAY:
Broughton Street is the place to be for some shopping, dining and other activities. Broughton Street vendors will remain open after hours, from 6–9 p.m., and many will have live music by local musicians.

SECOND FRIDAY:
“Night Skies – Telescopes at the Tybee Pier and Pavilion” hosted by the Oglethorpe Astronomical Association at sunset. View the night sky through high-powered telescopes, weather permitting. Free. (912) 401-8634 or e-mail oaadir@kwbell.net.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY:
Cannon Firings at Old Fort Jackson, 1 Fort Jackson Rd. $6.00 for adults, free for children under 6 with a guardian. 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. (912) 232-3945 or chsgeorgia.org.

FIRST SATURDAY:
“First Saturday on the River” on Historic River St., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Arts & crafts, live entertainment and family fun. Free and open to the public. (912) 234-0295 or riverstreetsavannah.com.

SATURDAYS:
The Forsyth Farmers’ Market, from 9 a.m.–1 p.m., rain or shine, at the South End of Forsyth Park in Historic Downtown Savannah, a variety of vendors will offer their produce and products to residents and visitors alike. The Forsyth Farmers’ Market vendors offer a variety of local goods including seasonal produce, eggs, honey, pastured meat, bread, cheese, mushrooms, fresh herbs, vegetable sauces, preserves, coffee beans, heirloom seeds and potted plants. forsythfarmersmarket.org.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY:
Cannon Firings at Old Fort Jackson, 1 Fort Jackson Rd. $6.00 for adults, free for children under 6 with a guardian. 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. (912) 232-3945 or chsgeorgia.org.

SECOND SUNDAY:
The Bonaventure Historical Society conducts tours of the historic sections of Bonaventure Cemetery. Tours begin at 2, 2:30 and 3 p.m. and last about an hour. Free, but donations are appreciated. Signs direct visitors to the starting point. No reservations are required. Bonaventure Rd. bonaventurehistorical.org.

March 1:

Annual Mardis Gras on Tybee. Bring your Krewe and join in the merriment on Friday, February 28th at the Masquerade Ball. This event will kick-off the weekend featuring live music, Costume Contest and much more! The Mardi Gras Street Part will take place Saturday March 1st, 2014

MARCH 7-9:
Savannah International Boat Show at Savannah International Trade & Convention Center! If there’s one event Savannah-area boaters set their courses for each year, it’s the Savannah Boat & Outdoor Show. The show, now in its 12th year, attracts thousands of current and would-be boat owners and outdoor enthusiasts with its extensive displays of the latest in watercraft lines, marine equipment, accessories and services. Live music, fishing clinics and simulations, pirate performances, kids’ activities and great food make this a family-friendly event. savannahboatandoutdoorshow.com.

MARCH 6-8:
Savannah Stopover Festival. “Chelsea Light Moving” will be headlining opening night on Thursday March 7th, 2013. Various venues in and around Downtown Historic District. Tickets are available on showclix.com. Savannah Stopover is a collaborative effort of MusicFile Productions and countless volunteers, partners, vendors, and media sponsors, which will showcase more than 60 bands from all over, in multiple venues across Savannah’s walkable Historic District. Bands will enjoy the quirky, shamelessly social elements of Georgia’s Hostess City while festival goers will be exposed to up-and-coming bands in closer, more personal environs. Visit savannahstopover.com.

MARCH 9:

March of Dimes Shamrock Run. 5K Race & Fitness Walk; 1/4 mile Kiddie Run.  Back by popular demand – the GREEN DU JOUR COSTUME CONTEST – Sponsored by Brooks – Come in your favorite St. Patrick’s Day costume for a chance to win some cash!! 1st Place – $400; 2nd Place – $200; 3rd Place – $100; Best Pet – $100 registration at 3pm race starts at 6pm

MARCH 8:
Greening of the Fountain at Forsyth Park, noon. Enjoy this Savannah tradition, as they city gets ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. (912) 233-4804 or savannahsaintpatricksday.com.

MARCH 12-18:
Girl Scout Week at the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace. Celebrate 101 years of Girl Scouting in the United States and the life of the Girl Scout Founder, Juliette Gordon Low, at her childhood home. Girl Scout cookies served. (912) 233-4501 or juliettegordonlowbirthplace.org.

MARCH 9:
Tybee Island 11th Annual Irish Heritage Celebration Parade, 3 p.m. Tybee Island will “go green” with a family-friendly parade in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. The parade will include floats, marchers and musical bands. Families are encouraged to dress in green and celebrate. Butler Ave., Hwy. 80. Free! (912) 786-5444 or tybeevisit.com.

MARCH 9:
Celtic Cross Ceremony, 1 p.m. at Emmet Park. A time to honor the city’s Irish ancestors and the contributions they made in anticipation of the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. (912) 233-4804 or savannahsaintpatricksday.com.

MARCH 10:
Chamber No. 4, “Violin Meets Harp” 5 p.m. Telfair Academy, 121 Barnard St. A program of romantic music pairing the violin with harp. Musical highlights include Saint-Saëns’ The Swan, various tangos by Piazzolla, Debussy’s The Girl with Flaxen Hair and the Carmen Fantasy. (912) 525-5050 or visit savannahphilharmonic.org.

MARCH 15:
22nd Tara Feis Irish Celebration, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Emmet Park (east end of Bay Street). The family-friendly feis (pron. FESH) – or festival – will be a feast for the eyes, ears and palate, with live performances, food, art activities, crafts and games hosted with Irish ceremony, tradition and hospitality. Tara Feis is a free, non-alcoholic event geared towards families and children. Presented by the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs. (912) 651-6417 or savannahga.gov/arts.

MARCH 14-17:
St. Patkrick’s Day Celebration on Historic River Street! Enjoy wearing, drinking, eating and celebrating green on historic River Street! Join the great green fun for everyone with non-stop entertainment and more! (912) 234-0295 or riverstreetsavannah.com.

MARCH 17:
2013 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, 10:15 a.m. More than 700,000 people are expected to visit Savannah to help celebrate the second largest St. Patrick Day Parade in the United States and to enjoy the city-wide festivities. Held in Savannah’s National Landmark Historic District. Approximately 350 floats and marching units featuring representatives from various local Irish groups, Irish pipe bands, local and regional celebrities, area politicians and military units make regular appearances in Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. You may even have the chance to drink green beer or to sample emerald-colored grits, for a true taste of St. Patrick’s Day, Savannah-style. (912) 233-4804 or savannahsaintpatricksday.com.

MARCH 20-APRIL 6:
The Savannah Music Festival is Georgia’s largest musical arts event and one of the most distinctive cross-genre music festivals in the world. Over 17 days each spring, the SMF stages world premieres, original productions and unique collaborations by renowned artists in classical, jazz, Americana and world music in intimate venues throughout Savannah’s historic district. SMF has been called “one of the best events around the world” by the London Times, Chicago Tribune, Gramophone and Songlines Magazines. (912) 234-3378 or savannahmusicfestival.org.

MARCH 27-30:
78th Annual Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens, a rare opportunity to enter some of Savannah’s finest private homes and admire the special furnishings that have been treasured by families for generations but seldom seen by visitors. In addition to walking tours, you will enjoy seminars, special evening events and some of the best food and hospitality the South has to offer. (912) 234-8054 or savannahtourofhomes.org.

 

April Events:

FIRST FRIDAY:
Fireworks on the River, 9:30 p.m., on Historic River Street. (912) 234-0295 or riverstreetsavannah.com.

FIRST FRIDAY:
“First Friday for Folk Music,” a production of the Savannah Folk Music Society at First Presbyterian Church at 520 Washington Ave. savannahfolk.org.

FIRST FRIDAY:
Broughton Street is the place to be for some shopping, dining and other activities. Be sure to check out the Broughton Street Facebook page for more information.

SECOND FRIDAY:
“Night Skies – Telescopes at the Tybee Pier and Pavilion” hosted by the Oglethorpe Astronomical Association at sunset. View the night sky through high-powered telescopes, weather permitting. Free. (912) 401-8634 or e-mail oaadir@kwbell.net.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY:
Cannon Firings at Old Fort Jackson, 1 Fort Jackson Rd. $6.00 for adults, free for children under 6 with a guardian. 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. (912) 232-3945 or chsgeorgia.org.

FIRST SATURDAY:
“First Saturday on the River” on Historic River St., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Arts & crafts, live entertainment and family fun. Free and open to the public. (912) 234-0295 or riverstreetsavannah.com.

SATURDAYS:
The Forsyth Farmers’ Market, from 9 a.m.–1 p.m., rain or shine, at the South End of Forsyth Park in Historic Downtown Savannah, a variety of vendors will offer their produce and products to residents and visitors alike. The Forsyth Farmers’ Market vendors offer a variety of local goods including seasonal produce, eggs, honey, pastured meat, bread, cheese, mushrooms, fresh herbs, vegetable sauces, preserves, coffee beans, heirloom seeds and potted plants. forsythfarmersmarket.org.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY:
Cannon Firings at Old Fort Jackson, 1 Fort Jackson Rd. $6.00 for adults, free for children under 6 with a guardian. 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. (912) 232-3945 or chsgeorgia.org.

SECOND SUNDAY:
The Bonaventure Historical Society conducts tours of the historic sections of Bonaventure Cemetery. Tours begin at 2, 2:30 and 3 p.m. and last about an hour. Free, but donations are appreciated. Signs direct visitors to the starting point. No reservations are required. Bonaventure Rd. bonaventurehistorical.org.

APRIL 4-SEPTEMBER 2:
Savannah Sand Gnats! Come enjoy a night at the ballpark and cheer on the Savannah Sand Gnats! Spend time with your friends and family at Historic Grayson Stadium, 1401 E. Victory Dr., visit with Gnate the Gnat, and of course enjoy some great baseball! Visit sandgnats.com or call (912) 351-9150 to purchase tickets today.

APRIL 9-13:
2014 Tybee Wine Festival. The Tybee Post Theater will host the 6th Annual Tybee Wine Festival from Wednesday through Sunday, offering something for everyone – from wine lovers to culinary enthusiasts – amid spectacular Tybee Island surroundings. (912) 663-1099 or visit TybeeWineFestival.com.

APRIL 14 – 20:

“Get your Plaid on” The 46th RBC Heritage will take place at the Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island. Make plans now to “Get Your Plaid On!” The Northern Irishman PGA TOUR golfer, Graeme McDowell was the 2013 Heritage tournament winner. http://www.rbcheritage.com/spectators/schedule-of-events

APRIL 20:
The Garden Club of Savannah invites you to the 39th Annual NOGS Tour of Hidden Gardens. Walking tour of eight private gardens in Historic Savannah, plus the Massie Heritage Center gardens which are planted and maintained by the Garden club of Savannah. Tour highlighted by a Southern tea at the Historic Green-Meldrim house. All proceeds donated to local charities. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. $40 admission. (912) 961-4805 or gcofsavnogstour.org.

APRIL 28- MAY 1:

Savannah Fashion Week is a collection of independent retailers promoting fashion within the Savannah area.  SFW always donates a portion of ticket sales to a local charity.  A special series of events will take place, during the week of April 28, 2013 until April 1st Boutique Fashion Show Finale at Forsyth Park; Friday, April 1st  an encore fashion show showcasing local designers’ current collections at Forsyth Park http://www.savannahboxoffice.com

 

APRIL 26:

Annual Tybee Turtle Trot Beach Run. Join us in kicking off Georgia’s sea turtle nesting season and raising funds for Tybee Island Sea Turtle Project with our 10th annual Turtle Trot 5k beach run!

 

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