Perhaps one of the true definitions on how a great inn and bed & breakfast is run should be taken from the unwritten book on Southern Hospitality. Deep in the heart of the American South, we at Select Registry have found the true epitome of what it means to welcome and soothe the world-weary traveler, and we’ve put together a list of some of the inns that really speak to us from the gorgeous state of Georgia.
Long Mountain Lodge
Dahlonega, Georgia in the wine country of the North Georgia mountains is where you will find this exceptional inn. Just along the slope of Long Mountain in the Chattahoochee National Forest, Long Mountain Lodge sits as the perfect representation of peace and serenity. With rustic architecture that belies its elegant interior replete with amenities, the main lodge is filled with wood burning fireplaces, jetted garden tubs, and so much more. Here no two rooms share a common wall, and four have private entrances, balconies, or patios of their own, making for a completely peaceful retreat for every guest. Mountain views grace every window in this upscale inn that shares 14 acres with the owner’s home, along with a vacation rental home. Amble down beautiful trails to visit the gardens and small waterfalls, as well as the two trout ponds for catch and release fishing. Every morning brings a sumptuous breakfast to prepare you for an afternoon investigating the historic city sites only ten minutes away, the Appalachian Trail, and other natural attractions. Browse the lodge’s rare bookstore for some unusual and stimulating reading, and spend all the time you can absorbing the deep serenity that makes this inn so indelibly attractive.
The Beechwood Inn
In Clayton, Georgia, the Beechwood Inn is the apotheosis of Southern hospitality. One hundred year-old terraced gardens that overlook Black Rock Mountain are just a part of what makes the experience here so inviting. The inn boasts eight guest room suites with their own individual décor, private baths, and mountain views. Most have fireplaces and private porches. As an eco-friendly location, the inn is dedicated to a low carbon footprint by using non-toxic cleaning agents while concentrating on recycling, local foods, and native plantings. The Beechwood Inn is known for its gourmet dining, featuring an opulent breakfast replete with local produce. With afternoon wine tastings and a full wine list, the Inn has been given the Restaurant Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for its excellent selection of vintages.
Azalea Inn and Gardens
Located in Savannah, you can expect to find charming rooms with sumptuous amenities in this 1885-era Inn and garden cottages. With attention to eco-friendly landscaping, enjoy the refreshing swimming pool during the warm months as well as the gardens that supply the fresh and seasonal cuisine. The Azalea Inn and Gardens is famous for its gourmet breakfast that caters to those with special dietary needs. The daily social hour is made for mingling and sharing stories with other travelers, or for enjoying a little repast in the privacy of your room, a cozy public space, or the grounds. The Inn features excellent packages for romance, weekend getaways, and more and is the perfect location for intimate weddings and other special occasions. Just walking distance to the Historic District, you can enjoy the history of the area along with the beautiful parks and other features that give Savannah its unique Southern appeal.
Macon, Georgia is the home of this gorgeous Antebellum Greek Revival house and adjoining Victorian home. The inn has 19 rooms impeccably decorated with English antiques, paintings, and tapestries. Most rooms feature whirlpool tubs and fireplaces. The 1842 Inn puts the S in service – Southern style. Fresh flowers adorn the public parlors, and their renowned breakfast is the talk of travelers for its abundance and variety. Take your morning fare in the garden courtyard if you so desire, as well as your evening cocktail as you watch the sun go down. Listed as “One of America’s Top 100 Inns in the 20th Century” by the International Restaurant and Hospitality Rating Bureau, the inn has all the elements shared by a country bed & breakfast and a grand hotel. The experience is designed to leave every guest with wonderful memories, including the moments spent exploring the always-interesting city of Macon.
Lucille’s Mountain Top Inn & Spa
Located in Sautee Nacoochee on a mountain overlooking Blue Ridge Mountains and Sautee Valley, need we say anything about the magic of this inn’s location? A luxury destination with a spa that offers Swedish massage, facials, and other luxurious treatments, Lucille’s offers generous guest rooms filled with designer touches. Right in the heart of Georgia’s wine country, you can enjoy a distinctively hearty gourmet breakfast each morning before you set out to sample exceptional vintages in any one of the award-winning wineries just minutes away. With waterfalls and fly-fishing in the nearby mountain river, as well as cultural activities, your time at this glorious inn will be filled. Watch the sunset from a comfortable rocking chair on the back porch to put the perfect punctuation mark on your day as you head into the peace of evening.
Glen-Ella Springs Inn
Glen-Ella Springs Inn is in the historic town of Clarkesville in the northeast corner of Georgia, right near beautiful Tallulah Falls. Surrounded by 17 acres, as well as the Chattahoochee National Forest, the setting is made for romance and relaxation. The Inn features 16 rooms decorated with period antiques and locally crafted furniture that make every guest feel comfortable and at ease. A flower and herb garden along with 12 acres of meadowlands dotted with walking paths, benches beside a rambling creek, an inviting fire pit, and an always-welcome saline swimming pool, add to the ambiance,.The Inn offers a deliciously prepared breakfast and fine dining in the evening by reservation. An ideal romantic retreat, you can stay close by or explore the local wineries, art galleries, antique shops and so much more that add to the allure of Clarksville.
This Atlanta-based inn, built in 1891, is listed in the National Register, National Register of Historic Places Property, City of Atlanta Landmark Building, and more. In the heart of midtown near all the culture, it is hard to believe that such a serene locale could be so close to all that makes Atlanta exciting. Enjoy the stained, beveled, and leaded glass, intricate woodwork, hand-painted stenciling, period wall treatments, oriental rugs, and hand-picked antiques that make this inn so particularly inviting. Southern hospitality reigns with wicker furniture on verandas overlooking the lawns and gardens. A walk around the Victorian fish pond takes you far from the rigors of daily life, and this, combined with unforgettable hospitality will have you coming back to the Shellmont whenever possible.
The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island
On one of Georgia’s Golden Isles that boasts seven miles of exquisite beaches and 10,000 acres of wilderness, the Lodge is a family-owned business that has been in operation since 1908. Arrive by boat to this charming island to experience the gracious accommodations that add to this coastal paradise dotted with live oaks draped with moss. The Lodge has room for 32 overnight guests, with guest cottages and houses tucked into corners of compound. With varying décor, each one features its own distinctive décor, with air-conditioning, access to a fireplace, and all the amenities you could want or need.
Enjoy the exceptional regional cuisine that, along with cocktails, recreational gear, and island excursions, is included in the overnight rates. Given tremendous acclaim by magazines such as Conde Nast, the Lodge is famed for its Southern hospitality, making it the perfect destination for couples, groups, families, and business retreats.
Spencer House Inn
Spencer House Inn is in the historic district of St. Marys, walking distance to museums, shops, restaurants, and the ferry to Cumberland Island National Seashore. Built in 1872, it was once and continues to be one of the finest hotels in the area. With its Victorian era architecture, the Inn projects a peace that lets you unwind from the moment you enter its vicinity. With rocking chairs anointing the verandas, charming and romantic guestrooms, and beautiful views from every vantage point, you can also enjoy the many packages and specials available. Start the day with a satisfying breakfast buffet and then see what unfolds as you take advantage of all the area reveals. With the Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge only 45 minutes away, you can also explore the nearby undeveloped barrier island where the beach has been voted as “one of the best wild beaches” by National Geographic Traveler magazine.
Chanticleer Inn Bed & Breakfast
On top of Lookout Mountain slightly more than 1,800 feet above sea level, this elegant Inn sits on a plateau bordering Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee. Needless to say, the romantic views are legendary.
Built in 1927, this family-owned Inn boasts 17 English cottage style guest rooms situated around a courtyard and swimming pool. Fully renovated and filled with antiques, the Chanticleer is inviting and luxurious, summoning you to enjoy private baths, patios, and all the amenities that create the kind of vacation that you can never forget. Only 10 minutes from the downtown Chattanooga valley, spend your daytime hours on one of the many hiking trails, enjoying waterfalls, and trying out the local golf courses, restaurants, and shopping opportunities. With a full homemade breakfast under your belt, you will be ready to take it all in, and then return to the inimitable comfort of the Inn’s gracious embrace.
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