By Misty Wells
Savannah, the oldest city in Georgia, is the picture of Southern hospitality and charm. You may want to pack your searsucker suit and flowing white cotton dress as you picnic in the park, stroll along the historic brick roads and sleep at some of the most romantic bed-and-breakfasts (B & B) in the United States. Savannah is brimming with so many historic B & B’s that choosing which one will be your most difficult decision!
This luxe B & B is set in two adjoining Regency-Italianate-style mansions built in 1868. Combined there are 17 plush antique-filled rooms featuring fireplaces, chandeliers, claw-foot tubs and four-poster beds. True to Southern hospitality, guests are treated to a gourmet breakfast, wine and hors d’oeuvres, and dessert and cordials. The AAA Four Diamond rated Gastonian was recently recognized by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine as one of the finest places to stay in the world and voted Savannah’s 2014 Best B & B by Savannah Magazine. gastonian.com
The pretty parlor at the Gastonian Inn
This luxurious B & B was built in 1838 and is located in the center of Savannah’s historic district. A favorite of Robert Redford and Matt Damon, it has been featured on “Good Morning America” as one of the finest inns in America. This Four Diamond B & B is dedicated to gracious Southern service, having been bestowed Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Grand Award Winner accolade and Dallas Magazine’s Top 10 places in the world to visit. Adorned with Victorian furnishings and serving elegant Southern breakfasts and high tea with delectable homemade delights, this historic gem will transport you back in time for a romantic adventure. ballastone.com
The Henry Suite, Printmakers Inn
This Victorian mansion is a prime example of Italianate architecture from the Victorian era and was built in 1884 for William Nichols, the head printer in Savannah during the Civil War. The mansion boasts intricate corbels and dental molding outside and original ceiling medallions, crown molding and beautiful heart pine wood floors inside. For a time the inn was owned by legendary singer Nat King Cole and enjoyed by the likes of Etta James. Your four-legged family members are welcome; this historic inn is pet friendly with private pet apartments and spacious yards and gardens. There is walking galore with beautiful Forsyth Park and River Street nearby. printmakersinn.com