Savor complimentary breakfast and afternoon refreshments at this 19th-century B&B in Chatham Square
Hotel at a Glance: Savannah Bed & Breakfast Inn
Since 1853, this stately Federalist B&B has occupied an enviable spot in Savannah’s historic district, amid clusters of mossy live oak trees and weeping willows in Chatham Square. Guests who step into the parlor will see traces of the Gilded Age: crystal chandeliers light walls bedecked with gold-framed portraits and Oriental rugs adorn hardwood floors beneath antique furniture.
- Recent recognition: TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for 2018
- Southern-style breakfast: Start your day with a feast of chef specials or healthy-living breakfast options.
- Elegant antiques such as canopied four-poster beds and decorative fireplaces can be found in guest rooms.
- Tea and cookies: The inn treats guests to a complimentary afternoon tea and, later, milk and homemade cookies.
- Nearby attractions include Forsyth Park (a block away), Mercer House (1/2 block away), and the Telfair Museum of Art (a 15-minute walk away).
- Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room: Just a 3-minute walk from Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room, the inn is a convenient location to wait out the hour-long lines that generally pop up for this popular restaurant, which serves a rotating menu of family-style Southern food to tables of 10.
Savannah, Georgia: Historical Mansions and a Lively River Walk
Founded in 1733 as Georgia’s first town, Savannah is not only one of the most graceful cities in the South but also one the most historic. The old but well-preserved architecture landed it on Forbes’s 2011 list of America’s Best Downtowns, and Travel + Leisure dubbed it one of the top cities in the United States and Canada in 2013. The city’s 22 famous public squares play host to some famous landmarks, such as antebellum-era houses framed by moss-covered oak trees. Head to Oglethorpe Square to see the Owens-Thomas House, an English Regency–style mansion completed in 1819 that now serves as a museum; tours here depart from the original carriage house and go past its charming English-style parterre garden.
Another relic of Savannah’s past, River Street curves for about a mile along Savannah River’s south bank. The cobblestone walkways are lined with 100-year-old cotton warehouses that have been converted into antique shops, brewpubs, and galleries. A short walk west of River Street will take you to the City Market, a four-block public meeting space on the edge of downtown.