Hotel at a Glance: The Edenfield House
The Edenfield House dates back to 1895, when it was constructed as a private residence. The Edenfields—a locally prestigious family for whom the inn is named—moved in shortly after 1900 and lived there until the mid-20th century. In the early 1980s, Jim and Imogene Buckley purchased the house, restored it, and opened it as a bed and breakfast. Today, guests will find crystal chandeliers, 12-foot ceilings, original trim, and gilded mirrors.
- If these walls could talk: The property's 10 murals were hand painted by an unknown artist in the Works Progress Administration during FDR's presidency.
- Notable award: The inn earned the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2014.
- Head to the parlor to read a book or catch a show on the 82-inch TV.
- Catch some rays in the sunroom, where two original, 19th-century fluted corinthian columns still stand.
- Enjoy complimentary breakfast in the dining room.
- Take a stroll: The inn is just seven blocks from downtown Swainsboro's Patriot Square.
Swainsboro, Georgia: Quaint Southern Town Between Macon and Savannah
The allure of Swainsboro, Georgia, is its old-timey charm. Downtown, Patriot's Square is surrounded by antique shops, boutiques, and restaurants. You can fish in the Ohoopee, Ogeechee, and Canoochee Rivers or head to nearby George L. Smith State Park to explore the central Georgia wilderness. The park has 7 miles of hiking trails as well as a 412-acre pond; sign up for a kayaking tour of the pond through a nearby outfitter.