One of the crown jewels of Savannah is its historic district with decorated manicured garden squares and 18th and 19th century houses. Many of these houses have been converted into bed and breakfasts, inspiring visitors to not just explore the city's historic streets, but also to retire to bed every night in antique surroundings.
Catherine Ward Inn
The Catherine Ward Inn's award-winning restoration of an 1880s home on Forsyth Park made it one of the city's examples of its "carpenter Gothic" Victorian revival and earned it a prominent exterior shot in the film "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil." The inn's location is not among the best in Savannah, because while Forsyth Park is a city fixture, it is also on the fringe of the historic district. However, the Catherine Ward Inn also offers what Frommer's described as "one of the most lavishly decorated interiors of any B&B in Savannah" at reasonable prices.
The Gastonian's house dates to 1868 and provides guests with spacious rooms, each equipped with fireplaces and furnished mostly with Georgian and Regency antiques. The inn bears a Conde Nast Johansens stamp of approval, and "The New York Times" described it as "the most famous of Savannah inns and justifiably so." Fodor's describes the antique decor as sometimes "funky" but in keeping with Savannah's blue-blooded feel. Breakfast entrees at the Gastonian are served either at the breakfast table or to guest rooms and consist of gourmet fare such as goat cheese and spinach omelets.
Savannah Bed and Breakfast Inn
Located off Chatham Square in a stone-fronted house dating to 1853, the Savannah Bed and Breakfast Inn earned a "Highly Recommended" rating from Frommer's and was profiled in "The New York Times." The interior shows off high ceilings and exposed brick and antique and reproduction furniture. Rounding out the picture at the inn is a leafy green courtyard and patio inhabited by house cats. Breakfast, drawn from a rotating menu of gourmet fare and American classics such as blueberry pancakes, is served at the breakfast table or on the patio.
Spanish Moss Inn
The home for this bed and breakfast was erected in 1808, making it one of the older bed and breakfast buildings in the city. This little point of Savannah history is illustrated in the photographic histories that decorate the parlor coffee table, a touch that exemplifies the personal attention that the owners provide to guests. The five rooms are furnished with antique and reproduction furniture, and four rooms have fireplaces. The inn's breakfast entrees change every morning but are typically drawn from Low Country recipes and prepared to order once guests have reached the breakfast table.