We stayed at Open Gates Bed & Breakfast in Darien, Georgia for six nights, and we give this B&B the highest recommendation possible. Kelly and Jeff, the owners, were the absolute best anyone could ask for in a host: they were super friendly, genuinely interested in making sure we enjoyed our stay, and attentive to our every need. Open Gates B&B is just the place to go to experience the “southern hospitality” Georgia is famous for. We felt so welcomed at this place and we can’t say enough good things about how pleased we were with our whole stay. Here are the details:
The room – It was big, clean, fresh, and wonderfully charming. Our king-sized bed was honestly the most comfortable bed we have EVER experienced. Ever. We even asked where we could buy such as posh bed for ourselves, but the mattresses came from England and were a special gift to the inn keepers. Nevertheless, we sure did enjoy it while we were there! We also enjoyed big, plush spa towels delivered to our room each day. Truly, it was the small details, such as a pitcher of fresh water by the bedside, which made our room feel so special.
The home – It was simply gorgeous with a large, comfy sitting room and fireplace; a very spacious library; and a dining room. We spent many of our evenings in the library enjoying a glass of complimentary wine and browsing the hundreds of books. Kelly and Jeff have an extensive collection of books that focus on Georgia and the coastal region. If there’s anything you wanted to know about the land, the locals, or Georgia history it was found in that library.
The food – Each morning we were greeted with a cup of delicious, freshly-brewed coffee and a full breakfast. Some days we were served mini egg soufflé and Canadian ham, and some days were had flaky waffles hot off the grill. Best of all, every day our breakfasts were served with a cup of fresh fruit. If we wanted an afternoon or evening snack there was always coffee cake and tea available for guests.
Concierge services – Although Kelly and Jeff don’t advertise this, they have one of the best concierge services around! We arrived in Darien not knowing exacting what we wanted to do or where we wanted to go; we just wanted to enjoy the weather and history
of the place. Kelly and Jeff arranged for us to take a private tour of historic Sapelo Island, guided us to the trolleys in Savannah, and provided us with binoculars to view the incredible wildlife.
The price – We stayed in the Garden Room for $125 per night, which has a king bed and its own private entrance. This was an incredible price for the value we received; we had a super comfortable room, a delicious breakfast each day, a library to relax in when we didn’t want to venture out, and hosts that guided us to some spectacular local spots.
-- "Marianne" from Gloucester Mass.
Open Gates is a beautiful old home in the center of Darien, which is a lovely small town between Savannah & St Simons Island. We called at the last minute, and they accommodated us graciously, even though it was Thanksgiving week and they weren't expecting us. Our downstairs room was comfortable and large. It had doors onto both the library and the dining room, so I'm not sure if you would hear people in those rooms, since we were the only guests. Breakfast was excellent! We only met Jeff, but he was delightful and informative. In our short stay, we also watched the shrimp boats unload, ate a great shrimp dinner at Skippers Fish Camp, and met the owner of a cute wine shop. -- "Patti B.," MA
Kelly and Jeff are wonderful and helpful hosts. As wildlife enthusiasts and photographers, we enjoy the area for our hobby. Harris Neck National Refuge is only a 30 minute drive for great nesting birds in the spring and beautiful marsh scenes. Many water scenes and historical sites in the area. -- "Doggers, Florida"
This is a comfortable, spacious inn in an historic town south of Savannah. The innkeepers live next door but are readily available. They are both wildlife biologists, and set us up with a local kayak company that carried us and a tandem kayak upstream and launched us at high tide for a nice paddle down with the tide, and at a fair price. If you have an interest in history, be sure to visit the nearby fort. Although a reproduction, it comes across as more authentic than some real ones we've visited, nothing artificial about it at all. The innkeepers work hard at keeping the B&B clean and attractive, and were very interesting whether they were explaining local wildlife, local history, or local politics. They have an excellent library of books to browse, including many interesting novels as well as bird and wildlife guides. -- "redtandem," Seattle, WA
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