High Tea to Evening Port: The Sweet Amenities of Savannah’s Bed and Breakfasts

Food, Hotels — By Lauren Quinn on April 28, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Bed and breakfast—the very term conjures images of Victorian hallways, lacy window treatments and antique bedside tables. But in Savannah’s bed and breakfasts, it’s about more than casual elegance or even historic ambiance. Truly Southern belles, the bed and breakfasts of Savannah take hospitality to a new level. Thoughtful amenities and warm touches make these stays among the most charming and intimate in the US.

The way to any guest’s heart is through their belly—and their taste buds. Here are some of the scrumptuous ways Savannah’s bed and breakfasts get us swooning:

High Tea

There’s a lot of reasons that Ballastone Inn rakes in awards from the likes of Frommer’s and Zagat: antique embellishments, lush gardens, a well-appointed bar. But we think the daily High Tea might also have something to do with it.

At four p.m. daily, Ballastone rolls out the antique silver, fine china and lavender-scented antique linens, and hosts the most elegant tea time in the Savannah. Gourmet goodies include jalapeño egg sandwiches, lemon macaroons and chocolate-covered strawberries. It’s an affair fit for a queen—and the discerning guests of Ballastone Inn.

Evening Port

As though afternoon wine and hors d’oeuvres weren’t enough, some Savannah bed and breakfasts take the complimentary delights all the way into the late hours of the evening, with a snazzy night cap. Hosted port is served fireside in the double parlors of Foley House Inn, an elegant and warm way to end any Southern day.

Turndown Service

Turndown service may sound like a relic of hotels past, but in Savannah, it’s just the kind of extra touch bed and breakfasts are eager to include. At Hamilton-Turner Inn, you can expect more than just freshly fluffed bedding and a store-bought mint—turndown service includes bedside cookies.

Milk and Cookies

Nothing makes you feel like a kid again like bedtime milk and cookies. The sweet nightly treat at Savannah’s Bed and Breakfast Inn comes with a warmth that feels familial. They don’t go so far as to tuck you into bed and read you a story, but the cozy feeling is just the same.

Southern Breakfast

There’s no way you can talk about Savannah’s bed and breakfasts without talking about the breakfasts. Southerners hold true to the adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day—and in Savannah, it’s one of the most decadent. From award-winning chefs at the Foley House Inn to down-home delights at Azalea Inn and Gardens, you can expect a lot more than toast and instant coffee. Southern grit souffle, maple-cured bacon, homemade biscuits and seasonal fruits are all to be feasted upon on garden patios and verandas nestled throughout the fair city.

You may never be better fed—or pampered—than in the bed and breakfasts of Savannah.