Go for the food and stay for the ambience. Clean, neat and historic, Open Gate B and B is everything you hope for and nothing that that you fear. The thing that sets it apart, though, is the owners Zack and Carrie. Their laid-back style is augmented with an attention to personal service and memorable meals. They were responsive to requests and never failed to delight, from award-winning crepes to specialty items. Zack's years as a chef on private mega-yachts shows in the presentation and creativity as well as in the taste. We will be back.
Zack met us warmly at the front door upon our arrival and acclimated us to the area. He gave us great local information and invited us to join locals at Fort King George event the same evening. The B&B is charming, nice location with very comfortable rooms. Zack made us feel at home and his famous breakfast crepe were a great presentation and delicious. We highly recommend Open Gate and will revisit next time we are in the area.
We were coming by boat to Darien from Savannah for one night. We had been given the name of another place to stay, but they were booked and boy am I glad! They actually referred us to Open Gates and we had the best time. I called once we docked the boat and Zach was kind enough to come pick us up so we wouldn't have to walk with our luggage. He had cooked and tea waiting on us. He showed us to our rooms and gave us a quick tour as he was about to leave for the day. My husband and I stayed in the Island Room which was huge! We had more than enough space. Our friends stayed in the Bluebird Room and they too enjoyed it. After seeing our rooms, we got in the pool to relax after having been on the water for the last five hours. We stayed in until a storm ran us out. We decided to walk down to Skipper's after Zach's fiancée Carrie suggested it. We were blown away. We eat seafood quite a bit and this was delicious! The hush puppies were to die for! We got back and decided to call it a night and the next morning, Zach had prepared the prettiest breakfast that I had ever eaten! It was also out of this world. I was amazed by his abilities. We chatted over breakfast with both Zach and Carrie and Carrie told us all about jelly balling which we found to be very interesting. They recommended we try the Sugar Marsh Cottage, directly across from the inn and I'm glad they did. The chocolate was absolutely stunning and delicious. Since we were on a boat, we were scared to purchase any for fear it would melt, but the owner was kind enough to give us ice packs to keep it cool. We walked back to the inn and it was time to check out so Zach offered to drive us back to the dock so we wouldn't have to walk. We were blown away by how nice both Zach and Carrie were and how accommodating they were. We actually want to return next year just to stay there and eat at Skippers again!
Definitely a first class B&B for a feel of the low-country hospitality and historic time! Makes you want to stay longer to absorb the great ambience of the place, and roll back in time along the river and history of the area. Owner and chef Zach make your visit the best.........and off the too-busy fast track, but very much in touch!
1st time visitors-will definitely return & tell our friends! We stayed 3 nights at Open Gates to celebrate our anniversary and we already cannot wait for our next visit. The Garden Room was beautifully decorated, very clean and comfortable. Zach was professional & genuine and he gave us wonderful suggestions of things to do in the area. He was very accommodating and is an amazing chef . We were served first class, delicious breakfasts every morning. We understand why his crepes are award winning and my husband and I both agreed he made the best omelets we had ever had. Although we did not take advantage of the fire pit, pool or library, the house and grounds have a lot to offer guests and we made ourselves at home. Darien is a charming, sleepy little shrimping town. We brought our bikes to ride around to see the historic neighborhoods and we took the bike trail to Fort King George just a mile or so away. The B&B is only a couple blocks from the dock, shops and local restaurants. We felt safe walking at night in the area. Open Gates is on Vernon Square with a beautiful fountain and huge oak trees laden with Spanish moss...quintessential southern charm. I could not get over the perfect setting! The fountain was a soothing sound at night when we left the windows open in our room. Also on the quiet square are two historic churches, beautiful old homes and a must visit chocolate shop, "Sugar Marsh Cottage". Their homemade chocolates awaited us in our rooms upon arrival. Darien is a perfect central location to take day trips to the Golden Isles, Savannah, Sapelo Island and Harris Neck. There's so much to do in the region that we were not able to do it all in 4 days. We really feel like we discovered a hidden gem in Darien and Open Gates. Thank you for a wonderful experience!
Darien GA, is a quiet little town, the Open Gates B & B was easy to find, near the river and walking distance from restaurants and shops. The room was very clean, well organized, the owner Zach was very welcoming, he gave us a tour of the house offered refreshments and not long he had fresh cookies coming out of the oven, delicious! The next day breakfast was served, in one word ..divine! Fresh Fruit, home made apple turnovers, omelette. Fresh brewed coffe. We will go back for Zach famous crepes, that is for sure. Almost forgot to mention Skiper's seafood restaurant food was awesome, we definitely recommend anyone staying at Open Gates Bed and Breakfast and Skiper's Restaurant. Lili Stokes
I have always enjoyed traveling and have stayed at numerous Bed & Breakfast Inns over the years. Clearly, there are many differences with each whether it be the physical condition, environment, ambiance, dining, special accommodations, service and of course the Innkeepers themselves. Through my travels I have been exposed to all sides of what makes Bed & Breakfasts unique.....some good and some not so good. With all of that being said, Our recent stay at Open Gates was delightful in everyway. We were welcomed like family by Zach and Carrie when we first walked in the door. The house was beautifully restored and immaculate. Our room was one of the nicest that I have ever been in....large, beautifully decorated and so comfortable. As for the food.....wonderful.....from the hot cookies that Zach made in the late afternoon to the full breakfast in the morning that was made to order! What made this even more special is that this was my wife's first time ever staying at a B & B! It could not have been any better! A truly magical experience!!! Craig
Zach and Carrie were the most caring and attentive host. We stayed in Darien during our 4 day visit of the Golden Isles. It was a great location to do day trips to St Simons, Jeykell, and Savannah. This was a beautiful historic home right in the heart of a small town. The oak trees in the square were a wonderful site from the front porch. The food was 5 star all the way from Zach. This was the best B& B we have stayed in. The location and atmosphere of the home was so warm and inviting and the owners are just truly an amazing young couple.
My wife and I enjoyed our 32 wedding anniversary (near Christmas) at Open Gates. Everything was decorated & the service was great. What struck me, was the gourmet breakfast in the morning. Seems other B&B just bring out some muffins. The location was great. On a historic picturesque square in Darien,GA. Besides Darien's own sites & charm, it is in the center of the Golden Isles. Short ride to other sites.
We were traveling from Florida back to South Carolina and decided to stay here for the night. What a great choice we made. The innkeepers, Carrie and Zach, were exceptional hosts. As we were the only guest that night they invited us to eat dinner with them, some of their family that was visiting and some neighbors. The food was excellent. The breakfast the next morning was also outstanding. It is a neat old home on a square in the heart of Darien and the accommodations were very comfortable. I would highly recommend staying here.
We stayed with Joann twice withib a month and we loved the Inn and the innkeeper. Spacious rooms, quiet, clean, modern,and located , literally, within a stones throw of a watering hole and seafood restaurant. Lovely deck, but too cold to use in February. Among the best, and we have stayed at more than 50 B&Bs over the years.
This was pure magic. Well appointed rooms opened to a balcony that overlooked the water and Darien's magic. The rooms are clean and upscale and you have a bed and breakfast feel with the added plus of your own beautiful space. The owner Joann makes you feel welcomed and as familiar as you care to be. Amazing pancakes may await you in the morning with the best coffee around!!!! After a great meal at Skippers we walked 'home" and slept in the best bed offered outside of our own. We did not want to leave. This is a great stop off point on the way to Florida from the north and not out of your way. Do it !!!!!!! I have traveled the world, live in Cape May, NJ and this is one of those spots you do not want to miss. Tell Joann Susan says Hello!
We drove up from Tampa Bay, specifically for a 2 night relaxation getaway - about a 5 1/2 hr. drive, but well worth the trip. The room was lovely and plenty spacious, bed was extremely comfy, back porch inviting (including a fun happy hour with neighbors from adjoining rooms on New Year's Eve). Loved the location for walking across the parking lot to Skipper's for oysters and football during the day, and the wine shop/wine bar & other restaurants in the evenings. We explored the river in kayaks for a couple of hours during the morning (peaceful once we passed I-95) and witnessed nature in abundance, including a bald eagle sighting! JoAnn's breakfasts were delicious, and she was a pleasant and gracious hostess. Definitely worth the trip for a couple of days of peace & quiet, even great for an overnight stay while traveling up & down I-95. Not your usual high rise hotel - lots of ambiance and character.
We spent two relaxing nights at the Darien Waterfront Inn. Although Darien itself is not the quaint, historic town we had anticipated, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Darien does offer the colonial King George Fort for exploration, and delicious local shrimp for feasting. Kayaking through the marshes is available as are other boating excursions to local areas. Savannah is just an hour away and we spent a day wandering there. JoAnn, owner of the inn, couldn't have been more accommodating or welcoming. Her breakfasts were delicious and served in a casual, family atmosphere. Our room was cute, clean, and featured a microwave and mini-fridge. The bed had lovely linens and was very comfortable. The porch overlooking the river and marshes was perfect for reading with a glass of wine. No hustle, bustle, or distracting stimulation. When I left my jacket and favorite pillow behind, JoAnn mailed them back to me. She went above and beyond to make our stay a pleasure. If you are looking for a relaxing, casual, and unpretentious place to unwind, the Darien Waterfront Inn is a great option.
Last October (2011), 6 of us boarded our deck boat in Beaufort SC and headed for Florida. We knew we were going to need to stay in hotels and inns along the way, but we had no set agenda, no advance reservations, because we had no idea how far we would make it from one day the the next. We stumbled across Darien Waterfront Inn and what a find! Joanne was so accomodating! Rooms were beautiful. Beds were comfy! The town was a quaint find as well. We made it a point to stop again on our way back home. I'm writing this review almost a year later because I'm researching another adventure. Last year we only made it to Fernandina Beach, and this time I want to get to southern FL. SO... this time we're going to trailer our boat to Darien and start and end our trip from there. I can't even imagine a better place to spend our first and last night!
Sometimes if you look hard enough you just find the perfect place. Twice a year I travel through Darien Georgia and for the last two years I have had the pleasure of staying at the Darien Waterfront Inn. What a delightful place. If you are looking for the Ritz, this isn't it. But if you want small town southern hospitality, that comes with great waterfront views, clean rooms with a personaility, and an innkeeper that strieves to make you feel welcome, this is the place. One of the highlights of the inn is to arrive early enough to have you 5:00 oclock adult berverage as you relax on the spacious veranda overlooking the water as the shrimp boats come in to the dock. JoAnn ensures that the aroma of fresh brewed coffee greets you in the morning along with either fresh baked breads, fresh fruit, or a delicious quiche straight out of the oven. Dinner is a pleasant two minute stroll to the waterfront where you can enjoy delicious local fare.
We have stayed with Jo Ann multiple times going back to her opening. The Darien area is a jewel of the low country with a people and a heritage that puts you back in a simpler time. The Inn's deck is huge and overlooks a river. The deck is shadowed by Spanish moss covered trees that make it the perfect place to enjoy a nap, a good book, good conversation, or a cool drink. Each room is differently decorated but all are wonderful and immaculately clean. The Continental breakfast is second only to the great time you'll have talking with Jo Ann and the other guests. Nearby restaurants and the wine bar are great as well. The Darien Waterfront Inn is a bed and breakfast where you will feel at home but pampered, welcome at anytime, but never pressured to fit a schedule. We'll see you there.