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Open Gates Bed & Breakfast

301 Franklin Street , Darien, GA 31305 USA (Show map)
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$110 - $150
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Open Gates Bed and Breakfast, built in 1876 by a wealthy timber baron, is uniquely situated for nature-lovers, history buffs, birders, boaters, and outdoor enthusiasts wanting to experience one of the richest natural ecosystems in the world. We are a family run, nature-based business located in the small coastal village of Darien, Georgia. Located on historic Vernon Square, just one block from the shrimp boats on the Darien waterfront, Open Gates is surrounded by giant live oak and magnolia trees providing a private, relaxed atmosphere for your vacation getaway retreat, business trip or special event.

Rooms & Rates

Island Room

The Island Room is our largest room and is located on the ground floor, convenient to the library and dining room. A private full bath, private dressing area and four-poster king-sized bed distinguish this guest room. A twin bed and sitting area also provide extra space for relaxation. Ground floor. Private bath. $125.00 per night.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $135 - $135

Magnolia Room

The Magnolia Room is a large, sunny upstairs room with king-sized bed and a twin day bed. This room has a view of our huge magnolia trees and is decorated in oak fixtures, winged-back chairs and botanical prints. Writers and artists often prefer this room. The spacious bathroom is shared with the River Room and is located across the hall. Upstairs. Shared or Private Bath. $99 per night shared bath/ $125 per night as a private bath.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $135 - $110

River Room

The River Room is our largest upstairs room. It is decorated in warm colors, dark woods and has a mission-style king-sized bed. A comfortable sitting area with large wing-backed chairs overlooks Vernon Square. This room was named in honor of the founder of Open Gates, Carolyn Hodges, who was a staunch conservationist and a crusader to protect the Altamaha River. The large bathroom is located across the hall and is shared with the Magnolia Room. Upstairs. Shared or Private Bath. $99.00 per night shared bath/ $125 per night as a private bath.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $135 - $110

Bluebird Room

The Bluebird Room receives lots of morning sunlight and has a gorgeous view of the memorial fountain in historic Vernon Square. Decorated in antique bird prints, this cozy room has a private bath and shower. A queen-sized bed, private dressing area and private bath create an inviting nest in this upstairs room. Upstairs. Private bath. $125.00 per night.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $135 - $135

Garden Room

The Garden Room is a favorite for those seeking solitude. Located up the outside steps of the carriage house, it has a private entrance and sitting porch as well as a private bath. A king-sized bed and a twin day bed make this an ideal room for couples wanting to escape. $140.00 per night.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $150 - $150

The Captain's Cottage

The Captains Cottage is a beautiful coastal house in town. It is nestled back off the main part of town. It has 2 queen size beds and one single fold out bed. This is a great house for larger families and offers the privacy of your own place. $185 a night.

  • Maximum Capacity: 6
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $185 - $185

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Location Type

Airport, City, Downtown, Island, Small town, Village, Waterfront


Savannah, GA (SAV) 59 miles

Directions to property:

Coming from the north I-95 south to Exit 49 Darien (Note: at any point south of Midway, feel free to get onto Hwy 17 south as it parallels I-95 and is a much prettier drive…) Turn left (east) off the exit ramp onto Hwy 251 Go 1 mile then turn right (south) onto Hwy 17 Go 1.3 miles into the small town of Darien. At big oak tree, turn left (north) onto Hwy 99, also called Adams St. Go 1 block and you will see Open Gates sign on right. Turn right at our sign. Our house is the big white house on the right. Pull straight in to park and come on in! Coming from the south I-95 north to Exit 42 Darien (Note: Hwy 17 parallels I-95 and is a much nicer drive!) Turn right (east) off the exit ramp onto Hwy 99 Turn left (north) onto Hwy 17 Drive about 4 miles, crossing four bridges After you cross the Darien River Bridge (see shrimp boats), you will be in Darien. Pass the Texaco and the courthouse, both on your right. Turn right onto Adams St. (Hwy 99), just in front of big oak tree. Go 1 block and you will see Open Gates sign on right. Turn right at sign. Our house is the big white house on the right. Pull straight in to park and come on in!

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Sapelo Island 
 St Simons Island 
 Kayaking, Outlet Stores, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Tours

Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Bed and Breakfast, Cottage, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Copier, DVD Player, Fax Machine, Library, Movie library, Outdoor grilling, Parking, Pool, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wi-Fi , Pool on grounds

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Board games, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, In-room internet, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Turndown Service

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Hunting, Kayaking, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool

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  • Check In:: 3 p.m.
  • Check Out:: Before 11 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Well behaved children are welcome.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes We only allow small pets in the Garden Room.
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Holidays and special events may require a minimum stay.
  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Major credit card (Master Card or Visa, please) or advanced deposit is required to confirm reservation.
  • Cancellations: Cancellations require a seven (7) day notice for Friday and Saturday nights, two (2) day notice for Sunday through Thursday nights, fourteen (14) day notice for holidays and special events, including the Blessing of the Fleet. If less notice is given, a refund will be made if we are able to rent your room.



Zachariah Rath and Carrie May

Languages spoken


About the innkeepers

Hospitality, Traveling, Cooking

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  • Time Served: 8-9 a.m.
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Darien Shrimp Delight
The Darien Shrimp Delight is fresh wild Georgia shrimp diced and formed into a shrimp cake coated in panko bread crumbs and browned in butter. This is then topped with a poached egg and hollandaise sauce. This dish will also be served with bacon or sausage and garnished with fresh chives from the herb garden!



Special Package

Mini Escapes

$99 a night all rooms for the month of January. Must mention this deal.

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301 Franklin Street , Darien, GA 31305 USA (Show map)

Property highlights

Free $50 gift card!