The Ballastone Inn has received many accolades from travel gurus, including being named one of Travel and Leisure Magazine's 50 Best Romantic Getaways in 2009 and Southern Lady Magazine's "Most Romantic Inn." And this stately inn on the corner of Oglethorpe Ave. and Bull Street in the heart of the city's historic district does not disappoint. Travelers here rave about the luxurious bed linens, the elegant high tea and Ballastone's close proximity to just about everything - there's even a trolley stop right outside. The Inn has a long and interesting history: It was originally part of the original settlement General James Oglethorpe founded before being a private home, a boarding house, a bordello, the headquarters for Girl Scouts of America and then, finally, a luxury bed and breakfast. The facade is gorgeous, and all of the rooms have high-end, richly carved antique wood furniture and sumptuous fabrics and decor. Enjoy a glass of wine or breakfast on the back patio, or treat your sweetheart to the Romantic Getaway package, which includes a couples massage at a Venetian spa, rose petals and decadent chocolate strawberries, a romantic ride in an antique carriage and dinner at one of the area's historic restaurants.
The best way to describe the Hamilton-Turner "chateau" is palatial. This stately mansion with sky-high ceilings seems to have come straight from a storybook. The Hamilton-Turner dates to 1873, and is located in the historic district on Abercorn and Charlton Streets within walking distance to all of the sites. The rooms here are cozy and perfect, and many overlook the tree-lined, shady Lafayette Square. The rooms are named after famous residents and other Americans important to the city's history, like Juliet Gordon Lowe - the founder of the Girl Scouts - and Casimir Pulaski, a Polish soldier who fought in the American Revolution and was wounded in the Battle of Savannah. Since you and your significant other will probably want a relaxing trip to appreciate each other and the beauty around you in the city, make sure to take your time enjoying a gourmet breakfast and tea - served from an antique teapot - in the dignified dining room. You might also want to opt for the Romantic Package, which includes two nights in a luxury suite, champagne and roses upon arrival, dinner at one the city's best restaurants, a carriage ride through the Historic District and a complete Southern breakfast every morning.
This charming little boutique bed and breakfast - made up of two historic homes - is so cute that it even appears small from the outside. But once you enter, you just might want to stay forever in the surprisingly expansive and well-appointed suites with fireplaces and high-end antique decor. The charming renovated mansions that comprise Foley House Inn are located off of Chippewa Square at Bull and Hull Streets in the historic district. The Foley House Inn is near the "Forrest Gump Bench" and Paula Deen's Lady & Sons Restaurant, as well as the oldest continuously open theater in the U.S. - Savannah Theatre. However, Foley House Inn also has its own, more sordid claim to fame. A skeleton dated to the opening of the hotel in the late 1800s was found during a renovation in 1987, and since then, guests and staff report hearing strange noises and sometimes seeing a man in a top hat walking in the garden at night. If this is too spooky for you, you might want to consider staying elsewhere! But, the luxury of this bed and breakfast - which offers two lovely romance packages - might be too much to resist.