Open Gates Bed & Breakfast

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


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.



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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.9

Southern charm and hospitality at its finest!

4.0 on November 20, 2016

I would have given 5 stars but the website did not allow me to click the 5th circle for some odd reason. We were greeted very warmly as soon as we pulled up to this lovely Inn by the owner and top notch chef, Zach. We knew right away that we were in the perfect place to celebrate our anniversary! Zach could not have been more helpful. He helped up with planning our bike ride around town, the places we should visit and perhaps even, not visit. His input was invaluable. The Inn was so warm and charming, we went to four towns on our anniversary road trip and Open Gates was our favorite! The room was immaculate and oh so comfy, the breakfast was absolutely top notch. We wished we could have had breakfast every morning from Open Gates. Darien was charming as well. A quaint little fishing village with a wonderful home town feel. We felt very safe and comfortable there. We will definitely be back to Darien and to Open Gates! (note, we had the crepes, featured in the photo, they looked just like the photo and were so delicious!!)

Beautiful accommodations, wonderful breakfast and warm/relaxing environment

4.8 on November 14, 2016

We were welcomed and made comfortable even though we arrived late. We had a great night's sleep with comfortable bed and linens and then served a wonderful breakfast. You can see & feel the care that Zack & Carrie put into this bed & breakfast. Wonderful.

Darling Darien

5 on January 01, 2016

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.


5 on December 18, 2015

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.

Great Place to Stay

4.8 on October 14, 2015

We enjoyed the great gourmet breakfasts and the ideas about the area from Zach and his wife. A special place.

Scrumptious breakfast, lovely, quiet setting

4.6 on October 11, 2015

Quiet setting in small town, convenient to Jekyll and Sappello Islands. Great breakfasts. House and grounds are spacious, even has an outdoor pool and patio!

Can't wait to go back!

5 on August 18, 2015

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!

What a terrific find for a really special historic Inn and top class host, Zach!

5 on July 12, 2015

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!

A pleasant B&B

3.6 on March 13, 2015

The location is excellent and the breakfast is outstanding. We would return and recommend to others. The room lacked seating but was otherwise clean and spacious.

Perfect get-away!

5 on March 04, 2015

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!

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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, Downtown, Island, Small town, Waterview


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, Eco-tourism, 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

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, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Turndown Service, Wired internet

On-site activities

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

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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

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About the innkeepers

Zach is from Nebraska and Carrie is from Ft Lauderdale FL, they met in Ft. Lauderdale and moved to Darien GA in 2013. Zach was a former chef on motor yachts and has won Bed & Breakfast award in 2014 for his culinary skills.

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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!