Open Gates Bed & Breakfast

301 Franklin Street , Darien, 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
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.9

You Must Stay Here!

5 on August 20, 2017

We had such a wonderful stay...our only regret was we did not have more days to enjoy there. We stayed in The Island Room, on the first floor of the inn. Very spacious and beautiful, with a private bath, and doors opening right into the library. We spent our night there sipping wine and eating chocolates with our computers at the library table, with the doors to our room open. Just fabulous! The breakfast was delicious. A cut fruit plate with delicate fruit pinwheel pastries, followed by marscapone stuffed crepes with the best bacon I ever had drizzled with caramel and accompanied by whipped cream. We enjoyed the company of the other guests, and Chef Zach as well as Carrie May were both so kind and thoughtful. Don't hesitate to stay here. It was like staying in a friend's lovely old house. Thanks Zach and Carrie May!!

What A Place!

4.4 on June 26, 2017

First trip to to Open Gates B & B in Darien. I will be back for future visits. The hospitality and accommodations were spectacular. I was greeted and shown around the grounds upon arrival by Zach. I stayed a total of five nights and had a very pleasant stay. The breakfast menus changed for each day. All I can say "They were amazing". Zach goes out of his way to make your stay pleasant and the start of you day on the right note. Thank you again Zach it was a pleasure to stay at Open Gates B&B.

Get-Away Weekend

5 on April 24, 2017

We just stayed one night! Bedroom was great, quiet and very restful! Owners were very pleasant and friendly! Breakfast was supberb!

Great stay in Darien at Open Gates !!

3.8 on March 20, 2017

Lovely B&B and felt very welcome by Zach. Pleasant short walk to town and restaurants. Room was comfortable and roomy with extra seating. Zach fixed a delicious breakfast of fresh fruit, ham, crepes, and special cinnamon buns. Just a great experience!

Great place to stay and enjoy the lovely city of Darien, Ga

5 on March 11, 2017

My husband and I stayed at the Open Gates B & B for 4 nights last week. It is a charming place on the main square (acutally a circle) The food was outstanding, the best B &B breakfast I've ever had.. I'd say the best breakfast anywhere that I've had. Zack was welcoming and very willing to adapt to dietary preferences. We canoed, bicyced and just rested. The perfect restful vacation.

Best place to stay in Darien

4.0 on February 13, 2017

Darien, GA is such a small place, it is hard to stay somewhere that's in walking distance to "everything", but not in the middle of everything. Open Gates was far enough from the little restaurant area to be very quiet and private, but close enough to walk there in less than 5 minutes. The house is in good shape. The people are very nice. The food was great. If you know you want to get away, but still have access to the middle of town, this is perfect. The owners are extremely amenable and helpful. My wife and I plan to return to Open Gates in the Fall.

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.

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Rooms & Rates

The Garden Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 King

The Island Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Twin

The Magnolia Room

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

The River Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 King

The Bluebird Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Coastal Cottage Retreat

Our Coastal Cottage Retreat is 2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom House with a small office, and back deck, with a large back yard. It is a newly renovated, refurnished house within a short walking distance to the historic and waterfront downtown area. Just two blocks off of Highway 17 it is easy to find and located in a quiet neighborhood, with large oak and Magnolia trees. Step back in time and enjoy the slow, quiet, quaint "Hidden Gem" of Georgia's Golden Isles!

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

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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, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wi-Fi

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!