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Savannah is a little like a slightly naughty debutante: beautiful, classic and polished on the surface; but with a funkiness that lies beneath, where things are quite as prim and proper as they appear. The leafy streets are populated with restored, historic Antebellum homes, and at the corner every couple of blocks are a series of small parks—some with fountains, all with gardens, benches and walkways. Savannah’s streets and buildings are as picturesque as they come; yet the town also feels very lived-in. It’s vibrant and artsy, with plenty of galleries, independent boutiques, restaurants and pubs and bars of all nature. The town gets up early and stays up late, with every minute positively oozing friendly Southern charm.

The historic Zeigler House Inn is located on Jones Street, which was called one of America’s prettiest streets by USA Today and Southern Living. Built in 1856, this Italianate home inn showcases gracious southern architecture, romantic splendor and the hallmarks of Savannah: wide verandahs, shady courtyards and museum-quality interior details such as pine and walnut staircases, carved ceiling medallions, original (non-working) fireplaces, and gorgeous chandeliers.

Yet Zeigler House Inn, like Savannah, is far from pretentious or stuffy. It offers guests unceremonious, home-away-from-home comforts with a gentle leisure and graceful, friendly service. From snacks, cookies, coffee, tea and sherry that is always on hand in the first-floor rooms to a DVD collection, games, and happy hours with wine and hors d’oerves, host Jackie Heinz makes every guest feel welcome. Maybe a little too much, as it’s hard to want to leave this place once you’re ensconced here.

The seven large guest suites all have private kitchens, which are stocked daily with amazing cold and hot breakfast treats prepared by Jackie and her staff, from quiche to muffins and casseroles. There are also snacks and drinks stocked in every refrigerator. No forced small talk over breakfast with other guests that is the hallmark of many bed-and-breakfast inns; here you can socialize or be private as much as you want.

Alongside the renovated historic rooms and period furniture, each suite also offers all the modern luxuries such as custom-made plush mattresses and linens, extraordinary toiletries, complimentary Wi-Fi, private baths, hair dryer, iron and board, cable TV, CD & DVD player, well-stocked refrigerator, microwave oven, toaster, coffee pot, and premium coffee. Several have separate living rooms and/or whirlpool tubs.

Zeigler House Inn is ideally located within a short walk of the major downtown attractions including shops, restaurants, art galleries, museums, Forsyth Park, City Market, and Savannah’s historic River Street. It’s a perfect location, in the quieter residential part of downtown that is within very close proximity to the entertainment district, yet away from the noise and bustle of it. The inn itself offers regular music nights with local musicians and other entertainment.

DETAILS:
121 WEST Jones Street @ Barnard Street
Savannah, Georgia USA 31401
Phone 912-233-5307 | USA Toll-free 866-233-5307
http://www.zeiglerhouseinn.com
innkeeper@zeiglerhouseinn.com
Rates: $169-269
There are often specials running; check the website for details.

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