The local surroundings have just as much to offer as the inn itself. With a huge variety of destinations within walking distance, guests will enjoy days filled with local flavor. Forsyth Park is only two blocks away, while City Market and River Street are not much more than a mile away. Guests can visit the Roundhouse Railroad Museum, which has been in operation since 1989. The Coastal Heritage Society has meticulously restored the working railroad station where visitors can see the inner workings of the historical railway systems.
The Jepson Center, part of the Telfair Museums, is another popular attraction for Savannah visitors. This contemporary art museum keeps a series of exhibits which feature current artists along with the permanent collections. Visitors can call ahead and find out what educational events might be taking place in the auditorium that day. The center also includes a fun and interactive area for children of all ages.
Another excellent place to soak in some local history is the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum. Here, visitors can view the collection of ship models and paintings while strolling through the historical Scarbrough House. This stunning house is a must see and the surrounding gardens are the perfect place for a relaxing stroll. This locale also welcomes large group reservations, from church groups to children's groups.
Other historical landmarks include the Owens-Thomas House, the Andrew Low House, the Tybee Island Lighthouse, or the Wormsloe Plantation. These homes are excellent examples of the historical styling of Regency architecture in the southern regions. The Owens-Thomas house, which was designed by William Jay, one of the earliest U.S. architects, was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1976.
Ghost hunters also have a reason to visit the picturesque Savannah. Being one of the oldest cities in the nation, of course, allows for some sordid history. Guests can sign up to take part in some of the local ghost walks and haunted tours to experience a true taste of history for all but the faint of heart. Hotels, mansions, cemeteries and homes are included as areas suspected of having uninvited visitors. The Bonaventure Cemetery and the Colonial Cemetery are also within walking distance of the Gastonian.
220 East Gaston St., Savannah, GA 31401, website, Phone: 912-232-2869
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