An oasis of Southern charm, the Gastonian is an award winning Four Diamond bed and breakfast in the heart of Savannah, Georgia. Erected in 1868, the location is comprised of two side by side mansions, originally built for local businessmen R.H. Footman and Aaron Champion. The residential location offers a quiet charm that is unique to any vacation while simultaneously offering the convenience of nearby Savannah.

The property is within walking distance of such enticing spots as Forsyth Park. Many historical tourist destinations are close by as well, making the Gastonian a perfect vacation spot for cultural travelers. The original buildings of the bed and breakfast are famous for surviving a significant earthquake in the late 1800's. While the rest of the citizens evacuated, the Gastonian stood firm.

The property was purchased in 2005 by a local hotel management company and it soon became part of an upscale legacy of inns within the historic area. In its opening year, and again in 2013, the Gastonian was voted the best bed and breakfast in Savannah, Georgia. Photo: The Gastonian

»Rooms & Suites at The Gastonian

Rooms & Suites at The Gastonian

Originally built as residential homes, each of the two mansions on the property are made up of a collection of unique rooms. Not only are they decorated in a distinctive manner but each guest room contains its own room-specific amenities so guests can experience something new with each visit. The Caracalla guest room, also known as the Honeymoon Suite, is the most popular accommodation for honeymooning couples. This King Suite includes a private bath with a whirlpool tub with the added romance of a sheer curtain and a fireplace. For even more comfort, guests can also find an additional fireplace in the bedroom.

The Oglethorpe Penthouse is another suite featuring high-end amenities. With a claw-footed tub and pedestal sinks, guests feel as if they have stepped into a glamorous past. Other rooms which include a fireplace and whirlpool tub are the Mary Telfair, which is also the only guest room available with two full-sized beds, the Julia Scarborough, the Casmir Pulaski and the Sheftall-Sheftall. These rooms can also include a walk out shared balcony.

Additional amenities include wi-fi, charging stations, breakfast, a wine and appetizers reception, turndown service, in-room coffee and an in-room safe. Pet-friendly rooms are available upon request with a $50 non-refundable fee which includes up to two pets. The Gifts for Guests program allows arriving visitors to select an item for themselves or someone else from a list of add-ons. These can turn any visit into a special occasion, and include turndown service with champagne and strawberries, roses, a bottle of wine, or a Chamois Robe, just to name a few.

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»Dining at The Gastonian

Dining at The Gastonian

Guests can enjoy a true southern breakfast delivered directly to their room. While sipping on their coffee, guests can nibble on sweet biscuits, scrambled eggs and grits.

Guests can also enjoy a made-to-order breakfast every morning between the hours of 8 and 11 am. The afternoons are just as decadent with a visit to the Double Parlor between 4:30 and 6 pm for the wine reception. Lastly, dessert and cordials are offered in the evening between 8 and 10 pm as a decadent nightcap. Romantic Getaways in Georgia: The Gastonian in Savannah - Photo:

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»Romantic Weddings

Romantic Weddings

The charming historical atmosphere and romantic surroundings are an invitation to couples and parties to celebrate their special events with the Gastonian. From a high-end intimate wedding to a low-key elopement, Savannah is the perfect backdrop to the special day.

The Gastonian offers whole-house or half-house rentals for larger parties. The whole-house rental includes the use of the connecting mansions and can sleep up to 34 people in 17 rooms. This reservation also provides a formal dinner for up to 22 guests or the option of a cocktail reception for up to 50 guests. Reservations include breakfast and access to the wine and dessert receptions.

The half-house reservation allows for accommodations for up to 16 people and rental of the Champion house. This package also includes the Oglethorpe Penthouse and Caracalla Suite, with parlor areas perfect for small gatherings.

The Gastonian offers a unique and charming elopement package. This includes a choice of location for the ceremony, either indoor or outdoor depending on availability. A flower arrangement and matching boutonniere are available with a small wedding cake, and a minister or officiant is provided by the Gastonian. The wedding couple can enjoy champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries and breakfast service with their reservation.

With or without the ceremony, the Gastonian is celebrated for its atmosphere for honeymooning couples. The Caracalla Suite is known as the on-site Honeymoon Suite and the amenities and atmosphere prove the name. This lovely suite contains a king sized bed, a working fireplace and unique furnishings. Breakfast is brought to the room on a stunning silver platter, and the on-site concierge is available to ensure every detail of the stay is enjoyed.

Even returning romantics can take part in the festivities. Those who wish to have a renewal ceremony can enjoy many of the amenities offered in the wedding package including the small wedding cake, champagne toast and officiant services. The renewal package includes a romantic room with turn down services, rose petals strewn about the bed and chocolate covered strawberries. On-site concierge services are available to all guests offering information about local venues, historical landmarks and any other information guests may need for a perfect stay. Romantic Getaways in Georgia: The Gastonian in Savannah - Photo:

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»Things to Do Nearby

Things to Do Nearby

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. Address: 220 East Gaston St., Savannah, GA 31401, Phone: 912-232-2869

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