I don’t think I have ever stayed at a Bed and Breakfast before. At least not in a 1872 Victorian home! I think what I feared was not being able to predict the quality of the space, the privacy of the room or the amenities I would have. The fear of the unknown you can say. Now, I am a new fan of B&B’s.
The B&B I discovered is Spencer House Inn at St Marys, Georgia, a charming place with modern day luxuries. The house was named for Captain William T. Spencer who, along with his wife Harriet Louise, built the hotel while he was serving as the collector of customs for the port of St. Marys from 1871 to 1873.
Stepping inside the Spencer House Inn feels like you have gone back in time, while the house was in its prime. Actually, the rooms and furnishings are maintained very well, giving it a vibe of aristocratic home. Every room is tastefully decorated with southern cottage style prints and tasteful wood furnishing. The flat screen TV is a stark contrast, but I loved the fact there was also a DVD library for the guests to enjoy. There are also three comfortable verandas with rocking chairs, a piano room and lots of board games to play in the cozy common areas.
I suppose the innkeepers at B&B’s have a reputation of being friendly and spending time with their guests. At the Spencer House, Mary and Mike offer warm hospitality without being intrusive. Mary is always around should you need recommendations or just want to have a chat, while Mike whips up the most delectable goodies. For breakfast, he would serve egg and cheese casserole, homemade grits, fresh fruit, pumpkin bread and more, and then bake some 7-layer squares for a mid afternoon treat! The Spencer House also provides picnic baskets if you are planning a day at Cumberland Island.
Delicious breakfast, good company, cozy rooms and laid back activities – what more do you need at a B&B? I am hooked!