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A huge fan of the South, Contributor Kim Kerr shares this list of the very best luxury bed and breakfasts in Georgia
While bed and breakfasts have been a convenient accommodation option for travelers to Georgia for countless decades, this popular sector of the ‘Peach State’s hospitality industry has undergone something of a make-over in recent years.
While those traditional mom-and-pop B&Bs still have their place and offer excellent alternatives to the usual big brand-name hotels, many have been completely re-imagined and rebranded for the 21st century. Pay a visit to pretty much any vacation destination in Georgia, big or small, and you won’t have to try too hard to uncover a gem of a luxury bed and breakfast, the best of them offering exquisite stays in grand old historic homes.
To help whittle down the choices for you, we’ve put together this useful, practical, and meaningful list of the top luxury bed and breakfasts in Georgia.
ATHBNB The Rushmore, Athens
Located in the posh Five Points neighborhood of the university city of Athens, ATHBNB The Rushmore has certainly raised the bar for those entering the luxury bed and breakfast hospitality market. Set in a former frat house constructed in 1918, this huge, multi-level bed and breakfast in Athens has been lovingly refurbished, boasting an immaculately designed interior that wouldn’t look out of place in a trendy design magazine.
Owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Candice and Cameron Treadway, the attention to detail, as well as eye-popping design, is remarkable. From its state-of-the-art keyless entry app to its chic common areas and bedrooms, this luxury bed and breakfast is so modern yet warm and welcoming you’ll find yourself not wanting to leave.
Perks include a delightful breakfast catered by the neighborhood’s Café on Lumpkin, plush bathrobes add slippers, Grown Alchemist bath products, and, perhaps best of all, morning mimosas.
Riley Recommends: Read our full review and feature story on ATHBNB The Rushmore to learn more about this amazing luxury bed and breakfast in Athens. For the latest rates and availability, visit the B&B’s website at https://stayathbnb.com.
Address: 1175 S Milledge Ave, Athens, Georgia
Ellijay River House Bed and Breakfast, Ellijay
Situated just a short distance from the downtown core, Ellijay River House Bed and Breakfast is undoubtedly one of the most romantic places to stay in the Georgia Mountains. Set in an attractive red brick two-storey home perched overlooking the Ellijay River, this luxury Ellijay bed and breakfast boasts a handful of sumptuously decorated Rooms in a quiet neighborhood, with beds and bedding guaranteed to induce a great night’s sleep.
Run by owners Keith and Karen Kreager, the property is as charming on the outside as it is inside. Featuring plenty of patio seating, guests are invited by this welcoming couple to treat the B&B as if it was their own home, even going as far as providing plush bathrobes for those wanting to grab an early morning coffee or late-night snack outdoors without having to get dressed up to the nines to do so.
Other homey touches include homemade bedtime sweet treats, as well as an excellent all-American breakfast featuring staples such as huge Belgian waffles and espresso coffees. Be sure to also check out the home’s unique “bottle house”, a popular garden feature that makes for a lovely selfie backdrop.
Check out the Ellijay River House Bed and Breakfast website at www.ellijayriverhouse.com for further details and availability.
Address: 128 River St, Ellijay, Georgia
Blue Ridge Inn Bed and Breakfast, Blue Ridge
Full of great attractions and offering plenty of fun things to do, the small community of Blue Ridge is fast becoming one of the best places to visit in North Georgia for those seeking an overnight or weekend getaway. While the town does have a number of hotels and motels worth considering, those seeking a more authentic experience with a huge dose of Southern charm should consider booking a stay at Blue Ridge Inn Bed and Breakfast.
Just steps away from downtown Blue Ridge and top attractions such as the must-ride Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, this excellent Georgia B&B is the perfect spot for those wanting to explore more of the region. The building itself was the first large home to be built in the town, its proximity to the railroad, just a minute’s walk away, the result of its having been built for the founder of the original railway.
Since fully restored with careful attention being paid to preserving the majority of its original features and charm, Blue Ridge Inn features a variety of sumptuously decorated rooms, some with additional living space and lounges. In addition to a lovely breakfast, guests are spoiled with home-baked cookies and an always-full fridge stocked with beer, spirits, and a donations box.
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Address: 477 W First St, Blue Ridge, Georgia
Kim Kerr is a Contributor to RileyMag.com and its subsidiary luxury lifestyle websites, including LuxuryGeorgia. She likes nice things and visit Georgia whenever possible.
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