Great Bed & Breakfast Places in Atlanta
LEA ANN FESSENDEN
Beautiful Atlanta has swiftly moved to the top of the list of great places to visit in the United States. This "Steel Magnolia" has got it all going on from great restaurants, historical charm, prosperous companies and great cultural activities. Visit the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, take a fast, fun Segway tour of the city, stroll through the High Museum of Art or even visit the home of "Gone With the Wind" author, Margaret Mitchell. But when you are ready to rest and relax, try one of these comfy Bed and Breakfast Inns of this great city.
My favorite place to stay in Atlanta is the gracefully decorated Stonehurst Place located at 923 Piedmont Ave NE. The innkeepers, Caroline and Gary do their utmost to make you feel at home with family at this remarkable property. Every detail of this hotel is carefully executed with luxury, charm and ecology in mind. The interior is inspiring with gorgeous antiques, ornate fireplaces, shiny chandeliers and original hardwood floors. I had the good fortune to stay in the Hinman Suite with an unbelievable two person shower which had 7 shower heads, talk about a spa treat! The marble floors of the bathroom were even heated. From the linens to the fabulous breakfast, the Stonehurst is all about pampering you until you swear to return, again and again. This 40's style craftsmen home is one B & B you must visit when you are in the greater Atlanta area. It is convenient to Marta, downtown and there are some wonderful restaurants very close by.
Another charmingly southern B & B in Atlanta is the Sugar Magnolia, located in the Inman Park neighborhood of Atlanta at 804 Edgewood Ave. This Queen Anne Victorian home is impeccably decorated, clean and cozy. Breakfast is served when you want it, not when the staff chooses and they will ask what you would like and if you have any dietary needs. The hosts, Jim and Debi are so knowledgeable about the local sights and restaurants you can take their recommendations and run with them. The hotel is located just a few blocks from the Inman Park MARTA station so you can easily access all that Atlanta has to offer. Some of the local restaurants they recommended were fantastic such as Thumbs Up, Wisteria and Shaun's. I strongly advise reservations as they are very popular.
The hosts ensure your comfort with all the necessities including a wonderful massage chair off the parlor for those days you've spent walking. If you are visiting during warmer months, enjoy a refreshing drink on one of the many balconies or relax in one of the social rooms with a beer or cup of tea.
And last, but certainly not least, is the beautifully restored Shellmont Inn which is located at 821 Piedmont Avenue NE, at Sixth Street. Tucked into a lovely tree lined street, the Shellmont is very close to the amazing Botanical Gardens, excellent restaurants and the hosts Debbie and Ed go out of their way to make your stay very comfortable. I particularly enjoyed the nightly tray of chocolate dipped strawberries!