Americus Garden Inn

504 Rees Park, Americus, Georgia 31709
Innkeeper(s): Mr. and Mrs. Kim and Susan Egelseer
 

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  • Introduction


    Americus Garden Inn  - Americus, Georgia

    The Americus Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast provides a unique lodging experience in Americus, Georgia that delights and impresses guests with gracious hospitality, impeccable cleanliness, creative, nutritious and delicious breakfast foods in comfortably elegant surroundings.

    Upon entering the romantic, historic Americus Garden Inn you will be transported to a simpler time of simple pleasures: the aroma of freshly baked goodies, the sound of live piano music emanating from the parlor, freshly ground gourmet coffee, quiet time on the swing in the gazebo or strolling the beautifully landscaped gardens. You will enjoy warm hospitality, personal service and comfortable surroundings creating your oasis from everyday cares.

    A full, hot breakfast is served every morning featuring the Americus Garden Inn Signature Blend Coffee, a special blend of Fair Trade coffee beans crafted exclusively for the Americus Garden Inn by their friends at Cafe Campesino Roastery. Guests are welcome to a wide variety of teas and herbal teas, cocoa, soft drinks, fruit and snacks 24 hours a day.

    All eight guestrooms feature a private in room bath, cable television with VCR (movie library onsite), alarm clock, hairdryer, iron with ironing board, and free wireless internet access throughout the inn. Please visit our website and take the "inn tour" to assist you in choosing your guestroom.

    Whether for business, vacation or a romantic getaway, you will find the perfect accommodations at the Americus Garden Inn. We look forward to meeting you in the near future.

     

    Why come to Americus?  Here is a partial list of places of interest located close to the Americus Garden Inn:

    Andersonville National Historic Site and National POW Museum
    Andersonville Civil War Village
    Jimmy Carter National Historic Site
    Jimmy Carter's Sunday School Class at Maranatha Church
    Habitat for Humanity International
    Habitat's Global Village
    Koinonia Farm
    Rylander Theater
    Georgia Southwestern State University
    Georgia Rural Telephone Museum
    Boating & fishing at Lake Blackshear
    Hiking at Providence Canyon
    Golf Courses - very inexpensive

    Americus Garden Inn - An escape from the ordinary!

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Kim and Susan Egelseer for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    There are three main categories of guests – those who come to see the 2 National Historic Sites in our area or to attend a Sunday School lesson with Jimmy Carter in nearby Plains Georgia, those who are travelling to and from Florida and find Americus to be the perfect stopover point, and those looking for a romantic getaway.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We devote 100% of our time, energy and resources to provide a wonderful experience for our guests. We have no employees and we treat all of our guests as treasured friends. Our 1847 home is a beautiful example of antebellum architecture with Victorian elements and the gardens with the gazebo and koi pond add to the blissful atmosphere. Most of our guests comment on two things – they feel comfortable right away and they love Susan’s baking.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Americus Georgia is just a 15 minute drive to 2 National Historic Sites – Andersonville National Historic Site and Jimmy Carter National Historic Site.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    Based on guest reviews, Americus Garden Inn has been recognized by TripAdvisor with a Travelers Choice Award as a Top B&B for 6 years.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    When people drive into Americus, they are totally awed by the number of beautiful historic homes in our neighborhood. It truly feels like you are stepping back into a time and place where people are friendly and courteous.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    The Andersonville National Historic Site, which is the site of the most infamous Civil War prison, an active military cemetery (started during the Civil War) and home of the National P.O.W. Museum. The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site is comprised of President Carter’s Boyhood Farm which has been restored to how it looked when he lived there as a child, the Museum and Welcome Center, and the Train Depot which was Mr. Carter’s campaign headquarters. 2 or 3 Sundays a month, President Carter teaches an adult Sunday School lesson at the Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains. The public is invited and welcome to attend with no reservations needed. The birth place of Habitat for Humanity International is Koinonia Farm, which was established here in Americus in 1942 as a biracial, Christian farming community. The roots of the Civil Rights Movement are truly at Koinonia. The Community welcomes visitors with tours of the farm and gladly shares their story. Habitat for Humanity International was founded by Millard and Linda Fuller here in Americus with Jimmy Carter helping to spread the word. Habitat has a wonderful venue where you can see examples of the incredible work being done around the world. The Global Village and Discovery Center has life-size replicas of what would be considered substandard housing and what Habitat would build using indigenous materials in the countries that they are active.

    So, you can tour the world in Americus Georgia. The Rylander Theatre is a restored 1920’s vaudeville theater featuring live performances. Tours are available whenever the box office is open. Café Campesino, located just outside of downtown, is the original organic coffee roaster operating in fair trade. We have worked with them to develop our Americus Garden Inn Signature Blend coffee. Tours can be arranged of the roaster and complimentary coffee cuppings are held on Fridays at 11AM. In nearby Leslie, the Georgia Rural Telephone Museum is a must see. It is the largest collection of telephone memorabilia in the world. About 45 minutes away, Massee Lane Gardens in Fort Valley, the home of the American Camellia Society is a wonderful place to enjoy a botanical garden. Providence Canyon, the little grand canyon of Georgia, and Westville, an 1850’s living history museum are in Lumpkin, also 45 minutes away.

    For golfers, the Griffin Bell Golf & Conference Center (about 5 minutes from the inn) offers 18 holes with a cart for $25 - $30, and Brickyard Plantation (about 15 minutes from the inn) offers 27 holes with a cart for $37.50.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Our home is located in the residential National Register historic district on Rees Park, which is a green space park with a walking trail. Brochures are available for the official historic walking tour. The beautiful historic downtown shopping area is just a mile away, the perfect distance to stroll to and from dinner or to enjoy shopping or the theater.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    With over 15 restaurants to choose from, there is no particular favorite. Downtown, there are 2 local favorites with Southern cuisine: The Station (known for their shrimp and fried cheese grits) and The Forsyth Bar & Grill. The 1800 Mexican Restaurant is in a beautifully restored building, excellent food and drinks, with live music on certain nights. There is also a gourmet option and a very casual fish restaurant. Just ¼ mile down the street from the Americus Garden Inn is another very good Mexican restaurant, El Jalapeno. Within 30 minutes, there are 2 additional choices, Daphne Lodge (known for their fried catfish) and Cordelia’s (located on Lake Blackshear, great for sunset dinners).

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    On our website, we have provided insider tips to see the attractions along with links to each venue.
    americusgardeninn.com/seeanddo.html

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    The Americus Garden Inn currently has 7 guest rooms available all with private en suite bath (some with shower, tub, shower/tub combo or Jacuzzi). 5 of our rooms have King beds and 2 of our rooms have a Queen bed + a Double bed.

    Do you accept pets?

    Although we cannot accept pets, our local veterinarians all offer kennel services for guests traveling with pets.

     

  • History

    Dr. Albert Rees was the second doctor to reside in Americus, circa 1834. His wife, the former Sarah H. Lamar, was a member of one of Georgia's most eminent families. In fact, Lamar Street honors one of her relatives, Mirabeau Bonaparte Lamar (who in 1838 became the president of the Republic of Texas). Dr. Rees acquired substantial real estate holdings shortly after his arrival here and became responsible for developing the neighborhood around the park that still bears his surname, Rees Park. He sold off large lots surrounding the square from 1846 to 1848.