Sugar Magnolia Bed & Breakfast

804 Edgewood Avenue, NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30307
Innkeeper(s): Debi Starnes & Jim Emshoff
  • Introduction

    Sugar Magnolia Bed & Breakfast - Atlanta, GeorgiaCome join us for a memorable bed and breakfast stay where excellence and comfort are mingled with the Southern charm of yesteryear and the exciting beat of the South's Olympic city. Upon entering this beautiful Queen Anne Victorian home, bed and breakfast guests are transported back to the time of the home's construction in 1892 by Colonel T.W. Latham, a prominent Atlanta businessman.

    Guests arriving at Sugar Magnolia are greeted with traditional southern hospitality by owners Debi Starnes and Jim Emshoff, who create a friendly, casual atmosphere for each guest's stay. Sugar Magnolia, lovingly restored to its original charm and beauty, proudly displays its antiquity in many of its unique features --- a three-story turret and grand staircase, six fireplaces, oval beveled windows, hand-painted plasterwork and the front hall's magnificent crystal chandelier.

    Sugar Magnolia Bed & Breakfast-Living RoomThe dining room, restored to its turn-of-the-century elegance, offers the perfect setting for a full breakfast - or, as special courtesy to guests, breakfast can be delivered to the room for Cottage Suite guests. The artwork and antique furnishings in the living room beckon guests to linger awhile. Those with musical interests will enjoy the sights and sounds of the owner's childhood upright piano Jim often treats guests to his repertoire of jazz and blues tunes.

    At the end of a busy day in the city, Sugar Magnolia invites its guests to enjoy complementary tea in the rocking chair sitting area outside their rooms, relax in the downstairs living room, or enjoy the outdoors on the wrap-around front porch or roof-top deck with a waterfall garden.

    Sugar Magnolia is situated in the heart of the city. The surrounding neighborhood is on the National Register of Historic Places. Inman Park is Atlanta's first suburb, now the premiere Victorian district intown. Guests enjoy taking walking tours of the famous homes or enjoying the sites on their own.

    Sugar Magnolia Bed & Breakfast-Wrap-around Front Porch

    Sugar Magnolia, located in a historic neighborhood on the fringe of the busy downtown Atlanta area, is just a few minutes walk from MARTA, Atlanta's rapid transit system. By car, guests can drive to these major Atlanta locations in five minutes:

    • Downtown business district
    • Georgia Aquarium
    • Georgia World Congress Center
    • Braves Baseball
    • Philips Arena
    • Georgia Dome
    • Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Site
    • Carter Presidential Center
    • Zoo Atlanta and the Cyclorama
  • 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 Jim Emshoff and Debi Starnes for sharing their own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Business and convention travel (guests are tired of staying in hotels), visiting friends and relatives in local area, attending local sporting or arts events.

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

    Convenient location - close to attractions, sports facilities, convention locations, dining and arts, unique architecture and very nice rooms, historic neighborhood, friendly hosts.

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

    Lots of things to do, largest City in the South

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

    "Beautiful home but also very comfortable and welcoming."

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Wonderful neighborhood - great for biking, walking and running

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

    Endless choices for restaurants and nightlife, wonderful museums and local attractions, beautiful parks and recreational options.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Plenty. Much of what is described previously is within walking distance.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Rathbuns, Barcelona, Soto Soto, Wisteria, Park's Edge...but there are so many more.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Atlanta Convention and Vistor's Guide; Local Maps that are available at Sugar Magnolia.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have three rooms in the main house and the Cottage Suite (small apartment) in the house behind main house.

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not accept pets and do not know of local boarding resources.

  • How To Find Us

    Sugar Magnolia Bed & Breakfast-View from outside

    From I-75/I-85:

    1. The interstates join together through the heart of downtown Atlanta
    2. Take the exit for Freedom Parkway and the Carter Center
    3. Follow the signs to the Carter Center
    4. Go under the covered bridge and veer to the right with signs for E42
    5. Pass the Carter Center on your left
    6. Go to the stoplight and turn right on N. Highland Ave
    7. Go about 1/2 mile when you see the warehouses and turn left onto Elizabeth St.
    8. Go through one light and one stop sign to Euclid Avenue
    9. Turn right on Euclid Avenue towards the park
    10. Follow Euclid for 2 blocks and yield onto Edgewood Avenue
    11. Take the first right onto Spruce Street to park (the street is one-way so you can park on either side)
    12. Sugar Magnolia is the large yellow Victorian

    From I-20:

    1. Follow the signs to I-75/I-85 North, the downtown connector
    2. Exit the interstate right almost immediately at the exit for Freedom Parkway and the Carter Center
    3. See above directions to continue to Sugar Magnolia

    From MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority i.e. the subway):

    1. Marta runs East-West and North-South for $1.50 one way, including transfers
    2. The airport is the southern most station
    3. Take the North bound trains to the Five Points station and transfer to the East bound train
    4. Ride 3 stops to the Inman Park/Reynoldstown station (E3). After walking through the turnstiles, take the Exit bridge to the right towards Inman Park
    5. Head west toward the Patio restaurant on the corner
    6. Edgewood Ave. is straight ahead. Walk past the church and the Trolley Barn
    7. Three blocks later, past the park and the intersection of Euclid Avenue, you will see Sugar Magnolia
    8. It is the large yellow Victorian