Wanting to avoid the I-95 cookie cutter motels and the overpriced island hotels, we opted to spend a night here on a coastal Georgia trip. Brunswick is a pretty, sleepy little town close to St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island. Like many small towns in America, the downtown is losing business to the malls and big boxes located in the suburbs and off the freeway. However, it is still a pleasant small town with lovely restored homes from the 1800s. Brunswick Manor is one of those restored with attention to historical details and photos from the period.
We were the only guests and enjoyed sitting on the huge veranda sipping wine, listening to the birds and enjoying the attention of Meatball and Henry, the resident cats. The owners have an additional catering and meeting business, so hosting duties fall to Rusty, an experienced hospitality professional who also serves as breakfast chef. Rusty is gracious and informative about the community and the region. He also recommended Basil's for dinner, a surprisingly good choice for a small town.
We stayed in the Downing Suite which is a little on the dark side with dark wood furnishings and almost cluttered with memoriablia and historical odds and ends. If we were to return, we would opt for the Sea Island Suite or the Cumberland Suite, also on the second floor, but much brighter, lighter and airier and not so much "stuff" in the rooms.
All in all, would definitely recommend a stay here if you enjoy B&Bs with a historical flavor.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located halfway between Savannah and Jacksonville, this historic bed and breakfast is in historic downtown Brunswick, the Gateway to the Golden Isles. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Brunswick Manor Hotel Brunswick