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The Simmons-Bond Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Toccoa B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Georgia
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Relaxing”
Reviewed June 20, 2012

The inn was very lovely and the food was a knock out, delish. I liked the history tour about the house, the wood work is amazing. There have been lots of improvements to the home but more are needed. We stayed in the Tiffany, very bright and lots of good sunshine. The bed needs a better mattress, my back was hurting after the first night. The whole inn was very clean, not a speck of dust. The innkeepers as well as the people around town were very friendly. I enjoyed the free out door concert our first night there at the shops across the street from the inn. Overall we had a nice stay, the slow pace and limited things near by forced us to slow down and enjoy the scenery.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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louisville, ky
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

We stayed at the Simmons-Bond this weekend. What a lovely place. The house is a beautiful 100 years old. When you step inside, it is as if you have stepped back into that time. The attention to detail in this home is amazing. The woodwork, doors and staircase are amazing! We stayed in the Elizabeth room. This room has a custom made king size bed that provided us with a good nights sleep. The room is huge with a separate sitting area. The room and bathroom were very comfortable. Just outside our room was a snack area with cold drinks. The breakfast was wonderful. It is served in a beautiful dining room on beautiful china. The breakfast is served in "courses", fruit, an egg dish, followed by pancakes or waffles. Endless coffe and juice is also provided. The shirred eggs were to die for! After breakfast we were given a tour and "history" lesson of the house. We found this interesting. We stayed two nights. While in Toccoa, we visited the Military museum, the Currahee Winery (these people were so nice), Toccoa Falls (wow), Tallulah Gorge Falls (double wow!) and we walked Currahee! This is a great, friendly town.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Nashville, Tennessee
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Reviewed May 21, 2012

Stayed at the Simmons-Bond Inn for two nights. We knew this was an older home, however, we felt like many improvements needed to be made. The exterior looks pretty good at a distance but the closer you get, well, the worse it gets. The ceiling of the porch looks as though it is about to fall in. I don't think it would take a lot of effort to repair that. The inn keeper was very sweet but was not around much. We weren't looking to "socialize" with her, however, being a little more available (other than, ring the bell if you want service) would have been nice. Perhaps she could have arranged to meet with those interested some time in the early evening (or over breakfast) to talk about the inn, it's history, the town, etc. Our room "The Elizabeth" was very much like the pictures on the website. I had hoped it was a lighting issue with the pictures on the site, however, it was sort of a dreary room. Again, attention to detail was missing. The comforter looked as though it had seen better days. The sheets were an utter mess. It looked as though they had been left in the dryer for days and then put on the bed. They were wrinkled beyond recognition - granted, they were clean...but truly it was not acceptable to have sheets like that in a guest room. The sofa in the room seemed like it could stand a good cleaning too. Coat hangers in the wardobe were very light weight cheap hangers that would not hold a pair of jeans. It was a nice touch that there was a refrigerator in the hall with some water and soft drinks it it, however, since there were at least 5 people staying in the inn while we were there (and only 5 bottles of water), there was no water or other drinks (other than 2 cans of Sprite) after the FIRST NIGHT - and it was never refilled - and, there was no access to ice so we could at least have cold water. There were some snacks in the hall as well (crackers and raisins). Would have been a nice touch to have something homemade there perhaps? The inn sits on a fairly busy street and the street noise was pretty loud. Lots of truck noise. We did not hear other guests though. Breakfast: Well, we were hopeful. Given that the room wasn't so special, we had our hopes set on a very nice breakfast. While the place settings were nice, the food - lack luster. The food came out in "courses" - if that is what you want to call it. I do understand fruit being served as a "first course" but for the life of me, I could not understand how toast (3 pieces cut in halves for 3 people) would be considered a course - nor do I understand the odd number of slices of bacon (which came out as a third "course"). The coddled egg was good, however, for the two men sitting at the table - I think they were looking for the rest of it. (Oh, and grits?) The next day was similar. A course of fresh fruit - it was good. Then a "course" of toast/bagels (again 3 pieces (not even a whole bagel) cut in halves for 3 people. Then, another "course" of sausage - very small pieces (a little bigger than a quarter) - 5 of them to be exact, for 3 people? Then there was an egg soufle that was brought out - however - once she brought it to the table, she realized it was not done (though that is not what she said, we could see that it was "sloshy" in the dish. She took it back to the kitchen (at which point we are sure she microwaved it - you know how eggs get in the microwave). And, then a course of apple bread - which was very good. Again, two men sitting at the table wondering where the "real" food was. I am sure this would be fine for a lady's meal (assuming she's not a big eater). She was anxious to take the food away quickly as well. We didn't want to have to ask for more - we felt piggy! She had scheduled breakfast for two others staying in the inn for an hour after our time, so she was rather anxious to get back in the kitchen and for us to move along. This place has a LOT of potential. Sadly, it's not there yet.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Madison, Georgia, United States
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Reviewed May 1, 2012

I surprised my husband with a night away for his fiftieth birthday. We both loved the B&B. The Inn was charming and our room, The Tiffany, was bright and cheery. The owners were helpful and responsive. if you are in the area I would highly recommend The Simmons-Bond Inn.

The owner suggested that we visit the city of Clarkesville for dinner, specifically The Attic, which was very good. Also make sure to go to the Tulluah State Park.

Breakfast served in the morning at The Simmons-Bond Inn was also nice. Very nice place to stay!!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed March 16, 2012

I just finished up a stay at the Simmons-Bond Inn in Toccoa, Georgia. It is a wonderful place to stay in easy driving distance of much of the sights of North Georgia with fantastic, friendly proprietors, beautiful turn-of-the-century touches, and yummy treats to make your stomach just as happy as the rest of you.

As previous posters have noted, this is an antique home situated in historic Toccoa. There is a wrap-around porch with plenty of seating from which it is pleasant to watch the day's end. All of the guest rooms are up a gorgeous wooden staircase clad in a custom Oriental runner that wraps around to the second floor. Sound carries easily in the house, but everyone I met was considerate and friend, so that was no trouble. Each of the rooms has an en-suite bathroom. Heating/cooling is centralized with vents in each room. My room also had an overhead fan (and ask about the secret passage in one of the rooms!).

The little touches were what made this B&B truly special. It felt so great to want a cool bottle of water, or a soda, and just be able to go to the fridge in the hall and get one out. There are also little snacks to tide you over to your next meal and individually bagged tea and coffee (in the hall and room, respectively). Wireless internet is free. There are TVs in each of the rooms and a selection of videos to watch.

Breakfast is served between 7:00 and 9:30 (or was it 9? I don't know...) by prearrangement with your hostess. Prepare for a feast! The proprietor of the inn is also a professional cake baker and decorator, and each of her meals are as attractive as they are tasty. She also will specifically ask for dietary requirements or restrictions. Each of my breakfasts had three courses, starting with a fruit, moving to a savory, and finishing with a sweet. Coffee and orange juice as well as all the extras are also available.

I will happily return at any time! Thank you.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed January 25, 2012

We stayed here for one night in January 2012 and were pleased with this inn and its owners. The woodwork inside is extraordinary and the whole house is true to the era. We stayed in the Elizabeth, which is the largest room. It could use some refurbishing, but was clean and very comfortable. It has only one large window, so is not a bright room, but is very much a characteristic victorian space. The owner, Ron, was most accommodating and very knowledgable about the home's history. His wife, Elizabeth, cooked a delightful gourmet breakfast which was served on china and with silver. Quite a change from home!

Room Tip: The rooms on the front of the house are brighter.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Blue Mountain, MS
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Reviewed January 11, 2012

Many items are original to the house, so if you are looking for nostaligia then you will enjoy! The character of the house is reminiscent of the era. The architect was my great-grandfather, E. Levi Prater, who has several buildings on the National Register for Historic Places. Be sure to notice the 'curved' glass windows while there! I was actually there in 2006, but the 'travel date' selection did not offer that date for choice.

Room Tip: We enjoyed the Elizabeth Room! Nice sitting area.
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Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Simmons-Bond Inn
Address: 74 W Tugalo St, Toccoa, GA 30577-2322
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Location: United States > Georgia > Toccoa
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Free Breakfast Free Parking
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Toccoa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Simmons-Bond Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 6
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Restored Victorian mansion in historic downtown Toccoa, GA. Walking distance from restaurants, antiques, museum, art galleries, more. One mile from Toccoa Falls. ... more   less 
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