We occasionally have the opportunity to stay in Savannah - and we've stayed in traditional B&B's, high-end hotels, funky old motels, and other places as well, in the old Historic District, mid-town, on a square or two, and out on Tybee Island. This time around, for a quick weekender to Savannah, we ended up at Breezeway, located about halfway between Savannah and Tybee Island on picturesque, quiet, primarily residential Wilmington Island. The setting for Breezeway is like an island to itself - it's on a larger parcel, and the grounds themselves give the impression that one's stepping into an impressionist painting. And, in a way, you are, as your gracious, friendly host is an artist of significance - and her art infuses the place, in and out. The grounds bear her interesting, artistic take on things - fountains, statutes, benches, you are clearly in an art park outside - while the main house itself conveys the distinct feeling of being in something part art museum, part art studio, and part gracious home. Peggy made us feel right at home, right away - and our room, and the adjoining bathroom, were well presented and comfortable. Breakfast was served both days out on the veranda - and by veranda, we're talking a meandering screened area that seemingly stretches around significant portions of the main house, heads out into the yard, darts over to her studio, and offers views of the outdoor art while consuming a delectable, delicious, locally-sourced breakfast of her own making. Our gracious host offered great local tips, fun conversation, and a range of information on the local area - and her own quite interesting artist's life - that made for a delightful stay. We did not find Breezeway through Trip Advisor, but since I do travel reviews for the places we've visited, it seems appropriate to add a review. We're definitely putting Breezeway on our return list.
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We so enjoyed our weekend here. Peggy was a warm, inviting, and intelligent host. Yummy breakfasts (fresh berries, poached eggs, cream potatoes...). Bed a little soft for my taste, but can't complain - it'll be perfect for someone else. Lovely, natural yard and fountain (bring bug spray if you want to hang in the yard at night). Screened porch around much of house - perfect to leave the doors and windows open. Down-to-earth, authentic surroundings - beautiful, intriguing artwork (much her own). This is the kind of place/host you're likely to make a personal connection with. Much needed weekend holiday.
Due to us needing to work in both Tybee and Savannah, this place is ideally located within 20 minutes of both places. Because of this lovely location, traffic is minimal (and what traffic there is, is barely audible from inside the house) and avoids the heavy traffic of the popular tourist spots. Grocery stores are located nearby (Davis Fruit Stand is a great stop!). Ms. Blood is an ideal host and a great conversationalist and not to mention an excellent cook for breakfast, she was very accommodating for our schedule. We wish we could have stayed longer to take advantage of all the wonderful things her house had to offer (screened in porch, rocking chairs, etc.) We'd love to visit again, should we venture back to Savannah, if she'll have us back of course!
A rental note: Ms. Blood is an eclectic, mixed media artist with lots of wonderful pieces throughout the home, which is beautiful, but would probably not be conducive for inquisitive young children or pets (with errant tails!)
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