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Guests love our restored 1920s heart-pine bungalow in the heart of southeast Georgia. The Inn's atmosphere is that of casual elegance -- decorated with an eclectic mixture of antiques, oriental, and modern furnishings. This delightful Inn is comfortable and inviting, a place where one can totally relax. Enjoy the library, the common living area, or the solitude of your room. Relax on our sunny deck or on our shaded grand verandah furnished with wicker rockers.
For the romantic, couples wishing to elope can get married in a day. The Sarah Jane English Garden Room is a favorite for honeymoons, anniversaries and for those who appreciate the finest in accommodations.
The Inn at Folkston is ideal for the pleasure or business traveler. It's a place for people who appreciate the warm friendly atmosphere of a bed and breakfast and the security of a private home. The Inn offers four comfortable and distinct guest rooms with feather beds, private baths, luxurious robes and central heat and air conditioning. Children are welcome in the company of their parents who are thoughtful of the innkeeper's goal of offering a peaceful and quiet environment for all guests.
Breakfast is served from 7:00 AM until 8:30 AM. Other times are available by request. Breakfast consists of excellent coffee, organge juice, a hearty serving of fresh seasonal fruit, and a main course of blueberry pancakes, "chicken George's" fresh eggs, bacon or ham and special breads. We promise you will not go away hungry.
Check with the innkeepers to see if they can accommodate your family.
Location, Location, Location
If you are driving through Georgia the Inn at Folkston is a perfect stopover. Folkston is a short distance from Savannah, Charleston, Jacksonville, Saint Mary's and St. Augustine.
Visitors can explore the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Cumberland Island, and other coastal islands. Canoeing, kayaking, hiking, golfing and train watching are among the many activities available in Charlton County.
For more information, please check with the innkeeper or with the Chamber of Commerce.
Guests are always amazed at the size of the Inn's interior --it looks deceptively small from the exterior. Inside, the space seems to expand, going on and on down a long, winding hallway to the Inn's final bedrooms at the back of the structure.
The wide verandah of the Inn is a typical bungalow porch, with deep overhanging eaves and high walls. The size of bungalow porches, usually across an entire facade, made them perfect to shade one side of the house. Because these porches were usually long and wide, the entire family could use them. Tables and chairs were set up for eating, card and board games. The broad steps were the perfect spot for children to bounce a ball. Although the bungalow was the last American house type to offer the large front porch, we are lucky enough at The Inn at Folkston to have a wonderful version of this marvelous design. In addition to rockers and wicker, the Inn's verandah has a more modern amenity, a six-person hot tub for guests to enjoy.
Guests find the verandah and the surrounding two acres of Inn property are excellent places to bird watch (Folkston is a designated bird sanctuary). Numerous sitting areas are situated around the Inn to read, relax, or bird watch. Try the deck for a sunny spot, or a relaxing chair or bench in the shade of the garden. The herb garden beside the deck provides fresh herbs for breakfast.
Elegant and relaxing
The Inn at Folkston has an elegant yet relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. The common living areas are decorated with antiques and collectibles that Janis and previous Innkeepers acquired both in the U.S. and abroad, including a collection of Persian carpets which adorn the heart-pine floors throughout the Inn.
The living and dining rooms have gas-log fireplaces, and there is an extensive library of books in the dining room and each guest room. The living room provides a TV/VCR for guests' enjoyment, including train videos and videos of the Okefenokee Swamp to view prior to a visit to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Additionally, abundant reading materials are available, including periodicals of varied interest and information on Georgia and local attractions. Guests can enjoy such books as Walking the Wetlands, A Hiker's Guide to Common Plants and Animals of Marshes, Bogs, and Swamps, Touring the Coastal Georgia Backroads, Exploring the Okefenokee, Letters from the Expeditions in 1875, Native Trees of Georgia, and many other choices.
In the hallway, guests will find a hospitality room providing snacks, cold drinks, a small refrigerator in which to store items, and a butler pantry with incidentals they may have forgotten.
To help you discover Folkston's hidden treasures, pick up a copy of Folkston Then and Now, a self-guided walking tour of Folkston, from the Inn's Gift Shop. You will surely enjoy the friendly, small town atmosphere and the hospitality of the citizens of Folkston. Stop by Whistlin-Dixie Custom Framing & Unique Gifts and you'll get to meet Folkston's energetic former Mayor Dixie McGurn, at her new store. She greets residents and visitors alike with the friendliest smile this side of the St. Marys River, or ask to see the Clora Lee Roddenberry's quilt collection at Folkston Furniture.
The Inn at Folkston is featured in Best Recipes from American Country Inns & Bed & Breakfasts by Kitty and Lucian Maynard, Rutledge Hill Press, Nashville, 2004. The Inn at Folkston is one of nine Georgia bed and breakfasts having recipes from their
Inn included in the cookbook. If you would like to order a copy of the cookbook, call the innkeeper.
Janis is a member of the Okefenokee Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Nature-Based Tourism Association and the Georgia Wildlife Federation, and the Sierra Club to name a few.
Thanks to Robert Schweitzer, Eastern Michigan University, for his article "The Bungalow in Summer" on the web from which some of this information about the bungalow was obtained.