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The Blue Heron Inn

At a Glance

    Pros

  • deliciously inventive breakfasts
  • decks provide great views

    Cons

  • the small number of rooms means the place can book up fast

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The Blue Heron Inn Review

Bill and Jan Chamberlain's airy, Mediterranean-style home sits on the edge of the marsh and is only minutes from the ferry at the Sapelo Island Visitor Center. The downstairs dining and living areas have an open feel with a large, rustic fireplace and a sweeping view of the marsh. Guest rooms are nicely appointed in a low-country style. Some even have four-poster beds, and all have a view of the marsh. The proprietors, who moved to the coast from Athens, Georgia, provide drinks and hors d'oeuvres in the great room or on the back porch every evening, and their breakfast specialties include lime French toast and wild Georgia shrimp omelets.

    Hotel Details

  • 4 rooms.
  • Rate includes breakfast.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 10-24-2012

Fodorite Reviews

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    Lovely Visiting the Blue Heron Inn

    On first arrival at the Blue Heron Inn, you feel welcomed by the inn keepers Bill and Jan. They'll show you to your room (all of which are spacious and have decks. I stayed in the Sea Farer which has its own private deck overlooking the marsh). At around five, the inn keepers will put out gourmet wine and cheese. They seem to love what they do and love learning about their guests- they'll talk with you as you enjoy the wine or respect your privacy if you wish to keep to yourself. They were very helpful in recommending things to do in the area and the best places to eat. The inn is within walking distance of the Sapelo Island ferry dock, within a less than an hours drive from Savannah, Brunswick, and Jekyll Island, and only a few minutes away from historic sites such as Fort King George and old plantation houses. The best part about the location of the inn is that it was zero minutes away from a beautiful, marsh front view. There was so much to do in the area, but the Blue Heron Inn made me simply want to relax and quit rushing around for a little while. Waking up to start a day of exploring was never easier or more pleasant. The beds are comfortable and relaxing. The breakfast is wonderful. You won't want to miss one of Jan and Bill's creations.

    by RebeccaW, 7/10/13
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    Home away from home...

    My husband and I took a much-needed weekend away at this truly special marsh side retreat. We have traveled extensively all over the US and Canada, and our experience at the Blue Heron matched or exceeded the best of our inn experiences.

    The house is a lovely, secluded Mediterranean style home on the edge of the gorgeous (and teeming with wildlife and birds) along the estuaries and salt marshes of Doboy Sound,near Sapelo Island and Darien GA, putting us midway between Savannah, Brunswick, Cumberland and Jekyll Island (all easy day trips away). My husband, a birder, was in paradise. The grounds are well appointed and landscaped with local flora, and there is a jaw-dropping organic garden that is a wonder to walk through! It was great fun to stretch our legs each day by exploring the docks and points around the marsh.

    The rooms are, well…roomy! How often we have been disappointed after poring over a website with gorgeous pictures only to feel duped into renting a cramped or loud room…Not the case here! We enjoyed an open, airy, quiet room with a king sized bed and plenty of space to navigate luggage and sitting to discuss our plans for the day. We asked to peer into other rooms as guests checked out, and see that this is the case across the board at the Blue Heron Inn.

    Activities in the area abound. Owners Jan and Bill Chamberlain, friendly and helpful in an unobtrusive way, made suggestions for excellent restaurants and guided tours (the ferry to Sapelo Island is only 5 minutes down the road), and there are kayaks and bicycles for exploring the area available at the guests’ whim. There were more opportunities to engage with the local culture than we had time for!

    Breakfasts were terrific and catered to special dietary needs; the first morning we enjoyed eggs Benedict and the second we were over the moon with sweet potato pancakes with pecans. No continental breakfast here…we could barely eat lunch, the breakfasts were so satisfying.

    Comfort is an obvious priority at this inn; whether the huge fireplace in the living room, the porch swings, the wine at 5pm, or the genuinely warm smiles and conversation, Jan and Bill have created a distinct feeling of being welcomed into a home away from home. We had the most delightful conversations with them and other guests due to this communal sense of peace and being well taken care of. One of the things we enjoy about B&Bs versus hotels is the opportunity to be more friendly with the owners as well as other guests. We left with a heart-full feeling of the specialness of the place and the hosts, and we will most certainly return.

    by LiciaBerry, 2/26/13
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    Never stayed, but most people agree.

    First off, the B&B is in Darien, GA not on Sapelo Island.

    I work in this tiny historic town, and everyone that has stayed at the B&B has nothing but compliments for the Inn Keepers.

    by whozitsdad, 7/13/08

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