Last weekend, my partner and I headed out of Atlanta for some much needed respite. Although we had considered Savannah, an online search of the area repeatedly guided us to this B&B (Springfield Plantation, at the heart of Dunham Farms, is the oldest plantation in Georgia remaining with its original family- since 1755). It just so happened that Friday night was a full moon and this particular weekend was the annual gathering of The Midway Society commemorating the town's settlement in 1792. We arrived Friday evening. We were promptly greeted by one of the owners, Laura Devendorf. She gave us an overview of the property and its history and showed us to The Hideaway Suite (room #1) in the Palmyra barn. It is a rather large room with sitting room, bathroom and beautiful view of the cathedral oak grove and wedding trellis. After getting settled, we were treated to a light snack and met some of the other guests (many of whom are repeat guests and were part of The Midway Society). That night we had the pleasure of our first meal by Laura's daughter Meredith (delicious Chicken with mandarin orange, risotto with parmesan cheese and spinach with nutmeg). She cleaned up a bit and "changed hats" and escorted us to the dock where we boarded our kayaks for a full moon rising kayak excursion. As we paddled through the marsh, Meredith told fascinating stories about the area, her growing up here and the history of her family. The air was cool. The breeze gentle. The waters calm. The view spectacular!!
The next morning we woke up and were greeted by the innkeeper Charlina for our breakfast treat. Each morning we had a 3 course breakfast that was both delectable and substantial. After the meal, Laura took us on a tour of the property. As we toured she shared with us the history of the land as well as her family and her Foundation. We saw Palmyra cottage which has been restored beautifully. We toured the pool house and the event hall. We saw the various sites that are perfect for hosting a wedding or reunion or any other occasion. However, the marsh, the giant oaks,the gardens (unbelievable azaleas and camellias) and the river were what really spoke to my heart. Most of the rest of the day, we spent walking the trails, listening to the birds and watching river otters frolic in the river. Midday we opted to venture to Sunbury Crab co. for lunch and to Midway to visit the cemetery, church and museum. As dusk approached, we watched the birds (spoonbills, egrets, herons, osprey, storks to name a few) return to their nests near the waters edge. It is easy to see why Laura and Meredith are so passionate about this place!! Sunday morning came far too quickly! Another sumptuous breakfast courtesy of Laura, Meredith and Charlina! Then unfortunately, we had to leave.
I would most definitely return! Furthermore, I think we all owe a debt of gratitude to Laura and Meredith for their insight, dedication, vision and passion in preserving this coastal gem.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just 30 minutes from Historic Savannah and moments from the Historic Liberty Trail, Palmyra Plantation is a relaxed country escape nestled in 5000 privately-owned acres of natural waterfront beauty. Nine spacious, quiet and well-appointed guest rooms with private baths occupy a former plantation horse barn fully renovated in 1998. Full gourmet breakfast, afternoon hors d'oeuvres, daily guided walks of the grounds, use of the screened pool and extensive trail system are included in room rates. Kayak excursions are available on weekends. Restaurants and historic and environmental attractions nearby. Innkeepers' family has lived here since 1735, and they love to share their love of the land and its history with guests from around the world. ... more less
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