Ballastone Inn, Bed and Breakfast

Savannah Holidays 2013

Holiday Specials in Savannah 

Christmas at the Ballastone Savannah


The holidays are upon us! In the spirit of giving, we go all out for Ballastone guests!

Stay two nights in November or December

Receive a complimentary tour of our historic city

The King Cotton Slavery and Civil War Tour is hosted by Savannah’s own Steve Ellis.  This two hour tour is packed with information and history, culminating with Sherman’s march to the sea in 1864.

Stay two nights in November or December
Receive a complimentary Bonaventure Cemetary group tour

Family & Friends Getaway for groups of four or more.  Historian Steve Ellis will guide you through the history of Old Bonaventure Plantation, where the Royal Governor made his escape from Savannah during the Revolution, and through its evolution to a cemetery in the 1850s.  Visit the final resting place of notable Savannahians including Johnny Mercer, Conrad Aiken, Josiah Tattnall, and little angel Gracie.

Stay Three Nights
Receive 2 complimentary Trolley Tickets

See the sites, hear the history.  Visit the Historic, Colonial, and Victorian districts on this comprehensive 90-minute tour of “Georgia’s First City.”  Enjoy all day on and off privileges at any of the 15 stops where you will experience one of the most enchanting destinations in the United States. Explore a place known both as one of the most romantic and most haunted cities in America.

Gift Certificates

Ballastone Hotel Gift Certificate SavannahGift Certificates are available, so treat yourself, your family, or clients to southern nights of luxury.  A full year until expiration.  And our gift to you; we will deliver locally or mail postage paid.  Call (800)822-4553 or email with order details.


Ballastone Inn’s Famous Recipe Book

Simply Ballastone ~ Celebrate Holiday Fare Year Round

Simply Ballastone ~ Celebrate Holiday Fare Year Round

Celebrate Holiday fare year round.  The Ballastone has its own recipe book called Simply Ballastone. A collection of our best recipes from the Ballastone’s popular kitchen in response to the many requests received over the years. The book is available now for holiday gifting.  To place your order, call (800)822-4553 or email

Our Champagne Low Country Christmas Brunch will be offered two times this year!

Experience delectable cuisine on Sunday, Dec. 22nd and on Christmas Day, as we present two of our signature dishes – Low Country Benedict and hand breaded Crab Cakes.

New Year’s Eve. Cheer in the New Year with friends as you enjoy chilled champagne and tasty hors d’ouevres.  Contact us for availability and reservations.  Let our first class concierge assist in planning your visit.

The Ballastone Inn will be on the Holiday Tour of Inns Dec. 14th  

Step inside Ballastone mansion, decked out in Christmas finery for the 2013 Savannah’s Holiday Tour of Homes. Freshly baked Christmas cookies, warm fireplaces, and the inn’s hostess — dressed in full period costume for the occasion — will welcome tour visitors to this “Grand Dame” of Savannah’s famous bed and breakfast mansions.  Make your reservations for the full tour  here

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Summer Special at the Ballastone

Fall in Savannah

Johnny Mercer Statue Ellis Square Savannah GA

The Johnny Mercer statue is located in Ellis Square at City Market. Mercer is known for writing over 1,000 songs, including his most famous, "Moon River".

Summer at the Ballastone is a special time of the year and we want to make it even better for you.  When you reserve two nights, Sunday through Thursday you will receive a complimentary tour with Old Town Trolleys. This tour includes colorful anecdotes, humorous stories, and well-researched historical information on our beautiful city. Enjoy unlimited on and off privileges all day at 15 designated stops.

After Your Tour
Return to our elegant inn for afternoon tea and pastries, followed by evening hors d’oeuvres prepared by our Ballastone chef.

Dining Gift Certificate

When you reserve three nights, Sunday through Thursday, you will receive a gift certificate valued at $50.00 for dinner. Choose from three of Savannah’s finest restaurants. The The Olde Pink House Resturant is a local favorite, housed in a 19th century mansion with live piano music in the tavern. Alligator Soul restaurant offers an elegant atmosphere and romantic ambiance, while putting a Savannah spin on many of its famous dishes. Circa 1875 Gastropub is a charming new favorite located in the heart of Savannah’s gorgeous historic district.

For reservations, please call our front desk directly at 1(800) 822-4553 instead of trying to find us on hotel websites. We will be sure to take care of your ever need.  We look forward to hosting your visit this summer!

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Weddings at the Ballastone

Savannah Destination Weddings and Anniversary Celebrations

Elopement Savannah Ballastone Inn

Meet Cassie and Jason, a couple who eloped and married here in the Ballastone courtyard in February.

For couples thirsting for a romantic getaway or planning an anniversary celebration, the Ballastone offers relief from the distractions of everyday life.  Enjoying the privacy of this historic house while in the midst of an urban forest filled with live oak trees and Spanish moss is unforgettable.

Memory making begins at the energizing gourmet breakfast, followed by a leisurely stroll on brick lined streets to world-class museums, outdoor cafes, and specialty shops.

Sixteen guest rooms of ultimate distinction warmly welcome each guest.  Luxurious fabrics have been coordinated with interior décor to offer a unique experience in each suite.

Southern nights in Savannah can start with a short walk to fine dining establishments, a moonlit carriage ride or a night at the theatre.

Savannah Destination Weddings

For a small intimate gathering, the Ballastone Inn offers an elegant backdrop for memorable moments.  Beautiful wedding events are a specialty and our team can put together all the fine details to give the finishing touches deserved, including floral, reception delights, carriage rides, and a minister.

A Ballastone wedding is complete when you and your guests all stay in our elegant bed and breakfast, while creating new memories for years to come.


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Night With a Tenor

Vienna Operatic Tenor Comes to Savannah

The Ballastone will be welcoming tenor Ian O’Brien this weekend for the Savannah Philharmonic “A Night in Vienna” on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

Ian O’Brien, tenor, is a young opera singer from Connecticut. He was previously an Opera Tampa Young Artist under the direction of Sherrill Milnes, Maria Zouves and Anton Coppola. This past summer, Ian was a Bonfils-Stanton Studio Artist with Central City Opera in Colorado, where he was the recipient of the John & Ginney Starkey Award.
His winter performance of the Soldat in Viktor Ullmann’s “The Emperor of Atlantis” with Central City Opera was broadcast on NPR.

The Vienna performance will be held at the Trustee’s Theater and tickets are now available for purchase by calling the box office at (912) 525-5050 or online at Ticket prices are $16 – $55 with limited premium seating at $65.

The Ballastone is pleased to be able to support the Savannah Philharmonic and their educational outreach.

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Romantic Valentine’s Day in Savannah

Valentine Roses Ballastone Inn SavannahWhat’s more romantic than Valentine’s Day or a long Valentine’s weekend at Savannah’s renowned Ballastone Inn?  ”A complimentary long-stemmed rose and free split of champagne,  plus priority dinner reservations at one of the city’s finer restaurants, that’s what, according to Jennifer Salandi, owner of the Ballastone.

“Make it look like you’ve planned this for weeks and call us now because our availabilities are limited,” said Salandi. “We’ll make it a Valentine’s celebration you and your partner will never forget.

“I order the long-stemmed, large-head roses special, and pick them out myself.  Then each rose is placed bedside in an antique sterling and crystal bud vase. At turndown or check in, a quality split of champagne is presented to the two of you, in addition to all the other food and beverage offerings of the Ballastone throughout the day,” said Salandi.

Salandi explains that, although many of the city’s finer restaurants are already sold out for Valentine’s, the Ballastone’s concierge can sometime “work miracles.”

“We work with all the top-rated restaurants in town, and we have special relationships with four of them, in particular. They include The Olde Pink House, Elizabeth on 37th, Alligator Soul and Circa 1875,” Salandi said.

Built in 1838, the restored luxury inn boasts a history as rich as its furnishings. Today, the Ballastone pampers well-heeled travelers who have come to expect the kind of four-star service the Ballastone Inn provides.

Located at 14 East Oglethorpe Avenue in Savannah’s historic district, the Ballastone is convenient to the best dining, shopping, and local culture that Savannah has to offer.  Featuring a parlor and private bar plus 16 sumptuously outfitted bedrooms on four floors, the beautifully decorated Victorian-style mansion includes an elevator, private courtyard garden and off-street parking with 24-hour surveillance.

Salandi says her professional staff and concierge services are always working to make guests’ getaway vacations, romantic weekends and business trips a pleasure.

“We’re proud of our gourmet breakfasts and, in the afternoon, our guests enjoy high tea served in the inn’s parlor. There, they enjoy a selection of teas from Harney & Sons served on antique silver while indulging in a lovely selection of fresh scones, tea sandwiches, homemade pastries and other hors d’oeuvres, most of which are featured in our Ballastone cookbook. Offered at our private Victorian bar are seven boutique wines from a selection of elite vintners as well as complimentary port and sherry. A special selection of ice cold beer is available all day,” she added.

“We also provide free Wi-Fi in every room plus the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and the Savannah Morning News.”

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Enhancing The Savannah Experience – Holiday 2012 E-News

The Ballastone recently published the 2012 Holiday E-Newsletter. View It Here

Bring in the new year with us! If you are subscribed to the Ballastone Inn E-News, this is for you:

During the month of January 2013, we are offering 20% off your stay at our Savannah Premier Boutique Hotel.

Gift Certificates are also available! Treat yourself, your family, and friends to incomparable luxury and elegance offered by Savannah’s most historic Bed and Breakfast. Give an extravagant gift at an affordable price!

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Ballastone Inn’s New Recipe Book Celebrates Holiday Fare Year Round

Simply Ballastone ~ Celebrate Holiday Fare Year Round

Savannah, Georgia October 23, 2012 – Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve are always special at The Ballastone Inn, arguably Savannah’s most celebrated and luxurious historic boutique hotel, and its delicious breakfasts, high teas and hors d’oeuvres are a large part of its longstanding attraction. Now the Ballastone has its own recipe book called Simply Ballastone. Owner Jennifer Salandi says she created the newly released book of rare, selected recipes from the Ballastone’s popular kitchen in response to the many requests she has received over the years. The book is available now for holiday gifting.

The Ballastone, which dates back to 1838, features 16 exquisitely appointed guest rooms with Victorian furnishings throughout the Italianate mansion, private courtyard garden, exclusive hotel bar, an elevator and modern en suite amenities.

Holidays at the Ballastone are as festive as their decorations and elegant, full southern breakfasts, high teas and hors d’oeuvres served daily.

“Our guests are very discriminating. They particularly appreciate the wonderfully delicious and very special breads, breakfasts, tea items and hors d’oeuvres that we prepare for them daily. By popular demand, we have created this book of more than 100 recipes for them and for everyone else who wants to experience some of what the world famous Ballastone Inn has to offer. And, when Simply Ballastone cookbooks are given as gifts, the message conveyed is that the thoughtful gift giver is sharing something very special with the fortunate recipient,” Salandi said.

The new, hard cover cookbook starts off with a two-page history of Savannah and the Ballastone bed and breakfast, going back to the origins of the coastal city in 1733 while each of the four sections begins with a page of more than a dozen helpful hints related to that section.

But it’s the recipes themselves that are the stars of the book. Recipes like orange ricotta pancakes for breakfast, scones with blueberry sauce and Devonshire cream for high tea, and stuffed mushrooms with feta cheese for hors d’oeuvres are included for all to enjoy.

To obtain copies of Simply Ballastone for $20 each, call 912/236-1484 or 800/822-4553. The Ballastone Inn is located at 14 East Oglethorpe Avenue in Savannah, Georgia 31401. More information about the Ballastone is available online at


2 oranges – zest and juice 1 c. self-rising flour

1 ¾ c. Ricotta cheese 1 tsp. baking powder

2 eggs, beaten Dash salt

1/3 c. plus 2 T. sugar Powdered sugar

Mix ingredients together and pour batter by 3 T. on griddle. Cook on low heat just under 350 degrees. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.



2c. all purpose flour ½ c. butter, sliced cold

3 T. brown sugar 1 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. salt 1 egg, separated

1 c. sour cream

Blueberry Sauce:

1 c. fresh or frozen blueberries 1 c. sugar

2 T. corn starch 1 c. water

Devonshire Cream:

1 c. heavy cream ½ tsp. vanilla extract

2 T. powdered sugar (or more to taste)

Nutmeg (optional)

Measure flour into mixing bowl, cut in butter, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until it looks like coarse meal. Add egg yolk and sour cream and blend together. Turn out on to a floured surface and roll out to ½-inch thick. Cut with cookie cutter and place on baking sheet. Add splash of water to egg white; mix and brush scones with the egg wash. Bake at 395 degrees for 12 minutes; turn pan around and bake 2-3 more minutes. Blueberry Sauce: Combine blueberries and sugar in a saucepan. Mix together water and cornstarch and add to blueberry mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until berries burst and sauce is thickened. Devonshire Cream: Mix heavy cream, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar in mixing bowl. Transfer to serving bowl and top with nutmeg, if desired.


20 large stemless mushrooms ½ c. grated Parmesan cheese

2 T. melted butter 1 egg

4 oz. cream cheese, softened ¼ c. bread crumbs

8 oz. feta cheese 1 tsp. garlic salt

¼ c. chopped green onions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Clean mushroom caps and brush with melted butter. Put on a baking sheet. Mix together cream cheese, feta, Parmesan, egg, bread crumbs, and garlic salt, mixing well. Stir in chopped green onions. Fill mushroom caps and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. You may run them under the broiler for an extra two minutes to brown, if you wish.


Tony Tortorici
Tortorici & Randolph Inc.

More information about the Ballastone Inn is available at, by email at or by calling (912) 236-1484 or (800) 822-4553.  Join in, with nearly 4,000 fans on the Ballastone Inn’s Facebook page at, or follow us on Twitter @BallastoneInn to keep up with what’s new at Ballastone and what’s happening in Savannah, Georgia.

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History is Herstory, too!

Mary Musgrove

Mary Musgrove (pictured with her third husband, the Reverend Thomas Bosomworth)

Known as Coosaponakeesa among the Creek Indians, Mary Musgrove served as a cultural liaison between colonial Georgia and her Native American community in the mid-eighteenth century. Musgrove took advantage of her biculturalism to protect Creek interests, maintain peace on the frontier, and expand her business as a trader. As Pocahontas was to the Jamestown colony and Sacagawea was to the Lewis and Clark expedition, so was Musgrove to the burgeoning Georgia colony.

Musgrove left such a mark on our country’s history; we named one of our most popular rooms after her. Much thought goes into naming rooms; every room of our boutique hotel is uniquely named often for a prominent person from Savannah Georgia’s rich cultural history and we can only hope our tribute lives up to her legacy.

We do our best to pay homage to Musgrove in this way and feel privileged to have recently hosted her great, great, great, great grand daughter, Sherri. It was an honor to welcome Sherri to our lovely Savannah as she visited for a friend’s wedding.  Sherri and Jennifer Salandi, owner of the Ballastone, enjoyed chatting over coffee about Mary Musgrove and the invaluable service she provided General Oglethorpe throughout his time in Savannah and the surrounding areas.

Mary Musgrove Guest Room

Mary Musgrove Guest Room

We thank Sherri, for selecting the Ballastone Inn boutique hotel to host her visit and to welcome her again  – and you, too – will be our pleasure!

More information about the Ballastone Inn is available at, by email at or by calling (912) 236-1484 or (800) 822-4553.  Join in, with nearly 4,000 fans on the Ballastone Inn’s Facebook page at, or follow us on Twitter @BallastoneInn to keep up with what’s new at Ballastone and what’s happening in Savannah, Georgia.
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Weddings, Anniversaries and Special Occasions at the Ballastone Inn


Debbie Hall Designs

Beautiful Wedding Floral Arrangements

Whether it’s an intimate wedding, honeymoon, anniversary getaway or romantic weekend, special occasions call for a special place. The Ballastone Inn boutique hotel is the premier wedding destination in Savannah and we would love to be your host! Anniversaries, honeymoons and weekend getaways are always romantic at the Ballastone Inn bed and breakfast.

Relax and our very own in-house event planner can take care of every detail for your special time at our special place. Wedding flowers, anniversary cakes and special requests are just a phone call away.

Our Historic Inn offers wedding packages and romantic weekend getaways along with all the details necessary to make your special occasion getaway memorable. Every day is a special occasion at the Ballastone Inn boutique hotel so give us a call for assistance with planning yours!

We hope you enjoy these photos from past events and look forward to welcoming you for your next special occasion at our charming Savannah bed and breakfast inn.

More information about the Ballastone Inn is available at, by email at or by calling (912) 236-1484 or (800) 822-4553.  Join in, with nearly 4,000 fans on the Ballastone Inn’s Facebook page at, or follow us on Twitter @BallastoneInn to keep up with what’s new at Ballastone and what’s happening in Savannah, Georgia.

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Sumptuous Breakfast in Savannah: Getting the Day off to a Glorious Start

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Treasured Savannah breakfast recipes in newly released cookbook, "Simply Ballastone"

Surveys have shown that breakfast is the favorite meal of the day when people are on vacation. And is there anything more pampering than having someone else fix breakfast for you? We think not.

At the Ballastone in Savannah, Georgia, we have a wide and varied collection of breakfast menus. Even if you stay with us all week (and we hope you will!), you won’t find the breakfast entrée repeated.

But while a really great meal starts with great food, there are other components, too. Presentation counts! Our attractive china, the fresh flowers and all the other touches add up to a beautiful whole. Continue reading

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