Ballastone Inn, Bed and Breakfast

From Ballastone Inn: A Southern Lesson in Keeping Cool in the American South

Stay in Savannah at Ballastone Inn's mansion with private bar in the American south USA Savannah GA | Photo (c) Ballastone Inn / Roger Kirby

At the private bar at this GA inn, Ballastone Inn's guests enjoy cool fruit-infused refreshment, southern sweet tea, fine wines and craft brew beer.

Southerners have mastered the art of staying cool in the summer, and hospitality demands we share that art with our guests! The Ballastone Inn is the quintessential Southern lodging, so who better to teach visitors our climate coping tricks?

First of all, check out the Ballastone’s architecture. Those thick walls and high ceilings are there for a reason – they kept the earlier, pre-air-conditioning residents cool in summer since 1838! Of course today’s indoor temperatures are tamed by technology, complete with individual controls in each guestroom, but our ancestors knew a thing or two about keeping their cool. (By the way, the garden level rooms are naturally cooler and access the wonderful courtyard directly.)

Next tip: slow down! Linger over your gourmet breakfast. Enjoy a few quiet moments reading in our secluded courtyard. Trade your timetable for an ambling walk. Savannah is best seen at a leisurely pace anyway.

Also, dress accordingly. Summer is not the Savannah season for fancy dress. Opt for something white, or something cotton – let comfort be your guide. Pay special attention to your footwear: go for good strolling shoes and remember that flip-flops probably won’t serve you well on River Street.

Drink up! (Although you will probably want to reserve alcohol for the cooler evenings.) A good Southern hostess knows to keep her guests hydrated, and the Ballastone does just that. There’s always a cooling pitcher classic Southern sweet tea on our bar during the day in summer, in a hand-painted Victorian pitcher, no less. Plus, we serve afternoon tea at 4 p.m. daily, on silver and china. And while you are out and about in Savannah, drink in a little South – more sweet tea (not for nothing is it known as “the house wine of the South,” and each establishment serves it a little differently), maybe a peach-infused version, lemonade, to name a few.

Spend the hottest hours of the day – something like noon to 3 p.m. – in Savannah’s museums, which are cool in more ways than one. And the ultimate cooling experience, dipping one’s toes in the Atlantic Ocean, is an easy 18-mile straight shot from here on Tybee Island beach.

Savannah is a cool place in the summer – if you have friends like the Ballastone!

Ballastone Inn, a top-choice, historic GA inn in the USA south
14 East Oglethorpe Avenue, Savannah, GA USA 31401
(912) 236-1484 | (800) 822-4553 | Fax (912) 236-4626 |

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