Forstyth Park in Savannah features a large urban park with a large fountain, among other features.
Photo: Courtesy of Visit Savannah/For the AJC
Photo: Courtesy of Visit Savannah/For the AJC

The South’s best inn is a haunted bed and breakfast right here in Georgia

The best inn in the South is charming, haunted and less than four hours from metro Atlanta.

Based on more than 22,000 online reader surveys, popular Southern culture magazine Southern Living created “The South’s Best” awards, its first-ever listing for the best-loved places in 13 different categories.

In the best inns category, Savannah’s Foley House Inn came out on top.

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The Foley House Inn, which sits just steps away from Savannah’s historic district, is known for its “comfortable elegance” and “eclectic mix of antique furnishings inspired by Savannah’s colorful and varied history,” according to Southern Living.

Though the bed and breakfast stays true to its southern charm, guests can still enjoy modern conveniences such as flat-screen HD TVs, Wi-Fi, rainfall showers, Jacuzzi tubs and flip-the-switch gas fireplaces.

According to the inn’s website, the Foley House’s “ghostly legacy” has dubbed it one of Savannah’s haunted bed and breakfasts.

Originally constructed after the Great Savannah Fire in the 1800s by a widow named Honoria Foley, the home was the city’s first bed and breakfast.

While she and her family enjoyed the fruits of her labor for many years, nearly a century later, construction workers found human skeletal remains behind a wall.

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Rumor has it the bones belonged to one of Foley’s tenants who mysteriously disappeared one night. 

Some believe the man (given the name “Wally” over the years) was murdered for money and stashed behind the wall.

According to the Foley House website, guests often hear strange noises or feel the inexplicable rush of air, sometimes even seeing a man in a top hat walking in the garden at night.

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But Foley House isn’t the only Savannah icon recognized in Southern Living’s “The South’s Best” awards.

The city itself made the magazine’s top 10 best cities in the South ranking, along with Atlanta.

And Savannah’s unique shop, Paris Market and Brocante, earned top honors in the best shops category.

Browse Southern Living’s other award-winners for best bars, BBQ joints, breweries, cities, hotels, inns, islands, resorts, restaurants, shops, small towns and tailgates.

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