on July 24, 2000
I did not stay at the Magnolia Grand Inn during my last visit to Savannah, but it was such a beautiful building with ivy climbing up the front steps that I felt compelled to go inside. Jane Sales, the Innkeeper, was very kind and gave my friend and I a small tour of the home. The front door to the Magnolia is actually kept locked at all times for the comfort and safety of guests (a common practice with B&B's in Savannah), but there is a reception building to one side in which I found Jane to help us. Built in 1878, the Magnolia Place Inn has wonderfully spacious rooms and a very elegant staircase winding up to its second floor. The home also has a wonderful history. Jane told us that Conrad Aiken, a Pulitzer Prize winning poet, was actually born in one of the rooms. As Conrad Aiken's childhood house was already on our 'Midnight Book Tour' of sites to see, the fact that we had stopped at Magnolia Place fit in nicely. John Berendt, the author of 'Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,' has also frequented the Magnolia on his visits to Savannah. The room rates vary according to the size of the room chosen and the season and can be anywhere from $145-$270. The Inn is directly across the street from Forsyth Park. It is next door to the Georgia Historical Society. I would love to stay there at a future date.
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