What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you get the chance to get away and leave your kids with your parents for a couple of days? To me nothing sounds more romantic than staying at a historic inn.
My husband and I have traveled to tons of different places but we have never had the chance to stay in an historic place. That is because we are always with our boys and “historic” doesn’t go well with “curious kids,” especially when there is antique furniture involved.
That all changed during our trip to Atlanta.
The first thing I did before starting my search for hotels in Atlanta was going straight to the Bed and Breakfasts listing. My main reason for that was that most B&B’s that I know of don’t accept kids under 12. That’s how I found The Shellmont Inn. Immediately after I found it I knew that this was the place where I wanted us to spend our time.
I contacted Debbie, the owner and she made me think that this would feel more like home for us than a hotel.
The Benefits of Staying in a Historic Bed and Breakfast in Atlanta
1. Location – This inn is right in Mid-town Atlanta. This turned me off at first because I thought of a busy place with tons of companies and businesses. I wasn’t expecting to find a quaint area with lots of Victorian styled buildings. Plus, it is conveniently located to all of the main attractions of the city like Coca Cola World, Georgia Aquarium and CNN. You can literally walk to all of these places.
I studied in upstate New York for a while. That meant that I passed by tons of Victorian mansions. Since then I have dreamed of living in a Victorian Mansion. I live in Guatemala where there are no traces of anything Victorian. So at least for three nights this dream came true.
Also, it was close to a lot of the best restaurants and all the cool neighborhoods of Atlanta.
2. The Mansion – While at college in upstate NY I only entered the Victorian homes for frat parties. This, as you may know, means that they weren’t very posh or fancy. So I had a pleasant surprise when I entered a place that embodied what a real Victorian home should look like. This made me want to live in one of them even more.
The owners put a lot of love and attention to details, everything from the chandeliers to the skeleton keys used to enter each room to the salt shakers. Everything looked as if it was from the Victorian times.
3. Breakfast – Debbie was in charge of cooking and the food was absolutely delicious. I loved being able to chat with the owners and other guests each morning. They recommended places that I hadn’t found on the internet.
4. The Room – There are only six rooms at the inn and each of them is huge. We stayed in the Tiffany Room. I fell in love with the furniture, the bathroom and the porch.
5. The Service – Aside from the beauty of the place, what really won me over about the Shellmont Inn was our gracious hosts. Even after we arrived late on our first night due to traffic, Debbie was waiting for us with open arms. She made us feel very welcome and showed us around. She even sat with us to help us figure out where we wanted to go.
She also brought fresh fruit and drinks every day. And when we came back from exploring Atlanta, Debbie and Ed were always happy to see that we were back and interested about hearing our stories from that day.
This is something you don’t get at large hotels. So it made our stay much more unique.
6. Bonus – Parking – Like in any other city in the world, finding a place to park in Atlanta can be a painful task. The only time you could get a spot was early in the morning but you couldn’t leave your car from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on the side street. Gratefully, the Shellmont Inn has a four car garage that guests are allowed to use at no extra charge.
Historic and Fun Info About Shellmont Inn
• The building that hosts the hotel was built in 1891. Originally it was located in the middle of the countryside.
• This is a historic landmark so a few tours pass by the house.
• In the 1890’s, the shell symbolized “tranquility”.
• The name for the Inn was inspired by a combination of the abundance of shells of the area and the location “Piedmont”.
• In the parlor you will find hand carved musical instruments.
• The building is listed on National Register of Historic Places.
• You will find carved wooden shells on both the exterior and interior of the Inn made by Italian Woodcarvers.
• There is a nine foot tall mantle with handmade mosaic tile in the Greek key pattern in the foyer.
• There is also a floor to ceiling hand carved mantle and triple leaded glass windows in the dining room.
Information for Visiting and Staying at the Shellmont Inn
Address: 821 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta Georgia (GA) 30308
Phone: (404) 872-9290
Price: $175 – $445