(229) 931-0122 info@americusgardeninn.com 504 Rees Park – Americus, GA 31709

About

Location

The Americus Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast is located in the beautiful residential historic district of Americus, Georgia (population 15,000) replete with many fine homes of the Victorian era. Americus is located in the southwest part of Georgia also known as the “Southern Rivers” and/or “Presidential Pathways” area. The Americus Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast is located just a ½ mile from Georgia Southwestern State University and just 5 miles from South Georgia Technical College.   The B&B is perfect for those coming to attend orientation, parents weekend, graduation or to watch basketball, baseball, and soccer games. Just a 25 minute drive west of I-75, driving times from major nearby cities are as follows:

Georgia:
Albany .75 hrs
Columbus 1.25 hrs
Macon 1.5 hrs
Callaway Gardens 2 hrs
Valdosta 2 hrs
Atlanta 3 hrs
Savannah 4 hrs
Alabama:
Auburn 2 hrs
Dothan 2.5 hrs
Montgomery 3 hrs
Birmingham 4 hrs
Mobile 5.5 hrs
Florida:
Tallahassee 2.5 hrs
Gainesville 4 hrs
Jacksonville 4 hrs
Pensacola 5.5 hrs
Tampa 6 hrs
Florida:
Tallahassee 2.5 hrs
Gainesville 4 hrs
Jacksonville 4 hrs
Pensacola 5.5 hrs
Tampa 6 hrs
Map with Americus Star close to Jimmy Carter National Historic Site

Awards / Press

The world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor, has been recognizing the best B&Bs/Inns continuously since 2007 with the annual TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards determined by millions of reviews and opinions collected each year from TripAdvisor travelers worldwide. The Americus Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast, through the superb hospitality of Kim and Susan Egelseer, is the only B&B/Inn in the United States to have earned the Travelers’ Choice Award 10 times!

Susan Egelseer’s baking prowess has received numerous awards through the years including Best Pecan Pie at the Georgia Pecan Festival in Americus.

Tripadvisor 2019 Travelers' Choice | Americus Garden Inn near GSW

TRIPADVISOR NAMES 2020 BEST OF THE BEST B&BS AND INNS IN THE WORLD

2020 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Awards for B&Bs and Inns recognizes Americus Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast as #1 in the U.S., and #3 in the World.
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Americus Garden Inn hopes to show what the city has to offer

“The Americus Garden Inn Bed-and-Breakfast has been a place of solitude for weary travelers for over 20 years.”
Tripadvisor 2019 Travelers' Choice | Americus Garden Inn near GSW

TripAdvisor Names Top B&Bs and Inns in the World

Americus Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast recognized with 2 awards. The 2019 TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards for Top B&Bs and Inns in the World ranking #16, and on the list of Best B&Bs and Inns in the U.S ranking #4.
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Americus Home to Award Winning Bed and Breakfast

“Walking into Kim and Susan Egelseer’s Americus Garden Inn, a bed and breakfast in Americus, it becomes immediately apparent why their business thrives and why TripAdvisor has picked them year after year as one of the best B&Bs in the country.”
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Small Business Stories: Americus Garden Inn

“From the moment they stepped foot in Americus, they felt the magic of the historic town and couldn’t think of a better place to start their business.”
Tripadvisor 2018 Travelers' Choice | Americus Garden Inn near GSW

TripAdvisor Names Top 25 B&Bs and Inns in the United States

Americus Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast recognized as one of the 2018 TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Award Winning Top B&Bs and Inns in the U.S.
WALB News 10 Logo | Americus Garden Inn near GSW

Americus Bed and Breakfast Gets National Recognition

“If you’re looking for a quick getaway, you might find it right here in South Georgia.”
Tripadvisor 2016 Travelers' Choice | Americus Garden Inn near GSW

TripAdvisor Names Top 25 B&Bs and Inns in the United States

Americus Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast recognized as one of the 2016 TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Award Top B&Bs and Inns in the U.S.
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Brownie Muffins (regular and gluten-free)

“If you’re going to make a gluten-free recipe, then you want to know that it comes from someone who really knows their stuff. In the case of these scrumptious muffins, you can rest assured that BOTH the regular and gluten-free versions are top-of-the-line because Susan Egelseer (one-half of the innkeeping team at Americus Garden) was a Top 10 Finalist in the Betty Crocker Gluten Free Baker’s Challenge as well as first-place winner at the Georgia Pecan Festival for her pecan pie.”
Tripadvisor 2014 Travelers' Choice | Americus Garden Inn near GSW

TripAdvisor Names Top 25 B&Bs and Inns in the United States

Americus Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast recognized as one of the 2014 TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Award Top B&Bs and Inns in the U.S.
Betty Crocker | Americus Garden Inn BB, near Andersonville Historic Site

Americus Innkeeper Named Betty Crocker Baking Challenge Finalist

“The Betty Crocker Gluten Free Baker’s Challenge Contest winners have been announced and prizes have been awarded. Thanks to the hundreds of votes cast online, Susan Egelseer, owner and innkeeper of Americus Garden Inn Bed & Breakfast in Americus, was one of the Top 10 finalists.”
Tripadvisor 2013 Travelers' Choice | Americus Garden Inn near GSW

TripAdvisor Names Top 25 B&Bs and Inns in the United States

Americus Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast recognized as one of the 2013 TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Award Top B&Bs and Inns in the U.S.
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Historic Preservation: Americus Garden Inn

“All residential historic properties within the district of Americus are on the National Register. Thus, all work done to any structure or property had to be approved by the Historic Preservation Commission.”
Tripadvisor 2012 Travelers' Choice | Americus Garden Inn near GSW

TripAdvisor Names Top 25 B&Bs and Inns in the United States

Americus Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast recognized as one of the 2012 TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Award Top B&Bs and Inns in the U.S.
University of Georgia | Americus Garden Inn near GSW

Americus Garden Inn B&B Recipe Chosen by UGA Food Service

“A Sunset Breakfast — Dawn Inspired Dishes Served at Dusk” was served by The University of Georgia Food Services recently as a special event featuring menu items from recipes of select bed and breakfast inns across the nation. The Americus Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast recipe for Georgia peach bread was one of only two recipes chosen from the state of Georgia…
Tripadvisor 2010 Travelers' Choice | Americus Garden Inn near GSW

TripAdvisor Names Top B&Bs and Inns in the World

Americus Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast recognized with 2 awards. The 2010 TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards for Top B&Bs and Inns in the World ranking #6, and #3 on the list of Best B&Bs and Inns in the U.S.
Inn Cuisine | Americus Garden Inn BB, near Andersonville Historic Site

Best of Breakfast: A Taste of Georgia’s Americus Garden Inn (Recipe: Cinnamon Roll Griddle Cakes)

“The brainchild of the Americus Garden Inn, the following recipe for Cinnamon Roll Griddle Cakes secured this southern B&B a semi-finalist position in the Pancakes with Personality Contest.”
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In the Yard, Americus Garden Inn Bed & Breakfast

“In the middle of the city of Americus, directly across from Rees Park Economic Development Center, sits an old, historic home which serves as Americus Garden Inn Bed & Breakfast.”
Tripadvisor 2009 Travelers' Choice | Americus Garden Inn near GSW

TRIPADVISOR NAMES TOP 10 B&BS AND INNS IN THE UNITED STATES

Americus Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast recognized as one of the 2009 TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Award Top B&Bs and Inns in the U.S.
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B&Bs Abound

“It took Kim and Susan Egelseer years of scouring the country searching for what they called the perfect place to live before they settled on Americus and became innkeepers of the Americus Garden Inn”
Tripadvisor 2008 Travelers' Choice | Americus Garden Inn near GSW

TRIPADVISOR NAMES TOP 10 B&BS AND INNS IN THE UNITED STATES

Americus Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast recognized as one of the 2008 TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Award Top B&Bs and Inns in the U.S.
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Best Pecan Pie in Georgia

“Susan Egelseer, owner/innkeeper of Americus Garden Inn wins First Place at the Georgia Pecan Festival for “Best Pecan Pie”. She also recently took First Place in the Holiday Baking contest presented by American Historic Inns for her mini pecan tarts.”
Tripadvisor 2006 Travelers' Choice | Americus Garden Inn near GSW

TRIPADVISOR NAMES TOP 10 B&BS AND INNS IN THE UNITED STATES

Americus Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast recognized as one of the 2006 TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Award Top B&Bs and Inns in the U.S.
ATR Logo | Americus Garden Inn near GSW

Dream of Spring at Americus Garden Inn

“You get more than a room and breakfast at Americus Garden Inn. A warm and inviting atmosphere reigns supreme at this home away from home located at 504 Rees Park in the heart of Americus’ historic district.”
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Local Bed and Breakfast Comes Under New Ownership

“The beautiful and historic Americus Garden Inn, located at 504 Rees Park, is under new ownership. Kim and Susan Egelseer of Tampa, Fla., purchased the bed and breakfast in December.”

Your Hosts

Since 2002, we have been sharing our beautiful 1847 home with new friends from around the globe. As a husband and wife team, we devote 100% of our resources (time, effort and money) into creating a relaxing, casual environment where our guests feel like treasured friends. As a result, the Americus Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast has been recognized by TripAdvisor multiple times as one of the Top B&B’s in the country. We look forward to meeting you and hosting your visit to Americus, Georgia.

Warm regards,

Kim and Susan Egelseer
1894 Photo of Americus Garden Inn near Providence Canyon State Park

History

The historic Americus Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast was built before the Civil War and is located on Rees Park within the beautiful National Register Residential Historic District of Americus, Georgia. Originally a private residence, it was converted to a Bed and Breakfast in 1997.
Americus, Georgia was incorporated as a town and established as the Sumter County seat December 22, 1832. In 1834, Dr. Albert Rees was one of the first doctors to begin a practice in Americus. His wife, the former Sarah H. Lamar, was a member of one of Georgia’s most eminent families. One of her relatives, Mirabeau Bonaparte Lamar would become the President of the Republic of Texas in 1838. Dr. Rees acquired substantial real estate holdings shortly after his arrival in Americus and became responsible for developing the neighborhood around the park that still bears his surname, Rees Park. He sold off large lots surrounding the square from 1846 to 1848. James Kelso Daniel, a former Georgia State Senator, bought property from Dr. Rees and built the imposing two-story residence at 504 Rees Park in 1847. Continuously occupied for 173 years, it served during the 1860s as the home of William A. Wilson, president of the Furlow Masonic Female College located at the site of the old Furlow Grammar School. Adjoining the house is a smaller structure that was one of the many private academies in Americus prior to the advent of public schools in 1880.
December 7, 1846 – James Kelso Daniel, a North Carolina transplant and our state senator in 1842, bought the 21-acre parcel on the park’s northeast corner for $84. In 1847, the house was built. Mr. Daniel died in 1851. His widow was remarried in 1857 to the Rev. John P. Duncan. She died in 1864.

1864 – J.P. Duncan sold the property to William Adams Wilson who, from 1864 to 1870 served as president of the Furlow Masonic Female College. W. A. Wilson’s distinguished career included two terms in the General Assembly, first as our state representative (1882-83) and then as our state senator and president pro tem (1892-93)

June 29, 1874 – W. A. Wilson sold to Uriah B. and Thomas Harrold

June 21, 1883 – The Harrolds sold to Henry Rogers Johnson for $1500. H.R. Johnson was a local capitalist and their business partner. (H.R. Johnson’s brother, Capt. William L. Johnson, commanded the 4th regiment of the “Sumter Light Guards” at the outbreak of the Civil War). It appears that H.R. Johnson was responsible for the victorianization of the property.

Nov 5 1891 – Mr. Johnson sold to Binion H. Jossey for $7,000. Binion H. Jossey served on the Americus City council from 1887 to 1890.

Oct 21, 1893 – Mr. Jossey sold to J. B. Hudson, Esq who was survived by his wife.

Oct 10, 1918 – Mrs. J.B. Hudson sold the home to Ben and Ida Easterlin.

Oct 5, 1954 – The Easterlin’s sold to J. Thomas and Iris Argo

Feb 1, 1967 – The Argos sold the home to Joseph Slappy (There was an interesting note where the Argos transferred the home to their 3 daughters on June 22, 1964. Since the Argo parents sold the home again in 1967, we’re not quite sure what happened with the daughters.)

Dec 9, 1967 – Joseph Slappy sold to Herbert A. McDonald, who owned a local insurance company. The McDonalds’ raised a son and 3 daughters there.

Oct 4, 1994 – H. A. McDonald’s estate sold the home to Donald and Jodi Miles who restored and updated the home and converted it to a bed and breakfast inn, The Rees Park Garden Inn.

Dec 9, 2002 – The Miles sold the property known as The Americus Garden Inn to Mr. and Mrs. Kim and Susan Egelseer.

All historical information was researched and collected by the late Alan Anderson, Sumter County Historian

“Americus was an ideal stop on our journey South to Florida with Andersonville and Plains being worthwhile visits. Susan and Kim, the proprietors of this magnificent antebellum home are fantastic hosts. They truly enjoy what they do and make each guest most welcome.”

Robert

“We had a wonderful stay! The home was beautiful, beds were very comfortable and breakfast was amazing!”

Renee

“We have such an enjoyable time here that we go every year to get away from our hectic life and just kick back. Whether it is the spending time in their nice rooms, sitting on the porch, eating a scrumptious filling breakfast that you only can find in high end restaurants, or just sitting back and talking, you can’t find a better place to spend your time.”

Mike and Lynn