The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

CNHI News Service Originals

August 21, 2012

Elegant new Inn near Georgia’s southern coast

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Since I don’t have a horse to board in the barn of the luxurious new bed and breakfast inn near Georgia’s coast, I decided to swing.

Swings for grownups. Real swings to pump, legs stretched long, next to the pond full of catfish, bream and trout.

Horse Stamp Inn invites the outdoors indoors with big views of 16 acres between Jacksonville, Fla., and Savannah, Ga.

Sensible, lovely interlude for highway travelers.

Saltwater swimming pool and assistance for day trips to barrier islands.

Freshly painted and sparkly clean, this six-year old home just became an Inn. Here’s the point, say owners Tom and Kris Hutcheson.

“We’re making a place for people to do what they need to do,” Kris says. “Resting perhaps. Relaxing. Marrying. Thinking something through.”

This five-bedroom home is four miles west of Interstate 95. Even its exit is brand new; don’t look for it on printed maps. Exit 22, Horse Stamp Church Road.

The Innkeepers are newcomers too. “First time ever to live on the Georgia coast,” says Tom, “and that’s exactly what we wanted to do after a lifetime in the west.”

Find their horse grazing in the meadow along the entrance drive framed with 18 crepe myrtle trees.

Overnight your own horse if one travels with you in one of four stalls, hay included.

Chickens call the barn home too, so eggs with shells of many hues find their way to the breakfast table.

Farm-to-table in multiple ways here, fresh blueberries among them, and eight raised beds for herbs and vegetables.

“This used to be a working orchard,” Tom says, “and today we have 22 pecan trees.”

Green Acres kind of farming, long-time entrepreneur and business owner Tom calls this, since “We’re learning too.”

Hop in his ATV for a tour of the property and the plans.

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