Steeped in history and natural beauty, Sapelo Island is the fourth largest of Georgia's chain of barrier islands and home to a small Gullah-Geechee community called Hog Hammock. Sapelo is also home to the R.J. Reynolds Mansion and the Sapelo Island Lighthouse. Your Innkeeper, JoAnn, is happy to make tour reservations for you.
Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge is one of the seven refuges administered as part of the Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex. The refuge is located in McIntosh County, Georgia and just a 20 minute drive from the Darien Waterfront Inn.
Altamaha WMA is roughly 30,000 acres. 11,000 acres is managed waterfowl impoundments. The 11,000 acres of managed waterfowl makes Altamaha WMA the premier location for Waterfowl viewing. There are many viewing stands throughout the area that are perfect for bird-watching.
Georgia's Colonial Coast Birding Trail
Each site along the Colonial Coast Birding Trail is unique. Many sites offer visitors the opportunity to watch birds and visit 18th and 19th Century historic places. Other sites are located on lands and waters that were once part of early plantations dedicated to growing rice, indigo and cotton. So whether you want to see a bald eagle soaring over a coastal river, an endangered wood stork feeding its gawky young, sanderlings chasing the waves on a sandy beach, or a great egret standing motionless in a placid pond, the Colonial Coast Birding Trail has something for you.
"The reconstructed Fort King George anchors present day visitors to a rich history where Native American and European cultures met, colonial empires collided, soldiers toiled and perished, and industry boomed on the shores of the Altamaha River."
Located in the coastal marshes formed by the mouth of the Altamaha River, the island is now part of the Altamaha Waterfowl Management Area. It is open to the public daily and features plantation ruins, historical markers, walking trails and is a great place for heritage, amazing bird-watching and other eco-tourism adventures.
This beautiful plantation represents the history and culture of Georgia's rice coast. The plantation and its inhabitants were part of the genteel low country society that developed during the antebellum period. One of Innkeeper JoAnn's favorite places to visit.
The Ashantilly Center, known as "Old Tabby," was the mainland home of Thomas Spalding, early Georgia planter, legislator, and McIntosh County landowner. The original home, circa 1820, burned in 1937, and the current house was an ongoing project of the Haynes family. Today, the Ashantilly Center is a non-profit educational and cultural historic site, organized and founded by William G. Haynes, Jr. Mr. Haynes was an artist, small letterpress printer (The Ashantilly Press), and environmentalist. His legacy, the Ashantilly Center, hosts cultural and historic events and workshops. Visit our website https://ashantillycenter.org or call 912.437.4473 to arrange a tour.
St. Simons Island, GA is home to fabulous beaches, golfing, charter fishing, spas and salons, and a variety of shops and restaurants, fun events and entertainment for everyone. The unspoiled beauty of St. Simons and its distinctively charming beach lifestyle that is unhurried and under-developed are what make it so special. St. Simons is a short 25 minute drive from Darien.
There's an explorer in each of us. Discover miles of wide-open beaches, 25 miles of bike paths winding through marshes teeming with life, and live oaks draped in Spanish moss. You'll find out why the Jekyll Island experience is unlike that of any other. Jekyll is a 25 minute drive from Darien.