Thursday, November 26, 2009

Americus Garden Inn TOP 10 WINNER

Top 10 best
The Americus Times-Recorder

AMERICUS October 22, 2009 09:07 pm— The Americus Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast of Americus was selected as one of the Top 10 Overall winners in the annual Best of Awards, 2009-2010. The Best of Awards are based upon a qualitative and quantitative review of the nearly 100,000 independent reviews submitted to, the leading online B&B directory and reservation network worldwide.

" surveys show that independent reviews are the most important factor when choosing a B&B. In fact, according to Bed's most recent survey, 96 percent of consumers consider reviews to be somewhere between important and essential when selecting a place to stay, and 12 percent will not make a reservation at a property without them. We're delighted that inngoers concur that the Americus Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast is deserving of its accolades from travelers," explained's Sandy Soule, one of the most highly recognized authors and a spokesman for the B&B industry. “Clearly, the Americus Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast earned its stellar reviews from inngoers for its quality accommodations, breakfasts, amenities, and wonderful hospitality and service," commented Soule.

"It's a true honor to be chosen for a Best of award, and we thank our guests for the positive reviews that resulted in this award”, stated Susan Egelseer, Americus Garden Inn innkeeper. "It is gratifying that our guests took the time to share their comments about our hospitality, accommodations, breakfasts and attention to the details which set the Americus Garden Inn apart,"she said.

Here's an excerpt from one of our reviews: “The Americus Garden Inn is a true gem in Georgia. It is the cleanest, most comfortable, and best staffed of any B&B my husband and I have stayed at both here in the US and abroad.”About the Americus Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast: Beautiful 1847 antebellum mansion located in the residential historic district of Americus, featuring eight spacious suites all with private in-room bath and King or Queen beds. Hundreds of perennials, shrubs and trees create a secluded garden paradise complimented by the meandering path, gazebo and koi pond. The Americus Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast provides a unique lodging experience in Americus that delights and impresses guests with gracious hospitality, impeccable cleanliness and creative, nutritious and delicious breakfast foods in comfortably elegant surroundings.

To learn more, visit or call 229-931-0122.

For a complete list of all winners, including regional and international Best of Award winners, visit

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Earlier this year the Americus Garden Inn Bed & Breakfast was chosen, for the third consecutive year, as one of the Best Bed & Breakfast in the United States by TripAdvisor® in its 2009 Travelers’ Choice® awards. Now in its seventh year, the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards honor the world’s best hotels, earning their distinction from those who know them best — real travelers. TripAdvisor® Travelers' Choice® winners are based on the millions of real and unbiased reviews and opinions about hotels on™ and content from across the web. For the complete 2009 Travelers’ Choice list, go to

Happy Thanksgiving from Americus Garden Inn

Although it is almost winter, and we are expecting almost freezing temperatures this weekend, there are beautiful flowers in the garden.
Here are some photos taken yesterday of the camellias and sasanquas.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

"Susie Homemaker" aka Susan Egelseer

I was sorting through some old correspondence and found this photo from the late 60's early 70's displaying my early baking prowess. When all my friends were getting easy bake ovens, I got a mixmaster from my grandmother, thus earning the nickname of "Susie Homemaker" at a very young age.

Love the bell bottoms, don't you?
I still have a few of the original Bisquick recipes that were family favorites and continue to be guest favorites today.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

New Article in the Americus Times Recorder featuring Americus Garden Inn

This photo shows Squeaky enjoying the Mickey Mouse plants.

In The Yard
Americus Garden Inn Bed & Breakfast
Story and photos by Becky Holland
Americus Times Recorder

The black-eyed Susans are almost as tall as Susan Egelseer, owner/innkeeper of the Americus Garden Inn Bed & Breakfast.

AMERICUS August 12, 2009 03:48 pm— 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.Though the inn itself provides enough history and color for many hours of pleasure and entertainment — it is what is found outdoors, directly behind the inn, that serves as an oasis, a labyrinth for registered guests and two cats named Squeaky and Kitten.It is a garden that hosts, according to Kim Egelseer, owner/innkeeper, “ 100 trees, 416 shrubs and 750 perennials.”His wife Susan said, “After the tornado, we lost many of our trees. Before the tornado, all we had were the trees and grass, and I guess, after experiencing that, we just wanted to offer something for our guests ... a meandering path, somewhere serene where they can go and feel at peace.”Working with a landscape architect from Atlanta, the Egelseers worked hard in installing plantings.“Everything is all new,” said Susan, adding that the site had lost about 30 trees. “People came and mourned our trees after the tornado. Now they come through and they walk through the path, and they ooh and aah.”The cats hide between the plants, including the “Mickey Mouse” flowers — called that because of the shape with “ears” and a “face.” There is a gazebo at the back of the garden which offers those who enjoy the site some shade and coolness in which to rest and relax.“The garden is just a a surprise to most people. One person wrote that they saw humming birds in the garden and thought that was great.”Thinking for moment Susan said, “Peace and serenity is how she would describe the garden.”Squeaky, hiding among the flowers and the canna lilies (taller than Shaquille O’Neal could ever dream of being), smiled with his snaggle tooth grin it seemed, as if he agreed.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

More August flowers in Americus

All of a sudden, there are all kinds of photo opportunities in the garden. Here are some gorgeous hibiscus blooms.

A butterfly posed for me to take this photo of one of our butterfly bushes.

Have you seen "Mickey Mouse" plants? These are really adorable!

Thanks for allowing me to share my garden. Come visit us soon to see the garden for yourself. Or, visit us online at

Monday, August 3, 2009

August views of the gardens

Here are a couple of photos of the gardens taken yesterday. The first one is the view from the back porch looking towards the koi pond.
This photo shows the meandering path through a couple of the garden areas.

Upcoming events in this area include:

Plains Peanut Festival Starts Friday September 25, with the Folk Play "If These Sidewalks Could Talk" continuing through the weekend.
Pasaquan is open the first Saturday of October and November.
Andersonville Historic Fair October 3 - 4
Westville will be hosting a Civil War event October 1 - 3

For more information about this area of Georgia, visit our website at

Sunday, July 12, 2009

July in the Garden at Americus Garden Inn

The gardens at the Americus Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast are looking beautiful. Here are some photos I took recently in the garden.

This is a beautiful example of Little Business Daylilies.

Here is a photo of the view from the back porch on a recent sunny day. The vitex tree is in full bloom and absolutely gorgeous.

Here is a variety of echinacea you might not have seen before, Kim's knee high.

We have crinum lilies in white and pink.

This variety of canna is called canna tropicana. The foliage is brightly colored as are the flowers.

Hope you enjoyed the visit to our garden. I'll try to post some additional photos soon. If you would love to see the garden in person, make a reservation to stay at the Americus Garden Inn Bed & Breakfast. We'd love to share our garden paradise with you.