Monday, March 5, 2018

The Greyfield Inn on Cumberland Island

One of the most nostalgic and romantic times of a lifetime- a trip to the Greyfield Inn on Cumberland Island, Georgia.  Cumberland Island is now owned by the National Park Service with the exception of the private land that a few remaining homes still sit on.   It is a pristine, romantic island, full of wildlife.

Your experience begins by boarding the private ferry,
the Lucy Ferguson, in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

A forty five minute ride across the bay to the Greyfield's private docks. 

Salt marshes surround the island and then you walk into a center of live oaks and Spanish moss.

A five minute walk up the inn is through an enchanted forest.

 The Greyfield Inn sits waiting to greet her new guests.

"Greyfield Inn is located on Cumberland Island, the 19th century retreat of Thomas and Lucy Carnegie who built Greyfield in 1900 for their daughter, Margaret Ricketson. The home was converted to an inn in 1962 by Margaret’s daughter, Lucy R. Ferguson, and her family. The Carnegie family still oversees the Inn, which exudes the romance and luxury of a grand hotel with the hospitality and charm of a family home.
Greyfield Inn’s private setting boasts 200-acres of unspoiled land spanning marshland on the west and ocean to the east. On Cumberland Island, guests set off for adventure each day. Their hours of escape onto the island can be spent birding, swimming, biking, hiking, kayaking, fishing, observing the island’s wild horses, and strolling along the immaculate white sand beach." (  taken from the Greyfield Inn website. )

 Massive live oaks dot the expanse of green lawn.

Rocking chairs await you and your glass of wine.

View from the porch

 Each new guest is given a tour of the house.  This is the living room where 6 pm appetizers and cocktails are served to all the guests.
 The library is full of books that you are encouraged to take out and read. 

This area serves as the honor bar.
  Just mark down on your tab every time you get a glass of wine or cocktail.

 The house is full of the Carnegies memorabilia. 
This is the wedding portrait of Margaret Ricketson, the daughter for whom the house was built.

The house is furnished with family antiques. 

 Bowls of fresh camellias were throughout the house for guests to enjoy.

The camellia trees grow on the property and are full of Spanish moss!!!

 The inn has its own garden and while we visited, turnips, kale and greens were from the garden.

A large table for the fall oyster roasts held on Friday and Saturday nights.

Guests are served a continental breakfast at 7 am for those going on early nature hikes. High breakfast is served at 8:30 am .   Lunch is a picnic basket that you can pick up anytime and go anywhere on the island for lunch.   Cocktail hour is at 6 pm and dinner is served at 7:30 for all guests in the formal dining rooms. 

 Beautifully prepared meals by  Chef Whitney Otawka and her husband.

 The all inclusive packages includes tours to the Dungeness ruins on the island.  This was the Carnegie winter home. It was destroyed by an arsonist in 1959. 

 Nature tours are also given of the marshes and surrounding bird life.

 The beach is an easy 15 minute walk through the forest.
 As the National Park Service only allows 300 people on the island per day,
the beach is pristine and isolated.
 Shelling is fun and lots of empty ones wash up on the beach.  Sand dollars were plentiful too.
 And if shelling isn't fun enough- you turn around and see the wild horses running on the beach.

 The wild horses were a treat to see.   Here they are grazing on the Greyfield Inn property.

 Sunsets over the bay were beautiful.

There is no internet, no TV and no shopping!  Just a return to the nostalgic days of past eras. 
It's a trip that will restore your soul.   


Christy said...

Wow! You are right...what a serene place to visit. I love the camellia trees. The honor bar is such a nice thing to do. I love all the books.

Linda said...

Such a beautiful place and you are so lucky to have been able to visit there. The wild horses are gorgeous--also an endangered species. Hopefully they are well fed! With all the news about so many horrible things happening it is always refreshing to read one of your posts......thank you for sharing the beautiful things in your life.

MarmePurl said...

Love. Just reading this and gazing at the photos sent my mind into a place of relaxation and wonder.
And the bucket list grows longer...

Laurell Banner said...

What a vision. I love the way you find all these beautiful out of the way spots.
Should be our next fairytale farm get away.
Reunion time. Just sayin.

Katha said...

So beautiful! You must have had a wonderful time enjoying and exploring!

Linda Lee said...

Another special find...beautiful. Who would of thought we had national parks like that...gotta go. It looks like it has the food to match too. Love, love those camellia trees!