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Whitlock Inn ~ Marietta GA

During our whirlwind tour exploring the history of Marietta Georgia, our last night was spent at the extraordinary Whitlock Inn. We went from rush, rush, cram it all in, to being quietly wooed into the lap of luxury. As we settled into the historic Inn, we were whisked away to the time period we had been fervently rushing around town and studying, and able to relax in the lap of luxury for a few decadent hours!

The Whitlock Inn was so impressive, it won the

"Best Bed and Breakfast in Georgia from LivingHistorySites.com in 2008."

Arriving on a hot Sunday afternoon in July, we were delighted with our first view of the Whitlock Inn Historic Bed and Breakfast. An impressive white Victorian mansion greeted our gaze flanked by huge old graceful trees. Flowers dotted the grounds bringing happy bursts of color throughout the grounds. Southern to the core, a huge porch wrapped around the front of the house, filled with comfortable rocking chairs, piled high with pillows. Ferns added a breezeyl summer touch. It was hot outside, but somehow felt cooler on the porch.

We walked into the front room and were greeted by a pretty table set with goodies for an afternoon summer tea. Much to our delight, a sparkling crystal pitcher of ice cold lemonade beckoned us to take a glass. A cake dome filled with fresh, cold watermelon slices was next. A lead crystal bowl full of nuts was there. Our favorite were the delicious peanut blossom cookies on a silver platter. It was the most delicious welcome we have ever experienced. We fell in love with the Whitlock Inn then and there! We have never felt more spoiled walking into a B & B!

After munching on our afternoon snack, we took the time to explore the Whitlock Inn. We wandered through the entire home room by room,  enjoying our exquisite retreat for the night. We were the only ones there, so we had the place to ourselves! Completed in 1900, the Whitlock Inn was redone in 1994 and turned into the lovely inn that it is today.

Huge windows, with the beautiful old glass panes of yesteryear, bring lots of light into the Inn, casting sparkling reflections on the rooms the adorn. Be sure and notice the lovely pattern of the antique glass. Slightly imperfect and full of character, they add so much to old houses.

Decorated comfortably, with lovely tapestry furniture, overstuffed chairs, thick Persian and oriental rugs cover the gleaming floors, antiques and art are through out. Book filled baskets and corners welcome the reader. Historical books and sketches of Georgia adorn the living room.

As we explored the Whitlock Inn, all I could think of was that a spirit of loveliness, graciousness and elegance permeated the entire home. Lovingly restored, it is now a member of the Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society of Marietta Georgia.

Upstairs, each bedroom was more delightful than the next. Towering ceilings, extraordinarily beautiful furniture, pretty wallpaper coordinating with each theme. Each of the five guest rooms has a Queen sized bed, topped with fluffy comforters and filled with pillows. Each room has a private bath, a definite luxury that we can't live without.

We stayed in the Blue Room, a generous room with a cozy fireplace, facing the front of the house. It was like stepping back in time, period art pieces, a writing desk tucked into the corner, and a huge armoire to hold our things. If the wi-fi hadn't worked so well, we would swear it was at least 100 years earlier!

Emily stayed in the Rose Pink Room, a pretty twin room with two lovely twin sized beds that could be made into a king. She felt like a princess in the room that brides use to get ready for their wedding in!

The Marietta Room could easily be called the Civil War room. The walls are filled with art showcasing the Civil War period, perfect for reenactors and history buffs.

Saving the Whitlock Inn was a labor of love. In 1993, Sandy and Nancy Edwards along with their daughter Lexie, began to restore the once magnificent home. Battered and abused by time, different owners and uses, the Whitlock Inn fell into disrepair. Lexie attacked it with with a determined plan and a lot of elbow grease. They restored the 5 bedrooms, and added bathrooms, and redid the common areas. The old crumbling mansion in disrepair took a year to restore the house to it's former beauty.

Lexie was passionate about turning the Whitlock Inn into an elegant Victorian bed and breakfast in the heart of historic Marietta Georgia.  She added gardens, a catering carriage house, sculptures and flowers throughout the grounds. The Whitlock Inn is also the ideal place for a romantic Southern wedding in the most elegant style. They can accommodate parties of all sizes, with both indoor and outdoor weddings. The Whitlock Inn works closely to make it a dream wedding, and with all the pretty background both inside and out, the photos come out beautifully.

The Whitlock Inn is also available for corporations to use the lovely home and grounds for meetings. Imagine what a dose of Southern hospitality in an unusual setting could do to stir the imagination and restore vitality to your next corporate meeting!

Breakfast was delightful. Sparkling crystal goblets of water and freshly squeezed orange juice, along with richly brewed coffee began the meal.  A delicious asparagus quiche, simple, yet substantial followed, with homemade blueberry muffins. A fresh fruit salad and a biscuit (we are in the south!) rounded out the breakfast. It was just perfect to give us the energy we needed to finish exploring Marietta and the Atlanta area.

Sally Benedict was our hostess and made us our delicious breakfast and our welcoming afternoon tea. She has worked at the Whitlock Inn for 10 years, and is an invaluable fount of information about the house. She used to drive by it, and it broke her heart because it was in disrepair. When the Whitlock Inn was refurbished, Sally came to work there. Her greatest pleasure is in meeting all sorts of people. It is fulfilling work, and she enjoys it all, taking great pride in keeping the home beautiful and clean. She loves to keep it sparkling. "The Edwards made it beautiful, and we keep it beautiful and useful," Sally says with a smile!

Sally shared her secret for keeping the beautiful pine floors gleaming. Wax the pine floors from circa 1900 every two months, washing first with Murphy’s Oil Soap. Then dry sponge mop using Holloway House Quick Shine Floor finish. If you live in a home with new wood floors, use white vinegar to keep them looking their best! With a home on the market, Sally gave some great tips for keeping it looking almost as good as the Inn!

LivingHistorySites.com gives the Whitlock Inn the HIGHEST recommendation. It is a charming place to stay, a fresh breath of history that cannot be missed when you are in the Atlanta area exploring history. Please tell them the folks at LivingHistorySites.com sent you and don't forget to try the Whitlock Inn's Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies.

We are profoundly grateful for their warm Southern hospitality! It was the highlight of our trip to Atlanta in the summer of 2008!

The Whitlock Inn - http://www.whitlockinn.com
57 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta, Georgia 30064
Phone: (770) 428-1495 - Fax: (770) 919-9620
Innkeeper: Alexis Amaden
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