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"Horse Stamp Inn is Georgia elegance with a western flair"

Even before my visit to the Horse Stamp Inn, located about halfway between Savannah and Jacksonville, I had heard wonderful things about this gorgeous property. The physical beauty, however, wouldn’t begin to tell the story of the unique personal touches that have been incorporated into this facility by owners, Kris and Tom Hutcheson.

Though a fairly recent construction, the property has the feel of the Old South from the long driveway to the steps of the inn. Nevertheless, the interior displays touches of the Hutcheson’s former home in Colorado with a Kentucky flair because of rooms named after famous horses like Seabiscuit.

Naturally, the best part of the Horse Stamp Inn is the genuine friendliness of Kris and Tom who immediately make you feel at home. Be it lemonade in the afternoon, wine and cheese before dinner, or a wonderful, home–cooked breakfast creation, the Hutchesons are good at what they do and a joy to be around.

On special occasions, they offer the expertise of Chef Dave Snyder from the famous Halyard’s Restaurant on St. Simons Island (www.halyardsrestaurant.com) to entertain and astound guests of the inn. Dave can easily takeover the kitchen and prepare a dozen unique and tasty hors d’oeuvres followed by a mouthwatering and unforgettable meal.

The Horse Stamp Inn offers a laid back atmosphere that beckons every guest to relax and take in the gorgeous 16 acres of the property. This includes an inviting swimming pool, a small pond for guests who have the urge to catch a bass, and an immaculate barn complete with working chickens that provide eggs for great omelets. The resident quarter horse is named Belle Fleur, and she can be seen roaming the grounds looking for a fresh vegetable from willing guests.

For those who have an urge to swing a golf club, the nearby championship course at Sanctuary Cove, designed by Fred Couples and Davis Love III, is very picturesque and quite challenging. The Golf Club at Sanctuary Cove provides a true and fair test of golf which appeals to players of all ability levels.

A short ride to the old town of Woodbine can provide great entertainment and a taste of local culture and cuisine for the evening at Capt. Stan’s Smokehouse. It has a reputation as one of the best BBQ restaurants on the Georgia Coast complete with a bonfire, Capt. Stan, and local outdoor music. This attraction can give you a new appreciation for the peace and quiet of the inn.

The Horse Stamp Inn is a great place from which to explore the nearby Golden Isles and the rest of the Georgia Coast, but it is also a special place for weddings. Kris, Tom, and their staff can provide all that is needed for an unforgettable wedding that is unique to every couple regardless of age.

This beautiful property offers qualities that would be memorable to guests for any reason, but reservations are necessary. Contact the Hutchesons at: (912) 882-6280.

Bill Vanderford has won numerous awards for his writing and photography, and has been inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame as a Legendary Guide.

(Reprinted from Lakeside Magazine, May 2013, page 66)


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