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Greyfield Inn is out of the way and that's a great reason to visit. The boat ride to/from the Inn and the National Seashore was an enjoyable part of the journey. Our room was on the top floor with a high four-poster bed (step provided). The meals were delicious and our fellow travelers were very social. Bicycle rides, naturalist tours and reading on the large front porch were the right activities for a stress-free stay.
So cool to stay at a place that has remained in the family. The hosts were kind and helpful. The inn was first class, Everything was done well, starting with the boat ride to the island, The food was fantastic. We met some very interesting and fun people. The island itself is absolutely beautiful, I loved walking on a large pristine beach with no buildings or condos on the busy east coast.
It's is very hard to improve on the wonderful reviews that The Greyfield Inn has accumulated.Cumberland Island is now park of the National Park System but the descendants of the Carnegie s still host a limited number of lucky visitors who get to share in the wonder and beauty of nature and a time gone by in the magical time machine called "The Greyfield Inn"
Some may recall that John Kennedy Jr was married on this magical Island, but it's history is as rich as the Carnegies were astoundingly wealthy.
You can visit the Island as a Park visitor but treat yourself to this "one of a kind jewel" called The Greyfield Inn.
The Ferguson family treats you as a long lost relative joining the family...
It will renew your childhood sense of wonder.
Our second trip to Greyfield Inn was just as magical as our trip last year. The first year we did everything possible: road bikes, took three nature/historical tours, visited the gardens, and did some kayaking. This year we slowed down and simply enjoyed island time. We sat on the beach, read books on the porch, attended the oyster roast, saw a bobcat, and made lots of new friends. My suggestion--go to Greyfield Inn more than once. Each trip is a new experience that you can choose how busy (or lazy) you want to be. Christine, the nature guide, is completely amazing--take time to talk to her. The gardeners are equally wonderful--you can learn a lot about southern gardening. The first year we stayed in the cottages. They are newer, the showers are wonderful, and the peacefulness is unmatched. This year we stayed in the main house (library suite) and while the shower was not-so-great, we had a quite different and unique experience. I stayed up late on the porch swing by our room and read a book far into the quiet night. All in all--just go to Cumberland Island and stay at the Greyfield Inn.
Going to stay at the Greyfield Inn had been on my wife's bucket list for some time. We finally booked it and are so glad we did. Some bucket list items you are worried they may not turn out to be worth it--that was certainly NOT the case here. We had an amazing time at the Greyfield Inn and would encourage you to make a trip yourself. Here are our top 10 reasons you should go and why we want to go back:
1. Distraction Free. This is probably the most secluded, quiet, and peaceful place we've ever been.
2. Make New Friends. We don't tend to be overly social on getaways, but we met an amazing group of people from the boat ride out, to going on the private tours, to dinner around the table. This turned out to be an unexpected highlight for us.
3. Great service from the staff. The staff function as a family there especially since many of them literally are family. They were friendly and courteous every step of the way.
4. Island Beauty. Cumberland Island is as beautiful as it is remote. No paved roads and incredibly shaded bike and walking paths. The trees, beach, and sunrises/sunsets are breathtaking.
5. The Food. I expected the food to be good as there are literally no other places to eat on the entire island, but I didn't expect it to be 5 star restaurant quality with vegetables grown right on the island. Breakfast is a come when you want sit down style between 8:30-9:30am. Lunch is a picnic basket prepared for you to take out on the Inn grounds are on a hike or bike ride. At 6:00pm each night there is a cocktail time with appetizers and drinks (the oyster roast one night was amazing!). Dinner is a formal (coats and dresses) event each night at 7:30pm with a 3 course incredible meal. The flavor of each dinner entree as unbelievable. We were overwhelmed by the quality of the food. They can cater to special diet needs too.
6. Rich History. The island has some incredible rich history to learn about and explore. You feel like you take a step back in time as you visit some of the old ruins. Definitely be sure to investigate (walk/bike) our take the tour to Dungeness, Plum Orachard, Ice House Museum, and the little church where JFK, Jr. was married. Ask lots of questions wherever you go.
7. Disconnect Opportunity. The Inn does not provided TVs or WIFI, which was a refreshing experience. Some cell phones may not work either, but just leave the Inn number with someone in case of an emergency. Bring a good book and a friend to share the experience--that's all you need!
8. Wild Horses. There are some 150 wild horses on the island roaming free. To see them on the beach, on a path, are galloping across the Inn lawn (which we saw one day) is truly amazing. You just have to experience it.
9. The Beach. With only 25-30 people living on the island total, only you and other guests on the island are ever exploring the beaches. Easy to find your own private spot. They are wide and beautiful.
10. The Inn itself. The Inn has a lot of history wrapped up in it from the Carnegie family which they will tell you about. It has beautiful views, front porch swings and rocking chairs. Kayaks and bikes available to use included. A library with old books you are free to use while you stay. An open bar on the honest John system where you can get a drink anytime you want. Beautiful sitting areas inside and plenty of picnic tables around the Inn outside including chairs overlooking the water. Don't miss out on visiting the dock at night to see the stars and get a great view of the inter-coastal waterway.