Amanda and I had a great morning! Once again we woke up early and went for a run. What a great way to see the places we have been so far, plus it was much cooler than Charleston was, thanks to a good rain storm last night.
Ed Olson, the owner of the 1842 Inn is probably one of the most interesting people we've encountered to date, not to mention one of the most generous. He took us out for an unbelievably delicious dinner last night to one of Macon's finest restaurants, Natalia's. The conversation was great, the food was divine, and once again we stuffed ourselves on amazing desserts. I had orange sorbet in a pecan basket while Amanda ordered the white chocolate bread pudding with banana fosters sauce! We finished the evening with hot tea on the Inn's enormous front porch - a MUST during your stay! Needless to say the Gayle sisters had a perfect evening here in Georgia.
Mr. Olson's caliber of character is represented in the staff at the Inn. EJ, the general manager of the Inn was there to greet us when we walked in the door and showed us to our beautiful room. He also joined us for dinner last night. This man has 20 years with the Inn and his experience is most evident. He doesn't miss anything. The Inn was immaculate, our room was in perfect order, and all the extras such as complimentary wine and hot tea just put it over the top.
Experience is the name of the game here. They've managed to hold onto Gloria, a very sweet woman, who has been cooking breakfast at the Inn for over 20 years, and her Plantation Casserole is the perfect start to anyone's day. From the time we checked in to check out we felt at home and very welcomed. It's so nice to support a business that is owned and managed by such good people, and for that reason we would recommend the 1842 Inn to everyone!
This morning, with coffee in hand, we started the 8 hour drive to Jackson, Mississippi to stay at the Fairview Inn. Sid has been a trooper so far. He just sleeps on the back seat. We plan to stop every few hours to let him get a little exercise. He's only 3 years old, so still has lots of energy, yet knows when to run and when to sit still... as long as we keep his ball out of sight. (We have to keep it well hid at night.)