Historic Townhouses to Modern Elegance

Our History

The businessmen who originally built the two townhouses in 1876 that would ultimately become the Bellwether House were a couple of New Englanders: Samuel Palmer and Henry Dresser. Both men would travel south from their respective home states in order to find better economic opportunities in Savannah.

Samuel Palmer—who resided on the left side of the home—was born to a Rhode Island family whose ancestors came to America onboard the Mayflower. But in the early 19th century, his family moved to Bulloch County, Georgia, before finally settling in Savannah. Along with his father and brother, Samuel opened one of the most significant hardware stores in the city at the time that they called “Palmer and Sons.” The Palmer family subsequently lived at their brilliant downtown manor for the remainder of their lives.

On the other side in the adjoining townhome resided Henry Dresser, who hailed from coastal Massachusetts. In fact, his own family were integral in founding both the communities of Salem and Boston back during the colonial era. But unlike his neighbor Samuel Palmer, Henry Dressed had moved to Savannah as an adult in the wake of the American Civil War. Dresser himself specifically desired to become a “cotton factor” and reinvested heavily into reviving defunct plantations surrounding the city. Cotton factors operated as wholesalers that specialized in transporting cotton on shipping cotton from port. Henry and his family lived in Savannah for just a couple of decades, though, and soon took their newfound wealth back north.

Nevertheless, the two structures continued to operate as residential structures for generations thereafter, until they were joined together to form a bed & breakfast in in the early 2000's. However, the building fallen into disrepair until a new set of owners bought and restored the property in 2020 and reopened as the Bellwether House in 2021.

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Bellwether is consistently considered the top Bed & Breakfast experience in Savannah by those who really know the South.

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An Exceptional Experience

Included in Every Stay

Your Luxury Room

Of course, you get your room, but these rooms are truly special with memory foam mattresses, luxury linens, Google Hubs, 4k smart TVs, sustainable bath products, and beautifully restored historic details everywhere.

Seasonal Programming

As often as we can, we create and host different happenings, dinners, and experiences for guests to enjoy during their stay. Many of these are exclusive to the guests of the hotel and designed to enhance your experiences across any stay.

Evening Sabering

As the sun moves low in the sky, we saber open a bottle of bubbly to celebrate the end of each day and officially open our full service bar for the evening. We have a special list of cocktails and wines, but we also can make your favorite drink of choice.

Afternoon Tea

Join us from 3PM-5PM, you’ll be greeted with a full spread of pastries and cakes to enjoy at your leisure with the option to sit and receive a full tower of savory bites and petit fours along side endless servings of our sustainably sourced teas and coffee.

Full Breakfast

Each morning from 8AM-12PM, we offer our full brunch menu as well as cakes and pastries. We have a crafted menu of Indian inspired dishes steeped in southern cooking traditions prepared with as many local and seasonal ingredients as possible.

Valet Service

Parking is absolutely free at Bellwether in our private lot, but we'll take it one step further and valet the car for you. When you need to have your car ready, simply call or text the front desk and we'll have it ready when you need it right out front.

Hotel Policies

21 & Older Only

While we love children, for the comfort of other guests and due to the experiential nature of the hotel, all guests must be 21 or older.

No Pets of Any Kind

We also love animals, but we do not allow them at this time for the consideration of other guests and future guests with potential allergies and aversions.

Accommodation Only Hotel

Any use of the suite outside of standard guest accommodations must be approved in writing by the manager. This includes but is not limited to wedding photography, product shoots, film productions, group meetings, and other commercial uses or uses outside of standard accommodation use.

No Smoking, Vaping, or Incense

Smoking is not allowing anywhere at the hotel including the courtyard and front porch. This includes vaping, incense, or any other product that produces smoke or odor.

Evening Noise Ordinance

Savannah has a city wide noise ordinance beginning at 7PM until 7AM. Bellwether is on a serene neighborhood street in downtown. Please respect our neighbors and other guests by keeping noise levels down in the evening hours.

2 Person Maximum

All suites have a maximum occupancy of 2 adults. No more than 2 adults may utilize the unit overnight and visitors who are not registered guests are allowed at the Hotel’s discretion and may not purchase or consume any alcohol from our bar or be given any purchased alcohol from the bar.