About the Savannah

our story and history

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The Savannah in Lewes

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Savannah Inn is owned and operated by us – Jana and Jim Owen. Like 4 kids and 3 dogs (now 5!) was not enough – we decided to jump feet-first into the BnB world in 2022. We have owned and operated many rental properties at the Delaware Beaches for 12 years and absolutely love where we live (in Lewes!!), the people we meet and the experiences that we help create.

We were drawn to Lewes 10 years ago by its historic charm, fabulous restaurants, Cape Henlopen State Park, the beautiful beaches and especially the locals.

Our History

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Lewes was the site of the first European settlement in Delaware, a whaling and trading post that Dutch settlers founded on June 3, 1631, and named Zwaanendael (Swan Valley). Today Lewes proudly claims to be “The First Town in The First State.”

In 1914, near the end of the Edwardian Era, the present-day Savannah Inn was built as a stately brick structure located in the heart of the downtown, Historic District.

The Savannah Inn offers a fresh and vibrant coastal décor and ambiance with themes reflecting the rich history of the “First Town in the First State.” The accommodations are luxurious yet comfortable and warm for visitors who want to explore Delaware beaches and historic Lewes.

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Explore Lewes

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On the main floor, you can enjoy breakfast on the expansive wrap‑a‑round porches or take in the gardens from our back porch. The expansive and open design of the main floor is the perfect setting for visiting family, making new friends or simply re-connecting with a loved one.

Located in the heart of downtown, the inn is just a short walk to many unique antique shops, boutiques, and gourmet restaurants, as well as being just minutes to Lewes Beach, Cape May Lewes Ferry, and Cape Henlopen State Park.

The Savannah Spa

Complete your visit at The Savannah with a relaxing massage. Our professionally licensed therapists tailor each nurturing massage, bringing vitality to everyone.

Breakfast + Happy Hour

It’s quite easy to rise from bed at the inn, as the smell of fresh coffee looms in the hallways each morning. Enjoy a delicious breakfast in our dining room, porches, or garden areas.

Need to book a group?

Contact us to book for a large group. Book early and enjoy the Run of the House. The “Run of the House” reserves your group the entire inn. Great for hosting wedding parties and more!

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Guest reviews

what they have to say

We took the ferry from Cape May to Lewes the first weekend in November and stayed two nights at the Savannah Inn. This is an exceptional property. The home was built in the 1910s and has been renovated for today’s comfort. A very friendly host greeted us and offered recommendations...

– Phil | Nov 2023

We recently stayed at the Savannah Inn for two nights and had a wonderful getaway. The inn is beautiful and so well-maintained it is hard to believe it is over 100 years old. The owners are friendly and accommodating. The wine and snacks at happy hour were a nice touch...

– Cynthia Z | Oct 2023

Wow, what an amazing B&B. We stayed in the Admirals Suite and it was beautiful. The entire house is stunning. The free breakfasts were delicious and the service was exceptional. The location is excellent ... within walking distance of many restaurants and historical homes...

– Mike M | Oct 2023

This inn is immaculate! So very clean and well-designed. Our room was large with a sitting area. Individual temp control. Flat screen tv with multiple channels. Bathroom was large with walk-in shower. Kingsize bed was very comfortable. High quality linens and towels. Full breakfast...

– Hepton | July 2023

This is a wonderful place to stay in Lewes. My husband and I stayed here last summer to celebrate his birthday, and had a terrific time, so I came back with my bestie this year to celebrate Mothers' Day. It's just steps away from shops and restaurants, and an easy bike ride to Savannah Beach...

– Jenny C | May 2023

Clean, welcoming, and very comfortable Bed & Breakfast with complementary happy hour. We arrived in time for Happy Hour and enjoyed the quality selection of wines, cheeses, assorted nuts, crudités, and sweet treats. Breakfast was delicious each morning complete with fresh fruit, muffins...

– csbpa | March 2023