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The Innkeeper

Bob McAlister, creator of Savannah’s Bed & Breakfast Inn, was a man of vision. Moving here in the mid-1970’s to become the Budget Director for the City of Savannah and being a lover of history, he purchased and renovated 117 West Gordon (which was in terrible shape) one room at a time. The B&B began with one room and grew through the years as he acquired additional buildings in Gordon Row. The row houses were built in 1853 and Bob and Mary have tried to maintain the ambiance of that period mixed with modern day amenities.

Sadly, Bob died in November of 2015, but he left a wonderful legacy. His service to the City of Savannah as Budget Director included winning national awards. He served as Chief of Staff for Mayor Susan Weiner, and later became a lobbyist for Chatham County. He believed passionately in serving the community and making a difference. Being an avid reader, he amassed a personal collection of over 10,000 books. He was featured on Book TV in June of 2011, “A Tour of Bob McAlister’s Private Book Collection.”

Bob often said that the smartest thing he ever did was to marry Mary Watson, his best friend and world traveling companion. Mary was Director of the Rape Crisis Center for 32 years, retiring several years ago. Involvement with the gardening and decorating at the Inn has always been her “therapy” and now she is much more involved since Bob’s passing.

Mary has lived most of her life in Savannah, growing up as a Methodist preacher's daughter and, of course, becoming highly skilled in Southern charm. Traveling is a family passion, but returning home to Savannah is always a joy. Her daughter, Holly, is one of the smiling servers who greet you at breakfast and is official “mother” to the Inn kitties. Her other daughter, Christy, lives in Atlanta with her husband, Scott, and two amazing (as any grandmother would say) grandsons, Matthew and Brandon.

Mary and the staff hope that you will feel at home and enjoy the friendly, family atmosphere at the Inn.

Mary McAlister tending her charming courtyard gardens.


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