History. 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). Lewes was incorporated by an act of the state assembly on Feb. 2, 1818. The act provided for five persons to be chosen as commissioners to be known as “Trustees of the Town of Lewes. 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 Historic District.
Marion and Robert Utter, and Marion’s twin sister Kathy Simmons had always dreamed of one day owning a bed and breakfast. So, when Savannah Inn became available, it was like a dream come true. When they first toured the Inn, they immediately knew this was the one for them.
Their first visit to Downtown Lewes was love at first sight. With its rich history, museums, shops, and restaurants, as well as the warm welcome received from their neighbors, Lewes is now their home. Marion said, “Lewes is such a great place and we look forward to becoming a part of the community.”
Marion’s twin sister, Kathy, is bringing personal decorative and furnishing touches. “It is so special to be working with your sister and best friend,” said Kathy, who, like her sister, is making Lewes her home.
The Savannah Inn offers a fresh & 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. On the main floor, you can enjoy breakfast on the expansive wrap-a-round porches or take in the gardens from the Margaritaville deck. In addition, a complimentary DVD collection can be found in the game room along with a library full of good “beach reads” and a game table. For gatherings, the expansive and open design of the main floor is the perfect setting for visiting family or making new friends.
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.