The Innkeepers

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Chef Zach Rath & Carrie May Aston, or Sweet Carrie May, as Zach likes to call her, make the perfect team to run the historic Open Gates Bed & Breakfast. With Chef Zach’s 20+ years of culinary experience and Sweet Carrie May’s business degree and past experience in the property management industry, they make a dynamic duo.

After a long search of the Golden Isles, Chef Zach and Sweet Carrie May, fell in love with the historic town of Darien. Darien and all it offers, is centrally located in the middle of the Golden Isles. What does downtown Savannah,GA & downtown Darien,GA have in common? Both were designed by James Oglethorpe. For Darien, GA, Oglethorpe’s design included the construction of a series of North/South town squares that intersected with a series of East/West town squares. The intersecting square, the Vernon Square, is the home to Open Gates Bed & Breakfast.


Award Winning Breakfast

Chef Zach has 40+ years of restaurant & culinary experience. His formal Food Service Management and Culinary Arts degree and prior experience led him to his various chef assignments with the Clipper Cruise Lines onboard their cruise ships. He began as a galley steward and was soon promoted to Garde Manager Chef and then to Sous Chef. As the ships changed […]