A Happy Accident

One of the best things we did as Innkeepers was get our beer and wine license, although it happened by a happy accident. And by accident, I mean we were unknowingly breaking the law.

One random day, two people showed up on our doorstep with guns and badges. However they weren’t here to arrest us or strip for us; they were here because they understood we were serving wine. I told them that I serve wine to anyone including friends and family of my guests and that it was not a part of their room cost.  Obviously that was not the right answer and soon thereafter I found myself with a beer and wine license.  In hindsight, they did me a favor because a world of wholesale wine has been dropped in my lap and those of you who know me realize that makes me very happy.

About 3 months after we had our beer and wine license, Joe and I were in St. Augustine for the day and Blair, my innkeeper, was minding the Inn.  The Alcohol inspector showed up and asked where we were storing our beer and wine.  Blair took them to the cabinet where we had it all stashed.  Unfortunately we also had various bottles of liquor in the cabinet.  We don’t drink much liquor but sometimes guest will buy it for themselves and then just leave it when they head home. I don’t want to waste what they spent money on!  Again, those of you who know me know I would never throw out a bottle of liquor.  Hence all the random bottles that the inspector saw.  She told Blair that I could be fined $1,000 a bottle.  Blair immediately went into the laundry room, grabbed a laundry basket and started putting all the liquor bottles in the basket and then in front of the inspector, put it all in the back of her car.  She called me and asked me what I wanted her to do with all the liquor.  I told her to take it home with her since I really didn’t want it anyhow.  Blair happened to be heading to a Super Bowl party that weekend so it was a win-win.  I didn’t get fined and Blair was the most popular girl at the party….

I feel so relieve that we have inspectors looking out for all of us.  We are all so much safer….

Guests I have know and loved-ish

A young couple were spending their honeymoon at the Inn. One night the young groom woke up in the middle of the night. They had fallen asleep with the fireplace on and he thought maybe the glow from the fireplace woke him up. He got out of bed to turn the fireplace off and as he looked back to make sure he had not disturbed his bride he was speechless with the beauty of the room with the fireplace and how it cast a shadow over his sleeping wife. Making sure she was covered, he grabbed his video camera and started scanning the room to add to his continuing to grow wedding videos. The next morning as he was walking around taking more pictures, he stopped me to show me the beauty of their room the night before. As he was showing me his video, I, as calmly and as straight faced as I could manage, suggested that he check the room for mirrors before he starts filming, or at least put on a pair of PJ’s. The lesson to this story – never use a video camera naked….

Vacation Rentals Extended

The sweet solitude of the Blue Ridge Mountains is too enticing to leave just yet. Joe and I are almost fully relaxed but we need just a little more fuel to be full. A few more concerts and mountain rains should do it. So as we continue to rest up in Georgia, we invite our lovely guest to enjoy another week of vacation rentals at our equally as relaxing Florida oasis. That’s right; the special summer deal of $100 a night (3 nights minimum) has been extended through the first week of august!

You can call to book now and get in one last mini-vacation before life demands you return. We’ll do the same up in Georgia and by the time football season rolls up on us we’ll all be fully prepared to deal with one another and what one can only pray will be a better team than last year.


Florida Football Summer Update

Hello Florida Fans!

As most of you know (and for those that don’t) I’m Kassidy, the Magnolia Plantation’s resident Florida football non-expert enthusiast. I moved to Gainesville and fell on Cindy and Joe’s doorstep when I took an internship with the local TV stations sports station. After spending nearly 2 years immersed in Gator football, I may not know everything but I probably know more than the armchair quarterback eating breakfast next to you who thinks he’s Steve Spurrier’s better half.

Cindy asked if I’d include just a little update on your beloved Gators so you can have some background when you head to Gainesville this fall. As a recap, if you haven’t already exorcised it from your mind, the team finished a dismal 4-8 in 2013, missing a bowl game for the first time since some of you were in school here and with an offense that made offensive coordinator Brent Pease’s office practically pack itself after the last game. Although if we’re being honest, that office probably had boxes outside the door after the Missouri game. There was a discord there most of the season and I had a couple of seniors tell me that no one really understood any of the decisions made concerning the offense.

The offense is probably where you’ll see the biggest change this season. One of the first things Will Muschamp did this January was to hire some guys that could actually repair the fraying fabric that are his playmakers instead of just patching it up. New Offensive Coordinator Kurt Roper comes from Duke where he helped lead the Blue Devils to a 10 win season. If you can do that at Duke with guys who couldn’t cut it as basketball players then he should have no problem doing the same at Florida. Another point in Roper’s favor for you fans; he’s opening it up. That’s right, they’re planning on going throw back to fun-and-gun and as much as it pains me to say that as a defensive aficionado, maybe it’ll stop some of you from whining for the days when a visor was thrown after every touchdown.

One of the pieces in this new game could come in the form of the lanky gunslinger Will Grier. The North Carolina quarterback impressed all four years in high school and could be the cog of this new fast moving air raid. Of course he’ll have to beat out incumbent Jeff Driskel who the coaches still staunchly stand behind. The senior watched from the sidelines much of 2013 after a leg injury and says that the new point of view taught him a lot more schematically. Also Tyler Murphy transferred to Boston College while Skyler Mornhinweg refuses to do so.

The offensive line, which last year caused their quarterback to have more grass stains on his jersey than a little league outfielder, is being whipped into shape by Mike Summers who came all the way from sunny California at USC to sunny Florida to coach a dreary line. And your former national championship MVP Chris Leak is coaching receivers. If nothing else, you know they’re getting good passes in practice.

The defense, well that’s Muschamps forte so don’t even worry about that. Even after a 4-8 season, there were still 3 defensive players drafted this past April and the defense ended 2013 ranked 15th in the country. That’s pretty good. Also, Dante Fowler will now move into a permanent position up front and the junior is already giving nightmares to these new wide-eyed quarterbacks all across the SEC. That’s really all you need to know about the defense. They’re going to be fine.  

As for Muschamp himself, I’d venture to say he needs to win 4 out of his 5 first games to not have pitchforks and shovels waiting for him outside of the locker room. That one loss in the first 5 will be allowed at Alabama because a game against Nick Saban in Tuscaloosa is generally only winnable with a little voo-doo magic and the only people that can conjure that are Les Miles and Johnny Manziel. And no matter what words of support Jeremy Foley throws behind Willy, it’s pretty clear that his seat is going to start out warm this season and where it goes from there only God knows.

Lastly, I leave you with my favorite Muschamp quote from 2013, and I do so with a smile on my face because it’s a lesson we could all humbly serve to remember heading into what one can only pray will be a successful season; “I love our fans but some of you need to just get a grip.”

Stay classy Florida fans. Don’t forget you can catch your favorite boy Timmy Tebow on the SEC Network this fall. Try not to cry too many tears of remembrance.

If you can’t wait to see how this season plays out, make sure to catch the Gators in action live. We still have a few rooms open for games but they’re going fast so make a reservation now online!


9/6-Eastern Michigan


9/20-at Alabama

10/4-at Tennessee



11/1-vs. Georgia at Jacksonville

11/8-at Vanderbilt

11/15-South Carolina

11/22-Eastern Kentucky

11/29-at FSU


Guest I have known and loved…ish

The first time I realized I was about to embark on a journey of “special” people was the first year we were open.  It was a football weekend, about 5 months after we had opened.  We only had 6 rooms and I realized I was having problems remembering everyone.  I did notice one older couple who, after I checked them in, went out to their car and came back in with a “I’m staying for a week Colman Cooler”.  That should have been my first clue that it was going to be a long weekend.  The next morning, as I was “fluffing” the guests rooms I noticed the folks who brought in the Cooler had 5 empty champagne bottles lined up against the wall.  Then as I was picking up various items off a side table I noticed a bag of oregano.  The bag was open and of course what else does one do when presented with a open baggie?  You smell it….nope, that is not oregano.  I yelled for Joe and explained, with much animation, my discovery.  He told me to try to replace everything back to the way I had found it and leave the room since it was obvious they did not expect us to come in.  I went about my business and as I was standing in the hall way a woman came in the back door and she was facing Joe but had her back to me.  She asked why we had changed the combination to the back door.  Joe said that we obviously had not changed the code since she had just gotten in.  She said that her and her husband came back very late and could not get in.  They went around the 1st floor banging on all the windows and finally found the kitchen window had a lose lock and her husband got a screw driver and was able to open it up. They crawled into the window and landed in the kitchen sink.   I was standing behind her pretending I was drinking and smoking a joint.  Poor Joe had such a hard time keeping a straight face.  I asked a friend who was a nurse if doctors didn’t prescribe marijuana for glaucoma.  Yes, my friend said but it would not be prescribed in a baggie….  I was trying to give these folks the benefit of the doubt. 

New Blog, Same Style

New Blog, Same Style

Hello Guest!

Welcome to our new shiny blog! This is separate from the old one but will still have everything you love about the orginal. From information on deals, to some strange humor and of course, tales of our adventures here at the Magnolia Plantation.

With this first post, I just wanted to show you all where you could find our new blog. Hopefully you followed us here from Facebook or Twitter which means I’m actually using them right.

You can also find a link to our website. There you can find more information on rooms and booking. Hopefully soon this blog will also be posted there to create a one stop shop for our guest. Until then, thank you for sticking with us. We love each and every one of our guest…some less than others :)