Summer Lovin’

Let’s have a blast!

Summer’s hot. There are mosquitos and sticky humidity and crowds that think the combination makes for the perfect time to visit Disney World.

But summer is also magical. Lightening bugs and dips in the springs and long days followed by longer nights with nowhere to be except wherever you want to be. Doesn’t it sound wonderful? It is and this is the type of summer we offer at the Magnolia Plantation.

Here in Gainesville we have easy access to Florida’s most alluring feature-the natural springs. Beaches are nice and all but they come with sand and groups that think 30 people belting out Summer of 69 underneath a tent is cool. Instead come float along the beatiful blue waters of Florida’s springs. It’s an adventure that can’t be matched.

There’s the Ichetucknee- 

The enchanting Gennie Springs- 

The actually not depressing Poe Springs- 

Or Silver Springs- 

Then there’s always diving at Devils Den!- 

No matter where you want to go, Magnolia Plantation is centrally located for an easy drive and good nights rest to tons of North Central Florida springs. 


To help kick off this awesome summer that we’re helping you plan, we’ll be offering a special Vacation Rental deal during the month of June

First let’s review what a Vacation Rental is normally. (This is what it will return to in July) 

  • $125 a night 
  • 3 night minimum 
  • $125 rate based on 2 people. Additional person is $25 a head. 
  • No food & minimal service 
  • During VR time, regular Bed & Breakfast is not offered 

But two good things are even better together right? Ice cream is good; fudge is good; put them together and you’ve got a party. So in that same token, during the month of June we will be offering both full B&B service along with a special Vacation Rental. 

You can book any type of stay as a regular Bed & Breakfast guest—OR you can stay as a Vacation Rental guest at $150 a night with no 3 night minimum. You can stay 1 or 2 nights as a VR at this price. Although after 2 nights we’re pretty sure our charming disposition, bubbling personality and abundance of wine will have you kicking your shoes back off to stay a bit longer. 

If you would like to stay as a Vacation Rental guest at this special rate during the month of June please call us and we will book your reservation over the phone. 

352-375-6653…ask for Cindy 

Or if you wish to receive the full Bed & Breakfast experience, then do so at a discount. Book your reservation online during the month of June and you can receive 10% of your entire stay. Simply use the code MP10 for the special discount. 

We can’t wait to see you soon. Bring your swimsuits, spend an afternoon at the springs and we’ll have a bottle of wine waiting for you upon your return. Wine and some mosquito spray-it is summer after all.  


Is The House Haunted? 

Welcome back to this crazy story that we somehow made come true in our lives. If you recall we left off having bit the bullet and bought the house. 

The banks then proceeded to laugh at us when we told them what we were doing. The city of Gainesville bailed us out with a temporary loan and that’s where the “fun” really begins…yes these are the ghost stories. Since the city was not used to loaning money for constructions projects, the draw system was a bit unusual. Basically they would not give us any money until they saw something accomplished. Enter Cindy’s mom (Beth). She was our temporary bank. She would give us money to work with, the city inspectors would come in and see progress, they would give us money and we would give money back to Beth…until the next time. It was a vicious cycle.

We finished off a bedroom inside the gutted attic and lived on the 3rd floor of the main house during this time (and have yet to leave it 26 years later). The rest of the attic was where we would store our purchases for the Inn. 

One day I was up in the attic when I heard a voice say, “I like your taste in books”. I looked down at the book I had dug out of a box and the title was “A Scarlett Letter”. I threw the book back in the box and ran downstairs. Joe was just walking up the stairs at the time and saw the look on my face. I had that whole fish out of water experience going on but when he got me calmed down a bit I was able to explain to him what had just happened to me in the Attic. Joe, the engineer, very calmly told me that he too felt something going on in the house. GREAT—just GREAT. We have a @#$^&$ haunted house. And not even with a cool ghost who could be fun like Casper, but one who just wanted to sit around and read a wordy book about a loose woman. I was terrified and would not go anywhere in the house alone. 

Shortly after I was asleep one night and had a dream. I was in the tower part of the house and a woman was standing there. I asked her name and we had a complete conversation. I woke up with a start and kept repeating her name over and over and then fell back asleep. When I woke up in the morning I had forgotten her name but remembered it was an odd first name and her last name was 2 syllables.

GREAT—just GREAT. We have a @#$^&$ haunted house.

Since we were restoring a historic building we discovered we were entitled to historic tax credits. We hired local historian Melanie Barr to do a house history and apply for tax credits. As we were reading through the history I remembered my dream. The original owners were Dudley and MELINZA WILLLIAMS. Melinza Williams was the name from my dream. As soon as I heard her name, it all came back to me. I could actually describe the person I saw in my dream. 

A few weeks later, one of the college kids who had lived in the house stopped by to check on our progress. During his visit he asked if we ever heard things that went bump in the night. I asked him what he was talking about. He told me a story about a woman he saw going up to the third floor one day. She turned around and nodded to him but kept going up the stairs. She had her hair tied in a bun and it was gray. She had on a black mid calf dress with old lady shoes. She also had a string of pearls around her neck. He had just described the lady who was in my dream. 

Over the next few months other people would ask me if I had noticed the woman who wandered around at all hours. One of my painters saw her at 4:00AM walking down the stairs. The odd thing about seeing her is it did not seem unusual at the time to see an older woman walking around. It was hours or days later that the person who saw her would suddenly have a “what the heck was that” moment.

During the frenzy of getting the Inn open, we pretty much just accepted her presence until about a month after we started having guests. Joe and I both realized that we had not felt, heard or had any run in’s with her. Our theory is that when we started tearing the walls down, she got concerned. After she realized that we were actually saving the house, she felt she could leave the house in our hands and we would take care of it for her. 

Inspectors, you have to love them because it’s illegal to lock them up in the freezer.

Next up: Inspectors, you have to love them because it’s illegal to lock them up in the freezer. We were almost thrown out of our living space by an inspector. We have a handicap accessible bathroom door….on our third floor. The fire escape that almost wrapped around the house and more funny stories.