Back to School Bash

Moving a child into college is one of those tough times that no one tells you about. A few people will tell you about the string of emotions that come with it and you can bawl your eyes out witnessing it in Toy Story 3. But there’s so much more to it than that moment you have to hug them and drive off. 

There are the unsuspecting logistics that need to be attended to. When is the actual move in date? When should we head to town? How long will it take to move in? Will they need help finding other things such as the closest bank, grocery store, gym etc? And if so, who can point us towards the best ones?  

It’s a crazy time when you’re releasing your baby into the world. The last thing on your mind should be worrying about where to stay while it’s all happening, because trust me, based off experience, you can not all pile into their already small dorm room amongst boxes and move in furniture. That’s why we’re here to help. 

For the month of August the Magnolia Plantation Bed and Breakfast will be offering a move in special. If you’re coming to Gainesville to move someone in to college, then you can receive a free night! Just stay 2 nights at regular price and then the 3rd night is on is. You’ll need those first 2 nights to work. That 3rd night can be your time to relax and take in everything that’s happened. 

Your Bed & Breakfast stay includes a full, hot breakfast every morning along with wine & snacks in the evening and daily service. 

As a bonus, you’ll be staying with proprietors that have helped stich the fabric of Gainesville the past 26 years and therefore know how to introduce it to you and your child, a new Gainesville resident themselves. They can give you all the best secrets. Most importantly, you’ll leave comforted knowing that even if you’re miles away, your child has a couple in town that are there if they need them. 

Joe & Cindy along with Gainesville residents, tour the Depot Park project, a downtown revival they’ve been a huge part of.


If you would like to book your 3 night stay-2 nights plus 1 night free-in any of our rooms or cottages for the month of August, call today! This offer must be booked over the phone but feel free to peruse the website first to get an idea of which accommodation of where you’d like to be. 

This stay will also come in handy down the road as we give first priority on graduation weekends to guest that have stayed with us before. 

Call today and we look forward to seeing you soon! 

352-375-6653 

We Love Valentines Day and Our Guest

Valentines Day

Love it or hate it, the calendar still says it’s coming. Here at the Magnolia Plantation Bed and Breakfast, we choose to embrace it…mostly because we have a property full of romantic settings.

We hope that as you make your Valentines Day plans, that you choose to spend it here at the Plantation where we have everything you need to make it a perfect weekend. From the setting to the gifts to the small touches that make a big impact, you can find the full package at the Magnolia Plantation.

In the Main House, we have numerous Victorian inspired rooms. They’ll sweep you and your special someone away with fireplaces, claw foot tubs and an attention detail that bespeaks of a time when romance wasn’t interrupted by cellphones.

Our cottages are private and cozy, providing a secret getaway where only the two of you exist. And with each cottage having a kitchen, porch/courtyard and sitting area, these cottages are ideal for those who want to stretch their Valentine celebration as long as possible—maybe even an entire weekend!

This Valentines Day, we want to show you that we love you just as much as you love your special someone, so come spend the weekend with us and allows us to play a little Cupid.

The best way to guarantee every bit of the weekend is special, is to spend it at the Magnolia Plantation!

With your reservation, you will be choosing a gift of your choosing that will be waiting for you at check in. Since Valentines Day is on a Sunday, this offer will last for stays on the night of the 12th, 13th or 14th. Please review the following.

  1. A bottle of wine and flowers.
  2. A bottle of wine and Magnolia Plantation chocolate special *
  3. Flowers and Magnolia Plantation chocolate special*

*The Magnolia Plantation loves to tinker with chocolate candies in the kitchen. You can choose a chocolate special from below.

  • Chocolate covered pretzels
  • Chocolate macaroons
  • Cracker candy; can also have coconut added
  • Chocolate covered raisins
Cracker Candy, wine, flowers and fire set the scene for a perfect Valentines Day at the Magnolia Plantation.

Cracker Candy, wine, flowers and fire set the scene for a perfect Valentines Day at the Magnolia Plantation.

If booking a reservation online, please put your preference in the special preferences and notes. If booking a reservation over the phone, simply give your preference to the innkeeper.

As we draw closer to this lovely weekend, come back to our blog here for more ideas on how to make Valentines Day special.

So don’t stress over your Valentines Day plans. We already have everything ready for you here. The best way to guarantee every bit of the weekend is special, is to spend it at the Magnolia Plantation!

Book online at www.magnoliabnb.com or call 352-375-6653. Hurry, as rooms are booking fast for the weekend! 

Go Gators Special

There are a few truths around the Magnolia Plantation that never change.

There’s no such thing as too much wine.

Breakfast should always be served with a side of a good story.

And the Florida Gators will always be close to our hearts.

It’s near impossible to be in Gainesville and not feel the blessed Gator presence woven into everything this town is about. During football season, the heartbeat of the city beats to the time of the game clock.

But there’s a secret that only few realize and one we want to help others discover; Gainesville is even more charming during the spring. Flowers are in their full glory, art shows pop up all over the place and you better see the eclectic nature of this Central Florida gem.

The best part though? There are still TONS of Gators sports to immerse yourself in.

Book online and then show us your ticket to the sporting event when paying for your stay and you will receive a 10% discount! Keep reading for details!

Basketball, baseball, softball, gymnastics, tennis, the list goes on and one.

The Gators softball team is coming off back-to-back National Championships and with their sights set on a third.

The Gators gymnastics team? Yea they’ve already gotten their third straight championship and are about to start their search for the quadruple whammy.

The Gators baseball team was just recently named the preseason No. 1 team in the country and by visiting Gainesville, you can watch them start their journey at home on the road to Omaha.

Yes, there are so many options for Gainesville in the spring, and we hope you get to experience many of them. As a way of enticing you to our beloved city and just blatant homerism, we’re offing a “Go Gators Special” for the duration of winter and spring.

Attend any Gator sporting event during the week* (Sunday night through Thursday night) and save by staying at the Magnolia Plantation! Book online and then show us your ticket to the sporting event when paying for your stay and you will receive a 10% discount!

   *This does not apply to stays on Friday or Saturday night. If you stay on a Friday or Saturday night and attend a sporting event, show us the ticket and we will make sure to apply the 10% discount to any future weekday stay. 

We love our Gators and we love our guest, so let’s combine the two!

And seriously, who doesn’t want to come see this?

 

 

 

Book Your Holiday Detox Vacation Rental

The New Year is upon us which means the holidays have just ended; before we can truly get 2016 started though, we need to take the necessary break from the holidays. All that merriment and in-laws can be tiring. Not properly recovering is what causes us to lose steam and break all of our New Year’s Resolutions. I’m pretty sure that’s scientific.

So slip away unnoticed for a quick breather. Our popular Vacation Rental deal is going on through Martin Luther King weekend.

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The Ginger cottage is a small efficiency that’s big on charm.

Vacation Rentals mean 2 people can stay in any of our cottages for $115 a night. This is a 3 night minimum with no breakfast and minimal service. If you have extra guest coming at any time or for the entire stay, then an extra bedroom can be rented for $25 a night.

All of our cottages have some sort of kitchen (either a full kitchen or kitchenette) and are private. They range from one bedroom to three with several cottages hosting gas fireplaces as well. All hold televisions and DVD players, along with complimentary wi-fi.

Even if you don’t get to visit us before January 19th, vacation rentals can be negotiated at other times throughout the year.

We understand, sometimes you just need to put on pajamas and spend 3 days falling in love with Mr. Darcy again and unlimited control of the remote.

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Mr. Darcy would approve of our charming cottages for your vacation rental.

So come to the Magnolia Plantation and let us be your oasis, your home away from home and your place to recharge for the new year. It’s the perfect way to begin a new year for a new you.

Give us a call at 352-375-6653 to make a reservation with our innkeeper; or visit www.magnoliabnb.com to browse pictures of the cottages and make your reservation online.

Inappropriate Reflections

A young couple were spending their honeymoon at the Inn, as do many. One night the young groom woke up in the middle of the night. They had fallen asleep with the fireplace on and so he got out of bed to turn the fireplace off like the a good boy scout. As he looked back to make sure he had not disturbed his bride, he was speechless with the beauty of what he saw. The room was aglow with the light of the fire and it cast a romantic shadow over his sleeping bride. Making sure she was covered, he grabbed his video camera and started scanning the room to add to his continuing chronicle of wedding videos. The next morning as he was walking around taking more pictures, he stopped 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….

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!

8/30-Idaho

9/6-Eastern Michigan

9/13-Kentucky

9/20-at Alabama

10/4-at Tennessee

10/11-LSU

10/18-Missouri

11/1-vs. Georgia at Jacksonville

11/8-at Vanderbilt

11/15-South Carolina

11/22-Eastern Kentucky

11/29-at FSU

 

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 🙂

Cindy