Thursday, July 30, 2009

A Fine Dining restaruant in Andalusia

We have enjoyed several corporate dinners this week. It began onTuesday evening with a group from Powersouth. They requested our rib-eye steak with cheesy potato bake, green beans, roll and bread pudding for dessert.

The next was a lunch for Andalusia Manor in honor of Stallion Sasser's birthday. The requested the grilled chicken, green beans and potato bake with pecan pie for dessert.

Next, we will be doing a steak dinner with a one hour private dance lesson on Friday.

Food, Glorious food!

Ricky and Laura Oswald

Friday, July 24, 2009

Bridal Luncheon or Brunch? Which do you prefer?

Jolynn Cox, and her family chose a bridal brunch for Ms. Beth Cox, daughter of Jimmy and Tammy Cox of Andalusia. Everyone was making plans as the big day arrives.

For her Bridal Luncheon/Brunch, she chose a menu of Strawberry Soupe, Fresh fruit, Hashbrown Casserole, scambled eggs, sausage swirls, Cream Cheese Danish and orange juice.

The girls had a wonderful time and went away full!

Let us know if you would like to schedule your bridesmaids luncheon at Sweet Gum Bottom Bed and Breakfast.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Wedding Humor

Thought you might like a little wedding humor. A nice young man came out with his little lady today to talk about their wedding. I loved the shirt he had on, so I ask if I could take a picture. Here it is...

Ricky and Laura Oswald

Monday, July 20, 2009

A Fantasic Alabama Wedding Photographer

We are so lucky, here in Andalusia, to have this fantastic wedding photographer, Robert Evers. He is located on court square, inside Vicki Popwell's Studio. Below are some wedding photos that he has shot here. Give him a call today to secure him for your wedding!

Ricky and Laura Oswald

Thursday, July 16, 2009

A baby shower venue - It's a girl!

Meaghan was showered with lovely gifts all in pink. "It's a girl" was all over everything, nothing left to doubt!
So many wonderful gifts and such a sweet time. A cute little white drape was over the gift table. All trimmed in pink.
After opening presents, guests were invited to refreshments. Cucumber sandwiches, fruit and veggies, homemade brownies, and so much more were enjoyed.
Everyone is eagerly awaiting her new arrival. Best Wishes and thank you for choosing Sweet Gum Bottom for your baby shower venue. We enjoyed you and your family and friends being here!

Ricky and Laura Oswald

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Boggs and Boulders Offroad Adventure Park.

Sweet Gum Bottom Bed and Breakfast welcomes Boggs and Boulders Offroad Adventure Park to our area.

Their goal is to offer you southern hospitality and hope you enjoy every minute of your weekend vacation with them. Whether you want to relax, lay back and take in all the action around their huge 10,000 square ft Pavilion, Campgrounds, Cool Pool, or maybe the Mud Pie Cafe.

Bring your dirtbike, 4-wheeler, sidebyside atv, jeep, mud buggy, rock crawler, 100ton army tank, 4x4 truck, your wife's SUV, HARLEY DAVIDSON, crotch rocket, hiking gear, mountain climbing stuff, or swimsuit. They have something for You and it's somewhere on their beautiful, scenic 850 acres. They even have Caves to explore or camp in.

They have 3 lakes on the property for you to camp beside, or just sit on the many picnic tables, positioned all around the waters edge in the shade, and admire the beauty of the water and wildlife. They have mild rolling hills mixed with timberland and pastures (even cattle and buffalo at large in places). They have slick red hills, sand hills, rocky hills, xx steep rock bluffs for the rock crawling crowd (all natural, not man made), and GUESS WHAT?? YES they have just what everybody loves, MUDDDDDD! and lots of it. It's natural too, not man made. Black mud flats. Acres of them. Some shallow, some deep, be prepared for both, or either be a woozie, and take all the bypass trails around the fun.

Like I said they have something for everyone to enjoy, young or old, experienced or not so experienced, miles and miles of marked trails for you to hike, or ride.

Check them out at

Ricky and Laura Oswald

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Row, Row, Row your canoe, Gently down Yellow River...

A new local business has opened and takes customers for a ride on the wild side - a canoe ride that is. " Bearfoot Outfitters" is now located in Andalusia and offers Yellow River canoe trips Friday - Sunday by reservations. They provide transportation to the starting point and pick you up at the end. Trips typically begin around 8:00am and last for about 6 hours.

Yellow River is in the Southern most part of Covington county and offers a peace and tranquil setting for a relaxing float down the river. Several sand bars offer a place to rest and picnic, take a nap or play in the sand.

For more information call 334-858-2302 or 334-858-3140. Row, Row, Row YOUR canoe down yellow river!

Ricky and Laura Oswald

Monday, July 13, 2009

Outdoor weddings at Sweet Gum Bottom Bed and Breakfast

Enter down the stone isle into a beautiful outdoor wedding. A jasmine covered pagoda is the centerpiece for your garden ceremony. October is the perfect month for a wedding in the garden. We still have a weekend open this fall and would love to show you around the grounds. We have several venues to choose from depending on what you're dreaming of. Here are a few pictures for you to look at. Give us a call to discuss your exciting plans for the future.

Ricky and Laura Oswald

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Knee boarding on Gantt Lake

About 5 minutes from Sweet Gum Bottom is beautiful Gantt Lake. 21 miles of shoreline and 2700 acres of water. This lake is gourgous! Fishing, boating, sking, knee boarding, wake boarding, you can see it all. Our grandson (6 years old) is knee boarding this year. We are having the best time watching him! Lindsey and Justin both knee board and Justin wakeboards. This is not for me! Boat riding is for me!

Below are some pictures we took of them.

Ricky and Laura Oswald

Friday, July 10, 2009

Wedding Reception Centers Landscape Designers Challenge

Hi Everyone,
We have a blank canvas for our newly built reception center and would like to invite you to our "Wedding Reception Centers Landscape Designers Challenge". So, if you would like to submit a drawing for consideration, please send it to We will review them and decide on a winner.
Some problem areas that need to be addressed is:
We have a lot of shade, so plants will have to love the shade to prosper!
Grass does not grow well in the shaded areas.
Lot of trees, so therefore a lot of roots.
Easy maintinance is a must.
We would also like an outdoor wedding area to be created between the reception center and the chapel (shaded as well)

Good Luck with your drawing and we can't wait to see your plans! If you would like more pictures or information, please let me know.
Ricky and Laura Oswald

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Alabama Public Television Bed and Breakfast segment

We were honored to be chosen as one of 12 bed and breakfasts of Alabama to be featured on a special segment of Alabama Public Television. APT created a program called "At Home In Alabama / Bed and Breakfasts". 12 B&B's were chosen across the beautiful state of Alabama. It is a 2 hour program that showcases 4 Inns per show. These can been seen on some Sunday evenings at 8:00pm. Check out their website at for the upcoming episodes. You can also order a DVD copy of the shows from their site. It was a real honor to be chosen!
Ricky and Laura Oswald

Alabama Wedding Magazine

We are all the time looking at ideas to improve our facilities. I love magazines, as do most women, and our husbands do not like it! Ricky says everytime I get an idea, he gets an opportunity to succeed. I tell him, I'm just trying to help him. He doesn't believe me. Anyway... I have found a wonderful magazine "Alabama Weddings". Look for us in 2010. We should be in there. Our daughter's wedding will be featured. We'll keep you posted as soon as we know when. We can't wait!

Ricky and Laura Oswald

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Birthday party for 2 at Sweet Gum Bottom

Celebrate your special day with a birthday party at Sweet Gum Bottom Bed and Breakfast. A room full of balloons, a birthday cake for 2 and a chilled bottle of sparkling juice will set the stage for a fun and romantic getaway.

Marianne and Charlie celebrated her birthday last week and this is what they had to say...

This stay was a surprise for me. We have enjoyed every minute of it. I don't know when I have felt so relaxed and pampered! Getting up to smell a wonderful breakfast cookinf while we were waking up was an unheard of treat! Thank you for your friendliness and hospitality!

Marianne and Charlie

Ricky and Laura Oswald

Andalusia, Alabama: Looking for romantic getaway?

Look no further...Sweet Gum Bottom Bed and Breakfast in beautiful Andalusia, Alabama is the perfect spot. How does a relaxing massage or a long nap in the shaded hammock sound? This couple from California chose the hammock. We can't wait for you to get here to choose your spot!