Tuesday, October 19, 2010

An Alabama Chapel wedding for Brandon and Erika

Erika and Brandon chose Sweet Gum Bottom Wedding Chapel in Andalusia, Alabama for their wedding ceremony and reception. The chapel was simply decorated and naturally beautiful. Her colors were black, garnett red and silver. These same colors were used in the reception center to decorate the tables and buffets.

A menu of roast beef, cheesy potato bake, green beans, rolls and fresh vegetables with dip were deliciously prepared and served by Sweet Gum Bottom Catering. Strawberries and a chocolate fountain for the groom's table was chosen by Brandon.

 Friends and family gathered to celebrate with Erika and Brandon on their special day.

Congratulations and may you have a long and happy marraige!

Ricky and Laura Oswald Innkeepers

Friday, October 15, 2010

Andalusia Homecoming 2010

We would like to invite you to "Absolutely Andalusia" Homecoming 2010. The dates are November 11-14, 2010. It will be four-day, fun-filled event. Governor Riley has designated 2010 as the year of celebrating Alabama’s small towns and downtowns.

The celebration will begin by honoring our veterans on Thursday, November 11. There will be a parade, followed by a ceremony at our Veterans Memorial Park. After the ceremony there will be a dedication of an historical marker at city hall, with a reception to follow. Brigadier General Walter D. Givhan will be our keynote speaker. You will not want to miss this special, patriotic event.

During our homecoming days we are planning many events to showcase our lovely city. Among them are walking tours, art shows and quilt shows, a street dance, “Andalusia in Revue,” and an air show at the South Alabama Regional Airport, and a grand gala event. Many of our area churches are planning their annual homecoming on November 14, 2010 to coincide with this time.

Please mark your calendar now and reserve your rooms here at Sweet Gum Bottom Bed and Breakfast. Sweet Home Alabama!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Heartland Trails Top Ten List of Bed & Breakfasts

Heartland Trails Top Ten List of Bed & Breakfasts in Alabama!
Our Top-10 Bed & Breakfasts List is based on our readers’ input, our Editor’s Picks and our Best-Of tabulations. The businesses in our Top-10 Lists are in no particular order. We’re constantly updating our Top-10 Lists and we greatly appreciate your input.

Mistletoe Bough B&B – Alexander City, Alabama
Longing For Home – Rogersville, Alabama

Maple Hill Gardens & Guesthouse – LaFayette, Alabama

The Camellia House B&B – Luverne, Alabama

River Rest Bed & Breakfast – Talladega, Alabama

Magnolia Springs B&B – Magnolia Springs, Alabama

Smith-Byrd House B&B - Prattville, Alabama

Cobb Lane Bed & Breakfast – Birmingham, Alabama

Sweet Gum Bottom B&B - Andalusia, Alabama

Blue Spring Manor – Vincent, Alabama

Alabama is a great place to stay! Full of history, southern charm, and plenty of fantastic scenery, Alabama makes a great destination to stay in for a few days to explore! Use our list of Top Ten Bed & Breakfasts and Inns in Alabama to help guide you to the best places to stay in the state! You can find these outstanding B&B’s and Inns and many more, as well as all sorts of interesting attractions, with our easy-to-use search function on our homepage, at HeartlandTrails.com!

Ricky and Laura Oswald Innkeepers

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Top 10 reasons for choosing a Bed and Breakfast

Every B & B is unique. The owners make it a home. The sense of waking up in someone's home - a place that is loved and cared for - is one of the great joys of travel. Here are our top 10 reasons for choosing a B&B.

1. Romance and relaxation

Bed and Breakfast are known for being quiet and romantic and at Sweet Gum Bottom we strive to provide peaceful surroundings to promote rest and relaxation!

2. The innkeepers are passionate about hospitality!

When you stay in a B & B, you are a house guest and honoured as such. The house, the garden, the decor, everything reflects the style, life and history of your host. The innkeeper is not just a concierge but someone with whom you can trust to provide you with good, local, information. Your fellow guests are not strangers on the elevator but potential new friends over breakfast.

3. Breakfast is always a special occasion.

Bed and Breakfasts take pride in serving you a gourmet breakfast. It's a great time to visit with other friendly guests to find out how they liked a restaurant or activity. Plus, most B&Bs have afternoon snacks. Home made of course!

4. Linens are a luxury at a bed and breakfast.

Mostly European inspired. Count the threads! And they feel wonderful when you slip under the covers. Luxurious bathrobes and custom soaps are also offered at most Inns.

5. A new experience is offered at each bed and breakfast.

No two are alike. Hotels are cookie cut, but homes reflect the owners personalities. Each and every B&B is a new and different experience.

6. Turndown service.

Many bed and breakfasts offer a nightly turndown service. This includes the linens being turned back and chocolates on the pillows. A very nice way to end a beautiful day.

7. Ammenities.

We strive at bed and breakfasts to anticpate your every need. Details are of upmost importance. Massages, pedicures, gift baskets, special packages and romantic getaways are our specialty.

8. Reputation.

Many B&Bs depend on word-of-mouth recommendations. So we always work hard to make each stay the best possible.

9. Great Locations.

Often, a bed and breakfast is in a residential neighborhood, giving a sense of being at your home away from home. You won't find them scattered along the highway. Some are rural and others are historic. But all have something unique to offer in their area.

10. Memories.

Do you remember the motel room that you stayed in 5 years ago? People who stay in bed and breakfasts remember, because the rooms are unique and special and offer what no one else can.

So, next time you're planning a trip, check out Bed and Breakfasts along the way. It will make the journey so much better!

Ricky and Laura Oswald Innkeepers