Meet the Innkeepers

David Worthington and Eric Bigelow grew up in Northern Alabama and have spent most of their lives serving the public. They first worked together in 1981 at a local restaurant. They quickly realized that they worked extremely well together. Working “in-sync” they would accomplish what would normally require a team of 4-5. It was obvious from the beginning that they were great co-workers, paid great attention to detail and shared a passion for taking care of others.

David’s Aunt Shirley traveled abroad in Europe and returned with stories of unique small inns where she had stayed. Even as a child, this sparked David’s interest. Since a young age he has loved old homes and southern architecture. In 1978 David started his career in the restaurant industry and worked in that field until 1990. David then traveled the Southeast from 1990 to 1996 while working for his uncle’s insurance company. He stayed at many B&B’s taking notes on what to and what not to do. David has served on local Chamber and CVB boards. He also served as president of the Bed & Breakfast Association of Alabama as well as committees for the Professional Association of Innkeepers International.

Eric assisted his father with operating the family business for almost 20 years learning everything from customer service, to bookkeeping, to business management. He also worked in several restaurants to sharpen culinary and customer service skills. Many years of experience are evident in every aspect of your stay.

David and Eric have been “honing” their craft for over 30 years, perfecting customer service, food service and how to manage a business. They saved for 15 years, read every book on the subject of B&B operations and attended local and national seminars. In 1996 they moved to Magnolia Springs to renovate the original “Sunnyside Hotel”, circa 1897. The “Magnolia Springs Bed and Breakfast” first opened in 1997.

David and Eric share a passion about the home that quickly spreads to their clientele. As two of the most attentive and engaging innkeepers imaginable, they will make you feel at home right away. These true southern gentlemen are a treasure of local history and trivia and they take great pride in the business, community and the area in which they live. Based on your individual interests they offer suggestions of where to go, what to see and do. A positive experience is their primary goal from the moment you arrive. Clearly their sign in the front yard boasts their motto, “Classic Southern Hospitality”!

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