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“How To Video” Bronze Frog Sculptures

“The Kiss” Frog Sculpture

Tim Cotterill’s bronze frog sculptures capture the whimsical character, the jewel-like quality and the pure JOY of these beautiful little creatures. “Through the centuries and throughout the world, frogs have symbolized many things – Good Luck, Royalty, Fertility, Magic Potions, Energy, Charm”.

We were in Charleston SC for the National Innkeeping Convention. Of course we took some time to stroll the historic district and mingle with the locals. While strolling along Market St., a store-front display caught our attention. The frog sculptures are displayed beautifully but we realized that we have a special connection with these frogs.

We entered the gallery to investigate further. The artist is from Park City, UT and a former guest at Magnolia Springs Bed & Breakfast. His departing gifts, a”Cupid” frog that is now sold out and a picture book and calendar showcasing his collectors pieces.  He obviously has a passion for what he does. His work is most beautiful. We will treasure your gifts!

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PAII Conference Jan 2011
PAII Innkeeping Conference & Trade Show

Early in January 2011 David & Eric had the privilege of attending the National Innkeeping Show & Conference hosted by Professional Association of Innkeepers International  in Charleston SC.  We have returned with many new ideas from new breakfast trends to “sprucing up” the guest experience and marketing our business using social media.  Changes are already in the works. It was great to be with innkeepers from all over the country with the same goals in mind, to share like experiences with those who go through the same daily routines and learn different ways of managing what we do.

The “nuggets”, as I call them, are the little things you learn when socializing over dinner or between classes. These nuggets can range from a cleaning product they love, to the best place to buy something. or a way to save money or time, or the best thing they have done to get more business.  It is just plain gratifying and rewarding to get to know other innkeepers!  The high energy level that you get from being around such a supportive group of people enables us to recharge our guest experiences because we have a sense of being recharged ourselves!

Romance Package

A Better Way to Stay Campaign

We learned more about A Better Way To Stay Campaignwhile attending the Innkeeping Conference & Trade Show.  The campaign showcases and highlights why B&Bs  are a preferable choice for travelers.

Soon everyone will be familiar with the term.  This site will be take a fresh new approach, pointing travelers toward bed and breakfasts. Watch for this to go “viral” during the upcoming media campaign!

Don’t forget to book your room for Valentines Day.  Check out our Romance Packages

International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association

The Magnolia Springs Bed and Breakfast was honored with the opportunity to host a group of 19 from the International Food & Wine Travel Writers Association . Brunch was served including fresh fruit, summer vegetable fritatta with bacon, hash browns, grits,  blueberry muffins and pear dumplings. The Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Media Trip was lead by Alabama Gulf Coast Conventions & Visitors Bureau.  We had a wonderful morning of fellowship with our new friends. Their support proves to be invaluable to our area.  Many thanks to our leaders  AGCCVB for their hard work.

The coastal communities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach showcase a diverse selection of family-orientated attractions and activities, including several eco-tourism opportunities, and most importantly, an appetizing palate of dining options.

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Dining & Restaurants

Christmas Shopping & Dining Experience

For all your Christmas shopping needs be sure to visit Tanger Outlet Mall {only 5 miles away} near The Eastern Shore, Gulf Shores & Orange Beach. Visit their website to print your own coupons for additional savings and additional info. Nearby Fairhope offers many eclectic shops for that special gift. Book your stay at Magnolia Springs Bed and Breakfast for an unforgettable weekend. A couple dining suggestions:

 Jesses Restaurant

Wash House Restaurant

Bellingrath Gardens Magic Christmas in Lights

The B&B near Fairhope and Gulf Shores will remain open for  Thanksgiving and Christmas this year 2010. We will only be closed  Jan 2-16 as we do every year for spring cleaning. Normal business will resume on Jan 17, 2011. Several reservations have already been made over the past few days. The home will be “decked” out for Christmas including a 14-ft tree shimmering with all glass ornaments. Jesse’s Restaurant {within walking distance}  will also be open on Thanksgiving Day offering a special menu for the holiday!

The holiday tradition continues as Bellingrath Gardens & Home celebrates Magic Christmas in Lights.  Stroll through over 3 million sparkling lights and over 928 displays throughout the 65 acre Garden estate.  The Bellingrath Home is decorated in its holiday finery and poinsettias encompass the Gardens.  Nightly choral performances are held on the South Terrace of the Bellingrath Home.

November 26 – December 31, 2010     Closed December 25th

St Pauls Episcopal Chapel Market Day

Don’t miss this Magnolia Springs craft, foodie event, Nov 5 & 6,2010. Always the best vendors, frozen casseroles, lunch and Christmas gifts. Football will be on at Jesse’s & The Cold Hole  to entertain the husbands.

 In 1902 St Pauls Episcopal Chapel was built from pine timber taken from where it now resides. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places & the Baldwin County Historic Development Commission.

All within walking distance of the B&B. The sandy beaches of Gulf Shores & Orange Beach and Fort Morgan are near only a short drive away.

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Five Star TripAdvisor Reviews Rating

Magnolia Springs Bed & Breakfast, an Alabama bed and breakfast inn so recently received notification from TripAdvisor acknowledging the accomplishment for achieving a perfect          “5 Star” rating solely based on reviews submitted by you, our most valued guests. Due to your efforts, this maintains us as the #1 B&B in Alabama.

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Now we can feel most comfortable to host the likes of Madonna, Justin Timberlake or even Lady GaGa. Thanks everybody!

Pristine Beaches and Perfect Weather

Plan a trip down here now! It just does not get any better than this! The next couple of weeks are promising with great weather, highs in the lower 80’s and lows in the mid 60’s, little to no crowds, no lines at restaurants, no traffic to deal with, just perfect all around! 

After months of not going to the beach, Eric and I finally got a chance to visit Gulf Shores, Orange Beach & Fort Morgan on Monday and Tuesday of this week, October 18th and 19th. We are here to say that this is the time you need to schedule a trip down here to stay with us! The weather is perfect with the highs in the low 80’s, low humidity, plenty of sunshine, just wispy clouds to soften the sunlight, no sweating at all and warm clear aqua blue waters. It is perfect beach weather! We are most happy to report that even down Fort Morgan where we send most all our guests to the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, the sand quality is “Destin like”. The sand is beautiful, clean, soft, debris and tar free. Our beaches are in better condition than we have experienced in years! We are delighted. And one of the coolest things is we were the only ones out there! 

You know those pictures you see of a couple or family enjoying the beach with no one in sight? Well that is exactly how it was. Just us and the environment was all there was. So not only perfect weather and clean beaches, but limited people to share it with!

Jon Bon Jovi & Brad Paisley Concerts

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The Jon Bon Jovi and Brad Paisley Concerts were a complete success last weekend. To be on Gulf Shores beach and  hear a concert is something many of us have never experienced and was absolutely spectacular. On Friday the shoulder-to-shoulder crowd seemed to love Gulf Shores and so did the New Jersey rocker Jon Bon Jovi. Judging from the crowds the goal of 35,000 on the sugar white sands was well within reach. In-between songs Bon Jovi reached out to the crowd and said, “Out on the beach in Alabama on a Friday night! Are you with me out there?” The deafening reaction from the sprawling crowd was a pure sign of agreement. The unity displayed in that one moment resonated with vacationers and locals alike! With occupancy rates reported in the 80 to 90 percent across the coast for the weekend it was a much needed boost to our local economy.

The logistics of the event was a key point of improvement after Jimmy Buffet’s summer concert, the first of a four part series. Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft said, “The good thing about this one is we knew what we were doing. Last time we thought we knew. There’s a big difference.” Our guests commented on how well the events were organized and executed. The last of the series will be Alan Jackson at the Wharf Saturday October 30th.

The best thing it did is help us with the “perceptions” that the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has ruined our beaches. BP has been hard at work to clean our beaches. I and thousands of others saw first hand how clean everything really is. I personally have not seen the beaches in this good a shape in years. The sand is “Destin like” sand. The color and feel and has not been this great in years. Many years of hurricanes churning up the beach in addition to dredging and re-nourishing projects had left us with many pieces of shells and other tiny debris. Now it is once again soft to walk on, beautiful white and squeaky clean!

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