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“An unexpected find” 5 of 5 stars
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803 Port Leon Drive, P.O. Box 55, Saint Marks, FL 32355   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Saint Marks B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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“An unexpected find”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

The reason we call this "an unexpected find" is that after driving through a fairly remote part of the upper West Coast and just into the Panhandle of Florida, and finding St. Marks to be a VERY small town, we would not really have expected to find lodging, especially such a wonderful b&b! We arrived late on a Sunday afternoon in time to hear the owner, Andy, and another musician playing and singing blues/jazz in the lobby, while listeners (some inn guests, some locals) sipped wine or sangria OR had the choice of three dinner items prepared by co-owner and Andy's wife, Denise. Denise also provided complimentary wine and cheese for us upon arrival. She is an incredibly versatile and attentive innkeeper. I was in awe of her energy and she was so good-natured despite all the hats she was wearing that afternoon! The music was really good and the guys were obviously enjoying entertaining us. Our room, upstairs on the back side of the house was huge, very nicely decorated, and had everything we needed. The bathroom was spacious with good countertop space and had a jacuzzi tub and separate shower room. We were on a long road trip and the draw to St. Marks for us was the biking trail that goes to Tallahassee. Unfortunately, weather did not cooperate for us to do that, so we moved on the next morning. We highly recommend a stop at St. Marks and this b&b if you find yourself in that area!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Denisewaters940, Owner at Sweet Magnolia Inn Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, July 24, 2013
Hey guys, what a wonderful review. Andy is always in his element at the piano when wearing his "entertainer hat". We so enjoyed your visit with us and hope you will make us a part of your regular travels. Hope to see you soon.

Denise and Andy
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Austin, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

This was just a one night stopover on the way south, but I'll definitely come back if I'm ever in the area. There's plenty of parking, and the room and bathroom were both large. The innkeepers thoughtfully left me a cheese and fruit plate in the mini fridge and the next morning's breakfast was huge and tasty. If you're in the area, don't miss it!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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denise w, Owner at Sweet Magnolia Inn Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Thank you so very much. So happy you had a pleasant stay. We hope to see you again soon:)

Denise and Andy
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Melbourne, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

Since discovering the Sweet Magnolia last November we have returned to visit our boat in progress @ Shields Marina on eight occasions. During the recent two to four day visits we have continued to be impressed by our gracious Hosts, Denise and Andy along with the staff of the Sweet Magnolia. The property is awakening with spring flora, the ponds are beautiful and the whole experience is special. St. Marks is so rich in Florida's history, you should go!

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Denisewaters940, Owner at Sweet Magnolia Inn Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
Oh my!! Janie Mae, what best friends you have become. It takes us 3 days to recover from your visits. (Side splitting laughter). We are family. See you soon.

Honey Child and Juicy:)
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

What a memorable time we had. 3 couples coming from 3 different parts of Florida looking for a quite and relaxing meeting place. We found it! The 2nd week of the new owners. The whole experience was wonderful. Accommodations, Breakfast, Atmosphere. We were ask prior to arrival what the women preferred and what the men preferred. Awaiting was a pitcher good homemade Sangria and iced down was complimentary the brand of beer each of the men drank. Each room has its own character. Walking distance to the store and restaurants. The koi pond and gazebo in the back has an area where you can grill and cook out. This place is a Hidden Treasure.

Room Tip: Top right hand corner. Quite and a nice large jacuzzi.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Denisewaters940, Owner at Sweet Magnolia Inn Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, May 12, 2014
Thank you so much for a wonderful review. We really enjoyed having you as our guests and hope you will visit again soon.

Denise and Andy
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Crawfordville, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

What a Gem! Everything it should be with an extra helping of charm and elegance. The rooms are comfortable, without being fussy, romantic and charming. Clean, relaxing, entertaining, and the food is superb. Southern food and hospitality at it's finest.There is a small fenced garden with a koi pond and gazebo in the back that offers comfortable seating and a quit spot to read or relax with friends. Activities are readily available,Fishing, boating, bicycling, available from the Inn for a flat and inexpensive rate, or just walking.The ride or a walk is easy going with new sidewalks and the bike trail readily accessible. A small town rich in history. St. Marks has a marina, a Public park with a public boat ramp. and 2 restaraunts one of which offers live entertainment dockside. Sunrise and sunsets weave magic colors across the St.Marks river. Altogether a wonderful experience no matter what age. This is a must stay must see town and B&B for any tourist or traveller.

Room Tip: All rooms are equally charming and well equipped. The 2nd floor rooms have access to a sunny screene...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Denisewaters940, Owner at Sweet Magnolia Inn Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, December 12, 2012
Thank you much for such a wonderful review. We certainly enjoyed your visit with us and hope that you will consider staying with us in the future.

Denise and Andy
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Melbourne, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

Finding the Sweet Magnolia Inn & Owners Denise and Andy has truly been a joy. We are having a motor vessel remodeled at Shield's Marina in St Marks. The Inn has been our home away from home for several days and visits in November 2012, and definitely will be home until our boat is finished! The themed rooms are very unique, spacious and comfortable, with common areas of porches and gardens that are inviting during your stay.
There are many special touches at the Sweet Magnolia that are exclusive to the very personal service provided by Denise and Andy, when you are a guest, you will as we do feel like family.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Denisewaters940, Owner at Sweet Magnolia Inn Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, May 12, 2014
Thank you for such a wonderful review. We feel the same way about our wonderful guests and hope you will visit again soon.

Denise and Andy
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Niceville
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

We are locals, now living just north of Destin, FL and we went to St. Marks last month - Sept 2012 - for a "lighthouse look-see" and a convertible drive down and up US 98 looking at the barrier islands, etc. St. Marks was cute and the Sweet Magnolia Inn was a real treat! I selected it from a TripAdvisor review, and was very glad I did. Denise and Andy Waters just took over this place about 5-6 months ago. (Older reviews may no longer be pertinent.) Very nice place - quaint, nice bedrooms (very comfortable!)...nice front porch on the main road, and ONLY about 2 blocks from a nice (local) seafood place on the river with a good (read - loud) country rock band (on a Saturday night). The real treat, though, was (besides the carafe of wine Denise provided along with a little cheese and cracker appetizer on arrival) that her husband Andy was on the front porch playing jazz on an electric keyboard with a friend of his from Tallahassee, Don Juan. (Go figure with that name...) Anyway Don had "brought his music along" that Saturday - apparently they get together regularly - and Don was playing with Andy on his trumpet and his fluegelhorn. We had a very nice informal private jazz concert on the front porch for a couple of hours Saturday afternoon! What a nice serendipitous anniversary treat! I would highly recommend this place. If you go there, perhaps you will luck out and find Andy jammin' with Don "Juan" or another of his musician friends. Andy made a GREAT breakfast as we left on Sunday, especially the cheese grits. Kudos to Denise and Andy for their effort to keep a nice little place like this alive, and thanks for a memorable experience and a pleasant stay.

Room Tip: 3 or 4 of the bedrooms (all?) have nice 4-poster beds and jacuzzi baths - quaint old house. Nice am...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Denisewaters940, Owner at Sweet Magnolia Inn Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, December 12, 2012
Thank you so much for your review of the Inn. Andy and I greatly appreciate and value your business . We look forward to another visit soon. You can check out some of our upcoming specials at bedandbreakfast.com
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Address: 803 Port Leon Drive, P.O. Box 55, Saint Marks, FL 32355
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Saint Marks
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Saint Marks
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6

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