Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Gainesville Getaway

For our seven year anniversary, Eric and I had a wonderful little getaway in Gainesville, Florida. We stayed two nights at the lovely Sweetwater Branch Inn Bed and Breakfast. Our accommodations were in the Isadora Room within the fabulous McKenzie House. The room was gorgeous and perfect. I had no hand in selecting the room or activities we would undertake. Eric made all the arrangements, selections, and had a couple surprises for me. He did a marvelous job.

As this post could be come very long with descriptions and pictures, I have decided to break it up into four segments over the next few days. So, keep checking back!

Front door to the McKenzie House. Built in 1885. Restored in 1993

The McKenzie House. Our room was on the third floor with the turret windows.

Brew your own tea in one of the adorable tea pots in the breakfast room,
located in the Cushman House. I positively adore having tea.
Alone or with friends. It's relaxing and delicious.

Part of the breakfast bar in the Cushman House. The Cushman House
was also built in 1885 and restored in 1993. I really like the citrus press in
the corner. Eric squeezed fresh oranges both mornings for me.

The stove breakfast was made on in the Cushman House. I absolutely love
this type of stove. I want one. My mother always cooked on a
gas stove during my childhood in Honduras.
Cornelia owns and runs the Sweetwater Branch Inn. Every morning
she served us breakfast. She was delightful, as was the rest of the staff.
Her mother owns Selva Verde Eco Lodge in Costa Rica. Having lived in
Costa Rica myself for three years I was excited to exchange stories with her.

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