Sweet Inns and Alabama Getaways

Everyone knows the skies of Alabama are so blue, thanks to Lynyrd Skynyrd. But you can only truly know how sweet Alabama can be by visiting the state and taking in true Southern innkeeper hospitality. 

From the natural scenery to the bustling cities, Alabama has much to offer to visitors. Relaxing inns boast a multitude of romantic packages and luxurious rooms. Intimate weddings, quiet mornings, and afternoon teatime are all available to you. Visit one of these inns for a sweet Alabama getaway.
Let the sweet sounds of nature wake you on the sleeping porch at Longing for Home Bed and Breakfast in Rogersville. The natural setting continues in the breakfast room with three walls of floor-to-ceiling windows. A tasty treat will be waiting in your room upon your arrival. Spend a fragrant afternoon among the flowers at the Huntsville Botanical Garden. (Be sure to look for my Aunt Dottie Dale's garden dedicated to her by her husband Bill.)
For a completely different flavor of inn, try the sweet relaxation of a soak in a private whirlpool tub in your Lodge at Gorham’s Bluff suite. In Pisgah, the blue and green landscape of mountains, rivers, and fields appears to stretch on forever. Tantalizing oversized cookies complete the gourmet box lunches from the dining room. Have a wedding at the inn and say your vows above the clouds in the Overlook Pavilion.
Scones and more than 100 varieties of loose-leaf tea will make for a pleasant Alabama afternoon at the Smith-Byrd House in Prattville. The RoyalTea and Tea Rose guest rooms continue the sweet theme. Add a bit of a savory California twist to your traditional southern breakfast each morning. While situated in the Deep South, this inn is located in a New England style village.
The name says it all at Sweet Gum Bottom Bed and Breakfast in Andalusia. What could be better than lazing the day away on a hammock under an oak tree. Soothing music may be coming from one of the many pianos at the inn. Perhaps you will taste sweet victory during the annual World Championship Domino Tournament. 
Another sweetly named inn can be found in Alexander City. Mistletoe Bough brings to mind happy memories of holidays past as you relax in this property in the National Register of Historic Places. Nibble on a delectable dessert each evening while sitting on the wrap-around veranda. Walk downtown from the Queen Anne mansion to visit an original soda fountain.
Add salty sea air to your sweet trip with a stay at The Original Romar House in Orange Beach. Sunlight sparkles through stained glass windows in the guest rooms and you can collect seashells, swim in the pool, or curl up on a hammock. Show your special someone how much you care by requesting a rose bouquet for your room.
Attention to historical detail adds to the ambiance of the Columbiana Inn. Soothing hues in the Purple Haze Room provide a calming sensation as you drift off to sleep. A local squirrel found the turret to be so sweet that he tried to take up residence until finding a nearby pecan tree. You can relive simpler times in the small town of Columbiana.
Begin a lifetime with your sweetheart at the Cabin at the Lodge in Hayden. Nestled in a wooded area, guests may see local wildlife while rocking on the porch. Say your vows under the cedar log gazebo, dance the night away on the stone patio, then snuggle in the cabin. Weddings booked before October will receive a ten percent discount.
The Crenshaw Guest House in Auburn has hosted many Nobel Laureates. Guests are also drawn to this Victorian inn by the gingerbread trim and tasteful period décor. Mornings are a sweet time to sit in the Garden Room overlooking the old well house and small pond. Walk to Auburn University and the shops in downtown Auburn. 
Host a sweet birthday celebration or family reunion at Red Bluff Cottage Bed and Breakfast in Montgomery. Let them do the planning while you enjoy the day. Walk to the First White House of the Confederacy, the Hank Williams Museum, and the Riverwalk Amphitheater from this downtown inn. Return in the evening to a romantic rose petal turndown service.
Deborah Sakach