Magnolia Springs

magnolia springs jesses restaurantYou can reach Magnolia Springs via Highway 98 whether traveling east from Fairhope or west from Foley. Off Highway 98 in Magnolia Springs take 49 South (between Exxon & Pure Gas Stations). Approximately 4 blocks down take a right onto Oak Street (between the Moore Bros. Village Market and the Magnolia Springs Community Center). Magnolia Springs Bed & Breakfast is about 2/10 mile on the right.
Details: Magnolia Springs B&B 800-965-7321 or Jesse’s Restaurant 251-965-3826.

Tucked just 20 miles from the Gulf of Mexico and the hustle and bustle of the Alabama Gulf Coast is Magnolia Springs, one of the most serene locations on earth.

Magnolia Springs Oak St.Renowned authors such as Winston Groome and Fannie Flagg and articles in high profile magazines such as Southern Living have helped put the tiny community on the world’s map.

“This entire community is just wonderful,” said David Worthington, the proprietor of the picturesque Magnolia Springs Bed and Breakfast and the community’s unofficial spokesperson. “To me, Magnolia Springs offers a peaceful haven. The only thing you hear here is the sound nature and your feet hitting the pavement.”

The fragrant community lush with all kinds of vegetation, is nestled by the Magnolia River which feeds into Weeks Bay and then Mobile Bay.

majnolia springs jesse's groceryBesides the bed and breakfast, the community offers a small and interesting general store filled with home-style canned good, fresh fruits, vegetables, wines, cheeses and meats. Next door is Jesse’s Restaurant where Worthington says the chef got his experience with the James Beard Foundation which was started by Julia Child. The restaurant specializes in steaks and seafood cooked with a New Orleans flair.

If you are looking for a romantic getaway – or better yet – want to keep the grandchildren for a night or two – and send your child and significant other away for a peaceful night, the bed and breakfast offers a variety of package deals throughout the year.

Two-night romance packages complete with champagne, flowers, candles and a three-course breakfast in a deluxe room starts at $439. Adventure-seekers can take advantage of Hot Air Balloon or Bird of Paradise packages. Prices vary.