Sweetwater Branch Inn

Two-Night Stay for Two with Wine, Chocolates, and a Picnic at Sweetwater Branch Inn in Florida

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Romantic Bed and Breakfast with Victorian Suites and Tropical Gardens

Throughout the year, wedding parties pass by ivy-laced trellises and koi-pond bridges on their way to the McKenzie Gardens, part of the tropical landscape that covers the Sweetwater Branch Inn's estate. Amid stone fountains and white cherub statues, couples exchange their vows in a historical, idyllic setting. Toward the north end of the property, two Victorian mansions painted in peach and powder blue look down on East University Avenue, one of the first residential roads built in Gainesville. Dating back as far as 1885, these homes exude the beauty and southern charm seen throughout the bed and breakfast.

The gardens, a pond, and an octagonal gazebo surround the 1895-built McKenzie House, which houses five individually appointed rooms enhanced with modern amenities. An Italian high-back love seat in Julia's Room evokes formal Victorian style, and glass tiles glisten in a 1930s walk-in shower. Just outside the stained-glass windows of Luisa's Room, a private six-foot jacuzzi soothes those taking a dip under the stars and melts advancing snowman burglars. Antique light fixtures illuminate seven guest rooms in the Cushman House, including the Tea Rose room with an Italian chandelier and an oak mantel fireplace.

Every morning, Sweetwater owner Cornelia Holbrook and reservations manager Rhea Looney prepare signature southern breakfasts complete with french-toast casseroles and homemade granola. Guests can press their own fresh orange juice in the Cushman dining room or savor meals on the enclosed front porch. Around the corner, a red brick courtyard serves as a quiet spot for sampling complimentary wine and chocolates.

Gainesville, Florida: World-Class Museums, Historical College Buildings, and Legendary Sports Facilities

Located in the northern part of the state, Gainesville resides in the middle of several Florida destinations, about a two-hour drive from Orlando, St. Augustine, Tampa, and Jacksonville. Whether on store windows, car bumpers, or ubiquitous sportswear, the Gator logo is impossible to avoid in Gainesville, home to the University of Florida, the sixth largest campus in the country. Affectionately known as "The Swamp," the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium is electric during home football games, when more than 90,000 fans painted in orange and blue perform the Gator Chomp and flawlessly recite every word of the Florida Constitution.

Two miles from the Inn, the Century Tower presides over the heart of the campus, a 156-foot-tall Gothic carillon that serenades students with the "Florida Chimes" bell tune every quarter hour. On the west edge of campus, the Florida Museum of Natural History tells the story of the state's history with an award-winning exhibit of more than 500 fossils and Native American artifacts. Dotted with lush, tropical trees, cascading waterfalls, and pedestrian walkways, the museum's Butterfly Rainforest nourishes hundreds of international butterflies species.

What You Get

  • For $168, a two-night stay for two in any Cushman House or McKenzie House room, valid Sunday–Thursday
  • Or, for $205, a two-night stay for two in any Cushman House or McKenzie House room, valid on Friday and Saturday

    Included in both options:
  • Wine and chocolates
  • Picnic


  • Gourmet southern breakfast
  • Nightly wine and cheese hour
  • Tropical gardens
  • Bike rentals
  • Koi pond

The Fine Print

  • Not valid 3/9-3/10, 5/4-5/5, 8/31-9/1, 9/7-9/8, 9/21-9/22, 9/28-9/29, 10/5-10/6, 10/12-10/13, 10/19-10/20, 11/9-11/10, 11/16-11/17, 12/7-12/8, 12/14-12/15
  • Book by 12/21/12
  • Travel by 12/30/12
  • Limit 1/person, 1 more as gift
  • Limit 1/visit
  • Cancel policy: 3 day for weekday, 7 day for weekend, 30 day for holiday & UF events or fee of Groupon price applies; $10 fee for all cancels
  • Must be 18 to checkin; 21 to drink
  • Name on Groupon must match ID
  • Credit card req'd at checkin
  • 11.25% tax not included

Other Details

How To Book

  1. Purchase Groupon.
  2. Call Sweetwater Branch Inn by 12/21/12.
  3. Choose a date prior to 12/30/12.
  4. Mention your Groupon and provide your credit-card info.

Room Details

  • One queen-size bed
  • Standard occupancy: Two
  • Maximum occupancy: Two to four, depending on room
  • Adding occupants above standard: $25 per guest 6 and older, per night; $10 per guest 5 or younger, per night. Additional-occupant fees include breakfast.
  • Antique furnishings
  • Cable TV

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: Free
  • Rollaways: Available for an additional $25 per stay in select rooms
  • Smoking policy: No smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: Pets are not allowed in Groupon-valid rooms.
  • Accessibility: Handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: Customers may upgrade to a cottage for an up-charge at check in, based on availability.

What It's Worth

  • For $168, a two-night stay for two in any Cushman House or McKenzie House room, valid Sunday–Thursday (up to $290 value)
  • Or, for $205, a two-night stay for two in any Cushman House or McKenzie House room, valid on Friday and Saturday (up to $370 value)

    Included in both options:
  • Wine and chocolates ($25 value)
  • Picnic ($25 value)

    Total value: up to $420

Getting There

  • By plane: 5 miles from Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV)
  • By transit: RTS bus #25, Bed and Breakfast District stop
  • By shuttle: $15 one-way or $25 round-trip from GNV, available Monday–Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Customer Reviews

I liked the mini split heater / a/c, it makes keeping to room the perfect temperature that much easier. The breakfast was wonderful too. The mascot :Butterscotch' is adorable.
Dale S. · March 30, 2013
Good location, wonderful breakfast and a great room
Kathleen S. · March 11, 2013
The only comment we have is; Keep up the great work! We had a wonderful time!
Gregory B. · February 27, 2013
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