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Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns Association

Byron McCutchen, President

106 S 4th Avenue

Wauchula, FL

877.303.FBBI (3224)




MARCH 1, 2010




Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns Association Leads the Industry


The Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns Association, Florida’s best source for finding Bed and Breakfast Inns is proud to announce that Patricia Detwiler, previous President of the association is now their new Managing Director. 


Patricia has been the President of Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns for the past 3 years and previous to that, Treasurer.  She has been actively involved in evolving this organization into one of the best state associations in the country.  She has gained a deserved reputation for being an industry leader and bringing widespread recognition to Florida.


As President, Patricia learned that independent Bed and Breakfast Inns profit from having a group association to lead the way with setting high standards, professionalism, creating new programs, informing on new technology, new web design, education and marketing power that individual inns benefit from.


 Looking to the future, Patricia will focus on expanding membership as well as, establishing relationships with vendors that will help inns be more successful.  Creating new revenue streams, working with other state associations and help bring global distribution systems technology to the independent innkeeper are a few of her objectives for this year.  In this tough economy we need to work together to accomplish much. This year Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns Association will host a Conference in Orange Park, Fl. for Member and Non-Member Inns to continue education in this ever-changing industry.


This past year, Patricia Detwiler, accepted the Main Street Merit Award in recognition of Outstanding Business of the Year by Florida Main Street for her contribution to the Wauchula Main Street efforts of creating their now regular Friday Night Live Event and The Quilter’s Inn Bed and Breakfast located on Wauchula Main Street, her own Bed and Breakfast.


Among other accomplishments, the Florida Freshwater Frontier took the Shop Downtown Brochure created by Patricia Detwiler for Wauchula, FL.  to a conference they were hosting in New Orleans as an example of how a small town working together can turn the tide and come back to life after a serious hurricane.  Wauchula, Fl. was hit by Hurricane Charley, Francis and Jean in 2004.


You can find out more information about Patricia Detwiler and the Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns Association at or call 863.767.8989 for information about The Quilter’s Inn Bed and Breakfast in Wauchula, FL.



Press Releases From Our Members:

RELEASE DATE: March 23rd, 2010      CONTACT: Blair Mullins, Manager
Telephone: 352-375-6653
The Magnolia Plantation turns 125 years old and the owners celebrate their 20 years as Innkeepers

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –Joe and Cindy Montalto are happy to announce that The Baird Mansion, which is home to The Magnolia Plantation Bed & Breakfast Inn will celebrate it's 125 year birthday.  Also, the owners of this award winning Inn will be celebrating their 20 year anniversary as Innkeepers. 

Joe and Cindy Montalto purchased the Baird Mansion in 1990 and opened Gainesville's first Bed and Breakfast Inn; The Magnolia Plantation Bed & Breakfast Inn.  The house was built in 1885 and is a French Second Empire Structure.  It is the only style of it's kind in Gainesville and there are very few in the South East.  Cindy and Joe rescued the historic home from 30 years of student/hippie habitation in the middle of a neglected neighborhood.  The property has an interesting history including everything from a Pirate Treasure Legend to being the center of East Coast hippie culture in the early 1970's as described in a book written by a Berkley Professor  who describes his "experimentation experiences" , while living in the house, in a book called "Babblings of a Man Going Sane".  The property now enjoys the designation of Gainesville's Bed and Breakfast District with other Inns opening in recent years.

There are other inns that have been operating longer than the Magnolia Plantation but none with the same innkeepers.  According to industry standards, the life expectancy of an Innkeeper is 3-6 years before turning the property over.  Joe and Cindy Montalto have been operating their Inn for 20 years.

Both the Inn's birthday and the Innkeepers anniversary is much cause for celebration.

Beginning in May, 2010, there will be a year-long celebration with monthly anniversary/birthday parties.  Joe and Cindy feel that anyone who can last as long as they have and any house that can survive as long as the Baird Mansion has; deserves to have a year-long party.

For information regarding the celebrations, please contact Blair Mullins or Cindy Montalto at 352-375-6653

Bed and Breakfast Media Resources:

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