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Sweetwater Branch Inn

Whether you’re visiting Gainesville from out of town, or a local looking for the perfect ‘staycation’ getaway, the Sweetwater Branch Inn should be at the top of your list for accommodations! Built in the late 1800s, the Inn is a complex of two restored Victorian-era mansions (the McKenzie House and the Cushman-Colson House), guest cottages, a reception hall, and sculptured gardens.

The beautifully decorated and historically preserved property is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and provides guests a cozy alternative to a hotel stay. The Cushman-Colson House, built in 1885, is one of the original Gainesville homes that lined old Alachua Avenue, now known as University Avenue. Built in 1895, the McKenzie House is known for being one of the most elaborate Victorian buildings in Gainesville.

Each of the 20 luxury guest suites and cottages have their own unique look and some rooms have additional beds, Jacuzzis, and private sitting rooms. All guests are invited to daily homemade breakfast spreads, as well as a complimentary wine and cheese hour in the evening.

The Sweetwater Branch Inn is located at 625 E. University Avenue; right in the middle of historic downtown Gainesville and just a few blocks away from local shops and restaurants. For a $15 fee, guests can enjoy the Downtown Gainesville Bike Ride package and explore all that downtown has to offer.

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