Sweet Gum Bottom: A Serene Vacation Spot in Alabama

Unlike most hotels, the relaxing accommodations at our bed and breakfast in Andalusia, AL are not limited to our beautiful guestrooms. Guests are encouraged to take full advantage of our common areas as well! Sweet Gum Bottom Bed and Breakfast is the ideal Alabama vacation spot, offering a never-ending list of activities in the area, such as hiking the Conecuh Trail in Conecuh National Forest or boating, swimming, and fishing in Frank Jackson State Park or on the Gantt Reservoir. However, you are more than welcome to stay at the inn and just relax. Feel free to stroll our 12 private wooded acres and our lovely landscaped grounds, take a rest in the hammock under the oak tree, or enjoy a warm drink beside our outdoor gas fire pit. After all, the best vacation spot is the one where you can “just be!”

A brief history about us…

We opened our bed and breakfast in September of 2001. NOT a good time to open a lodging facility due to the events that took place in that month and year. During the course of the following weeks and months, we decided to not only have overnight guests but to include dinners and Christmas parties. In doing so, we had a great influx of dinner guests and local overnight guest. So many, in fact, that we had to take a step back to determine if we wanted to be a B&B or a Restaurant. We chose to be a B&B. And we are thankful to this day that we made that choice! 

As a side note, during this time, we developed our personal steak marinade. With encouragement from guests and locals, we decided to make it available across the counter and to the masses! Lollie O’s Marinade is available in many stores throughout the Southeast and online. When given lemons…make lemonade or in our case…sweet tea!!!!
Having said all of this, we are happy to have the life we have been given and the opportunity to meet so many nice people! Our mission (if we had to have one only one) is to lead a simply and quiet life. And this is the perfect place to do it! We invite you to come relax and get away from all of the stress that surrounds you and to renew your soul in a peaceful atmosphere.
Keeping it “real” at Sweet Gum Bottom Bed and Breakfast.
Laura and Ricky Oswald


In the South, we treasure our time spent on the front porch. Settle in with a cool beverage and a good book; gather with friends for a good time of reminiscing and catching up; or snuggle with your sweetheart. No place is better than a well-designed, well-used porch!