Welcome to Magnolia Oaks

The Inn at Magnolia Oaks, ”A Romantic Dahlonega Bed & Breakfast.”

Innkeepers Terry and Marie Dawson have created a unique blend of old and new that allows visitors to enjoy the grace and romance of another time with all the modern conveniences of today.  Located on Dahlonega’s doorsteps and just minutes from Cleveland, Helen, and Gainesvlle, the inn is in the middle of everything and just far enough away for that special get-away.  Visitors are greeted with beautiful gardens, white columns and a wrap-around porch.  Elegance and period charm blend beautifully to create an atmosphere that is romantic and welcoming.  A library with a fireplace and overstuffed chairs invite you to curl up with a good book; while the ladies’ parlor is ready for tea or a game of cards.  Four uniquely decorated and furnished guest suites upstairs wrap around a central hall and guest lounge where complimentary beverages and snacks are always available.  Each room is named for one set of the Dawson’s grandparents and designed with guest comfort in mind.

What guests are saying

“A Bed and Breakfast You Don’t Want to Miss – Where do we start? The luxurious rooms, the delicious food, or the hospitality and graciousness of Terry and Marie? We have stayed at many bed and breakfasts over the years but none have come close to the experience we had at The Inn at Magnolia Oaks in Clermont, GA.”

-Darrell & Renee Richards, Kentucky

“The Dawson’s agree that true southern hospitality, the kind that is passed down from generation to generation, comes naturally for them and everything they do is designed to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.  Complimentary luxury amenities set them apart from typical hotel accommodations – a complimentary glass of wine in the evening with some cheese, or maybe you prefer a handful of Marie’s Tea Cookies.  They just melt in your mouth.

Recently, after a week of wedding events, my bride and I arrived at a beautiful B & B in Northern Georgia.  We were tired and worn out.  The B & B, Magnolia Oaks, was elegant and peaceful.  The owners, Terry and Marie, were warm and welcoming.  After a brief rest, we joined them for a wondrous evening of great conversation.  As we talked, Susan and I could feel the tension slip away.  It was the perfect conclusion to a perfect week.  Ahhhhhh.”

      It occurred to me that Terry and Marie are in neither the bed nor the breakfast business.  Their “product” can best be described as “peace,” “escape,” “rest and recovery.”  While their sweeping Southern-style mansion is charming and beautiful, it is Terry and Marie’s astute attention to service and their ability to anticipate their guests’ needs, giving them an opportunity to relax and enjoy being pampered, that is their key to the success of The Inn at Magnolia Oaks.”

From John Ingrisano’s blog:  Thursday Biz Thought:  The AHHHH Factor!  (john@thefreestyleentrepreneur.com)
What Business Are You Really In?


Did you know that more than 75% of our guests in the past year stayed with us to celebrate their anniversary? In 2013, we want to make your anniversary even more special by providing a unique gift just for you.

About the InnKeepers

Terry and Marie Dawson spent five years traveling to prestigious Bed and Breakfasts (B&B) to learn from the best in the industry before opening Northeast Georgia’s most romantic bed-and-breakfast, The Inn at Magnolia Oaks, in May 2012.

Terry’s background in management and Marie’s extensive resume as an interior designer and educator coupled with their passion for Southern hospitality lent them the ability to transform their beautiful home into Northeast Georgia’s most romantic bed & breakfast.

Our spacious retreat will usher guests back to a simpler time of  visiting on porch swings with ice-cold lemonade. We welcome the opportunity to pamper visitors at our picturesque home.

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History of the Inn

The Inn at Magnolia Estates was built to replicate the lavish Southern estate that generations of Marie’s family made their home.

The original house was built in Mississippi in 1890 with almost 5,000 square feet on the main floor and unfinished bedrooms on the vast second floor. Wide porches wrapped the house with shade while tall ceilings, windows and transoms above the doors let in the cooling Southern breeze. Every room had a custom made mantel with Italian tile surrounding the fireplace openings.  The house was built of heart pine, but the floors in the front rooms were oak.

Marie’s  family weathered the Great Depression there and although there was never a great surplus of cash, they always had plenty to eat.  They raised chickens, cows, and pigs and always tended a large vegetable garden.  During World War II they supervised a commercial garden at the airbase in Grenada that grew vegetables for all the men on the base. The wonderful porches at the house served as a classroom to teach local women how to can and preserve food for their homes.

In the 1950s the childhood home of Marie’s father became the vacation destination of a new generation. The home was the centerpiece of what was a “Disneyland” experience for children growing up in suburban neighborhoods.  Days were spent feeding chickens, chasing piglets, or riding the Shetland pony, Cocoa, purchased especially for the grandchildren.  Evenings were spent in one of the porch swings listening to the grown-ups talk about times past and relatives long gone while the children watched fireflies light up the night.

When it came time to build the Dawson’s “dream house,” Marie wanted to recreate that haven. Marie used her training as an interior designer to draw the plans for what would become Magnolia Oaks.  Since the original house had burned sometime in 1980, she interviewed her father and uncle to gain more insight about dimensions and features.

Terry and Marie purchased property in 2005 and began clearing out the thicket of undergrowth.  They discovered a church bus, an old car, and a 1940s mobile home. After all of these were hauled off, they were able to save six large oak trees and a beautiful Southern magnolia – hence the name “Magnolia Oaks”.

Filled with rich family history, this new house has old bones and time-honored family traditions to share with all who visit there. Marie is an avid historian and will regale interested guests with fascinating stories of generations past.

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Food & Friends

Mornings at Magnolia Oaks begin with your favorite beverage waiting for you just ourside your door.  Breakfast is served in the formal dining room or at a table for two in the parlor or on the front porch.  It is a truly indulgent experience.  “Our intent is to treat you like a king or queen while you are our guest,” says Innkeeper Terry Dawson, “and what better way than to begin your day with a delicious three-course southern gourmet breakfast?  After all, breakfast is half our name!”


Dahlonega Delights – Mini Cream Cheese Blintzes

2 egg yolks

½ c sugar

1 tsp vanilla

2 sticks butter (melted)

1 c brown sugar

1 tsp cinnamon


Blend cream cheese, egg yolks, sugar and vanilla. Use scissors to cut crusts from bread and roll as thin as possible with rolling pin. Spread each slice of bread with a thin layer of cream cheese mixture. Roll up bread slice (jelly roll fashion) and place seam side down in glass pyrex dish. Brush with melted butter (coat thoroughly) and then sprinkle with the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze. Remove from freezer and cut in half. Toast in 350 oven for 13 minutes. (After frozen, these may be stored in zip-loc bags for several.

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Breakfast at the Inn

Your breakfast experience begins from the moment you awake. Just let us know what wakes you up – coffee, tea or even Mountain Dew – and your favorite morning beverage will be waiting right outside the door.

You can anticipate a fabulously delicious experience as wonderful smells waft upstairs. We spoil our guests lavishly, beginning with our three-course Southern gourmet breakfast. The first course includes fresh fruit and homemade breads or muffins, followed by an entrée course. To finish, savor our custom-blend coffee in a china cup along with your breakfast dessert.

We buy locally and in season at the Inn to give our guests an amazing culinary experience. Our dairy products are provided by Mountain Fresh Creamery, a local company who boasts the slogan “Our milk is so fresh even the cows don’t know it’s gone!”

Jaemor Farms provides amazing peach preserves made from their locally grown Georgia peaches and our fresh herbs, vegetables and fruits are either grown right on the property or purchased from local farmers.

Be sure to check out our Seasonal Recipes that include guest favorites such as Marie’s famous Tea Cookies, Hot Magnolia, White Sangria, Vicksburg Tomato Sandwiches and more!

Location, Location

Gold . . . wine . . . and waterfalls . . . are here for you.
“Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, a soothing escape, an outdoor adventure or a stroll down memory lane – Dahlonega offers visitors a unique experience.  Families, sports enthusiasts, history buffs and discriminating travelers can use Dahlonega as a home base for all attractions in the Northeast Georgia Mountain region.”

“Waterfalls provide a fascination to many people, and they are one of the major attractions of north Georgia.  But what makes that so?  What is it about watching water tumble over rocks  . . . that almost hypnotizes?  The lure of waterfalls may be the power of the water crashing down, through and over the rocks contrasted with the gentleness of the water’s flow when it reaches the poool at the bottom.  Maybe the beautiful tranquil landscape that shelters the waterfalls call to visitors.” (from Jack Anthony’s book, Waterfalls of North Georgia, Introduction)
reprinted with permission from the author)


Historic Dahlonega

“Once you’ve seen the best of what the Southern Appalachians have to offer – sparkling rivers, panoramic mountain vistas, clean air, and abundant wildlife – it’s no wonder you want to stay.  Take all that natural wonder, add in a location that connects our area to cosmopolitan Atlanta, a booming economy, true Southern hospitality, and convenient community amenities, and you have the perfect place to live and play.”

Dahlonega, Heart of North Georgia Mountains Magazine

Local Wineries

We have a lot of local wineries. Click here to read a list of them.

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Seasonal Festivals

Join us this weekend at Clermont Days, celebrating the heritage of Clermont, Georgia.  The Inn at Magnolia will have a visible presence the the Clermont Historical Society booth and is raffling off a free weekend at the inn as a benefit to the society.  Hope to see you there!

Locate Us

6210 Dahlonega Hwy

Clermont, GA 30527

Phone: 770.540.8536

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