Garden Path Inn

305 N Main St P O Box 615, Columbia, AL 36319 USA (Show map)
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The Garden Path Inn Bed & Breakfast, a southern Alabama lodging option, is located in the historic Purcell-Killingsworth Home which was built in 1890. Our inn provides accommodations just 18 miles from Dothan, Alabama. Situated on the Chattahoochee River between Lake Eufaula and Lake Seminole, Columbia is centrally located within the Chattahoochee Trace of Alabama and Georgia. We invite you to come to the Garden Path Inn Bed & Breakfast and experience a slower rhythm of life, where your mind, body, and spirit can be restored, and romance renewed. Come experience the peace and tranquility of our front porch, where you can relax with a glass of cold lemonade or sweet tea. Comfortable sitting areas with wicker seating and rocking chairs are ready and waiting for you. Our heart’s desire is to provide a friendly, luxurious B&B experience for those looking for exceptional value in lieu of the traditional hotel experience. Our inn has four luxurious rooms for your choosing; with three of the rooms having king-size beds and the fourth a queen-size bed. Each room has been lovingly appointed to provide a place for rest and relaxation with your comfort in mind. Are you ready for a hearty, southern style breakfast especially prepared for you? Come hungry, stay long, and linger over conversation at the breakfast table. Special diets, including high-carb power-up options for our cycling enthusiasts, are offered upon request.



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  • Guest room5
  • Service5
  • Value5
  • Cleanliness5
  • Onsite Dining5

Classic Southern Hospitality Down by the River

5 on March 28, 2017

Stayed at Garden Path for a class reunion in southwest Georgia,just across the Chattahoochee River. Warm,welcoming reception with Gary and Diane, the owners. Rooms very comfortable,relaxing with all modern necessities(hi-speed internet,music,multi-media),in a beautiful Victorian home.Easy come and go on your own schedule,and Gary and Diane always there to welcome you back,and great conversationalist-had some really nice breakfast chats. Breakfast is a highlight of each day -delicious southern dishes for all tastes and dietary requirements. A great stay with two of the nicest people who really love making your stay welcoming, relaxing, and memorable. Definitely will return and hope others get to experience this jewel . Edward Hollington

A Traveller's Delight returning home

5 on April 16, 2016

While in the area where we grew up, my sister treated me to two nights at the Garden Path Inn which is the old Killingsworth Mansion... My best friend was a grandniece of the Killingsworth Mansion, and I had seen and been in the home before... The transformation was unbelievable... The artistic ability of the two people who have landscaped and decorated the inside, a husband and wife, is astounding... I have stayed at Bread & Breakfast Inns across the United States and overseas; thank you for restoring the old Killingsworth Mansion. The southern charm and history of the Victorian area has been captured and the food and pleasant conversation with the guests were enjoyable.

Southern Hospitality at it's best!!

5 on January 30, 2016

My friends and I have stayed at the Garden Path Inn twice and my family & I have a trip planned in the next few weeks. The Inn is beautiful, warm & welcoming and the innkeepers, Gary and Diane Norman, go above and beyond to provide scrumptious food and a memorable experience that will be treasured for years. Highly recommended for a great get-away!

Beautiful home, friendly innkeepers!

5 on February 18, 2015

We stayed here on our way to visit family right before Christmas. A little out of the way, but so worth it! The house was beautifully decorated for Christmas and every room was unique and had it's own tree. We stayed in the Lydia room, very comfortable bed and two bathrooms attached to the room. Also warm cookies waiting by the bed for our arrival. Unfortunately we did not get to spend more time at the house, arrived late and left right after breakfast the next morning, but our time there was very pleasant and we will definitely be returning in the future. Owners were very accommodating with any special requests regarding breakfast and arrival time. There was also inclement weather during the night and Gary came to check on us to make sure we were safe which meant a lot! Great people and amazing B&B! ~Lindsay and Hugo

Garden Path Inn Alabama Surprise

5 on July 25, 2012

Found this beautiful surprise last July just looking for somewhere to stay for one night while traveling near this area of lower Alabama. The house is just beautiful!!! Found the hosts to be warm, friendly. They made us feel so welcome. The breakfast was delicious and the hosts took the time to join us. If you travel this way or visiting Eufala, you will not be disappointed with a stay at the Garden Path Inn.

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Rooms & Rates

Ruth’s Suite

Decorated in deep blues, this suite features a king-size bed with a Euro pillow-top mattress, high thread-count linens, and soft, fluffy pillows. A quiet sitting area with two comfortable chairs and a small table provide an opportunity to just sit and talk over a cup of coffee, or spend time reading a good book. The en-suite bathroom is decorated in a Parisian theme. A full tub/shower combo offers you an opportunity to take a soak using our own bath salts, or enjoy the rain-shower shower head if you prefer (no matter which you select, the shampoos and soaps are waiting for your use).

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Rebecca’s Room

Pamper yourself when you choose a relaxing bed and breakfast getaway in Rebecca’s Room. Located on the second floor, this quiet escape beckons guests with a Victorian rose decor that captures the romance of a bygone era. A queen-size bed with luxurious linens, along with a white wicker headboard, desk, and accent pieces add relaxing touches to help calm everyday stress. Comfortable reading chairs offer a place to sit and read or to reflect in quiet solitude. While the private bathroom is located across the hall, it offers a relaxing escape.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Lydia’s Suite

Lydia’s Suite, located on the second floor, is a great choice for an intimate, romantic getaway. This large room features a Victorian king-size bed with a Euro pillow-top mattress, fluffy pillows, and high thread-count linens. Lovingly decorated in soft purples, Lydia’s Suite offers a sitting area with two cozy chairs and a table for reading or conversation. It is a great place to unwind at the end of the day, or begin your new day with a good book and a cup of coffee. The en-suite bathroom features a stand-up shower with soft fluffy towels and spa like robes for use during your stay.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Sarah’s Suite

Sarah’s Room is an excellent choice for luxurious lodging accommodations when planning a romantic, Alabama getaway. Located on the second floor, this room calls to you in cool hues of blue and white. The Victorian-style, king-size bed, draped in a white netting canopy, boasts luxurious linens, fluffy pillows, and a Euro pillow-top mattress to provide a level of comfort that induces deep, restful sleep. Blackout curtains over the window are also included, just in case you like your room really dark for a great night’s rest.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

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Location Type

located approx. 20 miles from Dothan, Small town


Montgomery, AL (MGM-Dannelly Field) 127 miles

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Robert Trent Jones golf course, city murals, Lake Eufaula recreational area, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Ski area, University

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, Conference Rooms, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Library, Movie library, Parking, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Wi-Fi, Wired internet , bottled water, assorted soft drinks, snack basket in second parlor, freshly baked goodies upon arrival, keurig brewing system and coffees/teas

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Radio, Turndown Service, iPhone docking station

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  • Check In:: 4 p.m. CST
  • Check Out:: 11 a.m. CST
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: No
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: A valid Visa or Mastercard is required upon booking a reservation.
  • Cancellations: If a cancellation is made 72 hours prior to reserved date there is no cancellation fee.
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Gary and Diane Norman

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

Golf, Fishing, Travel

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  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Low Carb

Signature Dish

Praline French Toast
Our most requested breakfast entree by far, the Praline French Toast is almost over the top with a brown sugar pecan topping,sprinkled with powdered sugar. Served with seasonal fresh fruit, and bacon or sausage, this breakfast entree leaves your sweet tooth satisfied.

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