River Rest Bed and Breakfast

3883 Griffitt Bend Road , Talladega, AL 35160 USA (Show map)


Minutes from NASCAR Racing events at the Talladega Superspeedway, and 44 miles from downtown Birmingham via interstate I-20, this bed and breakfast is located on Logan Martin Lake in Talladega, Alabama. River Rest Bed and Breakfast is a large 2 story house with 100 foot of porch across the front of the house complete with rocking chairs, and a gorgeous long lake view. All guest rooms are large, and 3 living rooms make it easy to relax and enjoy oneself indoors as well as out. Outdoors you'll find beach area, pier, 10 acres of woods, nature trails, golf carts, 100 foot walkway/deck back porch with plants, flowers and fountain, and 6 decks. Breakfast will be off the chart and our guests have tried to figure ways to steal our mattresses and almost 100% say that beds are the best they have experienced. 3 high definition tvs w/ tivo, movie night, wi-fi, hot tub, and fire pit for all the fun you can imagine. Free long distance is also included.



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  • Guest room4.9
  • Service5.0
  • Value4.9
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining5.0


5 on January 11, 2017

Beautiful home with amazing view of the lake. Rooms were very clean and the king size bed was exceptionally comfortable. Richard was an awesome host and made sure we had everything to make our stay memorable, including homemade scones for evening snack and a delicious gourmet breakfast.


5 on November 21, 2016

We stayed for our anniversary and loved it!! The property has an overall relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. The beds were AMAZING! We will definitely be staying again.

Beautiful Place to Chill Out

5 on November 21, 2016

I so enjoyed my stay at River Rest. "Rest" is the operative word. Such a lovely setting, and Ellen and Richard made me feel right at home. Thanks guys!

We had a great time

4.6 on September 21, 2016

This is a beautiful bed and breakfast in a very nice lake house, located in a quiet area outside Talledega. The guy who runs the place is super friendly and an excellent cook. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the entire stay.

Beautiful Lake View

4.8 on September 08, 2016

Richard and Ellen are great hosts. Beautiful home. Beautiful view. The most unique breakfast, the best I've had, and I have visited many B&B's. Very comfortable bed. One of the best B&B's in Alabama!

Extraordinary chef

5 on April 27, 2013

Richard and Ellen are wonderful host. The panoramic view of the lake from our room was amazing. It was delightful to hear the geese in the morning. The large Windows in the den made it tranquil to read a book or watch TV with the view of the lake. Richard is an extraordinary chef comparable of a 5 star breakfast. Richard and Ellen make you feel like family. The home was immaculate.

Great experience!!!

5 on March 12, 2013

Our stay with Richard and Ellen was outstanding. Breakfast was wonderful and the conversation was delightful. River Rest was a wonderful experience. Thank you Richard and Ellen

The Best B&B in Alabama

5 on February 13, 2013

This was the best B&B that we have been to. Richard & Ellen are wonderful!! The food was fantastic, rooms were great, and the view was gorgeous. I would definitely recommend this B&B to my friends & family.

Delightful Stay!

4.6 on January 22, 2013

Wononderful experience! The Mixons are delightful hosts and Richard ia an extraordinary chef; the breakfast was amazing!

Our Reality Escape!

5 on January 06, 2013

My husband & I recently spent two nights at this WONDERFUL, B & B!! Words can't really describe it, you just have to experience it! Richard & Ellen are delightful hosts. Richard puts out 4 star breakfasts each morning and the quantity will last you ALL day! The fun part is sitting around the island watching him cook, quite a show! We were looking for a quiet, excluded B & B to totally unwind & this is it!! The weather did not cooperate, but it was still so relaxing & we left feeling totally recharged. We cannot wait to go back when we can enjoy more of the lake & grounds. They go out of their way to treat you like family, making you feel so welcome!

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Rooms & Rates

Back in Time Room

Grandmas furniture and a few other antique treasures. Be lulled to sleep by the fountains' gentle trickle of water (below the vanity window). The dormer window has a lake view. King size bed, private bath, flat screen hd Direct TV.

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

Nightly Rate: $175 - $250

LakeWood Room

Large upstairs room. King bed,large couch (great for naps, nook with rocker, flat screen hd Direct TV, private bath, best room for late sleepers. Lake view from the Dormer window. The other windows face the woods. Daniel Moore--Tyrone Prothro "The Catch" for Alabama fans--a sheet can be provided for all others.

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

Nightly Rate: $200 - $275

Garden Room

Tropical Feel with flat screen direct hd TV, king size bed, Private bath with jacuzzi tub, private entrance with deck next to the gardens, wonderful view of the back yard and deer. Fat chair for extra lounging. Very private room.

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

Nightly Rate: $225 - $300

Sunrise Room

This room has 4 windows facing the lake and 2 windows facing the woods. It is the most secluded with an entrance away from the main areas. HD Direct Tv. This room is accessible for wheel chair and vanity cabinet can be removed for access to toilet. Tub and shower, however does not have entance for chair but does have grab rails. This room has an eastern exposure and beautiful sunrise Feb through October.

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

Nightly Rate: $225 - $300

River View

This room has its own living room overlooking the master den, with 2 mile view of the lake. The windows in the room face the back yard, gardens and is the best place to view deer. Wonderful king bed, flat screen hd direct Tv.

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

Nightly Rate: $250 - $325

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Location Type

Countryside, Lakefront, Lakeview, Rural, Small town, Waterview


Birmingham, AL (BHM) 39 miles miles

Directions to property:

DIRECTIONS FROM BIRMINGHAM Take I-20 East. Exit on Hwy 207 #165 at the Lincoln/Embry Exit. Take a right going south. Go 7.5 miles on 207 to Hwy 34. Cross Highway 34 - You'll see a Chevron Station there on the right. Continue on Hwy 207 for 2.6 miles more until you get to Joe Gamble Road. Joe Gamble is 2 miles long and will dead end into Griffitt Bend Road. Take a right. Go 2.92 miles to our driveway which is on the left (the house is also on the left). Our mailbox (3883 Mixon, this is on top of the mailbox) is across the road from our house. You will see a long stretch of the lake on the right (mailbox side). Our house is a 2-story taupe house with white trim, a shiny steel roof, tons of windows and a giant deck between the house and the beach area. Park temporarily at the top of the driveway and come to front door and knock loudly, open door and yell Richard! (I'm used to being yelled at).

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Lake Logan Martin, Talladega Superspeedway, 10 acres of forest, Barber Motor Sports, Mount Cheaha, Birmingham Zoo, Outlet Stores, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Homestay

On-site amenities

Coffee/Tea facilities, Hairdryer, Private entrance, Radio, Turndown Service , High Speed Internet, High Definition TV/TIVO, Fire Pit on site, Free Long Distance, Premium Mattresses

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Microwave, Movie library, Parking, Satellite/Cable TV, Spa, TV, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wheelchair access, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Boating, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3:00pm-7:00pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Outside only
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No No children under 15 years old please.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50% Deposit with Credit Card or Check
  • Cancellations: 100% Refund up to 2 Weeks Before Arrival (Except Race Weekends)
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Richard and Ellen Mixon

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

Cats , lots of deer, turkey on proper

About the innkeepers

music, golf, ministry, boating, photography, cooking

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  • Time Served: 8:30 to 8:45 am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

apple french toast casserole
French bread with cream cheese, apples, pecans, brown sugar ect.---is it a breakfast dish or dessert? no reason to decide!

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Hot Deal

Romantic weekend-without kids, without work

Regular Rate: $225 now $180 (20% Savings:)

Sunrise room with 6 windows, view of the lake--180.00--Garden room with jacuzzi tub & private entrance--180.00--Riverview room with private den overlooking great room with 22ft. of glass toward the lake-200.00--Chef Bruce and Eva are assistant innkeepers this weekend and want some company---2 night minimum--must book by Friday 9:00 am Oct 17th for Oct. 17 and 18th 2008. Please contact the inn directly at +1-866-677-0343 to redeem this deal.

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