Joe and Cindy are the owners of The Magnolia Plantation bed and breakfast. Joe and Cindy met each other as students at UF in the 1970s, and left to Texas after getting married in 1977. They ended up returning in 1990, and restored the Baird Mansion into a bed and breakfast. The Baird Mansion was a victorian home in the historic section of Gainesville. Since its opening, The Magnolia Plantation has received many honors such as: "Best Bed and Breakfast in Florida" by Florida Living Magazine and "Most Romantic Bed and Breakfast in Florida" by Most Romantic Escapes in Florida guidebook.