Need a place for a big family reunion or a gathering of friends? As a family-owned business, Sweetwater Branch Inn has a true appreciation for friends and families. If you’re planning a family reunion or other special gathering, call Sweetwater, where the accommodations, cuisine, and comfort are sure to please everyone.

Family Reunions, Birthdays, and Anniversaries


Girls Dinner at the Sweetwater Branch Inn

Have your anniversary, graduation party or family reunion only a few steps away from downtown Gainesville.

We can accommodate and provide a menu for up to 250 people for hors d’oeuvres or a light buffet and 150 people for sit-down dinners in the McKenzie Hall. Smaller events are hosted at the McKenzie House.

Our in-house catering menus compliment any occasion. From light fare to buffets to full-service, sit-down dining. With freshly prepared, original cuisine you’ll find menus to suit a variety of tastes and budgets.

Memorials: Celebration of Life

Providing food and drinks for guests at the memorial service isn’t likely to be at the top of your list of things to do. Our professional and discreet catering staff at Sweetwater Catering Co is adept at handling all of your hospitality needs in a dignified and efficient manner. This will help relieve the family of the burdens of planning for food and drinks at the funeral and memorial service. Our memorial catering takes care of everything from menu planning – with your input of course – to table settings to final clean up. This allows you to attend to your own needs and the needs of family and friends struggling with the loss.

College Celebrations & University Sporting Events

Coming to town for graduation, to help your new student set up home in Gainesville, or for that special Gator sporting event? The Sweetwater Branch Inn is a great location, situated just minutes away from the University of Florida and Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Why not pamper yourself and stay in one of the most beautifully restored Victorian mansions historic downtown Gainesville has to offer. Sweetwater is also close to Gainesville’s downtown nightlife. Be sure to book ahead for major sporting events.

Holiday Parties

Plan your next family holiday party at Sweetwater to enjoy the splendor of a sparkling Victorian Holiday, plus all the amenities Sweetwater has to offer. Please be sure to book early for your Christmas and other holiday parties.

McKenzie House

Ideal for intimate events and parties, the historic McKenzie House charms with Victorian era furnishings. The first-floor dining room opens to a large wrap-around front porch that is perfect for cocktails before dinner.

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McKenzie Hall

Our larger venue for more elaborate gatherings and larger parties, the hall can host up to 250 guests for heavy hors d’oeuvres and 180-guest hosting capacity for sit-down dinners.

McKenzie Hall Virtual Tour

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Event catering with freshly prepared original gourmet cuisine is available. The McKenzie Hall is equipped with a full kitchen facility, serving room, and spacious restrooms. It has a 250-guest hosting capacity for heavy hors d’oeuvres and a 150-guest hosting capacity for sit-down dinners. Smaller business meetings and conferences are hosted in the elegant McKenzie House.

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