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Southwind Plantation, GA

We are SouthWind Plantation---South Georgia's premier, Reservation-only outdoor adventure plantation. From blue ribbon hunting to trophy fishing, we offer distinctive outdoor adventures for the discerning sportsman with all of the grace and heritage of a traditional Southern plantation.
Average Customer Rating:
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63 of 63(100%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Southwind Plantation, GA
Review 1 for Southwind Plantation, GA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Earns their five stars everyday.,
February 27, 2015
By: Claud3
from Fairhope, AL, USA
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Meals: 
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Dog performance based on breed
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Satisfaction level on cover to hold birds (appearance of the hunting grounds)
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"This is my third visit in 2015. I plan at least that many next year.
The grounds are as clean as Augusta National. The woods are equally clean.
The birds are plentiful. The wild coveys are exciting.
The dogs are well trained. Try to hunt with Toby the cocker spaniel.
My Guide hunter allowed me to work my two young pointers. Very patient with me and them. After the second hunt they settled down and performed well. A great joy to have your own dogs in such a beautiful setting.
The lodges are spotless and nicely appointed. The bars are well stocked.
In the kitchen, the chef is turning out great food. The smoked chicken is as moist and tender as you will find anywhere. If you visit be sure and get the shrimp and back strap appetizers.
While I was hunting, Tim the owner arranged for my fiancee to have a massage.
When I arrive Summer gives me a big hug and then asks "Where is Miss Shana?
I think the staff are mind readers. If I am thinking I might want another piece of chicken, they are right there asking..Can I get you some more.."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 2 for Southwind Plantation, GA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Southwind Hunt/Fishing Trip,
February 26, 2015
By: ShawnHas
from Bremen, Ga
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Dog performance based on breed
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Satisfaction level on cover to hold birds (appearance of the hunting grounds)
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"A group of 4 of us went down to Southwind this past weekend. While there we quail hunted and fished. We had a great time.
We have been taking 2 of our customers quail hunting for the last 12 years and this is our second year at Southwind and third trip. It is far and away the best we have experienced. The dogs are excellent as well as the guides. The fishing is great, staff and the meals are probably the best southern cooking I have had anywhere. It is a top notch plantation all the way."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 3 for Southwind Plantation, GA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great accomodations,
February 24, 2015
By: DDennis
from Montgomery, AL, USA
Billing / Reservation: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Dog performance based on breed
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"Hunted several quail operations in the past 20 years. This place really ranks in my top 3. The service is great, food is really good and the birds fly fast...no kicking these birds, they flush well!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 4 for Southwind Plantation, GA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Superb hunting,
February 24, 2015
By: Djv0625
from Yorktown,VA
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
"We've been all over the country and returning to Southwind always feels like coming home! Hands down the best experience an avid hunter could ask for! By far, our favorite lodge!! We can not say enough great things about the staff, guides, quality of birds, dogs, accommodations, food, and the list goes on! We'll keep coming back year after year!!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 5 for Southwind Plantation, GA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Southwind Quail Hunt,
February 23, 2015
By: MrNut
from Amarillo, Tx
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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Dog performance based on breed
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Satisfaction level on cover to hold birds (appearance of the hunting grounds)
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Excellent
"Just back from my first quail hunt at Southwind. Great, Great, and Great if you like to shoot a lot of birds, watch dogs work, eat good food and be treated with Southern hospitality. Joseph and staff are a well run organization and make for a great experience."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 6 for Southwind Plantation, GA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great Plantation,
February 23, 2015
By: PLeftwich
from Houston, TX, USA
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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Dog performance based on breed
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Satisfaction level on cover to hold birds (appearance of the hunting grounds)
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"This was my first experience at Southwind and they were marvelous! Unfortunately during my visit I became very ill and needed to be hospitalized. The team at the plantation were always there for me and also stepped forward to assist my family. With their help my recovery was quicker than expected. I cannot speak highly enough of their team! I will be visiting this beautiful lodge again and again....."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 7 for Southwind Plantation, GA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Southern Hospitality,
February 23, 2015
By: sigmakelley
from Amarillo, TX, USA
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Dog performance based on breed
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Satisfaction level on cover to hold birds (appearance of the hunting grounds)
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Excellent
"3rd year in a row of great food, friendly staff, awesome guides/dogs, and endless bobwhite hunting!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 8 for Southwind Plantation, GA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great hunt, food ,hospitality and charm,
February 20, 2015
By: Fcollard
from Amarillo, TX, USA
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Dog performance based on breed
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"I have gone to SP for several years. They continue to make it a very enjoyable experience."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 9 for Southwind Plantation, GA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Top Notch Plantation,
February 19, 2015
By: BradyGailey
from Atlanta, GA, USA
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Dog performance based on breed
Poor
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Excellent
"I've been to Southwind numerous times both personally and corporately and have always had nothing but a great experience. Southwind's accomdations are top notch, food/drinks are over the top good tasting and people are so attentive and spot on everything you need and then some. My friend, family and clients that I bring are always wanting to go back and do go back. Whether a father/son hunt and entertaining customers, Southwind is the perfect spot. The birds fly great and the quides are among the best I've ever had. Southwind's ample and gorgeous land rounds out a top notch experience. Owner Tim Smith is always around making sure you're taken care of and enjoying his plantation."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 10 for Southwind Plantation, GA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
WOW!,
February 17, 2015
By: SPoland
from Bremen,Al.
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5 / 5
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"Wow doesn't even describe the experience I had at Southwind. I'm an avid deer hunter who wouldn't think about missing a day in the deer woods. But I will now for a chance to visit Southwind again. I had been on one quail hunt at another lodge(what i thought was a quail hunt) until Southwind. It was amazing. From the time that I arrived until it was over was one of the best hunting experiences I have ever been on. The hospitality,lodging,food and the hunt was over the top! Especially when I busted that rooster pheasant,OMG. Thanks Southwind for the ultimate quail hunting experience!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 11 for Southwind Plantation, GA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Best All Around Hunting Exp.,
February 16, 2015
By: m001paw
from Nashville, TN, USA
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Dog performance based on breed
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Satisfaction level on cover to hold birds (appearance of the hunting grounds)
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Additional Thoughts:Best in the business!!!
"I have been going to Southwind for 13 years and the owner and staff are always exceeding my expectations. I make at least 3 trips each season and there is no finer all around experience in the hunting industry. The lodge and dining are fantastic and the guides, dogs and birds are the best in the business. This is truly Southern Hospitality at it's finest!!!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 12 for Southwind Plantation, GA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Something for the whole family,
February 13, 2015
By: Riskybla
from Jacksonville, FL, USA
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Meals: 
5 / 5
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Dog performance based on breed
Poor
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Excellent
Satisfaction level on cover to hold birds (appearance of the hunting grounds)
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Additional Thoughts:Very personable and accomodating of hunters with a wide range of experience
"In January 2015 my wife and I hosted both our son's and daughter's families for a weekend. There were ten of us including four children ages 8 - 14. Southwind accommodated us in our own lodge which allowed us total freedom of activities. Then males hunted two mornings while the females visited and explored the plantation. In the afternoons we had quality family time together. The kids visited the puppies at the kennel, played pool, fished, boated on the lake, climbed trees, and played yard games spending almost their time outdoors. The adults enjoyed the lakeside deck, the fire pit, shooting clay targets, walking the grounds, and just plain relaxing in the afternoon sun. When we took a poll at the last meal the vote was unanimous to return next year."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 13 for Southwind Plantation, GA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Excellent Southwind Experience,
February 12, 2015
By: BWeldon
from Tallahassee, FL, USA
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Dog performance based on breed
Poor
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Satisfaction level on cover to hold birds (appearance of the hunting grounds)
Poor
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Excellent
"Most enjoyable hunting expedition ever; staff were all incredible, well trained dogs, birds flew well, beautiful land, and food was amazing,especially the lace bread!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 14 for Southwind Plantation, GA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Best of the Best,
February 12, 2015
By: JKM1
from Tallahassee, FL, USA
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Dog performance based on breed
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"I have visited numerous hunting establishments over the years. I can sincerely say that South Wind provides the best experience of them all. Food is great, lodging really comfortable and clean, guides and staff are knowledgeable and courteous, dogs are well trained and a pleasure to watch. I recommend South Wind without exception."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 15 for Southwind Plantation, GA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great experience for all ages,
February 12, 2015
By: pmdoz
from Dothan, AL, USA
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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"Southwind Plantation is southern charm at its best. From the five star hospitality and accommadations to the lush scenery it is a grear experience for the whole family. Also the hunting is off the charts."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 16 for Southwind Plantation, GA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Amazing experience,
February 11, 2015
By: dduncan
from Evans, GA, USA
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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"They made us feel as if we were family while serving us as if we were honored guests. The experience simply could not have been better. Southwind Plantation truly captures the spirit and ambiance of plantation quail hunting of years ago. Every return trip is better than the last. The staff is fantastic and accommodating. The lodge is world class. The rocking chairs around the fire pit will be calling your name after a long day of hunting. Thank you for the hospitality."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 17 for Southwind Plantation, GA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Hunting Review - Southwind,
February 11, 2015
By: GImel
from Chesapeake VA
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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Additional Thoughts:A greta place and great hunt
"Southwind plantation is one of the best in the country. Our company makes two trips yearly to Southwind and I coordinate the events. The service, guides and dogs, wait staff and the exceptional quality of the hunt and the lodge are simply fantastic!!!!
From making the reservations, to arriving, hunting and leaving are simply made to be easy for the guest. Southwind is all about Customer service. The food and the service is out of this world and whomever we bring, whether is be a customer or an employee, they are always eager to return.
Congratulations to Southwind for a world class operation. Most importantly the birds fly well always.
Sincerely
George Imel"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 18 for Southwind Plantation, GA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Top Notch Hunt,
February 10, 2015
By: Erik2th
from Salem, SC
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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"From start to finish, it doesn't get any better than this! Staff friendly and caring, accommodations better than my own house (don't tell my wife...),great terrain,outstanding guides and dogs...why go anywhere else?"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 19 for Southwind Plantation, GA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
First Class,
February 10, 2015
By: es56
from Tallahassee Fl
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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Poor
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Excellent
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"I use Southwind to entertain clients and prospects. First class guides, quail hunting, lodging and food. FIRST CLASS. Try them i guaranty you will not be disappointed"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 20 for Southwind Plantation, GA
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Caring Support Staff,
February 10, 2015
By: salmon99
from Saint Petersburg, FL, USA
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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Poor
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Excellent
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Poor
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Excellent
"One of our group was hospitalized in ICU for a sudden medical emergency. Different members of the staff visited with the patient, communicated with his wife in Texas, and ultimately provided complimentary lodging and meals for the hunter's family until he was discharged from the hospital. Southwind even picked the family up from the airport to drive them to the hospital. Incredible hospitality. It also helped that one staff member was an EMT. Thanks, again."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes