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Visiting the Real-Life Places from Sweet Magnolias

January 19, 2022 By Caroline Eubanks 1 Comment

Sweet Magnolias mural in Covington

The hit series Sweet Magnolias on Netflix tells of three lifelong friends dealing with personal struggles in the small town of Serenity, South Carolina . It stars JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Brooke Elliott, and Heather Headley.

The story is based on the book by Sherryl Woods, author of over 100 romance and mystery novels. She used her time living in between Florida and Virginia as inspiration for the small towns. The show is filmed in the small town of Covington, Georgia, south of Atlanta .

The town has also been used for the filming of The Vampire Diaries , The Dukes of Hazzard, Remember the Titans , and many more. Most of the Sweet Magnolias locations are in Covington. Other locations include a church in Decatur and a real school in McDonough.

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The Corner Spa

The historic Antebellum home that Helen turns into the Corner Spa is a real place in Covington. The interiors were filmed elsewhere but the exterior is a law office at College Avenue and Oak Street. It’s not open to the public, but you can snap photos of the outside.

Covington Square

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Downtown Covington features heavily on Sweet Magnolias. The square has a public park with war monuments, benches, and trees under the shadow of the courthouse. A number of scenes feature characters talking in this area. It’s a nice place to sit and enjoy a coffee while visiting!

Depot Sports Bar

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The second episode of the first season takes place at The Depot Sports Bar and Grill , a sports bar on the way to Oxford . The building itself is a real former railroad depot and sits along the active train tracks. It stands in as a pizzeria but is known for its wings and burgers!

Mystic Grill

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Mystic Grill was opened after being used for filming during The Vampire Diaries and has become a must-see for fans of the show. The restaurant was also used as Brooke’s restaurant in Sweet Magnolias . It continues to be a functioning restaurant, with dishes like burgers, fried chicken, and steaks, with dishes named after the town.

The Alley is the shop underneath the restaurant that sells souvenirs for all of the shows filmed in Covington, including The Vampire Diaries, The Originals , and Sweet Magnolias . Pick up your Serenity gear and check out the signed poster that hangs on the wall.

Newton County Courthouse

Newton County Courthouse

The historic courthouse is seen in the opening of the show and in the background of scenes. It was originally built in 1884 in the Second Empire architectural style. The project cost $30,000, a large sum for the day, but the building has stood the test of time.

Southview Cemetery

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In the first episode of Sweet Magnolias , the kids walk through Southview Cemetery. The historic cemetery is the burial ground for notable residents of Covington, including Civil War generals and Rick Arrington, a professional football player for the Philadelphia Eagles. The cemetery was also used as a location in The Vampire Diaries .

Looking for a place to stay during your trip to see the Sweet Magnolias locations? The Twelve Oaks Bed & Breakfast is popular with visitors, featured in television and film, with cozy rooms and daily breakfast. Hampton Inn Covington has amenities like daily breakfast. Rental houses are also a good option.

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About Caroline Eubanks

Caroline Eubanks is the editor of this website, a Lowell Thomas award-winning travel writer, and the author of This Is My South: The Essential Travel Guide to the Southern States. Her stories from the South have appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Afar, Thrillist, Roads and Kingdoms, and BBC Travel.

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Where Is Sweet Magnolias Filmed? All About the Real Town of Serenity — and Its Place in TV History (Exclusive)

The Georgia town that stands in for the show's fictional South Carolina one has been seen on screen many times before

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Grab your margarita and get ready to pour one out, because the Sweet Magnolias are back for season 3 — and it's time to take a closer look at where the Netflix show is filmed.

The newest season, now streaming, takes viewers back to the fictional town of Serenity, South Carolina, for yet another season of heart-warming friendship and a little bit of heartache with Maddie (JoAnna Garcia Swisher), Dana Sue (Brooke Elliott) and Helen (Heather Headley). It'll also have viewers wishing they could pack their bags for the quiet Southern town so they could grab their own table at Sullivan's before booking a yoga class at The Corner Spa.

PEOPLE spoke with Brad Smith, the location manager for the show, to find out everything there is to know about the show's filming spots — which aren't in South Carolina at all!

Covington Town Square

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The picture-perfect small town where much of Sweet Magnolias is set is Covington, Georgia, a 40-minute drive from Atlanta. This backdrop sets the scene for exterior shots throughout all three seasons of the Netflix show, whether it's Maddie strolling down the street or Helen waiting outside Sullivan's for her lunch to be ready for pickup.

In the town square, you'll find the Newton County Courthouse. The building, complete with its iconic clock tower, can be spotted in the background of several scenes throughout the show. It also has a place of prominence in the show's opening credits.

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Smith tells PEOPLE that Covington and all its Southern charm were the perfect setting for the show because it's such an idyllic hamlet. He says the architecture in the "picturesque" town is "pretty much the same" as what you'd find in South Carolina and adds that for the most part, the Netflix team isn't making many changes to the landscape while filming, unless the storyline calls for it. That means if you show up in downtown Covington right now, it'll look pretty much exactly live Serenity.

Fans who want to see more of the "real" Serenity can take a tour of the filming locations with local travel company Hollywood of the South Tours , which creates custom itineraries featuring all the filming locations for various movies and shows that have filmed in town — including Sweet Magnolias .

Mystic Grill

Dana Sue's home away from home in Serenity is her restaurant, Sullivan's. The eatery is a favorite among the locals, and it's a place for people to come and gather for girls' night, family night or date night. It's also where Erik (Dion Johnstone), Isaac (Chris Medlin) and many more hang up their chefs' hats.

Sullivan's may not exist in real life, but Mystic Grill does — and it's a real functioning restaurant in downtown Covington. Sweet Magnolias only uses the exterior of Mystic Grill to film (and films interior shots on a sound stage), but fans can dine at the restaurant, even while filming is happening!

Smith tells PEOPLE that production is very careful to not interrupt business. "We would start our filming very early in the mornings before they opened," he says. "And then if [filming] spilled into part of their lunch, they had another door that we could get people in and out of without interfering with the filming."

If Mystic Grill looks familiar, that's because this isn't the first time it's been used on screen. The restaurant was featured in The Vampire Diaries and actually got its name from the show. After being used prominently as a filming location, the spot was opened as a fully functioning restaurant in 2014 and named after the town in the show, Mystic Falls.

Law Offices of Wm. Thomas Craig

Maddie may have a bit of a rough start in Sweet Magnolias , but her turnaround starts when she, along with Dana Sue and Helen, open The Corner Spa in the former home of Miss France's (Cindy Karr). The spa becomes a place for the women of Serenity to come together to not just get pampered but be appreciated and support one another. Though all three women take ownership of the place, the spa gives Maddie a new lease on life.

The Corner Spa itself is a place of fiction, but the building does exist in Covington. Production filmed exterior shots at the Law Offices of Wm. Thomas Craig , right off the town square. Much like Mystic Grill, Smith says the Netflix team made every effort to not interrupt Craig's everyday business, cramming all of filming into a short period of time.

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Making a visit to check out the law office while you're visiting Covington is a quick walk from the town square, and fans are invited to take photos out front — as long as they're respectful!

Just keep in mind that it won't look exactly like the spa when you stop by.

"The art department brings in the sign and the bench and everything like that," Smith says of all the bells and whistles that turn the building into what you see on your TV. "That way it doesn't interfere with Mr. Craig's business."

Oakhurst Presbyterian Church

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Though a lot of the filming takes place in Covington, production did leave town for some locations, including Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. The show, which brings religion into the story fairly often, has several scenes set in and around the church, including a stint at Bible School and scenes where family and friends attend services.

The real church that Sweet Magnolias used is Oakhurst Presbyterian Church in Decatur, Georgia. The show was filmed both inside and outside the church, so viewers get to see the buildings beautiful stained glass windows and classic architecture.

Smith says the church had already been selected when he came onto Sweet Magnolias but he was told that showrunner Sheryl J. Anderson saw the church during scouting and simply loved how it looked. "It looked right for the town," he adds.

What Else Has Been Filmed in Covington?

Covington — often called the Hollywood of the South — is a very popular filming location and has been used for a number of projects over the years. Aside from Sweet Magnolias and The Vampire Diaries, it has been seen in recent years in movies and TV shows like Dumplin' , Remember the Titans , Sweet Home Alabama , Legacies and Selma .

Sweet Magnolias wasn't even the first time Smith worked on a project in Covington — which he says he loves because it's close to home for him! He also worked on the TV show version of In the Heat of the Night , which filmed in town in the late '80s and early '90s. "It's gone from a sleepy little town to a very vibrant community now," Smith says.

See more of the real places your favorite shows are filmed, like Ted Lasso , Emily in Paris and The Summer I Turned Pretty , in PEOPLE's On Location Vacation series .

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Where is 'Sweet Magnolias' filmed?

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Where is 'Sweet Magnolias' filmed

Based on a series of bestselling books by Sherryl Woods, Sweet Magnolias is the tale of three female friends and one place: the small town of Serenity in the southern USA . It’s a place where people look out for each other, where everyone goes to the same church and high school, but also where there’s quite enough trouble and strife to fuel a Netflix hit show.

Woods has been upfront about the model for Serenity, writing in the introduction for the first novel in the series that she would pass through the town of Sumter in South Carolina on the way from her home in Florida to her family’s summer cottage in Virginia. The show’s director Norman Buckley, meanwhile, says that for the transfer to television, series creator Sheryl Anderson told her crew, ‘It was important that everyone might see themselves in Serenity’ and that it be ‘not just a place, but a state of mind’. So where is this miraculous town?

Well it turns out its not in South Carolina but in Georgia  Covington to be precise. And this is far from its first...

Well, it turns out it’s not in South Carolina but in Georgia – Covington, to be precise. And this is far from its first appearance on screen – so much so that the city of fewer than 15,000 people has taken to calling itself the Hollywood of the South. It has a point, too, with more than 250 films and TV shows having been filmed here. It’s hosted everything, from the first few episodes of the massively popular 1970s show The Dukes of Hazzard , which later relocated to California , to the movies My Cousin Vinny (1992), Remember the Titans (2000), Sweet Home Alabama (2002), Halloween II (2009), Footloose (2011) and Selma (2014). It also provided the backdrop to 2018’s Dumplin’, the long-running series In the Heat of the Night and above all The Vampire Diaries , the Twilight -alike show that ran from 2009 to 2017.

That programme has left its teeth in the city too with a bloodsuckingthemed tour still doing good business. It also...

That programme has left its teeth in the city, too, with a blood-sucking-themed tour still doing good business. It also bequeathed a location to Sweet Magnolias in the shape of the Mystic Grill. In a case of art imitating life, this restaurant at 1116 Clark Street was created for The Vampire Diaries and then became a reality; now it has found a new role as Sullivan’s, the joint run by Sweet Magnolias ’s Dana Sue Sullivan (Brooke Elliott). Before stardom, the building already had a rich history, erected in 1906 as the Bank of Covington and later becoming a dress shop, shoe store, bakery, billiard club and lawyers’ office. Visitors will find the vampire-themed The Alley at Mystic Grill gift shop in the basement.

Just across the street from the restaurant is another site shared by the two shows the clock tower thats seen in the...

Just across the street from the restaurant is another site shared by the two shows, the clock tower that’s seen in the opening titles of Sweet Magnolias . This is the Newton County Courthouse (pictured) , built in 1884 in faux-continental Second Empire-style and now home to local government body the Newton County Board of Commissioners. It overlooks Covington square, which is the first outdoor location we see, when Maddie Townsend (JoAnna García Swisher) and Helen Decatur (Heather Headley) have a heart-to-heart after a difficult meeting at the start of episode one. The tree-shaded bench they sit on is close to the square’s 1906 Confederate Monument and the obelisk commemorating World War I.

Soon after this we see Maddies sons Kyle  and Tyler  heading to school with Dana Sues daughter Annie  via a cemetery....

Soon after this, we see Maddie’s sons Kyle (Logan Allen) and Tyler (Carson Rowland) heading to school with Dana Sue’s daughter Annie (Anneliese Judge) via a cemetery. This is another local landmark, Southview, and one that’s unsurprisingly used in The Vampire Diaries . It also has a significant place in history: founded in 1886 by formerly enslaved African Americans, it’s the last resting place of Martin Luther King Sr and his wife Alberta Williams, and was the original burial place of their son Martin Luther King Jr in 1968.

A more downtoearth Covington location is the Depot Sports Bar seen as the pizzeria visited after the ball game in...

A more down-to-earth Covington location is the Depot Sports Bar, seen as the pizzeria visited after the ball game in episode two. Situated on Emory Street, it began life as a train station. Two of the key venues, meanwhile, are out of town. The redbrick of Serenity High School is in fact Henry County Middle School in nearby McDonough, while the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, where Maddie has some uncomfortable moments with her estranged husband Bill (Chris Klein), is the Oakhurst Presbyterian in Decatur, around 30 miles north-west of Covington.

There’s more Covington history, though, in the shape of the Corner Spa, the club that Sweet Magnolias’s three friends create together. This is filmed at the Lee-Porter Mansion on Conyers Street (pictured) , so called because it was built in 1912 by one Lester Lee and sold to the Porter family in 1924. Its grand columns are an example of the city’s taste for the Greek Revival style, also seen in the BB&T Bank next door to the courthouse on Clark Street, plus it’s another popular location – regularly used for In the Heat of the Night and also in the 2015 HBO movie Bessie, based on the life of blues singer Bessie Smith.

One notable omission is Covingtons most famous building of all Twelve Oaks. Now a BB this 1836 plantation house has been...

One notable omission is Covington’s most famous building of all, Twelve Oaks. Now a B&B, this 1836 plantation house has been seen in The Vampire Diaries , Halloween II and more, but its great claim to fame is that it was the inspiration for the property of the same name in Gone With The Wind , having been spotted by author Margaret Mitchell in a photograph in the Atlanta Journal. Perhaps the crew of Sweet Magnolias are holding it back for season two.

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Season 3 of the Netflix show will be here before we know it (July 20, to be exact!), and we're more than ready to dive back into the lives of our favorite trio— Maddie , Helen, and Dana Sue! And from the looks of the trailer, it seems that the cast is back and better than ever, and the small town of Serenity is still just as gorgeous! In fact, Sweet Magnolias has some of the most beautiful scenery we've ever seen on television! Which raises the question: Where is Sweet Magnolias filmed? And is Serenity a real place?

To answer the latter: Serenity, the town created for the Netflix series, doesn't actually exist. But don't get bummed out too quickly! It's still possible to visit the town(s) where our on-screen BFFS call home! It just might not be exactly where you were expecting to go. Along with heading down to the friendly neighborhoods of South Carolina, you're going to want to take a road trip to these Georgia towns: Covington and McDonough.

Covington, Georgia

Alright, if you want to visit the place where most of the magic happens, then you'll need to pay a visit to Covington, Georgia! A good portion of the scenes you see on the Netflix series are filmed here—and we can see why, it's absolutely mesmerizing! 😍 Plus, if you wanted to sit down at Dana Sue's town-famous restaurant, Sullivan's—you still can! The actual spot goes by the name Mystic Grill —and you probably could assume that the restaurant has grown in popularity since the show aired.

Fun fact: According to Discover Covington , there have been over "200 movies and TV productions" filmed in the area, including the likes of The Vampire Diaries, Remember the Titans , Venom , and so much more!

McDonough, Georgia

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If you're looking to get into a Sweet Magnolias road trip, you'll want to check out McDonough, Georgia. There weren't too many scenes filmed there, but it's the home of the high school and church—both pivotal landmarks of the show. Newsweek let us know that Serenity High School is actually Henry County Middle School, and Serenity's Prince of Peace Lutheran Church took place at Oakhurst Presbyterian in Decatur.

Sumter, South Carolina

So, there weren't actually any scenes shot here. However, Sweet Magnolias author Sherryl Woods said that Sumter, South Carolina is the inspiration for the fictional town of Serenity. "Developing Serenity for this new series had a special meaning for me," she said during the intro in her first book of the series, Stealing Home . “Each year as I travel from my home in Key Biscayne, Florida to my family's summer cottage in Colonial Beach, Virginia, I make a stop in Sumter, South Carolina, to visit one of my family's oldest and dearest friends, Donnie Clemons." Woods then dedicated the book to Dottie and her home in Sumter. Sweet Magnolias is an ode to just that.

Who knows, maybe a cute little road trip to these locations is just what you need to pass the time as we wait for season 3!

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Inside The Filming Locations For Sweet Magnolias

Covington, Georgia

If you've found yourself hooked on the Netflix original "Sweet Magnolias," a series that follows the lives of three close friends in a tight-knit small South Carolina town, chances are you may have wondered where exactly the series is filmed. After all, with so many television shows and movies opting to film on sound stages and in studios, it can be challenging to tell which shows are actually filmed in a real location you might be able to visit and tour for yourself. Well, "Sweet Magnolias" fans are in luck — though Serenity is a fictional town, the filming actually took place in the quaint town of Covington, Georgia, as Good Housekeeping reported.

And, though Covington is a small town containing only about 14,000 full-time residents, it's positively booming with temporary visitors, serving as a popular filming location for various films and television shows. As per IMDB , besides "Sweet Magnolias," Covington has appeared extensively on-screen in television shows like "The Vampire Diaries" as well as movies such as "Remember the Titans" and "Sweet Home Alabama" (that's right — the hometown Melanie Carmichael returned to in the rom-com classic wasn't even in Alabama!).

While some of the scenes in "Sweet Magnolias" may feature idyllic outdoor settings that could be filmed virtually anywhere, there are a few recognizable landmarks that are important to the show and can actually be visited in real life by any fans who may be passing through Covington and surrounding areas.

Dana Sue's stomping grounds

One of the main characters on "Sweet Magnolias," Dana Sue Sullivan, owns a restaurant in Serenity called Sullivan's. If any fans of "The Vampire Diaries" thought the exterior of the spot seemed familiar when watching, it's because the filming location has appeared on camera before, as the popular local haunt Mystic Grill.

The restaurant thrilled fans by sharing a few behind-the-scenes snaps on their Instagram page from when the "Sweet Magnolias" cast was filming. After all, given that Sullivan's is the restaurant owned by one of the main characters, her best friends frequently stop by for a bite (and perhaps a bit of gossip), making it a central filming. As the restaurant explained, there were a few transformations that took place, primarily the Sullivan's branding appearing in the form of a large modern sign on the exterior, as well as branding on the fabric awning and the front door. However, the team seems to have kept the eye-catching forest green exterior.

While Dana Sue may not be the one whipping up your meal if you decide to stop by the real-life Sullivan's, the restaurant's Instagram page showcases plenty of delectable dishes, so you may just find a new chef to support. And don't worry — just like Sullivan's, Mystic Grill has some serious Southern flair, with the menu featuring items like sweet tea fried chicken, shrimp and grits, and pimento cheese.

The Corner Spa and other locations

Another key component in the show's larger storyline is the business that the trio of friends decides to open up together, The Corner Spa — which just so happens to be a real location in Covington as well, as This Is My South reported. The interior of the building isn't accessible to the public, but fans likely won't care, because it's only the exterior that's used for the show — the interior scenes within The Corner Spa are shot elsewhere. After all, while it's relatively easy to spruce up a space and make it look like a spa on the inside, it's a whole lot more challenging to come up with such a show-stopping antebellum-style exterior. Given that the building features a law office inside, as Newsweek explained, privacy concerns mean it's no wonder that the public isn't able to step inside the grand front doors. 

If you're a huge "Sweet Magnolias" fan considering stopping by Covington for a self-guided tour, there are also a few more spots within driving distance, as Good Housekeeping reported. Scenes in the fictional Serenity High School were actually filmed at Henry County Middle School in nearby McDonough, Georgia, whose exterior you can check out. And, the Sunday church scenes that take place at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Serenity are actually filmed at a real church, Oakhurst Presbyterian Church, in nearby Decatur, Georgia.

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‘Sweet Magnolias’ Season 4 Wraps Filming

After a long night shoot, filming on the new season has come to an end.

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Having been in production throughout much of the first half of 2024, the feel-good drama series Sweet Magnolias has wrapped filming on its newest season, season 4. Even though the cameras have stopped rolling and the new season is in the proverbial can, it’s not expected to return to our screens until 2025. 

In case you haven’t been following along, Sweet Magnolias was given a fourth season renewal midway through last year following the arrival of season 3. Filming was originally due to begin in January 2024 , and although some pre-production did get underway, it wasn’t until February 20th that cameras began rolling.

Posted on social media, the writer account for Sweet Magnolias said on May 31st:

“As of this morning, at 3:33am, Sweet Magnolias Season 4 has wrapped filming. This season is filled with love, laughter, tears, thrills, and margaritas. Congrats to our writers, cast, crew, producers, executives, and everyone who touched this show. We can’t wait to pour it out!”

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Jamie Lynn Spears posted last week on social media on May 23rd implying that filming was soon coming to an end, saying:

“Season 4 of #SWEETMAGNOLIAS is wrapping up, and it’s always bittersweet. It’s so exciting to be one step closer to seeing the finished product, and closer to sharing it with all of you, but at the same time knowing how much we are gonna miss seeing all of our Sweet Mags fam everyday, and getting to create this show we love so much together. I could do this forever. Y’all are in for a reallllllll treat with Season 4. Love this show & all the amazing people who make it happen. LOVE ALL OF YOU WHO LOVE THIS SHOW AS MUCH AS WE DO- THANK YALL!!!!!”

Showrunner and executive producer Sheryl Anderson also posted to social media yesterday, celebrating the final day of filming:

“Every day, when I put these on, I feel the responsibility of my job. But I also feel the thrill of working with amazingly talented writers, cast, crew, directors, and executives to bring SWEET MAGNOLIAS to life. Today, I put these on for the last time in Season 4. There will be laughter and tears as we wrap, and prayers that we will get to do it again. But foremost, there will be gratitude: to God, to the people of Serenity, and to our audience. Can’t wait for you to see it!!! “

The final reaction post we want to draw your attention to comes from one of the three main stars of the show, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, who posted a heartfelt message on Instagram with a picture of her alongside co-leads Brooke Elliott and Heather Headley.

“That’s a wrap on Season 4! I cannot wait for you all to see what we have been up to in Serenity. It’s been a magical season…for reasons I cannot wait to share ☺️. I always get a little emo when we wrap. It’s bitter sweet. There is a huge sense of accomplishment for all the hard work, crazy hours, and time spent bringing this story to life. There is also an overwhelming sense of gratitude. The majority of our crew has been with us since the beginning. We have lived, loved, and laughed through a lot of life together. Even the newest memebers of our family have felt like we have known each other forever and they were that missing piece to making things just right. This was BY FAR my favorite season…not just for the OMG moments (there are many of them!), but because it was a joy to make. And, in many ways, it feels like we are just getting started. There are a million photos I can’t wait to share when Season 4 streams, but until then I will leave ya with one of me and two of my favorite humans. The three of us are just one piece of a world (on the screen and off) that make Serenity and @sweetmagnoliasnetflix what it is and we love getting to share it all with you!”

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In fact, much of the cast over the past few days has been posting stories or posts across social media showing that filming is ending. The following collage was put together by the excellent Instagram account Sweet Magnolias France :

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We’ve got way more on Sweet Magnolias in our full preview for the upcoming season which we’ll update in due course with the news of filming wrapping up and all the reaction that’s coming in.

Are you excited for the new season of Sweet Magnolias ? Let us know in the comments down below.

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Sweet Magnolias Was Shot in the Same Town as The Vampire Diaries (Serenity = Mystic Falls)

SWEET MAGNOLIAS, from left: Justin Bruening, Joanna Garcia Swisher, (Season 1, ep. 104, aired May 19, 2020). photo: Eliza Morse / Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection

JoAnna Garcia Swisher stars in the new Netflix series Sweet Magnolias as Maddie Townsend, a Southern single mom of three who opens up a spa with her two best friends. Their spa is in a gorgeous house in Serenity, SC, a small town they call home. Though Serenity is a fictional town and not a real filming location, production did still take place in the South.

Though the series, based on the book of the same name , is set in idyllic Serenity, it's filmed in Georgia. Covington, GA, to be exact , according to Marie Claire . The town sits just outside Atlanta and hosted filming for a huge variety of other shows and movies, including The Vampire Diaries . The historic town dates back to the 1800s and even hosts tours of "Mystic Falls" so you can see filming locations from the popular vampire show .

Called The Hollywood of the South because of its picturesque scenery used in filming, Covington has plenty to do and see if you make the trip down South. It has cute bed and breakfasts that look just like Maddie's spa in Sweet Magnolias , even if that spa isn't quite real. The exteriors of the spa were shot at a real-life law office in Covington, but the interior shots were in a studio. The town offers other tours besides the Vampire Diaries one , as well, including a ghost tour and a tour of other filming spots.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, (from left): Katerina Graham, Candice Accola, Nina Dobrev, 'The Night Of The Comet', (Season 1, aired Sept. 17, 2009), 2009-. photo: Bob Mahoney /  CW / Courtesy: Everett Collection

If you make the trip to Covington, one spot you have to check out is Mystic Grill . Not only might it be familiar from The Vampire Diaries , but it's also featured in Sweet Magnolias . The restaurant in the Netflix show goes by the name Sullivan's, and it's Dana Sue's (Brooke Elliott) own place. She owns and runs the restaurant, which is one of the most frequented spots in the show. Everyone can be found there at some point or another, including Noreen (Jamie Lynn Spears), the woman Maddie's husband Bill (Chris Klein) got pregnant and left her for. Sound like a messy story? It is!

The show also filmed in other locations nearby , including in and around Atlanta. However, if you want to make a trip to the most Serenity-like location you can find, you have to head to Covington. You'll feel like you've stepped right inside Sweet Magnolias and will be joining Maddie and her friends for their next margarita night.

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Where is sweet magnolias set and filmed, sweet magnolias was shot in the same town as the vampire diaries (serenity = mystic falls).

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Joanna Garcia Swisher stars in the new Netflix series Sweet Magnolias as Maddie Townsend, a Southern single mom of three who opens up a spa with her two best friends. Their spa is in a gorgeous house in Serenity, SC, a small town they call home. Though Serenity is a fictional town and not a real filming location, production did still take place in the south.

Though the series, based on the book of the same name , is set in idyllic Serenity, it's filmed in Georgia. Covington, GA, to be exact , according to Marie Claire . The town sits just outside Atlanta and has hosted other filming of a huge variety of other shows and movies, including The Vampire Diaries . The historic town dates back to the 1800s and even hosts tours of Mystic Falls so you can see filming locations from the popular vampire show.

Called The Hollywood of the South because of its picturesque scenery used in filming, Covington has plenty to do and see if you make the trip down South. It has cute bed and breakfasts that look just like Maddie's spa in Sweet Magnolias , even if that spa isn't quite real. The exteriors of the spa were shot at a real-life law office in Covington, but the interior shots were in a studio. The town offers other tours besides the Vampire Diaries one , as well, including a ghost tour and a tour of other filming spots.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, (from left): Katerina Graham, Candice Accola, Nina Dobrev, 'The Night Of The Comet', (Season 1, aired Sept. 17, 2009), 2009-. photo: Bob Mahoney /  CW / Courtesy: Everett Collection

If you make the trip to Covington, one spot you have to check out is Mystic Grill . Not only might it be familiar from The Vampire Diaries , but it's also featured in Sweet Magnolias . The restaurant in the Netflix show goes by the name Sullivan's, and it's Dana Sue's (Brooke Elliott) own place. She owns and runs the restaurant, which is one of the most frequented spots in the show. Everyone can be found there at some point or another, including Noreen ( Jamie Lynn Spears ), the woman Maddie's husband Bill ( Chris Klein ) got pregnant and left her for. Sound like a messy story? It is!

The show also filmed in other locations nearby , including in and around Atlanta. However, if you want to make a trip to the most Serenity-like location you can find, you have to head to Covington. You'll feel like you've stepped right inside Sweet Magnolias and will be joining Maddie and her friends for their next margarita night.

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Sweet Magnolias season 3: episode guide, trailer, cast, plot and everything we know about the drama

The best kind of southern heat.

JoAnna Garcia Swisher as Maddie Townsend, Brooke Elliott as Dana Sue Sullivan, Heather Headley as Helen Decatur drinking margaritas in Sweet Magnolias season 3

While the American South has become famous for its sweet tea, the ladies front and center in Sweet Magnolias season 3 continue to make a strong case that southern discussions about town news, family problems and romance woes can also take place over an ice-cold pitcher of margaritas. 

For a few seasons now, everyone’s favorite group of besties from Serenity, South Carolina, have gathered around a pitcher of margaritas to catch each other up on the ups and downs of their lives, while recalling some of the most memorable moments of their past. Considering how season 2 ended with some major cliffhangers, fans of Sweet Magnolias should anticipate seeing more meetings between the ladies. On that note, who is the mystery woman that has a bone to pick with Dana Sue (Brooke Elliot)? 

Here’s everything we know about Sweet Magnolias season 3.  

Sweet Magnolias season 3 release date

The new 10-episode season of Sweet Magnolias premieres on Thursday, July 20 on Netflix . 

Sweet Magnolias season 3 episode guide

Here is an episode guide for the season: Season 3, episode 1: "Meaning to Tell You" "After the incident at the restaurant, an unlikely ally offers to help Cal. Helen shares her painful secret and Maddie grills Ty about a rumor."

Season 3, episode 2: "Meet Me Where I Am" "Erik opens up to Isaac while Helen ponders her future. Over margaritas, Maddie reveals the deal she made with Cal. Dana Sue and Ronnie plan a party."

Season 3, episode 3: "The Searchers" "The competition heats up and the friendly trash talk flies as Serenity gathers for the Forager Festival. A vengeful Kathy cooks up a couple of schemes."

Season 3, episode 4: "Be Bold" "Peggy digs into the mayor's activities after his announcement. Dana Sue learns the reason behind Miss Frances' gift. Helen gives CeCe another option."

Season 3, episode 5: "On This Foundation" "Mary Vaughn drops a bombshell on Bill and Kyle. Annie has the shindig of her dreams — until a party crasher arrives. Erik meets a Serenity newcomer."

Season 3, episode 6: "And a Star to Steer Her By" "Friends rally around Harlan after a crisis. Maddie and Dana Sue hire an esthetician. While at odds with the Magnolias, Helen receives heartbreaking news."

Season 3, episode 7: "Somebody I'm Longing to See" "A devastated Helen finds comfort in her family away from Serenity. Bill hopes to be more involved in Rebecca's life. Dana Sue walks into a total mess."

Season 3, episode 8: "Beat Me at My Own Game" "Ronnie gives Kathy what she wants, but it comes at a steep price. Erik meets Jeremy and comes to a realization. The kids rally to restore a playground."

Season 3, episode 9: "A Game of Telephone" "An ex brings tensions and more to the table during a dinner with Maddie and Cal. Kyle deals with a secret admirer. Dana Sue has a change of party plans."

Season 3, episode 10: "Save My Place" "Erik makes a decision about his future. Miss Paula announces her new plan. The town turns out to celebrate a happy couple, but an unwanted guest appears."

Sweet Magnolias season 3 trailer

The fan-favorite trio look to be in rare form this season and are certianly tackling on their fair share of drama. It looks like some new faces are in Serenity. Take a look at the season 3 trailer. 

Sweet Magnolias season 3 plot

Sweet Magnolias continues to be based on the book series of the same name written by Sherryl Woods. It follows a group of best friends in a small southern town as they support each other while they navigate the hurdles of family, business and romance. 

In terms of season 3, here is the synopsis as provided by the Netflix site Tudum: 

“Following the fight at Sullivan’s, Maddie wrestles with the best way to help Cal and works to clear her own emotional path. Helen faces difficult decisions about the men in her life. And Dana Sue searches for a way to use an unexpected check to help the community without upending her family.” 

Fans of the show can also again expect to see the true identity revealed of the mystery woman who had a bone to pick with Dana Sue. Plus, now that it’s been shared that Isaac (Chris Medlin) is the long-lost son of Bill (Chris Klein), we imagined the surprising family tie will continue to reverberate around town. 

Sweet Magnolias season 3 cast

Heather Headley, JoAnna Garcia Swisher and Brooke Elliot as Helen Maddie and Dana Sue toasting in Sweet Magnolias

At the heart of the series are best friends Maddie (JoAnna Garcia Swisher), Dana Sue (Brooke Elliot) and Helen (Heather Headley). Swisher is best known for her role in the hit show Reba and most recently hosted The Ultimatum: Queer Love season 1 , Elliot is most recognized for her work in Drop Dead Diva and Headley is a Grammy-award and Tony-award winner who has in recent years been spotted in Respect and Chicago Med . 

Helping to round out the rest of the cast are: 

  • Justin Bruening ( Grey’s Anatomy ) as Cal    
  • Carson Rowland ( Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin ) as Tyler 'Ty' 
  • Chris Klein ( American Pie ) as Bill Townsend   
  • Logan Allen ( Stranger Things ) as Kyle   
  • Jamie Lynn Spears ( Special Forces: World's Toughest Test season 1 ) as Noreen    
  • Anneliese Judge ( Where’s Rose ) as Annie    
  • Dion Johnstone ( The Core ) as Erik     
  • Chris Medlin ( The Vampire Diaries ) as Isaac    
  • Bianca Berry Tarantino ( Swamp Thing ) as Katie 

How to watch Sweet Magnolias season 3 

Sweet Magnolias is Netflix original series. For those interested in watching new episodes, you’ll need a subscription to Netflix. Currently, the streaming service offers a few different subscription options to choose from for would-be subscribers. 

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61 'Sweet Magnolias' Quotes From Seasons 1 And 2

The most memorable one (and two) liners from Seasons 1 and 2.

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If you haven't watched our new favorite Netflix series Sweet Magnolias yet, please grab your best girls, whip up a pitcher of margaritas , and silence your phones because it's time for a girls' night in. These quotes will have you running to catch up with Season 2 if you haven't already because Season 3 is on the horizon. It's high time you hop to watching (or rewatching) this binge-worthy, feel-good dramedy.

The series, based on the Sweet Magnolias book series by Sherryl Woods, centers on the Serenity magnolias, three best friends from a small fictional South Carolina town who stand by each other through thick and thin—and always with a heartfelt turn of phrase to suit. Take a look through some of their most memorable quotes from Season 1 and Season 2 of Sweet Magnolias . We bet you'll be itching to sit down and pour it out with this quick-tongued, loyal trio.

Quotes That Give Advice

  • "We got enough storm clouds out there. Don't need you being one too." – Maddie Townsend
  • "Sometimes, if we treat people as if they're good, it challenges them to be good." – Helen Decatur
  • "Your nerves are talking and not your heart. Tell the first to shut up and listen to the second." – Helen Decatur
  • "We all know how painful it can be to kick a man to the curb, but you don't just rebound yourself out of the pan into hellfire." – Dana Sue Sullivan
  • "You always count your first kiss, and then you just keep on kissing till you lose count." – Dana Sue Sullivan
  • "Remembering what a great person said helps me to be a better one." – Cal Maddox
  • "That's the thing about a garden. You grow and change and you don't have to get everything right all at once." – Erik to Isaac
  • “I will not stop worrying—it is how I express my love.” – Helen Decatur
  • "Chin up sweet pea." – Dana Sue Sullivan
  • “Few good decisions are made between midnight and dawn.” – Helen Decatur
  • “First love never truly goes away.” – Maddie Townsend
  • “There’s a difference between forgiving and forgetting.” – Maddie Townsend
  • “And as we all know, basic cannot be the best.” – CeCe Matney

Quotes About Difficulties

  • "My week had a week." – Dana Sue Sullivan
  • Helen: "Do the storms ever stop?" Maddie: "No, but neither do the rainbows."
  • Dana Sue: "It goes perfectly with my 'Are you sure you want my opinion?' lipstick." Helen: "Mmm. I highly recommend the 'Don't make me smack you' nail polish."
  • "I'm holding it together by duct tape and happy thoughts and I'm near out of both." – Maddie Townsend
  • "You look like you've played 8 quarters of football around here." – Helen Decatur
  • "I've been stewin' in my own blues." – Dana Sue Sullivan
  • “I have to get a new job. I have to get a new everything.” – Maddie Townsend
  • “Why does everyone think they can sit in judgment in my life?” – Maddie Townsend
  • "Now if you'll excuse me I've gotta go see a girl about a grudge." – Maddie Townsend
  • “Everyone is entitled to be sad, but no one should be sad alone.” – Helen Decatur

Funny Quotes

  • "Tongues will be wagging. That's for sure." – Maddie Townsend
  • "Why can't our kids use words instead of symbols like they're Neanderthals painting on a cave wall?" – Dana Sue Sullivan
  • Helen: "This touches my soul." Maddie: "The companions or the margaritas?" Helen: "Mmm. Yes."
  • "It's the day of rest. Can we give it one, please?" – Maddie Townsend
  • "God call me home the day I say no to a steak." – Maddie Townsend
  • “That was the most magnificent thing I’ve seen you do since you ate that lizard in kindergarten.” – Helen Decatur
  • “You two feel free to continue this little Tiger Beat meeting without me.” – Helen Decatur
  • "Your eyebrows are speaking volumes." – Helen Decatur

Quotes About Relationships

  • "Til the cows come home, you are my best girl." – Helen Decatur
  • "I truly, truly believe that there is not a problem in this world that cannot be solved by having a drink and a talk with the two of you." – Helen Decatur
  • "This puddle on the floor, formerly known as Helen, has taught me most of what I know about resiliency." – Maddie Townsend
  • "I've sat in the passenger seat for 20 years while you drove our lives." – Ronnie Sullivan
  • “I will not have a man who lies in this kitchen or in my life.” – Dana Sue Sullivan
  • “I want to hold hands in the mall. I want that.” – Maddie Townsend
  • “I thought I got a whiff of a longstanding rivalry.” – Cal Maddox
  • “Go upstairs before you say something that I will make you regret.” – Maddie Townsend
  • “Well, if everyone’s already decided that we’re a thing… who are we to disagree?” – Cal Maddox
  • "I know I can't fix all the ways I broke our home but the least I can do is fix our house." – Ronnie to Dana Sue

Quotes with Southern Flair

  • "It is wetter than a submarine with screen doors out there." – Dana Sue Sullivan
  • "Sometimes you don't have the sense God gave a goose." – Maddie Townsend
  • "You gotta admire people that stay somewhere, you know, and put down roots." – Dana Sue Sullivan
  • "Just sat there like a June bug in a bug zapper." – Maddie Townsend
  • “Gossip travels like grease through a goose in this town.” – Maddie Townsend
  • "You are bound and determined to make me fat as a tick." – Helen Decatur
  • "Knock me down and steal my teeth." – Dana Sue Sullivan
  • “Ooh, bless your heart. Go ahead then and work your magic.” – Dana Sue Sullivan
  • “Well my, my, aren’t we living in high cotton?” – Mary Vaughn Lewis
  • “If Mother Nature didn’t like curves, she would’ve made the earth flat.” – Erik Whitley
  • “You are busier than a cat in a room full of rocking chairs and you keep adding chairs.” – Ronnie Sullivan
  • “What, like polka-dotted fish with two heads weird or like not everybody likes Beyonce weird?” – Trotter Vidhyarkorn
  • “I wouldn’t trust a woman who puts raisins in her potato salad either.” – Helen Decatur

Short Quotes

  • "I'm tired of building something so a man can kick it down." – Dana Sue Sullivan
  • "Please take your foot off my mood." – Maddie Townsend
  • "Are y'all down for a margarita morning?" – Helen Decatur
  • "No, you did not just 'ma'am' me." – Dana Sue Sullivan
  • "Good riddance to bad rubbish." – Dana Sue Sullivan
  • "Grass is always greener where you water it." – Farmer Jeremy Reynolds
  • "Eight hands are better than two." – Maddie Townsend

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I will be the first to admit that I binge-watched the entirety of Sweet Magnolias season three in just two days. Thanks to the feel-good storyline and lovable cast, I've developed a soft spot for the people of Serenity—and I know I'm not the only one.

In her review of season three, PureWow Assistant Editor of News and Entertainment Karelle McKay wrote, " Sweet Magnolias  season three made us feel so many emotions, making it such a great watch from beginning to end. The third installment brought solid performances from a talented ensemble cast, drama-filled answers to those season two cliffhangers, lots more Helen (thank goodness) and more complications in our favorite relationships. I can’t wait to see what’s next for Helen, Dana Sue and Maddie."

Fortunately for fans like me, Netflix has already confirmed season four . And while they've yet to announce the release date, I'm biding my time by getting to know the Sweet Magnolias cast members, including details about what else they’ve been in. Keep scrolling for details.

First, What Is Sweet Magnolias About?

Based on Sherryl Woods’s book series, Sweet Magnolias follows Maddie, Helen and Dana Sue, three best friends who navigate relationships, family drama and small-town dilemmas in their hometown of Serenity, South Carolina. Maddie is a recently divorced mom who can't seem to escape her problematic ex-husband, Helen is a successful attorney who convinces her friends to co-run a new spa and Dana Sue is an accomplished restaurant owner who has a complicated relationship with her daughter. Throughout the series, the tight-knit duo remains loyal to one another, but there are definitely moments when their bonds are tested.

In my review of season one , I called the series "more than just a drama like  Gilmore Girls ." I wrote, "The first episode of  Sweet Magnolias  leaves viewers with a very small cliffhanger: Will Maddie, Helen, and Dana Sue renovate an old beloved landmark into a women-only wellness center slash spa? I don’t have to watch the next installment to know that’s exactly what they’re going to do. It’s clear the show will have a broader storyline, in addition to the interpersonal relationships, and I was left wanting to know more."

1. Joanna García Swisher

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Character: Maddie Townsend

JoAnna García Swisher’s earliest acting credits include Vicki Appleby on Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000), Sam on Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1994–1996) and Hallie on Party of Five (1998). In addition to recurring roles on Once Upon a Time (2013–2018) and The Mindy Project (2014), the actress also starred as Cheyenne Hart on Reba (2001–2007).

The 44-year-old actress is currently married to former pro baseball player Nick Swisher, and they have two daughters, Emerson and Sailor. Believe it or not, they were background actors in one episode in season two.

Swisher told me in a previous interview , "That was a really fun day. Heather [Headley] brought her kids there too, and so it was really fun to just have them with me at work. And then my youngest also did an episode of  Santa Clauses , which was really fun. She wants to be an actress, so we're just taking really tiny baby steps."

2. Heather Headley

Character: Helen Decatur

Prior to Sweet Magnolias , Heather Headley appeared in She’s Gotta Have It (2017–2019) and Chicago Med (2018–2021), but the actress also boasts an impressive Broadway resume. She earned a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her work in Aida , and her other theater credits include The Bodyguard, The Color Purple and The Lion King . Additionally, she won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album for her album, Audience of One .

Headley has been happily married to investment advisor Brian Musso since 2003, and they share three children.

While chatting about her Sweet Magnolia co-stars, Headley said , "I have a girl crush on JoAnna, she is a sweet, feisty, fierce woman who, if you get in some trouble, you want that doll in your corner." Meanwhile, she describes Brooke as the mother figure. She said, "Even though she has no kids, even though she isn't married, Brooke will come in with all the information. Brooke will know everything."

3. Brooke Elliott

Character: Dana Sue Sullivan

Although Brooke Elliott has appeared in several TV movies—like Furst Born and Crazy Wonderful —she’s widely recognized for playing Jane Bingum in Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva (2009–2014). The actress and singer starred in Broadway productions of Taboo and The Pirate Queen , and she was in the original cast of the first national tour of Wicked .

Her starring role in Boy George's musical, Taboo , turned out to be one of the biggest breaks of her career, and it was all thanks to Rosie O'Donnell. She told CTV News , "Rosie plucked me from the ensemble and gave me the lead role, which was really great and such old-school producing."

While speaking with TV Fanatic about her behind-the-scenes bond with Headley and Swisher, she said, "They're such incredible women, and I am so lucky to get to work with them. I think some of that is aligned in the stars to have that kind of chemistry that I'm told people see, and I feel when we're shooting the scenes, so I think we just got lucky."

4. Justin Bruening

Character: Cal Maddox

Justin Bruening got his start as a fashion model and landed his first modeling gig at Abercrombie & Fitch, after being discovered by a talent scout at McDonald's. Bruening then ventured into acting after he was noticed by All My Children  casting director Judy Wilson. He originally auditioned for the role of JR Chandler, but producers decided he was a better fit for James "Jamie" Martin.

Soon, Bruening became a soap opera star in All My Children (2003–2007, 2011) and One Life to Live (2004–2005). He has also appeared in Ringer (2011–2012), Switched at Birth (2012–2013), Hawaii Five-0 (2013), Ravenswood (2013–2014) and Grey’s Anatomy (2013, 2018).

In 2005, Bruening married his All My Children co-star, Alexa Havins, and they have three children.

5. Chris Klein

Character: Bill Townsend

Sweet Magnolias aside, Chris Klein is known for starring as Chris "Oz" Ostreicher in the American Pie franchise. Other TV credits include Election (1999), Welcome to the Captain (2008), Wilfred (2011–2014) and The Flash (2018–2019).

In 2015, Klein married travel agent Laina Rose Thyfault, and they share two children: their son, Frederick (born July 2016) and their daughter, Isla Rose (born May 2018).

6. Jamie Lynn Spears

Character: Noreen Fitzgibbons

Some fans might recognize Jamie Lynn Spears as Britney Spears’s little sister, but she made a name for herself by starring as the titular character, Zoey Brooks, in Nickelodeon’s Zoey 101 . More recently, she appeared in reality shows like Dancing with the Stars ,  Special Forces: World's Toughest Test  and  I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here .

In 2007, Spears welcomed her first child with her then-boyfriend, Casey Aldridge, and in 2014, she tied the knot with businessman Jamie Watson. She gave birth to her second daughter in 2018.

While speaking with Entertainment Tonight about playing Noreen on Sweet Magnolias , Spears said, "I fell in love with the character. I felt like I've been her in many ways and I just had compassion for the character. I love the people who were working on it and they took a chance on me, so it really was just a big blessing."

7. Logan Allen

Character: Kyle Townsend

You might recognize him as Jake from Stranger Things or as Kevin from Bernie the Dolphin. But long before he landed these big roles, he made guest appearances on shows like Nickelodeon's Talia in the Kitchen and Creepshow . Per his IMDB biography , the Florida native plans to add director and sports commentator to his resume.

During an interview with Pop Culturalist , he opened up about wanting to share more scenes with the rest of the cast. He said, "I want to work with as much of the cast as I can. I feel like I haven’t had many scenes with Dana Sue who’s played by Brooke Elliott. She’s amazing and super, super talented. I really want to work with her more because she’s so funny."

He added, "I want to work more with Heather Headley, who plays Helen. Her character is my favorite. I love her so much. She has this cockiness and confidence about her [and] I love that. She does such a good job as Helen."

8. Carson Rowland

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Character: Tyler Townsend

In addition to Sweet Magnolias , Carson Rowland also starred in American Housewife (2020), Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin (2022) and Ghost Tape (2020). He's been married to Maris Kenny since 2021, and they have a daughter named Eden.

While chatting with Us Weekly about Ty and Annie's shifting dynamic in season three, he said, “The writers, they love this slow burn. And I think what they’re doing is turning the furnace on so gradually to get people’s excitement up, like they did for the car crash in season one, where it’s got all of this anticipation. I love how the season ends with  this subtle hint towards the relationship . And it’s a massive cliffhanger of the season. I think that’ll cause people to want to come back [for] more."

9. Anneliese Judge

Character: Annie Sullivan

Sweet Magnolias served as Anneliese Judge’s big break. In fact, she has only one previous acting credit—an independent film, titled Where’s Rose .

While discussing Annie's on-screen relationship with her mom, Judge told HollywoodLife , "Annie and her mom, Dana Sue, definitely have a really strong relationship, but we also see a lot of anger from Annie. Her parents have been separated for about 18 months and while she lives with her mom, she misses her dad a lot and we see a lot of anger and bitterness towards her mom. It fluctuates. As Annie goes through her own struggles, we see the relationship between she and her mom ebb and flow. It’s really something the audience will be able to connect to."

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Sweet Magnolias

Three South Carolina women, best friends since high school, shepherd one another through the complexities of romance, career, and family.

  • Runtime: N/A
  • Released: 19 May 2020
  • Genre: Drama , Romance
  • Starring: JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Brooke Elliott, Heather Headley
  • Writer: Sheryl J. Anderson
  • Director: N/A
  • Available countries: United States

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“Sweet Magnolias:” The Houses in the Small Southern Town of Serenity

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Raise your hand if you watched the new series “Sweet Magnolias” on Netflix and wanted to move to the charming Southern town of Serenity, South Carolina. Not only am I ready to pack my bags, but I also decided I need to start hosting Margarita Nights each week with my friends like Maddie, Helen, and Dana Sue do!

There are some great houses and sets on this show, so I had to find out more about them.

Alas, Serenity is only fictional, and not in SC. The show was filmed in Covington, Georgia, outside Atlanta.

If some of the houses and shots of the town square look familiar, it may be because so many other TV shows and movies have been filmed there, including “Vampire Diaries” and “In the Heat of the Night.”

Let’s take a look at the historic Greek Revival-style mansion the three friends renovate on “Sweet Magnolias,” as well as the houses the women live in.

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The Houses on “Sweet Magnolias”

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The series is based on the series of novels written by Sherryl Woods,

Starting with stealing home  (amazon affiliate links):.

Sheryl Woods Sweet Magnolias Novels

I’m reading Stealing Home   right now. It’s always fun to compare shows like this to the books they’re based on.

If you enjoy Hallmark movies and the popular series “Chesapeake Shores,” which was also based on books by Sherryl Woods , you’ll probably like “Sweet Magnolias,” too.

The show tells stories of love and friendship that take place in a small Southern town where the characters go to church and pray together in a crisis.

Margarita Night in Dana Sue's Kitchen

They live in the fictional small town of Serenity, South Carolina.

It was filmed in and around covington, georgia , outside atlanta..

aerial view of serenity sweet magnolias

Author Sherryl Woods says she based the town of Serenity in her novels on Sumter, South Carolina , a town she visited often.

aerial view of covington town square

Lifelong friends Helen, Dana Sue, and Maddie are renovating an old mansion.

They’re turning it into a health center and spa for the women of the town:, after it opens, maddie runs the corner spa, while helen works as a local attorney., dana sue owns a popular restaurant called sullivan’s:.

Bar at Sullivans Sweet Magnolia

According to Go Covington , they used a local restaurant called Mystic Grill.

You may remember seeing in “the vampire diaries,” as well., the corner spa on “sweet magnolias”.

Corner Spa Lee-Porter Mansion

Other sites are reporting that they filmed the exterior scenes for Serenity’s Corner Spa at the historic Greek Revival mansion known as the Lee-Porter House in Covington, Georgia.

However, i believe that is incorrect., you can see it looks a little different on google streetview ..

Corner Spa Exterior Sweet Magnolias

I then found this at Newsweek : “The Corner Spa is actually partly a law office on the town’s College Avenue. The office provided the exteriors for the spa, but its interiors were actually a soundstage.”

Corner Spa sign

After searching for law offices in Covington, I found a photo of it on the website for Craig Law.

Streetview confirmed the house at 1144 college avenue looks like the corner spa., so that’s where i believe it was actually filmed..

Front Porch Lee-Porter Mansion Covington GA

The Corner Spa During Its Renovation:

Corner Spa mansion during renovation

The Finished Entry Hall with Front Desk:

Maddie in the Entry Hall of Corner Spa

Jamie Lynn Spears plays Noreen, the woman Maddie’s husband leaves her for.

This is her first acting role since “zoey 101” over a decade ago..

Front Door Jamie Lynn Spears Corner Spa

The wall color looks similar to Sherwin Williams Sea Salt .

Corner Spa front desk

Joanna Garcia Swisher plays Maddie Townsend, a recently divorced mom of three struggling to navigate her newly single life after her husband leaves her for another woman.

Luckily, her son’s baseball coach Cal ( Justin Bruening ) is there for her, though. In more ways than one!

Corner Spa marble front desk foyer

Dana Sue’s House on “Sweet Magnolias”

Dana Sue's House on Sweet Magnolias

Single-mom Dana Sue Sullivan and her daughter Annie live in this cozy blue house.

It’s located in covington, georgia, and was built in 1920., based on the 2017 real estate listing , the rooms look different on the show., however, it looks as if they may have filmed inside the same (remodeled) house., the doors and windows are in the same place, as is the fireplace:.

Dana Sue's fireplace on Sweet Magnolias

You may remember Brooke Elliott, who plays Dana Sue, as Jane Bingum on “Drop Dead Diva.”

Dana Sue and Annie Sullivan in the kitchen

Dana Sue’s kitchen is less about aesthetics than the ones her friends have. It looks like it’s built to work hard. It’s filled with open shelves crammed with everything a busy chef could possibly need.

Dana Sue Sullivan's kitchen on Sweet Magnolias

Helen’s House on “Sweet Magnolias”

Exterior of Helen's blue two-story house on Sweet Magnolias

I struggled to find a full exterior shot of Helen’s charming blue house. A big shout-out to a reader named Jacob who tracked it down for me at the end of Episode 9 because I missed it!

Helen's house on Sweet Magnolias entry hall

We didn’t see Helen’s house until late in the season, so it was a nice surprise when they finally introduced these sets.

Update: Thanks to a reader named Mary, I have learned that they filmed on location inside the same house . These are not sets but the real interiors.

Helen\'s kitchen in Sweet Magnolias

Helen’s house is located in Atlanta and is worth about a million dollars, according to Realtor.com .

It has 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, and 3,000 square feet., you can see the interiors in its former listing photos ..

Helen cooking in her kitchen with blue cabinets

Her kitchen has pale blue-gray cabinets, shiplap backsplash, and a large marble island.

The family room is moodier with dark teal grasscloth wallpaper:.

Helen's living room on Sweet Magnolias

Maddie’s House on “Sweet Magnolias”

Maddie's House on Sweet Magnolias

The real house is in Covington, Georgia.

It was built in 1910 and hasn’t been on the market since the 1990s..

Front Porch Sweet Magnolias Netflix

Maddie’s porch is the real showstopper of this house for me.

It looks bigger than my first apartment was.

Maddie's house front porch

Fridays are Margarita Nights, where they meet in each other’s homes and “pour it out,” sharing all of their struggles and successes from the week.

Get the recipe for Helen’s Lethal Margaritas on JoAnna Garcia Swisher’s blog The Happy Place .

Margarita Night at Maddie's House

Maddie’s Kitchen:

Maddie's kitchen on Sweet Magnolias

I hit “Pause” every time her gorgeous gas range with this tile came onscreen, just to get a better look at it:

oven range in Maddie's kitchen

Chris Klein plays Bill Townsend, Maddie’s ex-husband:

Maddie\'s kitchen island on Sweet Magnolias

Klein played Dusty Dinkleman in the 2005 comedy “Just Friends.” (Amazon affiliate link.) Every time I see it on TV I have to stop and watch because it makes me laugh.

wide shot of Maddie's kitchen with table and island

Maddie’s Family Room:

Joanna Garcia Swisher's house on Sweet Magnolias

Most, but not all locations were shot in Covington, Georgia.

Serenity high school was filmed in the nearby town of mcdonough , in what was once a middle school ., serenity’s prince of peace lutheran church is actually oakhurst presbyterian in decatur..

Maddie Townsend's House Sweet Magnolias

Learn more about the “Sweet Magnolias” filming locations at Go Covington and  Southern Living.

Maddie Townsend's house Sweet Magnolias

Have you been watching?

The final episode ended on a cliffhanger that had me crying, “Noooo!” when I realized we weren’t going to find out what happened.

Luckily, Netflix has already renewed “Sweet Magnolias” for a second season.

February 2022 Update: Season Two of “Sweet Magnolias” is now streaming on Netflix.

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