A graduate of Armstrong
Atlantic State University with a B.S. in Elementary Education (and
post-graduate courses in journalism, technical writing, and speech), Maxine
Pinson has over thirty years experience in designing, marketing, and
publishing. Her first commercial venture, Smiling Smocking Designs, Inc.
(SSD), involved creating a collection of smocking designs for childrenís
clothing which sold in seventeen states and Canada from 1978-1980. For
the next 10 years, Maxine stayed busy serving as a full-time wife, mother,
and homemaker; along with her homemaking and involvement in her children's
activities, she was absorbed in various church and community activities
(including two terms as President of the Savannah Bar Auxiliary).
Between 1990-95, Maxine published/edited two parenting
Parent and Low
Country Parent), for which she also served as advertising/marketing
director. During this time, she began writing travel articles, authored
a children's book (Forrest
Frump and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer), and she served as a
book reviewer and a contributing writer to several publications of The
American Family Foundation. Maxine was one of ten editors featured
in the 4th Edition of Kathy Hendersonís Market
Guide for Young Writers in recognition of her contributions (through
Parent's "Creative Expressions" page and her guidance in the launching
Tides Literary Magazine, published by Savannah Country Day School)
to the encouragement of children in the pursuit of creative writing and
In 1995, Maxine began publishing/editing The
INNside Scoop, a quarterly newsletter featuring and recommending
personally visited bed and breakfasts inns in Georgia and the Carolinas.
In 2001, the newsletter converted to a bi-annual publication reviewing
inns throughout the U.S. and Canada with readers throughout the US and
abroad. Maxine has visited and reviewed/recommended over 500 B&Bs and
country inns in 48 states and 2 Canadian provinces. Prior to becoming a
travel writer, she stayed in B&Bs in 9 different European countries
during the early 1970s.
Pinson began publishing Savannah
Restaurants Online in 1998 and enrolled in graduate school at Union
Theological Seminary/PSCE in Richmond, VA in 1999 following
the death of her daughter, Celia.
She pursued her studies at Union/PSCE (via the seminary's extended campus
program) through the summer of 2003. In 2000, Pinson became a columnist
and property reviewer for The
B&B and Country Inn Marketplace (a publication distributed
throughout The States and Canada). She presented two "Seminars at Sea,"
sponsored by The B&B and Country Inn Marketplace, for innkeepers
in early 2001 and served as a consultant for innkeepers during a 2003 "Seminars
at Sea." In 2001 she established The
Food Scoop, "Where to Eat on The Inn Trail," currently featuring
restaurants and B&Bs in 45 states and Canada, each personally experienced
Between 2002 and 2004, Maxine wrote and published
four books. In addition to writing The
INNside Scoop: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Bed and Breakfast
she and her daughter Malyssa published 3 editions of a one-of-a-kind
cookbook/travel guide: Lowcountry
Delights which has been featured in numerous publications and has
sold all of the 20,000 copies printed. Over forty Web sites (primarily
for restaurants, inns, and professionals) have been created and maintained
by Maxine since 1996 for clients throughout 5 states.
Maxine discontinued the print edition of her B&B
newsletter in 2008; however, she keeps her Website (The INNside Scoop)
current with recently visited inns. In addition, she stays actively involved
in the bed and breakfast industry as a travel writer and an associate editor/blog
poster for BedandBreakfast.com, a comprehensive worldwide listing of bed
and breakfasts, country inns, and other unique accommodations. B&B
blogs written by Maxine may be viewed at B&B blogs by Maxine. In her
spare time, she stays busy caring for and playing with her grandson.
Maxine lives with her husband, Bill
(who has recently semi-retired from almost 40 years of practicing law),
in the Historic District of Savannah--Georgia's bed and breakfast capitol
where "fodder for storytelling" flows without intermission. According to
Maxine, "My real passion is storytelling. Writing and publishing are simply
by-products of my first love."
(Updated May 2010)