Professional Profile

Maxine Pinson

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 newspapers (Savannah 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 Savannah Parent's "Creative Expressions" page and her guidance in the launching of  Spring Tides Literary Magazine, published by Savannah Country Day School) to the encouragement of children in the pursuit of creative writing and art.

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 by Maxine. 

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 Inns, 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, 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)