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“Absolutely Divine!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Lodge on Gorham's Bluff

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Lodge on Gorham's Bluff
Ranked #1 of 1 Pisgah B&B and Inns
Madison,AL
1 review
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“Absolutely Divine!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2011

Do yourself a favor and book a stay as soon as possible- DIVINE! My husband and I were only able to get away for a night- but we will be back over and over! On the way to the delightful Gorham's Bluff B&B we enjoyed a stop for lunch at the Triple R restaurant on Highway 35 just outside of Scottsboro for a lunch of fried catfish for him and BBQ for me. The salad bar was tempting, too. On to Gorham's Bluff where we had absolutely no trouble with the excellent website-provided directions. There were green highway signs with"Gorham's Bluff" clearly marked at the two forks in the road that might have otherwise raised a question. The planned community is charming and the lodge itself is reminiscent of an old Southern plantation home- porches with rockers and an amazing view awaited us. We arrived for the three o'clock checkin and were immediately greeted by Candice. Se showed us around the beautiful downstairs- cozy couches with fleece throws nearby and up to date books for reading in front of the fire place, a flat screen T.V. if you wanted to check in with the outside world, copious amounts of Hershey Kisses in a lovely vase by the door and the guest pantry with treats. We were shown not only the snack foods and bottled waters and sodas available for us to help ourselves, but the freezer with ice cream for any midnight munchies attack! The bite sized Snickers in a bowl did not escape notice. The innkeepers have thought of everything! Little did we know that the culinary talents of Chef Keith would leave us absolutely satisfied with no need to partake of these.

We were so impressed with the Roden room in the lodge. A sitting area with drawing pad and pencils was provided and a remote controlled gas fireplace was available for my "I have made fire" (see Tom Hanks in "Castaway") husband. I was able to persuade him thath since it was August, we would try that at a future visit. The room was impeccable with copious reading material on a wide variety of subjects- definitely something to appeal to everyone. The hot tube with candles and lighter provided beckoned, as did the crisp white waffle weave bathrobes, but we wanted to explore first.

The Adirondack chairs out back were SO comfortable! We had planned to take the bikes Candice had pointed out for our use and take a spin around the pool, checking out the cute cottages available to rent that surrounded the planned residential community of Gorham's Bluff. The playground made us both make a mental note to come back again and bring the kids at a future visit- soon! However, recharging in the gentle breeze overlooking the bluff and reconnecting with each other kept us put until shortly before our dinner reservation.

At dinner, the lovely Lauren was our server and she anticipated our every need. Although we were given the opportunity to dine on the covered porch, we remained inside the dining area in front of the fireplace and sampled the Asiago Cheese and Rosemary Olive bread she brought to start. We had intended to bring a bottle of wine (This is a dry county but you may BYOB and they will uncork and serve without a fee) but it was good we didn't- wouldn't have had room! Chef Keith- wow! What can we say? Amazing talents! Having been blessed enough to enjoy the delights of Commander's Palace, Galatoire's and Arnaud's, I am no stranger to heavenly food. This man is in a league of his own- we would follow him ANYWHERE! The Caesar salad was amazing. The corn chowder for the next course was even better. But the piece de resistance was the Shrimp and Grits WITH CONECUH COUNTY SAUSAGE!!! Wow! So creamy, with just the right amount of spice, and ample amounts of large shrimp and sausage- no skimping here! (Afterward we retired to the rocking chairs on the front porch and immediately took advantage of the lodge's wi-fi to try to find a similar recipe on the internet to try- it was just that good!) Thankfully we had just enough room left for dessert. I am a chocoholic, so naturally I chose that cake. It was warm and scrumptious, covered in just the right amount of vanilla ice cream. However, I must tell you that my husband's pecan pie was SO GOOD (yes- he shared;)) that I might just go on the wagon and order it myself next time, too!

We enjoyed reading and spent a comfortable night in the softest sheets and coziest bed ever. An itemized bill had been placed in our room during dinner for our review before our check out the next day. My husband is VERY tight with the finances, but he agreed that this was an amazing value for our travel dollar- and wanted to plan our return before we even left! The next morning we helped ourselves to coffee in the hutch upstairs and went downstairs for the nine o'clock breakfast we had requested. The fresh blueberry muffins and coffee were a treat, and the orange juice had to have been fresh-squeezed. Although they had some "lighter side" selections, such as granola, cereals, etc. I am a bacon and eggs kind of gal. After finishing our fresh cantaloupe and strawberries with cream, we polished off our entrees delivered by Chef Keith himself. Not only is he an artist in the kitchen, like everyone at Gorham's Bluff ,he was personable and friendly and we were glad to have a chance to express our appreciation for his contribution to our amazing stay.

After our breakfast we were missing our three boys left at my folks enough that we set out for home. The whole way we were thinking of all the friends and family we needed to tell about this heavenly spot. As frequent travelers who enjoy staying at B&Bs in the Select Registry and otherwise, we agreed that our last trip to Vermont had nothing on this place. Do yourself a favor and book a stay at Gorham's Bluff- you'll be glad you did!

Room Tip: Roden suite is where we will stay again- clean, cozy, comfy and private!
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2011

We attended a wedding at Gorhams Bluff. It was gorgeous. We stayed in the lodge and we were right in the middle of everything. The rooms were a wonderful size and the view was unbelievable . The food was out of this world. The chef was so easy to work with and did a fantastic job. We are coming back for a family reunion at Thanksgiving. It is a great place to visit. Kathy Miller-owner Kathy Miller flowers

Room Tip: Our room was in the lodge. All the rooms were great. They do have houses to rent and I visited sever...
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kathy m
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ft walton bch fl
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2011

Our son was married at this picturesque location last weekend. It was the perfect location for enjoying family, friends, and celebrating the wedding event. The ceremony took place on the bluff overlooking the Tennessee river and it was absolutely beautiful! The chef prepared delicious dinners, brunches, and the reception cuisine was yummy too! Highly recommend this place for anyone looking for an extraordinary location.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Birmingham, ALa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2011

We just had our 5th child's wedding at Gorham's Bluff and it was a great experience. The staff was fantastic and was so responsive to all of our needs. The view is incredible and a very special place to have a wedding or an event. The chef and person we dealt with was Keith Isadore and I can't say enough great things about him. The food was as good as any I have ever had. Many things Keith fixed were straight out of his garden. The whole weekend was everything I had hoped it would be and I look forward to going back to visit this delightful place. Tommy did an awesome job, too!!

Beverly McNeil
Birmingham,. Alabama

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Gainesville, Florida
1 review
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2011

We went for a long weekend to Gorham's Bluff because we were given a gift certificate. Before going one should look into the hidden costs associated with your stay. The catch is that there are no restaurants around the area so you are stuck having to purchase a meal plan (which is over-priced), and they add on a rather large resort /service fee.
The hotel sits on a failed housing development which planned for over 300 homes but only has around thirty and a lot of them seem empty. The development gives a rather bad vibe to the place, even though there are some very nice views of the valley.They do advertise a hiking trail, but when we got there they recommended that we do not use it since it it rather treacherous/unused.
The food is not great, its just average, plus we had the same dinner on two of the three nights we were there. The pork chop was very hard,but the chocolate cake and the muffins were really good. The service for dinner and breakfast is very slow, they hire teenagers from the local town who really are just doing the best they can. You do not have access to a microwave or your own fridge.

The room itself was nice, but it seemed that it hadn't been used in a while since there was a lot of dust, and a dead bug on the floor. They are also stingy about the toiletries and it appears they reuse the bottles. They do have an extensive collection of old magazines.The staff was really unhelpful in providing recommendations of things to do around the area, even though there are some really nice parks and caves with in an hour drive.

I would never go here again, even if I got another gift card for it
This part of the country is very beautiful, I would definitely recommend visiting, but just find another place to stay. I would try the quaint little town of Mentone

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2011

We celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary by staying at the Blue Springs Cottage at Gorhams Bluff. We had a wonderful dinner and breakfast at the lodge while we were there, I would highly recommend having dinner or breakfast at the lodge if you stay in one of the cottages. We live in one of the tornado damaged areas and just needed to get away of all the damage, and this was the perfect choice to just get away from it all. The only thing I did not like was the price for the area. Dinner with all taxes was over $120.00

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Yellow Springs, OH
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2011

On our way back north from the Gulf coast, we booked at the Inn at Gorham's Bluff. It was not open on Tuesday, so we booked one night, Wednesday. Luckily, the directions on their web site are exquisite - every turn and road, accurate to the tenth of a mile - because not all of the roads around that remote corner of Alabama are well-marked. Upon checking in, we found that we (my wife and i) were the only guests for that night. Not to worry. The hostess gave us a complete rundown on where we could walk around the area that afternoon; the woman arranging flowers in the dining and reception area was an owner (or something like that - the inn and surrounding small community are all part of a planned village-of-the-arts envisioned years ago). And we had our own personal chef for the night, Keith, also an integral member of the community and inn. So despite a warm late March shower, we walked to look over the edge of the 100-foot bluff, then hiked the woodsy trail for awhile until the rain turned us back. We returned through the handful of energy-efficient houses in the little village. We then sat with Keith to help plan our meals, based on what was on the menu, and after an hour or so of quiet relaxation looking over the gorgeous Tennessee Valley from our room balcony, we made our way down to the dining room. While it wasn't quite a 4-star meal, the food was delicious and the ambience wonderful as we conversed about the valley, the area, the inn, ourselves, and much else with Keith as he waited on us hand and foot.

The room was deliciously comfortable, with a nice shower (we didn't use the hot tub) and most notably, silky Egyptian cotton sheets. Though there was a TV in the lobby which we could have watched with impunity (being the only guests), we never did, though we did sit in the lobby a bit. By this time, the serenity of the place had rather washed over us. Before we left the next morning, we were able to get in a longer hike, along the bluff trail in either direction from the inn.
Breakfast was whenever we wanted it – and featured the best grits ever. We then lounged around our room and the lobby for awhile. Checkout was as relaxed as the rest of the stay; we finally got going around noon or so. This place is a great getwaway.

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  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Lodge on Gorham's Bluff
Address: 101 Gorham Dr, Pisgah, AL 35765-6891
Region: United States > Alabama > Pisgah
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Pisgah
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 6
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