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!
- Also Known As:
- Lodge On Gorham`s Bluff Hotel Pisgah