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Featuring culinary destinations, regional wine events, oeno-spelunking and wine trivia.

Picnics in the North Georgia Mountains

Packing a picnic basket with home-made goodies is great - but there are some of us that want to just grab the dog, jump in the car and pack it to the North Georgia Mountains on the spur of the moment. Here's your answer . . .
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Stay at Beechwood Inn while Rafting Chattooga River

Beechwood Inn offers the closest highly rated lodging to the Chattooga River
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2012 Verso Rosso Salento at Beechwood Inn

A great new wine in Beechwood Inn's Wine Cellar
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Best Farm To Table Restaurants in Georgia

Rabun County Features Many of the Best Farm to Table Restaurants in North Georgia - Farm to Table Capital of Georgia
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Chef/Farmer Dustin Mentzer

Chef/Farmer Dustin Mentzer is native to Rabun County but left to pursue a degree in Restaurant Management from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park New York. After several years of travel asround the world he returned to Rabun County to raise his family.
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Fireflies Light the Night at Beechwood Inn

In our wonderful North Georgia Mountains early summer nights are epitomized the luminescent flying beetle – the firefly or lightning bug. Come sit on one of our porches at Beechwood Inn and take in Mother Nature’s light show!
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A Look Inside B&Bs

What is a Bed and Breakfast? – A Look Inside B&Bs by Innkeeper David Darugh
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North Georgia Cooking Classes

Gal friends Lora and Tracy enjoy a week at Beechwood Inn with a day at Amara Spa, a special wine education tasting and an artisan pasta class.
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Cultivating a Lifestyle in the North Georgia Mountains

As spring stretches, yawns, and finally stirs, all the facets of cultivation come to mind in the mountains of northeast Georgia. The rich ancient earth pulses with life as bud and blossom begin to celebrate the season of awakening.
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Chef Jamie Allred

It bears saying that right here in our corner of the North Georgia Mountains that Jamie Allred is our most influential chef. He is now embarking in his newest adventure with partner Jack Nolan “Fortify Kitchen & Bar” in Clayton, Georgia.
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How to Make the Best Vinaigrette

At Beechwood Inn - our quest for lighter fare and healthy greens, has led us down a path, searching for that elusive healthy salad dressing. Low carbs, low cholesterol, and low fat, has become a mantra. So what is it that we should put on top of your salad that’s good for you?
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TripAdvisor GreenLeader Audit of Beechwood Inn

TripAdvisor Conducted an Audit of Beechwood Inn's Environmental Practices and Awarded "Gold Level" GreenLeader to the Inn and its Owners
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Cooking with Rare Culinary Herbs

At Beechwood Inn we love to surprise our guests with interesting exotic flavors with which they may not be familiar. I am always looking for ways to differentiate our dining experience – and one way to do that is to add new flavors.
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Vini da Meditazione

Coined by famous Italian gastronome, Luigi Veronelli, meditazione is often used to describe sweet passito wines or profound red wines aged for a long time in wood and in the bottle.
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Best Bed and Breakfast Georgia

Georgia Magazine Readers Voted Beechwood Inn "Best Bed and Breakfast Georgia 2013"
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Best North Georgia Lodging - Beechwood Inn

The inn features flawless décor that is comfortable and usable. Each spacious guestroom has a private bath, ceiling fan, fireplace and air conditioning. Every corner in the Inn is spotlessly clean and filled with eye catching and captivating features.
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Best Fresh and Local Chefs North Georgia

Southern Distinction Magazine assembled the best of "Fresh and Local Chefs" in North Georgia to feature farm to table dining and recipes at their best. Watch for the September 2013 Issue.
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Laurel Bar Opens in Clayton

Laurel Bar: New Tapas Bar Opens in Clayton, Georgia. Handsome design and warm interior makes for a great location to visit.
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Beechwood Inn - Wine Spectator Award of Excellence

Beechwood Inn receives 7th Consecutive "Wine Spectator Award of Excellence"
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EV Charging Station Georgia, at Beechwood Inn

Want to drive your electric vehicle to a cute mountain town loaded with places to re-charge? Want to stay at an adorable bed and breakfast that can offer you a free charge?
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Georgia Culinary Vacations at Beechwood Inn

Georgia Culinary Vacations at Beechwood Inn; home to the Grow, Cook, Eat - Georgia Cooking School. Wine Enthusiast Magazine places Beechwood Inn in the Top 5 Destinations "for your next wine and food-focused escape," Dec 28, 2011.
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Beechwood Inn Awarded Gold Level GreenLeader Status

Beechwood Inn announces it has been accepted as a Gold level GreenLeader, in the TripAdvisor® GreenLeaders™ program, which helps travelers plan greener trips by identifying environmentally-friendly accommodations across the U.S.
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Wine Tasting - To Spit or Not to Spit - Avvinare

Wine judges and other professionals learned long ago that they can’t swallow every wine they taste and continue to be good judges.
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Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo 2013

The North Georgia Mountains will host the second cycling event in the new Gran Fondo National Championship SeriesSM (GFNCS) on Sunday, April 14 in the heart of Rabun County in Clayton, Georgia.
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Gluten Free Cooking Class in the North Georgia Mountains

Would you like a Gluten Free Cooking Class in the North Georgia Mountains. Here's what Patti and her gal pals cooked.
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Guide to Rabun County and the North Georgia Mountains

Guests always ask us “what is there to do while in Rabun County?” We have compiled a non-exhaustive list of our past guests favorite things not to miss while visiting our area of the North Georgia Mountains. While numbered, they are in no particular order.
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North Georgia Mountains

You’ll find everything you could dream of for the perfect get away to rest, relax and renew. Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast, a student of history, a prolific shopper or collector, or a gourmet or a farmer at heart, you can find it here, beckoning you, and waiting to delight you.
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Best Chefs America - Georgia

Best Chefs America - Georgia
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Beechwood Inn is an Environmentally Inn

It is our mission to be the best bed and breakfast in Georgia, providing the highest level of hospitality and guest experience while preserving and promoting the unique historical and environmentally sensitive nature of our property and the area
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Second Nature Blue Ridge, Clayton, GA - Stay at Beechwood Inn

Stay at Beechwood Inn While Visiting Second Nature Blue Ridge Wilderness Programs.
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Cooking Class for Ned and Lucy

On January 20, Guests Ned and Lucy participated in a great afternoon of cooking in the Beechwood Inn Professional kitchen. Here's what they got to prepare and then eat . . .
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"Best Chefs America" Tap Local Rabun County Talent

Local Chefs David Darugh and Gayle Darugh of Beechwood Inn, Jenny Wilson of Fromage and Jamie Allred of Lake Rabun Hotel learned they were nominated by other chefs to be featured in a new book, Best Chefs in America.
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Artisan Pasta Cooking Classes at Beechwood inn

Pasta-making aficionados consider it therapeutic, relaxing, calming, meditative, deeply satisfying, sensual even. There is undeniable culinary romance in the idea of fresh pasta
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Romantic North Georgia Getaway with Rewards

Stay at Beechwood Inn, a Georgia Bed and Breakfast and Get Rewards
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Wild Food Foraging

One can dine from to Charleston to New York City and find feral plants with names like cornelian cherries, lambs’ quarter, toothwort, sweet cicely, brown jug, creasy greens, pineapple weed and licorice fern dotting the menus of upscale restaurants.
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Farm to Table Dinner at Chattooga Belle Farm

We will start with moonshine, wine and beer tastings served with appetizers prepared from local products. A talented team of local chefs will prepare a delicious autumn feast highlighting our area's growers and producers.
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Farm to Table Dinners at Beechwood Inn - North Georgia

To further enhance our diner’s farm to table experience we recently developed and now operate Grow, Cook, Eat, Culinary Garden, an organic vegetable, herb and edible flower farm in Rabun County,
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Farm Fresh - North Georgia Culinary Destinations

It’s time to leave the fast-paced work-a-day world behind and return to a more authentic way of dining and celebrating nature – with restaurants, markets and cooking schools that make the reconnection a luxurious experience for the senses.
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12 Spies Vineyard and Farm

The first mention of wine in the Bible is found in Genesis 9:20-25, “And Noah began to be a farmer, and he planted a vineyard”. Lisa Romanello and Mike Brown have done exactly that.
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Stonewall Creek Vineyards - Rabun County

Have you thought how wonderful it would be to travel to the south of France or to Tuscany this summer to enjoy the wines and the beautiful countryside? You can save yourself the airfare by visiting Stonewall Creek Vineyards, Rabun County’s newest vineyards and winery.
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Take Your Time Tasting Wine

When drinking wine, as opposed to Pepsi, you should keep two things in mind: Slow down and pay attention. The more attentively you smell and taste wine the more interesting you will find it, and the more you will learn.
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Grits to Champagne in the North Georgia Mountains

Earlier this year Mitt Romney made a swing through the south and declared "I am learning to say y'all and I like grits, and things." Mitt has no idea how important grits are to the southern palate.
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White Liquor Legacy - Moonshine in the North Georgia Mountains

In an era when corn was plentiful and dollars were not, Rabun County men, like their neighbors in much of Appalachia, turned to the production and selling of moonshine to put food on the table for their families.
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James Clayton McClain, Sr

James Clayton McClain stole General Erwin Rommel's personal trailer during WW II. While serving as a waist gunner in a B-25 the pilot and co-pilot were killed. Having flown crop dusters years before, he moved the dead pilot out of his seat and flew the bomber back to England.
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Chef's Table Dinner at Beechwood Inn

One type of experience we particularly enjoy is seating at a Chef’s Table Tasting dinner. What we usually experience at a Chef’s Table dinner is called a “Degustation Menu.” This is a French culinary term that refers to sampling an array of small dishes served one after the other.
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Our Fruits and Vegetables are Losing Their Nutritional Value

New vegetable varieties have been developed that grow faster, grow larger, reach maturity earlier, resist disease, absorb synthetic fertilizers better, ship better, and grow closer together. With these advances crop yields have soared, but sadly the nutritional value is dropping..
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Camp Ramah Darom

Beechwood Inn is conveniently located to Camp Ramah Darom for parents dropping off or picking up campers.
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North Georgia Cabin Rentals

Beechwood Inn is a Luxury Bed and Breakfast inn located in the North Georgia Mountains. We also offer the Blueberry Cabin - a wonderful North Georgia Cabin Rental.
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Beechwood Inn - Certified Wildlife Habitat Designation

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) announces that the property of Beechwood Inn Bed and Breakfast, located in Clayton is now recognized as an official Certified Wildlife Habitat Site.
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Beechwood Inn Earns 2012 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence

TripAdvisor is proud to congratulate Beechwood Inn on earning the prestigious 2012 Certificate of Excellence Award.
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2012 Dillard Bluegrass and Barbecue Festival

16th Annual Dillard Bluegrass and Barbecue Festival 2012 will be held August 3 & 4. This is the Georgia Championship sanctioned event for Kansas City Barbecue Society!
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Wild Fennel Pollen

At Beechwood Inn we try to use as many fresh and local products as possible. However, we also want our guests to experience a world of flavors. Therefore, we source exotic products from unique sources from around the world. Have you tried Wild Fennel Pollen?
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Beechwood Inn Best Food and Wine Destination

Wine Enthusiast Magazine places Beechwood Inn in the Top 5 Destinations "for your next wine and food-focused escape," Dec 28, 2011.
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Thanks Again – Killing Season

We just got to prepare a private dinner for the crew of Killing Fields. The guest list included the Stars, John Travolta and Robert Di Nero as well as the movie's Director Mark Johnson. Pretty exciting for us.
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History of Beechwood Inn

Beechwood Inn was in its historic Hay-Day as a summer house from 1922 through the early 60’s.It was originally built as a private residence in 1916 for Reverend Herman Charles and Lura Bucholz and their family.
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Thanks Again – Killing Season, the Movie

Our community just had a fun and interesting week as Killing Season used our North Georgia Mountains as a backdrop for a plot about a private war between the characters played by two film giants, Robert De Niro and John Travolta.
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Food as Edible Art - Dining in Style

Why is the presentation and beauty of our food important? People eat with their eyes before they eat with their mouths.
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Select the Best Lodging

To us, the choice of lodging is much more personal than selecting an airline. Flying coach is like bus travel in the air, seats are seats, aisle, window or the dreaded middle.
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Beechwood Inn Eggs

McDonald's and Target dropped the nation's 5th largest egg supplier after an animal rights group released an undercover video of the egg producer's farms in three states. Try our organic eggs from pastured chickens.
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The Perfect Wedding Venue for North Georgia Weddings

Congratulations! You are engaged to the love of your life and about to plan the dream wedding you’ve always imagined and it is time to start planning the wedding.
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Food as Art

The enjoyment of food is as much visual as it is about taste and smell. Both Gayle and I care about how food is presented to us.
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Summer 2010 Culinary Travels with Joanne weir

When Gayle and I travel it usually involves some type of wine and culinary adventure. The Summer of 2010 was no exception. We enrolled in a culinary class with Chef/Author Joanne Weir. Chef Weir got her big start working at Chez Panisse with Alice Waters. What a great culinary week . . .
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The Tradition of Champagne and Weddings

There are lots of traditions associated with weddings, but toasting of the bride and the groom with Champagne is one of the most historic traditions that we honor. Champagne is truly the wine of celebration.
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North Georgia Culinary Destinations - Beechwood Inn

Many guests at Beechwood Inn are seeking local and fresh products and share wanderlust for food and wine destinations, so we provide farm-to-table culinary and wine oriented itineraries through our region. These culinary voyages are designed to help visitors experience local culture through our food and wine, and to learn about our regional friendships and businesses.
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Food as Art, Part 2 - Photo Tips

You don’t need to have an expensive Canon or Nikon digital camera to take great photos of food. Most of us we can take some pretty awesome photos with a fairly inexpensive digital camera if we keep some useful photography tips in mind.
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Glory Seeds Farm

There are certain people you meet in life that you admire for their great humanitarian values. The owners/operators of our local Glory Seeds Farm are two of those people. Here is their story . . .
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David Taylor Farm

At Beechwood Inn we are proud to serve Taylor Farm greens to our guests, but it does involve more work than simply buying triple washed lettuce in a plastic bag from Wal-Mart. Food is needed by everyone, everywhere, every day. We believe that making shopping decisions that favor sustainable and local food sources benefits health, improves the local economy and is ecologically sound – even if it means more effort on our part.
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Chef's Culinary Garden

We’ve been to restaurants where just moments before you are seated for dinner you observe the chef clad in her white coat tip toe into the gardens to snip fresh herbs and edible flowers. You just know you are in for a treat. We want to offer the type of experience where the diner sees and tastes things on their plate they know came out of the garden minutes before.
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Jan 15: Judgment at Sautee

Georgia challenges California Wines to a tasting to see which is the best. Surprising results.
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Chef James Reaux at the Chop House

Chef James Reaux owns and operates The Chop House at LaPrade's Marina on Lake Burton. After talking to him I’m confident that he went into to this venture with his eyes open and with a business model and plan pointed to success.
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Portrait of the 2011 Traveler to North Georgia

The travel planning and purchasing habits of the 2011 traveler will be to demand more in exchange for their travel dollar: they will seek an upgraded guest room, a more bountiful breakfast included with their room rate, complimentary amenities and, yes, free Internet.
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Chuck and Callie Wheat Visit the Beechwood Inn

Here's a little bit about our amazing getaway to the Beechwood Inn in Clayton, Ga back at the beginning of April. Thank you David and Gayle for providing everything we needed as we recharged and explored Rabun. Salut!
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Chattooga Belle Farm

Nearby Chattooga Belle Farm offers farm fresh produce and a drop dead gorgeous venue for weddings and special events!
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Chef Michael Collins at Michaelee's Chocolate Caffe

Wow! Another CIA Trained Chef here in the North Georgia Mountains. Chef Michael Collins brings a wealth of experience to Michaelee's Chocolate Caffe, in Hiawassee, Georgia
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Culinary and Wine Vacations in the North Georgia Mountains

Visitors are now associating the North Georgia Mountains with beautiful new wineries, fabulous dining, luxury resorts and the abundance of wonderful fresh and local products. Of course, you can still find a mason jar of good ‘shine if you know who to ask.
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New Winery Sautee Nacoochee Vineyards

New wineries are continuing to open in the North Georgia Mountains. We stopped by to meet the owners and taste their wines. What a delightful visit.
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Steve Whiteman's Famous Micro-Greens

We buy and use some very beautiful and tasty micro-greens from a local farmer. I call them "Chef's Confetti."
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Promenade of the Arts - Northeast Georgia

Promenade of the Arts – the artistic and cultural home for artists and performers in the Blue Ridge Region of North Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. With over 8000 square feet on Highway 441 in Mountain City, artists and performers celebrate many expressions of art, all under one roof in this one-of-a-kind destination.
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Chef David Sanford - Crane Creek Vineyards

The North Georgia mountains have been known for moonshine, agriculture, traditional values and a broad spectrum of geologic and cultural riches. These assets remain, but their impact is changing as visitors are now associating the North Georgia Mountains with beautiful new wineries, fabulous dining, luxury resorts and the abundance of wonderful fresh and local products. Of course, you can still find a mason jar of good ‘shine if you know who to ask.
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Crane Creek Vineyards & Eric Seifarth

Brigadoon is a place that is idyllic, unaffected by time, and distant from our world of tension and stress. Crane Creek Vineyards fits this definition perfectly.
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Comfortable B & B - Review by Jennifer Whitford-Stoddard

The Beechwood Inn is a very special place – in large part because of the wonderful ambience and hospitality provided by David and Gayle. The inn is not just a nice place to visit...you WILL want to live there.
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Chef Jenny Wilson at Rabun County's Fromage

Gayle and I go out to lunch frequently. It has become almost a daily ritual in order to get out of the Beechwood Inn just for a small change in scenery. Invariably, the first place that comes to mind is “Fromage.”
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Tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley

It may be the most expensive wine in the world, and it may be the most interesting wine-maker too. It was a unique experience.
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Chef Dennis Barber at The Copper Door

Chef Dennis Barber owns and operates The Copper Door in Hayesville, NC. When I walked into The Copper Door Restaurant in Hayesville and was taken back by the fine dining décor. I could just as easily have been dropping into one of our favorite Atlanta restaurants for a romantic evening.
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Fine Dining in North Georgia

Tennessee Cat Tale

. . . I climbed the ladder and lassoed a rope around the sliver of pine tree as high as I could and tied the other end to the truck’s trailer hitch. I positioned Gayle in a place where the treed cat should be once I bent that tree over. I started the pickup forward at a crawl and the pine tree started to bend. This was working great.
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