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Southern Living Names Beechwood Inn One of the South’s Best Inns: Plan your weekend travels around these charming spots laced with luxury and lots of little extras- from cooking classes to dolphin sightings and horseback riding.

Southern Living Names Beechwood Inn One of the South’s Best Inns

NOVEMBER 2016

by CAROLANNE ROBERTS illustrations by LIVY LONG

souths-best-innsPlan your weekend travels around these charming spots laced with luxury and lots of little extras- from cooking classes to dolphin sightings and horseback riding

 

ALABAMA – Magnolia Springs Bed and Breakfast

You might have caught an episode of Bob Vila’s HGTV show Restore America on the rejuvenation of this Victorian house, with polished beaded board, heart-pine floors, and a wraparound porch facing a canopy of oaks. Fish from a river just a block over, or spot eagles and ospreys along the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail (backcountrytrail.comin nearby Gulf State Park.  Enjoy dry-aged and wet-aged steaks and the freshest local catch at Jesse’s Restaurant (jessesrestaurant.com), an easy saunter away. Fairhope, Gulf Shores, and Orange Beach are within a half hour’s drive.

BONUS POINTS: Stand on the banks of the Magnolia River
around 10:30 a.m. to watch the U.S. Postal Service make
deliveries by boat. Rates from $199; magnoliasprings.com

FLORIDA – Elizabeth Pointe Lodge, Amelia’s Island

Expect a phone call about 10 days before you arrive at  Elizabeth Pointe just to chat about what you’d like to do here. The Dunlop family, who previously owned Savannah’s elegant Hamilton-Turner Inn, can easily direct you to their stretch of Atlantic beach or onto a boat bound for the wilds of Cumberland Island. This area offers a
kid-in-a-candy-shop array of options for activities: eight
golf courses, historic Fort Clinch, sportfishing charters, nature walks, shopping,  and beach front horseback riding. Drop-in wine-and-hors d’oeuvres events each evening are quite civilized.

BONUS POINTS: Your room comes  with a sound track of ocean
waves. Just open the window and enjoy. Rates from $245;
elizabethpointelodge.com

GEORGIA – Beechwood Inn, Clayton

Southern Living Names Beechwood Inn “the Best Inns in the South.”

We can’t decide which we like better here-the Wine-Thirty evenings featuring Beechwood’s own varietals or the farm-to-table dinners held every Saturday. Rabun County is known for fresh organic eggs, crops from the field (notably tasty cabbage), and four local vineyards. You’ll see that farm-to-table tradition reflected at Beechwood, where innkeepers Gayle and David Darugh celebrate their locale with cooking classes about three times a month.
Tell them what you’d like to learn, or sign up for the upcoming class, Rustic Pizza and Tart Making. Outside the property, hike the convergence of the Appalachian and Bartram trails, white- water raft the Chattooga (of Deliverance fame), and fly-fish.
BONUS POINTS: The Grow-Cook-Eat Farm & Food Tours’ explorerabun.com/farm-food-tours wind through productive lands and end at the county’s new food bank. Rates from $199; beechwoodinn.ws

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SOUTH CAROLINA – John Rutledge House InnCharleston

Relaxing beneath the elegant canopy of a regal bed, with the room lit only by the flicker of a gas fireplace surrounded with marble, you might very well doze off and dream of the past. The parquet
floors, the original plasterwork on walls and ceilings, the soft satin on sofas, and the inn’s historic memorabilia have a way of transporting you back to old Charleston. So does John Rutledge himself-just imagine him, along with his patriot pals, scrawling drafts of the U.S. Constitution in the ballroom where you leisurely sip afternoon tea. Though you have niceties aplenty-TempurPedic mattress, flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi, and breakfast in your room or the
courtyard-you’ll enjoy your brush with the past far too much to get
caught up in modern amenities.

BONUS POINTS: Dip into the decanters filled with port and sherry, which sit on a sideboard. They either launch your shopping expedition to King Street just around the corner or welcome you back home. Rates from $306johnrutledgehouseinn.com

TENNESSEE – The Inn at Fontanel, Nashville

Just “three to four songs” from downtown Music City, this acreage
once belonged to country star Barbara Mandrell. (Her very connected daughter, Jaime Dudney, is director of hospitality at the inn.) Getting good advice-about everything from dining to boot-
scooting-is a daily perk at this former Southern Living Idea House.
Enjoy a two-hour zip line course, a winery tasting room, a distillery,
made-to-order breakfasts, and Cafe Fontanella.

BONUS POINTS: Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater on the
grounds hosts famous musicians and rising stars. Rates from $374; fontanel  

Southern Living Names Beechwood Inn One of the South’s Best Inns

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Southern Living Names Beechwood Inn One of the South’s Best Inns

GEORGIA COOKING SCHOOL

Grow, Cook , Eat –A North Georgia
Cooking School at Beechwood Inn:

Culinary classes make the perfect gift for that person who has everything and has been everywhere.  You don’t need to be a great cook to enjoy the class.


Learn the secrets of professional cooking.