Saturday, January 18, 2014

Barnsley Plantation Resort - Fine Spirits and Amenities

Service with a Smile at Woodlands Grill
The Spa is Open to Men and Women
Adairsville is located an hour north of Atlanta in the foothills of North Georgia. In the 1850's a 2000-acre plantation was carved out of this pristine area by Godfrey Barnsley. Historians record that the Barnsley Manor was the headquarters for Maj. General J.B. McPherson and that a skirmish with the 2nd Alabama cavalry occurred on May 18, 1864. The entire history of the property has been recorded in a book that is for sale at the now modern resort which offers first class amenities on site including golf, sporting clays, horseback trail riding and pond fishing. All lodging is provided in cabins and duplex style homes, so there are no hotel rooms. The apartments are nicely decorated and include features like a bear claw tub in each bathroom, and a wood burning hearth in each common area. If one needs firewood, ice or some other needs a quick phone call to guest services can get the ball rolling, or perhaps a visit to the small retail store in the Registration Office. This area of N. Georgia is remote, and that's the central point of the resort's charm, so that once you arrive you don't have to leave the property until check out. The cottages do not have kitchen areas but there are two restaurants available, including the Woodlands Grill which overlooks the golf course, lakes and piedmont setting. Breakfast includes items on a menu or visitors can choose the buffet option, one that includes omelette station and about fifteen more choices running the gamut from pancakes to fruits and pastries. Believe me when I say that this extensive buffet could challenge the appetite of an NFL lineman and for a more average person, this buffet is so filling that it makes lunch plans an afterthought. But maybe that is the plan at Barnsley so that guests can be outside enjoying the gardens and trails on the property during the day. Besides, dinner is going to close out the day and proper dress at the Woodlands Grill sets the mood for an upscale experience. We dined on filet mignon and lobster tail, and viewed more seafood on the menu than one would expect while in the mountains. The extensive wine list, including bottles in the $500 range requires some thought, but manager Bryan Walls helped us out by selecting wines by the glass. Walls also enlightened me that the proper spirits to enjoy while on site is the 'Private Selection' Barnsley Garden blend of Woodford Reserve whiskey, and I found this Kentucky offering to be a the type of intangible factor that makes returning to Barnsley Resort worthy of consideration.
To view past blog entries from Barnsley Resort click trail riding.
Coffee and custom omelette; So Good
To view past blog entries about hunting pheasant click Spring Bank.

Barnsley Garden's own whiskey blend

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