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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