A friend and I stayed here for a girls' weekend out. We had the only room with two beds (so plan ahead). The lodge is out in the middle of nowhere on a bluff overlooking the Tennessee River. Spectacular view from the balconies. Ours had two rockers and a table. Enjoyed sitting each evening and watching fishermen on river. Room has a rock fireplace for winter and is quite large with very large windows and lots of natural light. Has two very comfortable chairs by fireplace where you can totally enjoy being lazy. Downstairs is a beautiful sitting areas and the small but elegant dining area. (You can have all three meals here if you elect to do so.) Areas around the lodge has many upscale country houses , as this is suppose to be a property for weekend second homes. However there were few people around so felt a bit isolated. There is a nice pool here just across the way. Food was good and there is a chef. Coffee is brought upstairs and placed on a buffet at 7am and you can walk down the hall and get a cup to bring to your room. Now, about the flip side: first there is no elevator or anyone to help with luggage so you must wag your own stuff up to the second floor. My friend could not so I carried both. There is no TV in the room or phones. That's fine with me but not for everyone. At night, the lighting in our room was not good. My friend could not read by the light and I could barely do so. The draperies are lovely but do not block the moring light so if you require a dark room for sleeping this will not work. Bathroom has jacuzzi tub and shower combo which is fine but only body wash is offered, no bar soap, and I don't like the slippery, slimy feel of that. (I know, small but at a highly rated place like this I would expect a choice.) Staff is nice and they always spoke to us but their trainning level for this type of lodge was, in our opinion, below par. The server was a very young person who removed the dirty dishes by stacking them up on each other at our table. She twice forgot to bring silverware for our soup or oatmeal. Filet was wonderful. Strawberry shorcake was some kind of breadlike offering with ice cream. Not my idea of strawberry shortcake.So did we like it and who should go? Yes we liked it. For what we wanted it was fine. (We wanted a unique place to day trip from and one where we could retun about 5pm and relax and enjoy the surroundings.) Dont come if no TV or phone is a problem. Ditto things to do, day or night. You will have to drive about one hour to Chatanooga or Huntsville, which for us during the day was fine. Dont bring kids. No room service but there is a guests pantry where you can walk downstairs and get free drinks, ice cream and packages snacks. Other than the pool and walking, there is nothing to do but relax. This is a hidden away place that is very private and quiet. Unplugg and contemplate or, day trip. Just depends on your needs I guess. It is in Pisgah, AL. If you do go here, go to Scottsborrow to the Unclaimed Luggage Store. It's a lot of fun for a few hours.
- Also Known As:
- Lodge On Gorham`s Bluff Hotel Pisgah