My husband and I visited September 10 -13, 2009. We did not know anyone who had stayed at the Lodge, but the pictures and the location (an easy drive from Birmingham, Chattanooga, Huntsville, or Atlanta) made us choose it for a long weekend. It exceeded our expectations, and we will be back. First, the scenery there is phenomenal. If you did nothing but sit and look out over the view, you'd probably come home feeling like a different person. But the Lodge doesn't just rest on the views. The rooms are clean, with beautiful stone work, big fireplaces, and Bose sound systems already playing soothing music when you arrive. No TV! It is quiet, serene, and the beds are extremely comfortable (we tried to buy the mattress). Breakfast is a big meal at the Lodge, and very delicious. Also, they have coffee in the hall waiting for you when you wake up and pull on your robe. Perfect. Lunch was adequate, a large step better than most sandwiches you get (and please, do not skip the cookie). But, I have saved the best for last. Dinner at Gorham's Bluff is an experience all to itself. The dining room is small, cozy, usually quiet, and the total opposite of the chain restaurants most of us are used to at home. My husband and I agreed we had our best meal in a long time (possibly ever) when we enjoyed the chef's table option. For those of us used to expansive wine lists, be forewarned that Gorham's Bluff does not serve alcohol. Please do not consider this a negative though! We brought several bottles of our favorites, purchased from a wine store, and the Lodge will cork and serve them (or provide you glasses for your room) for free. We ended up enjoying high quality wine and mixed drinks at a fraction of what it would have cost to order at a typical restaurant.
All in all, this place is a gem. We will be back.
- Also Known As:
- Lodge On Gorham`s Bluff Hotel Pisgah