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After we were done, they took our findings to identify them. I appreciated that they sorted each type of stone into different small ziplocks and labelled them. Much more fun for us.
Then, we continued with the gem theme stopping at the Gem Museum in Franklin. Housed in an old jail, it offered a guided tour with free admission and gave all kids 3 polished stones each for free.
... the vehicles stay dirty looking. We had trouble finding a lot of mileposts - either non existent or in the ditches. The scenery was magnificent and we are glad that we had good weather to see most of it. We will also return to the parts of British Columbia that we gave short shrift to on our rush home. Overall it was a wonderful trip. ...
steve - Left Marion and set off on using the interstate for a few miles then enjoyed fabulous scenery through the Blue ridge mountains.
made it to iron springs for lunch and a gang of Hardly dangerous riders trucked up. And then the heavens opened, proper Spanish type downpour.
we were in a nice bar so it was really tempting to stay and hit the Ale for the afternoon but proper adventure riders ...
... wake up, more and more cars emerging on the interstate as the sun was starting to rise. It was a beautiful sight seeing the mountainous scenery. I arrived at the Hot Air Balloon Race just in time, the balloons were scattered on a field as families were working together setting up for the race. I got a good seat up front so I could ensure a good ...
... got caught by an unexpected thunder storm. The rain got really heavy and we were both just in t-shirts, but then the rain started to hurt and we realised it was hailing so we had to make a quick dash back to the car. Sitting in the car and absolutely drenched we realised that it wouldn't let up and we had to drive out before the steep tracks got washed out. Atleast we go to take our 'All American 4WD' off ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Beechwood Inn Clayton
Cozey, romantic getaway
We stayed here for my husband's annual birthday weekend trip. First we stopped at a local winery nearby and then stepped into a cozey comfy Inn. We were welcomed with a glass of wine and a tour of the place. It is a very warm atmosphere with americana country decor. Our room was awesome, with a four poster bed, down quilts, fireplace and a large dressing area and bathroom.
On saturday, we had a five course meal with an excellent selection of wine. Each morning a delectable breakfast was served. There was plenty things to do in the area, ie., horseback
riding, exploring more wineries, and hiking the gorge or just enjoying the view from the front porch. Would go back in a moment. Marianna and Bill
Very Highly Recommended
We have stayed at the Beechwod Inn several times; in fact, we have made it our "only place to stay" when traveling in the area. The city is charming and friendly, and the Beechwood Inn is breathtaking and welcoming (we find the rates very reasonable). The Innkeepers obviously love what they do - they even make their own wine (be sure to try all three!). We are always impressed with their gourmet breakfast. Scupper, the very well-trained "inn-dog," is always up for a visit, and stunning waterfalls and great hiking and white-water rafting are very close by. If you bring a bike, the Innkeepers are always happy to suggest scenic roads and let you borrow a map. All in all, it has become our favorite place to stay, for all of these reasons and many more.
Loved the Beechwood
Stayed at the Beechwood for their night of Wine and Southern dining. Everything was great. The old Inn was graciously beautiful, the food was over the top, and the wine with each course (and the Innkeeper's pertinent information about each wine) was very interesting. They have a wonderful pet who has great charisma. I had to purchase the sheets like the ones that were on my bed, they were excellent. My husband and I really liked our stay at the Beechwood, and will most likely drive up again and do it all over!
Upon arriving in Clayton, Georgia (we are from California) we were in love with the town's unpretentious charm. As we drove onto the drive the Beechwood Inn is breathtaking, but its mysteries are yet to unfold for you. For it wasn't until we explored the Inn that we found the outside to be very rectangular shaped while the inside had many angles, doors, and stairs making you feel you could have been transported into California's Winchester Mystery House.
The owners Gail and David Darugh are notable chefs and fine wine connoisseurs making your visit equal to visiting a 5 star restaurant. I cannot give you one favorite that we ate. The freshly picked berries from the Inns garden served with a morning Blintz or for dinner we ate including Stuffed Tenderloin and twice baked potatoes with grilled asparagus. Oh, my!
After a reminiscent moment I am reminded of Scupper the Inn's famous wonder dog. And yes I said famous. Scupper has been on the cover of a magazine and shown in local artwork. The notoriety has not gone to Scuppers head though; she still enjoys a pat from us visitors just as she always had done before.
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We have stayed at many B&B's (Vancouver Island BC, Widbey Island,Maui, N. GA) and this is one of our new favorites. We felt the stress of living in the city and parents of a toddler just rolled off our shoulders the moment we walked on the front porch. We stayed in the Vineyard room and enjoyed it's cozy yet roomy size. The owners have done a great job of making the place look and feel classy without the typical "country/cheezy" clutter you find at some B&B's in Georgia. Every detail at Beechwood has been given careful thought and quality craftmanship is never compromised. After getting settled in our room we quickly made our way back to the front porch where the owner offered us some wonderful cheese, crackers and grapes along with Beechwood's own Chardonnay. We weren't expecting much from the wine since we have yet to find a GA wine we really enjoy, but we were surprised. It was different (not the typical oak taste), but good. The porch is more like an outdoor greatroom with a wonderful view of a mountain ridge. We found ourselves having a difficult time getting motivated to get up to go out to dinner. The owner recommended a couple restuarants in Clayton (not many to choose from) and recommended a great place called Buck Creek Tavern. The inside was more impressive than exterior and felt like I was in a small Colorado town tavern with its upscale rustic motif. We ordered the crawfish and crab dip, bourbon marinated ribeye and galic butter marinated sirlon. The ribeye was one of the best I had anywhere, (I had just eaten at Bone's in BUckhead 2 weeks ago and would call it comparable). The dessert was lame (brownie) and the waitress seemed to rush us a bit. We would go back to Buck Creek.
Breakfast was wonderful - fresh fruit, eggs bendict, hashbrowns, guava-orange juice and good coffee.
Loved the resident dog ...Scupper (Yellow Lab). Friendly, clean, and loved to be around us. He was well behaved and never once tried to jump on us. Also, the owners were very attentive and helpful.
The only thing that was not perfect at Beechwood (and nothing really is) was the distant traffic noise from the nearby highway I noticed once in awhile when sitting on the porch. It really didn't bother me since we also heard many birds, smooth jazz music in the backgound, cheese, crackers, wine, good converstation, the gentle breeze and rocking chairs. We can't wait to go back for one of their wine /dinner events.
Hope you enjoy your stay too!
Wonderful Romantic Anniversary at the Beechwood Inn!
My husband and I recently visited the Beechwood Inn for our 35th wedding anniversary, and had a most wonderful-wonderful time. The Innkeepers took care of everything - and exceeded my expectations in every way. There were flowers, Champagne and wonderful spa amenities in a lovely gift basket waiting for us in our room. Wow, we thought we were special.
On the weekend of our visit the Inn was offering a gourmet wine dinner. It was the best meal we have ever had - and we have had meals at some of the top restaurants in America's large cities. The evening at the Beechwood topped them all. The wines and the foods offered flavors and textures that we will never forget. The Beechwood Inn setting is homey, romantic and the innkeepers offer charm and warmth. They made us feel more than welcome, we felt like old friends picking up a long relationship right where it left off. What a wonderful visit.
The Inn offers many features to gaze upon as you wander the public rooms. It is crammed with interesting antiques and family history from the Innkeepers. But every room feels comfortable, not like your visiting a museum. However, the best thing about the visit was the Innkeepers themselves. They are charming, witty and gracious hosts. This is an Inn we should keep secret to ourselves.
The Inn was located on a noisy highway. The Innkeepers were pleasant but aloof...a little pompous. We had a family emergency and had to return a day early from a four day stay. There was no sympathy, just a full room charge for the day.
The food was good. The Innkeeper offered his own wine for a taste. The Chardonnay was awful, but there was some explanation that he chose it to taste like it did. All and all, the uncomfortable atmosphere of staying in
"great Aunt Mary's" house where you were afraid you would be scolded.
Best Inn to Visit for a Wonderful WIne Event!
The Inn is exquisite and the Innkeepers are wonderful. Even Scupper the Inn dog is a marvelous companion. The best part is the Inns wine service and fine dining. Make the Beechwood Inn your destination!
Historic Inn for a great romantic get-away!
Beautiful facility with great amenities. Don't miss the wonderful dinners - and wonderful Georgia wines.
Terrific Valentine's Weekend Package
A romantic weekend with wonderful French wines. The best B & B in North America!