Perched on a 700 foot high precipice high above the Tennessee River in Alabama, Gorham’s Bluff Lodge and Cottages is a luxurious Southern Inn with beautifully appointed accommodations and spectacular views. The elegant Inn features a main lodge with six exclusive guest suites and five private individually decorated cottages with antique furnishings, cozy fireplaces and home-away-from-home atmospheres.
Located just three miles from Pisgah, Alabama, at the top of Sand Mountain, Gorham's Bluff Lodge and Cottages overlooks the Tennessee River Valley in all its splendor and is the perfect place for a romantic getaway for couples and families wanting an escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Gorham’s Bluff Rooms & Suites
Gorham's Bluff Lodge and Cottages has a main lodge with six beautifully appointed rooms, as well as five separate stand-alone cottages for guests wanting an extra level of privacy. Lodge suites are individually decorated in chintz and mahogany to exude their own charm and appeal and feature large beds with soft down pillows, en suite bathrooms with whirlpool tubs, comfortable sofas and massive stone fireplaces. Each of the six guest suites has windows that embrace the view while the third floor of the lodge has a glass-encased perch that offers 360-degree panoramic views of the surrounding rural Alabama countryside.
Centrally located near the lodge and just steps away from the West Bluff Pool Pavilion, Blue Spring Cottage exudes classic comfort with a contemporary twist. Boasting a stylish, yet homely ambiance, the cottage features a master bedroom on the second floor with a king size bed, fireplace, television and en suite bathroom with bath and shower. The lower level of the cottage has a spacious living room with large fireplace and flat screen tv, combination bathroom and laundry with walk-in shower and washer/dryer, and a front porch with rocking chairs and a ceiling fan.
The Greek Revival Cottage is a classically designed jewel box cottage with stylish aesthetics and modern amenities. Located right in the heart of the Gorham’s Bluff town center, the chic cottage is flooded with natural light and features cozy nooks and crannies in which to escape with a book or a glass of wine. The Cottage features a master suite with king size bed, large fireplace and private screen porch. There is a private bathroom on the second level of the cottage, as well as a guest bathroom downstairs with a tiled walk-in shower. The ground floor has a comfortable sitting area with a large fireplace and wall-mounted LCD flat screen television, and a front porch is furnished with swings, rocking chairs and a ceiling fan. A spacious fenced-in yard can be found at the back of the cottage – a perfect playing area for children, and there is wireless Internet throughout the cottage.
Nestled in the woods off the West Bluff, Evan’s Cottage is likable to a pretty ‘little house,’ with three open and screened porches with rocking chairs, an upstairs reading room and lovely grass lawn. Designed by renowned Atlanta interior designer Murray Vise, a sunny downstairs sitting room has a cozy Franklin stove and television, and a convertible reading room offers a trundle day bed for extra guests. The master bedroom features a queen size bed with a private porch and an en suite bathroom with shower and bath.
Kent’s Cottage provides breathtaking views from the bluff with two bedrooms, private bathrooms, a comfortable sitting room with a fireplace and day bed for extra guests. The master bedroom of Kent’s Cottage features a king size bed with fireplace and television, and private en suite bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub and shower. The second guest room has a queen size bed and en suite bathroom with bath and shower and a private entrance, and a day bed on the upstairs landing offers another bed for extra guests or children.
Exquisitely designed and decorated, Ryan Cottage is located in the West Bluff neighborhood and features three bedrooms and bathrooms, making it perfect for families and groups of friends. A comfortable living and dining room shares a double-sided fireplace and a kitchen with an island is ideal for self-catering and cooking for the family. One bedroom upstairs has a queen size bedroom and en suite bathroom with shower, while downstairs are two bedrooms, one queen with a private en suite bathroom and one double with access to a guest bathroom in the hallway. A neatly stacked washer/dryer is conveniently located in the downstairs hall, and there is complimentary wireless Internet throughout the cottage.
Dining at The Lodge at Gorham’s Bluff
The Lodge at Gorham’s Bluff boasts an outstanding restaurant that is open to both guests and visitors and serves an array of dining options. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant offers menus that feature local and international cuisine made from locally sourced ingredients and prepared fresh. Mornings offer a hearty sit-down, made-to-order breakfast with everything from eggs, cheese omelets, bacon, sausages, buttermilk biscuits and honey grits to lighter options such as cereals, yogurt and fresh fruit.
Gourmet box lunches are available to take away for lunch Monday through Saturday, with delicious snacks such as sandwiches, fruit and freshly baked cookies. Dinners are elegant candlelit affairs with three or four courses of excellent cuisine to sate any appetite while Sunday night pays homage to the ‘traditional Sunday supper’ with a sit-down meal of all-time Southern favorites.
Weddings & Meetings
Gorham’s Bluff Lodge and Cottages provides a beautiful and intimate setting for weddings and receptions, as well as comfortable venues for meetings and business functions. The Overlook Pavilion boasts spectacular views over the valley and offers an idyllic setting for a wedding ceremony or reception and the hotel offers a variety of wedding packages, which include first-class lodging, custom-designed catering, help with planning and organizing the event, and access to all Gorham’s Bluff Lodge and Cottages amenities.
Business events, functions and meetings are also catered for at Gorham’s Bluff Lodge and Cottages, and the Gorham’s Bluff All-Inclusive Meeting Package includes first-class lodging, three meals a day, custom-designed dinner menus, comfortable meeting rooms, basic audio-visual equipment and access to all Gorham’s Bluff amenities. Concierge services at the hotel can also arrange for massage therapy, golf and group excursions to a wide range of recreational activities and attractions.
Gorham’s Bluff Lodge and Cottages offers an array of facilities and amenities, including a casual, relaxed restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, wedding and meeting venues and special packages, in-room massage therapy services, concierge services and complimentary wireless Internet.
Gorham’s Bluff Lodge and Cottages is located in an area of extreme natural beauty and offers an array of outdoor recreational activities and attractions, including hiking, mountain biking, fishing and bird-watching, as well as several National and State Parks. The hotel’s concierge can arrange excursions to any of the local attractions.
Things to Do in the Surrounding Area
While Gorham’s Bluff Lodge and Cottages offers a tranquil haven in which to completely unwind and soak up the serenity of the local natural beauty, the surrounding area provides a wealth of things to see and do, from hiking and mountain biking to bird watching and fishing in the lake. Originally called Bat Cave and later renamed Cathedral Caverns due to its cathedral-like appearance, this State Park is located in Kennamer Cove and is a popular tourist attraction. The cavern is home to some spectacular formations, including ‘Goliath,’ one of the world’s largest stalagmites, a ‘caveman’ sitting on top of a flowstone wall, and a ‘frozen’ waterfall.
Little River Canyon National Preserve is situated on the top of Lookout Mountain near Fort Payne and is a National Preserve that protects one the cleanest and wildest waterways in the South. The Preserve offers backcountry camping at Hartline's Ford, Billy's Ford and Slant Rock, and fishing and hunting are allowed with licenses.
Tucked away in the picturesque Cumberland Mountains on the banks of the beautiful Lake Guntersville, Goose Pond Colony Resort is a family-friendly resort that offers a variety of activities and attractions, including walking trails, a swimming pool, two beautiful 18-hole championship golf courses and a beach area on the shores of Lake Guntersville.
Pisgah Gorge is a spectacular local gorge that is home to an array of waterfalls as well as beautiful natural scenery and offers excellent walking and hiking trails, swimming in the waterfalls, fishing, wildlife and bird watching and picnicking.
The Russell Cave National Monument is dedicated to showcasing the Russell Cave, one of the most extensive cave systems in Alabama with over seven miles of mapped passageways, including the third longest mapped cave in the state. This rich archeological site is also famous for the discovery of several rare species of animal, including a species of scorpion that exists nowhere else in the world other than Russell Cave. Russell Cave National Monument is open for the public to explore and although recreational caving is no longer allowed, there are two excellent walking trails, namely the 0.6 mile Nature Trail and the 1.2 mile Backcountry Trail.
101 Gorham Drive, Pisgah, AL 35765, website, Phone: 256-451-8439
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