Situated against the backdrop of the picturesque, North Georgia Mountains is an eco-friendly gem known as the “Beechwood Inn.”
Although other lodging establishments make a half-hearted attempt at being green, the “Beechwood Inn” is unique in that the staff puts a great deal of heart and soul into the effort.
Green-centric initiatives manifest themselves in the Inn’s eco-friendly amenities, seasonal menus, packages and special events.
What follows is a brief description of just some of what would-be guests can expect to find at the “Beechwood Inn.”
The “Beechwood Inn” has eight different room types, with the “Lura’s Suite” being the largest of the room types. The other room types are the “Stekoa Suite”, “Nantahala Suite”, “Blueberry Cottage”, “Rabon Suite”, Vineyard Room”, “Savannah Suite” and the “Rose Cottage.”
As of 2010 room rates vary based on room type and season. The majority of the rooms range in price throughout the year from $159 to $199 per night. However, the “Vineyard Room” and the “Lura’s Suite” are a bit more expensive and tend to range from $170 to $219 per night.
The amenities in all of the rooms are similar and tend to include such items a gas fireplace, bamboo viscose towels, posh bathrobes, organic bath and body products, bottled water and homemade baked goods.
In addition, each guest room is expertly appointed and features unique décor and scenic vistas. Out of all of the eight room types only the “Stekoa Suites” features a large, deep, copper bathtub.
When it comes to food and beverage service, the “Beechwood Inn” staff strongly believes in incorporating as much organic and sustainable farming items into the menu as possible.
As such guests can expect to find seasonal menus containing the freshest, regional items available.
Furthermore, the “Beechwood Inn” staff also offers cooking classes and special programs such as the “Introduction to Farm to Table foraging and cooking” and the “Wild Foods Dinner and Foraging Walk.”
During such special events, guests are given a chance to participate in harvesting items from the region’s natural environments. In the case of programs such as the “Wild Foods Dinner and Foraging Walk”, participants are guided through the local woodlands by a professional herbalist.
Under the direction of the herbalist, the items gathered are then brought back to the Inn and prepared with the assistance of all program participants, professional and layman alike.
Would-be guests who are of a finicky nature should note that the Inn also employs the use of a “Prix Fixe” menu on Saturday nights, which essentially means that meal choices are limited to “Chef’s Choice.” As such, there are little if any menu substitutions available on those evenings.
The “Beechwood Inn” offers a plethora of package options throughout the year. Package options range from the pedestrian to more trendy options such as one’s that involve guests exploring sustainable agriculture initiatives.
The Inn currently has several wonderful 2011 package options available. They are the “Valentine’s in the North Georgia Mountains” package, “Private Chef Dinner Package”, “Introduction to Farm to Table Foraging and Cooking”, “Wild Foods Dinner and Foraging Walk”, “Anniversary Package”, ‘Elopement Package” and “Recreational Cooking Classes.”
Would-be visitors should bear in mind that all packages, prices, and policies are subject to change without and advance notice and as such should be confirmed directly with the “Beechwood Inn” staff at the time of booking.
Those that would like additional information on the Clayton area should log onto the “Rabun County Convention and Visitors Bureau” website.
Post Office Box 429
Clayton, GA 30525