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As I mentioned last week, Andy and I recently took a trip out to South Eden Plantation to try Cream of the Crop for lunch. While we were busy stuffing our faces, the staff told us that they were running tours of the property that day. Of course, we leaped at the chance to poke around this gorgeous place, even more so when we found out that they had a small fleet of golf carts available so we wouldn’t have to walk in the 90 something heat.
The main house was better than I had hoped. The new management has created a perfect balance between preserving the original character of the house and adding a healthy dose of modern southern charm. When you step through the doors, one of the first things there is the restaurant where they host Sunday dinner every week, Harvest House. They are also planning on adding a weekly brunch, and I assure you I will be one of the first through the door as soon as they do. The blue ceiling is a nod towards a southern tradition; it was supposed to keep the ever present insects up and away, less of a worry these days though. The wrought iron chandeliers and matching sconces were created by a local artisan especially for this project and were inspired by the trees that are all over the property. Oh, and those beautiful floors are not original, but they are reclaimed wood from a 100 year old barn! I might be a little in love.
My inner princess was obsessed with all the different chandeliers that had been incorporated throughout the buildings. Evidently, I am not the only one, all of the outdoor chandeliers are currently playing host to families of sparrows. The staff originally tried to remove them, but now that there are eggs and baby birds they are leaving the nests be and laughing about how snobby the birds are going to be now that they’ve had the chance to reside in such elegance.
The third restaurant on the property is also located in the main house and is called Scarlets. It is is rich, decadent, and sultry, and that’s just the decor! The ceiling is hammered copper tiles that reflect and radiate the warmth of the dark wood and red velvet used throughout. I can’t wait to get dressed up and have Andy take me to dinner here for a date night.
Further back on the plantation is The Show Boat, a private movie theater that was part of the original property and was actually the first private theater to show the movie Gone with the Wind.
Andy’s favorite part of the tour was the pool house. The indoor poor is a salt water pool, which is perfect for someone with sensitive skin like my hubby. I was a little more interested in the original porthole windows and the fountain out front, but once they actually got me inside, I had to admit that with the chandeliers and the cover that is pasty girl friendly, I could see myself spending A LOT of time here if given the chance.
I had so much fun seeing this amazing place. I am only a 25 minute drive away, and I am still trying to figure out how I can justify investing in a nice staycation. In the mean time, I will absolutely be back to try out the two restaurants in the main house 😉
The other day I came into the office to find two lovely brochures on my desk for the South Eden Plantation, which is conveniently located just down the road in the town of Thomasville, GA. I was, of course, curious about this lovely little place that I had never heard of as well as to who put the information for said place on my desk. Some minor detective work later, I found out it was my boss. He figured, correctly, that I’d have the most interest and would likely be interested in checking it out to see if it would be something we could host company events at. So course, diligent employee that I am, I checked the place out online and then dragged Andy with me to try out one of the three restaurants they have on site.
Of the three, Cream of the Crop was the most casual and well…inexpensive option. Not that I am opposed to spending a little more occasionally for an amazing meal, but I rarely go into those situations without a little research or a recommendation from a friend. Located just off the winding drive, as you can see they were starting to set up for their 4th of July event.
Plenty of outdoor seating so patrons can enjoy the live music they have on Saturday nights as well as bask in the southern charm of the main house and the plantation grounds. If you look to the back, past the tables, you can see the some of the stables, part of which is being converted into a yoga studio.There are two other sets of stables around the property, and they house both Gypsy Horses and Shetland Ponies.
The inside of the restaurant was lovely with exposed beams and lots of brickwork. It also was blessedly cool, which was a much needed relief from the humid summer day outside. They were just opening as we got there, and the staff was friendly and welcoming, setting us up with beverage,s and getting us seated while they finished getting prepped for the day.
We started off with salmon crustini and house made hummus. Both were delicious and perfect for the weather. The hummus was my favorite, perfectly smooth with a hint of cumin, paired with grilled bread? So good!
We went a little further down the carb-tastic rabbit hole and opted for paninis. Four cheese for me and the Turkey Trot (turkey, smoked gouda and apple butter) for Andy. I also got the broccoli salad, and I could eat that stuff for the rest of the summer and be a very happy girl.
Since they were running tours of the property that day Andy and I decided to hang out until the next one started. We chatted with the staff and found out about all of the wonderful desserts they made on the premises. Everything from gelato and tiramisu to southern classics like pecan pie and red velvet cake. We were feeling a little stuffed at this point, even more so after they gave us some gelato samples, so we opted for dessert to go.
Truly a wonderful place. The food was good, the restaurant was charming and rustic, and the staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. We will, without a doubt be coming back to this little gem with friends and family in tow.
I was checking my email Friday morning – you know, putting off getting out of bed by being “productive” -, and I found out one of my favorite shops in the near-by town of Thomasville was hosting a trunk show for New York based milliner The Tipsy Topper. Short notice, but I quickly texted my friend Jenn and she agreed to play hookey and drive down to the show with me after I left the office for the day.This lovely lady is the Tipsy Topper herself, Ms. Mary Anna Smith. She studied millinery at the Fashion Institute of Technology and has been creating her fanciful hats for the last six years. One of my favorite things about her hats was the use of vintage or found items to elevate each piece to timeless wearable art. As you scroll through the pictures you’ll see everything from carriage bells to mushrooms and seed pods. I found myself having a very strong reaction to many of her creations, several brought to mind long ago literary and cinematic favorites. Which was really cool because I hadn’t thought about some of them in years. This sassy piece featuring a pair of shed antlers, pearl caps, and silver netting was one of my favorites. The attention to detail really resonated with me. Although quite simple when compared to some of her more elaborate creations, it was thoughtfully constructed and each bit complemented and elevated the other elements.
It was such a great way to spend a Friday afternoon. I loved talking to Mary and getting to hear about her creative journey, and I thought it was equally wonderful that she was keenly interested in the reaction I had to her work. She listened to every meandering, down the rabbit hole moment and was delighted to see the impact of her work.
To see more Tipsy Toppers, you can check out the company’s instagram page, and to purchase or commission a custom piece, you can email the artist at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This weekend recap is coming to you day later than I intended, but in my defense, this is my mom’s last week in town, and we are trying to fit in a lot in our last few days together. Our weekend kicked off with trip to Thomasville, GA. My mom, my friend Lexie, and I decided we needed to start our Saturday with brunch at Liam’s, one of my mother’s and my all time favorite brunch spots. Their menu is locally inspired and constantly changing, and even after all this time, it never disappoints.
My mom is a huge fan of their famous house coffee beverage, the “Rude Awakening”: three shots of espresso, two tablespoons of sugar, and quite a bit of deliciously steamed milk. As you can see, it makes her very happy 🙂 I also got to try Masa pancakes, which was a first for me, and I have to say it was pretty great. I could absolutely see myself whipping these up at home, maybe with a little home made honey butter.From there, we walked around downtown for a bit. We visited our favorite shops, enjoyed the Autumn decor, and tried to pretend that it wasn’t still crazy hot outside. Some day I will live in a place that isn’t 90 degrees in the “Fall”. How great is this ceiling?! I would love to have something like this in my house someday. Perhaps when I make a lot more money and have purchased that townhouse in Savannah I’ve been dreaming of? We grabbed some Italian sodas for the drive home; I went with Blackberry and my friend Lexie opted for a Caramel Cream soda that she called “life changing”. Yeah, we worked in brunch on Sunday, too. This time at Kool Beanz here in Tallahassee. It was awesome, and I regret nothing. How was your weekend?
Since we’d driven all the way out to Thomasville to see the Giant Oak Tree, we figured we’d go ahead and hit some of our favorite places downtown.
Since Saturday is pretty much the busiest day downtown, we parked on one of the side streets and took a leisurely stroll to one of our favorite brunch spots Liams.
An order of fritters, two decadent plates of awesome, and a round of photos to document the new wall decor, and we were back to waddling down the well loved streets to window shop and people watch.
I love this bookstore so much. If I wasn’t careful, I could probably spend my paycheck inside of an hour. Along with books, they stock great stationary, tote bags, t-shirts, and DIY kits for all ages. Plus their staff is constantly creating interesting store and window displays.
Thomasville is always one of those quick trips that I never fail to enjoy. The great food, quirky shops, colorful locals and their pets? I may not be your traditional girl from the south, but every once in a while I to like to bask in the picturesque genteel charm.