Original article by Alvin Richardson for the Athens Banner-Herald and Statesboro Herald
Guys if you’ve got a birthday coming up or are looking for an idea for your Christmas present make sure your wives see this article. Company presidents who are looking for a place to have your annual meeting, look no further. If your family is casting around for a place to have a top shelf reunion this is the place. Tucked away in Southeast Georgia is a gem that few know about. That is about to change and all of you are among the first to find out about it. I’m telling you right now that if you are an outdoors lover this is a grand slam homerun, a three-point bucket at the buzzer to win and an Olympic ten all rolled into one.
This is not idle chatter nor is it second hand information. My wife and I spent a few days there a couple of weeks ago and it was one of the best trips we’ve ever been on so listen up.
Cabin Bluff was once the playground of the rich and famous. Purchased in 1928 by automobile pioneer Howard Coffin as a premier hunting and fishing destination for his wealthy buddies, it has hosted presidents and powerful industrialists from all over the country. As of now it has become your playground.
Here’s another tidbit. If you dislike crowded resorts you need not worry. Cabin Bluff only hosts a maximum of forty people at a time so your days there will be free of the hustle and bustle that marks so many vacation and conference centers. You can just kick back and take things at your own pace.
Cabin Bluff is located in a gorgeous setting filled with some of the biggest and prettiest live oaks you will ever see. It’s right on the Cumberland River just seven miles from the Florida border and offers everything your heart could possibly desire. If you want to reside in style, Cabin Bluff’s rooms and cabins combine a rustic feel with elegance and all the comforts of home. Want to play outside? Among their offerings are fresh and salt water fishing (both inshore and offshore), hunting for deer, quail, turkey, and wild boar. If you need to sharpen up your shooting eye first you can enjoy their sporting clays course.
Rather play a quick round of golf? Cabin Bluff boasts a unique course designed by PGA legend Davis Love III. The cool thing about that is that you just go get a cart and go hit it. No tee times needed. There’s plenty of room for everyone. If you don’t want to play golf you can just ride around in a cart and soak up the scenery. Hang on because I’m just getting started here.
The meals are wonderful. Country breakfasts, home style lunches and dinners that feature distinctly Southern dishes from the local waters and woodlands are the order of the day. Just walk a few steps from your cabin, plop down and have at it. No getting in the car, no waiting in line and no disappointments. They even have cookouts and oyster roasts just to add a little more to the experience.
Additionally there is the Coolidge Tavern and Pool House complete with a pub, hot tub and pool where you can relax, have something to eat or drink, take a dip or just soak up some rays all with a grand view of the Cumberland River.
If you have a group there as part of a working vacation and must get some work done Cabin Bluff sports a 1700 square foot state of the art conference room that seats about forty people.
Let me give you some of the highlights of our trip. Following lunch on the first day we loaded up with one of their professional fishing guides and proceeded to catch redfish, trout, flounder and even a couple of sharks. Along the way we were treated to a close inspection of Cumberland Island and the wild horses that roam the beaches and marshes of that famous Georgia coastal landmark.
We returned to enjoy an hour at the pub of drinks and appetizers followed by a tour of some of the pristine grounds. We then feasted on a supper that featured local fried shrimp and fish. After supper it was off to the bocce ball court for a game before heading to our cabin.
All the amenities are offered daily and so we decided to go fishing again the next morning after breakfast (imagine that) because it had been such an enjoyable trip the previous day. Following another successful run of fishing we returned, ate lunch and then grabbed a cart to tour the golf course. We were treated to scenic marsh views alongside the links as well as other natural wonders. There were alligators in the ponds, ospreys and osprey nests with young in them and even a deer grazing that crossed our path.
We then took on the sporting clays course and Laura outshot all the guys after she received some expert instruction from their shooting guru. To round out the afternoon there was an exhibition put on by their head dog trainer showing off the skills of their world class bird dogs. It was an amazing performance. I must say those dogs could do everything but whistle Dixie and cook lunch. I’d love to see them at work in the field. Unfortunately quail season doesn’t begin until October so I’m going to have to wait.
The next morning was an opportunity to play the golf course and it did not disappoint. Well conditioned and challenging but with plenty of room to accommodate the average golfer it gave us the perfect ending to a trip I’ll always remember.
You can go their website at www.cabinbluff.com for any information you need including reservations and pricing.
Don’t miss out on one of the best kept secrets Georgia has to offer.