Post by Holly Geoghegan for The G! Report, August 16th.
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You know that Cabin Bluff is a special place the moment you arrive. It has one of those “don’t blink you might miss it” kind of entrances that immediately heightens your senses and curiosity. As you pass through a random livestock gate, your eyes peer down a long road cut into a thick forest lined with towering pines that feels more like North Carolina than Coastal Georgia. I took a deep breath and downshifted from my multitasking world which I happily left behind just a few miles back on I-95.
Established in 1928, Cabin Bluff was built as a a corporate outdoor retreat that hosted Presidents, wealthy travelers and many distinguished sporting enthusiasts from around the world. Just seven miles north of the Florida state line and tucked away on 75,000 acres amidst the coastal marshes of Georgia’s Cumberland River, you quickly appreciate as you pull into the property why Cabin Bluff has attracted the Who’s Who of the Outdoors.
My arrival at the main lodge reminded me of my first day at summer camp. The sounds and smells of the woodlands and coastal sea marshes unleashed my inner child and adventuresome spirit. A friendly laid-back staffer welcomed me and assisted me to my charming rustic cabin. As I threw down my bags and cascaded backwards onto the comfy bed, I realized I was about to experience a weekend I wouldn’t soon forget.
Cabin Bluff is a luxurious yet rustic retreat with twenty private rooms featuring private baths and stone fireplaces. The 1,700 square foot state-of-the-art conference facility overlooking a picturesque pond provides the ideal destination for a corporate retreat. From its home-style breakfasts to its signature oyster roasts, Cabin Bluff’s cuisine is Southern hospitality at its best. With a maximum capacity of forty guests, there are many moments when you feel like you’ve escaped to your own private estate.
There are countless outdoor activities and adventures to enjoy. Long revered as a premier hunting destination for quail, turkey, deer and boar, exceptionally trained guides are available to give you instruction whether you are a seasoned hunter or timid first-timer.
One of the highlights of my visit was a hunting dog demonstration. Cabin Bluff’s pointers and retrievers are uniquely trained and used in pairs to steady, flush and retrieve fallen birds providing a first class hunting experience. The skill, intelligence and physical stamina of these dogs is remarkable. The guys were particularly impressed when one of the dogs retrieved an ice-cold Bud out of a nearby cooler at the end of the demonstration!
Cabin Bluff is a treasure trove for deep-sea fishing as well as inshore excursions. Boating, tennis, hiking, biking, canoeing and kayaking are also available. And if you’re so inclined, you can hone your marksmanship skills on the 13 station sporting clays course. Often referred to as “golf with a shotgun,” this sport may get you hooked, like it did me, on the very first shot.
Guests are encouraged to unwind and relax at Cabin Bluff. The service is impeccable, uncomplicated, and tailored to fit your pace of activity and adventure. When my group of female anglers felt more inclined to boat cruising than doing “serious” fishing, our Captain eagerly obliged and deadheaded across the Intracoastal Waterway treating us to a delightful afternoon on Cumberland Island.
Cumberland Island is a designated National Seashore and can only be accessed by boat or ferry. Historic, pristine, and known as a private getaway for the likes of steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, the island is also famous for being the secret site of the late John F. Kennedy Jr.’s wedding ceremony to Jacqueline Basset. Our group enjoyed a fun, spontaneous outing hiking around the island, touring the Carnegie mansion and spying some wild horses that still roam freely on the island. Not something you get to see everyday!
Throughout the weekend, I found myself immersed in the extraordinary beauty and peace of Cabin Bluff. It’s a place where you can unplug and kick-back with a good book in one of the large wooden swings or enjoy the tweeting birds (and not your smart phone) while sipping some morning joe on the front porch of your private cabin.
While a weekend is clearly not enough time to experience all the amenities Cabin Bluff has to offer, it’s a highly recommended start. For years this secluded and exclusive retreat was a day’s bounty for only a privileged few. Thankfully today this destination bucket can be filled and crossed off anybody’s list.