North Georgia Getaway | Barnsley Resort

Planning Summer vacations this year looks a lot different than we all had imagined, but that doesn't mean they can't be just as wonderful!

We planned a trip to Barnsley Resort in North Georgia for Spring Break, but when quarantine began, had to postpone. So, we were super excited to make the drive up for the 4th of July, and it certainly did not disappoint. Our visit to Barnsley Resort made for the most wonderful family getaway while confidently social distancing!

Here are some of the things we loved about Barnsley Resort & you will too!

1. The charm & beauty of this Southern Estate is unlike any other.  From your initial drive onto the property, you'll be pleasantly surprised by this secluded treasure. From the rolling hills, the beautiful maple trees, to the wild flowers sprinkled all along the trails on the property, you'll have a greater appreciation for nature's beauty in Northern Georgia.  

2. The amenities are terrific! A Fazio-designed championship golf course, a spa & big pool with plenty of space to distance safely from others  (reservations were required) and worth mentioning, the sweetest staff at the pool made kid version strawberry daiquiris for the boys, making them feel so special! Fire pits & logs are available all over the property and nightly s'more supplies are made available to enjoy each night after the day's adventures. 

3. The activities are endless! Hiking & biking trails, catch & release fishing ponds (the boy's favorite thing), use of canoes & life jackets, lawn games sprinkled all over the resort, and the Barnsley Farm

Some of the activities we are looking forward to on our next visit include the Beretta Shooting Grounds for Clay Shooting & maybe when the boys are older, Quail Hunting! A hike to the lookout, and a guided horseback trail is on the top our list for next time. The boys made friends with the horses and animals at the Barnsley Farm, so it will feel like a little reunion when we return! ;) 

We caught 5 fish on one of the fishing ponds. (Even Mom caught one!) It's catch and release fishing and we rented the poles from the Outpost that morning. The boys had a blast & I loved photographing and watching their excitement when they caught fish after fish!  

4. A visit to the Manor House Ruins & Gardens is included in your stay and you won't want to miss it! It's so beautiful and the story behind it is incredibly romantic! Godfrey Barnsley built this Italinate villa for his wife. It's obvious why the Manor House & Gardens serves as a gorgeous wedding venue too! I loved learning about the resort's history & taking all the pictures of this beautiful spot! 

5. The dining, was delicious! Still thinking about the delicious BBQ we had on our first night! There are 3 restaurants on the property, Woodlands Grill, The Beer Garden & The Rice House. The Rice House was closed during our visit, but because we were there on a holiday weekend, the property brought in food trucks to enjoy as well! 

This was the perfect trip for our family to getaway and still main social distance safely, in addition to celebrating the 4th of July in a very special way! I just loved the patriotic touches all over the property & the special events they held during the weekend. The family bike parade and family flag craft project, and a fantastic firework show! The boys had a blast decorating and riding their bikes in the parade.. 

I'm hoping I can convince my husband that we need a giant American flag for our porch like the one pictured here? :) What do you think? I was obsessed with it! :) 

 Our family had such a wonderful time that we've already made plans to go back in a few months! And we're also thinking of making our visit for the 4th of July, an annual trip! 

Ready to book your stay? You can choose to stay at the inn on the property, but I would highly recommend booking your own cottage. We absolutely loved having our own little space in the village and it was centrally located to everything the resort had to offer. 

Lastly, how are they accommodating for social distancing? Every staff member wore a mask at all times. They included a small personal hand sanitizer in our cottage, in addition to hand sanitizer available all over the resort. We felt very safe and encouraged by all the steps they were taking to keep their guests safe. To learn more about their health & sanitation practices, you can read about it here

The Barnsley Resort was such a beautiful place & we can't wait to go back! If you make a visit, tell them the Prose family sent you & say hello to Skippy & the rest of the Barnsley horses!

** These opinions and photos are my own & are the property of Prose & Company. No photos shall be taken with out the permission of the owner of this blog. 


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