Going for that walk yesterday had me determined I wasn’t going to fall back into couch potato mode. Another beautiful day presented itself here on the lake – still a little cool because of the breeze – but considering next week I’m going where the high today (with wind chill) was -2, I thought I could stand 61 and breezy.
I’ve been planning to write about the Lake Blackshear Resort and Golf Club, and it was a good day to ride over there and take some pictures. I put Bear in the backseat of the car, threw his tennis ball in with him (so he wouldn’t think he was going to the vet), and we were off.
The Lake Blackshear Resort and Golf Club is inside the 1300+ acre Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park. There are several different areas to the park – the Resort, the Veterans Memorial Museum, the SAM Shortline Train, the golfcourse, the campgrounds, the beautiful wooded areas, and of course – the lake. Today is all about the Resort.
I stopped at a big open area, where model airplane enthusiasts fly their planes, to throw the ball for Bear. After about 15 minutes of ball returns and running around to check out all the new smells, he was tired enough to go exploring with me and not be too rowdy.
You’ve heard me mention the Cypress Grill several times in this blog, and you’ve seen the inside. It’s part of the Resort – the newest part. It sits right next to the water, and in the summer we dock the pontoon boat at the Marina, and the “Grill” is only a few steps away. I would call it the “locals” part of the resort, although we eat at Cordelia’s in the main building, and love 88’s Lakeside Bar (more on all that later).
From the Marina, we got back in the car and drove up to the Resort. Several years ago, when I was still working, I was in charge of planning the Georgia School Public Relations Association conference, and begged to have it here at the Resort. I wanted to prove that south Georgia had a wonderful conference center – with great activities, wonderful food, and friendly people. The conference WAS held here, and with the help of Terry McKenzie at the Resort, it was a huge success. Late one afternoon I enlisted Ted and bunch of his buddies (and their pontoon boats) to take the conference members on a lake tour. They had a blast!
Other highlights of the Resort include:
- The Liberty Lady – a group/party boat available for rental. It accommodates groups up to 50, is air conditioned, and 60′ long. Full food and bar service is available.
- The Georgia Veterans Memorial Golf Course, on Golf Digest magazine’s list of four star-rated courses.
- Weddings! Dozens of weddings take place at the Resort each year – some traditional, some casual – some in a ballroom, some on the shores of the lake under the stars.
Are you ready to book a weekend or a week here yet! When the Resort opened in November of 2002, Ted and I were so excited to have this fantastic addition to what we already considered a great life on the river. The pictures above really don’t do it justice, because all the beautiful summer flowers are missing. But I hope you have gotten a little bit of the flavor of this wonderful resort. And if you decide to visit, give Ted and I a call – we’ll come get you on the pontoon boat (with some coats and blankets and give you a tour of the ri’vah. Ya’ll come!
P.S. Don’t forget to send your casserole recipes to me at email@example.com by Thursday (Jan. 28) afternoon! I hope you saw the update I added to the recipe information on yesterday’s post, but just in case you didn’t, here it is again. If there is a family history that goes with any recipe you send, please send that also. I love history recipes! And – if you’re ok with it – I’d love to be able to add your town and state to the recipe. If you’d rather keep that personal, no worries.
“When faith is strong, troubles become trifles. There can be comfort in sorrow because in the midst of mourning, God gives a song.” . . . Billy Graham