#305 – Escape to Red Oak Manor, a Quaint B&B in Harlem, Georgia – A Hidden Gem with a Little Foodie Secret!
Back in October, I had the pleasure of staying at the Red Oak Manor – Columbia County’s only bed & breakfast – in Harlem, Georgia. Located about two-and-a-half hours from Atlanta and just 20 minutes west of Augusta, Harlem is a Georgia small town, quaint, comfortable and welcoming. It’s the perfect escape from busy Atlanta city life and an easy drive to the golf courses of Augusta.
Red Oak Manor is much what you would expect of a B&B – it’s a charming, family-owned establishment, with cozy, homey rooms and delicious breakfast. It’s a place to truly escape to – it’s quiet, with plenty of places to curl up with a good book and get away from the hustle and bustle of your life.
Built in 1885 and known as the Weeks’ House, the house was originally the home of the local physician, Dr. Weeks. Now it’s an affordable B&B – with five rooms ranging from $99.00 to $139.00 a night. Proprietor Lee Ann Meyer, her family and staff will make sure you’re comfy and content, and your stay won’t break the bank! I also recommend stocking up on Ricki’s Peach Pepper Jelly – for yourself, for gifts – made in-house at Red Oak Manor, it’s a delicious Southern delicacy with a spicy kick!
But Red Oak Manor also has a secret – besides the delicious homecooked meals they serve for breakfast, lunch and dinner in their restaurant, The Acorn, they also have a fun night that brings together the community, their guests and friends – Iron Chef Night at the Red Oak Manor. Based on the popular TV show, Red Oak Manor pits three chefs against each other to create a four-course meal based on a secret ingredient and then a panel of distinguished local judges decides the winner and diners award the People’s Choice Award. The night we were there, the secret ingredient was pecans, to celebrate the town’s pecan factory. The ingredient had to be featured in every dish – the appetizer, the soup, the main course, and the dessert. Chefs include local chefs and cooks – ranging from local restauranteurs to “backyard chefs” and is a fun and fabulous evening for only $25.00 per person!
Red Oak Manor’s Iron Chef Dinners are the first Thursday of even numbered months – February, April, June, August, October & December. The next one is this Thursday, December 2, 2010, so if you need a little post-Thanksgiving getaway, it’s the perfect little jaunt out I-20 to rest and relaxation!
If you can’t make a Thursday night for the Iron Chef Dinner but you need a little holiday getaway with your sweetie, Red Oak Manor is offering a special for the Lights of the South display, which is acres and acres of holiday light displays. The package includes a Friday evening with dinner for two, an overnight stay in the honeymoon suite and bottle of champagne, and two tickets to Lights of the South. Proprietor of the B&B, Lee Ann, says, “It’s a great romance package and perfect for the holidays!” The special package runs through December 24, 2010.