Kristina and I set off yesterday from Atlanta, which still feels like today with the time difference. Jet lag. We watched Chef on the fight – highly recommend. In Madrid, I was still feeling the effects of my ambien and felt like I had just gotten off a cruise ship. After a little over hour flight to Mallorca and a weird car rental experience, Kristina and I arrived at our Villa for the week outside Font De Sal Cala. We enjoyed a late lunch on the waterfront at Cafe Noah. A surprising mix of seafood, asian and italian that somehow really worked. What comes after an over indulgent meal, gelato of course. After a quick swim and we unpacked and settled into our room. Up next dinner and drinks on the veranda. It may be 80 degrees in a house with no air conditioning, but life is good, really good.
In between back to back wedding weekends in Atlanta I have set up shop at our family home on Lake Burton. In between conference calls and emails I am trying to get as much sun as possible! On Monday, my mom and I ventured into Clayton to try her favorite new spot in town, The Laurel Bar at The White Burch Inn. Since it was a Monday we practically had the place to ourselves. Inn owners Chuck & Brenda Patterson, architect and interior designer duo, outdid themselves with the design and decor of the Inn. Bought in 2012, the pair transformed this 100-year-old building into a 6 bedroom Inn, complete with workout room and communal sitting area. Each room is unique in design and color scheme with beautiful pieces from local artist. I love all the woodwork and details in the bathrooms.
After our tour of the Inn, we sipped wine at the bar with hilarious bartender Ginger and enjoyed dinner on the patio. Our meal was delicious! We both started with the refreshing and light Peach Salad. Followed by Smoked Trout Cakes, Pan Seared Sea Scallops and Shrimp & Grits. For dessert homemade Salted Caramel Coffee ice cream. My favorite was the Smoked Trout Cakes with Beet Risotto. Chef Ben Findley is a Clayton native, whose talent was nurtured at local favorite Lake Rabun Hotel. Be sure to stop in The Laurel Bar on your next trip to North Georgia!