According to the calendar, Fall is officially in full swing. As the promise of cooler temperatures becomes a reality, we are beginning to crave outdoor activities and secret hideaways as a stark contrast to our busy weekdays in the city. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, we are in the perfect spot for weekend travel— only a couple of hours from the Blue Ridge Mountains and a few hours from the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. However, sometimes you need something a little closer to home. Our team recently learned of a hidden gem just outside of Atlanta that perfectly embodies the life of The Social Sportsman. Last month, we hosted our Fall 2019 lifestyle photoshoot at Foxhall Resort and we wanted share our experiences with you.
Foxhall feels like a faraway escape but is less than an hour from downtown Atlanta but don’t quote us on this travel time during rush hour. The recreational side of the property consists of over 1,000 acres bordered by the Chattahoochee River on one side and Georgia’s rolling lawns and wooded hills on the other. The resort offers everything you need for an adventurous weekend retreat filled with outdoor sports and good times with great company.
Foxhall has all the gear, trail maps, and accessories needed to enjoy over forty on-site recreational activities. Some of the activities include sporting clays, fishing trips, canoes, ATV rides, hiking trails, and seasonal hunts. For the less adventurous but more social crowd, they have an infinity-edge swimming pool, tennis courts, and a sports lawn equipped with traditional lawn games.
Outfitters are available to provide instruction and guidance for guests to learn new sporting traditions, or to continue developing their skills. During our time at Foxhall, Kade an outfitter and avid outdoors man, helped guide us around the property while giving us tips on the best places to catch fish in Legacy Lake, among other things.
Fishing & Canoeing
We were amazed to learn that 16 freshwater lakes span across 200 acres of the property. During our visit, we took a Jon boat out on Lunker Lake. We were able to experience firsthand the pristine waters while taking photos and having a little fun fishing. While we were only able to hook a couple of small bass, there is a professionally managed trophy bass lake on site for the sport fisherman in us all. We didn’t spot a ramp, so leave your new bass boat at the house.
Next, we ventured to Legacy Lake, which is the largest of the recreational lakes. Here most of the team was able to participate in the fun by venturing onto the water in canoes and kayaks provided by Foxhall. A platform in the middle of the lake served as a place to rest and relax while planning our next move. Thankfully we all held our balance when getting back into our canoes, but make sure you are prepared for a swim if you’ve had one too many. After a short lunch break at the Paddock, we headed to our next location, the sporting clay course.
Foxhall is home to one of the world’s top sporting clay courses – it even received the Beretta Trident for Excellence in 2019. The clay course has a variety of stations including both covered and uncovered 5-stands in addition to wobble stands. While some of us were better than others at shooting clays, Kade made sure that we were always having fun. Our team challenged each other to a quick 2-pull competition before heading to the Sports Lawn. We’re not ashamed to admit that most of us were outshined by a first timer.
This area of the property consists of several traditional lawn games including a croquet set, four bocce ball courts, two horseshoe courts and a sand volleyball court. Everyone on our team was excited to get in a toss or two during a few lively horseshoe matches. Max, pictured below, was the MVP by tossing a ringer almost every time. In between games, we used the pergola covered in natural vines with a stone patio to rest. The patio was outfitted with plenty of chairs and tables for our team. After a long day in the sun we were ready to head back to the Paddock restaurant for dinner.
Foxhall offers an on-site farm-to-table restaurant, The Paddock, which overlooks the polo fields. Our team loved this restaurant so much we enjoyed it twice in one day. The Paddock features locally sourced vegetables and game favorites such as bison, wild boar, and duck. If you are less adventurous with your choice of meats, don’t worry, the Paddock also offers beef, chicken, fish, and vegetarian options. One member of our team even went rogue and tried the vegetarian burger. This meatless burger rivaled the “Impossible Burger” in texture and taste. The rest of our team enjoyed more traditional fare including tasty chicken sandwiches, seafood pasta and zucchini fries. The service at the Paddock is friendly and warm, making you feel more like you are visiting a relative’s home rather than a resort destination.
No need to figure out lodging as Foxhall offers accommodations for over 180 guests which span from one-bedroom suites, to homes that sleep 18 guests. A four-bedroom cottage served as our home base during the photoshoot. The lakeside views and comfortable sofas helped us feel right at home. One thing that we will do differently on our next trip to Foxhall is a pre-visit grocery store run. Since the cottage was equipped with a kitchen, we want to be prepared for those nights when we might miss the Paddock’s dinner service. Rest assured that once you arrive at the resort, you won’t want to leave.
We are already counting down to our next weekend getaway. Do you have a recommendation on where we should spend our next Fall weekend? Let us know in the comments below!