Grown-up Camp – Barnsley Resort

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Grown-up Camp – Barnsley Resort

I got to tag along on another one of my hubby’s business trips this past week.  This time the conference was at Barnsley Resort in Adairsville, Georgia.  This place is like nothing I have ever seen before!


Instead of a large hotel the resort’s rooms were spread out throughout small cottages.  The grounds were sprawling with beautiful gardens everywhere.  We were in a group of six so we shared a house with some of the hubby’s co-workers.  Each room had it’s own hotel sized room and bathroom. 

It sort of felt like a grown-up luxury sleepaway camp to me!


There were dining options, a pool and activities spread through the property.IMG_7234

Lounging and relaxing seemed to be a theme as the gorgeous grounds had just about every type of chill location you can think of.IMG_7209

I used all of these!


And even swung in this swing. 

Because I could. 


The gardens were gorgeous and since I’ve been on a bit of a gardening kick lately I spent quite a bit of time meandering and taking pictures.IMG_7211IMG_7212IMG_7221IMG_7223IMG_7227IMG_7228

Gorgeous huh?

There were trails and paths all along the property so there was plenty of room to run.  I ran without my watch and timer which was incredibly relaxing and refreshing for a change.




Outside of one the restaurants they even had a food garden where chefs grew some of the produce served on property. 


There was a nice pool, but the weather didn’t cooperate with me and it was stormy or cloudy each time I wanted to go out.IMG_7257

The highlight of our time there was a party thrown by the conference organizers at the ruins on property.IMG_7235

The brick building in the picture are the remains of a pre-civil war home.  It’s protected as a historical district and there was a museum on-site sharing the history of the location which was once a grand mansion and gardens.


Most of the gardens have been reconstructed or maintained over the years.



The one problem we had was it rained and stormed making it difficult to get from location to location!  I even had to ditch my heals in favor of flip flops for the big party because it was so messy outside.


(Fuzzy i-phone pic-bah!  I didn’t want to ruin my nice camera in the tropical deluge!)

On the flipside though, look at this rainbow!  Without the rain, you never get a view like this!IMG_2621[1]

(Another Fuzzy blue  i-phone pic. Take my word for it, the rainbow was stunning!)

This trip was a nice and much needed change of pace.

When else would I have time to take so many pretty pictures?


The thing I most enjoyed most is how relaxing the place is.  Since it’s in a small town you don’t feel like you are missing much if you just stay and chill on the resort.  I have trouble NOT doing ALL THE THINGS sometimes so it’s nice to be forced to stay put.


I only wish our weather was a little better while we were there!IMG_7254

But from my professional experience, I’ve learned that you can’t control the weather, just forecast it!  And speaking of forecasting, it’s back to the grind for now.  I really need more hammocks in my life.

Your turn…

Do you like to vacation at the beach, mountains, city or country?

If it’s 100% my choice I love a beach local!  It’s the former Floridian in me!  I really enjoyed this trip though too.

By | 2017-08-15T14:04:25-04:00 June 10th, 2014|Southeast Travel, Travel, Uncategorized|14 Comments


  1. […] on site, and I tagged along.  Anytime I have the chance to stay at a nice hotel, sign me up!  He went to this same conference last year, and I was really looking forward to going […]

  2. Betty Hicks June 15, 2014 at 10:10 am - Reply

    Julie this is such a beautiful place!

    • JulieWunder June 16, 2014 at 5:13 pm - Reply

      I didn’t know that about Reese! Very cool!

  3. Dan Steadman June 13, 2014 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    depends on my mood usually the mountains, but I was in a beach mood this year and we spent time at Kiawah this week and it was a great time. My parents went to Barnsley all the time after we left the house so I’ve been there a couple of times (grew up in Marietta)…DYK that Reese Witherspoon stayed there while filming a movie (Sweet Home Alabama if memory serves), still looks beautiful

  4. Melissa June 11, 2014 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    WOW! How gorgeous! I love all the flowers! That looks like a really fun place to stay.

    Since I just went to the beach, I’ll say I like to vacation at the beach now. But in the past, I was all about camping. I still love it, but I think beach trumps that now!

    • JulieWunder June 16, 2014 at 5:12 pm - Reply

      I love the beach too… ahhh…. salt… sand… sun… I’m day dreaming now 🙂

  5. June 10, 2014 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    i can’t believe i’ve never been there before! being a GA girl and all. love asheville, btw.

    • JulieWunder June 11, 2014 at 7:16 am - Reply

      Thanks! I love Asheville too 🙂

  6. diane Norris June 10, 2014 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    what beautiful pictures yet again, I always feel like ive been on a trip with you on your blog, thanks Julie !!

    • JulieWunder June 11, 2014 at 7:16 am - Reply

      Thank you!!!

  7. Jaime June 10, 2014 at 10:51 am - Reply

    If this is camp, SIGN ME UP. 😉 I love vacationing at the beach (we’re going in July.) I think it’s because I live in the mountains. I’m sure I would feel different if I lived somewhere else!

    • JulieWunder June 11, 2014 at 7:15 am - Reply

      I use the word “camp” losely… It was very nice and high end… just differnet from a reguler resort!
      I feel the same way! If I still lived in Florida, I’m sure I’d love to vacation in the mountains!

  8. Robin @ Simply Southern Baking June 10, 2014 at 7:57 am - Reply

    What a beautiful place for a conference! My pick for vacationing is a quiet mountain getaway. Thanks for sharing Julie. 🙂

    • JulieWunder June 11, 2014 at 7:14 am - Reply

      Thanks Robin! The mountains are so wonderful too!

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