Nestled in the beautiful mountains and valleys of the Appalachian foothills, Honeywood Valley is a breathtaking 895-acre wooded sanctuary with an elegant lakeside lodge and miles of hiking and biking trails, canoeing and kayaking, fishing, camping, and even a sandy beach. Just 25 miles from downtown Birmingham, Alabama, this gorgeous haven feels like you’ve been transported to a majestic Adirondack inn. But this isn’t your typical hospitality experience — it’s so much more.
Booking a stay at Honeywood Valley means the entire sprawling property, lodge and all, is yours to bring your ideal getaway to life. Designed for guests to tailor a one-of-a-kind gathering — whether that’s a romantic escape, a weekend of entertainment and activity for the gals (or the guys), a soul-nourishing health and wellness reboot, an uplifting family reunion or baby shower, a creative birthday party, or a corporate or artistic retreat — Honeywood Valley is a customizable destination experience unlike anything else in Alabama.
Honeywood Valley owner and curator of hospitality, Angie Wood, currently partners with Table & Thyme for all catering and gourmet meal options, as well as yoga therapists, fitness instructors, licensed master aestheticians and massage therapists, and a wine and bourbon tasting guru.
Besides all of the gorgeous land, the 7,500-square-foot lodge features five bedrooms and seven bathrooms and sleeps up to 13. In addition, it has a cavernous living space with a fully operational service bar, double-sided fireplace, and open chef’s grill with partial views into the kitchen. This resplendent den with seating and space for mingling or cozying up to the fire spills onto the sprawling back porch and lakeside dock, where a nearby beach can play host to more seating, mingling or entertaining space. The lodge boasts a whopping six porches and three fireplaces, and all but the bunk-bed room have their own luxurious bathrooms. A fully equipped kitchen — with a six-burner gas stove — provides ample culinary support to cook for the spacious 12-person dining table, three-person chef’s counter, and six-person breakfast nook (not to mention the seating throughout the living space and back patio and deck). In fact, the grounds can host a party for up to 200 people.
Let’s explore 10 unique and inspiring ways you can create an unforgettable experience at Honeywood Valley.
Escape with your best girlfriends to a secluded spa weekend. Enjoy facial and body treatments from local licensed master aestheticians and massage therapists. Toast to friendship with a wine tasting from the local non-snobbery sommelier, Scott Jones, paired with an Insta-worthy charcuterie board made by culinary partner, Table & Thyme. After fireside laughter in the cavernous living room, head to the sprawling lakeside porch for an al fresco dinner as dusk turns to starry skies.
Health & Wellness Reboot
Gather up your yogis, workout buddies, and outdoor adventurers, and get ready to detox, reboot, and recenter, focusing on your best self. Arrange for your own private yoga or fitness instructor to lead you in a rejuvenating class in the open-air Amish barn overlooking a sweeping mountaintop view. Of course, miles of hiking and biking trails offer meditative treks through nature; while canoes and kayaks allow for serene exploration of the lake. Guests are welcome to invite their chosen registered dietician to lead nutrition seminars and cooking demos, while the guest’s chosen life coach, therapist, or motivational speaker can provide inspiration, insight, and tips on reaching life goals.
Whether with your church group or simply a group of “soul sisters,” reconnect spiritually amid the property’s breathtaking natural beauty. The name of this land, Honeywood Valley, actually came to Angie during a daily devotional while reading about the Land of Milk and Honey. “God was involved in us getting the property,” she says. “It was part of our redemption, of finding honey. And our last name is Wood, and we were coming out of a valley, so it all just clicked: Honeywood Valley. And that’s also why the lake is named Lake Lomah: Land of Milk and Honey.” The 110-year-old Amish barn, of course, offers serenity and a sense of spiritual light, perfect for worship, prayer, and song. All corners of the land offer quietude for personal communion with spirit; while the lodge’s many outdoor porches and rooms can accommodate group meetings and one-on-one discussions.
Maybe your kids want to camp out, but you’d prefer to “glamp” out — in the luxurious lodge, that is. Book Honeywood Valley, pack up the camping gear, and make the weekend of everyone’s dreams come true!
Host a family reunion at Honeywood Valley. It could be intimate, with the lodge sleeping 13 immediate family members and any additional brave youngsters camping outside (tents not included). Enjoy Table & Thyme’s gourmet meals, which could be served in the dining room — or breakfast nook, bar-stool seating, or any of the outdoor seating areas — while family members reconnect in a laid-back manner. On the other hand, it could be a grand affair with all the bells and whistles, accommodating up to 200 in and around the lodge. Fill your weekend with bouncy houses for the kiddos; catering or buffet service from Table & Thyme; sno-cone machine or dessert/ice cream novelty truck of your choice; cornhole, bocce ball and croquet games; and an acoustic singer-songwriter — or even a full band!
Educational Outdoor Experiences
Kids’ scouting groups can take an entire weekend to earn their swimming, lifeguarding, hiking, fishing, camping, and cooking badges. And other outdoor-centric groups can certainly enjoy this natural oasis. Bird-watching groups could easily fill a weekend. Mountain bike clubs and trail-running communities could make sport — and even contests — of the vast trail systems. Foragers, foresters, and botanists could give seminars; while conservationists and naturalists could teach classes and lead excursions focusing on wildlife, habitat, preservation, and fascinating natural wonders.
Let the guys take the man-cave hangout to the great outdoors for a weekend of fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and ATV and jet ski rental. A professional bourbon aficionado can lead the group in a bourbon-tasting, which the boys can enjoy with a cigar by the lake. Surprise them with their favorite local meal delivered to them, or surprise them with the grill-out package, which comes with your choice of beef brisket, Boston butt, smoked chicken quarters and scrumptious sides. It’s made to order, stocked in the fridge and supplied with heating and grilling instructions. Give them a lodge, land for miles, food to grill and fun to be had — and the band of brothers will certainly be pleased!
Milestone Birthdays & Anniversaries
Whether it’s a first birthday, a Sweet Sixteen celebration, a 50th wedding anniversary, or Granny’s 100th birthday, Honeywood Valley offers the perfect venue for a celebration. Couples can savor a romantic escape Friday night with a Saturday night party to celebrate their anniversary or birthday. At Honeywood Valley, you can host a few or many. It is a blank canvas for you to plan the event of your dreams.
Use the seclusion of Honeywood Valley to awaken in your inner artist. Photographers regularly use the gorgeous grounds for family and portrait photo shoots, as well as commercial photography shoots and film footage of all types. The idyllic property could also accommodate visual art workshops, writers’ workshops, and theater workshops. Bands could use the facility to work on new songs and even record new albums. Artistic options are endless!
Meetings and Corporate Events
Corporations and businesses can take their retreats to the next level at Honeywood Valley. Boasting with southern hospitality, the lodge’s many rooms and numerous outdoor areas can easily play host to executive retreats, off-site interviews, fundraisers, team-building activities, employee celebrations, seminars, or annual parties.
Book your stay at Honeywood Valley, and Angie will be the first to help you refine your ideal experience. “We do our best to make your vision come to life,” says Angie, whatever that vision may be.
This article is sponsored by Honeywood Valley, located at 2150 Mystic Valley View, Sterrett, AL 35147. All photography provided by Honeywood Valley.