When it comes to planning a corporate retreat, there’s a lot to keep in mind. Finding the right size meeting space, setting up the needed tech services, and ensuring enough lodging are always at the top of the to-do list, and so should be making sure the destination has all of the extra amenities to make the retreat a sure success. For all that and more, look no further than Pursell Farms, a picturesque 3,200-acre resort nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Central Alabama. Just 45 minutes outside of Birmingham, this family-owned destination offers a serene and picturesque landscape for hosting an event — and because it’s within driving distance from most Southern cities, it’s quite convenient. With multiple dining options, a renowned golf course, and sought-after activities that can’t be replicated anywhere else, Pursell Farms is truly a destination that is anything but ordinary.
From luxury cabins and small cottages to historic homes, Pursell Farms offers a variety of options for guests to relax and enjoy. The Inn at Pursell Farms is a country estate-style inn that boasts picturesque views of the property’s meadows and woodlands. For those hoping to be surrounded by even more nature, there’s Parker Lodge, which is nestled in the woods and overlooks Lodge Lake, as well as the 17th green. Cabins and cottages are also on-site, with Masters Row Cabins and Cottages — which each offer four guestrooms and are just steps away from the putting green and chipping course. Architect Circle Cottages include two cottages that overlook the 18th fairway. For a serious old-South feel, there’s the historic Hamilton Place home, a restored antebellum raised cottage that was built in 1852. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the historic home was constructed in the Greek Revival style. The oldest home on the farm is Orvis Farmhouse, which was built in 1830 and has been meticulously restored.
Late last year, Pursell Farms welcomed new Executive Chef Tommy Hines, a New Orleans native who has put together the resort’s menus and cuisine. The fare can be found at both Arrington, which serves the resort’s signature cuisine in a casually elegant setting with both indoor and outdoor seating, and Old Tom’s Pub, which serves up American favorites for both lunch and dinner. For meetings, weddings, and events, Chef Hines also works with groups to create special meals and menus, such as outdoor meals to enjoy the property’s scenery. Another highlight for retreats and events is having sunset cocktails on the mountain, which offers guests unparalleled panoramic views of the valleys and mountains beyond.
There’s much more to do and explore at Pursell Farms besides the amazing scenery. Adventure seekers will enjoy the UTV Mountain Experience, which includes driving John Deere Gators across the property’s old logging trails to the top of Sulfur Mountain. Prefer to ride the property horseback? Then there’s guided horseback riding that allows guests to explore at their own pace, whether that’s meandering along meadows and countryside or navigating trails that go to the top of the mountain.
An on-property highlight at Pursell Farms is the Orvis Shooting Grounds. The only one in the South — and one of only three facilities in the United States — the grounds are operated by Orvis experts and include a sporting clays course that simulates a variety of true field shots from different scenarios. Also on the grounds are fully stocked fishing lakes where guests can learn to tie flies fly fish from expert Orvis fly fishing instructors along with the finest wingshooting and hunting instruction available anywhere in the world.
There’s also FarmLinks Golf Club, an 18-hole course that has attracted golfers from all around the country for its pristine greens, wide fairways, and dramatic elevation changes. The course has been named by Golf Advisor as the number one course in Alabama and number four of the “Top 50 Courses in the U.S.,” as well as the number one all-access golf course in Alabama by Golfweek for the last eight years.
Spring House Spa
Pursell Farms’ boutique spa, Spring House Spa, is housed in a Southern cottage featuring a traditional front porch complete with swing and rocking chairs. Inside — in addition to three treatment rooms where guests can receive signature massage therapies — visitors can also relax and unwind in the relaxation room.
A business retreat at Pursell Farms promises a productive and pristine experience with every amenity you can imagine. When you’re ready to book your next retreat, visit pursellfarms.com or call (877) 292-FARM (3276).
This article is sponsored by Pursell Farms.