A Chocolate-Covered Weekend

At Stonehurst Place, we are repeatedly asked, “Are you close to Piedmont Park?” Our answer? A resounding, “Yes! It’s only two blocks away!” A great majority of our Bed & Breakfast guests visit the park during their visit, whether it’s for a good run, a few photos, a concert, or to roam the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The thirty acres of gardens, located at the north end of Piedmont Park, is one of County Gardens Magazine’s top 20-favorite public gardens.

The Botanical Garden hosts a bounty of events, and this weekend I took off down Piedmont Avenue to experience a Chocolate-Covered Weekend! Knowing that I’d have more time to look around later, I headed straight to the outdoor kitchen to learn about truffle-making from Chef Instructor Crystal trufflesLeach. The words ‘Chocolate Ganache’ may have once intimidated me, but no longer! Homemade truffles will soon be found on the Stonehurst Place sideboard!

You can never get enough chocolate samples, so after experiencing the truffles, I set off in search of more. I will admit, dark chocolate will always be my favorite, but I even sampled chocolate cheese! On my way through the park I founcocoatreed the cocoa tree, and took my first look inside of a cocoa pod. The guest chefs presented chocolate demonstrations all weekend, and there were chocolate activities for children, as well. In just a short bit of time I came away inspired!

The amount of special activities in the Atlanta Botanical Gardens may surprise you. Check out their website, and plan a trip! Of course, we’d love to have you stay with us when you do!

~Innkeeper Lori