Getaway

Getaway: Andiamo Lodge

By: Jennifer Stewart Kornegay
The entryway to Andiamo Lodge, covered in snow

OPENED IN JANUARY 2022, Andiamo Lodge grew from owners and newlyweds Colleen Duffley and Steve Carpenter’s new love for each other—and for a spot they discovered as a personal escape during the pandemic: Mentone, Alabama. They bought a vacant church retreat, renovated it, and renamed it. Andiamo means “let’s go,” in Italian, but once you check in to this quaint, truly tiny property, thanks to its relaxed, welcoming vibe it’s doubtful you’ll want to go anywhere—except maybe the main lodge, where pop-up dinners and culinary classes await, part of the calendar of experience getaways offered all year at Andiamo Lodge.

THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Tucked into the northeast corner of Alabama atop the Lookout Mountain plateau, the little town of Mentone hides treasures beneath an unassuming attitude: charming shops, historic sites, and examples of Alabama’s scenic splendor, like the glittering, 104-foot DeSoto Falls just a few miles south.

THE DIGS

The wooden, tin-roofed lodge fits neatly into the surrounding forest. Mirroring the natural beauty outside, the den features exposed wood beams overhead and wide-planked floors underfoot, and is warmed by a massive stacked-stone fireplace.

Andiamo Lodge bedroom

Neutral tones are enlivened by pops of color; more modern touches and furnishings blend with antiques and flea market finds. Six tranquil guest rooms, each with a working fireplace, reflect the same theme.

THE FOOD SCENE

Mornings mean cappuccinos and lattes made with the lodge’s signature coffee produced by a small-batch roaster in nearby Georgia. Room rates also include a bountiful breakfast. Selections change but might be bacon-cheddar scones and grapefruit brûlée, avocado toasts cozied up to creamy parmesan grits, or an airy, veggie-studded egg soufflé.

Afternoons often bring cocktails, light bites, and housemade limoncello by the fire. And on culinary event weekends, enticing aromas mix with infectious laughter in the chef’s-dream kitchen. Duffley also enjoys personalizing stays for her guests whenever possible, from honoring the smallest food preference to creating a special dinner. “We are much more than a place to rest your head,” she says.

Stay in the loop on all of our getaways, road trips, and travel recommendations by subscribing to our Savor the South newsletter.

Related Reading

Getaway

A Refined Affair at Zero George

The recently opened Residences at Zero George bring lushly appointed suites to Charleston, with amenities like a biscuit butler and bar “valet.”

On the Road

Getaway: Primland Resort

Set on the Piedmont Plateau, the Lodge at Primland melds seamlessly with the natural world surrounding it.

On the Road

Getaway: Charleston’s Hotel Bella Grace

Old meets new in the heart of the Holy City.

Comments 2

Leave a Reply

Be the first to comment.


  • Roger Bedford
    January 19, 2023 at 12:05 pm

    How do I check out floor plan and reservations for the Andiamo Lodge in Mentone

    0
    0

    1. Hannah Lee Leidy
      January 20, 2023 at 4:26 pm

      Hi Roger! You can learn more about Andiamo Lodge at https://www.andiamolodge.com/

      Cheers!

      0
      0

trending content

More From Getaway