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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Tuesday Tail: Thanksgiving Revisited

Hubby and I stepped way out of our 'box' for Thanksgiving this year.
Several of his train buddies have been doing this for years so we decided to try it.
Angus Barn for their Thanksgiving Buffet, which has been going on for 20+ years
from noon til 6pm.
I called A.B. in June 2018 for reservations and was rather astounded to found out they only had
2 slots for Thanksgiving day.  I took the 3:15 slot.

 364 Days a year they are Beefeaters Haven....

Angus Barn was established in the early 1960's.  My husband took me to A.B. on August 9, 1969
the night he proposed.  FYI:I said YES!!  
Portico that leads into the outer lounge.

It is beautiful inside very lodge like huge timber frames and rafters.  We've never seen it decorated for  Christmas.  It was stunning and the decorations were scaled to it's grandness.
I have no idea how many folks they served on Thanksgiving.  Let me just say they know how to serve the masses.  We arrived at 2:45 for our 3:15 upon entering the door above we were greeted with appetizers the Angus Barn's famous cheese and homemade crackers. At 3 pm we went into the main door to check in and be given a beeper.  There was a sea of people everywhere.  I just knew we'd be waiting for some time to be seated; however, I was very surprised when our beeper went off at 3:17.  We were escorted to our table which was just steps away from the buffet line on first floor.
I'm so very very sorry I didn't think about snapping  a photo of my huge plate of food. I had a banana at about noon so by 3:15 I was starving. 

The plates were at least 12" in diameter and warm.
Here is a partial menu of what they were serving:  
if you are 65 years WISE you eat for $30.00
Maybe they were thinking seniors eat less but we surely got our fill!!
All other adults pay $49.00.  
they also had grits and shrimp, a huge salad bar, fresh cranberry relish,
veggies were mash potatoes, corn, french green beans, sweet potatoes, baked apples, and fresh collards.
I passed on the ham and roast beef.  It was a buffet line but there were servers who gave very generous portions.

We did not go back for seconds but we did have dessert and a delicious cup of Angus Barn's specialty coffee(decaf).

Dessert selection: pies, cobblers, banana pudding and huge chocolate chip cookies.
I had blueberry cobbler (it was served in small ramekin dishes) and a choc chip cookie.
Hubby had blueberry cobbler and pumpkin pie.

Getting good photos was difficult w/o getting someone's head in your photo but here are a few of the 
decorations I could see.  This flocked tree was 30' tall.  It stands proudly in the library .
I was able to get the top 3/4's from the stairs

  there is a train track running around the room.

Behind the tree is a huge antique gun display.  Folks were everywhere I was not able to snap that but you can see some of the antique rifles on the wall.

Below photo shows the size of the interior structure

This is where we entered the first floor dining room to our table which was just a few 
steps back over the young lady's head.    The garland had white lights with blinking red lights too.
Very pretty 

I wish I could have gotten a better photo of the fireplace it is massive.  The young lady standing by it on the left was a few inches taller than my 5'3".  You can see the top comes to her shoulder.

Before we left the main building we stopped by the desk to make our reservations for
Thanksgiving 2019.  Yep it was for sure a DO OVER.  Next year we'll eat at 1 pm.

We left just as the sun was starting to set over the Lake at the back of the property.
We strolled around the grounds before we headed home.
I was too full to be kicked or kick anyone at the kicking booth below

This outdoor pavilion is used for private parties and destination weddings
On Thanksgiving they had it set up as another entire dining room.

To be continued I'll feature more out of doors photos on an upcoming Nature Friday.


  1. oh that is the place for us!!! we would eat like horses... and we could chase the little train ... can you imagine 2 wild overlook twins between all the people?

  2. I am glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving there. It sounds like you had a real feast!

  3. Hari Om
    fangtabaloosa!!! (says it all, right?) YAM xx

  4. What a fabulous place and you have me and mom both drooling thinking about all of those yummy foodibles!

  5. Oh what a GREAT place to eat!!! I especially luffs the train thingy, I nose I would be hypnotized by that going round
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  6. That's a nice place. Wow, the food sounds fantastic. Very smart to go ahead and make your reservations for 2019 early.

    We would have hurt ourselves there.

  7. Ah-mazing! I personally think you made a wise choice to dine there for Thanksgiving. I don't do crowds well but I would have enjoyed that a whole lot. Such a special memory for you two to go there. I love a fireplace and that one would sure do! And of course... the FOOD!

  8. Wow, that sounds like the most perfect place. What a fun place to be for Thanksgiving and the food sounds outstanding.Glad you two went and discovered it. Have a great day.

  9. super fantastic place to go for TG.. the decorations are beautiful and I am sure it was much prettier looking at all of it at one time. love that fireplace. nice place for a wedding also...

  10. That sure looks like a great place to eat. It must have taken quite a while to get all those decorations up.

  11. That sounds like a most wonderful time and the food sure sounds yummy!

  12. Mom never made it there while she lived in NC. She always heard good things about it. We're very happy you liked it so much.

  13. That sounds like a grreat place for a nice Thanksgiving dinner!

  14. Kicking booth?!? Is that to kick away one's fears and tribulations, or to kick someone in the behind....

  15. How fun. Doing something different is a good thing.

    After our Little Bit went to the bridge we decided not to do Thanksgiving at home. We did a train ride and had a delightful meal. We did that three years in a row. It was fun.

    I linked this fun post to Happy Tuesday.

    Have a fabulous day and week, my friend. Hugs. ♥

  16. How beautiful! I was just going to ask if you made reservations for 2019 and I laughed when I saw you had -- GOOD IDEA!

  17. Wow! That looks amazing. It must truly be incredible to book a year in advance. Everything sounds delicious and I am definitely a meat eater! What a beautiful place for a romantic dinner and proposal.

  18. Sounds like the perfect way to celebrate. Lots of food you don't have to cook, or clean up after.

  19. How fun is that! I love lodges like that with all the wood and decorations. The photos remind me of places we went with my in-laws when they lived in northern Wisconsin. And yummy banana pudding is one of my favorite things ever!

  20. That truly is beautiful and the menu was awesome. Sign us up for next year and we will join you for dinner.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  21. Buffets are my weakness ... now you have me thinking of coming there just for the good buffet :)

  22. That sounds like a nice place. XO

  23. Wow! Mom says she would love to go someplace like that. How crazy you have to get your reservations so far in advance
    Hazel & Mabel

  24. What a wonderful place to enjoy Thanksgiving!!!

  25. Amazing! It sounds like a huge fun success! Wow!!!!!!!!

  26. WOW......that place is way bigger than it looks on the outside - what a menu! No wonder you signed up for next year too!

    Hugs, Pam

  27. Glad you had a good T-Giving. I'm all about the K.I.S.S. way of thinking.

  28. what pretty photos!! Ohhhh no buffets for me, I would eat everything!


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