Don't Try This At Home

Having a Blast at Pine Hill Plantation

By Bob on November 16, 2015 4:50 AM

WARNING - This post contains references to quail hunting and fried southern food, which some people may find offensive. If you're in that group, please have a Salade niçoise and call someone who cares.

Our home-away-from-home at Pine Hill Plantation

Pine Hill Plantation - 600.jpgI may have mentioned that I was about to celebrate one of those milestone birthdays. Well internets, what I forgot to tell you was HOW I was going to celebrate it. 

About a year ago, I made the choice to welcome my 60th with the SOUTHERN TRIFECTA: Fried Food, Alcohol and Firearms. After some research, I decided the perfect place to enjoy most of what makes the South GREAT was Pine Hill Plantation in Donalsonville, Georgia. 

Don't make the mistake I made. 

I waited until I turned 60 to discover Pine Hill Plantation. 

If I was smarter (Can I help it that my parents had me when we were living under those power lines? Some things you just can't fix), I'd been coming here since I was big enough to cradle a shotgun. 

That's right, in my 30s.


We thought we'd died and gone to outdoor sportsman's heaven.

Pine Hill is a slice of southern-fried heaven in the heart of Georgia quail country. Their specialty is guided hunts through forests full of 40-50 foot pines, briars, wire grass and gnarly old oak trees. Transportation is via horseback or mule-drawn wagon.

Your carriage awaits...or you can always saddle up a horse.
Mule Team - 600.jpgProfessional guides kept us on the birds and out of the ER - both were much appreciated.

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The game is wild. The guides are courteous and professional. Everyone has a southern charm that makes you feel like you've been adopted by that Sandra Bullock family in the Blind Side

Internets, you're probably saying to yourself, "Bob promised the SOUTHERN TRIFECTA of FIREARMS, ALCOHOL and FRIED FOOD. I'm no good at cipherin' but I only count ONE." 

If you did that math in your head, congratulations. And, you're right.

As I get older, my idea of roughing it is a slow internet connection.

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The accommodations are spectacular (our "lodge" was a two-story, nine-bedroom, eleven-bathroom manor house built in 2014). The food is even better - from dinners featuring fried quail, steak, and shrimp and grits - to country breakfasts with sausage gravy, made-from-scratch biscuits, bacon, sausage and wild mayhaw jelly.

We had enough firepower and fried food to keep the health Nazis at bay.

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Alcohol was included and a fully stocked, help-yourself bar had our favorite beers, wines and liquors.

Ever had a quail martini? Me either. That's why I stuck to my 3-parts Kettle One, 1-part extra-dry vermouth version.

Happy Hour - 308.jpgWe thought we'd died and gone to outdoor sportsman's heaven.

All still very much alive

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Pine Hill Plantation carries the endorsements of Orvis, Beretta and now, The Boomer Brief. Owners Doug and Jackie Coe are two of the friendliest people you'll ever meet.

This is as bright as I'll ever be.

Bob & Brian - 600.jpgThey didn't just give me a great place to celebrate my milestone birthday.

The birthday boy his own self (that's owner Jackie Coe making sure my lung power was captured on video)

Birthday Cake - 500.jpgThey gave me a memory.


Note: In case you were wondering - this isn't a sponsored post. I like this place so much I just had to tell you about it.

Getting There

Fly to Tallahassee, FL and the Pine Hill van will pick you up. The lodge is in Donalsonville, GA - about a 90-minute drive from the airport. 


Pine Hill Plantation

Jackie Coe


Main Office 229-758-2464


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