Last time around (To start at Part One click here) we had just begun to explore a true urban respite, the Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa, named “One of the Top 500 Hotels in the World” by Travel + Leisure magazine twice. A four diamond resort with 11 spacious suites, 259 upscale residential-style guest rooms, each with its own a private balcony, and a wealth of amenities, Ross Bridge is amazing.
For epicurean delights, Ross Bridge offers a wide variety including a coffee shop for hot drinks and light snacks, JT’s Lobby Bar, known for its exquisite martinis and light nosh plates, The Clubhouse Restaurant which serves burgers, salads, pastas and the like, and Brock’s Restaurant.
At breakfast, Brock’s serves a delicious, multi-offering buffet with upscale offerings (think croissant fresh toast, smoked salmon with red onion, capers and the like, fresh berries, handmade sausages, biscuits and gravy, omelet and roast beef stations…), and at dinner, Mediterranean fare highlighted by superior meats, fresh seafood, and locally grown produce to create unique twists on classic appetizers, entrees and sides. The menu and their extensive wine list is only part of what makes Brock’s one of Birmingham’s signature restaurants.
If a bit of pampering is on your leisure or business travel list, The Spa at Ross Bridge is sure to satisfy. Encompassing an astounding 12,000 square feet and named as a top spa by BestSpasUSA.com, this European spa has something for every area of your body, rejuvenating you mind, body and spirit. From facials (for men and women) to a wide variety of massages including couples massages, body wraps and scrubs, foot and scalp therapies, waxing, tinting, hydrotherapy treatments, body polishes and numerous salon services you will leave there glowing from head to foot. Quiet rooms, steam rooms, whirlpools and saunas are also part of the spa experience here.
Golfers from all around the world come to Ross Bridge, the newest addition to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail which encompasses 11 courses across the state of Alabama with 468 holes of championship golf.
The 18-hole Ross Bridge course is the third longest golf course in the world at 8,191 yards “from the tips,” for those in the know, and offers some of the most awe-inspiring vistas of any course in the world. It is also the home of the PGA Champions Tour Regions Charity Classic tournament. A unique feature here is that unlike most golf clubhouses, Ross Bridge’s Clubhouse–named one of Golf Digest’s “Favorite 19th Holes”—is located within the hotel.
Although I would have been perfectly happy to stay at the resort the entire weekend, I was excited to explore all that Birmingham, a jewel in southern Alabama, has to offer.
To start at Part One click here.