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3 Days Weekend Cooking Vacations USA

  • Abingdon Manor, 307 Church Street, Latta, Florence, South Carolina 29565, USA

Classic Cuisine Culinary Vacations USA

During this vacation, you will learn to cook dishes with variations of classic cuisine from regions all around the world. Your instructors will teach you to focus on flavor and freshness. You will learn from the kitchen renowned for its sauces which are richly textured and flavored with fresh herbs, exotic liqueurs, and wine. After this vacation, you will master pairing the right combination of flavors to enhance each course so that one dish does not compete with the other but compliments the whole.

Highlights

  • 1 cooking class
  • Customized recipe book
  • Wine from Abingdon Manors wine cellar
  • Classic dishes from regions all around the world
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • All-inclusive holiday
  • 1 day with instruction
  • English
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Abingdon Manor, Latta, South Carolina

The two story brick structure is one of the largest residences in Dillon County with 10,000 square feet of inside space and over 2,000 feet of verandahs. The style is Greek Revival, influences of which came from England to America and South Carolina in the late 1800s. Construction began in 1902 and took three years to complete. The exterior walls are made of 18-inch solid brick as are many of the interior walls. There are forty columns on the porches, all of which are trees that were grown on Manning land. Most architectural details remain including the twelve fireplace mantels and mirrors. The brickwork on the outside of the house is quite unusual, with several different courses of brick. The mortar for the foundation and top courses of brick is sand color, while the mortar for the main part of the house is red, which was hand painted.

The saw tooth edging on the corners and around the windows is unique for a private home. The shutters in the ground floor rooms and the two front upstairs bedrooms were custom made for the house and are counter weighted and operate on ropes and pulleys. Closet doors in the dining room and library open to the ladies and gentlemens parlors and allowed servants to provide wood and coal without entering the parlors. Like any quality hotel, each well-appointed guest room has ample area for reading, relaxing or viewing television, individual temperature controls and wireless Internet. En-suite bathrooms, working fireplaces, upscale bath amenities and nightly turndown service make overnight lodging at Abingdon Manor a special pleasure.

The green room

The green room is an expansive room at the front of the house featuring ten foot, six panel Paladian window with original plantation shutters. Bright and airy with light green walls, the room is decorated in white accents and old world furniture. The room comes with feather-beds (under the bottom sheet on top of firm mattress), high thread count, ironed linens.

The hunter room

A dark hunter green, this spacious room features a canopied king bed with luxurious drapes framing a massive headboard. Double sconce lights at the headboard make reading in bed a special pleasure. A cozy sofa at the foot of the bed faces a working black marble fireplace. Over-sized French doors open to reveal the side gardens. This is the most comfortable room.

The master room

The original master bedroom of the house, this guest room is the only one on the first floor of the Inn. It features a king size bed in front of a 12' x 8' wall of windows with the original working shutters from 1902. His and hers richly appointed occasional chairs by the working fireplace face a country French armoire which serves as an entertainment center.

The red room

A guest favorite, this expansive room is on the back corner of the second floor. Four large windows provide a panoramic view of the side and back yard with stately pecan, black walnut and chestnut trees. The room comes with feather-beds under the bottom sheet on top of firm mattress, high thread count, ironed linens, full length mirror, cable television, central air, heat and paddle fan.

Day 1, Friday - Arrival

  • You will arrive in afternoon, settle in, relax, and unwind.
  • After dinner, you can review a customized recipe book for the next day.

Day 2, Saturday - Cooking class

  • Enjoy your breakfast.
  • 10:00 The first cooking class.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • 13:30 to 16:30 The afternoon cooking class. While sampling some selections from Abingdon Manor's wine cellar, you will work on that evening's unique salad and entree. Each person receives hands-on experience as well as tips and techniques which can be applied to many meal situations.
  • 19:30 The sumptuous 6-course dinner.

Day 3, Sunday - Departure

  • Sunday morning offers another full breakfast before you return home to try out your new menus and skills on your family and friends.
  • Patty Griffey

    Chef Patty Griffey believes in honest food filled with flavor. With over 30 years of experience in private entertaining, like many professional women in the early 1980s, she took cooking courses to explore her avocation. Prior to purchasing the Inn, she sold her active certified public accountant (CPA) practice in Coral Gables, Florida. She then immersed herself in cooking (as she had in her prior successful business) and has spent the past 18 years testing, experimenting and creating.

  • Jeff Grubb

    Sous chef Jeff Grubb has worked in food service his entire adult life. While in high school in California, he began his career doing food prep and cleanup. In college, he worked in the kitchens at Disney and Associated Hosts in food prep, hotline and sauce line capacities. He then moved to the front of the restaurant gaining experience in bartending and as a waiter for a number of years. In his mid-twenties, he moved to Phoenix and for 15 years was employed by several family-owned restaurants working with talented chefs trained in Europe, focusing on Italian cuisine.

Abingdon Manor is located in the Town of Latta which came into being in 1887 when the Atlantic Coast Line railroad built their Wilson Short Cut line from the Pee Dee settlement (Florence) just north of the Great Pee Dee river in Marion County to Wilson, North Carolina. Depots were built in Latta and Dillon in 1888. The Wilson Short Cut ran from Wilson to Latta and eliminated the necessity of traveling to Wilmington in order to reach many South Carolina points.

This Wilson Short Cut acted as a magnet in bringing more and more families to this area. The name Latta came from Captain Robert Latta. He was a York County, South Carolina native who was in charge of the engineering for the railroad but he also drew up the original town map of forty acres. Soon a town of 467 people sprang up around the depot named for Captain Latta. Due to the excellent railroad facilities, Latta grew rapidly during the decade before the formation of Dillon County, which was created in 1910 as the forty-third county formed in the State.

The town of Latta was incorporated by an act of the State legislature when the State of South Carolina issued it a charter in March 1890. Latta then became a full-fledged municipality. In 1890 Latta was laid out in a circle with a radius of one-half mile. Due to its expansion, Latta has now grown to approximately a one mile radius. Latta today retains the charm of that 1900s village and much of its heritage has been retained.

The original one-room post office / corner store, one-room post office, first doctors office, last Carnegie funded Library, first two story house and original pharmacy constitute the four corner Museum Complex at the entrance to town. Conveniently located just minutes from I-95 halfway between New York and Palm Beach, Abingdon Manor is close to the cities of Wilmington and Charlotte NC, Charleston and Columbia SC and Savannah GA in the heart of the historic Pee Dee region of the state.

In a turn of the century village, there is a wide variety of relaxing, leisure activities for the overnight traveling guest as well as those seeking a destination. Whether relaxing with a game of croquet on the lawn, sipping a glass of wine and reading a book on the verandah or strolling the quiet streets and visiting the shops of the quaint village surrounding the Inn, guests will find an oasis of civility.

Activities
  • Cooking classes
  • Fishing
  • Fitness center nearby
  • Golf course nearby
  • Kayak nearby
  • Massage
  • Spa
  • Tennis court nearby
General
  • Bar
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
Services
  • Library
  • Newspapers
  • Pet care
  • Room cleaning
  • Shop nearby
  • Turn down

Dinner service in the Abindon Manors restaurant is a true culinary experience on par with the best restaurants and hotels in the country and the highest rated restaurant in the Florence area. The pre-fixe, one seating dinner is at 19:30 with pre-dinner cocktails and wine served in the parlors and library beginning at 19:00.

Intimately lighted individual tables, imported crystal and china, sterling silver, and soft jazz awaits you in the main dining room and glassed dining porch overlooking the landscaped gardens. With particular emphasis on flavors and freshness, the chef and her staff concentrate on creating updated versions of classic dishes from a wide range of cuisines and regions of the world.

The kitchen is renowned for its sauces which are richly textured and often flavored with fresh herbs, exotic liqueurs, and wine. Richly textured with herbs and vegetables from the Inns gardens, the dinner service includes a small starter, demitasse of soup, salad and warm roll, sorbet, entree with accompaniments, and dessert. The small portion courses leading to the entree allow diners to experience a variety of food and flavors and to finish dining feeling satisfied without being overfed. Once the entree is determined (usually by the first person reserving for dinner), the chef then completes the rest of the menu to compliment the entree and enhance the overall presentation of the dinner. Entrees change nightly based on the freshest available ingredients. Please find below Abingdon Manor's sample menu.

Appetizers - amuse-gueule, a small bite size portion

  • Bacon-wrapped scallops over wilted spinach with Saba
  • Cannelloni with bechamel sauce
  • Crab imperial
  • Eggplant rollitini with fresh tomato sauce
  • Hoisin glazed stuffed shiitake mushrooms
  • Homemade pastas
  • Shrimp bacon lettuce and tomato
  • Shrimp in pernod
  • Stuffed baby zucchini
  • Tomato / basil tart

Demitasse of Soup - these are chicken and vegetable stock based

  • Butternut squash
  • Curried red lentil
  • Dilled carrot
  • Peruvian Locro soup (warm potato and cheese)
  • Roasted red pepper
  • Vidalia onion

Salad - accompanied by freshly made hot rolls or focaccia

  • Baby spinach and Belgian endive with sesame-soy vinaigrette
  • Caesar
  • Caprese in a glass (fresh mozzarella, basil and baby tomatoes)
  • Grilled romaine, onion and tomato with bleu cheese vinaigrette
  • Heirloom greens with toasted walnut vinaigrette and pancetta wafer
  • Mixed greens with toasted walnut vinaigrette
  • Shredded collard greens with pickled apples and walnut olive oil

Sorbet - a frozen palate cleanser

  • Blue Tidal Wave
  • Caipirinha
  • Champagne Kir Royale
  • Coconut lime
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Grapefruit and Campari
  • Hypnotiq
  • Tequila Sunrise

Entree - accompanied by fresh vegetables and creative starches

  • Center-cut bone in pork chop with sauce Robert
  • Coq au vin, a stew of chicken with mushrooms and pearl onions in a rich Burgundy red wine sauce.
  • Filet of beef with Bordelaise sauce
  • Filet of beef with Boursin cheese and Merlot sauce
  • Grilled beef tenderloin with brightly flavored mango salsa
  • Grilled shrimp with Romesco sauce, a blending of almonds, garlic, roasted red pepper and sherry vinegar
  • Grilled yellow fin tuna steak with warm pineapple / papaya compote
  • Gruyere glazed center cut pork chop with white wine demiglace
  • Herb crusted pork tenderloin with brown sugar and mustard sauce
  • Herb crusted rack of lamb with balsamic shallot reduction or rich Asian butter sauce
  • Herb-stuffed and grilled beef tenderloin with a balsamic glaze
  • Individual beef Wellington, a tender filet with a layer of Maderia flavored pat encased in puff pastry and enriched with a Bordelaise sauce
  • Lobster Thermidor with chunks of lobster tail and mushrooms in a velvety sherry infused cream sauce
  • Lump fin crab cakes lightly flavored with red and yellow peppers and fresh parsley accompanied by Sauce Louis
  • Sliced strip steak with tomato / olive relish and grilled lobster tail with creamy chili vinaigrette
  • Snapper Caribbean style in white port wine presented on a filet of beefsteak tomato
  • Steak au Poivre, a filet encrusted with crushed peppercorns in a white wine cream sauce
  • Steak Diane with fresh chives and cognac
  • Tournedos Henri IV (filet of beef topped with a sauted artichoke bottom filled with Bearnaise sauce

Dessert - a sampling

  • Veal scallopini in a lemon / sherry reduction flavored with thyme
  • Vietnamese style chicken in puffed pastry with cream cheese and chives with lemon grass veloute
  • Crepes Firenze with oranges, butter, cognac, and powdered sugar
  • Key lime baked Alaska
  • Individual apple tarts Tatin with home-made cinnamon ice cream
  • Three layered Viennese tort in a graham cracker and crushed almond crust with honey / Amaretto sauce
  • Creme brule
  • Pear poached in white wine with Amaretto cream sauce
  • Chocolate or lemon tart with fresh raspberry sauce
  • French apple tart with a crumb crust and home-made cinnamon ice cream
  • Flan with brandied fruit
  • Chocolate truffle
  • Pear tart
  • Strawberry shortcake (in season)
  • Peach or blueberry cobbler (in season)

Around the inn

For those looking to stay close to the Inn there is a croquet set that is often used for spirited games among friends and couples. A well-stocked library and current magazines offer relaxing reading opportunities on the grounds and verandas and a variety of board games including chess and backgammon are also available. Coming for a relaxing get-away or just need some rejuvenation after a long day in the car, a variety of massages are available in your room at the inn. Provided by Rebecca Turner, LMT, (advance reservations required) you can choose from an array of massage services offered at Abingdon Manor, which is relaxing and stress reducing, pampering treatments.

Birding

With over 50% of all birds in North America traveling though South Carolina some time during the year, there are plenty of opportunities for bird watching. The Inn has binoculars and field guides available with numerous parks in town as well as the Little Pee Dee State Park and a number of locations in Darlington County.

Cooking classes

Designed for 2 or 3 couples, or a maximum of 6 individuals, cooking classes at the Inn offer a fun way to eat your way through a weekend. Bring one or two couples or group of friends and receive hands on instruction for some of the Inn's favorite recipes and be part of preparing Saturday night dinner.

Darlington Raceway

You can also vist Darlington Raceway in Darlington. The Track too Tough to Tame is the birthplace of modern day NASCAR racing. Today the number one spectator sport has its roots in Darlington. The once a year Mothers Day weekend race is attended by in excess of 75,000. During the rest of the year you can visit the extensive race car museum or arrange for a special driving experience at the track.

Fishing

Ponds, streams, the lake at Little Pee Dee State Park and the Little Pee Dee river all are abundant with a variety of freshwater fish for only the cost of a 10 USD license. There is also a catfish farm where ponds are stocked in the warmer months. An entrance fee is charged.

Fitness center

Opened in 2007, the state of the art Dillon County Wellness Center offers a wide variety of aerobic and workout machines. In addition, a well-stocked free weight room and separate aerobics room help you keep in your routine. Abingdon Manor covers the daily rate cost for their overnight guests.

Garden visit

South Carolina is also known for its temperate climate and long growing season. Spring and fall are wonderful times to visit many of the gardens in the area. Some of the famous garden are Brookgreen Gardens, Kalmia Gardens in Hartsville, and Swan Lake Iris Gardens in Sumter and Frayers Topiary Garden in Bishopville.

Golf, hiking, tennis

There are twelve golf courses in the immediate area. Abingdone Manor will be happy to book these activities for you, or you may contact the course directly. With miles of country roads as well as quiet shaded streets in town either a leisurely ride or an invigorating workout for guests traveling with their own bikes shouldnt be missed. The lighted town tennis courts are just four blocks from the Inn at the Latta community center.

Jogging

A two to five mile course radiating out from the Inn should be enough to keep the blood flowing in the most ardent runner. A well designed and maintained track is also available at the Latta High School stadium just four blocks away.

Kayaking or canoeing

Kayaks and canoes are available to rent at the Little Pee Dee State Park, just 10 miles from the Inn. With a 55 acre lake there is a lot of area to cover. A number of local guides are available for guided trips down the historic and scenic designated Little Pee Dee River.

Leisure drives

A leisurely drive through the small towns and villages in the region provides an enjoyable way in the afternoon. Nearby towns include Dillon, Mullins, Marion, Bennettsville, Darlington, Hartsville, and Florence. There are a wide variety of museums in the area with displays ranging from house museums to Revolutionary War artifacts.

Science South

Science South on Jeffries Creek is now open to inspire, educate, and entertain you. The science pavilion, located near Freedom Florence, offers families the opportunity to do real science in their minds-on, hands-on workshops.

Souvenir shops

Each of the small towns has at least one antique shop and some have several shops where you can often find that perfect collectable or gift. Most shops are closed on Sunday and Monday with hours starting at 10:00 on other days. Many dealers from larger cities are often found shopping at these stores to stock their own shops.

Walk around the village

Latta is a quaint, quiet, picturesque and safe town dating from the late 1800s. With over 80 properties on the National Register of Historic Places it is a nice place to stroll and take in the small town history. Museum Square is located just a short walk from the Inn at the intersection of Main and Marion streets.

The first standalone post office in Latta dates back to 1900. The building has remained on the same site and the post office was part of a grocery store. It has been restored and provides a display of artifacts as would have appeared at the turn of the century. Of note, the second postmaster in Latta was a well-respected black merchant, Robert Rose Bethea, who was appointed by Grover Cleveland in 1889. You can also visit Treasures from the Attic. Jim Ellis retired from teaching to pursue his passion of clock repair and with an attic full of his mothers collections opened his shop in 1999. In the intervening years the shop has turned into a treasure trove of very affordable clocks and home accessories and gifts.

Aromatherapy massage

Relieve built-up tension and alleviate stress with this relaxing, full-body massage; a combination of techniques and deep penetrating aromatherapy oils to whisk away the aches and worries of everyday life. The cost of massage depends on the length of the session: 30 minutes - 55 USD; 45 minutes - 65 USD; 60 minutes - 75 USD.

Deep tissue massage

This massage helps to release myofacial restrictions in the body. It relieves chronic tension; increases range of motion, improves posture and enhances self-awareness. The cost of massage depends on the length of the session: 30 minutes - 55 USD; 45 minutes - 65 USD; 60 minutes - 85 USD.

Foot massage

Considering the feet as a microcosm of the entire body; your massause uses a thumb and finger technique to manipulate specific points in the feet to balance and amplify energy. The cost of massage depends on the length of the session: 30 minutes - 35 USD; 45 minutes - 50 USD

Foot scrub

Experience a luxurious way to rejuvenate and hydrate the feet by applying mineral sea salts to exfoliate the skin, then replenishing the feet with a gentle massage; excellent for cracked or hardened heels. The cost of massage depends on the length of the session: 30 minutes - 50 USD.

Swedish massage

This massage is designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation. It helps relieve stress / tension with this relaxing full-body massage. Swedish massage is a combination of techniques that improves circulation alienates stiffness and fatigue. The cost of massage depends on the length of the session: 30 minutes - 50 USD; 45 minutes - 60 USD; 60 minutes - 80 USD; 90 minutes - 105 USD.

Swedish / sea salt foot scrub combo

After a full one-hour relaxing massage, a mixture of scented oils and mineral sea salts and / or polish is applied to the feet, stimulating circulation and leaving the skin satin smooth. The cost of massage depends on the length of the session: 90 minutes - 105 USD.

  • 1 cooking class
  • 2 breakfasts
  • 2 dinners
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Aprons
  • Taxes and gratuity
  • The customized recipe book
  • Wine sipping during cooking

Driving directions from Atlanta, Georgia

  • Take I-20 east toward Augusta continuing on to Columbia and then toward Florence.
  • Go north on I-95. Take exit 181A. Go east on Route 38 for 1 mile and make a left onto Route 917.
  • Follow for 5 miles into Latta.
  • At the first traffic light (Library on left-Museum on right) make a left turn onto Marion Street.
  • Go 1.5 blocks past Baptist Church to the Methodist Church in the middle of the road.
  • Take the right fork (Church Street) and follow to just before the stop sign and turn left into Abingdon Manor's drive.

Driving directions from Charleston, South Carolina

  • Take I-26 west to I-95 north. Take exit 181A. Go east on Route 38 for 1 mile and make a left onto Route 917.
  • Follow for 5 miles into Latta.
  • At the first traffic light (Library on left-Museum on right) make a left turn onto Marion Street. Go 1.5 blocks past Baptist Church to the Methodist Church in the middle of the road.
  • Take the right fork (Church Street) and follow to just before the stop sign and turn left into Abingdon Manor's drive.

Driving directions from Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Take Route 74 south to Route 52.
  • Take Route 52 south to Route 38.
  • Take Route 38 south to I-95.
  • Continue east on Route 38 for 1 mile and make a left onto Route 917.
  • Follow for 5 miles into Latta.
  • At the first traffic light (Library on left-Museum on right) make a left turn onto Marion Street.
  • Go 1.5 blocks past Baptist Church to the Methodist Church in the middle of the road.
  • Take the right fork (Church Street) and follow to just before the stop sign and turn left into Abingdon Manors drive.

Driving directions from Columbia, South Carolina

  • Take I-20 east to I-95.
  • Take exit 181A.
  • Go east on Route 38 for 1 mile and turn left onto Route 917.
  • Follow for 5 miles into Latta.
  • At the first traffic light (Library on left-Museum on right) make a left turn onto Marion Street.
  • Go 1.5 blocks past Baptist Church to the Methodist Church in the middle of the road.
  • Take the right fork (Church Street) and follow to just before the stop sign and turn left into Abingdon Manor's drive.

Driving directions from Florence, South Carolina

  • Take 1-95 north to exit 181A.
  • Go east on Route 38 for 1 mile and make a left onto Route 917.
  • Follow for 5 miles into Latta. At the first traffic light (Library on left-Museum on right) make a left turn onto Marion Street.
  • Go 1.5 blocks past Baptist Church to the Methodist Church in the middle of the road.
  • Take the right fork (Church Street) and follow to just before the stop sign and turn left into Abingdon Manor's drive.

Driving directions from Florence, South Carolina through Palmetto Street

  • Go east on 76 / 301 (right out of airport) toward Myrtle Beach. Cross the Big Pee Dee River bridge and get into the left hand lane.
  • Take route 301 North toward Dillon.
  • Slow down to 45 in the town of Sellers - It's a speed trap.
  • Just about 1 / 4 mile before Latta the road turns to the left (in front of Rock Tenn plant) and you will come to a traffic light.
  • Make a left and come into Latta.
  • Proceed through the next traffic light (at the Exxon station).
  • At the next light at Academy Street (across from the school) turn left.
  • Go across the railroad tracks to the next intersection, and turn left onto Church Street.
  • Abingdon Manor is immediately on your right.

Driving directions from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

  • Take Route 501 west into the town of Latta, continuing to the second traffic light (across from the school) turn left onto Academy Street.
  • Go across the railroad tracks to the next intersection, and turn left onto Church Street.
  • Abingdon Manor is immediately on your right.

Driving directions from the North of I-95

  • Exit at the South of the Border exit for Dillon (Exit 1A) and take Route 301 / 501 South continuing through the town of Dillon for another 7 miles to Latta.
  • At the first traffic light (across from the school), turn right onto Academy Street.
  • Go across the railroad tracks to the next intersection, and turn left onto Church Street.
  • Abingdon Manor is immediately on your right.

Driving directions from the South of I-95

  • Take exit 181A. Go east on Route 38 for 1 mile and make a left onto Route 917.
  • Follow for 5 miles into Latta.
  • At the first traffic light (Library on left - Museum on right) make a left turn onto Marion Street.
  • Go 1.5 blocks past Baptist Church to the Methodist Church in the middle of the road.
  • Take the right fork (Church Street) and follow to just before the stop sign and turn left into Abingdon Manor's drive.

Driving directions from Wilmington, North Carolina

  • Take Route 74 west to I-95 south. Exit at the South of the Border exit for Dillon (Exit 1A) and take Route 301/501 South continuing through the town of Dillon for another 7 miles to Latta.
  • At the first traffic light (across from the school) turn right onto Academy Street.
  • Go across the railroad tracks to the next intersection, and turn left onto Church Street.
  • Abingdon Manor is immediately on your right.

Distances

  • Atlanta, 300 miles - 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Charleston, 150 miles - 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Charlotte, 120 miles - 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Columbia, 130 miles - 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Florence, 25 miles - 30 minutes
  • Myrtle Beach, 50 miles - 1 hour
  • Wilmington, 100 miles - 1 hour 30 minutes