COFFEE & BRUNCH WITH A SIDE OF ART

Food, drinks, and art. Can you name a better combination than that? Surrounded by the serenity of trees and nature beside the Noonday Creek Trail, The Reeves House Visual Arts Center sits just beyond the hustle and bustle of downtown Woodstock’s Main Street.

Built from the ground up using the floor plan and look of the 1897 Reeves family house, the renovated Reeves House opened in May 2021. The front porch features bricks with names of supporters who helped The Reeves House come to life. The bright white walls are the perfect blank canvas for the visual arts center’s rotating exhibits.

Home of regular art classes and workshops, artist events, and exciting exhibits, the venue also features a coffee shop and wine bar offering coffees, teas, lattes, wines, mimosas, and light bites to enjoy as you savor the art on display. Next to the main exhibition and dining area is an art education studio.

Menu Says: Rawson’s Lighthouse (Earl Grey Tea Latte with Blackberry and Honey)

Hayden's Review / The Reeves House at Woodstock Arts (Photo Credit: Raymond Werner/Enjoy Cherokee Magazine)

Rawson’s Lighthouse Earl Grey Tea Latte with Blackberry and Honey

HAYDEN SAYS: This creamy and light iced tea latte mixes the floral flavors of Earl Grey with the fruitiness of blackberry syrup made in house. Each subtle flavor adds to a light and refreshing feeling with each sip. Honey adds the perfect amount of natural sweetener.

Menu Says: Lox on Everything Bagel

Hayden's Review / The Reeves House at Woodstock Arts (Photo Credit: Raymond Werner/Enjoy Cherokee Magazine)

Lox on Everything Bagel with Pickled Red Onions

HAYDEN SAYS: The soft everything bagel contains the perfect amount of chewiness. Soft cream cheese balances out the smooth and smoky lox. The sweet pickled red onions on top with a hint of vinegar bring a satisfying crunch to each bite. The balance of flavors brings a new taste every time you chew. Even if you’re not a fan of salmon, this lox could change your mind.

Menu Says: Old Bear (Raspberry White Mocha Latte)

Hayden's Review / The Reeves House at Woodstock Arts (Photo Credit: Raymond Werner/Enjoy Cherokee Magazine)

Old Bear Raspberry White Mocha Latte

HAYDEN SAYS: This drink is available both hot and cold. The cold option features espresso that seeps into the sweet cream at the bottom, creating a silky gradient. Subtle raspberry snuggles up to the strong white mocha. Sweetness prevails in the cold option. The hot option features elegant latte art while the milk foam adds an extra layer to the creamy texture. A little less sweetness allows the bold flavors of espresso and raspberry to come on strong. Hot is the option for lovers of a classic latte.

Menu Says: Peachy Keen Sandwich

Hayden's Review / The Reeves House at Woodstock Arts (Photo Credit: Raymond Werner/Enjoy Cherokee Magazine)

Peachy Keen Sandwich on Croissant

HAYDEN SAYS: The croissant is crispy, warm, and golden. The bacon gives a balancing crunch to the rich eggs. Peach preserves bring a sweet kick that complements the savory breakfast sandwich with an unexpected and delicious twist to this brunch classic.

Menu Says: Lightly Used Book (Lavender Chai Latte)

Hayden's Review / The Reeves House at Woodstock Arts (Photo Credit: Raymond Werner/Enjoy Cherokee Magazine)

Lightly Used Book Lavender Chai Latte

HAYDEN SAYS: The super-sweet iced version includes a shot of espresso that brings out the cinnamon and spice of the chai with floral notes of lavender. The cream keeps the flavor balanced and makes the cold version a great choice for sweet-chai lovers. The chai flavor is stronger in the hot version and the lavender more obvious. The cream foam on top makes this chai latte rich and filling, the perfect drink to sip periodically while you read a book outside or stay inside to admire the art.

Menu Says: Bananas + Beehives Cinnamon Roll

HAYDEN SAYS: From the bakers at Bananas + Beehives is this delightfully delicious cinnamon roll. Croissant dough lends a flaky, crispy texture along with a buttery flavor to the cinnamon roll. The sweet liquid icing soaks deep into the layers of the pastry.

FROM THE BAR

Menu Says: Grapefruit Rosemary Mimosa

Hayden's Review / The Reeves House at Woodstock Arts (Photo Credit: Raymond Werner/Enjoy Cherokee Magazine)

Grapefruit Rosemary Mimosa

HAYDEN SAYS: This isn’t your mama’s mimosa. The Reeves House mimosas use Gambino sparkling wine instead of the typical champagne, turning up the sweetness. Garnished with a stem of rosemary that adds a fragrant herbal scent, this coral pink drink has a sweet opening taste followed by a mild tartness from the citrusy grapefruit. Not a fan of grapefruit? Try a cranberry mimosa or the classic with orange juice.

Menu Says: Jude Lemonade

Hayden's Review / The Reeves House at Woodstock Arts (Photo Credit: Raymond Werner/Enjoy Cherokee Magazine)

Jude Lemonade

HAYDEN SAYS: Can’t wait for summer? Jude Lemonade brings you a taste of summer any time of the year. The Jude is a Belgian-style tripel (9.2% ABV) brewed locally at Reformation Brewery. Its flavors of floral and citrus mix with The Reeves House house-made lemonade, creating a refreshing taste reminiscent of a classic shandy or a German radler. This golden drink lets you shine in your golden hour.

Menu Says: Torresella Pinot Grigio and Big Bad Cab Cabernet Sauvignon

Hayden's Review / The Reeves House at Woodstock Arts (Photo Credit: Raymond Werner/Enjoy Cherokee Magazine)

Torresella Pinot Grigio and Big Bad Cab Cabernet Sauvignon

HAYDEN SAYS: Among others, the selections at The Reeves House wine bar include Torresella pinot grigio, a crisp white wine imported from Italy, and Big Bad Cab, a 2020 cabernet sauvignon from the Lodi wine country in California. The refreshing pinot grigio pairs well with poultry- and seafood-based entrees, plus young cheeses, shellfish, and fresh salads. The Big Bad Cab is a full-bodied red wine with an almost smoky sweetness. Even those who typically stick to white wines enjoy this rich, smooth red.

Also available on The Reeves House wine menu are Washington Hills Riesling and Urban Riesling, EOS pinot grigio, Bonterra Chardonnay, J. Lohr Chardonnay, Coppola Chardonnay, and Overstone sauvignon blanc.

The visual arts center rotates exhibits every eight weeks. On display through March 24 is Please Touch the Art, which encourages visitors to break the common rules of viewing art and feel the art as well.

The next exhibit, opening March 28, is Life in Miniature with art so tiny you’ll need a magnifying glass to see it. The gallery’s most popular exhibit took place in the winter of 2022, Coded Realities: Art + Technology, which introduced viewers to electronic arts.

The Reeves House Director and Curator Nicole Lampl says she considers an exhibit a success when visitors walk out feeling “inspired, challenged, and enriched by their experience.” 

A calm place to study, an entertaining place to take friends, a spot to meet fellow artists, and a tasty place for brunch, The Reeves House Visual Arts Center offers it all. Nicole explains, “The art center’s main goal is to encourage appreciation of the visual arts and expand the visitor’s definition of what art is.” Woodstock Arts brings together artists from Cherokee County and artists from around the globe to show everyone the ever-expanding world of art.

 

 

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