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Welcome to Georgia!

From urban sophistication to quiet town

squares; breathtaking mountain waterfalls to

gorgeous barrier islands; you will find unexpected

pleasures in Georgia’s diverse natural

landscapes, warm, professional service, and

world class attractions.

Experience the charm of a sun-warmed,

delicious and deeply rooted culture; enjoy

the vibrant diversity of our music and arts;

find unique treasures in unexpected places;

and enjoy the spontaneous warmth of our

hospitality.

3 travel Information

4 Important Numbers

5 Weather Information

6 Mileage

8 How Will You Get Here

11 About 511

12 Visitor Information Centers

14 Georgia Motorcoach

Operators Association

19 Travel Regions

20 Georgia Map

22 Atlanta Metro

24 Classic South

26 Georgia’s Coast

28 Historic Heartland

30 Historic High Country

32 Magnolia Midlands

34 Northeast Georgia Mountains

36 Plantation Trace

38 Presidential Pathways

41 Georgia Experiences

42 Gone With the Wind

46 Georgia Student Travel

50 A Culinary Vacation

54 The Civil War in Georgia

56 Georgia Outdoor Adventures

58 Georgia’s African American Heritage

63 Moonlight and Magnolias

66 Lights, Camera, Action

70 Georgia Music On My Mind

73 Beneath the Waterfalls

76 Georgia’s Wine Country

80 Georgia Made Georgia Grown

82 Scenic Cycling Tours

84 Peach State Motorcycle Adventure

86 “Caching” in on Georgia’s

Hidden Treasures

88 Take the Scenic Route

95 Georgia Fun

96 Fun Facts

99 What’s Cooking in Georgia

110 Notes

113 Georgia Symbols

We designed the Georgia Tour Planner to be

informative and easy to use as you plan your

visit to the Peach State. The guide introduces

you to unique experiences, tour services,

transportation options and provides the key

contact information you will need to plan a

memorable journey.

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WEATHER

Georgia has a moderate climate year round,

yet a distinct and rich experience each

season. Our summers are warm, our falls

brisk and sunny, our winters mild and our

springs are blooming with dogwoods and

azaleas. Georgia has moderate rainfall each

year and varying snowfall from light in the

Mountains to virtually none in other regions,

especially those south of the Atlanta

Metro region.

Spring

Fair & Bright 65-80°

Summer

Warm & Sunny 80-95°

Fall

Clear & Brisk 55-75°

Winter

Mild & Cool 50-60°

Important Numbers

Georgia Department of Economic Development

The Georgia Tourism division works to develop travel opportunities, professionalism

and quality, and to communicate all that Georgia has to offer as a premier

travel and tourism destination. Division members are located in the Atlanta headquarters

and throughout the state, with sales support in Germany and the United

Kingdom. For quick access to information about tours, attractions and stays in

Georgia call 1.800.VISIT GA. ExploreGeorgia.org.

What to Wear

Most of the year comfortable slacks, shorts

and casual shirts will carry you through

your entire trip through Georgia. During

the late fall and winter months pack your

coat and sweater, but you may not need it.

Our friendly southern demeanor means it is

“casual Friday” all week long.

Georgia Department of Economic Development

75 5th Street, NW, Suite 1200

Atlanta, Georgia 30308

404.962.4000

Georgia.org

Georgia Tourism Sales Office

1.800.422.9244 or 404.962.4080

Georgia Travel Information

1.800.VISITGA

ExploreGeorgia.org

Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites

1.800.864.7275

gastateparks.org

Georgia Association of

Convention & Visitors Bureaus

gacvb.com

Important Numbers

Georgia Department of Transportation (road

conditions) 888.635.8287 (dial *DOT or #DOT

from a cell phone)

Georgia State Patrol

404.624.6077 (dial *GSP from a cell phone)

Passport Information

800.635.8287

Traveler’s Aid

404.817.7070

City of Savannah Motor Coach Permit Office

912.651.6468

TIME ZONE

Georgia is located in the Eastern Standard

Time zone.

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Mileage

Mileage Chart Albany Americus Atlanta Augusta Brunswick Columbus Gainesville Macon Milledgeville Rome Savannah Statesboro V aldosta Waycross

Albany 37 166 200 180 92 219 113 144 233 216 195 80 113

Atlanta 166 130 139 257 123 53 84 96 68 249 204 248 239

Augusta 200 198 139 203 235 135 124 93 206 125 81 221 177

Birmingham, AL 147 295 144 230 396

brunswick 180 192 257 203 255 316 173 216 325 78 111 120 59

Charleston, SC 350 184 350 332 111

charlotte, NC 244 166 350 291 257

Columbus 92 61 123 235 255 176 113 144 147 255 211 172 198

Gainesville 219 183 53 135 316 176 125 113 99 252 219 280 281

Macon 113 71 84 124 173 113 125 36 152 167 120 154 150

Milledgeville 144 102 96 93 216 144 113 36 169 169 131 190 166

Nashville, TN 253 396 350 332 496

orlando, FL 438 405 384 362 280

Rome 233 190 68 206 325 147 99 152 169 317 272 310 321

Savannah 216 206 249 125 78 255 252 167 169 317 56 165 103

Statesboro 195 168 204 81 111 211 219 120 131 272 56 162 100

Valdosta 80 120 248 221 120 172 280 154 190 310 165 162 61

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how will you get here?

With Georgia’s many airports and interstates it’s easy. Once you’re in

Georgia, our state’s well-connected transportation infrastructure will

help you get around.

International Airports

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the busiest airport in the world. It

is generally easy to navigate your way through if you watch for signs. When you are

departing to return home, be sure to arrive two hours before your flight. This will help

ensure you have enough time to check in, get through security and board the plane.

You can also check security wait times on the airport’s website. However, keep in mind

these times may change before you arrive. atlanta-airport.com

Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport

Another key Georgia airport, it is a direct link to Georgia’s coast.

savannahairport.com

Other Airports or REgional Airports

Atlanta Metro

Brown Field

3952 Aviation Cir., #200, Atlanta, 30336

404.699.4200

DeKalb Peachtree Airport

2000 Airport Rd., Atlanta, 30341

770.936.5440

pdkairport.org

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International

Airport

6000 N. Terminal Pkwy., Atlanta, 30320

800-897-1910

atlanta-airport.com

McCollum Field

1723 McCollum Pkwy., Kennesaw, 30144

770.528.1615

dot.cobbcountyga.gov/mccollum.htm

Coast

Brunswick Golden Isles Airport

295 Aviation Pkwy., Brunswick, 31252

912.265.2070

glynncountyairports.com

Savannah/Hilton Head

International Airport

400 Airways Ave., Savannah, 31408

912.964.0514

savannahairport.com

Classic South

Augusta Regional at Bush Field

1501 Aviation Way, Augusta, 30906

706.798.3236

augustaregionalairport.com

Historic Heartland

Athens-Ben Epps Airport

1010 Ben Epps Dr., Athens, 30605

706.613.3420

athensairport.net

Middle Georgia Regional Airport

1000 Terminal Dr., Macon, 31297

478.788.3760

cityofmacon.net/citydept-aviation

Plantation Trace

Southwest Georgia Regional Airport

3905 Newton Rd., Albany, 31701

229.430.5175

albany.ga.us

Valdosta Regional Airport

1750 Airport Rd., Valdosta, 31601

229.333.1833

flyvaldosta.com

Presidential Pathways

Columbus Metropolitan Airport

3250 W. Britt David Rd., Columbus, 31909

706.324.2449

flycolumbusga.com

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INTERSTATES

All roads lead to Georgia with four major interstates,

including I-85, I-75, I-20 and I-95, as well

as more than 20,000 miles of federal and state

highways.

Georgia Navigator

The Georgia Department of Transportation’s

(GDOT) Intelligent Transportation System

website provides the latest information on

travel conditions pertaining to accidents, severe

weather, roadway debris or stalled vehicles.

georgia-navigator.com

DRIVING

The speed limit in most residential areas is 35

mph; on most interstates and highways it is 55

mph or 70 mph – make sure to look for speed

limit signs in the area in which you’re driving. In

Georgia, it is against the law to drive without a

seat belt. Georgia laws also require drivers to

turn on their lights when driving in the rain.

About 511

Free real-time traffic information. Georgia 511 is a free phone service that provides you with real

time traffic and travel information, or allows you to request assistance 24 hours a day. Georgia 511

can be accessed from anywhere in Georgia by simply dialing 5-1-1.

Georgia 511 is a free call. However, if you use a cell phone, normal airtime and roaming charges

will apply.

What 511 tells you

Trip times

Accurate, up-to-date information on

statewide traffic conditions

Route-specific information

Current and planned road and lane closures

Construction

Critical incidents

AMBER alerts (on missing children)

511 offers

important connections

Report an accident

HERO - call a Highway Emergency

Response Operator for help

MARTA & Transit options

Rideshare (Carpool or Vanpool)

Atlanta and Savannah international airports

Tourism information

Neighboring state 511 systems

(Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee)

Marta

If you will be staying in the Atlanta area, the

city’s transit system can save you time and

money. The train system goes across the city,

north, south, east and west. Bus service is also

available. You can find more information about

MARTA and its routes on itsmarta.com.

TAXIS

Taxis are easily obtained at the Atlanta airport

and at most hotels. If you are in the Atlanta area,

restaurants and hotels can call a cab for you.

Otherwise, keep a taxi cab’s phone number with

you at all times. The cab companies vary by

area, so these phone numbers are best obtained

at your hotel.

CAT

In the Savannah area, catch the Chatham Area

Transit (CAT) for transit options in Georgia’s

unique coastal communities.

Other areas

Visit the Georgia Regional Transit Authority

(GRTA) for a variety of options in other regions

to get you where you need to go. grta.org

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TENNESSEE

NORTH CAROLINA

Trenton

Ft. Oglethorpe

Blue Ridge

Young

Harris

Clayton

Georgia VISITOR INFORMATION CENTERs

Georgia’s 11 Visitor Information Centers provide a warm welcome and the

experience of true southern hospitality for 13 million travelers each year.

Find maps, the state’s official travel guide, calendar of events and brochures

on historical sites, activities, recreation areas and attractions year-round.

Knowledgeable Specialists can assist you with directions and give expert advice

on things to see and do in Georgia. In addition, Information Specialists have

valuable discount coupons and can assist with lodging reservations at Georgia

hotels and campgrounds of your choice.

West

Point

Lake

85

75

Historic High

Country

Tallapoosa

Dalton

Franklin

West

Point

20

Newnan

Carter’s

Lake

Lake

Allatoona

85

Warm

Springs

Pine

Mountain

M arietta

75

575

285

Atlanta

Metro

East Ellijay

Alpharetta

Morrow

675

Jonesboro

Dahlonega

75

20

85

Lake

Lanier

Flowery

Branch

75

985

Conyers

Covington

Historic

Heartland

475

85

Northeast Mountains

Athens

Madison

Macon

Toccoa

Lake

Oconee

Lake

Sinclair

Milledgeville

20

Lake

Hartwell

Washington

Russell

Lake

Classic

South

Clarks Hill

Lake

Visitor Information Centers

SOUTH

CAROLINA

520

Augusta

185

Sylvania

Columbus

Presidential

Pathways

Perry

16

Metter

ALABAMA

Americus

Plains

Lake

Blackshear

75

Eastman

16

Savannah

Lake

Walter F.

George

Albany

75

Magnolia

Midlands

95

Douglas

Plantation

Trace

Tifton

Augusta Visitor Information Center

I-20 West, GA/SC Line

Augusta, 30917

706.737.1446

Savannah Visitor Information Center

I-95 South, GA/SC Line, Mile Marker 111

Port Wentworth, 31407

912.963.2546

Lake

Seminole

Valdosta

Lake Park

Waycross

Okefenokee

National

Wildlife

Refuge

Coast

Brunswick

Jekyll Island

95

Kingsland

St. Marys

Columbus Visitor Information Center

1751 Williams Road

Columbus, 31904

706.649.7455

Sylvania Visitor Information Center

8463 Burton’s Ferry Highway

Sylvania, 30467

912.829.3331

FLORIDA

Kingsland/St. Mary’s

Visitor Information Center

2424 Haddock Road

Kingsland, 31548

912.729.3253

Lavonia Visitor Information Center

938 County Road 84

Lavonia, 30553

706.356.4019

Plains Visitor Information Center

1763 U.S. Highway 280

Plains, 31780

229.824.7477

Ringgold Visitor Information Center

2726 I-75 South

Ringgold, 30736

706.937.4211

Peach Greet Hotline

Tallapoosa Visitor Information Center

I-20 East, GA/AL Line

Tallapoosa, 30176

770.574.2621

Valdosta Visitor Information Center

5584 Mill Store Road

Lake Park, 31636

229.559.5828

West Point Visitor Information Center

I-85 North, GA/AL Line

West Point, 31833

706.645.3353

Planning an itinerary for

a tour group can be quite

a task. Checking mileage,

hotel rooms, attractions

and making time

for “necessary stops” is

all in a day’s work when

planning a tour. Wouldn’t

it be easier if you had a

guaranteed stop you could count on every time

for your group? How about a stop that was easily

accessible, clean, and offered your group a

special surprise? The Georgia Tourism division

would like to take this opportunity to introduce

the Georgia Peach Greet.

The Peach Greet, Georgia’s motor coach intercept

program, was designed to give motorcoach

groups a sampling of Georgia’s well-known

southern hospitality. Georgia’s Peach Greet is

available at our 11 Visitor Information Centers

located throughout the state who welcome more

than 13 million visitors each year and are the

perfect place to stop with any group!

If your group is coming to Georgia or just passing

through, we would love the opportunity to say

“Hey, y’all!” All we request is 48 hours advance

notice so we have time to get ready for your

arrival. Please contact the Georgia Peach Greet

hotline located at the Tallapoosa Visitor Information

Center about the new program and to make

your Georgia Peach Greet reservation today!

For more information, call 770-574-2621 or email

tallapoosa@georgia.org.

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georgia Motorcoach

operators association

The Georgia Motorcoach Operators Association (GMOA) is a professional group

with 38 operator members and 201 associate members across Georgia. GMOA

was established in November 2001 to organize bus owners and operators so they

could have a collective voice in promoting bus transportation and set high quality

standards for tours in our state. GMOA holds an annual meeting and marketplace

where all members come together for information sharing and sales.

gamotorcoachoperators.org

Alderman Charters & Tours

539 North Blvd.

Baxley, 31513

912.367.9477

American Coach Lines

of Atlanta, Inc.

705 Lively Ave.

Norcross, 30071

770.449.1806

john.garrett@

coachamerica.com

Atlantic Transportation &

Coaches

5849 Peachtree Road

Atlanta, 30341

770.751.7078

info@atlanticlimo-ga.com

Boswell’s

3080 Jonquil Drive, Ste B

Smyrna, 30080

678.581.9100

dboswell@bellsouth.net

Buckhead Coach

280 A Arnold Road

Lawrenceville, 30044

404.296.2923

busco@bellsouth.net

Coast to Coast Tours LLC

PO Box 611

Conley, 30288

404.543.4690

wjohnson@

coasttocoasttours.com

Coastal Georgia Charters

and Tours

4111 Knight Street

Brunswick, 31520

912.264.9808

tours@goldenislesfun.com

Coastline Travel, Inc.

41 Wahlstrom Road

Savannah, 31404

912.234.7110

jim@coastlinetravel.net

Cooper-Atlanta

Transportation Services

2711 Peachtree Square

Atlanta, 30360

770.455.9600

pewing@cooper-atlanta.com

Coyote Coach Express, Inc.

PO Box 115587

Atlanta, 30310

404.691.3387

coyoteexpress@bellsouth.net

Daniel’s Charters & Tours

4336 Cornelia Hwy.

Lula, 30554

770.532.6878

jimmy@danielscharters.com

Elite Transportation Services

4601 Winters Chapel Road

Atlanta, 30360

404.350.8511

mkersten@elitetsa.com

Free Enterprise of Atlanta, Inc.

1340 Milledge Street

PO Box 91326

East Point, 30344

404.768.7330

dgeorge@

georgesmotorcoach.com

Friendship Tours, LLC

3250 Harvester Woods Road

Decatur, 30034

404.286.8856

glov4525@bellsouth.net

Garden City Tours

4103 D 8th Street

Garden City, 31408

912.966.2400

gardencitytours@bellsouth.net

Georgia Coach Lines, Inc.

524 Whitehall Street SW

Atlanta, 30303

404.681.1600

Grace Tours LLC

908 Mill Drive

Savannah, 31419

912.657.7677

gracelimo@aol.com

Harmon Brothers

Charter Service

1160 Allene Avenue SW

Atlanta, 30310

404.752.9479

charmon@harmonbros.com

Hawkins Charter Service, Inc.

225 Hawkins Lane

Athens, 30601

706.208.9525

nhawk1@bellsouth.net

His Majesty Coach, Inc.

3005 Rutledge Road

Kennesaw, 30144

770.426.6282

tbrown@hismajestycoach.com

Holiday Tours, Inc.

450 Cobb Parkway North

Marietta, 30062

678.626.0274

Kelly Tours, Inc.

2788 Highway 80 West

Garden City, 31408

912.964.2010

don@kellytours.com

Kingsmen Coach Lines, Inc.

PO Box 661

Conley, 30288

404.362.9339

kingsmen@bellsouth.net

Lamplight Tours of Atlanta

P.O. Box 957718

Duluth, 30095

678.475.0655

lamplighttours@bellsouth.net

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Legacy Coaches, LLC

608 Stagecoach Trail

Hahira, 31632

229.794.1711

legacycoaches@hotmail.com

Leisure Time Charters and

Tours

PO Box 639

Emerson, 30137

770.382.7726

leisuretimebus@bellsouth.net

Madden Tours

472 W. Armuchee Road

Lafayette, 30728

706.218.3328

maddentours@yahoo.com

Patriot Coach Lines

3780 Old Norcross Road

Suite 103-478

Duluth, 30096

888.960.8885

paul.daniel@

patriotcoachlines.com

Pendergrass Charters, Inc.

1106 West Marietta Street NW

Atlanta, 30318

404.799.7003

levester@

pendergrasscharters.com

Pier 31 Tours Inc.

26 Stoneview Dr.

Lilburn, 30047

770.279.7356

R & W Motorcoach, Inc.

1294 Carriage Trace Circle

Stone Mountain, 30087

770.413.9676

alan@randwmotorcoach.com

Regal Tours, Inc.

3114 Kelley Chapel Road

Decatur, 30034

770.987.5001

bus4u50@aol.com

Samson Trailways

3745 Zip Industrial Blvd. SE

Atlanta, 30354

404.768.8688

bsambdman@samsontrailways.

com

Southeastern Stages, Inc.

260 University Avenue, SW

Atlanta, 30315

404.591.2750

mike@southeasternstages.com

Swept Away Coach and Tours

P.O. Box 22757

Savannah, 31403

912.644.6696

todd@sweptawaytours.com

T & D Bus Service

2245 Gaines Mill Rd.

Gainesville, 30507

770.536.0079

rnt24@bellsouth.net

Travel Time Charters

3751 Douglas Broxton Highway

Douglas, 31533

912.384.1312

traveltimecharters@yahoo.com

* current member listing

supplied by Georgia Motorcoach

Operators Association as of

March 2010 print release.

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Okefenokee

National

Wildlife

Refuge

95

95

85

75

85

675

75

285

Lake

Oconee

520

475

75

20

16

75

20

16

Lake

Sinclair

75

985

575

85

20

Lake

Lanier

Lake

Allatoona Northeast Mountains

Carter’s

Lake

Lake

Walter F.

George

West

Point

Lake

Lake

Seminole

185

85

75

Lake

Blackshear

Lake

Hartwell

Russell

Lake

Clarks Hill

Lake

Historic

Heartland

Classic

South

Presidential

Pathways

Plantation

Trace

Magnolia

Midlands

Coast

Historic High

Country

Black

Creek

Blackshear

Folkston

Hinesville

Jekyll Island

Kingsland

Richmond Hill

Savannah

St. Simons

Island

Sea Island

Waycross

Shellman

Bluff

Brunswick

Kings Bay

Pooler

Springfield

Midway

Port

Wentworth

Meridian

Darien

Homerville

Fargo

Woodbine

St. Marys

Tybee

Island

Sapelo

Island

Little St.

Simons Island

Cumberland

Island

Blackbeard

Island

Ellabelle

Riceboro

Eulonia

Guyton

Nahunta

Pembroke

Rincon

Townsend

Garden City

St. George

Waynesville

Waverly

Thunderbolt

Sunbury

Hoboken

Flemington

Patterson

Alma

Baxley

Claxton

Cochran

Douglas

Eastman

Hawkinsville

Hazlehurst

Jesup

McRae

Metter

Reidsville

Rochelle

Statesboro

Vidalia

Soperton

Ludowici

Willacoochee

Glennville

Irwinville

Lyons

Nicholls

Roddy

Screven

Register

Pulaski

Ailey

Mount

Vernon

Odum

Chauncey

Sylvania

Portal

Dublin East

Dublin

Jacksonville

Cobbtown

Alston

Uvalda

Lumber City

Albany

Ashburn

Bainbridge

Colquitt

Donalsonville

Fort

Gaines

Lake Park

Sylvester

Tifton

Valdosta

Parrott

Cuthbert

Arlington

Blakely

Cairo

Thomasville

Lakeland

Nashville

Adel

Moultrie

Camilla

Fitzgerald

Dawson

Leesburg

Norman

Park

Cecil

Georgetown

Lenox

Hahira

Morris

Pelham

Newton

Quitman

Remerton

Sasser

Doerun

Rebecca

Ochlocknee

Americus

Buena Vista

Columbus

Cordele

Cusseta

Griffin

LaGrange

Pine

Mountain

Reynolds

Thomaston

Warm

Springs Woodbury Zebulon

Greenville

West

Point

Hamilton

Talbotton

Oglethorpe

Montezuma

Andersonville

Omaha

Lumpkin

Richland

Plains

Vienna

Leslie

Ellaville

Fortson

Franklin

Manchester

Woodland

Molena

The Rock

Unadilla

Weston

Hogansville

Arabi

Yatesville

Gay

Preston

Archery

Louvale

Midland

Augusta

Greensboro

Harlem

Lincolnton

Sandersville

Swainsboro

Thomson

Union Point

Warrenton

Waynesboro

Wrens

Wrightsville

Twin City

Millen

Louisville

Mitchell

Sparta

Norwood

Crawfordville

Martinez

Appling

Washington

Tignall

Grovetown

Jewell

Lexington

Warthen

Wadley

Bartow

Dearing

Philomath

Evans

Crawford

Midville

Conyers

Covington

Forsyth

Fort

Valley

Gray

Jackson

Macon

Monroe

Monticello

Perry

Rutledge

Warner

Robins

Roberta Byron

Barnesville

Juliette

Social

Circle

Bolingbroke

Clinton

Culloden

Flovilla

High

Falls

Indian Springs

Knoxville

Lizella

Milner

Musella

Oxford

Round

Oak

Smarr

Bishop

Athens

Eatonton

Milledgeville

Madison

Gordon

Haddock

Watkinsville Winterville

Buckhead

Mansfield

Acworth Alpharetta

College Park

Decatur

Douglasville

Duluth

Ellenwood

Fayetteville

Jonesboro

Lawrenceville

Lithonia

Loganville

Marietta

McDonough

Newnan

Snellville

Stone

Mountain

Stockbridge

Suwanee

Tucker

Tyrone

Kennesaw

Powder

Springs

Union City

Fairburn

East Point

Hampton

Locust

Grove

Sharpsburg

Moreland Senoia

Grantville

Roswell

Buford

Norcross

Chamblee

Lilburn

Morrow

Peachtree

City

Mableton

Dunwoody

Sandy

Springs

Palmetto

Atlanta

Metro

Blairsville

Braselton

Clarkesville

Cleveland

Clayton

Colbert

Commerce

Cumming

Dahlonega

Dawsonville

Elberton

Flowery

Branch

Gainesville

Hartwell

Helen

Homer

Lake Lanier

Islands

Royston

Sky

Valley

Toccoa

Winder

Young

Harris

Maysville

Dillard

Hiawassee

Tallulah Falls

Sautee

Cornelia

Lavonia

Jefferson

Comer

Toccoa

Falls

Alto

Carnesville

Clermont

Danielsville

Demorest

Lakemont

Lula

Mountain

City

Mount

Airy

Rabun Gap

Suches

Oakwood

Eastanollee

Tiger

Martin

Wiley

Gillsville

Bowman

Franklin

Springs

Adairsville

Bremen

Calhoun

Canton

Carrollton

Cartersville

Cedartown

Chatsworth

Cohutta

Ellijay

Hiram

LaFayette

Ringgold

Rising

Fawn

Rockmart

Rome

Tallapoosa

Trenton

Trion

Villa

Rica

Waleska

Woodstock

Big Canoe

Lookout

Mountain

Chickamauga

Ft. Oglethorpe

Dalton

Summerville

Blue Ridge

Jasper

Buchanan

Cassville

Cave

Spring

Crandall

Dallas

East Ellijay

Kingston

Marble

Hill

McCaysville

Morganton

Oakman

Resaca

Rock Spring

Rossville

Tate

Talking

Rock

Waco

White

Whitesburg

Cloudland

Sugar

Valley

Cherry

Log

Mineral

Bluff

Wildwood

Nelson

Tunnel Hill

Fairmount

Ball

Ground

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SC

NC

TN

AL

FL

Visitor Information Center

Regional Welcome Center

State Parks

Airport

University


Atlanta Metro

Dynamic, bustling and surprising, this area has attractions as diverse

as the five million people who call its many communities home. Stroll

historic sites; discover antique treasures or go mall hopping; visit

world-class museums or fine art galleries; enjoy the great outdoors or

an amusement park. visitmetroatlanta.com

Convention & Visitors Bureaus

Acworth Area CVB

4415 Senator Russell Ave

Acworth, 30101

770.974.3112

acworthtourism.org

Alpharetta CVB

3060 Royal Blvd S., Ste. 145

Alpharetta, 30022

678.297.2811

awesomealpharetta.com

Atlanta CVB

233 Peachtree St., Ste. 1400

Atlanta, 30303

404.521.6600

atlanta.net

Clayton County CVB

104 N. Main St.

Jonesboro, 30236

770.478.4800

visitscarlett.com

Cobb County CVB

One Galleria Parkway

Atlanta, 30339

678.303.2622

vistcobbcounty.com

Coweta County CVB

& Welcome Center

100 Walt Sanders Memorial Dr

Newnan, 30265

770.254.2629

explorecoweta.com

Dekalb County CVB

1957 Lakeside Parkway

Ste 510

Tucker, 30084

770.492.5000

dcvb.org

Douglasville CVB

& Welcome Center

6694 E Broad St.

Douglasville, 30134

770.947.5920

visitdouglasville.com

CVB of Dunwoody

41 Perimeter Center East,

Dunwoody, 30346

discoverdunwoody.org

678-244-9800

Gwinnett CVB

6500 Sugarloaf Pkwy

Ste. 200

Duluth, 30097

770.623.3600

gcvb.org

Henry County CVB

1709 GA Hwy 20 W

McDonough, 30253

770.957.5786

henrycvb.com

Johns Creek CVB

johnscreekcvb.com

Lawrenceville Tourism

& Trade Association

233 Crogan St. Ste F

Lawrenceville, 30045

678.226.2639

visitlawrenceville.com

Marietta Welcome

Center & Visitors Bureau

4 Depot St.

Marietta, 30060

770.429.1115

themariettasquare.com

McDonough Hospitality

and Tourism Bureau

5 Griffin St

McDonough, GA 30252

770.898.3196

tourmcdonough.com

Peachtree City Tourism

Association

10 Planterra Way

Peachtree City, 30269

678.216.0282

visitpeachtreecity.com

Historic Roswell CVB

617 Atlanta St

Roswell, 30075

770.640.3253

cvb.roswell.ga.us

Sandy Springs

Hospitality & Tourism

6065 Roswell Road Ste, 210

Sandy Springs, 30328

866.511.7742

visitsandysprings.org

Villa Rica Tourism

Bureau

571 W. Bankhead HWY

Villa Rica, 30180

678.785.1014

villaricatourism.com

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Classic South

Georgia’s Classic South, located in east central Georgia, is bisected

by Interstate 20, making the region a convenient drive from any city

along this major east-west interstate. Explore picturesque small towns,

Georgia’s second largest metropolitan area or enjoy the vast lakes and

scenic rivers. As the rolling hills of east-central Georgia unfurl gently

toward the coastal plain, they provide the backdrop against which

events, southern heritage and culture come alive. classicsouth.org

Convention & Visitors Bureaus

Lincolnton-Lincoln County

Chamber of Commerce

112 N. Washington St.

Lincolnton, 30817

706.359.7970

lincolncountyga.org

Washington County

Chamber of Commerce

131 W. Haynes St.

Sandersville, 31082

478.552.3288

washingtoncounty-ga.com

Augusta CVB

1450 Greene St., Ste. 110

Augusta, 30901

706.823.6600 or

800.726.0243

augustaga.org

Columbia County CVB

630 Ronald Reagan Dr.

Evans, 30809

706.447.7677 or

866.391.7677

choosecolumbiacounty.com

Greene County Chamber

of Commerce

111 N. Main St.

Greensboro, 30642

706.453.7592 or

800.866.LAKE

greeneccoc.org

visitlakeoconee.com

Jefferson County Chamber

of Commerce

302 E. Broad St.

Louisville, 30434

478.625.8134

jeffersoncounty.org

Oglethorpe County

Chamber of Commerce

158 Athens Rd.

Crawford, 30630

706.743.3113

oglethorpecofc.org

Swainsboro-Emanuel

County Chamber of

Commerce

102 S. Main St.

Swainsboro, 30401

478.237.6426

emanuelchamber.org

Thomson-McDuffie

Tourism CVB

111 Railroad St.

Thomson, 30824

706.597.1000

exploremcduffiecounty.com

Waynesboro-Burke

County Chamber

of Commerce

241 E. Sixth St.

Waynesboro, 30830

706.554.5451

burkechamber.org

Washington-Wilkes

County Chamber

of Commerce

29 West Square

Washington, 30673

706.678.2013

washingtonwilkes.org

Warren County Chamber

of Commerce

46 S. Norwood St.

Warrenton, 30828

706.465.9604

warrencountyga.com

Wrightsville-Johnson

County Chamber

of Commerce

6745 E. College St.

Wrightsville, 31096

478.864.7200

wrightsvillejohnson

county.com

Jenkins County Chamber

of Commerce

548 Cotton Ave

Millen, 30442,

478.982.5595

jenkinscountyga.com

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Georgia’s Coast

The Coast stretches approximately 100 miles between the Savannah

and St. Mary’s Rivers. In this region you can wander isolated beaches,

tranquil marshes and cobblestone streets. Sample low country delicacies

like soft-shelled crabs and Brunswick stew, or sway to the soulful beat

of a Gullah-Geechee song. Barrier islands, mysterious swamps and the

easy rhythm of the coastal culture make for an unforgettable experience.

visitcoastalgeorgia.com

Convention & Visitors Bureaus

Pierce County Chamber

of Commerce

200 S. Central Avenue

Blackshear, 31516

912.449.7044

piercechamber.com

Brunswick and the

Golden Isles CVB

4 Glynn Avenue

Brunswick, 31520

800.933.2627

Clinch County Chamber

of Commerce

and Welcome Center

23 West Plant Avenue

Homerville, 31634

912.487.2360

clinchcountychamber.org

Darien-McIntosh Chamber

& Visitor Center

1111 Magnolia Bluff Way, SW

Suite 255

Darien, 31305

visitdarien.com

Effingham County

Chamber of Commerce

520 West Third Street

Springfield, 31329

912.754.3301

866.754.3301

effinghamcounty.com

Jekyll Island CVB

1 Beachview Drive

Jekyll Island, 31527

877-4-JEKYL

jekyllisland.com

Kingsland Welcome Center

& Visitors Bureau

1190 East Boone Avenue

Kingsland, 31548

912.729.5999

800.433.0225

visitkingsland.com

Liberty County Chamber

of Commerce

& Welcome Center

425 W. Oglethorpe Hwy

Hinesville, 31313

912.368.3471

discoverlibertyga.com

Okefenokee Chamber

of Commerce &

Welcome Center

202 West Main Street

Folkston, 31537

912.496.2536

folkston.com

Pooler-Crossroads

Chamber of Commerce

& Visitor Center

175 Bourne Ave

Pooler, GA 31322

(in the Mighty Eighth

Air Force Museum)

912.748.0110

poolercrossroads.com

Port Wentworth Chamber

of Commerce

7532 Highway 21

Port Wentworth, 31407

912.965.1999

portwentworthga.com

Richmond Hill CVB

520 Cedar Street

Richmond Hill, 31324

912.756.2676

richmondhillvisit.com

Savannah Area CVB

101 East Bay Street

Savannah, 31401

912.644.6400

877-SAVANNAH

savannahvisit.com

St. Marys CVB

406 Osborne St.

St. Marys, 31558

912.882.4000

866.868.2199

stmaryswelcome.com

Tybee Island Tourism

Council and Visitor

Information Center

802 First Street

US Hwy 80

Tybee Island, 31328

800.868.2322

tybeevisit.com

Waycross Tourism Bureau

and Visitors Center

315-A Plant Avenue

Waycross, 31501

912.283.3744

swampgeorgia.com

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Historic Heartland

From charming towns and authentic antiques to quaint little shops along

scenic byways, the Historic Heartland offers the warmth of yesteryear in

quintessential Southern style. Get your feet wet and catch a mess of fish,

or follow themed trails through the region’s beauty. historicgeorgia.org

Convention & Visitors Bureaus

Athens CVB

300 N. Thomas St.

Athens, 30601

706.357.4430

visitathensga.com

Barnesville Lamar

County Chamber

100 Commerce Place

Barnesville, 30204

770.358.5884

barnesville.org

Butts County Chamber

625 W. Third St., Ste. 6

Jackson, 30233

770.775.4839,

chamberbuttscounty.com

Byron CVB &

Welcome Center

100 W. Heritage Blvd.

Byron, 31008

478.956.2409

tourbyron.com

Conyers CVB

1184 Scott St.

Conyers, 30012

770.929.4270

conyersga.com

Covington Chamber

2101 Clark St.

Covington, 30014

770.786.7510

newtonchamber.com

Eatonton Chamber

305 N. Madison Ave.

Eatonton, 31024

706.485.7701

eatonton.com

Forsyth-Monroe

County Chamber

68 N. Lee St.

Forsyth, 31029

478.994.9239

forsyth-monroechamber.com

Jones County Chamber

161 W. Clinton St.

Gray, 31032

478.986.1123

jonescounty.org

Macon CVB

450 MLK Jr. Blvd.

Macon, 31201

478.743.3401

maconga.org

Madison CVB

115 E. Jefferson St.

Madison, 30650

706-342-4454

madisonga.org

Milledgeville CVB

200 W. Hancock St.

Milledgeville, 31059

478.452.4687

milledgevillecvb.com

Monroe-Walton

County Chamber

132 E. Spring St.

Monroe, 30655

770.267.6594

waltonchamber.org

Monticello-Jasper

County Chamber

119 W. Washington St.

Monticello, 30164

706.468.8994

historicmonticello.com

Peach County Chamber

201 Oakland Heights Pkwy.

Ft. Valley, 31030

478.825.3733

peachchamber.com

Perry CVB

101 Gen. Courtney Hodges Blvd.

Perry, 31069

478.988.8000

perryga.com

Roberta-Crawford County

Chamber

38 Wright Ave.

Roberta, 31078

478.836.3825

robertacrawfordchamber.org

Warner Robins CVB

99 N. First St.

Warner Robins, 31093

478.922.5100

warnerrobinsga.gov

Watkinsville

22 N. Main St., Bldg. B

Watkinsville, 30677

706.769.5197

visitoconee.com

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Historic High Country

Immerse yourself in fascinating history, captivating scenery and genuine

hospitality in Northwest Georgia, “the enchanted land” of the Cherokee

Indians. Explore the region’s mystique on numerous driving, walking,

pedaling or riding trails leading you through the area’s Native American

roots, historic districts and homegrown attractions. From Civil War sites

to national forests, discover enriching experiences throughout northwest

Georgia. georgiahighcountry.org

Convention & Visitors Bureaus

Cartersville-Bartow

County CVB

1 Friendship Plaza

Cartersville, 30120

770.387.1357

notatlanta.org

Catoosa County Chamber

of Commerce

264 Catoosa Circle

Ringgold, 30736

706.965.5201

catoosachamberof

commerce.com

Carrollton Area CVB

102 N. Lakeshore Dr.

Carrollton, 30117

770.214.9746

800.292.0871

visitcarrollton.com

Chattooga County Chamber

of Commerce

44 GA Hwy. 48

Summerville, 30747

706.857.4033

chattoogachamber.org

Dalton Area CVB

305 S. Depot Street

P. O. Box 6177 (30722)

Dalton, 30720

706.270.9960 or

800.331.3258

visitdaltonga.com

Great Rome CVB

402 Civic Center Drive

P. O. Box 1837

Rome, 30161

706.295.5576

800.444.1834

romegeorgia.org

Woodstock Area CVB

Authority

8632 Main St., Ste. 160

Johnston Bldg.

Woodstock, 30188

770.592.6056

oldetownewoodstock.com

Dade County Chamber

of Commerce

111 Railway Ln.

Trenton, 30752

706.657.4488 or 877.871.1386

dadechamber.com

Fannin County Chamber

of Commerce

152-A Orvin Lance Drive,

Blue Ridge, 30513

706.632.5680 or

800.899.MTNS

blueridgemountains.com

Gilmer County Chamber

of Commerce

368 Craig St.

East Ellijay, 30539

706.635.7400

gilmerchamber.com

Calhoun-Gordon

County CVB

300 S. Wall St.

Calhoun, 30701

706.625.3200 or

800.887.3811

exploregordoncounty.org

Haralson County Chamber

of Commerce

70 Murphy Campus Blvd.

Waco, 30182

770.537.5594

visitharalson.org

Chatsworth-Murray County

Chamber of Commerce

26 N. Third Ave.

Chatsworth, 30705

706.695.6060

800.969.9490

murraycountychamber.org

Paulding County Chamber

of Commerce

455 Jimmy Campbell Pkwy.

Dallas, 30132

706.635.7400

pauldingchamber.org

Pickens County Chamber

of Commerce

500 Stegall Dr.

Jasper, 30143,

706.692.5600

pickenschamber.com

Polk County Chamber

of Commerce

604 Goodyear St.

Rockmart, 30153

770.684.8760

polkgeorgia.com

Walker County Chamber

of Commerce

10052 US Hwy. 27 N

Rock Spring, 30739

706.375.7702

walkercochamber.com

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Magnolia Midlands

Taste a slower, simpler lifestyle along the back roads of Georgia with

a visit to the Magnolia Midlands in southeastern Georgia. The region

provides a backdrop of beautiful scenery for any adventure you might

seek, from outdoor sports to local festivals, from great food to a rich

agricultural history. magnoliamidlands.org

Convention & Visitors Bureaus

Appling-Baxley Tourism

305 West Parker

Baxley, 31513

PO Box 537 Baxley, 31515

912.367.7731

baxley.org

Bacon-Alma Chamber

PO Box 450

1120 W. 12th St.

Alma, 31510

912.632.5859

almachamber

development.com

Bulloch-Statesboro CVB

332 South Main St.

PO Box 1516 (30459)

Statesboro, 30458

912.489.1869

800.568.3301

visitstatesboroga.com

Cochran-Bleckley Chamber

of Commerce

102 North Second St. Suite A

P.O. Box 305

Cochran, 31014

478.934.2965

cochran-bleckley

chamber.org

Candler-Metter Chamber

& Welcome Center

1210 S. Lewis Street

Metter, 30439

912.685.2159

metter-candler.com

Claxton-Evans Chamber

of Commerce

4 N. Duval St.

Claxton, 30417

912.739.1391

claxtonevanschamber.com

Douglas Area CVB

211 South Gaskin Ave.

Douglas, 31533

912.384.4555

cityofdouglas.com

Dublin-Laurens

Welcome Center

102 Travel Center Blvd.

Dublin, 31021

478.272.5766

dublin-georgia.org

Eastman-Dodge County

Chamber & Welcome Center

116 Ninth Ave.

PO Box 550

Eastman, 31023

478.374.4723

eastman-georgia.org

Glennville Chamber

of Commerce

136 South Veterans Blvd.

Glennville, 30427

912.654.1616

glennvillechamber.com

Greater Tattnall Chamber

of Commerce

108 Brazell St.

Tattnall County Courthouse

Reidsville, 30453

912.557.6323

reidsvillegeorgia.com

Hawkinsville/Pulaski

Chamber

108 N. Lumpkin St.

PO Box 300

Hawkinsville, 31036

478.783.1717

hawkinsvillechamber.org

Hazlehurst-Jeff Davis

Chamber

95 E. Jarman St.

P.O. Box 546

Hazlehurst, 31539

912.375.4543

hazlehurst-jeffdavis.com

Long County Community

Action Partnership

15 Thorton Dr.

PO BOX 340

Ludowici, 31316

912.545.3222

Montgomery County

Chamber

PO Box 362

Mount Vernon, 30445

912.583.4676

toomhsmontgomery

chamber.com

Ocilla-Irwin Chamber

PO Box 104

Ocilla, 31774

229.468.9114

Screven County Chamber

101 S. Main St.

Sylvania, 30467

912.564.7878

screvencounty.com

Telfair-McRae Chamber

120 E. Oak St.

McRae, 31055

229.868.6365

telfairco.com

Truetlen County

Development Authoriy

PO Box 296

Soperton, 30457

912.529.4496

soperton.org

Vidalia Area CVB

100 Sweet Vidalia Onion Dr.

Vidalia, 30474

912.538.8687

vidaliaarea.com

Wayne County Board

of Tourism

PO Box 253

Jesup, 31545

912.427.3233

waynetourism.com

Wheeler County Chamber

of Commerce

P.O. Box 654

Alamo, 30411-0654

912.568.7808

wchamber1@windstream.net

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NORTHEAST GEORGIA MOUNTAINS

The northeast Georgia mountain region offers a scenic retreat, with its foothills

serving as the gateway to the southern Appalachian Mountains. While

outdoor recreation is abundant and exciting, the region has other attractions

including wineries, art galleries craft shops, local history museums, roadside

markets and mountain towns filled with great places to shop and dine to

keep you coming back time and again! georgiamountains.org

Convention & Visitors Bureaus

Alpine Helen-White County

CVB & Regional VIC

PO Box 730

724 Bruckenstrass

Helen, 30545

706.878.2181

706.878.5608

800.858.8027

helenga.org

Banks County CVB

PO Box 8

Homer, 30547

P 706.677.5265

bankscountyga.org

Dawson County

Chamber & CVB

PO Box 299

54 GA Hwy 53 East - Old Jail

Dawsonville, 30534

706.265.6278 or

877.302.9271

dawson.org

Elbert County Chamber

PO Box 537

104 Heard St.

Elberton, 30635

706.283.5651

elbertga.com

Jackson County Area

Chamber of Commerce

270 Athens St

Jefferson, 30549

706.387.0300

jacksoncountyga.com

Lake Lanier CVB & Northeast

Georgia Regional VIC

4700 Lanier Pkwy.

Flowery Branch, 30542

770.965.9272

770.536.5209

888.536.0005

www.lakelaniercvb.com

Barrow County Chamber

PO Box 456

6 Porter St.

Winder, 30680

770 867 9444

barrowchamber.com

Blairsville-Union County

Chamber

78 Blue Ridge Hwy.

Blairsville, 30512

706.745.5789

visitblairsvillega.com

Cumming-Forsyth County

Chamber

212 Kelly Mill Rd.

Cumming, 30040

770.887.6461

cummingforsythchamber.org

Dahlonega-Lumpkin

County Chamber, CVB

& Regional VIC

13 Park St., South,

Dahlonega, 30533

706.864.3711

706.864.3513

dahlonega.org

Franklin County Chamber

PO Box 151

165 Athens St.

Carnesville, 30521

706.384.4659

franklin-county.com

City of Gainesville

Communications & Tourism

Department

117 Jesse Jewell Parkway

Gainesville, 30501

770.531.6598

gainesville.org

Habersham County

Chamber, CVB

& Visitors Bureau

PO Box 366

668 Business Hwy. 441

Cornelia, 30531

706.778.4654

habershamchamber.com

Hart County Chamber

PO Box 793

31 E Howell St.

Hartwell, 30643

706.376.8590

hart-chamber.org

Lavonia Chamber of

Commerce

1269 E Main St.

Lavonia, 30553

706.356.8202

lavonia-ga.com/lavonia/

lcc.html

Madison County Chamber

PO Box 381

101 Courthouse Sq Ste #1

Danielsville, 30633

706.795.3473

madisoncountyga.org

Rabun County CVB

25 Courthouse Square

Clayton, 30525

706.982.4754

gamountains.com

Toccoa-Stephens County

Chamber & Regional VIC

PO Box 577

160 North Alexander St.

Toccoa, 30577

706.886.2132

toccoagachamber.com

Towns County Chamber

& Regional VIC

1411 Jack Dayton Cl.

Young Harris, 30582

706.896.4966

mountaintopga.com

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Plantation Trace

The rural southwestern region of Georgia is full of stories in each of its

intriguing small towns, its woodlands and its rivers. Tour plantations

and historic farms and relive Georgia’s historic past. For those with a

more adventurous spirit, a visit to Wild Adventures will provide thrills

and chills. southwestgeorgiatravel.com

Convention & Visitors Bureaus

Adel-Cook County

Chamber of Commerce

100 S. Hutchinson Ave.

Adel, 31620

229.896.2281

adelcookchamber.org

Albany CVB

& Welcome Center

112 North Front St.

Albany, 31701

229.317.4760 or 866.750.0840

visitalbanyga.com

albanyga.com/cvb

Ashburn-Turner County

Chamber of Commerce

238 E. College Ave.

Ashburn, 31714

229.567.9696 or

800.471.9696

turnerchamber.com

Berrien County Chamber

of Commerce

201 N. Jefferson St.

Nashville, 31639

229.686.5123

berrienchamber.com

Cairo -Grady County

Chamber of Commerce

961 N. Broad St.

Cairo, 39828

229.377.3663

cairoga-chamber.com

Camilla Chamber of

Commerce

212 E. Broad St.

Camilla, 31730

229.336.5255

camillageorgia.com

Clay County

Visitors Bureau &

Information Center

208 Hancock St.

Fort Gaines, 39851

229.768.2248

fortgaines.com

Donalsonville-Seminole

County Chamber

of Commerce

122 E. Second St.

Donalsonville, 39845

229.24.2588

donalsonvillega.com

Fitzgerald

Welcome Center

115 S. Main St.

Fitzgerald, 31750

229.426.5033 or

800.386.4642

fitzgeraldga.org

Lakeland-Lanier County

Chamber of Commerce

111 Valdosta Hwy.

Lakeland, 31635

229.482.9755

lakelandlanierchamber.com

Moultrie-Colquitt County

Chamber of Commerce

116 First Ave., SE

Moultrie, 31768

229.985.2131

moultriechamber.com

Moultrie-Colquitt-Miller

County Chamber

of Commerce

302 E. College St.

Colquitt, 39837

229.758.2400

colquittgeorgia.com

Pelham Chamber

of Commerce

119 E. Railroad St.,

Pelham, 31779

229.294.4924

pelhamchamber.org

pelhamcityga.com

Terrell County

Chamber of Commerce

211 W. Lee St.

Dawson, 39842

229.995.2011

terrellcountygeorgia.org

Thomasville/Thomas

County Visitors Center

144 E. Jackson St

Thomasville, 31792

229.228.7977 or

866.577.3600

thomasvillega.com

Tifton-Tift County

Chamber of Commerce

100 N. Central Ave.

Tifton, 31794

229.382.6200 or

800.550.8438

tiftonchamber.org

Valdosta-Lowndes

County Conference

Center and

Tourism Authority

1 Meeting Pl.

Valdosta, 31601

229.245.0513 or

800.569.TOUR

valdostatourism.com

Worth County-Sylvester

Chamber of Commerce

301 E. Franklin St.

Sylvester, 31791

229.776.7718

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presidential pathways

Located in Georgia’s southern rivers district, this 19-county area in

west central Georgia is deeply rooted in American history. Visitors

today soak up reflections from the antebellum era, Civil War years, the

proud heritage of two U.S. presidents and birth of the modern South.

presidentialpathways.com

Convention & Visitors Bureaus

Americus-Sumter

County Tourism Association

125 W. Lamar St.

Americus, 31709

229.928.6059

therealgeorgia.com

Heard County

Chamber of Commerce

P O Box 366

Franklin, 30217

706.675.0560

heardgeorgia.org

Columbus CVB

900 Front Ave.

Columbus, 31901

706.322.1613

visitcolumbusga.com

Cordele-Crisp County

Chamber of Commerce

P.O. Box 158

Cordele, 31010

229.273.1668

cordele-crisp-chamber.com

Dooly County Chamber

of Commerce

PO Box 308

Vienna, 31092

229.268.8275

doolychamber.org

Griffin/Spalding Chamber

of Commerce

143 North Hill Street

Griffin, 30223

770.228.8200

griffinchamber.com

LaGrange-Troup County

Chamber of Commerce

P O Box 636

LaGrange, 30241

706.884.8671

lagrangechamber.com

Montezuma Better

Hometown

PO Box 388

Montezuma, 31073

478.471.8144

downtownmontezuma.com

Pine Mountain Regional

Visitor Information Center

Post Office Box 177

Pine Mountain, 31822

800.441.3502

pinemountain.org

Pike County

Chamber of Commerce

PO Box 1147

416 Thomaston St

Zebulon, 30295

770.567.2029

pikecountygachamber.com

Taylor County Chamber

of Commerce

PO Box 27

Butler, 31068

478.862.6022

taylorcountycofc.com

Thomaston-Upson County

Chamber of Commerce

213 East Gordon Street

PO Box 827

Thomaston, 30286

706.647.9686

thomastonchamber.com

Warm Springs Area

Welcome Center

PO Box 578

Warm Springs, 31830

706.655.3322

warmspringsga.ws

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experiences

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“Gone With The Wind”

The most memorable and widely-recognized American novel was written in Atlanta

and can still be experienced in Georgia today. Although the movie premiered 70

years ago, there is no shortage of exciting experiences and sites in Georgia offering

a peek inside the legendary tale.

Road To Tara Museum

Original props, costume reproductions, complete collectible

plate and doll collections, a foreign edition library and an

extensive photo gallery offer a glimpse into the remarkable

writing of the book and making of the movie, “Gone With

the Wind.” scarlett.com

Stately Oaks Plantation

Built in 1839, this Greek Revival plantation home stands

among several authentic outbuildings. The Bethel One-

Room Schoolhouse, Juddy’s Country Store and the original

Log Kitchen are among the historic buildings within this

complex. Costumed docents delight visitors while educating

them about the historic significance of plantations in the

South along with the importance of the Civil War.

historicaljonesboro.org

“Gone With The Wind” — The Tour

Let your costumed tour guide from Historical & Hysterical

Tours guide you through the streets of Jonesboro – the

Official Home of “Gone With the Wind” – and weave

together the true stories of the people that inspired

Margaret Mitchell to write her Pulitzer-Prize winning novel,

“Gone With the Wind.” scarlett.com

Atlanta Cyclorama

Only three cycloramas (a 360-degree view of a story as a

painting) survive, and Atlanta’s, built in 1921, is considered

the best. Take a stirring journey through time in Atlanta’s

Cyclorama. Sit at the center of a sweeping panorama

of the Battle of Atlanta, fought on July 22, 1864, during

the American Civil War. When you visit the Cyclorama in

Atlanta’s Historic Grant Park you can also see artifacts of

the war displayed in the Civil War Museum and a steam

locomotive known as the Texas, a veteran of the Great

Locomotive Chase of 1862. atlantacyclorama.org

Margaret Mitchell House

Tour the home, which is on the National Register of Historic

Sites, where Margaret Mitchell wrote “Gone With the Wind”

in the 1920’s. You’ll discover how this champion of human

rights came to write the epic Civil War novel that still sells

more than a quarter-million copies each year.

margaretmitchellhouse.com

the marietta “gone with the wind” museum:

scarlett on the square

The museum located in downtown Marietta has an extensive

collection of memorabilia. Step back in time with the

sights and sounds of Atlanta during the Civil War and

Reconstruction as told through the eyes of Scarlett O’Hara

and Rhett Butler. The museum is sure to delight and intrigue

any “Gone With the Wind” fan, from novice to aficionado.

mariettaga.gov/gwtw/

GONE WITH

THE WIND

TRIVIA

The best picture Oscar for

“Gone With the Wind” is in Ted

Turner’s Atlanta office. The

statue came to him when he

acquired MGM Studios in 1986.

“Gone With the Wind” was

not filmed in Atlanta, but the

premiere was held at Atlanta’s

Loew’s Grand Theater on

Peachtree Street. The theater

was made to look like the Twelve

Oaks mansion and featured a

two-story photo of Gable and

Leigh. The Georgia-Pacific

building now is on the site of the

Loew’s Theater.

Nearly 1 million people visited

Atlanta for the premiere on

December 15, 1939.

Margaret Mitchell was apparently

black-balled by the Atlanta

Junior League when she danced

“outrageously” at a party. She

subsequently declined to attend

their ball the night before the

movie’s premiere.

Margaret Mitchell’s original

name for her heroine, Scarlett

O’Hara, was Pansy. She never

expected “Gone With the Wind”

to be published.

Although constantly hounded

by the publishing and film

communities, Mitchell refused to

write a sequel to her novel. She

never published another book.

While crossing the intersection

of Peachtree and 13th streets,

Margaret Mitchell was struck

by a speeding automobile. She

died five days later on August

16, 1949

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Civil War and other sites

around Atlanta that may

interest the “Gone With

the Wind” traveler

Patrick R. Cleburne Confederate

Memorial Cemetery

Clayton County - The final resting place of

Confederate soldiers who fell during the Battle

of Jonesboro. The defeat resulted in the capture

of Atlanta by Gen. W.T. Sherman.

Stone Mountain Park

DeKalb County - Carved on the world’s largest

exposed piece of granite are the faces of

Confederate heroes Robert E. Lee, “Stonewall”

Jackson and Jefferson Davis. Also in the park

is the Antebellum Plantation and Farmyard,

comprised of original buildings built between

1790 and 1845, and representing an authentic,

pre-Civil War Georgia plantation.

stonemountainpark.com

Historic Oakland Cemetery

Downtown Atlanta - Some of Georgia’s most

famous legends are laid to rest in the city’s

oldest and most scenic cemetery. Visit the

grave site of author Margaret Mitchell and

golf legend Bobby Jones. More than 3,000

Confederate soldiers also are buried here.

Walking tours and group tours are available.

oaklandcemetery.com

Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library

Downtown Atlanta - Has a permanent Margaret

Mitchell exhibit on the fifth floor. Across the

street is a monument dedicated to Atlanta’s

most famous author.

afplweb.com

Georgian Terrace

Midtown Atlanta - Margaret Mitchell handed

over her completed manuscript at this Atlanta

landmark hotel, and the party after the

movie’s premiere was held in the ballroom.

thegeorgianterrace.com

Rhodes Hall

Midtown Atlanta - Nine stained-glass

windows are called “The Rise and Fall of the

Confederacy.”

georgiatrust.org

Atlanta History Center

Buckhead Atlanta - Houses one of the nation’s

largest and most-comprehensive exhibits

about the Civil War.

atlantahistorycenter.com

bulloch hall

Roswell - Bulloch Hall is an example of pre-

Civil War Greek revival architecture. Built in

1840, this was the childhood home of Mittie

Bulloch, the mother of President Theodore

Roosevelt.

bullochhall.org

Smith Plantation Home

Roswell - Is an 1845 antebellum home

with still-working outbuildings including a

cookhouse, carriage house, springhouse, barn

and slave cabin.

roswellgov.com

Kennesaw Mountain National

Battlefield Park

Cobb County - The Confederate Army

soundly defeated the Union Army here on

June 27, 1864.

nps.gov/kemo

Southern Museum of Civil War

and Locomotive History

Cobb County - A Confederate conductor’s

chase of the stolen “General” locomotive

almost to Chattanooga is a highlight of this

museum, which also has more than 50,000

Civil War and railroad artifacts. Its affiliation

with the Smithsonian allows for traveling

exhibits throughout the year.

southernmuseum.org

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History & Heritage

Located in the southeastern United States,

Georgia is one of America’s most diverse

states. Georgia is the largest state east of the

Mississippi River, stretching from the Atlantic

Ocean to the Appalachian Mountains.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau (2008),

Georgia’s population is 9,685,744. Atlanta,

Georgia’s capital and largest city developed

as a transportation crossroads and was the

heart of the Old South until it was destroyed in

1865 during the Civil War. Today, the city is the

transportation gateway and home to the busiest

passenger airport in the world. Georgia blends

the best of Old South historic sites and southern

hospitality with new burgeoning business

growth and big city culture.

Presidential Legacy

Southern people, culture, heritage and events

have had an impact on American and World

history through the lives of three former

presidents. Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D.

Roosevelt and Jimmy Carter all have significant

ties to Georgia. Their homes and stories are

found in sites from Augusta to Warm Springs,

Plains to Atlanta.

Georgia’s Civil War

From Chickamauga, the second-bloodiest

battle of the Civil War, to Andersonville,

the most notorious prison camp of the War,

Georgia has a wealth of battlefields, cemeteries,

arsenals, museums, mansions and stories. The

Civil War’s impact on Georgia was greater

than any other event in the state’s history with

some 11,000 Georgians killed and over 100,000

total casualties. The Blue and Gray Trail,

which extends from Chattanooga to Atlanta,

highlights some of the most preserved land and

battle sites of the 1860s.

Educational & Fun

Georgia Aquarium

Atlanta - Experience the world’s largest and

most engaging aquarium. With eight million

gallons of fresh and marine water and more

aquatic life than found in any other aquarium!

georgiaaquarium.org

Tubman African American Museum

Macon - Uncover Harriet Tubman’s remarkable

story at the largest African American museum in

the state. The Tubman Museum represents a key

educational and cultural resource for the state.

tubmanmuseum.com

Southern Museum of Civil War

& Locomotive History

Kennesaw – Take a trip back in time and catch

a glimpse into the daily lives of soldiers during

the Civil War and to even relive the “Great

Locomotive Chase.”

southernmuseum.org

National Science Center’s Fort

Discovery

Augusta – Offers a variety of programs that

emphasize hands-on math, science and

technology experiences.

nscdiscovery.org

Coca-Cola Space Science Center

Columbus - Your flight directors will prepare

you for your space odyssey. Test your talent to

be an astronaut as you master the controls of

the Shuttle or take the helm of the controls in

the launch pad. Experience a simulated mission

in the Challenger Learning Center.

ccssc.org

Georgia Student Travel

Georgia 101

From interactive activities to historical landmarks, you’ll find Georgia is full of educational,

enriching and fun experiences. Bring your history books to life by tracing

the steps of heroes across battlefields of human conflict in both war and in peace.

Did you know Georgia has a presidential legacy? Presidents Jimmy Carter, Franklin

Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson have all called Georgia home, and each of their legacies

are here waiting to be discovered. From the history books to the science books,

Georgia works to expand the minds of its youth.

Civil Rights

From the battlegrounds of the Civil War to civil

rights, Georgia’s place in the epic struggle for

equal rights is second to none. Native Atlantan Dr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. is buried at the King Center

and his birth home is a National Historic Site.

Native American

Travel the scenic route of the Chieftains Trail

through the Appalachian foothills to explore

northwest Georgia’s Native American heritage.

From mysterious rock formations high atop

a wind-swept summit and ceremonial Indian

mounds on the river bank below, to the Chief

Vann House, “showplace of the Cherokee

Nation,” immerse yourself in a time belonging

to three distinct Native cultures: Mississippian,

Creek and Cherokee.

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Inside CNN Studio Tour

Atlanta - Journey into the heart of the world’s

news leader. This 55-minute behind-the-scenes

tour shows you exactly what it takes to deliver

the news available to over 2 billion people

worldwide.

cnn.com/studiotour

Agrirama

Tifton - Georgia’s Museum of Agriculture and

Living History Museum consists of five areas:

a traditional farm community of the 1870s,

an 1890s progressive farmstead, an industrial

sites complex, a rural town, a national peanut

complex, and the Museum of Agriculture Center.

Over 35 structures have been relocated to the

95 acre site and faithfully restored or preserved.

agrirama.com

A Walking Tour of our

Solar System

Gainsville - This tour begins at the Southeast

corner of the Gainesville Downtown Square

(near the courthouse) at the Sun and ends just

past the tennis courts and American flag where

you will come to Pluto and Alpha Centauri.

Call the Gainesville-Hall County Convention

& Visitors Bureau at 770-536-5209 for more

information.

northgeorgiaastronomers.org/scalemodel

booth western art museum

Cartersville - This 120,000 square foot Museum

offers main galleries featuring contemporary

Western American art. Other galleries feature

historic Western art, Civil War art, Presidential

portraits and letters, Western movie posters,

and Western illustration. Sagebrush Ranch is an

interactive gallery where children of all ages can

learn about art and Western America.

boothmuseum.org

Stone Mountain Park

Atlanta - This Park is a green oasis where

families and friends can enjoy the outdoors

together. Listed in Frommer’s 500 Places

to Visit with Your Kids Before They Grow

Up, this five square mile park includes

attractions, entertainment and recreation.

stonemountainpark.com

Six Flags Over Georgia

Atlanta - Looking for thrills? Here you will find

the tallest, fastest and wildest rides in the

Country! (Including a few record-breakers!)

sixflags.com/overGeorgia/

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Atlanta - Home to Dinosaurs! Come face to face

with the world’s largest dinosaurs, discover

Georgia’s natural history, make a cultural

connection, enjoy hands-on exhibits and more!

Don’t miss the incredible 5-story experience of

an IMAX film.

fernbankmuseum.org

New World of Coca-Cola

Atlanta - The new and expanded World has

something for everyone! With a thrilling 4-D

Theater, the world’s largest collection of Coke

memorabilia, a fully functioning bottling line

that produces commemorative 8-ounce bottles

of Coca-Cola, a Pop Culture Gallery and nearly

70 different products to sample you are sure to

please everyone in your group!

worldofcoca-cola.com

Georgia Sea Turtle Center

Jekyll Island - This educational center and

rehabilitation facility offers great opportunities

to learn about endangered sea turtles and

other environmental topics. Activities include

scavenger hunts, turtle walks and tours.

georgiaseaturtlecenter.org

The Center for Wildlife Education and

the Lamar Q Ball Jr. Raptor Center

Statesboro - Located on 5 beautiful acres in

the heart of the Georgia Southern University

Campus, this site provides an opportunity

to view our native raptors in their natural

environment. An amphitheater is used for live

wildlife programs and flight shows.

welcome.georgiasouthern.edu/wildlife

Wild Adventures Theme Park

Valdosta - One of the top 50 Theme Parks in

North America, discover the largest collection

of rides in the South, hundreds of exotic animals,

amazing daily shows, a refreshing water

park, and all-star concerts. Also, make sure to

visit Splash Island Water Park, located inside,

featuring a 20,000 gallon wave pool, a lazy river

and more!

wildadventures.net

tellus: northwest georgia

science museum

Cartersville - Opened on January 12, 2008,

this world class museum is located just north

of Atlanta in Cartersville and is a fun learning

experience for children and adults. Tellus is

the expansion of the Weinman Museum. Come

explore the Earth and search the stars at Tellus.

tellusmuseum.org

okefenokee national wildlife refuge

Folkston - One of the oldest and best

preserved freshwater systems in America

is located in the southern part of the state.

Native Americans called it Okefenoka, meaning

“Land of the Trembling Earth.” Now this place,

where earth, air, fire and water continuously

reform the landscape, is preserved within

the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge,

created in 1936 to protect wildlife and for you

to explore. Guided boat tours take visitors

through cypress forests, historic canals and

open prairies.

fws.gov/okefenokee

national infantry museum and

soldier center

Columbus - This sate-of-the-art immersive

museum will take you through World War I

trenches and Vietnam-like jungles, offering a

fascinating perspective on what it means to

be a U.S. Army infantry soldier. Eight life-like

battle scenes from historical infantry moments

start the tour, preparing you for the six other

in-depth galleries that explain the infantry

experience at different times in history.

nationalinfantrymuseum.com

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A Culinary vacation

Georgia offers many types of culinary specialties unique to our state…

more than just the peaches for which we are known. Whether you

experience a talented local chef, a local winery or a local favorite restaurant

with some specialties of its own, Georgia boasts a culinary

vacation sure to satisfy your appetite. Here are just a few of the group

friendly restaurants we have available for visitors to enjoy!

ATLANTA METRO

Atlanta- Mary Mac’s Tea Room

You don’t have to leave the city for true southern fare. Mary Mac’s sets the standard

for southern cooking in Atlanta. Located at the corner of Ponce de Leon Avenue and

Myrtle Street.

404.876.1800

marymacs.com

Midtown Atlanta – The Varsity

the World’s Largest Drive-In

The Downtown Atlanta location is on more than two acres and can accommodate 600

cars and over 800 people inside. Two miles of hot dogs, a ton of onions, 2500 pounds

of potatoes, 5000 fried pies and 300 gallons of chili are made from scratch daily.

706.790.5411

thevarsity.com

Lawrenceville-Medieval Times

Experience the food and entertainment at Medieval Times. Take a journey back to the

11th Century with fun, feasting and fighting.

medievaltimes.com

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CLASSIC SOUTH

Augusta-Sconyers BBQ

Good BBQ isn’t just for Tennessee, Texas and

Kentucky. Georgia also has what we feel is the

best BBQ around. Visit Sconyers in Augusta to try

some great Georgia BBQ.

706.790.5411

sconyersbar-b-que.com

Augusta – The VerandaH Restaurant,

The Partridge Inn

Long famous for outdoor verandah seating,

enticing menu of Southern favorites, premium

steaks & seafoods, outstanding wines and

perennially award-winning Sunday Brunch

have made The Verandah Grill a favorite dining

destination for locals and Masters champions

alike. The adjacent lounge offers many

delights, including evening martinis and jazz on

Friday and Saturday nights on the verandah.

706.396.2620

partridgeinn.com

Washington – Down Under Restaurant,

The Fitzpatrick Hotel

The concept of the Down Under is very simple:

Great Food, Great Service, Great Ambiance,

Great Prices. The decor is that of the Fitzpatrick

Hotel: elegant, Victorian, with wood panelling

all around and 14' ceilings, yet not stuffy or

overdone. A wonderful place for a casual

to moderately upscale dining experience.

706.678.5900

thefitzpatrickhotel.com

COAST

Savannah - The Lady and Sons

Restaurant

Owned by Food TV’s Paula Deen, The Lady and

Son’s Restaurant serves southern favorites in

beautiful historic Savannah. Reservations are

recommended for large groups.

912.233.2600

ladyandsons.com

Savannah - Mrs.Wilkes Dining Room

At 11 o’clock, the doors of 107 open and the

lunch crowd finds seats at one of the large

tables-for-ten shared by strangers. Tabletops

are crowded with platters of fried chicken

and cornbread dressing, sweet potato souffle,

black-eyed peas, okra gumbo, corn muffins

and biscuits. The menu changes daily so

regulars can have something different every

day. Stop by and enjoy the special pleasure of

a meal shared with neighbors and strangers.

912.232.5997

mrswilkes.com

St. Simons Island – Crabdaddy’s

The Williams family wanted a restaurant that

provides down home hospitality combined

with Southern charm unique here in the Golden

Isles. Crabdaddy’s not only fulfills this dream

but provides the finest selection of grilled,

blackened, steamed or fried seafood and steaks

in the Southeast.

912.634.1120

crabdaddysseafood.com

HISTORIC HEARTLAND

Social Circle-Blue Willow Inn

and Village

Whether dressing for the theatre or casually

touring the area, you are invited to enjoy the

Blue Willow’s Southern feast. No one is allowed

to leave hungry after feasting on a variety of

Southern salads, meats, vegetables, breads

and desserts. Along with your meal, enjoy

sweetened iced tea, the “Champagne of the

South,” and lemonade.

770.464.2131

bluewillowinn.com

Macon – Tic Toc Room

Elegant casual dining in the heart of historic

downtown Macon featuring modern Southern

fare, piano bar with baby grand piano and live

entertainment. Little Richard, James Brown and

Otis Redding all performed at this original site

of Anne’s Tic Toc.

478.744.0123

Athens – Five and Ten

Chef-Owner Hugh Acheson, hailed by James

Beard and Food + Wine magazine, serves

seasonal delicacies that merge soul food

with Old World cuisine. The Atlanta Journal-

Constitution’s Restaurant of the Year 2007

is an inspired choice for an on-your-own

evening meal or for smaller groups looking

for a memorable fine dining experience.

706.546.7300

fiveandten.com

HISTORIC HIGH COUNTRY

Blue Ridge- Mercier Orchard

Mercier Orchard, located in Blue Ridge, GA is a

favorite for individuals and groups alike. Open

year round with goodies from the bakery and

restaurant. Various apple varieties available all

year; shopping includes several vendors located

in the gift shop.

706.632.3411

mercier-orchards.com

Cartersville - Moore’s

Gourmet Market

Enjoy a generous helping of gourmet style

Southern cuisine while dining in a quaint upscale

country store setting nestled in Historic

Cartersville’s residential district.

770.387.0059

Adairsville - Maggie Mae’s in the

1902 Stock Exchange building in

Historic Downtown Adairsville

This 1902 turn-of-the Century Gallery, formally

N.C. Anderson Stock Exchange, welcomes

patrons to Maggie Mae’s Tea Room and Public

Square Opera House…a living history dinner

theatre, featuring an Antebellum feast and

entertaining performances, 1800’s style.

770.773.1902

MAGNOLIA MIDLANDS

Metter - Jo Max BBQ

Visit Jo Max off Interstate 16 in Metter to try

some of the best beef and pork BBQ in Georgia.

Jo Max also features traditional sides like hearty

Brunswick stew and creamy potato salad.

912.685.3636

Uvalda - Benton Lee’s Steakhouse

If you’re in the mood for a grilled to order

steak, and a big one at that, you don’t want

to miss Benton Lee’s Steakhouse. Located

on the mighty Altamaha, Benton Lee’s has a

reputation of enormous steaks, great sides and

great prices.

912.594.6751

bentonleessteakhouse.com

Sylvania - R&D’s Seafood,

Steaks and More

One of the best buffets in Southeast Georgia,

R&D’s has a wide offering of classic southern

favorites like fried chicken, pork chops, neck

bone and rice, vegetables and more. For dinner,

their outstanding steaks and seafood are a true

crowd pleaser.

912.564.7146

NORTHEAST GEORGIA MOUNTAINS

Dillard - Dillard House

Enjoy a southern family style meal at the

picturesque Dillard House Restaurant in Dillard,

Georgia. While staying at the Dillard House Inn,

you won’t want to miss the elaborate breakfast

featuring fresh baked pastries, breakfast meats

and specialty meats, eggs, gravy, homemade

preserves and jams, fresh berries and more.

706.746.5393

dillardhouse.com

Dahlonega- Smith House

This family style southern cuisine will make you

wonder who made it better…Smith House or

grandmama?

706.867.7000

smithhouse.com

PRESIDENTIAL PATHWAYS

Plains - Mom’s Kitchen

“Mom” herself will treat you like family and cook

up one of the best southern-style meals you

have ever mopped up with a biscuit! Its one of

Jimmy Carter’s favorites!

229.824.5458

Montezuma - Yoder’s Deitsch Haus

Restaurant

A Mennonite owned and operated restaurant

that serves up good, down home country

style cookin’ with plenty of everything.

478.472.2024

Columbus – Dinglewood Pharmacy

A local favorite…you have got to try their

famous scrambled hot dog which is a wiener

sliced and then topped with chili, oyster

crackers and pickles!

706.322.0616

PLANTATION TRACE

Thomasville - Granddaddy’s Barbeque

There’s nothing like Southern barbeque enjoyed

in a screened-in porch. 2128 Smith Avenue.

229.225.9500

granddaddysbarbeque.com

Thomasville – Market Diner

Enjoy a classic Southern buffet of fried chicken

and fresh vegetables right from the Farmer’s

Market.

229.225.1777

FORT GAINES - BIG BAD WOLF SALOON

Relaxed local eatery and neighborhood bar.

Have a great lunch and tour the Sutton’s Corner

Museum. Say hello to “Jack.”

229.768.2462

bigbadwolfsaloon.com

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THE CIVIL WAR IN GEORGIA

The Civil War’s impact on Georgia was greater than any other event in the state’s

history with some 11,000 Georgians killed and over 100,000 total casualties. Visit

Georgia’s Civil War battlefields and notable sites and travel back to a monumental

time in American history. You can almost hear the guns of a divided nation as you

explore our Civil War heritage. In the shadows of Union and Confederate soldiers,

you can walk hidden trails, view earthen fortifications, visit pristine battlefields or

pay silent homage where the Blue and the Gray rest together as comrades of history.

Begin your tour in the northern most corner

of Georgia at Chickamauga Battlefield Park.

Chickamauga was the second bloodiest battle

of the Civil War, after Gettysburg, with 34,000

Union and Confederate casualties. Audio tours

are available of the 5,000 acre park.

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

is the most complete battlefield of the 1864

Atlanta Campaign. A short history film and tours

are available, as well as picnicking areas, hiking

trails and recreation areas.

The Southern Museum of Civil War and

Locomotive History in Kennesaw has three

impressive permanent collections including

one that gives you a glimpse into the daily lives

of Americans during the Civil War. Part of the

Smithsonian Affiliations Program, this is a not to

be missed museum.

The Atlanta History Center’s exceptional

museum collection includes thousands of

items that tell the story of Atlanta, the state of

Georgia and the South. Explore the stories of

both Confederate and Federal soldiers, along

with the heartache and hope of loved ones at

home, from the beginnings of the crisis through

the time of rebuilding.

A 20-acre portion of Oakland Cemetery is

home to the Civil War dead. This central area of

Oakland inters nearly 3,000 Confederate and 16

Union soldiers. Generals John B. Gordon, Alfred

Everson, Jr. and Clement A. Evans are buried

in the Confederate Section. Lucius J. Gartrell

and William S. Walker are buried at Oakland

on family lots. The Lion of Atlanta rests over

an undetermined number of unknown soldiers

buried beneath.

The Atlanta Cyclorama boasts the world’s

largest painting of the Battle of Atlanta.

Accompanied by music, lighting, sound effects

and narration, the painting brings to life the

story of the famous battle. This is the longestrunning

cyclorama in the country.

Pickett’s Mill, in Dallas, is one of the best

preserved Civil War battlefields in the nation.

Visitors can travel roads used by Federal and

Confederate troops, see earthworks constructed

and walk through the same ravine where hundreds

died.

Head to Columbus and visit the Port Columbus

National Civil War Museum, which features

40,000 square feet of exhibits dealing with

the Civil War at sea. Remains of two original

Civil War Confederate Navy ships anchor the

displays along with full sized reconstructions of

parts of three other famous ships including the

USS Monitor. Visitors get to enter a full sized

ironclad ship and experience a combat scene

from the inside of the nation’s only Civil War

ironclad combat simulator.

For an unforgettable experience visit the

Andersonville National Historic Site near

Americus. This was one of the largest of many

Confederate military prisons established during the Civil

War. It was built early in 1864 after Confederate officials

decided to move the large number of Federal prisoners

kept in and around Richmond, Virginia to a place of

greater security and a more abundant food supply. During

the 14 months the prison existed, more than 45,000

Union soldiers were confined here. Of these, almost

13,000 died from disease, poor sanitation, malnutrition,

overcrowding or exposure to the elements. While here,

be sure and visit the National POW Museum. They are

both unforgettable.

On May 10, 1865, about a mile from the little town of

Irwinville at the Jefferson Davis Memorial State Historic

Site, federal troops captured confederate President

Jefferson Davis. With his arrest on that spring morning,

the government of the Confederate States of America

ceased to exist. Today, a monument marks the spot

where Jefferson Davis was arrested. Visitors can tour

the 13-acre historic site that includes a museum built by

the WPA in 1939, a quarter mile nature trail, picnic tables

and a group shelter. The site staff offers guided tours of

the capture site along with special presentations by site

volunteers and period re-enactors.

The Blue and Gray Museum in Fitzgerald tells the heartwarming

story of how Yankee and Confederate Veterans

created Georgia’s City of Harmony by settling side by

side after the war. It mirrors the history of Fitzgerald and

showcases a rare collection of Civil War relics and artifacts.

The revised Blue and Gray offers a unique way to

honor America’s Veterans from 1860 to the present.

Head over to the Fort McAllister State Park in Richmond

Hill near Savannah, the home of the best preserved

earthwork fortification of the Confederacy. The sand and

mud earthworks were attacked seven times by Union

ironclads but did not fall until captured in 1864 by Gen.

William T. Sherman during his infamous March to the Sea.

Named for that gallant Pole Gen. Casimir Pulaski who lost

his life in the unsuccessful siege of Savannah in 1779, Fort

Pulaski National Monument was built between 1829 and

the mid-1840’s on Cockspur Island to guard the sea-approach

to Savannah. Occupied by Confederate troops in

1861, the fort fell to Union forces in April 1862 when they

overcame it with rifled cannon, the first used in warfare.

CIVIL WAR Trails

ANDERSONVILLE TRAIL

A 90 mile sightseeing loop off I-75

in Southwest Georgia highlighting

Andersonville Confederate Prison

site, Andersonville Civil War Village,

Jimmy Carter’s Hometown of Plains

and Habitat for Humanity’s Global

Village and Discovery Center. This

trail rich in history offers an important

collection of American history

sites, including the cornerstone,

Andersonville, the National memorial

to all American POWs.

ANTEBELLUM TRAIL

This 100-mile trek takes you through

seven communities in central Georgia

that virtually escaped General

Sherman’s March to the Sea. Visit

Milledgeville, the former capital

city, for a tour of the stately Old

Governor’s Mansion. Tour the Hay

House, a National Historic Landmark

in Macon, glimpse the covered bridge

in Watkinsville and see the unique

double barreled cannon in Athens.

antebellumtrail.org

CHICKAMAUGA CAMPAIGN

HERITAGE TRAIL

The Battle of Chickamauga, fought

September 18-20, 1863, marked the

end of a Union offensive in southcentral

Tennessee and northwestern

Georgia called the Chickamauga

Campaign. The battle was the most

significant Union defeat in the Western

Theater of the American Civil

War. The Chickamauga Campaign

Trail follows the troops movements

through four north-west Georgia

counties.

chickamaugacampaign.org

BLUE AND GRAY TRAIL

The roads through northwest Georgia,

from Chattanooga to Atlanta,

follow the paths of some of the most

dramatic events in the Civil War and

include more than 60 battlefields,

national parks, historic sites and

museums. Here lies the route of “The

Great Locomotive Chase” of 1862

and the site of the second largest

battle of the war and the first battlefield

to be designated a National

Military Park at Chickamauga.

blueandgraytrail.com

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Georgia outdoor Adventures

Awaiting you in Georgia are exciting outdoor adventures such as hiking, hanggliding,

mountain biking and white-water rafting. From our picturesque beaches

and world-renown golf courses to mystical mountains, lakes and rivers, Georgia’s

borders encompass some of the country’s most diverse and beautiful landscapes

offering a variety of eco-friendly outdoor adventures for everyone.

this trail or walk the variety of habitats in this area of

shorelines, salt marshes, old rice fields, woodlands,

tidal rivers and freshwater wetlands.

For your next cycling adventure, discover why cycling

enthusiasts from around the globe come to Georgia

to experience our worldclass cycling. For cyclists

who want to be their best and get the most out of

their ride, visit Georgia and experience our diverse

geography from steep mountain peaks to scenic

coastal flatlands.

Outdoor Activities

Georgia State Parks offer 63 sites including 45

state parks, three state historic parks and 15

historic sites, stretching from the Blue Ridge

Mountains to the Colonial Coast. Together, the

parks and sites have an exceptional variety of

geography and history, including mountains,

canyons, forests, fields, marshes, waterfalls,

lakes, swamps, rivers, battlefields, historic homes

and Native American settlements.

Explore woodlands, wetlands, islands and

swamps in the beautiful Georgia backcountry

that’s any outdoor lover’s dream. Hiking

adventurers are drawn to Georgia for our wide

variety of landscapes providing everything from

challenging mountain climbs to relaxing nature

trails. With options like the Appalachian and

Bartram trails and beautiful destinations like the

awe-inspiring Amicalola Falls and Brasstown

Bald, Georgia’s Mountain region is filled with an

exciting variety of peaks, valleys, rolling hills and

wide plateaus.

Georgia is a water wonderland with a vast

system of rivers, lakes, wetland marsh, coast and

even a swamp, offering many opportunities for

you to raft, paddle and tube in Georgia. The state

is sprinkled with pristine environments such as

the swamp at the Okefenokee National Wildlife

Refuge, one of the oldest freshwater areas in the

country. In north Georgia, the Chattooga River,

Georgia’s only nationally designated “Wild &

Scenic” river, offers class III to class V whitewater

rafting. In south Georgia, the Altamaha River

Trail, just over 100 miles long, is formed by the

confluence of the Ocmulgee and Oconee Rivers.

Bird enthusiasts can’t miss a trek along the

Colonial Coast Birding Trail. Discover the more

than 300 species of birds that are spotted along

Georgia offers some of the most diverse fishing

opportunities in the Southeast. Whether it’s fly

fishing, deep sea fishing or the unending quest for

the next world record bass, Georgia’s 500,000 acres

of reservoirs and over 12,000 miles of warm water

streams give everyone the opportunity to GO FISH.

Natural Wonders of Georgia

altamaha River – Just over 100 miles long, the

Altamaha River is the largest river system east of

the Mississippi. It has been designated by the Nature

Conservancy as one of the 75 “Last Great Places” in

the world.

Augusta Canal – Built in 1845 as a source of

power, water and transportation, it is Georgia’s only

designated National Heritage Area and the nation’s

only industrial power canal still in use for its original

purpose.

Okefenokee Swamp – The Okefenokee Swamp is

one of the oldest and most well-preserved freshwater

areas in America. It is a National Wildlife Refuge that

covers nearly a half million acres containing numerous

islands and lakes, along with vast areas of nonforested

habitat. Native Americans named the area

“Okefenokee” meaning “Land of the Trembling Earth.”

Amicolola Falls – At 729 feet tall, Amicolola Falls

is the highest cascading waterfall east of the

Mississippi River.

Providence Canyon – Known as Georgia’s “Little

Grand Canyon.”

Tallulah Falls – At 1,100 feet, it is the oldest

natural gorge in the United States and is second in

depth to the Grand Canyon. The longest of Tallulah’s

three waterfalls plunges 700 feet to the canyon floor.

Warm Springs – One of Georgia’s seven known

warm springs, Warm Springs has the largest water

flow, up to 914 gallons per minute, and an average

temperature of 88 degrees year round. In 1924,

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt visited Warm

Springs and discovered the benefits of hydrotherapy

for polio patients.

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Georgia is where you can experience Dr. Martin

Luther King, Jr.’s dream of equality, peace and

prosperity for all, a dream that earned him the

1964 Nobel Peace Prize. The Martin Luther King,

Jr. National Historic Site commemorates the area

of Atlanta where Dr. King was born and raised.

Tour Dr. King’s historic birth home and visit the

famed Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Dr. King

was baptized and later served as co-pastor.

Known as the “Sweet Auburn” district, this

neighborhood was the center of the city’s black

community prior to desegregation and served

as a focal point in the Civil Rights Movement.

Established in 1773, the First African Baptist

Church in Savannah is the oldest independent

black church in North America. Visit the current

structure, erected in 1859 with stained glass

windows of African American figures, and discover

the beauty and history of this landmark.

Savannah, known for its cotton warehouses and

elegant architecture, remains a place where

wide streets and lush green squares invite you

to walk through the nation’s largest registered

Urban Historic Landmark District.

Uncover Harriet Tubman’s remarkable story

at the Tubman African American Museum in

Macon, the largest African American museum in

the state. Visit the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of

Black History in Augusta, which utilizes art and

history to present the life and legacy of Lucy

Craft Laney, a Georgia educator.

In southwest Georgia, visit the Albany Civil

Rights Movement Museum, located in the historic

Freedom District of Downtown. The museum

chronicles Albany and its role in the Civil

Rights Movement in the 1960s. Be sure to take

in the Thomasville Black Heritage Trail Tour.

This venue honors Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper, a

Thomasville native who, in 1877, became the first

African American to graduate from the United

States Military Academy at West Point.

Noble Hill-Wheeler Memorial Center

Cartersville - Built in 1923, this was the first

school in northwest GA specifically dedicated

to the education of African American children.

noblehillwheelercom

The Atlanta History Center

Atlanta - Explore the Tullie Smith Farm

featuring a restored 1840s Yoeman Farm

with outbuildings, a cabin and slave garden

exploring the African American experience in

19th Century Northern Georgia.

atlantahistorycenter.com

Underground Atlanta

Atlanta - “From Civil War to Civil Rights:” This

guided walking tour lasts approximately 45

minutes. A historian will lead your group of 11

different historical sites, noting facts and interesting

tidbits on the history of Underground

and the city of Atlanta.

underground-atlanta.com

Hot Corner

Athens - The corner of Washington and Hull

Streets in Athens was an early center of black

commerce, including the dental offices of Ida

May Hiram, the first African American woman to

pass the Georgia Dental Board exams. Also here

is the The Morton Theatre, one of the oldest

surviving vaudeville theatres built, owned and

operated by African American Monroe Bowers

“Pink” Morton. The theatre hosted such notables

as Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Bessie Smith

and Louis Armstrong. Morton was laid to rest at

Gospel Pilgrim Cemetery which can be found on

the National Park Service’s National Register of

Historic Places.

visitathensga.com

Georgia’s African American Heritage

Discover a state deeply rooted in African American heritage, culture and history.

Georgia is where many battles for equal rights began in America. From the early

coastal slave settlements to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, threads of

Georgia’s vibrant heritage are woven throughout the state into a tapestry of arts

and music, dynamic leaders, enduring icons and rich spirit.

other African American

heritage sites around Georgia

Emery Center

Dalton - The site of Dalton’s first public school

building, this was built in 1886 to address the

educational needs of African American children

between the ages of seven and sixteen.

daltoncvb.com/africanamericans.html

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Famous

Georgians

Morgan County

African-American Museum

Madison - An institution dedicated to

preserving African American heritage and

promoting awareness of the contributions of

African Americans to the culture of the south.

mcaam.org

Lucy Craft Laney Museum

of Black History

Augusta - The Lucy Craft Laney Museum is the

only African-American Museum in the Central

Savannah River Area. The museum, which

opened in 1991, is a small house museum that

was the former home of Miss Lucy Craft Laney.

Ms. Lucy Craft has gone down in history as

one of the state of Georgia’s most influential

educational leaders.

lucycraftlaneymuseum.com

Springfield Baptist Church and Park

Augusta - The oldest African American

Baptist Church in the nation with continuous

service, it is also the founding home of

Morehouse College. 706.724.1056

Columbus Black History Museum

Columbus - Offering multimedia, authentic

historical items, displays, documents and

photos. Lectures and tours available.

columbusblackhistory.com

Horace King, Master Bridge Builder

and Architect

LaGrange - Former slave who built covered

bridges and other structures in Georgia and

Alabama is buried in LaGrange. The Troup

County Archives contain much information

about him and his family. Also, visit the Horace

King historic marker on King Street.

trouparchives.org

Ray Charles Statue

Albany - A revolving, lighted bronze statue of

Ray Charles sits in the middle of the downtown

plaza. Charles was born in Albany in 1930 and

his version ofGeorgia On My Mind” was made

the official state song in 1979.

albanyga.com

Jack Hadley Black History Museum

Thomasville - James “Jack” Hadley was an avid

collector and curator of Black History Memorabilia.

His collection traces Black American history

from pre-slavery to the present.

jackhadleyblackhistorymuseum.com

Hog Hammock Community on

Sapelo Island

Sapelo Island - This community is the last intact

Geechee/Gullah community in the Sea Islands of

Georgia and comprises direct descendants of slaves

brought to Sapelo Island in 1802.

gastateparks.org/info/sapelo

Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum

Savannah - Take the time to walk back into the era

of segregation in Savannah. This museum chronicles

the civil rights struggle of Georgia’s oldest African

American community from slavery to present.

savcivilrights.com

The King – Tisdell Cottage

Savannah - This cottage is an African American

heritage museum named for its African American

owners, Eugene and Sarah King and Robert Tisdell.

This museum of African-American Savannah and the

Sea Islands is owned and operated by the King-Tisdell

Cottage Foundation, which also owns and operates the

Negro Heritage Trail Tours and the Beach Institute on

the corner of Price and Harris Streets.

kingtisdell.org

As you continue to educate yourself

on Georgia’s historic past, you’ll

learn many prominent African

Americans hail from Georgia,

including Jackie Robinson, Andrew

Young, Harriet Tubman, James

Brown and many more. Like

Georgia, they represent a spirit and

desire to overcome adversity and

achieve the highest level of success.

Arts & Culture

From Atlanta to Savannah and from

Athens to Columbus, a variety of

places and events tell the African

American story in the Peach

State. See magnificent theaters

and museums, unique galleries

and experience the rich musical

history in Georgia’s thriving arts &

cultural scene. Scenic back roads tie

visitors to Georgia’s past, guiding

them through colorful countryside

and picturesque main streets. The

National Black Arts Festival in

Atlanta, Sapelo Island Cultural Day,

Sea Islands Black Heritage Festival,

Black Heritage Festival of Southwest

Georgia in Thomasville and the

Gathering at Geechee Kunda in

Riceboro are just a sampling of

annual events across the state.

GullaH/Geechee

Culture

Museum of Aviation

Warner Robbins - Featuring an Air Force 50th

Anniversary exhibit, “America’s Black Eagles –

the Tuskegee Pioneers…and Beyond,” built to

recognize the Tuskegee Airmen of WWII and the

achievements of black Americans in aviation.

museumofaviation.org

Okefenokee Heritage Center

“From These Roots”

Waycross - A black heritage exhibition focusing

on the contributions African Americans made to

this community.

okefenokeeheritagecenter.org

Seabrook Village

Midway - An African American turn-of-thecentury

community and Dorcester Academy

National Historic Place, Seabrook Village was

founded after the Civil War as a school for

freed slaves.

seabrookvillage.org

In 2006, Congress designated

the barrier islands and costal regions

along the Atlantic Ocean

as the Gullah/Geechee Heritage

Corridor. The corridor spans the

coast through four states: North

Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia

and Florida. Sapelo Island, one of

Georgia’s barrier islands, is home to

the Hog Hammock Gullah /Geechee

community. Only accessible by

ferry, this Gullah/Geechee community

descends from slaves brought

to the island in 1802. The ruins of

Chocolate Plantation, founded

in the early 1800s, still stand on

Sapelo Island today.

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Moonlight and Magnolias

Georgia is in full bloom with public gardens, estates, resorts

and garden festivals. From her state flower, the beautiful

Cherokee rose, to thriving azaleas, rainbows of flowers erupt

across mountains, plains and the sandy coastline. The Peach

State’s impressive gardening pedigree includes the Ladies’

Garden Club of Athens, the very first garden club in America.

There is a blooming surprise around every corner in the

elegant Atlanta Botanical Garden. Take a journey through

Georgia and discover gardening destinations and events that

delight the master gardener and inquisitive hobbyist alike.

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Begin to stir your senses with a tour of

Barnsley Gardens in Georgia’s Historic High

Country Travel region. Barnsley Gardens,

located just off I-75 in Adairsville, is the

estate of Godfrey Barnsley, an Englishman

who became one of the ten most affluent

men in the South. He carved this estate from

Cherokee wilderness in the early 1840’s.

Today Barnsley’s dream is a luxurious resort

where groups can tour enchanting gardens

inspired by Andrew Jackson Downing and

ruins of the old manor house.

Head south on I-75 to the Atlanta Botanical

Gardens and stroll through the 30 acres of

gardens and woodlands where you can view

one of the world’s largest orchid collections.

Then enjoy lunch with your group at the

Garden Café.

Take a southern swing on I-85 to LaGrange

and visit Hills and Dales, the estate home of

the late Fuller E. Callaway, Sr. and his wife

Ida. The mansion overlooks Ferrell Gardens

that were started in the mid-1800’s. The

Callaways expanded the original gardens,

and visitors today can tour the magnificent

1916 estate and gardens before heading

south on US highway 27 to another Callaway

family legacy, Callaway Gardens in Pine

Mountain. Virginia Hand Callaway, an avid

horticulturalist, was instrumental in designing

the original gardens and bringing their

development to fruition. Callaway Gardens

opened in 1952 and still dazzles visitors

today with magnificent banks of azaleas,

a butterfly sanctuary, resort style lodging,

championship golf and inviting lakes.

South Georgia is the home of Thomasville,

known as the “Rose City,” where the

wealthy wintered in the early 1900’s. Visit

the Thomasville Rose Garden, featuring

more than 500 prize winning rosebushes.

After your tour have lunch in downtown

Thomasville, one of the “Great American

Main Street Cities.” The Thomasville Rose

Festival was picked as one of American Bus

Association’s Top 100 Events.

Just off I-75 visit Massee Lane Gardens,

home of the American Camellia Society.

Stroll through the rose garden, the

environmental garden, the Japanese garden

and the sculpture display. Massee Lane

Gardens features some of the World’s finest

camellias.

Travel east to Milledgeville and visit the Lockerly

Hall and Arboretum. The Arboretum, home to

over 3,000 kinds of plants from around the

world, is a fifty acre living museum with outdoor

and indoor classrooms.

Take the Antebellum Trail (highway 441 north)

from Milledgeville to Athens, home of the State

Botanical Gardens of Georgia. Here you will find

a dazzling three-story tropical conservatory

that dominates this 313-acre preserve. After

your guided tour, stay and enjoy lunch at the

café located at the gardens.

Take highway 441 north from Athens to highway

76 in Clayton and continue on highway 76 to

Hiawassee where you can take in the beauty of

more than 3,000 rhododendrons, azaleas and

wildflowers at the Fred Hamilton Rhododendron

Garden.

Augusta, the Garden City, is where you

can tour 8 acres of gardens at the Augusta

Botanical Gardens located along the Riverwalk

in downtown. After your tour have lunch in

one of the unique restaurants along Augusta’s

Riverwalk.

Head south on Highway 25 to Statesboro and

visit the Georgia Southern Botanical Gardens

centered on an early 20th century farmstead.

Georgia Southern Botanical Garden offers

visitors a unique view of the cultural and natural

heritage of the southeastern coastal plain, an

area rich in unique and endangered plants.

The Garden’s nearly 11 acre site, located in

the middle of the growing city of Statesboro,

includes walking woodland trails, the Bland

Cottage Visitor Center, Heritage Garden, Rose

Arbor, Children’s Vegetable Garden, Camellia

Garden, Native Plant Landscape Garden, Native

Azalea Collection and Bog Garden.

Depart Statesboro and travel to Metter where

you will visit Guido Gardens. The Guido Gardens

feature sparkling waterfalls, shimmering

fountains, babbling brooks, lovely gazebos,

inspiring music and a beautiful Prayer Chapel.

Adjacent to the Guido Gardens is the Sower

Studio, production home of the world-wide

Sower Broadcasts. Visitors can take guided

tours of the Sower Studio. After your tour, make

sure to stop at one of the local soda shops in

the downtown area for an old fashioned lunch

complete with a delicious handspun milkshake!

Depart Metter for Savannah and visit the

Chatham County Garden Center and Botanical

Gardens featuring beautiful gardens and an

1840’s farmhouse located on 10 acres in south

Savannah. After your visit, take a relaxing stroll

through the beautiful downtown city parks and

historic squares.

Georgia’s mild climate and varied regions are

rich in gardening opportunities, each distinctly

defined by differences in elevation, climate, soil

and natural vegetation.

FLOWER FESTIVALS

Festival of Camellias, Fort Valley

Forsythia Festival, Forsyth

Valdosta Azalea Festival, Valdosta

Cherry Blossom Festival, Macon

Atlanta Dogwood Festival, Atlanta

Thomasville Rose Festival, Thomasville

Sacred Heart Garden Festival, Augusta

Geranium Festival, McDonough

Yellow Daisy Festival, Atlanta

For more Flower Festivals in Georga,

visit ExploreGeorgia.org

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lights, Camera, Action

Since 1973, Georgia has served as a backdrop for more than 700 major motion

pictures, indie features and television series. Visitors can see where movie and

television history was made all across the state.

Day one

Start your tour of Georgia made movies in

Atlanta. The city of Atlanta has doubled as New

York City in “The Fighting Temptations,” and

“Sweet Home Alabama.” Stop by The Hebrew

Benevolent Congregation Temple to see where

Morgan Freeman drives Jessica Tandy to “The

Temple” in the Academy Award winning Best

Picture “Driving Miss Daisy.”

Take a trip to The Tabernacle, a former church

turned concert venue, used for the Beyonce

Knowles, Cuba Gooding, Jr. feature “The

Fighting Temptations,” as well as the home of

the Democratic National Convention in HBO’s

Emmy Award Winning “Warm Springs,”

Piedmont Park is your next stop. This beautiful

85 acre park was seen in the 2004 film “The

Clearing” starring Robert Redford, Willem Defoe

and Helen Mirren.

After your trip to Piedmont Park, head over to

The High Museum of Art. The 135,000 square

foot building was chosen to be the perfect

insane asylum for Hannibal Lecter in 1986’s

“Manhunter,” the prequel to “Silence of the

Lambs.”

Day two

Day two takes you to Decatur for a day filled

with movie memories. A ten minute drive from

downtown Atlanta, Decatur has been home

to plenty of filmmaking. The picturesque

Adams Street houses can be seen in the Denzel

Washington film “Remember the Titans.”

A visit to Agnes Scott College reveals the set

of both “Scream II,” as well as Alan Alda’s “The

Four Seasons.”

The nearby Druid Hills neighborhood was also

home to Jessica Tandy’s character in “Driving

Miss Daisy.” The opening and closing scenes

of “Remember the Titans” take place at the

Decatur Cemetery. The Emory University

campus was used for the 2000 film “Road Trip”

as well as for the graduation scenes in the Sean

Penn directed 2007 project “Into the Wild.”

Day three

Head south towards the Georgia Coast. Along

the way, visit the Jasper County Courthouse in

Monticello. It is famous for its scenes in the 1991

Joe Pesci, Marisa Tomei, Ralph Machio film “My

Cousin Vinny.”

You can’t even talk about Georgia film locations

without mentioning Juliette and the film that put

the town on the map- “Fried Green Tomatoes.”

In 1991, Juliette was a kudzu covered town

with only one business remaining. Today, it is

a thriving homage to its film career—from the

Whistle Stop Café to the dozen or so antiques

and “Fried Green Tomatoes” memorabilia stores,

it is well worth a trip to spend a day.

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Day four

Continue your trip to Savannah. No list of

Georgia movies is complete without mention

of Savannah and “Midnight in the Garden of

Good and Evil.” Over 85 films have been shot

in Savannah, but “Midnight in the Garden of

Good and Evil” has had the biggest impact

on the city. Visit the Mercer-Williams House

Museum which served as the scene of the story’s

pivotal murder, both in real life and the movie.

After a visit to the famed house stop in to the

“garden,” Bonaventure Cemetery where several

famous Savannah residents are buried, including

characters from “Midnight in the Garden of Good

and Evil.”

On the Hull Street side of Chippewa Square, one

will see the original backdrop for the bench

“Forrest Gump” sits on while recounting his

amazing life to anyone who will listen. The bench

is no longer there, but it is now housed at the

Savannah History Museum. Have a meal at Love’s

Seafood Restaurant, which was featured in the

1993 hit. Love’s is located on the banks of the

beautiful Ogeechee River.

While you walk the streets of the historic district,

keep in mind that Robert Redford rolled back

the clock to the 1930’s in the historic city market

area on West Congress for the golf film “The

Legend of Baggar Vance,” starring Matt Damon,

Will Smith and Charlize Theron.

Day five

Savannah’s Roundhouse Railroad Museum, a

National Historic Landmark since 1978, was used

in filming the movie “Glory” in 1988. Thirteen

of the original structures survive, including the

blacksmith shop and the brick mason shop.

The tree-lined drive up to Wormsloe Plantation

at 7601 Skidaway Road was featured in the John

Travolta, Madeline Stowe film “The General’s

Daughter.”

Day six and seven

Savannah is not the only coastal town that has

hosted film projects. Make your way down the

100 miles of picturesque Georgia coastline to

Brunswick and the Golden Isles of Jekyll Island,

St. Simons Island, Sea Island and Little St. Simons

Island. Spend the next two days exploring these

enchanted islands where movies such as “The

Legend of Baggar Vance,” “Glory,” “Roots” and

the Jon Voight film “Conrack” were shot.

Behind the scenes movie tour

Monticello - Relive a scene from “My Cousin

Vinny” and meet some of the locals who were

extras in the film. Contact the Monticello-Jefferson

County Chamber of commerce in advance to

schedule a visit.

historicmonticello.com

made in

georgia:

Just a sampling of films and TV

productions...

Movies (1973 – 2010):

• Deliverance

• Smokey and the Bandit

• The Big Chill

• Driving Miss Daisy

• My Cousin Vinny

• Fried Green Tomatoes

• Forrest Gump

• Midnight in the Garden of

Good and Evil

• Sweet Home Alabama

• The Fighting Temptations

• Diary of a Mad Black Woman

• Stomp the Yard

• We Are Marshall

• ATL

• Madea’s Family Reunion

• The Joneses

• Zombieland

• Get Low

• Due Date

• The Blind Side

• The Last Song

TV Series (1979 – 2010):

• Dukes of Hazard

• In the Heat of the Night

• House of Payne

• Meet the Browns

• Alton Brown’s Good Eats

• Paula Deen’s Home Cooking

• Paula Deen’s Party

• The Vampire Diaries

• Drop Dead Diva

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Georgia music on my mind

Georgia’s musical talents have influenced generations of musicians and can be

heard around the world. The music scene in Georgia is vibrant, growing and full

of history. From musical legends to those still climbing the charts, you’ll find

a community of artists and venues in Georgia like no other. With roots in jazz,

swing, R&B, country, gospel, rock and roll, hip-hop and more, you will experience

our impressive musical traditions and the third largest music recording industry

in the nation.

Explore Atlanta, Macon, Albany, Augusta,

Savannah and Athens and enjoy the sights and

sounds of our vibrant and thriving music scene.

Follow the footsteps of the hundreds of Georgia

artists, songwriters and producers who have

shaped American music. You will learn that

Georgia’s music industry is among the largest

and most diverse in the nation.

Atlanta’s Fox Theatre is one of the country’s best

preserved performance venues and has been

designated a National Historic Landmark. Visit

the Tabernacle once a Baptist Church and now

operated by Live Nation, the world’s largest live

music company. If the B-52’s song “Love Shack”

were to ever find a permanent home, Atlanta’s

Hard Rock Cafe would be the place. With its

southern charm and renowned hospitality, this

location truly gives meaning to the restaurant’s

“Love All Serve All” motto. Situated in downtown

Atlanta’s Cornerstone Building, Hard Rock Café

Atlanta could be considered a cornerstone of

southern rock. ‘Gladys Knight and Ron Winans’

Chicken & Waffles offers the best in southern

cuisine. Founded by the one and only American

R&B/soul singer, actress and author, Gladys Maria

Knight who was born in Atlanta.

Athens has a music vibe that is explosively

energetic with hundreds of bands calling it

home who play jazz, classical, blues, country,

hip hop, rock, and every kind of alternative

genre. It is the home of R.E.M, B-52’s, Drivin’

and Cryin’, Widespread Panic and many more.

Visit the Morton Theater, famous as a stop on

the African-American vaudeville circuit. Tour

Downtown – highlighting clubs and shops like

the 40 Watt and Wuxtry Records – the record

store where two founding members of R.E.M

worked – and the grass roots beginning of the

“Athens Music Hall of Fame.” Enjoy live music

and find out why The New York Times called

Athens “Live Music Central.”

Macon is known as the “Song & Soul of the

South.” Visit the Douglas Theater, where legends

like Otis Redding, Cab Calloway and Little

Richard performed then visit the Georgia Music

Hall of Fame. See a star-studded array of entertainers

from Little Richard, Dr. Thomas A. Dorsey

and R.E.M., to “the Father of Commercial Country

Music” John Carson. Be sure to tour The Big

House – where the Allman Brothers Band lived

and wrote many of their great songs back in the

early ‘70’s.

Head to Albany, birthplace of Ray Charles, and

visit the new Ray Charles Plaza where you can

hear the legendary performer’s music and reflect

at a one-of-a-kind sculpture. The Freedom

Singers tell visitors about Albany’s place in the

Civil Rights Movement.

Head to Augusta (also known as the Garden

City) and take the James Brown Tour featuring

13 Godfather of Soul-related sites. Go for a walk

along the beautiful Savannah River and enjoy

lunch on the Augusta’s River Walk. Located in

downtown Augusta, the thriving industrial area is

rich history.

Head to Savannah and enjoy a tour highlighting

the legendary Johnny Mercer. Visit the Bonaventure

Cemetery to see the final resting place of

Johnny Mercer and many other noted residents

of Savannah. Relax and enjoy time on your own

on Savannah’s legendary River Street and learn

about the city’s importance in the development

of Jazz and modern music. Savannah is home

to one of the “best events around the world in

2009” according to the London Times, Savannah

Music Festival kicks off in the spring.

Georgia’s music festivals offer visitors a chance

to hear the many sounds of Georgia. The

Savannah Music Festival is Georgia’s largest

musical arts festival, brings a diversity of musical

genres to Georgia’s oldest city. Head to the Blind

Willie McTell Blues Festival in Thomson or spend

Labor Day weekend in Atlanta at the Montreux

Jazz Festival at Underground Atlanta.

Music Made in Georgia:

• Ray Charles

Hit the Road Jack

• Johnny Mercer

Blues in the Night

• B 52’s

Love Shack

• Trisha Yearwood

How Do I Live

• Little Richard

Good Golly Miss Molly

• Outkast

The Way You Move

• Otis Redding

Dock of the Bay

• Sugarland

Stay

• Curtis Mayfield

People Get Ready

• Usher

My Boo

• Kenny Rogers

The Gambler

• Gladys Knight

I Heard it Through

the Grapevine

• Allman Brothers Band

Ramblin’ Man

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eneath the waterfalls

In Georgia, we have limitless opportunities to venture off the beaten

path and uncover the hidden gems of the state. Discover breathtaking

waterfalls as you explore our beautiful parks and wildlife refuges. Home

to scenic twin waterfalls, the highest single-drop waterfall and the tallest

cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River - you’ll find adventure

opportunities and the magnificant “tumbling waters” of our native

american ancestors all around the state.

Day one

Start your watery adventure at Toccoa

Falls on the campus of Toccoa Falls

College. Just northwest of Toccoa on

Alt 17, you will find a meandering stream

flowing through the lower part of the

1,000-acre, wooded campus from the

base of the 186-foot high waterfall. This

spectacular waterfall, higher than Niagara

Falls, is the highest single-drop waterfall

east of the Mississippi River. Enter

through the gift shop then take a short

handicapped accessible 100-yard path to

the falls.

Travel north to Clayton and then east

on U.S. 76 to the Chattooga River.

Follow the trail to Bull Sluice, although

technically it is not a waterfall, but a huge

rapid where on any given day, you’ll find

rafters, kayakers and canoeists testing

their skill and luck as they try not to end

up in the water.

Once you’ve satisfied your appetite, head

south to Tallulah Gorge State Park in the

small town of Tallulah Falls, where you’ll

find one of the most spectacular canyons

in the eastern U.S. Tallulah Gorge is two

miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep.

Visitors can hike rim trails to several

overlooks, or they can obtain a free

permit (limit 100 per day) to hike down

to the gorge floor. A suspension bridge

sways 80 feet above the rocky bottom,

providing spectacular views of the river

and waterfalls. Exhibits in the park’s Jane

Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center highlight

the rich history of this Victorian resort

town, as well as the rugged terrain and

fragile ecosystem of the area. You’ll also

learn about the five waterfalls that are

the jewels of the gorge. Don’t miss the

award-winning film that takes viewers on

a dramatic journey through the gorge.

Day Two

If you are ready for an outdoor adventure,

get up early and head to Panther Creek

Falls. Panther Creek Falls Trail (5.5 miles

in length) follows Panther Creek through

stands of hemlock and white pine along

steep, rocky bluffs of the creek. The trail

passes a series of cascades, as well as

Panther Creek Falls. It terminates where

Davidson Creek joins Panther Creek. The

trail is noted for its beautiful variety of

wildflowers and ferns. The stream offers

excellent opportunities for trout fishermen.

Hikers with heavy packs should

be cautious of rocky overhangs. From

Clarkesville, take U.S. 23/441 north for 10

miles to the Panther Creek Recreation

Area. The western end of the trail begins

across the highway from the recreation

area. The eastern end of the trail can be

reached by driving west on Yonah Dam

Road.

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Day Three

Start your day at Anna Ruby Falls, one of the

most outstanding recreational sites in the

Chattahoochee National Forest boasting scenic

twin waterfalls, hiking trails, picnic area, and

visitor center all conveniently situated near

the picturesque alpine town of Helen, GA. The

once Cherokee Indian Territory now consists

of 1,600-acres home to a variety of plant and

animal species. Access to the falls is by way of

a paved 0.4 mile easy to moderate footpath

which leads from the parking lot to the base of

the falls with benches provided along the way.

The Lion’s Eye Trail gives people who are blind

or have visual impairments the opportunity to

experience the environment along Smith Creek

by providing a hand rail and signs in Braille. For

hikers interested in more of a challenge, the 4.6

mile Smith Creek Trail leads from the base of

Anna Ruby Falls to Unicoi State Park.

Next on your tour is Duke’s Creek Falls, located

along the Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway. At

the parking lot you will find breathtaking views

and a fully accessible restroom. The trail to the

falls is about 0.8 miles one-way and is fully

accessible to the first overlook. The trail then

winds its way into Dukes Creek gorge where it

dead-ends at the observation deck across from

the 300' Dukes Creek Falls.

Wind down at the end of the day in Dahlonega,

site of the first American Gold Rush.

Day Four

Before heading out into nature, spend some time

exploring the historic town of Dahlonega with its

many shops surrounding the town square. Don’t

miss the Dahlonega Gold Museum.

After lunch at the Smith House, head south

toward Dawsonville where your next stop is Amicalola

Falls State Park.

It’s easy to see why this is one of Georgia’s most

popular state parks. Amicalola, a Cherokee

Indian word meaning “tumbling waters,” is an

appropriate name for these 729-foot falls ~ the

tallest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi

River. An 8.5 mile approach trail leads from the

park to Springer Mountain, the southern end of

the 2,141-mile Appalachian Trail. However, numerous

other trails are available for shorter journeys.

A beautiful lodge at the top of the mountain is

popular with guests who prefer hotel-type comforts,

while a 5-mile hike leads to more remote

accommodations at the Len Foote Hike Inn. Be

sure to stop by the visitor center to see nature

displays, live exhibits and the gift shop.

Head north and stay in the delightful mountain

town of Blue Ridge. Enjoy a day of hiking, horseback

riding or whitewater rafting in unspoiled

mountain beauty.

Day Five

Begin the day at the most popular of the waterfalls

in Fannin County, Long Creek Falls which can

be seen by hiking down a short side trail from

the combined Appalachian/Benton MacKaye

Trail. These falls total about 50 feet in two distinct

drops. A leisurely 30-minute hike to the falls is

uphill on the way in, downhill on the way out.

The upper portion of Fall Branch Falls is a series

of cascades that lead to a single major drop of

some 30 feet, with the water plunging into a

deep pool at the base of the falls. These falls,

along the Benton MacKaye Trail west of Aska

Road are a shorter, although a bit harder walk

than Long Creek Falls. To get the most out of

your day, pack a picnic lunch.

In the early 1800s, the site was a prosperous

industrial town with several stores, a grist mill,

cotton gin, blacksmith shop, shoe factory and

hotel. High Falls became a ghost town in the

1880s when a major railroad bypassed it. Today,

park visitors can enjoy the scenic waterfall on the

Towaliga River and hike to the remaining grist

mill foundation. A campground, picnic areas and

canoe rental are also available. This pretty park in

middle Georgia is conveniently located near I-75

and makes a restful side trip for travelers.

Head over toward Lookout Mountain to spend

the night.

Day Six

Cloudland Canyon State Park is one of the most

scenic parks in the state, offering rugged geology

and beautiful vistas. The park straddles

a deep gorge cut into the mountain by Sitton

Gulch Creek, and elevation differs from 800 to

1,980 feet. The most spectacular view into the

canyon is found near the picnic area parking lot;

however, additional views can be found along the

rim trail. Hardy visitors who hike to the bottom of

the gorge (including a 600-step staircase) find

two waterfalls cascading over layers of sandstone

and shale into pools below. Cottages are located

near the canyon edge, while the park’s walk-in

campsites provide exceptional privacy for tents.

Outdoor lovers should not miss this park’s spectacular

scenery.

Head south and spend the night in Pine Mountain

or at Callaway Gardens.

Day Seven

On Pine Mountain, in west central Georgia is

Cascade Falls. Located on the Pine Mountain

Trail and adjacent to a rock formation called the

Wolf Den, it was one of U.S. President Franklin D.

Roosevelt’s favorite spots.

Enjoy lunch in downtown Pine Mountain and

don’t miss visiting Franklin D Roosevelt’s Little

White House.

Your last stop is Broxton Rocks, located near the

town of Douglas. Sculpted over centuries by the

waters of Rocky Creek into a myriad of fissures

and shallow ravines, Broxton Rocks is a haven

of unique habitats for plants rarely found in the

southern United States. There are more than

500 species of plants native here. The preserve

protects a rugged sandstone outcrop that

extends for approximately four miles in southeastern

Georgia. The rock system is the largest

single extrusion of the Altamaha Grit, a band

of subsurface sandstone that underlies about

15,000 square miles of Georgia’s Coastal Plain.

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Georgia’s wine country

Vineyard acreage in Georgia has more than tripled, in the last five years. Our

award-winning wineries offer memorable experiences to pair with their blossoming

viniculture. Highlights include tastings, tours and our Wine Highway driving trail.

Georgia’s Wine Country stretches from Savannah to Young Harris...here are just a

sampling of Georgia’s wine country experiences. georgiawine.com

Day one

We start your tour of Georgia’s Wineries and

Vineyards outside of Savannah at Still Pond

Vineyard & Winery in Arlington. Offering complimentary

tastings of their 11 award-winning wines.

Take a tour of the processing facility, the luscious

vineyards, or the pond that inspired Still Pond.

Visit the gift shop where you’ll find a wide variety

of Muscadine products as well as gourmet

food and cheeses. Don’t miss the custom made

rocking chairs on the front porch that invite you

to sit and enjoy Still Pond.

Enjoy a leisurely drive to Savannah and spend

the late afternoon and evening enjoying the

beautiful gardens, riverfront shops and great

seafood dining.

Day two

Start your trip at Butterducks Estate Winery

in Guyton, a small farm winery located just

outside of Savannah in Effingham County. At

Butterducks Winery you will find two different

tasting options - a free tasting which includes

sampling three wines of your choice or a deluxe

tasting allowing you to sample six wines with a

souvenir glass. Tank Room tours are available by

appointment.

Try a local tradition, RJ’s Steak and Seafood in

Statesboro for lunch.

Your next stop is Meinhardt Vineyard and

Winery in Statesboro. Tours and tastings are in

a new facility and are free. Make sure you stay

for “Our Sunset” which includes three types of

cheeses and four types of crackers, grapes and

a bottle of chilled wine of your choice. Enough

for two, this can be a lovely light dinner with

great music, soft lights, a water fountain and

beautiful sunset views.

Day Three

Courson’s Winery, situated 10 miles from

downtown Sparta is your first stop of the

day. Courson’s boasts 14 different traditional

Southern wines. Starting a new tradition,

Courson’s held its inaugural wine festival in

2004, which drew more than 1,500 connoisseurs.

Enthusiasts and novices alike are invited to

experience the ambiance and sweet tastes of

Courson’s Winery. Courson makes the kind of

Southern table wine his great-grandfather made,

using muscadines, scuppernongs, peaches,

apples, plums, blackberries and blueberries. He

captures the feel of a homemade wine with his

lighter, fruitier, sweeter wines.

Stop for lunch at the famous Blue Willow Inn.

Then head to Chateau Elan Winery & Resort in

Braselton. The grand sight of a 16th century style

French Chateau surrounded by lush vineyards

coming into view from I-85 may conjure up

images of the Loire Valley of France. Opened

in 1985, the full-production Winery inside the

Chateau is the largest producer of premium

wines in Georgia, and recognized by Wine

Spectator for exceptional vintages. The Winery

has two restaurants, Café Elan, a bistro and Le

Clos for fine dining plus an Art Gallery and Wine

Market for shopping.

Château Élan offers a range of winery tours and

tastings. All guests are welcome to tour our

winery; guests younger than 21 are not allowed to

taste wine. Please be aware that during a special

event such as our Vineyard Festival or other

Holiday Events, all Winery tours will be Self-

Guided. A variety of Tours & Tastings are offered.

Day Four

After a leisurely morning, head over to Tiger

Mountain Vineyards in Tiger. Tiger Mountain

Vineyards is nestled on a hillside high up in

Rabun County, on the rocky, sunny slopes of the

North Georgia Mountains. The vineyard is small,

the vines individually tended and the grapes

hand-picked for quality. The red wines are

barrel-aged 12 to 24 months. Visit the vineyards

and enjoy barrel-room tastings!

Travel westward and have lunch at Brasstown

Valley Resort in Young Harris.

Nestled on rolling hills with the Blue Ridge

Mountains as a backdrop, Crane Creek Winery

is a delightful stop on your tour. Making your

way to the tasting room on a field stone path,

the sense of history can be felt before you reach

the door. Housed in the old Bryson farmhouse,

the tasting room at Crane Creek Vineyards is

intimate and charming. There is something to

please every one of your senses here!

Browse through the many gourmet food items

as you sample Crane Creek’s wines. Pick up

some crackers and dip and enjoy it with a bottle

of your favorite Crane Creek wine on the tasting

room decks. Chat with their knowledgeable staff

about the romantic world of wine making. Shopping

for your favorite wine lover? They carry

many gift items including books, wine carriers,

picnic backpacks, and wine savers and can also

create custom gift baskets.

Backtrack through Hiawassee and head south

on GA 75 to the Alpine village of Helen and

Habersham Winery, the oldest winery in Georgia.

Habersham Vineyards and Winery has been

producing award-winning Georgia wines since

1983 and is one of Georgia’s oldest and largest

wineries. Located one half mile south of Alpine

Helen in Nacoochee Village near the banks of

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the beautiful Chattahoochee River, the winery is

open daily for complimentary tastings and self

guided tours. In addition to a large selection of

Georgia grown and produced wines, the tasting

room also features a gift shop with gourmet

foods and wine specialty gift items.

Day Five

Start out early for Dahlonega, site of the first

American Gold Rush.

Your first winery of the day is BlackStock

Vineyards. The first of the current vineyards

in the Dahlonega area, it was founded by

formally-trained winemaker David Harris, a 20-

year pioneer in Georgia wine. After a decade

dedicated to evolving a vineyard with wife and

partner Trish, the Harris’ now offer an estate

winery. Their goal in the tasting room is to

provide an educational experience for those

with a passion to learn more about wine, and in

a very relaxed, down-to-earth environment.

Head to Historic Downtown Dahlonega and plan

to enjoy a family style all-you-can-eat lunch at

The Smith House. Don’t miss their exhibit on

the gold mine they discovered under the dining

room floor!

In the early afternoon, take a short drive to

Frogtown Cellars, a 57-acre wine estate located

at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains equal

distance between Dahlonega and Cleveland,

Georgia. Frogtown encompasses 40 acres of

vineyards and a tri-level gravity flow winery

specifically designed to produce the unique

wines made from Frogtown grapes and is home

to 17 different wine grape varieties, both red and

white.

Day Six

Located just 5 miles north of Dahlonega is

Wolf Mountain Vineyards and Winery, a 25-acre

family-owned wine growing estate. The European-style

Georgia Winery at Wolf Mountain is

fashioned after a raised Craftsman-Style cottage

and sits atop the Cellar, which is encased

in fieldstone. The Winery is 8,000 square feet

of indoor function space that includes a dance

space, an antique bar area and beautiful fireplaces.

The Winery also houses early French

winemaking artifacts

Head back to the Dahlonega Town Square and

choose among a number of delicious restaurants

including the Cork Screw Café.

In the early afternoon, travel to Three Sisters

Vineyards & Winery, in the “Heart of Georgia

Wine Country” situated on 184 acres of beautiful

North Georgia mountain property north of

Dahlonega.

In addition to their regular “complimentary

tastings,” Three Sisters features two special

tours & tastings (call in advance). Their special

tours/tastings are generally conducted by request,

unless otherwise scheduled. It is best to

arrive 40 minutes before the day’s closing time

to enjoy the last tastings of the day.

Day Seven

After a beautiful mountain drive, arrive at

Sharp Mountain Vineyards, overlooking Jasper.

From start to finish, Sharp Mountain Vineyard’s

wines are truly hand-crafted in the old-world

fashion. “The result is more than fine wine; it’s

an experience.”

COHUTTA SPRINGS WINERY

Crandall - Nestled on the foothills of the

Appalachian Mountains, this family-ownedand-operated

farm is more than a century old.

Experience the aroma of fine bread and artisan

wine as you tour this unique farm winery.

Your last stop of the day is Georgia Winery

in Ringgold. For over 20 years, Georgia’s first

Farm Winery has been producing award winning

wines that capture the fresh fruity flavor of

the fruit. This unique fresh fruity flavor serves

as their mark of distinction and delights the

taste buds of their customers from across the

nation. Tasting room conveniently located right

on I-75 at Exit 350.

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Georgia Made Georgia Grown

Georgia’s two largest industries, agriculture and tourism, have combined to

create a delicious and authentic travel experience. Georgia’s unique local farm

traditions have become popular among locals and visitors making Georgia Made

Georgia Grown the perfect theme for a group tour.

Day One

It is only natural to begin your visit to the Peach

State with a trip to Lane Southern Orchards in Ft.

Valley! Take a trolley tour of the orchards and see

why Georgia is named the Peach State. Stay over

night in Macon, also known as the “Song and Soul

of the South,” and visit their museum district.

Day Two

Head east for a real Georgia treat at Flat Creek

Lodge in Swainsboro. Their rustic yet elegant

lodge mimics the traditional B&B while offering

a range of activities to its guest from fishing and

hunting to birding. It’s on-site dairy creates some

of the finest butters and cheeses. Be sure to leave

time for an appointment at their luxurious spa.

Day Three

Arrive in Vidalia to experience one of Georgia’s

most beloved treasures the Vidalia Onion. Only

13 counties and parts of seven other counties in

South Georgia have the proper soil to grow the

world famous Vidalia Onion. Find out the secret

to growing Georgia’s sweet onion. Then head

over to Waycross where the charming historic

Downtown district and the swamplands of the

Okefenokee meet.

Day Four

Check out the sites and sounds of the

Okefenokee Swamp Park in Waycross on a

boat tour or canoe trip through the swamp.

The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge was

established in 1936 to preserve the 438,000-

acre swamp and its unique ecosystems. Look

for black bears, alligators, otters and more. Take

a ride on the Okefenokee Swamp Railroad and

step back in time on Pioneer Island. Head west

and overnight in Tifton.

Day Five

Rise and shine in Tifton and make your way to the

Georgia Agrirama. At the Agrirama, experience

everyday 19th century-style farm activities, from

planting and harvesting to cooking, spinning,

quilt-making and more. After you experience

Tifton, head north to Plains where you can see

peanuts, pecans and, of course, President Jimmy

Carter’s Boyhood Farm. The Plains Inn & Antique

Mall is the perfect place to experience true

Southern hospitality and a peaceful nights sleep.

Day Six

Make your way north to the Rock Ranch in The

Rock. The Rock Ranch is a 1250-acre working

cattle farm, owned by Chick-fil-A founder,

S. Truett Cathy. They offer a wide variety of

“agritainment” opportunities including seasonal

activities for individuals and groups. Whether it’s

navigating their corn maze, visiting farm animals,

relaxing on a scenic hay ride or a concert at the

lakeside amphitheatre, you’ll be sure to encounter

something wonderful. Overnight in Conestoga

Wagon complete with campfire and s’mores!

Day Seven

To complete your rural adventure, continue north

to Canton and stop in at Cagle’s Dairy Farm.

This working dairy farm is open to the public for

events and tours year round. For your final stop

- take a tour of the Atlanta Farmer’s Market in

Forest Park. At 150 acres this market is considered

one of the largest of its kind in the world.

Complete with a garden center, welcome center

and restaurant, the market offers almost any fruit

or vegetable you could want. Hungry? You are in

for a treat at Oakwood Café!

Markets

The Georgia Department of Agriculture Markets

Section administers fifteen State Farmers’

Markets which form the network for sales of

fruits and vegetables throughout Georgia and

the Southeast. These facilities maintain a viable

market for Georgia farmers and farm products in

the communities where they are located. State

Farmers’ Markets are responsible for over one

billion in sales each year.

Atlanta Farmers´ Market

Augusta Farmers´ Market

Columbus Farmers´ Market

Macon Farmers´ Market

Savannah Farmers´ Market

Thomasville Farmers´ Market

Seasonal Markets:

Albany Farmers´ Market

Cairo Farmers´ Market

Cordele Farmers´ Market

Glennville Farmers´ Market

Jesup Farmers´ Market

Moultrie Farmers´ Market

Pelham Farmers´ Market

Tifton Farmers´ Market

Valdosta Farmers´ Market

Our seasonal markets are located in the growing

areas of the state. Growers from the surrounding

areas utilize these markets during peak harvest

seasons. The markets operate on a limited basis

during shipping periods.

Agritourism

Commissioner Tommy Irvin,

Deputy Commissioner

Terry Coleman and the

Georgia Department of Agriculture launched

an agritourism program in the State of Georgia.

Agritourism provides unique opportunities for

tourists to enjoy Georgia’s resources as well as

provide an impact on Georgia’s economy.

Bring Georgia

Home

Pride and integrity run

deep in Georgia. Our fruit,

vegetable and nut growers

strive to bring you the very best in quality, variety,

dependability, and value.

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Day 1

Whether you start in Cedartown or Smyrna

just outside of Atlanta, bike the Silver Comet

Trail for 70+ miles of scenic paved trail on this

rails-to-trail route. Or venture into Atlanta for an

easy 3-mile ride around Chastain Park or a more

challenging venture on the Stone Mountain Trail.

Day 2

North Georgia is the place to find scenic

beauty and variety. Roadies will enjoy the ride

through the Chickamauga National Military Park

in Ft. Oglethorpe, while mountain bikers are

challenged on the Pinhoti Trail near Calhoun,

Raisin Woods in Dalton or on any number of

trails in the Chattahoochee National Forest

surrounding Blue Ridge and Ellijay. Find rest

and relaxation at the Mulberry Gap Bunkhouse,

catering to cyclists with good food and an

available hot tub.

Day 6

Just a short drive west to Pine Mountain is

Callaway Gardens where the 10-mile Discovery

Bicycle Trail puts you up close to Southern

flora and wildlife. Bicycles and helmets can be

rented here. Make a day of it and visit all of the

Callaway exhibits including the Butterfly Center

and Horticultural Center. Ready for the home

stretch?

Day 7

Get ready for some fun in the sun and head

for Georgia’s Coast. On the way you may want

to take an extra day and ride along Albany’s

Riverfront Park or around General Coffee State

Park in Douglas. Once you reach the warm

waters of the Atlantic Ocean at Jekyll Island,

take in the island tour by bike. The trail circles

the entire island featuring stops at the historic

Jekyll Island Club, fishing pier and waterpark.

Day 3

Enjoy mountain views without spending all your

energy on the climb when you bike the Short

Line Trail at Tallulah Gorge State Park at Tallulah

Falls. Finish your day in Athens for a leisurely

ride along the Riverwalk. Celebrate your

venture with a night out on the town in Athens

and experience good food and entertainment.

Scenic Cycling Tours

From the mountains to the coast, Georgia offers biking opportunities for all ages

and experience levels. Explore flora and fauna while cycling the trails at Jekyll

Island, the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area and beautiful Callaway Gardens.

Take the whole family on a smooth ride down the paved Silver Comet Trail, or gear

down for a mountain bike venture at the Georgia International Horse Park Olympic

mountain bike venue. If you’re up to the challenge, take the path of the pros to the

top of Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia.

Day 4

This is the day to play Augusta, as a cyclist,

that is. Experience Augusta’s Riverwalk,

stopping to explore the National Science Center

Fort Discovery, Artist Row and any number

of museums in the city. Then head over to

the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area

Interpretive Center. Ride your bike along the

waterway or park it and take the guided tour

boat ride.

Day 5

Get back to nature at Dauset Trails Nature

Center in Jackson where you will find more

than 17 miles of off-road trails that provide

recreational fun while learning about Georgia’s

early farm life through close and intimate

contact with flora and fauna. Complete your

day with a ride along Macon’s Riverwalk and a

visit to the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

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Peach State Motorcycle Adventure

The state’s wide diversity of destinations guarantees every visitor an unforgettable

experience. Scenic back roads and driving trails tie visitors to Georgia’s past,

guiding them through colorful countrysides and pituresque main streets. So, hop

on your motorcycle and hit the road!

Day 1

Begin your Peach State

Adventure in Savannah and

discover Georgia’s early history

or just hang out on the beach at

Tybee Island. Rent a bike from

the Harley location in town.

Head out on the back roads of

Georgia for what is sure to be a

memorable experience.

Day 4

Head on over to Manchester and take the

Meriwether-Pike Scenic Byway loop with a stop

in Warm Springs or the spring/fall festivals in

Gay, then take Hwy. 190 to beautiful Callaway

Gardens. You can then hit the road and head

to Columbus on Hwy. 27 to the Port Columbus

National Civil War Naval Museum along the

Chattahoochee River.

Day 2

Ride south on historic U.S. 17 and experience

the coastal communities of St. Simons Island,

Brunswick and Kingsland before heading west

to Folkston and the Okefenokee Swamp, the

“Land of Trembling Earth.” Ride north into

Waycross for dinner but not before you visit the

Okefenokee Swamp Park where alligators are

free to roam.

Day 3

Rise early for a ride to Albany and the Flint

River Aquarium before heading north to

Americus and the historic Andersonville Civil

War Prison Camp site. Ride north to Fort Valley

for a stop at Lane Southern Orchards and take

a tour of the orchards and packing line. Since

you’re traveling light, use this opportunity to

have Georgia Made, Georgia Grown products

shipped to your home.

Day 5

Head north on Hwy. 27 to Summerville

where you’ll see one of the few working train

turntables in the nation, then take Hwy. 48

west to Menlo and Lookout Mountain for

breathtaking views. Take Hwy. 157 north a short

way to Dougherty Gap Rd for hairpin turns to

the valley below. Continue north through scenic

farmland in this mountain cove. Go west on

Hwy. 136 up the mountain again to Cloudland

Canyon State Park before backtracking to Hwy.

189 north to Rock City. Be sure to look for the

hanggliders along the way! Make your way

down the mountain to Ft. Oglethorpe.

Day 6

Take a leisurely ride through the Chickamauga

National Military Park then follow Hwy. 2

east where you’ll connect with the Cohutta-

Chattahoochee Scenic Byway and over Fort

Mountain to Georgia’s Apple Capital of Ellijay.

Then take Hwy. 52 toward Dahlonega, taking

time to visit Amicolola Falls State Park and also

Dawsonville’s Kangaroo Conservation Center

which is home to the largest kangaroo collection

outside of Australia. Enjoy lunch at the Smith

House, pan for gold and visit Wolf Mountain

Winery. Ride up to Suches to overnight at Two

Wheels Only Motorcycle Resort.

Day 7

Make your way to Cleveland, home to Babyland

General, the birthplace of Cabbage Patch Dolls;

then satisfy your cultural taste with a visit to

Sautee and the Folk Potters Museum before

moving on to Helen, an Alpine village nestled

in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Finish your adventure with a climb to Brasstown

Bald, Georgia’s highest peak along the Russell-

Brasstown Scenic Byway.

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“Caching” in on

Georgia’s Hidden

Treasures

Geocaching (pronounced geo-cashing)

is a worldwide game of hiding and

seeking treasure. A geocacher can

place a geocache (small objects, often

including a log book and pen or pencil,

are hidden in containers) anywhere in

the world, pinpoint its location using

GPS technology and then share the

geocache’s existence and location

online. Anyone with a GPS unit can

then try to locate the geocache.

“Cache” in on the latest craze in

adventure exploration…geocaching

is the ultimate family “hide and seek”

adventure. ggaonline.org

Day 1

Let your natural sense of adventure have

its way when you start out at the Columbus

Visitors Center: Lat: 32:27:58N (32.46603)

Lon: 84:59:03W (-84.98412) to pick up your

Columbus CacheCard, and set out to see the

area in a whole new way. Discovery of hidden

caches will lead you to the Chattahoochee

Valley’s most scenic and significant treasures

in natural and historic surroundings. Log onto

www.geocaching.com and add your Columbus

adventures to your validated finds

Day 2

Head south to Albany and find The Rescued

Cache*, Albany’s very first cache. Then venture

into the area’s Native American heritage as you

look for the Thronateeska Trail Cache* along the

banks of the Flint River. Continue your journey

south to Valdosta and wrap up with a search for

Welcome to Valdosta #1*. This is a great place

to start if you plan to extend your visit in this

southern city. Overnight in Valdosta.

Day 5

The drive north to Augusta features the Canal

Tours Here* cache. Be sure to visit the museum

and take a boat ride on this historic waterway.

Head to the Augusta Visitor Information Center

to get your Gallery Pass to visit nine area

attractions and save 50% off regular admission

prices.

Day 6

Head up to Athens, home to the University of

Georgia, where there are lots of caches to be

found. Take off on a fun family hunt to look for

the Memorial Parks Multi-Micro* cache. Kids

will enjoy the free zoo. Then take off for the

Georgia Mountains and a search for Dawsonville

and Dahlonega caches. By the way, one of

the Dawsonville caches gets you a free prize!

Visit the Kangaroo Conservation Center in

Dawsonville, home to the largest population of

kangaroos outside of Australia. In Dahlonega,

pan for gold at the site of the first major U.S.

gold rush in 1828.

Day 3

Depart for Savannah to explore the city’s

Jewish heritage through the Third to None*

multi-cache experience. Discover African-

American heritage by looking for the Laurel

Grove South* cache. Civil War buffs may want

to explore the Tragedy of the War* virtual

cache. And for some interesting characters,

look for the Famous Neighbors* cache.

Overnight in Savannah.

Day 4

Lat: 32:04:46N (32.0795) Lon: 81:06:08W

(-81.10227) Take a break from your treasure

hunt and climb aboard any one of Savannah’s

exciting tours before departing for Statesboro.

Go to the visitor’s center and get the

coordinates for the city’s surprising places

to play the newest game in outdoor fun.

Statesboro Blues: Coordinates: N 32° 26.778

W 081° 46.956. Be sure to discover all the sites

and get a special prize!

Day 7

Make your way west to check out the

Cartersville caches God, Guns, and Guts in

the Shadow of the Gold Dome*, Cowboys and

Indians in Cartersville*, and Historic Allatoona

Pass*. Extend your trip with a visit to the

Georgia Aquarium in nearby Atlanta.

*Cache details can be found at

www.geocaching.com. The information here

was current at the time of itinerary creation.

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Take The Scenic Route

Experience Georgia’s Driving Trails

Georgia’s driving trails have something for everyone - rich history, natural beauty,

welcoming towns, fun and adventure for the entire family.

SOUTHERN HIGHROADS TRAIL

For miles of stunning mountain and lake views,

take a drive on the Southern Highroads Trail.

You’ll discover welcoming towns like Ellijay,

Georgia’s apple capital, and Helen, a re-creation

of a Bavarian alpine village tucked into

the Appalachians. Incredible waterfalls include

the double falls of Anna Ruby and the plunging

waters at Tallulah Gorge. And, you’ll enjoy spectacular

views of four states from Brasstown

Bald, Georgia’s tallest mountain. To get even

closer to all the scenic beauty, try camping at

one of the state parks, renting a mountain cabin

or taking a hike on the Appalachian Trail.

southernhighlands.org

WOODPECKER TRAIL

Travel from the historic river town of Augusta

to the natural wonders of the Okefenokee

National Wildlife Refuge on the Woodpecker

Trail. Along this scenic, 204-mile trail you’ll find

friendly small towns, local museums and great

places to canoe and camp such as Magnolia

Springs State Park with its crystal clear natural

springs. You’ll also find hundreds of farms

producing bumper crops of pecans, peanuts

and Vidalia Sweet Onions. You may even spot

the trail’s namesake - the numerous red-headed

woodpeckers that inhabit the pine forests.

gometter.com/trail.html

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PLANTATIONS AND PINES TRAIL

From Bainbridge to Brunswick, this tree-lined

trail takes you on a journey through the past

and the present. See the stately old homes of

historic plantations, from Pebble Hill Plantation

in the west to Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

in the east. Get up close and personal with

an alligator on a boat tour of the Okefenokee

National Wildlife Refuge. Stop and smell the

roses in Thomasville, whose flower-lined streets

and gardens have earned it the nickname “The

Rose City.” And, encounter some wildlife at the

new Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island

when you reach the coast.

HERITAGE HIGHWAY 441 TRAIL

On U.S. Highway 441, you’ll experience Georgia’s

incredibly diverse terrain from the mountains

to the coastal plains. Discover spectacular

views of peaks and valleys as you drive among

the southern Appalachian Mountains. As

the mountains give way to the rolling hills of

the Piedmont region, you’ll find antebellum

mansions to explore in historic cities such as

Madison and Milledgeville. Then travel south

where the land flattens out, providing a perfect

setting for you to tour cotton fields or go

canoeing on mysterious blackwater rivers.

BLUE AND GRAY TRAIL

If there is a Civil War buff in your family, this

trail, which includes more than 60 battlefields,

national parks, and museums, is a must-see.

Start your trip at Chickamauga, site of the

second largest battle of the war and the first

battlefield to be designated a National Military

Park. Then follow a route that mirrors Sherman’s

movements during the Atlanta Campaign. Go

to the top of Kennesaw Mountain and imagine

preparing for battle. Or for something a little

lighter, visit the Atlanta home in which Margaret

Mitchell wrote the epic Civil War novel “Gone

With the Wind.”

blueandgraytrail.com

BORDER TO BORDER TRAIL

See Georgia from top to bottom on the Border

to Border Trail. Spanning 320 miles on U.S.

Highway 27, the trail takes you from the natural

wonders of Cloudland Canyon and Rock City,

to the cultivated beauty of Callaway Gardens,

to the man-made marvels of the Kolomoki

Indian Mounds. History buffs will want to stop

at the Little White House in Warm Springs

or tour Chickamauga National Military Park.

And be sure to stop in Rome at Berry College,

the world’s largest contiguous campus. The

Border to Border Trail follows the Martha Berry

Highway, named for the college’s founder.

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PEACH BLOSSOM TRAIL

You can’t visit the Peach State without indulging

in the sights, scents, and flavors of the

Peach Blossom Trail. Stretching through eight

counties from south metro Atlanta to the fertile

fields of middle Georgia, the trail becomes a

wonderland in March as delicate pink and white

blossoms burst forth from the trees. If you’d

like a feast for more than your eyes, come back

between May and August to sample some of

Georgia’s favorite fruit at a roadside stand. Or

for an extra treat, visit an orchard that lets you

pick your own peaches right off the tree.

millenicom.com/~pbt

COLONIAL COAST BIRDING TRAIL

You’ll make lots of new, feathered friends on

the Colonial Coast Birding Trail. More than 300

species of birds have been spotted at 18 sites

winding through 100 miles of diverse habitats.

You might spy a great egret stretching its long

legs in the marshes near Jekyll Island. See a

bald eagle soaring over Melon Bluff Nature

Preserve. Enjoy the rare sight of an endangered

wood stork feeding its young near Savannah.

Or watch sandpipers skitter away from the

waves at Cumberland Island National Seashore.

Be sure to visit throughout the year to see new

species as they migrate into the area.

georgiawildlife.dnr.state.ga.us

ANTEBELLUM TRAIL

Get a glimpse of what life was like before the

Civil War on the Antebellum Trail. Traversing

100 miles, this trail takes you through seven

communities that virtually escaped Sherman’s

March to the Sea. Stroll down avenues

lined with period white-columned mansions in

historic Madison. Visit Milledgeville, the former

capital city, for a tour of the stately Old

Governor’s Mansion. Old Clinton has so many

well-preserved homes to see it has been called

“the town that time forgot.” And you just might

discover some forgotten Confederate gold.

antebellumtrail.org

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FUN

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Fun Facts

Georgia has two nicknames: The Peach State

and The Empire State of the South.

Georgia was named to honor King George II

of England.

Georgia was the first state to elect a female

U.S. Senator and give married women

property rights.

• Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International

Airport is the world’s busiest passenger

airport. It is also the home of the tallest air

control tower in North America and the

second tallest in the world, measuring in at

398 feet high.

• Atlanta is home to the Coca-Cola Company,

the world’s largest soft drink group.

• The Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta is

the largest aquarium in the world.

Georgia is the largest state east of the

Mississippi River, stretching from the Atlantic

Ocean to the Appalachian Mountains.

• Savannah, on the Atlantic Coast, boasts one

of the largest historic districts in the country.

• Atlanta, Georgia’s capital and largest city

developed as a transportation crossroads and

was the heart of the Old South until it was

destroyed in 1865 during the Civil War.

• Athens has the only double-barrel cannon

ever made. It was manufactured in Athens

to protect the city from General William

Sherman’s advancing troops.

• In 1996, Georgia welcomed 197 nations, 10,318

athletes and 47,466 volunteers to the XXVI

Summer Olympic Games.

• Dahlonega is the site of the nation’s first major

gold rush in 1828.

• The Golden Isles of Georgia have been a

vacation destination since the late 1700’s.

Step back in time at the Jekyll Island National

Historic Landmark District for a look at the

lifestyle of America’s wealthiest families in the

Victorian era.

• The Vann House, situated near Chatsworth, is

the only mansion in America built by a Native

American, Chief Joseph Vann.

• Oliver Hardy, the famous comic, was born in

Harlem, Georgia. The Oliver Hardy Festival is

held the 1st Saturday in October each year to

commemorate his life and laughs.

• Stone Mountain is the world’s largest freestanding

piece of exposed granite.

• Brasstown Bald Mountain has the highest

elevation in the state of Georgia at 4,784 feet

above sea level.

• Atlanta was first known as Terminus and then

as Marthasville. At its incorporation as a city

in 1845, it was named Atlanta for the Western

and Atlantic Railroad.

• The Varsity, in Downtown Atlanta, is the

world’s largest fast-food drive-in restaurant.

Each day it serves over 2 miles of hot dogs,

1 ton of onions, 2,500 pounds of potatoes,

5,000 fried pies and 300 gallons of chili.

• The Martin Luther King Center and the Carter

Presidential Library in Atlanta are fascinating

tributes to the contributions of Dr. Martin

Luther King, Jr. and the 37th President of the

United States, Jimmy Carter, both winners of

the Nobel Peace Prize.

• Gone With The Wind was written by author

Margaret Mitchell in Atlanta on Crescent

Avenue. The novel won Mitchell the 1937

Pulitzer Prize.

• Best selling novel, Cold Sassy Tree, was based

on life in the town of Commerce in 1905 and

1906.

• Eatonton, Georgia was home to two famous

Georgia authors, Joel Chandler Harris, author

of the Uncle Remus Tales, and Alice Walker,

winner of the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for

The Color Purple.

• In 1886, an Atlanta pharmacist, John

Pemberton, created a mixture as a quick fix

cure for headaches. The mixture was taken

to Jacob’s pharmacy and mixed with soda

water. Pemberton’s bookkeeper named the

creation Coca Cola, wrote out the name in his

distinctive script and today, over a century

later, Coca Cola is written the same way.

• Milledgeville is the only city that was built

exclusively to be a state capitol. The city was

laid out in 84, four-acre squares and served

as the capital of Georgia from 1803 until 1868

The Governors Mansion and the Old Capital

are open to the public for tours.

• The Kangaroo Conservation Center in

Dawsonville boasts the largest population of

kangaroos outside of Australia.

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what’s cooking in Georgia

A sampling of recipes from the locals for you to taste the many

flavors of Georgia.

Sweet Potato Casserole

atlanta metro

Ingredients

6 cooked sweet potatoes, peeled and mashed

1 cup sugar

2 eggs, beaten

1/2 stick margarine, melted

1/3 cup milk

3 tablespoons Dr. Pete’s Praline Mustard Glaze

Directions

Mix all ingredients in bowl with electric beater.

Pour into greased casserole dish.

Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

During last 5-7 minutes of cooking, drizzle additional Dr. Pete’s Praline

Mustard Glaze over top of casserole and finish cooking. Serves 6-8.

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Peach State Bread

Atlanta Metro

Ingredients

1 cup sugar

1 cup shortening

2 eggs

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup finely chopped pecans

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

Drain peaches, saving syrup, and chop into fine pieces. Set aside.

Cream together sugar with shortening.

Add eggs and continue to mix. Gradually fold in dry ingredients, except cinnamon.

Using a wooden spoon, fold in vanilla and pecans.

Stir in chopped peaches.

Pour into greased 8-inch square pan or 9x5 inch loaf pan.

Sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour 5 minutes.

Cool 20 minutes before removing from pan.

Pineapple Casserole

classic south

Ingredients

2 cans 15.5 oz pineapple tidbits (drained)

1 cup of flour

1 cup of white sugar

3/4 cup of grated cheese of your choice (sharp cheddar works well)

1 sleeve of Ritz Crackers

1 stick melted butter

Directions

Preheat oven to 400-425 degrees.

Combine flour, sugar, and pineapple in 13x9 Pyrex dish.

Mix well and spread evenly across bottom of dish.

Sprinkle grated cheese over mixture.

Crush Ritz crackers and sprinkle over layer of cheese.

Melt butter and drizzle over crackers.

Bake in oven for 20 minutes or until crackers are crisp brown and casserole bubbles.

Four Cheese Pimento Sandwiches

Favorite among patrons at the Masters ® Tournament each April

Ingredients

3 cups (12 oz) shredded white Cheddar cheese

2 cups (8 oz) shredded yellow sharp cheddar cheese

4 oz crumbled bleu cheese

4 oz. Parmesan cheese

1 (4 oz) jar sliced pimentos

1 cup light mayonnaise

2 tbsp Dijon mustard

Party-size loaf white bread or favorite bread to cut into slices

Directions

Combine the white cheese, yellow cheese, bleu cheese, parmesan cheese, pimentos,

mayonnaise and Dijon mustard in a food processor and process until smooth.

Remove to a bowl.

Cover and chill.

Spread on bread slices for sandwiches

Savannah Red Rice

a favorite at Mrs. Wilkes Boardinghouse, Savannah

Ingredients

2 medium onions, diced

2 medium bell peppers, diced

bacon drippings

2 cups cooked white rice

6-8 tomatoes chopped and cooked or one 16 oz can of tomatoes

1 cup tomato sauce or catsup

1 teaspoon TABASCO® sauce

4 strips bacon, fried to a crisp and crumbled

Salt and pepper

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Brown the onions and peppers in bacon drippings.

In a large bowl, combine the rice, onions, peppers, tomatoes, tomato sauce, Tabasco, and bacon.

Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.

Pour into greased casserole pan and sprinkle cheese on top.

Bake for 30 minutes or until rice is dry enough to separate. Serves 4-6 people.

Note: You may also add 1 pound of cooked shrimp, sausage, pork or ham.

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Brunswick Stew

The Original – created in Brunswick

Ingredients 1

1 3lb chicken

1 lb lean beef

1 lb lean pork

3 medium onions, chopped

add Ingredients 2

4 (16 oz) cans tomatoes

5 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 bottle (14 oz) catsup

1 tablespoon TABASCO®

2 bay leaves

1 bottle (12 oz) chili sauce

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1 stick butter

Cook one hour occasionally stirring to prevent sticking.

Directions 1

Place meat in large, heavy pot.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Add onions and cover with water.

Cook until meat falls from bones (several hours).

Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Tear meat into shreds and return to stock.

add Ingredients 3

3 tablespoons Vinegar

2 cans (16 oz) cream style corn

2 cans (16 oz) small limas or butter beans

1 can (15 oz) small English peas

Optional: 3 small diced Irish potatoes and box of frozen, sliced okra

Cook slowly until thick. Makes one gallon. Serve with barbecue or seafood.

Peach Cobbler

a favorite at Lane Southern Orchards, Fort Valley

Filling Ingredients

1 quart fresh sliced peaches

1 cup water

1 teaspoon cornstarch

1 cup sugar

2 tablespoons margarine

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions

Stir ingredients together in a large saucepan.

Heat over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil and thickens.

Place filling into an 8 x 11 inch casserole or baking pan.

Topping Ingredients

2 cups plain flour

1 cup sugar

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring

1 stick margarine, melted

1 cup milk

Directions

Mix topping ingredients together and pour over the filling mixture.

Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.

Bake in a 300 degree oven for approximately 45 minutes or until brown.

Fried Green Tomatoes

a favorite at the Whistle Stop Café, Juliette

Ingredients

3 or 4 medium size green tomatoes

1 cup white cornmeal

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon salt or to taste

2 teaspoons pepper or to taste

Solid vegetable shortening (or bacon drippings)

Directions

Slice tomatoes about 1/4 inch thick.

Combine cornmeal, flour, salt and pepper.

Dredge tomato slices in the mixture.

Heat enough shortening or drippings to generously coat the bottom of a heavy cast-iron or other skillet

and fry until lightly browned on both sides.

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Possum Pie

from “A Taste of Tallapoosa: Savor the Flavor”

Tallapoosa Business Association, 2003

Ingredients

2-3 oz. packages cream cheese, softened

1 cup confectioners’ sugar

1 - 9” graham cracker crust

1 cup chopped pecans

1/3 cup instant chocolate pudding mix

2 cups cold milk

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup whipping cream, whipped

12 to 16 pecan halves

Directions

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Spread onto bottom of crust. Sprinkle

with chopped pecans. In another mixing bowl, combine pudding mixes. Add milk and vanilla; beat on

low speed for 2 minutes. Spoon over the pecans. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Top with whipped

cream and pecan halves. Melt butter and drizzle over crackers. Bake in oven for 20 minutes or until

crackers are crisp brown and casserole bubbles. Yield: 8 servings.

Jewish Apple Cake

1st place recipe winner from the Ellijay Apple Festival

Ingredients

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

3 teaspoons vanilla

3 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup vegetable oil

1 cup orange juice

4 large apples

Topping mix: 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 cup sugar combined

Directions

Combine sugar, eggs, vanilla, and oil and beat until smooth.

Add baking powder to flour and add alternately with orange juice to batter.

Have ready thinly sliced apples.

Grease and flour a tube pan. Pour 1/2 of batter into pan.

Place half of the apples around on batter and sprinkle half of topping mix around on top of apples.

Pour in remaining batter, spread with remaining apples and sprinkle

with remaining sugar and cinnamon.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours or until toothpick comes out clean.

Let cool on rack in pan. Serves 8-10 people.

Hot Vidalia Onion Dip

Magnolia Midlands

Ingredients

2 8-oz. blocks of cream cheese

1/2 cup chopped Vidalia Onions

1 large can of chicken (drained)

1 can Rotel tomatoes (drained)

1/4 cup chopped hot peppers (optional)

Directions

Mix all ingredients together and place in baking dish.

Bake at 325 degrees until bubbly in the middle.

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Iced Sweet Tea

“Champagne of the south”

Ingredients

8 cups water

4 small or 2 family-size tea bags (recommended: Lipton)

1 cup sugar

8 cups cold water

Directions

In a teapot, boil 8 cups water.

Add tea bags and remove from heat.

Let steep for 5 minutes, or to taste.

Strain tea into a gallon-size pitcher and add sugar.

Add remaining cold water to pitcher and stir.

If needed, add more sugar to taste, it is sweet tea after all.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Pecan Pie Muffins

a favorite at the Harbor House Inn, CommercE

Ingredients

1 cup chopped pecans

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup flour

2 large eggs

1 cup butter melted

Directions

Combine pecans, sugar and flour.

Make well in center.

Beat eggs until foamy, add butter, then add to dry ingredients.

Stir just until moistened.

Bake at 350º for 20-25 minutes.

Warm, Fresh Apple Caramel Cake

The Lodge on Apple Pie Ridge, Alto

Ingredients

1 cup vegetable oil 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup white sugar 1 cup fresh pecans

3 whole eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla

3 cups sifted flour, plain 2 teaspoons cinnamon

2 teaspoons cinnamon

5 medium crisp, tart apples, peeled and diced

for Caramel

1 cup heavy cream 3/4 cup white sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 325 and butter/flour a Bundt-type pan.

Combine oil, both sugars, and eggs and mix well.

Sift together all other dry ingredients.

Combine wet and dry ingredients and milk and stir until just mixed.

Add vanilla, nuts, and apples and fold all together.

Spoon into prepared pan.

Bake for 55-65 minutes until cake tests done with toothpick.

Quail in Sour Cream Sauce

from Pines and Plantations: Native Recipes of Thomasville

Ingredients

8 – 10 quail butter

salt

paprika

white pepper

1/4 cup sherry

1 pint sour cream white wine

Directions

Season quail lightly with salt and pepper.

Moisten inside and out with white wine; then wash liberally with sour cream.

Chill and keep cool.

Next day strain off juices.

Brush with butter.

Brown in 400 degree oven for 10 minutes.

Pour sour cream marinade over quail, reduce temperature to 300 degrees and roast until

tender. Baste and season sauce to taste, add paprika for color and sherry.

Make caramel by combining all ingredients in heavy saucepan.

Stir continuously over medium heat until thickened, approximately 5-7 minutes.

Pour over warm cake and enjoy the warm and gooey treat.

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Swamp Gravy

Plantation Trace

Ingredients

Fry some fish golden brown. Pour off the grease, but leave some of the drippings.

In the drippings brown:

4 or 5 finely diced potatoes

2 or 3 finely diced onions

1 chopped bell pepper (optional)

Directions

When these are tender, add:

Large can of tomatoes, salt and pepper

2 teaspoons of Louisiana Hot Sauce

Pick some of the meat off one or two of the cooked fish and add to the mixture

Simmer for as long as you can resist the wonderful aroma

This is a basic recipe – anything can be added like corn or beans

If you really like it HOT, add one diced jalapeno pepper

Peanut Brittle

A recipe by First Lady Rosalynn Carter, Plains

Ingredients

3 cups granulated sugar

1 cup water

1 cup white corn syrup

3 cups raw peanuts

2 tablespoons baking soda

1 stick butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

Boil sugar, water and syrup until it spins thread; add peanuts.

After adding peanuts, stir continually until syrup turns golden brown.

Remove from heat; add remaining ingredients; stir until butter melts.

Pour quickly on two cookie sheets with sides.

As mixture begins to harden around edges, pull until thin.

Cornbread Salad

a favorite of the Heart of the South Restaurant, West Point

Ingredients

6 cups crumbled corn bread (see note)

1 lb thin sliced bacon, cooked crisp, drained and crumbled

2 cups shredded sharp cheese

1 large tomato, chopped

1 (16 oz) can whole kernel corn, drained

1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup chopped green onions

1 cup chopped green pepper

Directions

In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients.

Cover and refrigerate until well chilled.

note

Use day-old cornbread if possible.

If you have to cook fresh cornbread for this salad, make sure you

DO NOT mix it with the other ingredients while still warm.

Chop the onion and green pepper by hand and not with a food processor.

The larger pieces add to the look of the salad.

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NOTES

NOTES


NOTES

GEorgia Symbols

State Flower

Cherokee Rose

State Mammal

Knobbed Whale

State fruit

Peach

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State Wildflower

Azalea

State Bird

Brown Thrasher

State Tree

Live oak

State insect

Honeybee

State Butterfly

Tiger Swallowtail

State crop

Peanut

State Vegetable

Vidalia Onion

State Nickname

The Peach State

& The Empire State

of the South


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