There is a magical place about 70 miles Southwest of Atlanta that is a nature-lovers paradise. It’s called Callaway Gardens, and it is located in Pine Mountain, Georgia. I have been going to this resort for almost twenty years, and I look forward to many more trips to this beloved place. There are numerous events that Callaway puts on every year. Here are the highlights to keep in mind for your next vacation.
Fantasy in Lights
I have to start with this winter event, because it is probably the biggest extravaganza that the resort enjoys. Starting November 19, 2010 and lasting through December 30, 2010, this holiday light and sound show opened in 1992 and features more than 8 million twinkling lights. There are twelve lighted scenes, like March of the Toy Soldiers, which are larger than life. Drive your own car through the park or relax on the Jolly Trolly. Either way, it’s a great option for celebrating the holiday season. Don’t forget to visit the Christmas Village during your stay and get your picture taken with Santa!
Summer Family Adventure (SFA)
The annual SFA package includes 7 days of nonstop fun for the entire family. Check-in is on a Saturday and check-out is on the following Saturday. SFA provides a day camp for kids 3-18 years of age on Monday through Friday of the week that you arrive. Activities for the kids can range from water skiing and tubing to camp crafts and pottery. While the kids are preoccupied with their own fun, the adults can take time for themselves with golf, tennis, or hiking/biking through ten miles of woodland trails. There is no shortage of choices – even the most selective person will find something to do, which may be absolutely nothing! There is a man-made beach, a spa, and a pool (more than one) for your relaxation pleasure. Accommodations are anywhere from rustic cottages to the brand new luxury lodge. The dates for 2011 are June 4 through August 13.
Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival
This event occurs over Labor Day Weekend and provides a colorful few days of fun. It begins on Friday night with a balloon glow at the beach on the resort grounds. It continues on Saturday and Sunday with balloon launches, entertainment, and activities for the whole family. The most important thing to remember is that this occasion is the last chance to get to the Callaway beach (a.k.a. Robin Lake Beach) before it closes for the winter.
Whether or not you can make it to one of the special events mentioned above, Callaway Gardens is a great place to visit any time of the year. Try your luck at fly fishing, meander through the Butterfly Center, and marvel at the abundance of azaleas in the spring. Spend some time meditating at the chapel in the woods, take a peek at an old pioneer log cabin, or get in touch with your inner green thumb at the Horticultural Center. No matter what your interests are, the resort has everything that you need.