The Plains region is also home to Columbus, the socond largest city in Georgia. Spring is a great time to view all the beautiful blooming flowers and luscious green foliage at Callaway Gardens near Columbus. The Little White House, Providence Canyon, and Tifton are all located in Plains Country.
Callaway Gardens is one of the largest tourist attractions in Georgia. Located about 60 miles south of Atlanta near Pine Mountain, Callaway is home to many attractions. There is the Day Butterfly Center, home to tropical butterflies, birds, and various insects. Miles of hiking and biking paths will take you around the wooded areas of the park. There is also a large lake with a beach for water activities. Golf and Skeet shooting are also offered.
Each section of Callaway has a different theme from natural landscape to flower gardens and vegetable gardens. Signs tell you the story behind the plants and the gardens as well. They give you tips to help you with your garden.
If you choose to, you can stay in one of various overnight accomodations ranging from a hotel to a cottage. Callaway is so large that I would recommend staying overnight and spend a couple of days here.
While you are in the area, check out the WIld Animal Safari and the Roosevelt home located close by.
Butterflies, Flowers, Golf, and Bass! GEORGIA
The story goes that about 60 years ago, Carson Callaway took a walk in the west Georgia woods and discovered a bright red azalea. He had never seen one quite like it before, and neither had anyone else! It only grew in pine woods. Today, because of careful management, they grow in abundance throughout the 14,000 acres of Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia..
My original interest in Callaway Gardens was to see the butterfly gardens that a friend of mine kept raving about. Also, we had heard about the great golf course there.
Little did I know that some of the best bass fishing was also there!
Mountain Creek is the largest of its 13 lakes, and it has been open to fishing since the 1960s, but the other dozen have been closed to the public. Mountain Creek is a "atch and keep fishery", and for $20, you can rent a johnboat for half-a-day. In that amount of time, you'll probably fill a stringer with largemouths of about 3 pounds each.
There is an angling pro shop at Callaway Gardens' boat house that will provide everything that you'll need.
Spring and fall are the best months to fish.
The fishing was great, but I really enjoyed the flowers and the butterflies, the three 18-hole courses and a par-three executive course. We also enjoyed tennis, swimming, and hiking.
I think that its one of the most comprehensive resorts in the Southeast.
The good thing is that accommodations range from elegant to luxurious in Callaway Gardens Inn, Callaway Country Cottages, and private Mountain Creek Villas. Also, the inn features both casual and fine Southern cuisine.
Open all year
Rates: From $118.00 for 2 per day
Activities: Golf, tennis, canoeing, boating, hiking, fishing, bird watching, biking, wildlife photography, and antiquing.
Flowers at Callaway Gardens in Georgia