Sit a spell...

Pine Mountain, Ga is a place to experience small town living at its best.  It is not a bright lights, big city, Starbuck's kind of thing.  It's sitting in one of the many rocking chairs with an ice cream cone from The Purple Cow.  Watching your children play in the water fountain at Callaway Gardens or having fried green tomatoes down the road in Warm Springs at the Bulloch House.  When you hit the city limits, gear your brain down to second and exhale.  Now you are in the right frame of mind.

Here are some local favorites.

1. Callaway Gardens Robin Lake Beach

The Fourth of July at Callaway Gardens is the best choice around.  The Swinging Medallions play beach music and the fireworks are amazing.  Barbeque is offered along with shaved ice.  If you have to choose a weekend or a week to visit, this would be the best end of your week. Bring a picnic or grill out at one of the many public grills.  It gets busy but not overcrowded on the Fourth so come early and expect to leave late.  Iceberg Island is a great "water park" on the lake.  There is a fee of  five bucks an hour but it is well worth it. Other vendors include ceramics painting, rock climbing and a bouncer thing.  Free beach activities include shuffleboard, miniature golf, a miniature train ride and paddle boats.  Bring sand toys for the young'uns and enjoy the beach. Sharks not included.  

Callaway also offers great trails to walk or bike complete with waterfalls and the Memorial Chapel, a children's maze, Mr. Cason's Vegetable Garden, the Overlook Pavillon which you should go past the pavillion and down the hill following crosstie steps to a small dock and feed the fish and turtles. It is amazing to the little ones but hold them back from the edge.  The pavillion dock is well worth the few extra minutes it takes to find.  The birds of prey show is best experienced by sitting on the inside closest to the aisle down the center.  The birds will fly low past you to a perch in the back. Get there early for those special seats. The birds of prey show is near the discovery center and it has a set schedule.  While you wait for it to start try taking a boat ride around the lake and back.  It takes twenty minutes and offers yet another view of  the grandness of nature.  Creature comforts for this day at Callaway would be a cooler packed with snacks and frozen water bottles among other drinks and comfortable shoes. It is best to see the birds of prey first at 10am then make your way to the butterflies before noon then eat lunch at the overlook dock ( don't forget the crackers for the fish) if you brought a picnic, if not then the beach pavillion offers the widest range of short order meals. You can bike or play at the beach but it's hard to do both unless you bike in the morning and play in the afternoon on one day and see all the exhibits the next.

When you leave, stop at the country store and pick up some speckled heart grits, fudge or other old fashioned candy. 

Main thought- The more you slow down, the more you see, the more you love Callaway.

 

2.  The Purple Cow

Great wine for Mom and Dad, Great ice cream for the kids and even sandwiches to boot! 

3. Three Little Pigs

Great Bar-b-que the way we like it down here-cheap and plentiful.  The chipped sandwich meal is enough for anyone and you can subsitute the slaw for the veggie of the day or baked beans.  The sauces are hot so stick with the mild..

4. Warm Springs

 Visit Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Little White House.  Eat lunch at the Bulloch House. Have the buffet.  Eat a little of everything and put Papa Garrett's stewed tomatoes on your peas or beans but you must get there before 3pm. When you've stuffed yourself with fine southern cooking, get your tea to go and  find a rocking chair somewhere close by to talk about the old days. After you have come back to your senses, go shop! or head down the road to a "you pick em" peach orchard or strawberries depending on the season.

5. Wild Animal Safari

Go early, get feed and the big refill drinks then get slobbered! Big score for the children. You can bring picnics.

6..The Rose Cottage- good 3.00 coffee and great place for lunch. 

7. Downtown Columbus-Go south on 27 straight into Columbus-30-40 min.

The Cannon Micro Brew Pub, they make their own root beer too! The pizza and the burgers are great and it's family friendly

Thursday nights there is music outside in the summer. If you need the nightlife then downtown is the place to find it.

Country's BBQ- fantastic! Great side dishes. 

8.Hamilton

Look, honey! A real town square, Get a snack at the gas station across the street. I vote for tater logs with ketchup and a coke  to eat on the square then take the kids across the street and ask the fireman if he can let them see the fire trucks. 

9.  Roosevelt State Park

If you're in Pine Mountain in the summertime, don't miss the Liberty Bell Pool, built by the CCC after the depression.  It is the biggest, most beautiful swimming pool you'll ever see.  Built out of Georgia fieldstone, it is filled with water straight out of the cool springs on the mountain.  Camping is nice at the state park, and there are activities such as hiking and horseback riding.

10.  Whistlin' Pig Barbecue

This place is not open in the evenings, so plan to stop there for lunch for some good barbecue and fried green tomatoes.  If you're really lucky, they'll have some slices of homemade caramel cake for you to indulge yourself with.