Callaway Gardens Resort
A family-focused resort that is also good for business and romance.
Garden enthusiasts, adventure seekers (there's a zip line and an obstacle course), hikers, golfers, butterfly champions, nature lovers, bicyclists, tennis players, kayakers --- all will find their interests fed at Callaway Gardens. Guests can watch raptors or take fly fishing lessons, or just bring books to read and savor the tranquility. The product of wealth earned in the Georgia textile business, Callaway Gardens is a 13,000-acre resort founded by Cason Jewell Callaway in 1932. Beginning in the 1950s, lodging accommodations were built, and those today constitute the basic rooms of the Mountain Creek Inn. Besides the inn, newer two-bedroom cottages and two-to-four-bedroom villas are privately owned but in the rental pool, providing a wide selection of styles and price ranges. The cottages and villas feature completely equipped kitchens, and the cottage kitchens provide dishes and cookware as well. There's a grill on the back decks of each cottage, which also have screened-in porches. Villas are larger and more luxurious, as well as more expensive, but can accommodate as many as four couples. Families will love the children's programs, enabling the adults to enjoy some time of their own. Restaurants on the grounds range from casual to fine dining, and at the Country Store, meals may be enjoyed within view of the mountains. You'll also want to go home with some grits and muscadine jam. Don't miss the on-site butterfly exhibition. Nearby attractions include President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's home at Warm Springs and the baths where he sought relief from the effects of polio.