Scott Freeman 2017-12-28 01:25:43
Taking The Stage Georgia shines bright with entertainment tourism options. In recent years, Georgia has become the top destination in the world for feature films, and for film and television fans, the state abounds with Hunger Games settings, zombie landmarks, and other big- and small-screen backdrops prominently featured in hit movies and TV shows. That is on top of an already-rich musical history that boasts artists as diverse as Ray Charles, James Brown, Otis Redding, the Allman Brothers Band, R.E.M, the Indigo Girls, OutKast, and Alan Jackson. Georgia offers locales far and wide for visitors to see, experience, and appreciate its great entertainment legacy—one that continues to grow with more and more hot spots as each year passes. 1 Day One Gibbs Gardens, Ball Ground There’s a reason Gibbs Gardens was selected to represent Heaven in the 2016 Jennifer Garner film, Miracles From Heaven. Spread over 220 acres, the garden features twenty-four ponds, thirty-two bridge crossings, nineteen waterfalls, and thousands of trees and flowers. The world-class gardens represent the passion of Atlanta landscaper Jim Gibbs, who spent six years looking for the perfect location. Open to the public from March through mid-December. Call ahead for special group pricing. gibbsgardens.com Atlanta History Center, Atlanta Located on the grounds of the Atlanta History Center, the stately Swan House was built in 1928 by cotton heir Edward Inman as a party palace to celebrate the Jazz Age. But the mansion’s greatest fame has come in recent times from its role as President Snow’s residence in the Hunger Games films. Visitors can tour the rooms used in the film, as well as visit the center’s world-class museum. Groups may opt for self-guided tours, or book a forty-five-minute guided tour in advance. atlantahistorycenter.com Atlanta Movie Tours, Atlanta More than 1,200 movies and television shows have filmed in and around Atlanta, and Atlanta Movie Tours offers nine different three-hour bus tours. See locations from films such as The Hunger Games series, Captain America: Civil War, and Driving Miss Daisy. Schedule a tour that focuses on black heritage, or one spotlighting the time period in Atlanta that inspired Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell (complete with a Mitchell impersonator serving as tour guide). Groups are welcome, and private customized tours may be arranged. atlantamovietours.com OVERNIGHT IN ATLANTA 2 Day Two Home of The Walking Dead, Senoia The small community of Senoia serves as the setting and the heart of The Walking Dead universe and it’s the place to visit for devotees of the hit television series. Georgia Tour Company offers a guided trek. For the independent-minded, the Woodbury Shoppe and Waking Dead Cafe—which carry official TWD merchandise—are the starting points for self-guided tours to experience up close the world of zombies and The Walking Dead. woodburyshoppe.com Mystic Falls Tours and On Location Self-Guided Movie Tour, Covington Covington serves as the location of Mystic Falls from the hit CW series The Vampire Diaries. Mystic Falls Tours offers exclusive access to the show’s Lockwood Mansion, a trip to the Mystic Grill, the Whitmore college campus, and views of sets built for the series. The self-guided walking or driving tour map, available at Covington’s Visitor Information Center, includes seventeen locations from the show, along with local filming spots from The Dukes of Hazzard, In The Heat of the Night, and Remember the Titans. mysticfallstours.com, gocovington.com Rock Candy Tours, Macon Macon’s role in the history of American music is both unique and underappreciated. Four artists who rose out of Macon—Little Richard, James Brown, Otis Redding, and the Allman Brothers Band—all redefined what music could be. Rock Candy Tours takes visitors into the heart of the time during which that iconic music was born. “Step-on” tours are available for groups traveling in buses, or Rock Candy can provide a bus or trolley upon request. rockcandytours.com OVERNIGHT IN MACON 3 Day Three The Big House, Macon The Big House is one of the most iconic homes in rock history, the place where the Allman Brothers Band lived and rehearsed as they forged the beginnings of the Southern Rock sound. The Allman Brothers Band Museum, now housed here, boasts a wealth of memorabilia that ranges from guitars (including the Les Paul that Duane Allman played in “Layla”) to clothing to historical overviews. You can stand in the kitchen where Dickey Betts wrote “Ramblin’ Man,” and find ABB music and T-shirts in the gift shop. Group tours are available. thebighousemuseum.com Savannah Movie Tours, Savannah Savannah has played host to movie sets for decades, and this outfit offers a ninety-minute bus tour that covers locations for films from Forrest Gump to Something To Talk About to Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The tour includes film clips shown on the bus, plus a visit to legendary Leopold’s Ice Cream, owned by film producer Stratton Leopold. Songwriter Johnny Mercer worked here as a boy, and his favorite flavor, Tutti Frutti, has been a menu staple since 1919. Special rates are available for groups of ten or more. savannahmovietours.com Jekyll Island Club Resort, Jekyll Island Once an exclusive getaway for the rich and famous, this resort is now known as the setting for the Robert Redford film The Legend of Bagger Vance. Nearby, the picturesque Jekyll Island Golf Club is where the mysterious golfing guru Bagger Vance, played by Will Smith in the film, schooled Matt Damon’s character. Other movies filmed on Jekyll include Glory, X-Men: First Class, and Live By Night. The resort offers room blocks for groups, with options from croquet on the lawn to horseback rides on the beach. jekyllclub.com DON’T-MISS DINING Williamson Brothers Bar-B-Q, Marietta Since opening their first restaurant in Marietta in 1990, Williamson Brothers Bar-B-Q has become one of the most acclaimed places in Georgia for ribs and pulled pork, and they’re especially known for their popular sauces. The restaurant is group-friendly and offers catering for groups of twenty-five or more. williamsonbros.com MUST-STOP SHOPPING Avalon, Alpharetta Avalon offers 500,000 square feet of upscale retail— with shops such as Apple Store, Kendra Scott, Peter Millar, and Tumi—as well as a plethora of gourmet and unique casual restaurants. The pedestrian-friendly, sustainably built outdoor complex includes a bocce court, movie theater complex, an ice-skating rink in the winter, and a fire pit. experienceavalon.com
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