Wendell Brock 2017-12-28 01:38:14
Of Land And Sea Georgia boasts a delicious bounty of culinary destinations and experiences. If you like good things to eat, Georgia offers a veritable groaning board of food experiences. Maybe you’d like to trawl for fish on a shrimp boat; enjoy a real-deal campfire meal while staying on a cattle ranch; or take a chow-hop around some of the state’s picturesque cities. Think of these foodie destinations as the main dish— the meat-and-potatoes of your excursion. The gravy comes in the form of the history, architecture, gardens, ocean views, and culture you encounter with every bite. The only must-pack item: your appetite. 1 Day One Biblical History Center, LaGrange Archeologist Dr. James Fleming founded this museum that takes you back several millennia to the ancient Middle East. After peeking into a goat-hair tent and replicas of ancient tombs, guests partake in a four-course Passover meal that includes foods such as unleavened bread, fruit, and sweets, plus wine, grape juice, or water. This olden repast occurs in a room modeled after one discovered at Pompeii. biblicalhistorycenter.com The Rock Ranch, The Rock Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy imagined this 1,500-acre working cattle ranch as a place for families to have a giddy-up good time. Ride ponies, wet a hook, and have a “Home on the Range”–style chowwow. After roasting weenies and melting s’mores over a campfire, tuck in for the night in a Conestoga covered wagon. There’s u-pick produce, grassfed beef to purchase (bring your cooler), and plenty more vittles to eat on the spot. Seven concession areas offer burgers, pimento cheese sandwiches, foot-long hot dogs, fried pickles, frozen lemonade, and of course that famous Chick-fil-A sandwich! therockranch.com OVERNIGHT IN THE ROCK 2 Day Two Whistle Stop Cafe, Juliette Tiny Juliette, Georgia, will forever be remembered as the place where the film version of Fannie Flagg’s 1987 novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe was shot. Now visitors may dine in the cafe featured in the 1991 movie starring Jessica Tandy, Kathy Bates, and Mary-Louise Parker. Originally built in 1927 as a general store, the Southern- style restaurant serves fried chicken, barbecue, salads, and sandwiches. Start with fried green tomatoes (of course) and end the feast with pound cake, cobbler, or a fried apple pie. thewhistlestop.com Talk of the Town, Washington This charming small town is known for its eye-catching historic homes dating back to colonial times and for restoration projects like Callaway Plantation and the Fitzpatrick Hotel. The circa-1898 Fitzpatrick is home to The Talk of the Town, a cafe known for its pressed panini “sammiches” with names like The Arnold Ziffel (a ham-and-Swiss riff on the pig from Green Acres) and Hello Dolly (smoked turkey). On Sundays, groups enjoy a buffet of Southern classics including fried chicken and deviled eggs. thefitzpatrickhotel.com Augusta Food Tours, Augusta A taste-around is a great way to see and sample a lot without sitting down to a full meal. Augusta Food Tours offer two experiences, with a focus on downtown or the neighborhood around Augusta National Golf Club. History, architecture, and local lore are all on the menu. The city itinerary includes barbecue, Asian noodles, and sweets, while the National Hills sojourn encompasses Italian and Southern fare, as well as craft cocktails and beer. Groups may consider upgrading to the VIP trolley and leave the driving to a pro. augustafoodtours.com OVERNIGHT IN AUGUSTA 3 Day Three Watermelon Creek Vineyard, Glennville When deciding what to do with their ninth-generation family homestead, Charles and Deborah Tillman were inspired by a trip to California wine country and the entrepreneurial potential of the grape. In the heart of Georgia onion country, this five-year-old winery crafts vino from sweet scuppernongs and muscadines. Situated on a picturesque property that includes a pond, millhouse, and barnyard, the tasting room offers panini, salads, charcuterie, bruschetta, pimento cheese, and pepper jelly made with Watermelon Creek scuppernongs. A banquet hall accommodates groups of ten to 144. watermeloncreekvineyard.com Savannah Taste Experience, Savannah From the crab soup with blue crustaceans to sausage stuffed with local blueberries, Savannah’s food scene is a vibrant mix of old and new. In fact, the brothers behind this food-tour company confess they had trouble narrowing down places to showcase in the Hostess City. The “First Squares” tour (great for first-timers) starts on River Street and includes cupcakes, British meat pies, a couple of pubs, and some seriously good honey. The “Famous & Secret East Side” tour is more of a connoisseur’s experience, with off-the-beatenpath spots so fresh even some locals don’t know about them. savannahtasteexperience.com Lady Jane Shrimp Boat, Brunswick A former shrimp boat, the Lady Jane was refurbished for sightseeing and fishing adventures around the marshes of Glynn County and St. Simons Island. The boat trawls the waters for the day’s catch (shrimp, crab, amberjack, sand sharks, and whatnot) and hoists it onboard for all to see (and even sort through, if you don’t mind fishy hands). While state regulations don’t allow for the seafood to be kept or consumed, the Lady Jane offers an optional low country boil for up to forty-nine passengers. shrimpcruise.com DON’T-MISS DINING The Pirate’s House, Savannah Legend has it that this iconic restaurant dating back to 1753 started as an inn for seafarers and “fast became a rendezvous for blood-thirsty pirates and sailors.” Today, it’s a rambling warren of fifteen dining rooms, where guests may indulge in an extravagant lunchtime buffet of seafood and Southern fare, or order dinner a la carte. thepirateshouse.com MUST-STOP SHOPPING Madison Markets, Madison This enchanting town is known for a lovely main street with elegant homes. But visitors will also delight in its dandy collection of antique shops housed in a group of renovated cotton warehouses. Imagine 20,000 square feet of lamps, rugs, china, silver, crystal, linens, and other collectible treasures all eager to be adopted and taken to a new home—yours! madisonmarkets.com
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