2015 Callaway Gardens Fitness Series Schedule Announced

14 Jan
January 14, 2015

Each year Callaway Gardens® hosts a variety of fitness events that are nationally known for both their competitiveness and the beauty of the setting.

The 2015 Callaway Gardens Fitness Series includes:

Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K annually takes place in late-January (January 25). The marathon is US Track & Field Association certified and a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.  Interestingly, this particular marathon is popular among the 50 State Marathon Club, a group of athletes who attempt to compete in one marathon in each of the 50 U.S. States.  This Callaway Gardens event is one of the few that is a popular “repeat” event for many in the marathon club, which surely is a testimony to the beauty of Callaway Gardens.

Duathlon (5K run, 30K bike, 5K run) and 5K on May 10.  Duathlons are less common these days making this event at Callaway Gardens a unique opportunity.

Sprint Triathlon (1/4 mile swim, 9 mile bike, 2 mile run) on June 21.  Now the biggest event of its kind in the Southeast, its quick ascent to the top is largely due to its popularity for first-time triathletes and for young athletes.

Triathlon (1K swim, 30K bike, 8K run) and 5K on September 6.  The Callaway Gardens event is the longest running triathlon in the continental United States.

Twilight 10K race on November 7.  Certified by US Track and Field, this event has been a qualifier for the Atlanta Peachtree Road Race since its beginning in 1998.

Individual athletes and teams can register for these events at www.active.com.  For more information, contact Dave Johnson Enterprises at 770-565-5208.  Participants’ registration fee includes admission to the Gardens.  Spectators accompanying Fitness Series Event participants can enter the Gardens for half-price of that day’s admission rate (general or special event).

Fitness Series participants can request a special rate for overnight lodging that includes admission to Callaway Gardens so they can be well rested for their events.

Callaway Gardens is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus.  For additional information, call 1.855.421.4199 or visit www.callawaygardens.com/fitness.

*Details subject to change.

Calling All Gardeners! Southern Gardening Symposium Coming Up In January 2015

29 Dec
December 29, 2014

Get inspired for next season’s “dream garden” at the 29th annual Southern Gardening Symposium, one of the nation’s premier gardening events at beautiful Callaway Gardens®.

Make plans to attend this symposium January 23-25, 2015, where you can listen and learn about gardening from an outstanding group of experts.  Designed for novice to expert gardeners, this jam-packed schedule includes lectures and presentations as well as optional pre-conference workshops.  Though content-rich, this event provides the unique opportunity for personal interaction with the speakers throughout the weekend.

Learn from experts including Authors Peter Loewer (Murder in the Garden), Troy Marden (Lessons from 20 Years of Gardening in the South), and Dr. Larry Mellichamp (Natives for Your Garden). These authors will have their books available for sale and will sign autographs throughout the weekend. Other lectures include Ben Page (Creating a Nurturing Garden), Jinni Hernandez (Tried, True and New Annuals), Kurt Straudt (Succulents in Your Garden), Michael Buckman (Gardening for Butterflies) and Dan Long (Clematis).

In addition to presentations, guests can indulge their passion at the SGS Marketplace offering one-stop shopping for the gardener.  You’ll find an assortment of choice plants, many of which are touted by Symposium speakers as the new “must-haves”; a superb book selection including new releases by SGS speakers, who will be available for autographing; and a delightful array of garden ornaments.

SGS participants will have an exciting opportunity to participate in both silent and live auctions.  The auction items include books and plants recommended by speakers; tours of private gardens; garden ornaments; botanical artwork by the late Athos Menaboni; special plants; items contributed by Marketplace vendors, speakers and much more.

Preregistration for SGS is required by Friday, Jan. 16, 2015.  The program registration fee of $259 includes Friday’s opening reception; Saturday’s continental breakfast, programs with printed materials, box lunch and evening banquet; and Sunday’s continental breakfast and programs with printed materials.

The Southern Gardening Symposium is approved for seven contact hours for Georgia Certified Landscape Professional Continuing Education Units.

Callaway Gardens provides a variety of lodging options for SGS participants.  The special rate of $89* per room per night is available in the recently renovated Mountain Creek Inn®. This rate includes admission to Callaway Gardens per night of stay and day of departure.  Nestled in the trees, the spacious Cottages and lovely Villas and Vacation Homes also are available for the choosing.

For further information about SGS or to request a brochure, contact the Education Department 1.844.815.6706 or education@callawaygardens.com.

Callaway Gardens® is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus.  For additional information, call 1.855.421.4199 or visit www.callawaygardens.com.

*The above room rates are available only to registered SGS participants. Valid for Mountain Creek® Inn only and based on availability and double occupancy.  Some restrictions apply. Symposium registration fee is separate.  Rates for the more spacious Southern Pine Cottages and Mountain Creek Villas and Vacation Homes also are available.


15 Dec
December 15, 2014

Today is the LAST day to Vote! Help Callaway Gardens’ Fantasy In Lights finish strong!  Please vote on every computer, laptop or smart phone! Click this link: http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-public-lights-display/fantasy-in-lights-callaway-gardens/ 

And, please share! Thank you!

2014 Ornament Available for Purchase at the Chrismtas Village

08 Dec
December 8, 2014

One of our favorite Fantasy In Lights scenes is “March of the Toy Soldiers.” Now, guests in our Christmas Village can purchase a Christmas ornament inspired by the special frames in that scene and designed to tug the heart strings on Christmas mornings for years to come!  The attached picture shows the different sides of the 2014 ornament.  For information on Fantasy in Lights, click here.


03 Dec
December 3, 2014

The Clydesdales are coming to Callaway Gardens! This Sunday, Dec. 7, see these beautiful creatures near the Fantasy In Lights Christmas Village from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Make some Christmas memories! No admission to access this event in the Fantasy In Lights area.

Bring the Children to “Story Time with Mrs. Claus”

01 Dec
December 1, 2014

Join Santa’s lovely bride for a fun hour of storytelling and cupcake decorating! Children also will make a bag of reindeer food to take home for Rudolph’s Christmas Eve visit. This event is designed for children ages 12 and younger, and at least one accompanying adult.

“Story Time with Mrs. Claus” is available every Saturday and Sunday beginning Nov. 22 through Dec. 21, 2014.  There are two Saturday sessions to choose from:  1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and one Sunday session at 1 p.m.

The cost is $11 per person ages 2 and older. Taxes and service fees are additional. Reservations are required for each person attending.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Ages 2 and younger are admitted for free but require a “free child’s ticket” when placing the order.

Father Christmas, a.k.a. Santa, is available nightly for photos, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. inside the Fantasy In Lights Christmas Village Nov. 21 through Dec. 24, though he may take a break during the evening.  No admission or ticket is required to access the Christmas Village, which also features shopping and dining.

For details and reservations, call 800.852.3810 or visit www.callawaygardens.com/fil.  Overnight packages are a great way to turn this experience into a holiday getaway.

VOTE for Fantasy In Lights as a 10Best USA Today Light Display

01 Dec
December 1, 2014

USA Today recently notified Callaway Gardens that Fantasy In Lights® is in the running for their 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award in the “Best Public Lights Display” category.

To vote for “Fantasy In Lights – Callaway Gardens”  CLICK HERE or visit http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-public-lights-display/.

“There’s stiff competition,” said Edward Callaway, chairman of the Ida Cason Callaway Foundation, the parent organization of the non-profit Callaway Gardens. “We hope that everyone will vote every day until the deadline, and ask their friends and family to do the same.”  You can vote every day, on every device.

Voting for the USA Today Readers’ Choice Award ends Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at midnight.

Fantasy In Lights is available nightly through Dec. 30, 2014.  Overnight packages and tickets are available at www.callawaygardens.com/fil or call 855-421-4199.  Advance ticket purchases are recommended.

Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner this Year … Leave the Cooking to Us

03 Nov
November 3, 2014

Hi, I’m Michael Gonzalez, the Executive Chef here at Callaway Gardens. Thanksgiving is a little more than 3 weeks away and if you haven’t treated yourself to taking a break from all the cooking and preparations and let someone else (like our culinary team) take care of everything, maybe this year’s the one! Check out all the amazing options you have for a Thanksgiving feast here at Callaway Gardens.  CLICK HERE for menus, reservation information and more.

Free Admission on November 6 to Remember Gardens’ Founder Cason J. Callaway

03 Nov
November 3, 2014

To pay homage to its founder, Callaway Gardens will admit all guests for free on Cason J. Callaway’s birthday, Thursday, November 6, 2014.

To mark the occasion, guests can enjoy an organ concert from Noon to 4 p.m. at the Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel.

Callaway Gardens is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus.  For additional information, call 800.463.6990 or visit www.callawaygardens.com.

Callaway Gardens Named a Readers’ Choice Award-Winner by Convention South Magazine Readers

03 Nov
November 3, 2014

Meet at award winning locations … like Callaway Gardens. Convention South just announced their 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards and – for at least the last five years running – Callaway Gardens is voted in again. To plan your site today, call 1-800-543-7121 or CLICK HERE.

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