To celebrate the 2014 International Housekeepers Week, Callaway Gardens feted our large team of housekeepers with a full week of celebration. Festivities culminated today with a delicious meal, inspirational videos, and a competition among the three housekeeping divisions to see which had the best and faster bedmaker. Before departing General Manager Russ Cronberg presented each with a thank you gift of an insulated lunch tote printed with “Our Housekeeping Team Keeps it Clean” and a huge message of appreciation. Whether you work here or elsewhere – thank you to all housekeepers!
The magic of Christmas is only 100 days away! Fantasy In Lights is a memory-making must with your family, friends and co-workers. The elves at Callaway Gardens are busy getting things ready! For details, visit www.callawaygardens.com/fil or call (855) 421-4199. You can purchase an overnight package with tickets or simply tickets to the event. Admission includes admission to visit the Gardens by day the day of your visit or before Dec. 31, 2014. And, if you stay overnight, you receive VIP Trolley loading.
Hope to see you at Callaway Gardens!
Did you realize that Callaway Garden is a non-profit organization? Many people are surprised. We have many people who volunteer to assist in the Gardens in a variety of capacities. It could be greeting guests, helping at a special event or planting new flower beds.
Today we took time to thank our volunteers and recognize their contributions with a Volunteer Picnic that included an All-American cookout, raffle prizes and recognition of volunteer hours for 2013.
Of course, volunteering comes with perks such as special access to the Gardens, it’s special events and occasions – such as this fun picnic.
For more information about becoming a Callaway Gardens volunteer, CLICK HERE.
On the 13th anniversary of the tragedies of 9/11, Callaway Gardens would like to offer everyone the opportunity to visit Callaway Gardens on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, at no cost.
Created to be a place to provide “nourishment for the soul, consolation for the heart and inspiration for the mind,” the natural surroundings of Callaway Gardens provide a wonderful place to reconnect with each other and focus on what is important in life. Providing such experiences and opportunities fulfills the mission of the non-profit Callaway Gardens, “Connecting Man and Nature in a way that benefits both.”
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Ga.
Visit www.callawaygardens.com or call 1.800.463.6990.
Callaway Gardens® is proud to host the 2014 Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Exhibit. This year is the 22nd anniversary of the Junior Duck Stamp program, which is made available through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to promote conservation through the arts.
Each year Georgia youth participate in the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Contest. Students in grades K-12 select a North American duck, goose or swan; research the species and its habitat; then depict the bird in an artistic medium.
Following the competition, the artwork goes on an exhibition tour around Georgia. The exhibit will be on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Daisy Classroom of Callaway Gardens’ Virginia Hand Callaway Discovery Center through Oct. 31, 2014.
Winners on the state level receive prizes and certificates. Bethany Panhorst, 17, from Savannah Arts Academy, won the annual 2014 Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Art Competition on April 8, in Atlanta. Five judges unanimously selected Panhorst’s acrylic rendition of a green-winged teal out of 588 entries as the Georgia Best of Show.
Prizes and ribbons are also given for the best student conservation message that expresses the spirit of what they learned while researching and planning for their Duck Stamp Contest artwork entry. This year’s winning conservation message was submitted by 12-year-old Brock Taylor from Savannah Country Day School: “Conservation is like a half-full cup, you can always do more.
To support conservation programs, Junior Duck Stamps may be purchased for $5, plus shipping and handling by calling 1-800-STAMP-24 (800-782-6724). For program information, visit http://duckstamps.fws.gov.
The USFWS sponsors this program annually to promote conservation through arts. It is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish and wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. Callaway Gardens exists to fulfill a similar mission of preserving the natural environment and helping others learn good stewardship of the earth.
According to the USFWS website, for every dollar spent on federal duck stamps, 98 cents goes directly to purchase vital habitat for protection in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Since 1934, sales of Federal Duck Stamps to hunters, stamp collectors and other conservationists have raised millions of dollars which has been used to acquire more than 5.3 million acres of habitat for the National Wildlife Refuge System.
Admission to Callaway Gardens is $18/adult; $9/child (ages 6 to 12); children ages 5 and under are admitted for free. Special event rates may apply. Tax is included.
Callaway Gardens® will host the first Craft Beer Festival* on Saturday, Sept. 13, at Robin Lake Beach from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. This festival is an all-you-can-taste extravaganza with more than 30 craft beers from 15 different craft beer vendors.
“We’re excited to offer this opportunity. The ticket to this one of a kind beer fest includes all the tastings one would like and four full beer tickets,” said Andy Brown, director of recreation for Callaway Gardens. “We’re changing it up from our normal wine events and trying a beer tasting.”
Featured breweries include: Goose Island, Lonerider, Shock Top, Jailhouse Brewing Co., Red Hare, Monday Night Brewing, Red Hook, Kona Brewing Co., Lazy Magnolia, Jekyll Brewing, Anheuser Busch, Yuengling, New Belgium and more.
Additional beer tickets can be purchased for an additional cost of $5. Both Neil Lucas and the Barstool Prophets will be entertaining with live music so bring a chair or blanket to relax and enjoy the setting. Food will be available for purchase. And, college football will be on the Beach Bar televisions.
Tickets can be purchased in advance for $25 or at the gate for $30. In an effort to promote safe driving, Callaway Gardens encourages each guest participating to bring a designated driver. Designated drivers, children and patrons not participating in the drinking of the festival will receive a discounted admission price of $10. For tickets, visit www.callawaygardens.com or (800) 463-6990.
Want to make a weekend out of it? Reserve the Craft Beer Fest Package. It starts at $179** in the Mountain Creek Inn and includes admission to the beer festival and the Gardens for each day of stay and day of departure, accommodations, a shuttle from your accommodations, and a breakfast buffet in the Plant Room. To reserve your room, visit www.callawaygardens.com or call 1.844.463.6990.
* Event is Rain or Shine
**Rate is per night, based on double occupancy in a Non-View Room at the Mountain Creek Inn. Offer valid Sept. 12-14, 2014. Pricing also is available in the Southern Pine Cottages, Mountain Creek Villas and Vacation Homes. Tax not included. Based on availability. Other restrictions may apply.
This is the Magic! Everyone loves a hot air balloon. They are so colorful and so large! This video captures some of those amazing features. We hope you can join us for the 16th annual Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival Labor Day Weekend! For more information, call (855) 421-4199.
We hope you can plan a getaway trip to come visit Callaway Gardens during the festival. Whether it be a day trip from Atlanta or a weekend trip, the festival is a great way to wind down the Summer … end it on a “High Note.” We couldn’t resist.
College football is on the way! Plan to stay at Callaway Gardens in route on the Game Day Package. It includes your lodging, Gardens admission, breakfast and a game day gift – this useful game day seat cushion! For details, visit www.callawaygardens.com and click on “Game Day Package.” The Vineyard Green, inside the Inn, will feature Game Day Appetizers and games on the big screen. And, the Sibley Horticultural Center is bringing back the Collegiate Topiaries!
Sample more than 30 craft beers from 15 vendors and enjoy music from Neil Lucas and the Barstool Prophets in the beautiful setting of Robin Lake Beach. College football will definitely be shown! For details, purchase tickets or download the poster for yourself, visit www.callawaygardens.com/beerfest.
Shout out to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer and its readers for once again choosing Callaway Gardens for their Readers’ Choice awards. We were honored in the categories of “Resort” and Romantic Getaway.” The winners were published yesterday! Thank you to all who submitted our name. Come see us soon!