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Saturday, June 1
Visit the North Georgia mountains, and experience our acclaimed trails, take a pontoon on Carters Lake, then relax with friends by the fire in your base camp for adventure. Bring your best friend to lay tracks in the mountains or unwind in a cabin. Escape the ordinary with your family and experience heirloom orchards and tranquil rivers. Taste our farm fresh and homegrown flavors in Georgia's apple capital. Challenge yourself with a round of golf at Whitepath Golf Course, or cast a line in our land of many waters, then find your new favorite craft beer at River Street Tavern. Treat yourself to a tasting at our family owned vineyards, or discover historic Downtown Ellijay where the quaint antique shops, and local fare will have you reminiscing of the good ole days.
FIRST DAY OF RIDING | Sunday, June 2
Known as the Queen City of the Mountains and the Poultry Capital, Gainesville's most recent designation as "Hospitality Capital of the World" came when Gainesville hosted the 1996 Olympic rowing/kayaking events. 38,000-acre Lake Sidney Lanier offers many recreational opportunities, including canoe and kayak rentals at the Olympic Venue.
Downtown Gainesville is filled with a myriad of shops and restaurants, and marks the beginning of a to-scale model of the solar system. The woodland refuge and museum at Elachee Nature Science Center are located adjacent to the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve and Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center. The arts abound at The Arts Council, located in the transformed CSX railroad depot and at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center, located on Historic Green Street. Civil War buffs will want to visit the Piedmont Hotel and the gravesite of Confederate General James Longstreet.
Monday, June 3
Enjoy shopping in historic downtown Covington. Whether you are in the market for a wedding gift, antiques, hardware items, florist, ladies or children's apparel, toys, or just a special item for yourself, they can all be found downtown. Treat yourself to an afternoon of luxury at a day spa.
Find downtown filming sites used in the TV shows "The Vampire Diaries", "The Dukes of Hazzard" and "In the Heat of the Night." Over 60 feature films have used Covington/Newton County as their backdrop, and these sites can also be found in the brochure.
No matter what your taste in food, it can be satisfied downtown. You can choose from several deli establishments, Italian cuisine to Louisiana fare all within walking distance of the downtown square. Visitors continue to be drawn to the downtown area of Covington. The small-town, friendly atmosphere is refreshing and welcoming to everyone.
LAYOVER | Tuesday, June 4 & Wednesday, June 5
Bathed in an intoxicating mixture of magnolia and moonlight, her classic beauty is unsurpassed. Like a true Southern belle, she perfectly charms treasured guests with fascinating tales, southern delicacies and gracious hospitality. Enjoy a trolley ride through the historic district or meander through the streets of downtown. Meet Milledgeville, the First Lady of Georgia.
Her opulent halls have been graced by governors and haunted by ghosts. The legendary first lady has hosted senators and harbored soldiers. Artists and authors have found inspiration in the welcoming embrace of her oak-covered shadows.
Thursday, June 6
Visitors to Swainsboro and Emanuel County will find themselves in a gently rolling landscape of fields, woods and sandy soil. Under a canopy of piney woods, the forest floor is still carpeted with wiregrass, flora and fauna. The native deer, rabbits, raccoons, opossums, alligators, fish, bobcats, quail, foxes, snakes, turtles, and other wildlife compete with recent immigrants such as coyotes and armadillos. The Ohoopee, Ogeechee, and Canoochee rivers flow through the county, and the smaller streams and innumerable ponds make the region an excellent recreation and fishing area. The original inhabitants were, of course, Native Americans. In historical times, Creek Indians lived in the area and, although little material evidence remains to document them here, the names of rivers, historical accounts, and archaeological artifacts testify to their presence. The Indian cessions of 1773 and 1783 conveyed the land that now comprises Emanuel County to the state of Georgia.
Friday, June 7
Hinesville is one of the fastest growing cities in Southeast Georgia, and home to Fort Stewart and the 3rd Infantry Division, the largest Army installation east of the Mississippi River. Come honor our heroes and view Warrior's Walk at Ft. Stewart. Spanish moss gracefully drapes off our magnificent live oaks, and there are plenty of shops, restaurants and hotels to choose from to make your stay comfortable and affordable. If you're looking to shop local and eat local, we have a Farmers Market every Thursday from 4pm-7pm in downtown Hinesville. The Hinesville Area Arts Council Gallery has monthly art exhibits to browse and there are several festivals throughout the year, including Blues, Brews & BBQ, the Scarecrow Stroll and Small World Festival. Hinesville offers Southern hospitality and a relaxed way of life.
FINAL DAY | Saturday, June 8
Established as a port on the Altamaha River by Scottish Highlanders in 1736, Darien has a long martial tradition. By 1863, Darien was considered one of the great ports on the eastern seaboard. Aside from shipping staples like cotton and lumber, the port was a haven for blockade runners. Because of its economic importance and notoriety as a blockade-running sanctuary, Darien became a target of Union forces invading the Georgia coast during the Civil War. With the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, now is the perfect time to explore Darien's Civil War history.
Visit Darien and explore rivers, estuaries, islands, beaches and natural habitats. We boast one of the world's largest estuarine systems swimming with seafood that is harvested locally. While we know you will find your favorite place in history whether it be Fort King George, Ashantilly or the Old Jail; our best advice is sure to be dining on local cuisine at one of our restaurants, events or festivals.