Complete bliss — that’s what I felt as the therapist at Spa Prunifolia massaged away days’ worth of stress. Welcome to my relaxing weekend getaway to The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens.
The drive from Atlanta to The Lodge and Spa, which is located in the town of Pine Mountain, Ga., clocks in at about an hour. After arriving on a Friday afternoon, I checked in to my room, opened a bottle of wine that I’d brought (always a travel must for me), and headed straight to my private balcony to enjoy the peace and quiet.
The resort offers up guest room, junior suite, and personal suite options to suit everyone’s needs. You’ll find everything you need from cozy beds with 300-thread count sheets to 32-inch flat screen TVs and in-room mini fridges to keep your snacks (or that bottle of white wine) chilled. Other amenities include complimentary internet and passes to enjoy all that Callaway Gardens has to offer.
That evening, I enjoyed dinner in the Piedmont Grille (FYI, the grill does offer a Friday evening seafood buffet), which serves up menu options ranging from sweet tea roasted chicken to shrimp and grits.
Saturday kicked off with the filling breakfast buffet at the Piedmont Grille (think everything from waffles to custom-made omelets) and was followed by a day at the gardens. In case you’re not familiar with the property, Callaway Gardens was created by Cason and Virginia Callaway and opened in 1952. The 2,500 acre property is home to attractions like the Day Butterfly Center, Mr. Cason’s Vegetable Garden, a number of hiking trails, and Robin Lake Beach (and all of the beach and water sports you can imagine) — there’s basically something for everyone from couples to families.
For lunch, I headed to the Country Kitchen, located just outside the property gates, for some good old country cooking, which included biscuits and butter beans. And the afternoon was spent enjoying the spa (and fitness center, to work off that delicious lunch) where you can partake in a massage like I did or just get a mani or pedi. Oh, and don’t forget to set aside some time to enjoy the sauna and my favorite, the steam room.
For dinner, I decided to grab a burger and beer at The Lodge and Spa’s Ironwood Lounge and got the added bonus of listening to a little live music before heading to bed. And before I knew it, it was Sunday morning and time to enjoy my last breakfast of the visit — a yummy room service omelet. It was the perfect way to round out my relaxing stay at The Lodge and Spa at Callaway.
To book your getaway to Callaway, visit http://www.callawaylodgeandspa.com.