Awards and Recognition

Callaway Resort & Gardens is frequently recognized for its excellence in a number of areas by a variety of organizations and publications. We are proud to be the recipient of these honors:

Resort/Travel Destination

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Readers’ Choice – Favorite Resort and Favorite Romantic Getaway

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Readers’ Choice – Favorite Getaway in Georgia

Southern Living“2005 Favorite Spots” story inclusion

10Best.com10Best Travel Locations in Atlanta

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Readers’ Choice – Favorite Getaway in Georgia and Favorite Romantic Getaway

GEMC Georgia Magazine’s Best of Georgia Reader’s Choice Awards – First place for “Best Hotel or Resort”

Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Readers’ Choice Award – “Best Weekend Getaway”

Atlanta Business Chronicle Readers’ Choice Award – “Hotels & Meeting Spots: ‘Weekend Getaway’”

Atlanta.Citysearch.com nominee – “Best Weekend Getaway”

10Best.com10Best travel locations in Atlanta (January 2000)

AJC Readers’ Select Awards – 1999 Third place for “Best Romantic Getaway Spots In Georgia

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle 1999 runner-up – “Favorite Day Trip from Atlanta

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Readers’ Choice Award runner up – Best Getaway in Georgia

Meeting News Magazine Planners’ Choice Award in the Resort Hotels category  

Best Places to Stay in the South book, published by Houghton Mifflin Company

Creative Loafing Critics’ Choice – “Best Day Trip

 

Gardening

American Public Garden Association’s 2013 Award – Program of Excellence

Southern Living Readers’ Choice Award – Best Public Garden (multiple years)

Southern Living Readers’ Choice Award – Favorite Public Gardens (multiple years)

 

Golf/Recreation

Georgia Magazine’s 2013 Readers’ Choice Award – Top Place for Outdoor Activities/Sports

Zagat’s America’s Top Golf Courses Publication, October 2006/2007 – Mountain View and Lake View courses

Ranked among “Top 75 Tennis Resorts” in survey on Tennis Resorts Online

GEMC Georgia Magazine’s Best of Georgia Readers’ Choice Awards – Second place for “Favorite Place to Mountain Bike”

GEMC Georgia Magazine’s Best of Georgia Readers’ Choice Awards – Second place for “Best Golf Course” (Mountain View)

Golf Digest’s 2002 Places to Play

Tennis Resorts OnlineWorld’s Top 100 Tennis Resorts and Camps, 2002

Southern Living 2001 Readers’ Choice Award – Best Public Golf Course

Golf Digest magazine – 2000-2001 edition of Places to Play

Lake View Course, 4-star winner

Gardens View Course, 3.5-star winner

Mountain View Course, 4-star winner

Golf Magazine 1999 Silver Medal – one of the finest golf resorts in America

The Golfer (Travel Issue 1999) –  “The Top 100 Golf Resorts in the World”

Successful Meetings Magazine ACE Award Winner (six times)

Tennis magazine – fourth “Best Kids’ Program” for children’s tennis program

Tennis magazine – one of the “50 Greatest U.S. Tennis Resorts”

Tennis magazine – tennis program fifth in “Best Bargains

Southern Living 1998 Reader’s Choice Awards – Favorite Public Golf Course, Second Place

Golf Georgia magazine – Mountain View hole #16 placed #15

Golf Magazine 1998 Silver Medal – one of the finest golf resorts in America

Corporate & Incentive Travel – “Greens of Distinction” Award

Links Magazine – 100 Best Golf Resorts in North America

Tennis magazine – one of the top 10 “Best Kids’ Programs” for children’s tennis program

Tennis magazine – one of the Top 50 Tennis Resorts in the Nation.

 

Meetings/Groups

ConventionSouth magazine 2014 New/Renovated Meeting Site Award

ConventionSouth magazine 2013 Readers’ Choice Award for excellence, creativity, and professionalism

Successful Meetings – Pinnacle Award (Readers’ Choice) (multiple years)

Meeting & Conventions magazine – Gold Tee Award (multiple years)

Meeting NewsPlanners’ Choice Award (multiple years)

Corporate Meetings & Incentives – Paragon Awards (multiple years)

Corporate & Incentive Travel  1998 Award of Excellence

Successful Meetings – Ace Award

Corporate Meetings & Incentives Golden Links Award

 

Events/Holiday

Fantasy In Lights® named one of the Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights by National Geographic

Fantasy In Lights® selected as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS) (multiple years)

Fantasy In Lights® selected as one of the Top 3 holiday light shows in the U.S. by AmericasBest.com

Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament selected as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS)

Summer at Callaway selected as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS) (multiple years)

Spring at Callaway selected as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS) (multiple years)

Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament selected as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS)

Fantasy In Lights® named one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2003 by American Bus Association

Celebrate the Arts! selected as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS) (multiple years)

 

Family

FamilyFun magazine – 2013 Top 10 Family Resorts in the U.S.

Our Kids AtlantaFavorite Day Trip

FamilyFun magazine Readers’ Choice Award – Best Family Resort in the Southeast

AJC Readers Select Awards – “Place for a Family Weekend” Winner

Golf Magazine, March 2000 – 2nd Best Family Resort

FamilyFun Magazine, April 2000 – #3 Family Resort

Summer Family Adventure featured in the fifth edition (2000 printing) of the 100 Best Family Resorts in North America

Our Kids magazine Reader Poll Awards – “Favorite In-state Family Vacation

Golf Magazine – “The Best of… Family Programs” (Third Place)

Our Kids magazine Reader Poll Awards – “Best bike path/route for children

Atlanta Parent magazine’s Reader Poll “Family Favorites” – Tied for “Family Day Trip” category

Atlanta Parent magazine’s Reader Poll “Family Favorites” –  Runner-up for “Bike Trail” category

Creative Loafing Readers’ Choice and Critics’ Choice – “Best Place to Ride Bikes with the Kids

 

Miscellaneous

“Best of Atlanta”“Best Attraction”

Flavors of the Gardens‘ recipe for Baked Fish Fillets in Lime Juice and Sour Cream selected for the 2003 America’s Best Recipes book

Southern Living article on a new walking book “Georgia Walks” indicates that the book names “Anywhere in Callaway Gardens near Pine Mountain” as a “Best Overall Walk”

Country Cookin’ cookbook’s recipe for Ritz Cracker Pecan Pie selected to be in the “Best of the Best Recipe Hall of Fame Quick & Easy Cookbook”

LaGrange Daily News – First Place for “Place to Impress Out-of-Towners”

Flavors of the Gardens cookbook received “Certificate of Accomplishment” in the Tabasco Community Cookbook Awards 2000

Top 100 Website for 2000 by AnythingSouthern.com

The Country Kitchen listed in Frommer’s The Carolinas and Georgia Travel Guide

IABC Golden Flame Award for Newsletter

IABC Honorable Mention for Sales Kit

Mobil 4-Star Award


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