Best Thanksgiving Ideas in Georgia

Thanksgiving can be a hectic, busy time of the year for most people. It’s sometimes hard to remember that it’s supposed to be a holiday. This year, instead of getting wrapped up in the hustle and bustle, try one of these fun things to do near Pine Mountain, GA, the gateway to Callaway Gardens! Many destinations just a short drive from Atlanta offer a much-needed escape from the holiday rush. These are some great activities you should consider enjoying much-needed bonding time with friends and family.

Get Outdoors

Georgia is teeming with rich culture, but there is so much more out there if you know where to look! Pine Mountain is a pristine environment, a collection of gorgeous Southern Appalachians, rolling hills, thick forests, and greenery as far as you can see. As an alternative to the indoor rush of trying to get Thanksgiving decor and food ready for company, consider going outdoors near Pine Mountain instead. Take in the fresh air, watch the sunrise over the canopies of expansive forests, and try outdoor attractions like the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, in which over 1,000 wild butterflies can roam freely.

Experience Wild Attractions

There are many Pine Mountain, GA attractions to choose from. From experiencing hundreds of exotic animals, located just 50 miles south of Atlanta and north of Pine Mountain, GA off Hwy 27 at the Wild Animal Safari. To hiking, riding horses, and going on a wildlife expedition around Pine Mountain’s dense natural forest. On the property at Callaway Resort & Gardens, there are countless ways to get outside and experience nature by exploring the TreeTop adventure with zip line and obstacle courses to having a friendly but competitive golf game. But to truly experience the beautiful outdoors take a stroll around our 10-mile hiking and biking trails.

Eat Amazing Food

Thanksgiving is well-known for food that you must cook to enjoy, but sometimes it’s great to let someone else do the cooking. There are many great options at Callaway Resort & Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA, the Lodge’s Piedmont Dining, Plant Room Restaurant and Mountain Creek Ballrooms, which serves a delicious lunch buffet, or enjoy the beautiful Autumn colors at The Gardens Restaurant while enjoying a gourmet meal. And, for a truly scenic ambiance, consider The Country Kitchen, serving family favorites and southern comfort food in a beautiful, natural setting, just steps away from the scenic overlook near Georgia’s FDR State Park.

Just Relax

If you’re really looking to get away for the holiday and just relax, look no further than the Callaway Resort & Gardens. The Lodge and Spa guestrooms and suites overlook lake, woodland, gardens, and mountain ridge views. If you get the itch to do something exciting, but you’re not interested in fighting through Atlanta’s Thanksgiving-season traffic, the resort has plenty of great activities. During the holiday season, the resort offers one of National Geographic Traveler‘s Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights – Fantasy In Lights. It truly is a spectacle. If you’re staying with children, they’ll be completely enthralled with the lights, and you can even opt to have breakfast with Fantasy in Lights Christmas characters. The resort is located outside Atlanta, so you won’t have to worry about getting sucked into the Thanksgiving chaos; however, it’s close enough to jump into the fray if you’re so inclined.

Book your Thanksgiving vacation at Callaway Resort & Gardens and enjoy the holiday in style!

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Beach & Water Sports

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TreeTop Adventure

Climb and zip through the trees on this fun forest course

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Butterfly Center

Meet over 1,000 colorful butterflies face-to-face

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Birds of Prey Shows

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Hiking & Biking Trails

Explore Callaway’s 2,500 acres by foot or by bicycle

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The Gardens

Drink in the beauty of azaleas, hydrangeas, and other woodland wonders

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Fantasy In Lights

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Balloon Festival

Watch beautiful balloons aglow or enjoy your own tethered balloon ride

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Symphony on the Sand

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Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard

Tournament for the greatest athletes in competitive watersports

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