Why Steeplechase Weekend is the Best Time for a Couples Getaway!

Temperatures are cooling, leaves are changing colors and the horses are being gathered to race so it must be time to experience one of the South’s most beloved, long-standing traditions – Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens.  Circle the weekend of November 9th, 2019 and gather your friends for a fun-filled getaway! 

From big brimmed hats to picnics in the infield, there is nothing much like this horse race. Watch as magnificent champion thoroughbred horses gather on the Callaway grounds charging through our stunning woodland setting against the backdrop of Fall in Pine Mountain, Georgia. 

Thrilling jumps and deft maneuvers will leave you breathless, while the foxhound parade and Jack Russell Terrier race will put a smile on your face.

Show off traditional attire and enter the ‘Best Hat” contest, or soak in the festive tailgate-style atmosphere of the Hunt Club. With pony rides, stick pony races, a kids’ corral, and food and drink specials, it’s a lively event for family and friends of all ages.

Make it a Weekend!

Callaway Resort & Gardens offers a variety of lodging options during this big weekend. Whether you choose beautiful guest rooms and suites at the lakeside Lodge & Spa, cottages nestled among the pine trees, or spacious, upscale villas, you’ll be perfectly situated to relax and rejuvenate while enjoying the spectacular beauty of nature, as well as the many amenities, such as complimentary shuttle rides to and from the race grounds. 


Wine & Dine at Our Southern Living Event

Steeplechase weekend is not complete without  attending kick-off festivities. The Gathering event hosted by Southern Living magazine– Friday, November 8, 2019 sets the tone for Steeplechase.  Join us on-property at our beloved Virginia Hand Callaway Discovery Center for a celebration. This special ticketed event will feature the best BBQ & Bourbon the South has to offer. You will even get a chance to meet Southern Living’s Editor-In-Chief, Sid Evans, and featured guest – Kelsey Barnard Clark, a 2019 Top Chef Winner. 


Stay & Enjoy Callaway Gardens

Amidst the tailgating fun at Steeplechase, make it a Resort getaway for the weekend and enjoy complimentary admission Callaway Gardens’ beautiful 2,500 acres and all of its facilities including: Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, Virginia Hand Callaway Discovery Center, Birds of Prey Shows, Hiking & Biking Trails, Robin Lake Beach, and so much more. Whether you join us early or stay late – our rolling woodland gardens are the perfect spot for weekend relaxation this Fall.


Be Close to the Action! 

You will not find a AAA Four Diamond resort closer to the action than our very own Lodge & Spa. With our various lodging options, you enjoy the entire weekend without worrying about the long commute home. At the end of the day, you can relax with a luxurious treatment at our Spa or outside on our garden patio with a warm glass of scotch. Our Bed & Breakfast Steeplechase Package includes infield tickets to the Saturday – Steeplechase event, a shuttle to and from the infield, breakfast during your stay, & Callaway Gardens admission each day of your stay & the day of your departure.





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