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Callaway Gardens welcomes spring with new look


Courtesy Callaway Gardens
PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — Last fall, as a test, Callaway Gardens renovated 30 rooms in its Mountain View Inn. Guests who stayed in those rooms were thrilled with the results.

“Our guests’ reactions were off the charts,” said Edward Callaway, chairman and CEO for Callaway Gardens. “With that response, we are renovating all of the Mountain Creek Inn rooms to the same standard the guests loved so much.”

By April, all of the inn’s 274 guest rooms will be new. The inn’s restaurant, ballroom and pool also are being renovated.

“We are taking the guest rooms down to the bare walls and floors and starting over,” Callaway said. “At the completion of this project, all of the rooms will be new with either two queen beds or a king bed.”

In keeping with Callaway’s mission to be a good steward of the environment, new furnishings have been vetted for sustainability and environmental impact.

When it was built, the Mountain Creek Inn was the largest hotel between Chattanooga, Tenn., and Tallahassee, Fla., on the main highway between the two cities. Callaway Gardens is 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta.

The first 50 rooms, the Garden View rooms, were constructed in 1956, and today are the inn’s most highly requested.

“Imagine how many guests the inn has hosted over the years,” Callaway said. “We frequently hear from guests that share they honeymooned here or visited with family, friends or on business trips.”

The improvements at Callaway Gardens will not be limited to the Mountain Creek Inn.  Enhancements for the gardens and the Robin Lake Beach area will be announced soon.

Owned and operated by the nonprofit Ida Cason Callaway Foundation, Callaway Gardens is a garden, a preserve and a resort, with nearly 80,000 square feet of meeting space, 684 guest rooms, restaurants, shops and golf, tennis, fishing and other activities.