Plant yourself in a new bed at the South’s most famous garden this season. The new Lodge and Spa at Callaway in Pine Mountain, Georgia, blooms with comfort and great style.
The Back Story
For the past couple of decades, you either rented a villa or stayed at the aging inn. With this addition, Callaway reclaims its status as a full-service resort for the 21st century.
Tucked into the piney woods near the entrance to the golf courses, the new Lodge and Spa blends into the landscape. In a landmark move, Callaway hired the Noble Investment Group to reinvent the guest experience. Noble improved the dining services across the resort, reinvested in the golf courses, upgraded the cottages and the original inn, and made sure the Lodge and Spa met environmental design standards.
Step into the Lodge’s lobby, and you’re surrounded by cool grays and greens in a light-filled room with expansive windows. The Arts and Crafts style furniture lends a cozy flair.
The guest rooms carry the same decor. A balcony off each room overlooks a picture-perfect garden scene. You’ll sleep soundly in the triple-sheeted beds with feather mattresses and delight in the marble-and-granite baths with soaking tubs and separate showers. Rooms include plasma TVs, MP3 docking stations, and Internet access.
A Garden Setting
Step out the back door of the Lodge onto a handsome patio. Made up of several outdoor sitting rooms, it features fountains, a fireplace, and a naturally landscaped pool area. It’s the kind of place to gather ideas to take home for your own plot of land. •
Callaway Gardens: www.callawaygardens.com or 1-800-225-5292. Packages at the Lodge and Spa start at $252 a night.
A Natural Spa
Botanical trends in spas across the world are hot now. But nowhere else can claim the heritage of Callaway Gardens, which transformed from an overworked cotton farm into one of the world’s greatest landscapes. Today the spa here works to rejuvenate guests. Best of all, this handsome new facility adjacent to the fitness rooms caters to male as well as female guests. Don’t miss the popular Lemon Verbena Body Polish ($165); it’s perfect after a hard day of looking at flowers or putting on the greens.
"A New Stay at Callaway" is from the March 2008 issue of Southern Living.