Open since 1952, Callaway Gardens is nestled in the southernmost foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Founders Cason and Virginia Callaway longed for a place where man and nature could abide together for the good of both. More than six decades later, their retreat continues to offer solace, inspiration and discovery for all who come here.
Today, Callaway Gardens - a public, educational, horticultural and charitable organization - is owned and operated by the non-profit Ida Cason Callaway Foundation. Its wholly owned subsidiary, Callaway Gardens Resort - a regular business corporation - operates the recreational, lodging and retail facilities at Callaway Gardens. After-tax proceeds from the Resort go to the Foundation to support expansion and improvement of the Gardens as well as Callaway Gardens' educational programs. Just as Callaway Gardens’ founders, Cason J. Callaway and his wife, Virginia, loved to share their outdoor sanctuary with family and friends, the idyllic retreat also has been home to groups and meetings since its conception.
With its scenic location away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the iconic Gardens truly fulfills its mission of “connecting man and nature in a way that benefits both.”
The American Herbalists Guild is proud to support such a vision, and partner with Callaway Gardens for our own landmark celebration of 25 years of programs and services to the field of herbal medicine. Callaway Gardens offers wide array of dining options, recreational opportunities and comfortable accommodations – including the newly renovated Mountain Creek Inn. Callaway Gardens is the South’s unrivaled destination for group gatherings in a spectacular natural environment with a Southern hospitality guarantee. Callaway Gardens and the Mountain Creek Inn have generously offered attendees a discounted nightly conference rate; discounted rates are also offered 3 days pre- and post-conference based on availability.
The Mountain Creek Inn provides a comfy and affordable lodging option for visitors to Callaway Gardens. The Inn includes newly renovated smoke-free rooms, with queen or king beds, featuring repurposed furniture, new carpet and enhanced décor. Inn amenities include a swimming pool, fitness center and two restaurants: the Plant Room, featuring a daily breakfast buffet and mouth-watering dinner buffets on Friday and Saturday nights; and the Vineyard Green, offering lunch and dinner in a casual environment. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guest rooms, as well as the lobby and the 10,000-square-foot Mountain Creek Ballrooms. Plus, overnight guests enjoy free daily admission to Callaway Gardens throughout their stay.
Accommodation options are available for all budgets, and include rooms and junior suites! Single and double rates are just $109 per night.
Reservations have a variety of view options, including Garden View, Menaboni Courtyard View, and Pool View. Mini Refrigerators are available for a $10 rental fee, per request only; first come, first serve. Room rates do not include Symposium registration fees or food packages. Call 1-800-CALLAWAY for reservations.
Be sure to mention you are attending the Symposium to receive the discounted rate. Special rates are being offered to attendees on site at the Mountain Creek Inn.
Other options for indoor lodging and camping are also available. There are many options for those interested camping in the area, including the
F.D.R. State Park Campgrounds (http://www.gastateparks.org/FDRoosevelt), Georgia's largest State Park and hiker's haven.
RV parks, like Pine Mountain RV Resort (http://www.pinemountain.org/accommodations/pine-mountain-rv-resort/) are available throughout the area.
Callaway Gardens is in Pine Mountain, Georgia, 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport and 30 minutes north of Columbus.
There is also a local airport in Harris County (http://www.pinemountain.org/maps-and-directions/harris-county-airport),
Transportation is available for overnight guests arriving at the Harris County Airport. The rate is $20 one-way/$40 round-trip and covers up to 10 people.
A minimum of 48 hours advance notice is required. Transportation can also be arranged from Atlanta. For more information or driving directions: http://www.callawaygardens.com/about/getting-here.