Wednesday, March 12, 2008


Now’s the time to visit what Southern Living readers once again voted the top public garden as guests at Callaway Gardens can join the blossoming tulips, azaleas and pansies in renewal with the “Rejuvenate With Nature” Spa Package starting at $417, from March 14 through May 31. The last week in March into the first two weeks in April is the exclusive time where visitors can witness the thousands of blooming azaleas – also known as the “royalty of the garden” – splash the 13,000 acres of Callaway Gardens with scarlet, purple and fuchsia, marking the beginning of Spring Celebration. Guests enjoy a series of activities, workshops, seminars and events surrounded by the sights and sounds of spring, from 20,000 vibrant azaleas in the azalea gardens to the fluttering wings of 1,000 butterflies at the Day Butterfly Center. With balconies overlooking beds of the season’s flora, guests enjoy the luxuries of the Lodge and Spa with the simple touches of Mother Nature and celebrate spring in ultimate comfort.

“Rejuvenate With Nature” Spa Package
March 14 Through May 31, 2008
Starting at $417/room/night

*Accommodations at the luxury Lodge and Spa
* 20% off recreation*
* $200 Spa Credit
* Gardens admission including Day Butterfly Center, Sibley Horticultural Center, Birds of Prey Show
* Use of the Lodge and Spa Fitness Center including the sauna, steam room, all-season outdoor pool and whirlpool spas
(Recreation includes hourly bike rentals, tennis court fees, fishing boat, canoe rental, equipment rentals, targets for skeet, trap, 5-stand and sporting clays.
Based upon availability. Other restrictions and black out dates may apply. Taxes and gratuities not included. No cash value on Spa Credit and Recreation.)

“Spring Celebration” Package
March 22 Through April 20, 2008
Starting at $139/room/night
* Accommodations**
* Breakfast for two adults per night of stay
* Gardens admission including Day Butterfly Center, Sibley Horticultural Center, Birds of Prey Show
* Use of Mountain Creek Inn Fitness Center

(Based upon availability. Other restrictions and black out dates may apply. Taxes and gratuities not included.)

Callaway Gardens is the perfect place to soak up the colors of spring by hiking or biking through the 14 miles of nature and discovery trails accented with serpentine bridges over meandering creeks to walking amidst the world’s largest concentration of azaleas in the Callaway Brothers Azalea Bowl. Inspiration seekers are welcomed by Callaway’s finest horticulturists available for answering questions about the more than 20,000 azaleas blooming while butterfly experts at the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center help inquisitive minds unravel the mystery of the butterfly’s transformation.

Guests “ring in the spring” with rejuvenation at Spa Prunifolia by experiencing custom-prepared spa treatments crafted from flowers, plants, fruits, herbs and other minerals signature to the season.

Spring Celebration activities begin March 22 and continue for five sensational themed-weekends. The unveiling of the Sibley Horticultural Center’s annual Easter topiary display and the search for colorful candy eggs during the Easter Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt kick off the celebration Easter weekend. Gardening earns the spotlight March 27-April 4 during the All About Gardening Week, featuring nurserymen from around the Southeast offering plants for the home landscape unique to the South and renowned experts providing the latest tips for gardening success. Geo-cachers discover hidden tokens during the third weekend’s Explore the Gardens, highlighting the increasingly popular sport of Geo-caching, an outdoor treasure-hunting game where participants use a Global Positioning System receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek “caches” in the southernmost foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Guests visiting the fourth weekend enjoy Music in the Gardens as each attraction experience is enhanced with the sounds of nature and musicians performing throughout the Gardens. Earth takes the stage the following weekend during Earth Day Everyday with festivities concluding by honoring Arbor Day as visitors reflect on the beauty of and their appreciation for the surrounding trees while playing golf on the two golf courses or the new Twin Oaks Golf Complex or hiking the nature trails.

During this “Spring Celebration” season, Callaway Gardens unlocks the gate to an innocent world blooming with year-round gardens, untouched nature trails, butterfly habitats and childhood dreams. To experience Mother Nature at its finest call 1-800-CALLAWAY or visit

**Starting rate is for the Mountain Creek Inn, but guests can choose to stay at the comfortable cottages or the accommodating villas nestled in the woodlands. Additionally, visitors now have the option to stay in the recently opened Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens. This 150-room facility adds a new era of luxury to Callaway Gardens and offers the full-service Spa Prunifolia.
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