On this week's episode of Georgia Traveler, it's off to Georgia's magnificent northwest mountains. Rome is our destination city, where we visit the point where the Oostanaula, Etowah, and Coosa rivers meet and see a famous statue at City Hall. We'll venture far north to the iconic landmark of Rock City Gardens at Lookout Mountain. David Zelski explores Barnsley Gardens in Adairsville and checks out the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville. Gerald Bryant takes a ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, and Phil Proctor meets Colonel Poole at his Pig Hill Hall of Fame in Elijay.
Rock City Gardens (Lookout Mountain) – Watch This Segment Online
Yes, Rock City is in Georgia! Just a half mile inside the Georgia-Tennessee state line, many folks often associate the tourism icon with Chattanooga, but it's actually part of the Peach State. We visit with See Rock City President and CEO Bill Chapin, the third generation to operate this family-owned destination. This is Rock City's 75th Anniversary year, so if you haven't ever been or just haven't been lately, you should See Rock City!
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway (Blue Ridge) – Watch This Segment Online
All aboard for mountain fun! The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway takes you back in time to the heyday of passenger rail cars. You'll discover local history and beautiful views as you wind your way 13 miles north of Blue Ridge to McCaysville, Georgia-Copper Hill, Tennessee community. After an hour and a half to shop and eat in McCaysville area, the excursion train brings you back to Blue Ridge. The whole outing takes about 3 ½ hours and trips are available most days April through December.
Poole's BBQ (Ellijay) – Watch This Segment Online
Also known as the Pig Hill of Fame for the markers placed on the hill behind the restaurant, Poole's Bar-B-Que in East Elijay is open Wednesday through Sunday each week. If you choose to visit, we hope Colonel Poole himself is there to say hello – you can't miss him in his trademark yellow suit riding in the "Pig-Moby-il". Phil says you must try the brisket.
Barnsley Gardens (Adairsville) – Watch This Segment Online
At Barnsley Gardens in Adairsville, David found not only beautiful gardens and a world-class resort, but an intriguing story of enduring love. If you choose to visit, we think you'll see why Julia Scarborough's ghost appeared to her husband Godfrey and urged him to finish the spectacular home. From golf and sporting clays to horseback riding and canoeing, there's something for everyone – including a spa!
Booth Western Art Museum (Cartersville) – Watch This Segment Online
Ride 'em cowboy! You can discover the West without leaving the South at the
Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville. Georgia's second largest museum has permanent and special collections. Parents, be sure to take your little cowpokes to the "Sagebrush Ranch" educational area. Yee-ha!