On this week's episode of Georgia Traveler, it's off to Georgia's Historic South. Macon is our destination city, which we visit during the famous Cherry Blossom Festival. Gerald Bryant explores the Music and Sports Halls of Fame and finds the geographic center of Georgia, we think. David Zelski visits Fitzgerald and meets some interesting residents. Phil Proctor helps cook that old southern classic – chicken and dumplings – at the Blue Willow Inn in Social Circle. Keely Muse takes us on a tour of historic Milledgeville, and it's off to Perry for the Georgia National Fair.
Blue Willow Inn (Social Circle) – Watch This Segment Online
Southern fare and southern charm are served at the historic Blue Willow Inn in Social Circle. Food editor Phil Proctor helps make some chicken and dumplings as he makes himself at home at a southern-style buffet that's sure to make your mouth water!
Burmese Chickens of Fitzgerald (Fitzgerald) -
It's touted as that town where the country reunited after the Civil War. Founded in 1895, Fitzgerald beckoned "all good people" to make their home here together – yankee and reb alike. You can explore this truly unique town in Ben Hill County through their website. There are links to the Blue-Gray Museum and the Jefferson Davis Capture site just nine miles away.
Georgia National Fair (Perry) – Watch This Segment Online
You don't want to miss the Georgia National Fair in Perry. Great rides, fun shows – it's tons of fun for the whole family. Be sure and have an "elephant ear" for your friend Gerald!
Macon Cherry Blossom Festival
It's an international celebration of the magnificent beauty of Macon's 300,000 flowering Yoshino cherry trees, and it's lots of fun. You can join in the 25th Anniversary of the festival on March 16–25, 2007 in Macon, the "Cherry Blossom Capital of the World."
Georgia Music Hall of Fame/Georgia Sports Hall of Fame (Macon) – Watch This Segment Online
Both the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame can be found in Macon. So whether you're interested in rock or jocks, there's a Hall of Fame for you. Both museums feature great collections of artifacts from famous Georgians as well as great interactive displays.
Antebellum Capital of Georgia (Milledgeville) – Watch This Segment Online
Known as the Antebellum Capitol of Georgia, Milledgeville is a wonderful example of Southern charm and beauty. It's a great destination for causal tourists and history buffs alike. We take a trolley tour of the town and visit Lockerly Hall and Arboretum, Andalusia, the picturesque farm of American author Flannery O'Connor, Memory Hill Cemetery, and the famous "Antebellum Inn" Bed & Breakfast.