On this week's episode of Georgia Traveler, we're off on a "European Tour" of Georgia, featuring Athens, Brunswick, Dublin, Rome and Vienna. Join Tour Guides David Zelski, Keely Walker Muse, Philip Proctor and Gerald Bryant in exploring these Georgia cities that bear names of European derivation.
Athens – Watch This Segment Online
David Zelski kicks off our European Tour of Georgia in Athens. From Jittery Joes coffee to dining at Farm 255, David enjoys the home of the University of Georgia. Learn about Coffee Roasting at Jittery Joes or enjoy some music at one of Athens' hot music venues like the 40 Watt or the Melting Point. Also featured are the Foundry Park Inn and Spa, the T.R.R. Cobb House and Full Moon Farms, which happens to grow most of the veggies served at Farm 255.
Brunswick – Watch This Segment Online
Known as the "Gateway to the Golden Isles", this quaint town is a destination in itself. Keely Walker Muse begins her tour of Brunswick at the Mary Ross House, overlooking Oglethorpe Bay, with Mayor Bryan Thompson. Next, we explore Brunswick's Old Town Historic District – the second largest historic district in Georgia. We make a stop at the Ritz Theater, which was built in 1898 as the grand opera house and is now a performing arts center and gallery space. Lastly, we head over to Brunswick Station Café for a bowl of award-winning Brunswick Stew.
Dublin – Watch This Segment Online
Tour Guide Philip Proctor visits the Fighting Irish in Dublin, Georgia. The Fighting Irish of Dublin High School, that is! Accompanied by Head Football Coach Roger Holmes, Phil explores the Shamrock Bowl stadium, the Page House Bed and Breakfast and downtown Dublin. Of course, being our resident food expert, a visit to local eatery the Blue Plate Restaurant was definitely in order!
Rome – Watch This Segment Online
Tour Guide Gerald Bryant continues our European Tour in Bella Roma, also known as Rome, Georgia. We visit the point in the northwest mountains where three great rivers meet – the Oostanaula, the Etowah, and the Coosa – known as Unity Point. We find the world's largest campus at Berry College and visit Oak Hill and the Martha Berry Museum. And Phil joins Gerald for a visit to the home of the Rome Braves, State Mutual Stadium, for some ballpark hotdogs.
Vienna – Watch This Segment Online
And we close out our European Tour in Vienna where tour guide David Zelski goes nuts. He visits Ellis Brothers Pecans, whose "We're Nuts" billboards are a can't-miss when you drive on I-75 through Middle Georgia. Nearby is the Georgia State Cotton Museum, an old schoolhouse turned cotton museum where you can learn about the history of Georgia's cotton industry. Enjoy Georgia's Barbecue Cooking Championship at the famous Big Pig Jig. David also meets Rick Moore, who runs the A to Z convenience store, where you can learn everything there is to know about Vienna… That's pronounced "vye-ANNE-uh"