On this week’s episode of Georgia Traveler, we’re on a “Mid-Georgia Meander” exploring U.S. 280 from Plains to Vidalia. The team gets great travel advice at the Visitors Information Center in Plains and sets off for the country cooking at Mom’s Kitchen. Keely explores the local Americus legend Koinonia Farms while David experiences a great getaway to the Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge in McRae. Phil paddles part of the Altamaha Canoe Trail and joins David at the Vidalia Onion Festival in- you guessed it- Vidalia!
Food Find: Mom’s Kitchen (Plains) – Watch This Segment Online
Plains, Georgia is the home of former President Jimmy Carter. Most Sundays the people of Plains can find Mr. Carter teaching Sunday school. But after school is over you’ll usually find him at Mom’s Kitchen, which he brought to his home town by convincing the owner that she should open up a second location for her down home country cooking restaurant. Keely feels if it’s good enough for the President, then it’s good enough for her. They don’t have a website just yet, but you can find the Mom’s Kitchen in Plains at 203 E Church Street, Plains, GA 31780. They can be reached by phone at 229-824-5458.
Local Legend: Koinonia Farm (Americus) – Watch This Segment Online
Founded in 1942, Koinonia Farm is a Christian farming community that is also the birthplace of Habitat for Humanity. Persecuted in the 1950s and ‘60s for its commitment to brotherhood among all races, Koinonia has flourished into the present day. Pecans and chocolate are produced onsite, and members of the community also operate a bakery. Koinonia is a popular retreat for church groups, and people of all faiths are welcome. www.koinoniapartners.org
Getaway: Little Ocmulgee State Park (McRae) – Watch This Segment Online
Known for its peaceful lodge and cottages near the lake, Little Ocmulgee State Park offers visitors lots of options when they come for a visit. David takes a canoe trip, and then brushes up on his golf game at the putt-putt course. The Wallace Adams Golf Course is located in the park, so David and pro, Don Gillis, take a few swings on the front nine. His golf game not withstanding, David has a great time, and you will too, when you visit Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge. www.gastateparks.org
Outdoor Activity: Altamaha Canoe Trail (Lumber City) – Watch This Segment Online
Known as the Little Amazon, the Altamaha River winds through middle Georgia all the way to the coast. Along with the owner of Southeast Adventure, Michael Gowen, Georgia Traveler explores this majestic wonder. With only a kayak and a sense of humor Phil tackles the Altamaha and all of its splendor. To set up your own trip or find out more information visit Southeast Adventure at their website at www.southeastadventure.com
Family Fun: Vidalia Onion Festival (Vidalia) – Watch This Segment Online
Known for its famously sweet onions, Vidalia, Georgia is home to the only festival dedicated to our state vegetable, it’s the Vidalia Onion Festival! Phil and David take in all the sites, which include monster trucks, and the death-defying Black Daggers sky diving team. The smell of all those delicious onions in the air draws the guys to the onion eating contest and Phil is declared the winner (big surprise)! And David Zelski… well, he makes a good showing. The Vidalia Onion Festival is held every year near the end of April. Oh, and it’s pronounced “VI-DAY-YA!”