On this week's episode of Georgia Traveler, we we’re on a "Georgia Foothills Journey", exploring U.S. Interstate 575 from Jasper to Cartersville. Phil goes on a getaway to the Woodbridge Inn Restaurant and Lodge in Jasper while Keely discovers the local legend of the Tate House. Two Brothers Barbeque in Ball Ground serves up some fine food for Phil and David experiences family fun at the Archeology Day and Iron Pour at Red Top Mountain State Park. Keely and Phil enjoy all kinds of water sports at Lake Allatoona, with some help from a new friend at Paradise Boat Rental at Park Marina.
Getaway: Woodbridge Inn and Lodge (Jasper) – Watch This Segment Online
Tucked away in the north Georgia foothills of Jasper, the Woodbridge Inn Restaurant and Lodge serves up some of the finest food and hospitality this side of the Mason-Dixon Line. Owner Joe Rueffert takes great pride in the satisfaction of his guests. Originally the 19th Century Lenning Hotel, the Woodbridge Inn was purchased by Joe and Brenda Rueffert in 1967. They have established a reputation for great cuisine and friendly service. The restaurant is open every day except Monday, and the Woodbridge features 18 guest rooms. So if you’re looking for a great getaway on an empty stomach, stop in and pay Joe and Brenda Rueffert a visit. And while you’re there, be sure and ask Joe about his favorite pastime…it’s MARBLEOUS! www.jasper-ga.us and www.woodbridgeinn.net
Local Legend: Tate House (Tate) – Watch This Segment Online
Pickens County is home to some of the best marble in the United States, and the Tate family has been involved in the marble business since the 1850s. The Tates founded the Georgia Marble Company, and supplied marble for the Lincoln Memorial, the New York Stock Exchange, and Atlanta’s Emory University. Keely visits the Tate House, built by Sam Tate out of native Georgia Etowah marble, and discovers the inherent beauty of this Georgia stone. Today the home remains a favorite spot for weddings and special events. www.pickenscountyga.gov and www.tatehouse.com
Food Find: Two Brothers Barbeque (Ball Ground) – Watch This Segment Online
When Phil and David run out of gas on a back road in Ball Ground, they stumble upon some good eating at a place called Two Brothers Barbeque! Although David runs ahead to left the staff know that Phil’s coming, they have no trouble feeding our Food Finder. Two Brothers was founded in 1976 when Ken and Grady converted their father’s store into a finger-licking good barbeque stop. Two Brothers has all the classic cuisine you would expect: pulled pork, ribs, baked beans, French fries, and, yes, even cole slaw. Move over, Phil! Two Brothers doesn’t have a website, but you can call them at (770) 735-2900. They’re located at 1695 Old Canton Road in Ball Ground, Georgia.
Family Fun: Archeology Day & Iron Pour at Red Top Mountain (Cartersville) – Watch This Segment Online
David visits the Archeology Day and Iron Pour at Red Top Mountain State Park. Here in Cartersville, there’s lots of iron ore in the ground, which made the area attractive to the iron industry after 1840. Visitors to the Iron Pour can carve their own iron works of art in sandstone in reverse! The molds are then filled with molten iron that retains the image or words that were carved. David finds his artistic side with a smokin’ Georgia Peach! www.gastateparks.org
Outdoor Activity: Lake Allatoona Water Sports (Cartersville) – Watch This Segment Online
Looking for some fun in the summer sun, Keely and Phil head out to the water on Lake Allatoona. They hook up with Scott from Paradise Rental Boats and get wet and wild! Keely first tries her hand at waterskiing, and after a few tries gets up on her feet. Meanwhile Phil goes in for some personal power on a personal water craft. Watch out, Keely! Keely and Phil remind you that on the water, safety always comes first, but be sure and have a good time…our crew sure did! www.parkmarine.com