This Wednesday, December 12 at 8 PM, you have a chance to show your support for GPB's original productions during our membership drive. Tune in for "Mountains to the Coast: A Georgia Traveler Special" and become a member during this one hour special presentation. Co-hosts Keely Muse and David Zelski will be joined in studio by Gerald Bryant as we bring you highlights of our first two seasons from two of our State's most popular destinations, the mountains and the coast. To the north, we'll explore the Chattooga River, the Blue Ridge Railway, hang gliding at Lookout Mountain and the serenity of the Smithgall Woods Conservation Area. On the coast, it's adventures on Sapelo, Jekyll and Tybee Islands and Brunswick, gateway to the Golden Isles. Be sure and tune in! If you have plans to support GPB during this membership campaign, please call during "Mountains to the Coast: A Georgia Traveler Special" this Wednesday, December 12 from 8 to 9 PM.
Chattooga River (Clayton) – Watch This Segment Online
Paddles, rafts, and a boat full of fun, that is how the Georgia Traveler team explores this local legend. As one of the first streams added to the National Wild and Scenic River System, the Chattooga River was the site for the filming of the movie Deliverance. The team travels down the river to unlock its secrets and discover an adventure that would leave them screaming for more. To plan your own trip or find out more history about the Chattooga River visit the Nantahala Outdoor Center’s website at www.noc.com.
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 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. www.brscenic.com
Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding (Rising Fawn) – Watch This Segment Online
They’ve been teaching folks to hang glide since 1978 out at the Lookout Mountain Flight Park in Rising Fawn, so, what better place for our hosts to take the leap? Well, actually, Keely and David we towed up by an ultralight for their tandem flights with Instructor Dan Zink. If you’re interested in a similar hang gliding experience, what we did is called the “Discovery Tandem Flight. Check out their website to find out more. www.hanglide.com
Smithgall Woods and Duke’s Creek (Helen) – Watch This Segment Online
At 6000 acres of pristine forest and recreation area, Smithgall Woods is the second largest state park in Georgia. Donated to the state in 1994 by Charles Smithgall, Smithgall Woods is the perfect spot to get away from it all. Visitors can enjoy hunting, overnight stays, take part in the Master Naturalist program, or, as David Zelski discovers, you just might catch a big one in Duke’s Creek! www.gastateparks.org
Sapelo Island – Watch This Segment Online
Sapelo Island is a beautiful and well conserved example of a barrier island. But most important for the traveler, reservations are required for a visit to the island itself. Every trip to Sapelo begins and ends the same way – on a ferry. The Sapelo ferry and visitor center operated by Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites are located in Meridian, 8 miles northeast of Darien. The Reynolds Mansion, home of R.J. Reynolds, the last private owner of the island, is available for group retreats. Check out the website for details. Accommodations are also available in the last intact Geechee community on the Georgia coast, Hog Hammock. www.gastateparks.org/net and www.georgia.org/Travel
Jekyll Island Club Hotel (Jekyll Island) – Watch This Segment Online
The Jekyll Island Club Hotel is the island’s only four star resort and National Historic Landmark. The Georgia Traveler team certainly enjoyed our stay and relished some extraordinary food in the Grand Dining Room as well. Rest assured, if David is coordinated enough to ride a bike around the island, we think you can too. www.jekyllclub.com
Paddle Surfing (Tybee Island) – Watch This Segment Online
Paddle surfing, or stand-up paddle boarding, may be a new to Georgia, but it is an ancient Hawaiian sport. Co-host Keely Muse got a lesson from Tim Malins of the High Tide Surf Shop on Tybee Island. Tim also gave us a fantastic Kite Surfing demonstration. Less than 30 miles from US 17, Tybee is known as "Savannah's Beach". It’s a great public beach and welcoming island- be sure and check out the black and white lighthouse, and the breakfast can’t be beat at the locally famous Breakfast Club. The restaurant, located at the corner of Butler Street (US 80) and 15th is only open from 6:30am to 12:30pm, so get there early! www.hightidesurfshop.com and tybeelighthouse.org
Brunswick Stewbilee (Brunswick) – Watch This Segment Online
Stew lovers, you just can’t miss the Brunswick Rockin’ Stewbilee! This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, October 14 at the Mary Ross Waterfront Park. You can find more details on the official website- including registration information for any stew crew hopefuls. “Stew Daddy” Ron Adams tells us that if you think you make the best Brunswick stew, you can enter, there are still slots available! Last year there were 51 teams in the competition and we did our level best to taste every stew. We challenge you to do the same. www.brunswickstewbilee.com
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Season 2: Episode 214 - Mountains to the Coast: A Georgia Traveler Special