Friday, April 30, 2010

National Train Day at Vines Gardens

All Aboard! Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation is proud to celebrate National Train Day at a free event at Vines Gardens in Loganville on Saturday, May 8, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Visitors will enjoy touring the beautiful gardens, gazebos, statuaries and oriental garden. Crafts, ice cream and hot dog will be available for kids to enjoy. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the grounds.

Volunteer engineers will be holding information sessions on trains and the model train hobby as well as demonstrating the outdoor garden railroad at the largest garden railroad in the Southeast on display at Vines Gardens. The Vines Garden Railroad features a “G” scale model railroad featuring over 1,000 feet of track, 25 foot suspension bridge, tunnels and viaduct, airport, towns and villages. To the delight of preschoolers, a “G” scale Thomas the Train will be running all day!

Vines Gardens is located at 3500 Oak Grove Rd. in Loganville. For more information on the event, visit or call 770-822-5414. For additional information on the Vines Garden Railroad, visit

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Callaway Gardens Celebrates the 50th Annual Summer Family Adventure Program

Perfect vacation for families; Memory-Making for Everyone; Vacation Within a Vacation for Parents

For the 50th consecutive year, Callaway Gardens® is welcoming families to its annual Summer Family Adventure – a fun-filled and affordable vacation that invites families to enjoy a host of entertaining activities and exciting adventures, or just kick back and relax while the children are entertained.

Summer Family Adventure captivates guests of all ages and interests with expert-led programs the whole family will love. If you want to indulge in a current passion, such as golf, tennis or fishing or try your hand at something new such as water skiing or circus activities…we have it all. Or perhaps you want to participate in an educational workshop to learn about watercolor painting, gardening or horticulture, Callaway Gardens Summer Family Adventure has that too! It’ a vacation like no other.

From June 5 to August 7, Callaway Gardens offers the chance to experience a Summer of lifelong memories for every member of the family packaged in a seven-day adventure. Summer Family Adventure is ideal for families with diverse interests, multi-generational or anyone who loves the outdoors!

The seven-day Summer Family Adventure vacation packages include:

-Private two-bedroom Cottage with a family living and dining area, kitchen, fireplace and screened-in porch
-Day Camp for children and teens ages 3 to 18 each week day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
-Children’s activities including arts and crafts, swimming, miniature golf, circus activities and outdoor adventures
-Teen activities including beach and water volleyball, a challenging ropes course, water skiing, tennis, a teen center, game room, teen dance, golf clinics and canoe trips
-Parents and adults can enjoy rounds of golf on Callaway Gardens’ award-winning golf courses or a day of pampering at the first-class Spa Prunifolia. Adults also can enjoy exercise classes, tennis, fishing and even circus skills
-Guests of all ages can participate in educational workshops and classes to learn more about photography, painting, drawing, gardening and nature
-During the evenings families can enjoy spending time together with bingo, beach activities, marshmallow roasts, miniature golf, bike rides, star gazing and more

The Summer Family Adventure program offers a variety of programs and activities that allow families to customize their ideal vacation and gives each family member an active, enjoyable Summer getaway that’s tailored to their own interests.

Guests of Summer Family Adventure also can enjoy behind-the-scenes tours of Callaway Gardens, hiking on trails, bicycling or gardening workshops. Golf lessons are offered on Callaway Gardens’ world-famous golf course or guests can take circus and acrobatic classes from The Florida State University Flying High Circus, which resides at Callaway Gardens each Summer.

“At Callaway Gardens, we are proud to provide guests with a vacation program that families can enjoy as an annual tradition,” said Edward Callaway, chairman and chief executive officer of the Ida Cason Callaway Foundation. “Summer Family Adventure allows our guests to reconnect with nature and enjoy the outdoors. We are committed to providing a place where guests can create new, lifelong memories with family and friends.”

Since 1960, Callaway Gardens Summer Family Adventure has offered guests of all ages a one-of-a-kind getaway full of fun family memories. Families who return year after year treasure Summer Family Adventure traditions such as enjoying muscadine ice cream to the Callaway Kid Camp Song. Join us this Summer and start collecting your own family memories!

For additional information about Summer Family Adventure, please visit or call 1-800-CALLAWAY (225.5292) to make your Summer Family Adventure reservation!

About Callaway Gardens

For almost 60 years Callaway Gardens has provided “a place of relaxation, inspiration and a better understanding of the living world” for millions of visitors. Owned and operated by the non-profit Ida Cason Callaway Foundation, Callaway Gardens includes a garden, resort, preserve and residential community on 13,000 acres in Pine Mountain, Georgia. Highlights include a butterfly conservatory, horticultural center, discovery center, chapel, inland beach, nature trails and special events throughout the year.

In addition, Callaway Gardens offers nearly 100,000 square feet of meeting space, 923 guest rooms, restaurants, a full-service spa, shops, golf, tennis, fishing and more.

Five unique, close-knit residential communities with custom home sites, lakefront properties and cottages on the golf course –offer an ideal home away from home or full-time residence.

Callaway Gardens is home to a 4,610-acre forest preserve, which is under conservation easement. This conserved, sustainably-managed land is used for biological studies and environmental education programs.

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