Getaways / Trip Ideas

“A Great Day in Oconee County”

(Plan your visit around some of our wonderful events)

Start your day off at the Eagle Tavern Museum (26 N. Main Street). The tavern, opened in 1801, served as a tavern and stage coach stop between Milledgeville and Athens for over 100 years and later served as a hotel. Guests can view artifacts and scenes from the 19th century way of life.

After the tour of the museum, visit the many unique historic downtown shops located all within walking distance. If you are a fan of comics, Mr. Comic Shop (18 N. Main Street) is the coolest place in town where you will find weekly comics, back issues, vintage comics, magazines, action figures and more. Insider Tip: New issues arrive on Wednesdays. Looking for your newest treasure? With a number of local antique stores in the area, including Attic Treasures (19 N. Main Street)  located next to the Oconee County Welcome Center (21 N. Main Street), you are bound to find a unique piece that has a story to tell.

Just a block off Main Street is the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (34 School Street). OCAF’s Cultural Arts Center, the 1902 OCAF Art Center, provides exhibition space for local artists and galleries of all aspects. Join the resident artists in making art of your own or simply view firsthand as the magic takes shape before your eyes. Make sure to check the calendar for the event / exhibit schedules. Tip: You do not want to miss the annual Perspectives: Georgia’s Pottery Invitational.

Chappelle Gallery (25 South Main Street) is a local treasure that you shouldn’t pass up. The Chappelle Gallery is located in the historic Haygood House and is home to over 125 artists works from all over the United States. While you are here, also ask about Happy Valley Pottery (1210 Carson Graves Road, Watkinsville, GA). Happy Valley Pottery, which is located 8.5 miles from town, offers on site demonstrations from the resident artists.

You will also want to visit Elder Mill Covered Bridge. Erected in 1897, it is one of only 13 covered bridges still standing in Georgia. Insider Tip: It’s a great photo spot.

This summer make sure to stop at Washington Farms (5671 Hog Mountain Rd) to pick your own delicious and juicy strawberries, blueberries and blackberries.

At Thomas Orchard (6091 Macon Highway), Oconee’s premier greenhouse, nursery, and home of the local peach orchard, guests can cool off with a cup of old fashion handmade peach ice-cream or browse through the unique nursery and gift shop.

If you are looking to stay the night you can choose between our award winning Springhill Suites by Marriott or Ashford Manor Bed & Breakfast, an 1893 Victorian Style home. Insider Tip:it is the perfect place for a romantic getaway.

 

 Looking for some other kind of getaways? See our ideas below:

 

Girl’s Getaway

 

Guy’s Weekend

If you have a group or you just want a day by yourself give us a call and we will be more than happy to plan a visit for you. There are so many cool things to see and do that we could not list them all. Call us at 706-769-5197 or email us at welcomecenter@oconee.ga.us