Callaway Gardens, a sprawling resort and garden complex an hour's drive from Atlanta International Airport, will mark its 50th anniversary with the September opening of The Southern Pine.
This 54,000-square-foot facility will have 22,000 square feet of function space, a 150-seat restaurant, and outdoor terraces ideal for functions. Designed to complement its forest setting, the low-rise complex will feature lots of natural light and “environmentally sensitive construction” accented with wood, stone, and other natural materials.
A shuttle will provide continuous service between The Southern Pine and the 155 (two-bedroom) cottages nearby. A stroll away is the Challenge Ropes Course as well as the 21,000-square-foot Beach Dome, adjacent to Robin Lake Beach, set up for banquets and exhibits.
The new complex will complement existing conference facilities at Callaway, says Roger Childers, vice president of sales, providing a different style of meeting accommodation at a “higher price point.” He says The Southern Pine is a high-end conference facility but not a conference center in the traditional sense — there won't be meal packages, and the resort is very conducive to bringing spouse and family.
Other facilities include the Callaway Convention Center, next to the 349-room Callaway Gardens Inn, with 17,000 square feet of function space, including a 10,000-square-foot ballroom. The Executive Center offers 27 function rooms totalling 31,000 square feet, with 41 Mountain Creek Villas nearby.