Callaway Gardens has provided family-friendly entertainment to the Opelika/Auburn area for over 50 years. While many of us have fond memories of walking through Callaway’s historic woodland gardens, spending summer days at the white sand Lake Robin Beach, or bundling up to ride the trolley through Fantasy in Lights, Callaway Gardens has another great service to provide for our community—the perfect venue for your wedding or celebration.
Located in nearby Pine Mountain, GA, Callaway is nestled in the southernmost foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, and over 20 square miles of Georgia’s natural beauty are available to you and your wedding guests. Woodland gardens and sparkling lakes serve as the spectacular backdrop of every event—each one is as unique as the couple celebrating. Whether it’s beside a vibrant sea of azaleas or on a foliage-filled autumn day, couples can plan their ceremony among the beauty of the great outdoors and then transition seamlessly to an elegant indoor reception – with no travel time between locations. “At Callaway, your wedding can truly be anything you dream,” says Catherine Hojnacki, the wedding and event sales manager at Callaway.
Because Callaway Gardens is a resort property, there are a variety of ways to extend the celebration outside of the wedding itself. Wedding guests can use their free time to explore the gardens, which has over 10 miles of nature trails, on foot or by bike. Spa treatments, golf outings, tennis matches – even zip-lining adventures—can be planned in advance. You and your guests can also enjoy the Birds of Prey Show, or you can simply relax in your favorite way: fishing, boating, swimming, or even just sunbathing by the lake or pool. “What’s great is you never have to leave the Callaway grounds to enjoy any of it,” explains Hojnacki.
In addition to all of the activities Callaway has to offer, they also offer several accommodation options for your guests. The recently renovated Lodge and Spa offers an upscale, relaxing stay. The Lodge and Spa has been awarded the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award, which is only awarded to 6% of hotels worldwide. The secluded Cottages give your guests the chance to connect with nature from their private porch. The Villas offer a home-away-from-home for larger parties, and The Mountain Creek Inn is conveniently located to all of the Gardens’ attractions. Hojnacki adds, “We also offer room blocks at discounted rate for parties that anticipate a larger number of overnight guests, making the booking process simple.”
Having your wedding or celebration at Callaway Resort and Gardens also offers something many venues do not—the ability to start a new tradition. Unlike other wedding venues and banquet halls, couples can return to celebrate with romantic getaways or with their families as they grow. Hojnacki explains, “By celebrating this next exciting step in your life at Callaway, a new tradition begins. We have couples who’ve married in the same enchanting chapel as their grandparents, and others who come back year after year for their anniversaries. It’s a wonderful thing to get married at a place that can become part of your own family tradition.”
For information on how to reserve Callaway Resort and Gardens for your wedding or next big celebration, please visit CallawayGardens.com. Find them on social media using #callawaygardens.