Most popular offering: Beer Tasting
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
Parking: Parking garage
Handicap Accessible: No
Pro Tip: Eat before arrival and arrive early.
To the guides at Southern Beer Tours, every sip of local beer can be an exciting experience. "We enjoy highlighting the big guys, the smaller guys, and the start-ups," says the company's president. As guides point out on their tours, Georgia boasts more than 20 local breweries, and numerous other start-ups expected to yield fresh brews in the near future. The guides don't stick to one route or landscape, either; they constantly rotate the regions they tour in order to visit different breweries, pubs, and the region's naturally-occurring beer geysers.
The Antebellum Trail Pilgrimage invites visitors to embark on self-guided treks through the region's rich heritage along a 100-mile trail connecting the seven historic Georgia communities of Athens, Watkinsville, Madison, Eatonton, Milledgeville, Old Clinton, and Macon. Four house museums open their doors to curious guests in Athens, and in Milledgeville, history buffs can stroll through Georgia's Old Capital museum, nestled within the same building where state legislators voted to secede from the Union. More historic sites abound in Ideville, which hosts the preserved battlefield upon which soldiers fought the Battle of Griswoldville, and historical reenactments thrive in Old Clinton, where spectators can witness a restaging of the federal occupation of Clinton every first weekend in May.
Attendees compelled by more recent history can stop by the Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House in Macon, which salutes the artists and the band of whistling peaches that got their start in the state. To help visitors choose between all of the possible attractions, Antebellum Trail Pilgrimage also suggests three must-sees in each community.
As the head winemaker at Courson's Winery, Beau Courson puts more than 20 years of experience to good use while he crafts Southern-style muscadine, scuppernong, and fruit wines. Visitors can head to the tasting room to sip samples and purchase bottles of their favorite wine, or browse supplies for making wine at home. Aside from vino, the winery also keeps its shelves stocked with jellies, salsas, hot sauces, and gift baskets.
Oconee Outfitters eliminates pretty much any reason to stay inside?unless of course a customer needs to buy some more outdoor gear. The store stocks kayaks, bicycles, hammocks, and other items that allow for adventure in the great outdoors. The staff also rents kayaks and tunes up bicycles. Then it's off to hit the surrounding trails or kayak down a river.
Since 1981, the Tubman African American Museum has educated, enriched, and challenged visitors with permanent and special exhibitions dedicated to African American art, history, and culture. The museum, which is named in honor of Civil War heroine Harriet Tubman, showcases a variety of permanent exhibitions, including collections of African American folk art, an inventors gallery devoted to black innovators, and a local-history exhibition focusing on African American culture in Georgia. The fine-art collection showcases opuses spanning from the 1800s through the present day. From Africa to America takes viewers on a visual journey with 55 feet of bright, surrealistic oil and acrylic mural painted by Wilfred R. Stroud, traversing from early Africa to the present day with iconic images of the people and events that shaped today’s world. A special exhibition opening July 22, 2011, Riffing on the Real: Afro-futurism in the Arts explores themes from traditional and contemporary black culture in the forms of fiction, traditional African masks, contemporary studio art, and comics. The museum's calendar delivers details on upcoming exhibitions and events.