You've re-watched the classic scene a thousand times where Scarlett O'Hara dangles Rhett Butler over a cliff with one arm and tells him, "Remember when I said tomorrow is always another day? I lied." Now you can experience the history behind it. Today's Groupon gets you admission to the Whistling in the Wind Tour, a package designed especially for Groupon users. For $14, you'll visit Jonesboro, GA, (the official home of Gone With the Wind) and take the Southern Belles & Whistles Tour (a $24.95 value) before heading to nearby Forest Park to visit the National Museum of Commercial Aviation (a $4 value). Plus, you can get $5 off dinner at Blu Sky Bar & Grill (atop Comfort Suites Atlanta Airport) when you purchase an entrée and a drink. You can redeem all three segments of your Groupon package at once, or spread the wind-swept adventure out over multiple days.
The Southern Belles & Whistles Tour lets you walk through a highlight reel of history and heritage in the town that inspired Gone With the Wind, the novel that inspired the top-grossing film of all time (when adjusted for inflation). Get your picture taken in a 19th-century jail cell at Old Jail/History Center, or impress your goth nephew with grave rubbings from the Patrick Cleburne Memorial Confederate Cemetery. Practice fainting at the for-real intersection of Rhett Butler and Scarlett Drive, and try to guess the number (over one million) of locally made bricks in Ashley Oaks Mansion. Your Southern Belles & Whistles Tour ticket includes admission to the Road to Tara Museum, where replica costumes from the film and Civil War artifacts are on display. You’ll get an authoritative, insightful look at how history, fiction, and tours of history and fiction intertwine. Tours leave Monday through Saturday at 11 a.m. and last approximately two hours. Call ahead to reserve your spot.
Once you've seen the Old South roots of the beloved Technicolor tale, head to the skies at the National Museum of Commercial Aviation, open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You'll learn about how planes work and are built, as well as the history of the industry. If, like Scarlett O'Hara, you've vowed to never go hungry again, you can retire to the Blu Sky Bar & Grill afterward for a tasty dinner and watch the planes fly by overhead. The Blu Sky Bar & Grill serves dinner 5 p.m.–1 a.m., seven days a week.
Please present your Groupon at each location along the tour package. You must call ahead to reserve your spot on the Southern Belles & Whistles tour, but may drop in anytime during normal business hours to the National Aviation Museum or Blu Sky Bar & Grill.
Recreation News' "Travel Line" columnist came off the Southern Belles & Whistles Tour with a satisfying experience and a Southern drawl:
- The best way to see Jonesboro is via the “Southern Belles and Whistles Tour,” which leaves from the Road to Tara Museum, located in the 1865 train station on Main Street. The museum is filled with GWTW memorabilia, including original manuscripts, Mitchell’s china, costumes that Vivian Leigh wore for the filming of the movie, and more. – Carol Timblin
There are a few reviews of the tour on Citysearch, but opinions are unanimous—five stars: