National Plan a Vacation Day

Posted on 1/27/2020 by Shelby Nichols

Categories: Family FriendlyTravel

Hooray, it's National Plan a Vacation Day - arguably the best day of the year for those of us that love to travel. With a walkable downtown, Riverquarium, zoo, Civil Rights museum, planetarium, history musem, art museum, acres upon acres of parkland and a dining scene that's sure to make your moth water, planning a trip to Albany, Georgia is every bit as fun as the vacation itself. Take a look at our top 5 reasons to plan your next getaway to Georgia's Good Life City. 

Affordability: Albany proves that having fun doesn’t always mean having to pay an arm and a leg. Our top attractions all come in at under $10 per child OR adult. And thanks to Albany’s Marine Corps Logistics Base, we also have fantastic military rates for families.

Something for Everyone: From the Flint RiverQuarium, featuring more than 120 creatures to the 800-acre Chehaw Wild Animal Park (including a 100-acre zoo!)—the Good Life City has attractions sure to bring out the childhood wonder in us all.  Explore the Great Outdoors with a stroll ‘round Radium Springs Garden—one of the Peach State’s seven natural wonders or a kayak trip down the serene Flint River.  And just seven minutes from downtown, the Albany Civil Rights Institute, with its touching real-life stories will leave you with goosebumps as you learn about those who bravely fought against segregation in the South.

Off the Beaten Path: Here in Albany, we pride ourselves on being “off the beaten path,” so much so that we use it in our marketing campaigns! Located about an hour off I-10 and only 30 minutes from I-75, we’re nestled into the heart of southwest Georgia where southern hospitality can’t be beat.

Accessibility: Albany’s farm-to-tap brewery, Pretoria Fields Collective, along with the historic Albany Welcome Center, the Flint RiverQuarium and the mighty Flint River itself (not to mention dozens of the area’s best restaurants and shops) are all located in the walkable downtown area, whereas most other attractions are within a short 10-minute drive.

Good Eats and Tasty Treats: Satisfy hunger cravings at The Flint, a trendy downtown southern spot; local treasure Austin’s BBQ and Oyster Bar; Pearly’s Famous Country Cooking; upscale Henry Campbell’s The Steakhouse; or the pub-style Harvest Moon, with evening musical entertainment served on the side. Albany's latest newcomer, Corks Wine & Charcuterie, offers meats, cheeses and over 100 wine options to choose from, plus some live music to set the mood. Whatever your taste buds are craving, Albany has you covered.

In my book, it's never too early to start planning a vacation, especially to the Good Life City. Might as well go ahead and get started!

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The Good Life City Gift Guide | Albany, Georgia Blog

The Good Life City Gift Guide

Posted on 12/10/2019 by Shelby Nichols

Categories: ArtsEventsFamily FriendlyTravel

‘Tis the season for spending way too much money on our family, friends, colleagues, and anyone else under the sun--it’s okay, this season was made for spoiling. Not sure what to get your significant other, best friend, or your brand-new coworker you’ve yet to learn anything about? We’ve got you covered with The Good Life City Gift Guide.

You know it’s inevitable, so go ahead and start to splurge at these wonderful small businesses in Albany! Happy Holidays!

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It’s Christmas Time in Albany, Georgia! | Albany, Georgia Blog

It’s Christmas Time in Albany, Georgia!

Posted on 12/4/2019 by Shelby Nichols

Categories: EventsFamily FriendlyTravel

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The Good Life City has plenty of fun-filled holiday entertainment to enjoy, and we’re rounding up the biggest and brightest events for you to mark down on your calendars!

Festival of Lights: The Festival of Lights is BACK in Albany! Drive through Chehaw and enjoy the lights the nights of 6-11, 16-18, 26-31 for $8 per car for members and $10 for nonmembers. Premium nights are Dec 12-15 & 18-24, and feature the lights as well as train rides, the Sugar Shack, Santa and more! These nights are $10 per car for members and $15 for non-members. Each train ride is $5 per person, but 3 and under ride free! Members of Chehaw can enjoy a pass for one free night and free hot chocolates for the whole family. So much fun!

Christmas Parade: Ho Ho Ho, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! Get ready for the 29th Annual Celebration of Lights Christmas Parade & Village. It will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019, and events run from 4-9PM. Come experience an ice-skating rink, food trucks, vendors, live entertainment, the lighting of the Christmas tree, and of course the parade itself! After the parade is over, pictures with Santa will be offered in the Christmas Village. The holiday season is upon us, and it’s time to make it magical!

John Berry’s Christmas Show: Is there any better way of getting in the Christmas spirit than through music? Tickets are on sale for Christmas Songs and Stories with John Berry. The singer/songwriter will sing his beautiful rendition of O’ Holy Night as well as others that are sure to warm your heart and make you sing along. You can purchase tickets here.

Libby Womack Holiday Workshop: Are the kids restless without school to keep them happy and occupied? This workshop is sure to keep them entertained and busy! Half-day and full-day options are available for this two-day camp where kids can get crafty and bring home some Christmas cheer that they’ve made themselves.

I hope you’ll take the time to enjoy these family-friendly holiday events! After all, Christmas is but once a year!

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Pasta in the Good Life City | Albany, Georgia Blog

Pasta in the Good Life City

Posted on 10/17/2019 by Shelby Nichols

Categories: Family FriendlySports

Let's dig in, shall we?

Austin’s Firegrill – New Orleans Pasta

                Proving you don’t have to drive six hours for delicious creole pasta, Austin’s New Orleans Pasta features Cajun-seasoned shrimp, mushrooms and sausage served with a creamy Alfredo sauce so good you’ll  swear you hear  zydeco music.

The Catch – Shrimp Bucktown

                Tasso ham, sautéed shrimp, mushroom and roasted peppers, Cajun gravy. PASTA. Sign us up! This yummy favorite with just enough kick to send your taste buds through the roof is instantly a crowd pleaser at The Catch.

Villa Gargano – Baked Spaghetti

                An Albany, Georgia institution with a third generation Italian chef at the helm, Villa Gargano’s has been serving up authentic Italian dishes for close to six decades, so it’s no surprise their baked spaghetti --with its mounds of melted mozzarella--was named one of the state’s “100 Plates Locals Love” in recent years.

The Rocket – Rocket Creole Sausage and Chicken Pasta

                Come try what The Rocket refers to as an “outer orbit experience!” Tender chicken, Thor Curtis jalapeño cheddar sausage, fresh tomatoes and red bell peppers served atop--of course--pasta! But this isn’t just any pasta, it’s pasta tossed in a creole mustard-infused cream sauce flavored with that king of creole-cooking, Zatarain's!

Picnic Pizza – Linguini ala Scampi

                Picnic Pizza is more than just pizza. Actually, it’s some of the best pasta around with several delectable choices from which to choose! My personal favorite is the Linguini ala Scampi. Shrimp, linguini and a heavenly garlic and wine sauce make up this dish which will have you licking the plate. When no one is looking, of course.

The Flint – Mussels and Chorizo Linguine

                The Flint’s Mussels and Chorizo Linguine will have your table talking about it for days. Served in a red wine sauce, this dish has all the flavors of onions, peppers and garlic, with mussels and chorizo that will have you wondering how you ever lived without it. The Flint doesn’t shy away from putting tasty, unique spins on their dishes and this one is a winner.

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It’s (Kinda) Fall, Y’all! | Albany, Georgia Blog

It’s (Kinda) Fall, Y’all!

Posted on 10/4/2019 by Shelby Nichols

Categories: EventsFamily FriendlyOutdoor

It’s almost time to enjoy the season of wonderful, cooler weather…well, we can dream. Let’s jump in and explore the many ways to fall into FALL here in the Good Life City!

Personally, fall is my favorite season; the air changes, the time changes (literally, we get an extra hour of sleep beginning November 3!) and everything seems so pretty and peaceful—join us in Georgia’s Good Life City and see for yourself, we’ll save you a slice of pie!

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Your Labor Day Itinerary | Albany, Georgia Blog

Your Labor Day Itinerary

Posted on 8/14/2019 by Shelby Nichols

Categories: Family FriendlyHistoryOutdoorTravel

School may have started, but that doesn’t mean the family fun has to end! Keep the good times rolling in the Good Life City with this round-up of Albany, Georgia’s best family-friendly spots.

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Free Things to Do:

We can’t wait to see you in the Good Life City!

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Explore the Wonders of Albany, GA | Albany, Georgia Blog

Lysa Speaks, Writes, Travels

Posted on 8/2/2019 by Shelby Nichols

Categories: Family FriendlyHistoryOutdoorTravel

Off the beaten path, about an hour from I-10 and only 45 minutes from I-75, an ideal resting place or stopping point when in route to/from Savannah and Charleston--or even Florida, Albany, Georgia, offers daytime options for outdoor adventure while the evening scene sparks romance.

 

Albany's southern location makes it an ideal destination for H2O adventures. Float the Flint River by kayak or canoe via the Georgia Power Dam, Riverfront Park Launch, Ray Charles Plaza Launch or the Marine Landing input areas.

The float can range in time from one to seven hours depending on where you put in. Check out Kayak Attack Adventures for all of your rental needs, including kayaks, canoes and life jackets.

Continue outdoor explorations with a visit to the area's six-acre Riverfront Park, spread out along the Flint River, featuring a beautiful lawn for family picnics and gatherings, music- and light-animated play fountain, pavilion areas, Turtle Grove Play Park with Dino Dig and Tot Lot, the Horace King Overlook, the Albany Welcome Center, located in the Historic Bridge House and a three-mile Riverwalk Greenway Trail ideal for bike rides.

TIP: The Albany Welcome Center offers bicycles for visitors to rent, perfect for a relaxing ride to explore everything downtown Albany has to offer. Each rental bike comes with a helmet, a lock and basket at no extra charge. $10 for 4 hours, $15 for all day.

Pursue longer paths through the Flint River Trails, an expanding project offering an interconnected trail system throughout the City of Albany, Dougherty County, Lee County, the city of Sasser and Terrell County, with over 21 miles of greenway trails, 11 points of water trail access and more than 600 acres of land available for mountain biking and equestrian activities. Run, walk or cycle along the pathway or go off-road on mountain bikes, take a ride by horseback or access the Flint River by canoe or kayak.

One of Georgia's Seven Natural Wonders, Radium Springs Gardens 70,000 gallons per minute of clear, 68-degree water from an underground cave. Walk through a courtyard where the former Radium Springs Casino once stood, enjoy foliage-draped hillocks, crystal clear waters and flora both indigenous and exotic. The park features a restored terrace, new sidewalks, a casino garden and gazebos.

Cool off from outdoor explorations with brews at Pretoria Fields Collective where the four core beers, as well as seasonally released limited editions available only in the tasting room, offer sudsy sips for everyone. Flights of beers are available to those who have a tough time choosing.

The brewery also serves as a community space with something for everyone, a place for gathering old friends and making new friends over a shared enjoyment of craft beer. The outdoor courtyard is the perfect place to toss a game of corn hole or practice your disc golf putt. Indoors, board and card games, as well as an exceptional view of the 30-barrel brew house make for a relaxed ambiance. Field Guides offer free guided tours of the brewery on the top of the hour--just let them know when you order a beer that you'd like to join a tour. Ongoing events, including live music and food trucks round out the experience. Well-behaved children and dogs on leashes are always welcome, too.

Continue sweet sips with a quick day trip to Still Pond Vineyard and Distillery. Enjoy strolling through the lush vineyards. Sample some of Still Pond's 18 award-winning wines and savor sips of the vodka awarded a Double Gold medal by The Fifty Best, an online guide to fine living, featuring rated listings from unbiased, proprietary blind tastings by wine/spirits journalists, spirits professionals, retailers, mixologists, spirits consultants and connoisseurs.

Complete the getaway with a retro experience at Merry Acres Inn with its Southern historic charm. Catch up over cocktails at the Manor House Pub located at the hotel while live music on the hotel's veranda fills the air with sweet sounds.

TIP: Take the inn's free shuttle to The Catch for dinner. Start off with the best hush puppies the South has to offer! Order from their oyster bar--eat em' raw off the shell or baked to perfection.

For an elegant dining experience, take the complementary shuttle to another Stewbos favorite, Henry Campbell's Steakhouse. Choose from their seven cuts of premium steak or shrimp and grits.

The next morning, start the day with comfort food that's good for the soul with breakfast at Pearly's. There's a reason they've been voted "Best of the Best" three years running! This family-owned diner will take you back to the way grandma made it.

And last but not least, for an artistic twist on date night head on over to

Renaissance Art Café where you can create a souvenir to remember your Albany experience. They provide all the art supplies and instruction and guests can bring snacks and beverages. Afterwards, head to The Flint for unique cocktails and a memorable dinner, including specialties like crab-stuffed flounder or lamb.

Information for this article provided by the Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau and Laurie Rowe Communications.

Albany is one of several cities in the south where participants in the civil rights movement meet with groups to tell their own stories of courage.

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National Chicken Wing Day 2019 | Albany, Georgia Blog

National Chicken Wing Day 2019

Posted on 7/29/2019 by Shelby Nichols

Categories: Family Friendly

What’s not to love about chicken wings? Bone-in, boneless, they’re delicious and can be prepared with so many sauces and flavors. The Good Life City has its fair share of spots where you can fill that wing craving. No matter your flavor, Albany has you covered!


Austin’s Grill and Bar: Austin’s has five sauces of your choosing for either boneless or bone-in wings. Asian Fusion delivers lemon pepper and teriyaki flavors, while Austin’s Signature sauce is “medium heat, sweet to eat.” Not hot enough for you? Dive into The Lip Burner. That should set you free.


Billy Boys: Over at Billy Boys, Zayn has concocted two new flavors sure to make your taste buds dance. The, ahem, Better Than Sex sauce and Freaky Deaky sauce are already popular among customers and can even be bottled up if you just have to take it home – no questions asked.


The Flint: The Flint may be the newest restaurant in Albany, but their wings are already getting tons of hype. Known as the Flint Wings, these chicken wings are applewood smoked, fried up and served with some blue cheese dressing. Absolutely delicious and worth every bite.


Good Times Wings, Shrimp and Fish: Though Good Times has the perfect trinity of delicious eats, I could argue that wings are their claim to fame. From their Cajun flavor to Hawaiian Twist, Good Times thinks outside the box to offer customers a wide variety of options.


Harvest Moon: Say hello to our 2019 winner of Albany’s Best Chicken Wings! With eight flavors to try, Harvest Moon is chicken wing central. Italian, Corbie and Teriyaki sauces are just a few of the options if you want to mix it up! The teriyaki flavor is particularly enticing. Congratulations, Harvest Moon!


Icons: With nine flavor options, Icons is a well-known wing stop in Albany. From Lemon Pepper, to Honey Braised, to Lemon Pepper Ranch, Icons brings the flavor. 


JC’s Wingz: If spicy is your thing, you can’t pass on JC’s. From Lick Ur Top Lip Wings, to Overheated, you’re gonna need a nice cold beverage to accompany this heat. With Ranch and BBQ flavors as options as well, this place will satisfy any craving.


The Rocket: The Rocket serves up super terrestrial flavors, from Rocket Fuel (Traditional Hot Wing Sauce) to Full Honey Moon (Spicy Honey Stung Sauce). No matter your preference, these wings with launch your taste buds into yesteryear! 


Tay’s Wings: Tay’s Wings doesn’t play when it comes to their namesake. 11 wing sauces are options for faithful fans, such as Hot Lemon Pepper Sauce and Smokey Wing Sauce. Yum!

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Top Five Selfie Spots in Albany | Albany, Georgia Blog

Top Five Selfie Spots in Albany

Posted on 7/19/2019 by Shelby Nichols

Categories: Family FriendlyOutdoorTravel

We’ve rounded up the 5 top selfie spots in Albany, so make sure to visit these hot spots and get some fun photos!
 
1) Ray Charles Plaza – Definitely known as one of Albany’s top attractions, this is a popular stop for tourists and great photos too! Sunrise and sunset are particularly beautiful times to hear Ray's songs and snap some shots.
 
2) Radium Springs Gardens – An array of insta-worthy locations are at Radium Springs. Did you know it’s one of the seven wonders of Georgia? Stroll through the gardens and leisurely take pictures as the mood suits you.
 
3) The Blue Hole at the Flint Riverquarium – More than 120 types of animals live here, so each experience will be completely unique. You don't want to miss this stop!
 
4) Flint River Railroad Bridge – Walk down to the Flint River where you'll see the Railroad Bridge, a haunting backdrop for some wonderful pictures. While here, don’t miss the 2.4 mile Flint River Trail for even more photo opportunities!
 
5) Chehaw’s African Veldt Ride – This 40-acre exhibit has seven different species of animals to behold! You'll make sure to capture different images with each stop.
 
Be sure not to miss these family-fun picture opportunities in Albany, Georgia!
 
  
  

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5 Tasty Summer Treats in Albany | Albany, Georgia Blog

5 Tasty Summer Treats in Albany

Posted on 6/21/2019 by Shelby Nichols

Categories: Family Friendly

When summer hits, the tone shifts. The kids are out, they always want snacks and sweets, and if they’re eating them, hey, why can’t you? Here are five of my personal favorite treats, because honestly summer is here and all that time for dieting has passed. Let’s be honest, it’s too late for the perfect beach bod, so let’s give (and dig) in.

The Rocket –Georgia Peaches in Space Milkshake

The Rocket boasts several mouth-watering milkshakes, but this is a personal favorite. First, it screams local yumminess. Peaches? I mean come on; they’re speaking our language. Second, this milkshake is totally healthy. Peaches are healthy, and therefore… ok so maybe it’s not.

The Catch - Blueberry Cake  

I’m not a huge cake person, I’ll be honest. This cake changed my mind. One time I went to The Catch and they had run out and I learned my tough lesson, now I order it as soon as I get to the table, so they stash a piece away for me. Yes, it’s that good! Don’t believe me? Go try it!

The Cookie Shoppe – Baklava

The Cookie Shoppe’s baklava does NOT disappoint. This homemade favorite is rich, nutty delicious, and an authentic middle eastern dessert. Be sure not to miss it next time you stop in for lunch!

The Bread House –  All the Bread Pudding

The Bread House has bread pudding, but they love to mix it up. You never know what spin they’ll put on it day to day, but I can guarantee it’ll be good.

The Flint – Georgia Peach Cheesecake

The new kid on the block is The Flint, a fine dining restaurant right next to Pretoria Fields in Downtown Albany. The food is amazing, but I’d argue that a standout item is the Georgia Peach Cheesecake. If peach cobbler and cheesecake had a child this would be the result, and it’s one beautiful baby. Go see The Flint, now open in Albany!

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Albany’s Summer Headliners | Albany, Georgia Blog

Albany’s Summer Headliners

Posted on 6/4/2019 by Shelby Nichols

Categories: EventsFamily FriendlyOutdoor

It’s Summertime in the Good Life City! Whether you’re looking for fun events for the kiddos, a date night or a night out with friends, we’ve got you covered! From music, to a female empowered circus, to fireworks over the Flint, there’s truly something for everyone!

June 8th: Knobby Knees Festival:

Get ready for a festival by the Flint in downtown Albany as we celebrate the Flint Riverkeepers and all their hard work! This family-friendly event starts at noon and goes till midnight, so put on some comfortable shoes and get ready to dance the night away to eight different bands playing throughout the day! From funk, to rock, to bluegrass, to country… you’ll find your beat at the Knobby Knees Festival! Click Here to Purchase Tickets

June 14th: Gucci Mane + Lil Baby + City Girls:

Gucci Mane, Lil Baby and City Girls are coming on June 14th to the Albany Civic Center! We can’t wait to see this concert of the summer, it’s sure to be a good one! Tickets start at only $47 before fees. Get your ticket now before this concert sells out! Click Here to Purchase Tickets

June 21st: The Drifters, Cornell Gunter’s Coasters and Platters:

Take out the papers and the trash, the legendary 50s-soul trifecta of the Drifters, Cornell Gunter’s Coasters and Platters are doo-wopping their way to the Albany Municipal Auditorium on June 21st for a concert that will have you dancing in the aisles. Click Here to Purchase Tickets

July 4th: Fourth of July Celebration:

The City of Albany Presents: Downtown Celebration & Fireworks! Get ready for fun, music, vendors, food and more! Artists performing are: G&S Experience, Ryan West Band and After 7. The music starts at 5:30 and fireworks begin at 9:30! Come on down to the Veterans Park Amphitheater to enjoy this FREE patriotic event. 

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Concerts, Laughs & More Coming to You Soon! | Albany, Georgia Blog

Concerts, Laughs & More Coming to You Soon!

Posted on 5/7/2019 by Shelby Nichols

Categories: EventsFamily FriendlySportsTravel

Summer is just about here! It’s hot, it’s humid, ­­­the weather is bipolar, the kids are restless, and parents are exhausted! Luckily, Albany has an awesome summer lineup of events for all ages to beat the heat and make some memories. There’s something for everyone! Let’s explore what’s coming!

May 12th: An Evening with Rickey Smiley:

For over twenty years, Rickey Smiley has brought the laughs and kept them coming. He’s bringing his sense of humor to the Good Life City, specifically the Albany Municipal Auditorium! He will be starting our summer lineup, so don’t miss Rickey on May 12th! Click for Tickets

May 17th: Atlanta Dream vs Washington Mystics: Preseason Game:

Fans of basketball rejoice! The Atlanta Dream team is playing a preseason game at the Albany Civic Center! This is a great opportunity to get up close and personal as the team plays the Washington Mystics on May 17th! Tickets start at $12 a piece, so this is the bargain of the summer. Don’t miss it out, make sure to score your tickets for this awesome event. Score Tickets Here

June 6th: The Marshall Tucker Band:

The Marshall Tucker Band has been in the homes of ­­­­families for decades, but they are still going and keeping up with the times! Be sure not to miss them as they come to Albany on June 6th at the Albany Municipal Auditorium. Hurry up, tickets are going fast! Click for Tickets

June 8th: Knobby Knees Festival:

Get ready for a festival by the Flint in downtown Albany as we celebrate the Flint Riverkeepers and all their hard work! This family-friendly event starts at noon and goes till midnight, so put on some comfortable shoes and get ready to dance the night away to eight different bands playing throughout the day! From funk, to rock, to bluegrass, to country… you’ll find your beat at the Knobby Knees Festival! Click Here for Tickets

June 14th: Gucci Mane + Lil Baby + City Girls:

Gucci Mane, Lil Baby and City Girls are coming on June 14th to the Albany Civic Center! We can’t wait to see this concert of the summer, it’s sure to be a good one! Tickets start at only $47 before fees. Get your ticket now before this concert sells out! Get Tickets Here

June 21st: The Drifters, Cornell Gunter’s Coasters and Platters:

Bring on the nostalgia as we listen to three beloved groups in one amazing show! Come see them perform at the Albany Municipal Auditorium on June 21st! Get Tickets Here

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Val, Gal and Pal-entines Day in Albany, Georgia | Albany, Georgia Blog

Val, Gal and Pal-entines Day in Albany, Georgia

Posted on 2/8/2019 by Shelby Nichols

Categories: Events

Love is in the air this time of year—especially in the Good Life City. From mouthwatering eats and down-right sinful treats to hands-on experiences you’ll never want to forget, grab your val, gal or pal-entine and make plans to #VisitAlbanyGA.

The Bread House: Typically only open for lunch, this Albany hot-spot is breaking with tradition and serving up three seriously impressive dinner entrees as well as Almond Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates, Red Velvet Cheesecake and Chocolate Covered Strawberries. Add in their trademark cozy atmosphere as well as a little soft music and it’s sure to be a treat for the senses. $195 per couple, contact The Bread House for reservations, (229) 888-9775.

The Rocket: Everyone’s favorite burger joint, The Rocket, has put together a special menu for the occasion with a value that’s out of this world!  Beginning with a bottle of wine, an appetizer and two house salads, followed by a choice between two entrees and the ultimate decision:  fried cheesecake or hot fudge brownie, we wonder if sharing is mandatory.  $75 per couple, contact The Rocket for reservations, (229) 496-1272.

Thronateeska Heritage Center:  Looking for something a little different this year? Thronateeska Heritage Center is taking Valentine’s Day to new heights with a picnic under the planetarium stars. Pack or pick up your favorite treats and discover celestial romances like Perseus and Andromeda as stars swirl overhead.  $25 per couple, contact Thronateeska for reservations, (229) 432-6955.

Renaissance Art Café: Paint your own love story at Renaissance Art Café’s “My Valentine Paint and Sip” party--where baes, besties and boyfriends unite in the name of art. Be sure to pick up a bottle of something tasty to enhance your skills. $45 per couple and $25 per person, instructions and supplies included, contact Renaissance Art Café for reservations, (229) 869-3380.

Theatre Albany: Delve into the tenacious, tender-hearted and touching love of family with Theatre Albany’s third show of the season, “Over the River & Through the Woods”--a funny look at intergenerational relationships and how they evolve. Grab a bite prior to the 7:30 show time for a classic date night. Other dates and times available, contact Theatre Albany for tickets, TheatreAlbany.com

Smallcakes: A Cupcakery: Prefer to Netflix and chill? Ditch the flowers and pick up a dozen of the always delicious Smallcakes Albany cupcakes. Or host a Galentine’s party with a super sassy “Love Stinks” box, complete with a few “#single” cakes.  Prices vary depending on quantity, contact Smallcakes: A Cupcakery to place orders, (229) 420-9700.

No matter your relationship status this Valentine’s Day, we encourage you to love the ones you love with a trip to #sowega’s Good Life City, Albany, Georgia.

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Christmas Time in Albany, Georgia | Albany, Georgia Blog

Christmas Time in Albany, Georgia

Posted on 12/7/2018 by Shelby Nichols

Categories: EventsFamily Friendly

Season’s Greetings! It’s Christmas time in Albany, Georgia which means there's some serious holiday cheer coming your way and we've put together a complete rundown of the area's jolliest events.

December 7th:
Santa’s PJ Party: Snuggle into the season this Friday (12/7) at Santa's PJ Party hosted by the Albany Mall. Kiddos ages 2 through 10 and their parents are invited to this epic sleepover including cookies, hot cocoa and a ride on Santa's Holiday Express Train--not to mention a little extra face time with the big guy himself. Tickets can be purchased at the Information Center in the mall!

Elf Jr. The Musical: "The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear." Belt out a modern Christmas classic with Theatre Albany's production of Elf Jr. The Musical beginning tonight (12/7) and running through Sunday (12/9) and then again the following weekend (12/13-12/16). Don't be a cotton-headed ninny-muggins, get your tickets today here!

December 8th:
Peppermint Pops - Stories of the Season: What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than to hear music that would make even the Grinch’s heart grow three sizes; come hear your favorite holiday tunes as the Albany Symphony Orchestra plays a medley of Christmas classics! Tickets for this festive event range from $10-35 dollars. Purchase tickets here!

Holiday Party 2018: Brought to you by the Albany Area Arts Council, Albany Recreation and Parks and the Albany Symphony Orchestra (wow that’s a mouthful) come on down for the 2018 Holiday Party! There will be art activities, the DCSS Elementary art show on display, Santa and more. This is a great, enriching experience for kids and should not be overlooked. It’ll be so fun, they’ll forget they’re learning. This event is free.

December 13th:
Chehaw Christmas Train:
Chehaw's iconic Festival of Lights may have been derailed by Hurricane Michael, but we're still on track for plenty of Christmas cheer thanks to the Chehaw Christmas Train--a magical ride through pristine #sowega conservation land--complete with festive lights and music, ending with a cup of piping hot chocolate and seasonal goodies. All aboard for this must-do holiday happening: December 13-16 and 20-26, $6 per ride and $4 for additional rides.

December 15th:
Downtown Christmas Parade:
After being rescheduled due to severe weather threats, Santa is finally making his appearance in Albany for the annual Christmas parade! The parade starts at 6PM, but the fun begins way before that. Starting at 3, the Christmas Village will be up and running with more than 20 vendors coming out to spread some holiday magic. This is a great time to pick up some gifts for loved ones! This village will be open till 9PM and entertainment begins at 7:30.

2nd Annual Community Christmas Market: From local shops and vendors to food trucks, beer and wine tastings--even a "Bad Santa" costume contest (judged by the king of sinful sots himself, Mr. Grinch)--shop the best #VisitAlbanyGA has to offer at this annual community marketplace from 10 AM to 10 PM. 

December 20-21st:
Libby Womack Holiday Workshop:
Have some last minute shopping but need help hiding the evidence from nosey kiddos? The Albany Museum of Art to the rescue with this workshop full of age-appropriate crafts and activities to distract them from the boxes and bags you've shoved in the trunk. Enriching childcare and quiet shopping time, that's what we call a win-win.

December 22nd:
Reindeer Games at Chehaw:
Finishing off the list is Chehaw's Reindeer Games from 10-2 in the zoo plaza. Guests can create crafts, write letters to Santa, see some animals and play some games. Mini games throughout the day give guests teh chance to win prizes. It's free with zoo admission and members are free, don't miss this fun event! 

Well there you have it! Plenty of options to jumpstart your Christmas spirit. See y’all out there, we'll be the ones singing (a slightly pitchy version of) O Christmas Tree! 

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Thanksgiving in Albany, Georgia | Albany, Georgia Blog

Thanksgiving in Albany, Georgia

Posted on 11/21/2018 by Shelby Nichols

Categories: Family Friendly

Thanksgiving in Albany, Georgia

Turkey... mashed potatoes... dressing... sweet potato casserole... rolls...

Hungry yet?

It’s that time of year, have you found your stretchy pants yet? You know the ones--elastic in all the right places. They may not be "holiday table appropriate," but we're sure going to pull them out for the post-Thanksgiving Netflix and leftovers binge! 

Speaking of binge, check out what tips the Turkey Day scales for these #VisitAlbanyGA locals: 

Sharon Subadan, City Manager: “Our family is originally from Jamaica.  You may have heard of the spicy Jerk Seasoning used mostly for pork and chicken.  Well, my hubby makes the turkey using a delicious jerk seasoning.  It is delicious – especially if you like spicy food.”

Bo Henry, Stewbos Group: “My favorite dish is tomato pie that we always have. It’s a Thanksgiving tradition and has been for over 20 years. I play music the Wednesday night before, and when the clock strikes 12, I’m still playing in the band. Makes for a long day on Thanksgiving but it is full of family fun and food.”

Candice Franklin, Albany CVB: “Every Thanksgiving since I was a little girl, it has been my family’s job to bring the sweets to the big family affair! If we didn’t have sugar cookies, cream cheese bars and pecan pies we wouldn’t have been allowed through the door… okay, I kid.. but it was most certainly expected. Every Thanksgiving my mother’s home becomes a baking castle and we all get together to roll out pounds of sugar cookies, bake pies galore, and mix up the goodies for the sweet snacks. Now, as a mom myself, I can share this tradition with the kiddos and make outrageous messes in the kitchen in order to spread the holiday cheer and love. The cookies and pies are delicious, but the memories are priceless!”

For a health nut like me, it's all about the green bean casserole. Ignoring the whole milk, french-fried onions and cream of deliciousness soup, it's basically a salad. Am I right? Here at the Albany Welcome Center we have so much to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving from myself and the entire Albany CVB Staff.

P.S.

Not looking to spend hours slaving away in the kitchen? Mayberry Diner will be serving up Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow! Also, be sure to check out Pretoria Fields, open from 4-8, and Harvest Moon! They open at 6. 

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National Cheeseburger Day | Albany, Georgia Blog

National Cheeseburger Day

Posted on 9/18/2018 by Shelby Nichols

Categories: EventsSports

National Cheeseburger Day?

Say it ain’t so, now we have an excuse to eat some good ol’ fashioned carbs? Swell!  From classic fixin's to fancy whatnots, Albany, Georgia is serving up some seriously good (cheese-covered) meats-- let’s explore some of the best in the business, shall we?


Harvest Moon
The Big Jerry is well known in Albany and for good reason. It’s a double burger with bread & butter pickles, American cheese and grilled onions--all laid out on a potato roll. Yes, it’s pretty simple. Yes, it’s pretty delicious. No, it’s not always pretty when devouring it, but Harvest Moon is a judgement free zone, I can vouch for that.
 
Austin’s Firehouse Grill
Austin’s serves up quite the cheeseburger, with options galore. Get ready for this: American cheese, bleu cheese, cheddar, Swiss, GOAT cheese. Can we just have all the cheese? They may look at you like you’re a walking ambulance but I’m sure it’s allowed. Someone should test it out. I guess I could take one for the team.
 
Manor House Pub
Yeah, I hear you, a burger at a pub--so original.  It’s even called Pub Bacon Cheeseburger, so yes, they know. They embrace it. Let me tell you this. This burger is SO good. Want to know the secret? Boom. Boom. Sauce. Along with lettuce, tomato, Vidalia onions, bacon and cheddar cheese, the boom boom sauce makes that burger boom boom right into my belly.
 
The Rocket
Boy, have we hit the motherload! The Rocket has nine--count them, nine--types of cheeseburgers on their menu, including three specialties: When Pigs Fly—a kind of bacon overload, Cows Over the Moon—topped with a scoop of homemade pimento cheese  and the Third Stage Burger which is smothered in enough sautéed jalapenos to cause a bit of “afterburn.” Did y'all hear something? It was my stomach rumbling in protest that we aren't there. 

The Flint

Albany’s newest restaurant knows how to do up a burger! The Flint Burger is almost heaven. Wagyu beef, bison and venison make up the patty. Combined with the classic fixings on a yummy brioche bun, this burger is worth every cheesy calorie.

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What’s New in Albany? | Albany, Georgia Blog

What’s New in Albany?

Posted on 8/2/2018 by Shelby Nichols

Categories: EventsFamily FriendlyTravel

We sure love our tried-and-true local spots here in Albany, Georgia, but when something new comes along--you better believe we are going to check it out! They help shake it up and give us more choices, (as if we don’t have enough fabulous ones already)! Albany keeps bringing in more local businesses for us to enjoy, and although my wallet isn’t particularly happy about this development, I know I am! These are a few new things we’ve got going on here in town. 

                                                                                                                                                               


Albany Dawg House is a brand-new business located right off South Slappey! As if we don’t already have enough amazing hot dog places to expand our waistlines, we’ve just been blessed with another. Locals have been packing in to see how this new kid on the block stacks up the local favorites, and rave reviews have been pouring in! It’s time to go see for yourselves, go try them out and see how they do their dogs.


Now that I’m sure I’ve convinced you to lose a few pounds, let’s talk about a beautiful boutique that has opened on the first floor of The Flats at 249 apartments located downtown. Bandit and the Babe has only been open for a few months but is gaining prominence as one of the best places to shop for women. Beautiful clothes and jewelry to match?

Too tempting!

Just get ready to double that spending allowance because another boutique has opened as well. Downtown Dawysn Boutique opened just last Saturday in Downtown Albany, becoming the newest business in the city! It feels young and trendy and has a nice atmosphere, it’s a good spot to do some serious debit card-damage with the girls. Yet another must-visit in Albany's ever-growing, hip downtown scene.

Attractions-wise, the splash pad at Chehaw is the headline of the day. Opening soon it will be located within the park, but outside of the zoo. If y’all haven’t noticed it’s a tad bit hot outside so I know I at least will welcome all refuge from submitting to heat stroke. This splash pad is a great way to stay cool and bring the kids to make some memories at Chehaw Park.

This list will be growing soon with new businesses and restaurants coming on the scene! I’m so excited to watch Albany grow, and I’m sure y’all are too. Shop local, think local.

 

     

                                        

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Christmas and Cheer at Chehaw | Albany, Georgia Blog

Christmas and Cheer at Chehaw

Posted on 11/28/2017 by Shelby Nichols

Categories: EventsFamily FriendlyOutdoor

Believe it or not, y’all, the holidays are here! In Albany, this means that snowflakes, reindeer and, of course, Christmas lights are taking over the city (not that we’re complaining!). One place that is getting into the Holiday spirit is Chehaw Park. Chehaw will be hosting a Holiday Market and Bike Night on November 30 to kick off the holidays here in Albany. Throughout December, Chehaw also plays host to the Festival of Lights, a tradition that allows families, as they drive through the park, to take in the breathtaking beauty of Christmas lights hung throughout Chehaw. 

One of the highlights of Christmas at Chehaw are the snowflakes hung from the trees, placed differently each year. This year, there will be around 70 snowflakes hung throughout the park. Each snowflake was made by hand and took up to five hours to create. The snowflakes were created in the summer of 2011, which was the first year that the Festival of Lights was hosted. Ken Braley, a member of the Chehaw team, was there when they were made and continues to hang them up today. He hopes to add even more snowflakes and new displays next year, but is excited about what the team has in store for lucky visitors this holiday season.

The events will kick off from 6 to 9 p.m., November 30, with Bike Night, which allows families to actively see the lights and get a sneak peek into what Chehaw has to offer this holiday season. Cars aren’t an option at this event; walking and biking are the modes of transportation, encouraging families to get out and get active while taking in the beauty. Though the annual train ride will not be available till December, this event offers a bonfire, food and unlimited trips through the beautiful lights. It costs $10 per person, $30 for a family of four and any additional person is $5 extra. Why wait till December to experience the magic when Chehaw is offering a fun-filled exclusive first look?

Parents, after wrangling in the kids and seeing all the lights, reward yourselves by perusing the items at the Second Annual Chehaw Holiday Market. It is the same night and time as the Bike Night. The event will showcase art by local vendors for sale and is an opportune time to pick up some Christmas gifts for Cousin Sue or your favorite next door neighbor. This event will take place inside the Creekside Center at Chehaw. It’s the perfect opportunity to warm up inside and check loved ones off your list. 

The regular season for Festival of Lights will run throughout December, with Santa visiting the weekend of December 8-9, as well as the 15-23. His workshop will be located onsite, offering a picture-perfect moment for families as Santa sits by the fireplace, ready to learn what each boy and girl wants for Christmas. The train depot in the park will be offering 20 minute rides around the park and vendors will be onsite servings hot cocoa, along with other holiday favorites. It is $3 a ride and is always a crowd favorite. Guests can drive through a lit-up tunnel as well as experience the 12 days of Christmas. In addition, snow, (though fake) will be in the park. Hey, we’re in Southwest Georgia! Still, you can bet it’s all going to be magical. 

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Local (Holiday) Shopping | Albany, Georgia Blog

Local (Holiday) Shopping

Posted on 12/4/2015 by Rashelle

Categories: Family FriendlyTravel

We have Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday all following Thanksgiving Day. The Holiday Shopping Season is in full force! And Albany is filled with local and chain shopping opportunities for visitors and locals.

Starting with the Albany Welcome Center Gift Center:  Housed in the Bridge House, the Albany Welcome Center has local and regional products for that those out of town guests staying with you. From peanut brittle to Mayhaw Jelly from Still Pond,

Bobby Deen’s newest cookbook to aprons for the cooks in your life, Albany t-shirts to coffee mugs for those early cold mornings…the Albany Welcome Center has it.

Short on time and need to hit multiple stores? The Albany Mall has that for you. Belk’s, Dillard’s, JC Penney, and Sear’s serve as the anchor stores, but between them you’ll see Books-A-Million, Bath & Body Works, Children’s Place, Old Navy and more.

Lancaster Village landscape welcomes you in for the day! Between The Royal Collection, Kay Fuller Interiors, Wild Side Running, Tommy Mac’s; you can find clothing, running gear, home interiors and fresh baked cakes for those holiday items on your list. Then right around the corner is Place on the Pointe, a gift shop that offers children gifts and embroidery/monogramming. And after a morning of shopping, have lunch at Mayberry Diner.

And this is just the beginning! There are more clothing boutiques, such as Blush and Envy. Need some cute boutique gift items? Check out Livi, Love Letters, and Maeberry Market. You will be sure to find an unique gift at any of those!

For a list of other shopping locations, check out the shopping section here. While you are out shopping, you will likely get hungry or need a snack. Try something delicious and local listed here!

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Let taste buds do the touring in Albany, Georgia | Albany, Georgia Blog

Let taste buds do the touring in Albany, Georgia

Posted on 11/20/2015 by Rashelle

Categories: EventsFamily FriendlyTravel

When it comes to exploring southwest Georgia’s culinary scene, let your taste buds do the talking with a tour around Albany, located about an hour off I-10 and only 30 minutes from I-75, an ideal resting place or stopping point when en route to/from Savannah and Charleston or even Florida. Home to Stewbo’s Restaurant Group, several standout haunts, each serving up a specialized cuisine in a one-of-a-kind ambiance, tempt even the pickiest palates and will have you craving a return visit.

Pub-style Harvest Moon, is the go-to for a slice of famous Harvest Pie pizza, piled high with pesto, grilled eggplant, portobello mushrooms, tomatoes, tri-colored bell peppers, spinach, parmesan and mozzarella cheeses. Here you’ll also find an assortment of more than 50 craft and import beers, with evening musical entertainment served on the side Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays

For fresh seafood flown in from Florida, head to The Catch – you’ll feel like you’ve stumbled upon some secret hideaway where only those in-the-know go, since the restaurant lacks a splashy sign out front and is instead marked by a discreet silver fish. Panko-crusted grouper, crab cakes and shrimp and grits rank as the most popular menu items.

Another option? The elegant Henry Campbell’s Steakhouse – a popular choice for special evenings that is known for its extensive wine list and high quality fare and whose menu favorites include filet, rib-eye steaks and pan-roasted Chilean sea bass.

Where to stay? Merry Acres Inn was recently named one of Georgia's Top 10 Southern Hospitality Hotels for 2014 by Convention South Magazine, and is also home of the Manor House Pub. Here visitors and locals alike gather to savor a nightcap and relax on the patio with friends. Or, rock the night away with live music on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Insider tip: While the Pub offers its own menu of tasty bites, you can also order from the other restaurants in the Stewbo’s Group and have fare delivered and served to you at the Pub. Merry Acres offers shuttle service to and from all the Stewbo’s restaurants.

Save some room – a new restaurant. Local Jerry's,  will be added to the Stewbo’s collection soon.

MEDIA CONTACT: Albany Convention & Visitors Bureau, www.visitalbanyga.com, 1-866-750-0840.

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Five Family Fun Festivities | Albany, Georgia Blog

Five Family Fun Festivities

Posted on 8/14/2015 by Rashelle

Categories: Family FriendlyTravel

School may be back in but the family adventures don’t have to stop. Whether you are looking for a staycation or an easy weekend getaway, Albany is your family fun destination.

All-American Fun Park – A popular birthday party choice, All-American Fun Park will entertain your crew with arcade games, bowling and laser tag. The fun continues outside with bumper boats, go karts and two different putt putt (or mini golf) courses.

Chehaw – Chehaw truly is nature’s playground. Choose between disc golf, the BMX track, nature trails and a cool playground for a full day of adventure. And, that’s just the park! Continue the fun inside the zoo. Come on a weekend and spend a day feeding the rhino, alligators and our favorite camel. Even take the family on a safari on the African Vedlt ride.

Flint RiverQuarium and Turtle Grove Play Park – Enjoy a natural setting in Riverfront Park with a picnic and allow the little ones to burn some energy at the community built Turtle Grove Play Park! Complete with monkey bars, swings, slides and more, your child will have a blast. Have a toddler? No worries, there is a Tot lot! Afterwards, walk over to the Flint RiverQuarium for the dive shows on the weekends at 2pm. Even check out the new touch tank. Come on a first and third Sunday of the month and let your children have a discovery day!

The Clay Spot – Combine shopping with painting at The Clay Spot. Add new dishware designed by your little one while having a family fun day. Choose between plates, mugs, and more pottery to paint and take home today.

Wetherbee Planetarium at Thronateeska Heritage Center– Take your family to outer space and back by lunch at Wetherbee Planetarium any Thursday thru Saturday. Learn about molecules, black holes and more. Check the lineup of shows here. Visit on a Science Saturday and enjoy crafts and a special astronomy presentation!

This is only the start of your next family memories. Looking for more things to do and see in our area? Check www.visitalbanyga.com for all the fun awaiting your arrival. 

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Experience the Outdoors in Albany | Albany, Georgia Blog

Experience the Outdoors in Albany

Posted on 7/31/2015 by Rashelle

Categories: Family FriendlyOutdoorSportsTravel

Take a deep breath of that fresh, summertime air! In southwest Georgia, we relish the opportunity to get out of the house and spend some time outdoors, and you should too when you come to see us. We have so much to do and to explore in Albany! The hot weather makes it the perfect time of year to float the Flint with Kayak Attack Adventures. The Flint is one of only 40 rivers in the continental US flowing unimpeded for more than 200 miles, making it an ideal location for canoeing and kayaking. With two new launches open, visitors can adventure between several points of interest, including beautiful Radium Springs Landing, and Kayak Attack will meet you with your equipment at your desired drop-in point.

 

Other options for outdoor adventure include making a splash at the Festival Springs Fountain, open between Memorial Day and Labor Day, bike rentals from the Welcome Center, a walk on the beautiful Riverfront/Greenway Trail, fishing on the shoals of the Flint (there’s great fishing from Riverfront Park!), enjoying the natural beauty of the Monarch Butterfly Pollinator Garden, and so very much more! Check out the outdoors section of our website for even more information on all the ways to enjoy the natural beauty that Albany has to offer.

 

 

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Ring In The Night With These Five Albany Establishments | Albany, Georgia Blog

Ring In The Night With These Five Albany Establishments

Posted on 6/19/2015 by Rashelle

Categories: Travel

Wine Wednesday to Sunday Funday; sometimes we all need to unwind after the long day. However, the last thing someone wants to do is cook. Or maybe your coworkers want to enjoy a night out without the hustle and bustle of everyone else? Whether you are looking for a quiet and quaint watering hole or the happening and hyper night spot, Albany has as little night life for all. So without further ado, I give you five local go-to night spots for your visit:

Casa Tapatia – Tortillas, tequila and trivia are found in this local hot spot. It’s hard not to have a blast at this Mexican restaurant on certain Saturday nights. Every other Saturday, Ross and Jimmy are your hosts for Name That Tune Trivia at 8pm. Bring your group of friends to win several prizes and enjoy dancing in between the rounds of trivia. Of course, a weekend is always pleasurable when margaritas are involved!

Coach’s Sports Bar & Grill – Want to dance and sing? This is your best option. On Tuesday and Wednesday nights, Coach’s is the place to stretch the vocal pipes with karaoke starting at 9pm until closing time. Friday and Saturday nights feature live music and DJ’s for anyone in the dancing mood. Don’t worry; happy hour is part of the daily routine here. Just get there for early drinks from 4pm to 7pm.

Harvest Moon – Restaurant by day, bar by night! This happening Stewbos joint is where you will find anyone and everyone in Albany. I highly suggest eating at Harvest Moon and then coming back for a night cap. The vibe is similar but you don’t want to miss out on the live music on Friday and Saturday. If there on the right night, you may catch owner, Bo Henry, performing with his band. The food is fantastic and the beer selection is one of the best in town.

Manor House Pub – If you’re looking for a more laid back vibe, Manor House Pub is perfect. The pub may be located at Merry Acres Inn, but you will be sure to socialize with locals. Live music on the patio every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and a beautiful setting, will help anyone unwind from the day. Get hungry? Order from any of the Stewbos’ restaurants and have it delivered to the pub. Prefer to change the scenery after a cocktail? Take the shuttle to one of the restaurants and avoid fighting for parking.

Newman’s Bar & Grill – Albany’s newest restaurant also serves as another live music venue. Start your evening with a delicious meal and stick around for musical talent on Friday and Saturdays starting at 10pm. You have to try the self-serve beer kiosk! With six taps, customers can try multiple brews and only get charged by the ounce. Ask your waiter for the card, load it with your desired amount, and start tasting. I recommend Newman’s Bock, the only local brew in town.

If you’re looking for more of a quiet dinner and drinks, there are other delicious local eateries as well. Many will have the perfect dish to go along with your favorite glass of wine or mixed drink. Who knows, we may end up with a social name for Mondays and Tuesdays soon!

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Classic Cooking in Georgia’s Albany Will Make You Hungry for More | Albany, Georgia Blog

Classic Cooking in Georgia’s Albany Will Make You Hungry for More

Posted on 6/12/2015 by Rashelle

Categories: Family FriendlyTravel

The South is famous for its classical cuisine, and Albany is no different. Featuring historic and beloved establishments, eating in Albany is an experience in and of itself.

 

Pearly’s Famous Country Cooking has been whipping up a traditional breakfast and lunch menu for nearly 50 years. Sometimes the lines are long, but it’s not uncommon to see staff going through the parking lot and taking orders from cars. Even if you do have to wait a little while, Pearly’s fluffy biscuits, creamy grits and famous fried chicken will have you convinced it was worth it.

 

Jimmie’s Hot Dog stand on Jackson Street has been serving up some of the South’s best hot dogs since 1940, and even in the digital age is still receiving 4- and 5-star ratings on TripAdvisor and Google. One Yelp reviewer said, “The Varsity is gourmet dog food compared to Jimmie’s. Jimmie’s is simply the best.” Jimmie’s toasts its buns and serves the dogs with fresh coleslaw and chili so good it’ll make you slap your mama (so they say). And with a menu where nothing costs more than $1.95, Jimmie’s is good on the tummy and easy on the wallet, too.

 

Pub-style Harvest Moon, is the go-to for a slice of famous Harvest Pie pizza, piled high with pesto, grilled eggplant, portobello mushrooms, tomatoes, tri-colored bell peppers, spinach, parmesan and mozzarella cheeses. Here you’ll also find an assortment of more than 50 craft and import beers, with evening musical entertainment served on the side Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays

 

For fresh seafood flown in from Florida, head to The Catch – you’ll feel like you’ve stumbled upon some secret hideaway where only those in-the-know go, since the restaurant lacks a splashy sign out front and is instead marked by a discreet silver fish. Panko-crusted grouper, crab cakes and shrimp and grits rank as the most popular menu items.

 

Another option? The elegant Henry Campbell’s Steakhouse – a popular choice for special evenings that is known for its extensive wine list and high quality fare and whose menu favorites include filet, rib-eye steaks and pan-roasted Chilean sea bass.

 

Where to stay? Merry Acres Inn was recently named one of Georgia's Top 10 Southern Hospitality Hotels for 2014 by Convention South Magazine, and is also home of the Manor House Pub. Here visitors and locals alike gather to savor a nightcap and relax on the patio with friends. Or, rock the night away with live music on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Insider tip: While the Pub offers its own menu of tasty bites, you can also order from the other restaurants in the Stewbo’s Group and have fare delivered and served to you at the Pub. Merry Acres offers shuttle service to and from all the Stewbo’s restaurants.

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Reel in Aquatic Adventure on Albany, Georgia’s Flint River | Albany, Georgia Blog

Reel in Aquatic Adventure on Albany, Georgia’s Flint River

Posted on 5/8/2015 by Rashelle

Categories: Family FriendlyOutdoorSportsTravel

Get up close and personal with Albany’s Flint River at the Cypress Point Canoe and Kayak Launch, opened in the autumn of 2014. After two years of construction and preparation, the public launch is finally ready for paddlers to take to the water and experience Albany’s natural resource in a new way. You’re welcome to bring your own canoe or kayak, or rent one from Kayak Attack Adventure at 229-669-1259. Kayak Attack will deliver the equipment to your desired drop in point. Once you’re finished, give them a call and they will pick you up. Guided trips and private lessons are also offered. Traveling with younger children? Two person kayaks are available for rent as well.

 

The launch area is also an excellent place for a picnic or wildlife-watching. All kinds of family adventures can be had right here on one of our most important natural resources! Pack a lunch, a life vest and a camera, and take advantage of this fantastic new avenue to exploring nature, right here in downtown Albany. To see a video of the official opening of the launch and the first paddlers taking off, check out The Albany Herald’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWrqsUKc744

 

For more aquatic adventures on the Flint, the Flint RiverQuarium offers options for all-day fly fishing classes and workshops led by Orvis-endorsed guide and fly fishing instructor Todd Rogers. Beginning at the RiverQuarium and moving out onto the river (or perhaps to a nearby plantation later in the day), Rogers will cover the basics of fly fishing; students will learn about necessary equipment, the basics of casting, knot-tying, tying a leader and rigging a rod though demonstrations and hands-on instruction, and will be able to fly fish on their own by the end of the class.

 

While many think of mountain streams when they think of fly fishing, the Flint River is a big draw for anglers because it is one of only three rivers in the country where they can fish for shoal bass. The Flint flows undammed for over 200 miles, and its shoals shelter the shoal bass. For more information or to register for a workshop, contact Melissa Martin, Flint RiverQuarium Education Manager, at (229) 639-2650 or mmartin@flintriverquarium.com.

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Programming at the Flint RiverQuarium Offers a Glimpse into a New World | Albany, Georgia Blog

Programming at the Flint RiverQuarium Offers a Glimpse into a New World

Posted on 5/8/2015 by Rashelle

Categories: Family FriendlyTravel

Have you ever been to an aquarium, perhaps the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta? Or maybe even Orlando’s Sea World? Albany has its own version of an aqua habitat and museum, but it’s way more special than an aquarium – it’s a RiverQuarium.  The Flint RiverQuarium is a one-of-a-kind adventure featuring a unique 175,000 gallon blue hole spring, one of the few open-air aquariums in the world. Following the Flint’s amazing 350-mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico, the RiverQuarium offers a look at Southwest Georgia’s mysterious underwater world with more than 120 species of fish, alligators, turtles and other aquatic animals. The Cypress Pond Aviary is home to more than 30 kinds of birds indigenous to the Flint River watershed. Next door is the Adventure Center, which houses changing exhibitions, and the Imagination Theater, the area’s only large-screen format theater.

 

Regular programming at the RiverQuarium features weekly dive shows to be observed through the viewing window and included with regular admission. Various animal encounters also take place on the weekends throughout the facility.

 

Also on weekends, the Imagination Theater features a selection of films about aquatic creatures far and wide. Movie schedules can be found on the RiverQuarium’s website.

 

The first and third Sunday of each month are Discovery Days, fun-filled days of crafts, storytelling, live animal presentations and more from 2 pm to 4 pm. Each Discovery Day features a different theme, and kids receive a free F.U.N. passport to be stamped each Sunday visit.

 

The third Wednesday of each month is Tadpole Time, when parents and preschoolers can visit the RiverQuarium for a 45-minute story time, craft lesson, and a special look at the animals in residence.

 

The RiverQuarium also offers canoe trips, Sleep with the Fishes sleepovers, summer camps full of “ed-venture,” annual events, birthday party rentals and more.

 

For more information on programming or regular admission, visit the RiverQuarium’s official website, or call 1-877-GO-FLINT.

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Albany, Georgia Rocks a Long Musical History | Albany, Georgia Blog

Albany, Georgia Rocks a Long Musical History

Posted on 4/17/2015 by Rashelle

Categories: ArtsHistoryTravel

One thing is for sure – Albany, Georgia really knows how to rock! When you come to Albany, you’ll almost certainly stop and see our rotating monument to Ray Charles on Front Street. Plenty of people know that the soul pioneer was an Albany native, born here in 1930, and lots of people also know how proud we are of our most recent hometown musical celebrities, Luke Bryan and Phillip Phillips. Country star Luke Bryan was born in the suburb of Leesburg, and got his start as a songwriter for the likes of Billy Currington and Travis Tritt before recording his own albums and shooting to stardom. And 11th American Idol Phillip Phillips was born right here in Albany and grew up in Bryan’s hometown of Leesburg, winning the 2010 “Albany Star” competition before going on to be the American Idol champion with the best-selling ‘coronation single’ to date.

 

But Albany’s best-known musical acts aren’t all we have to offer! Still performing every second Saturday at Old Mt. Zion Church at the Albany Civil Rights Institute, the Freedom Singers formed all the way back in 1962 to bolster the integration effort and the push for the extension of civil rights to all people. Using music to both educate and inspire listeners, the Freedom Singers and other musical groups contributed so much to morale, they are widely considered to be the “soul of the movement.” Original Freedom Singer Rutha Mae Harris still performs monthly with the group; check our calendar for details on performances.

Long before the Freedom Singers were organized, Albany native Harry James made a name for himself as a trumpeter, bandleader, and movie star. Born in Albany in 1916, James was the son of a bandleader with music in his blood. He debuted his big band in 1939 in Philadelphia, and was the first “name band” to feature Frank Sinatra’s vocals that same year. James was featured in more than 15 films, had more than 40 hit singles (some of which you’re sure to know), and toured with The Harry James Orchestra through the 1980s; the Orchestra still tours today, although James passed away in 1983.

For more information on the rich musical history resident in Albany, visit our website!

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Albany appetites are Georgia grown | Albany, Georgia Blog

Albany appetites are Georgia grown

Posted on 4/17/2015 by Rashelle

Categories: Family FriendlyTravel

Growing up, I was fortunate to have a set of grandparents that loved fresh vegetables and fruit. We would visit and spend a good portion of our weekend shucking corn or shelling beans. The reward? All that delicious, fresh cooking that I always related to my grandmother’s house.  Unfortunately, I lost the chance for her creamed corn in 2012 when Ed Nanny moved on to a higher place. (No one’s pecan pie or green beans will ever compare). But, it taught me to appreciate the local produce wherever I was living.

Where else would you want an apple than from Washington or a potato than from Idaho? Or pineapple in Hawaii and oranges in Florida? Can’t forget the boiled peanuts in the Southeast. When you eat something that fresh, your taste buds rejoice. So when traveling, why wouldn’t you want some local flavor? And now that spring has sprung, the local produce starts blossoming. While visiting Albany, check out these fine establishments to fit your Georgia grown desires.  

Looking for the right produce for this time of year? Your number one destination is Mark’s Melon Patch on Highway 82. If the desired fruit or vegetable you are looking for is in season, this farmer’s stand is sure to have it. Need something to spice up the produce? Choose between the local honey, locally made preserves, marinades, sauces and more. Then there are the nuts…everything you could want. From honey roasted to chocolate covered, you will find pecans in any way you can imagine. And enjoy the aroma…I can smell the boiled peanuts from here. You will give in, I promise. There on a hot day? Nothing goes down smoother then the homemade peach ice cream. 

Speaking of homemade deliciousness, you are likely to find that and more at the Tift Park Community Market on Saturdays. The South is known for little town markets and this is a prime example. Up to 70 vendors on some weekends, the market is full of local produce, local food vendors, and local arts and crafts. The best mornings are spent grazing the tents and listening to the soft music of a local musician. Open in the spring and summer every Saturday from 9am to 2pm, you can’t miss this Albany market.

Won’t be in town on Saturday? Then ride over to Tommy Mc’s at Lancaster Village. This local produce and country store definitely makes your stomach rumble. Much like Mark’s Melon Patch, you will find natural honey, jellies and sauces. But, there are also cakes, cookies and pies for the biggest sweet tooth. Grab a bottle of wine from a South Georgia vineyard and make dinner complete with your choice of in-season produce and meats from area farms.

While in town, I encourage you to try any of our local eateries. Many have that signature dish that is to die for and leave you with a South Georgia taste. Who is ready to awaken their appetite through a Georgia grown feast?

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Spring Weather Brings Albany Adventures | Albany, Georgia Blog

Spring Weather Brings Albany Adventures

Posted on 3/16/2015 by Rashelle

Categories: Family FriendlyHistoryOutdoorSportsTravel

The past two weeks have seen the temperature hit the lower 80s during the day. As the trees and bushes are starting to bloom, cars are starting to have a slight yellow tint. Restaurant patios and parks are starting to have lunch guests. Spring has definitely sprung in South Georgia and I couldn’t be happier.

 

I love spring weather. It is the perfect time to enjoy the world’s natural beauty. Before it gets too warm (hello, humidity) and too buggy (oh, hey, gnats), let’s enjoy Albany’s great outdoors. Between bicycle trips, hiking trails, river adventures, relaxation and more, Albany (and this list) has something for everyone. Without further ado, here is your outdoor guide to Visiting Albany, Georgia:

 

Number 1: Greenways Trail

 

This three-mile cement path borders the banks of the Flint River starting at Cox Landing and travels to Riverfront Park in Downtown Albany. Feeling ambitious? Make a round trip out of it and put in six miles! Full of walkers, runners and bicyclists, the path provides a canopy of trees to make the trip more comfortable. I am personally a runner, but those looking for a nice easy ride can rent a bicycle at the Albany Welcome Center. At an affordable 10 dollars for four hours or 15 dollars for the day, the whole family can bike the path at a leisurely pace.  

Greenways Trail

Free to the Public

112 N. Front Street

 

Number 2: Picnic in Riverfront Park and Play in Turtle Grove Play Park

 

For those taking in the six-mile round trip of the trail, take a break at Riverfront Park and enjoy a picnic for lunch. This six-acre park is perfect for taking in the sun on a beautiful day. Turtle Grove Play Park is a community built play area that includes seven different areas for children ages one to 14. The little ones will enjoy the Dino Dig and Tot Lot, while others will get into the Critters Area, Mosaic-Tile Area, Musical Instruments, Big Kid Area, Rock Climbing Wall and other static climbing features. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the Festival Spring Fountains provide a splash pad for children to cool off. (And adults; who say you have to grow up? Those kids need supervision!)

Riverfront Park

112 N. Front Street

Free to the Public

 

Number 3: Take in some tunes at Ray Charles Plaza

 

Music lover and enjoy the outdoors? Then Ray Charles Plaza is a must stop for you. As the construction on the Broad Avenue Bridge is completed, you will be able to reach this destination via the Greenways Trail. Until then, it is a short walk from the Albany Welcome Center. Relax at the riverside plaza that celebrates the Albany born musician. In the center is a life-size sculpture of the man himself seated at a baby Grand piano, which rests on a rotating pedestal. Take a seat on a “piano key” bench, be serenaded with beloved melodies and enjoy the scenery.

Ray Charles Plaza

Front Street

Free to the Public

 

Number 4: Float the Flint

 

Before we travel away from the Flint River, we must play in it. (Hope you brought your water shoes!) Last fall, Downtown Albany celebrated the opening of two new canoe and kayak launches; one located at Riverfront Park and the other at Ray Charles Plaza. (Instead of biking the trail to see both parks, hop in a kayak.) Put in at the Georgia Power Dam and enjoy the leisurely float. Class one rapids await you just past the Riverfront Park launch. I suggest taking your time, enjoy the park and put back in! For a longer float, continue down to the Radium Springs landing. Don’t have the equipment? No problem. Kayak Attack Adventure will meet you at your desired drop in point with the equipment and pick you up when you are done. Two person kayaks are available for those with younger children, as well as canoes. Price is affordable and the adventure is incredible.

Kayak Attack Adventure

229.669.1259

Price varies on float and equipment

 

Number 5: Fly Fishing for Shoal Bass

 

The Flint River is the place to be if you are a fisherman looking for that shoal bass catch! Did you know the Flint River is one of three rivers in the United States that someone can fish for Shoal Bass? The river’s shoals shelter the Shoal Bass offering a unique fly-fishing experience. Want to give it a try? There are endorsed guides throughout the area to give lessons and take you out on the river.

Price varies on guide and allotted time

 

Number 6: Radium Springs Gardens

 

One of Georgia’s seven wonders is located just up the road from Downtown Albany. Pumping 70,000 gallons of clear 68-degree water per minute from an underground cave, this blue hole is a sight to see. Once a hot spot for many, Radium Springs will give you a little taste of the past as you walk through the grounds of a former casino. Wrecked from the flood of 1994, visitors can compare the water’s highest level during the flood to where it normally rests. Now the home of a garden, featuring flora both indigenous and exotic, I suggest taking the natural beauty of the water and its surrounding features.

Radium Springs Gardens

2501 Radium Springs Road

Free to the Public

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm, Sunday, 1pm to 5pm

 

Number 7: Chehaw

 

Chehaw is nature’s playground offering over 700 acres of outdoor fun to satisfy the whole day and everyone in the family. For the recreational family members, play a game of disc golf or hike and bike the 7.8 miles of nature trails throughout the park. You can even bring your dirt bike and race on the BMX track. Children will love the huge play park. But wait, there’s more!

 

A trip to Chehaw isn’t complete without visiting the Wild Animal Park. Designed by Mutual of Omaha’s ‘Wild Kingdom’ Jim Fowler, the zoo is one of two AZA accredited in the state. Take in the 219 specimens and 84 species while strolling through boardwalks. Come on the weekends and take in the extra features. Included in admission to the zoo is a chance to feed the African Black Rhino or Bogart the Camel (This guy has personality!). For five dollars, you can purchase a cup to feed the Alligators (buy once and bring back every visit for no extra charge). After feeding the animals, board the African Veldt ride and take a safari (South Georgia style…John Deere tractor included) into an “African-like” location. Discover the zebras, wildebeest, ostrich and more in their natural setting. Other animal encounters may await you as well. Before you leave the zoo, be sure to catch a ride on the train!

 

Make a night of it and stay at one of Chehaw’s 44 RV sites with 30 and 50 amp hookups, 14 pull-through sites or 18 tent sites with 15 amp hookups. There are also cabins with air conditioning. In the center of the campground is a bathhouse with laundry.

Chehaw

105 Chehaw Park Road (Highway 19, Philema Road)

Park Pass: $3 Adults, $2 Seniors, Military and Children

Zoo Admission: $7.85 Adults, $5.10 Military and Children, Children ages 3 and under are free

Hours: Monday to Sunday, 9am to 5pm

 

 

Number 8: Golf at one of five golf courses

 

You can’t enjoy spring without playing a game of golf! Albany offers five different courses for the golf enthusiast.  One course for almost every day of the week! Pick between Doublegate Country Club, Flint River Municipal Golf Course, Grand Isle Club, River Pointe Golf Course, and Stonebridge Golf & Country Club. I suggest starting with Flint River Municipal, Grand Isle or River Pointe, as these are public courses. Each has 18 holes and offer unique features. Golf at Grand Isle and play a game of tennis as well! If you get lucky, maybe you can get a game in at Doublegate or Stonebridge, both lean more to private but aesthetic courses.

 

If you still can’t get enough of the outdoors, there are more adventures only a day trip away

 

 

 

 

 

I am ready to hit up some trails and have a picnic or two… Who wants to join me? Download the Visit Albany, GA app to keep up with our list of excursions while you are on the go!

 

Not the outdoor explorer? Keep in mind that there are plenty of inside attractions to discover in Albany as well. Check out the attractions page on our website to see more. Between our museums, RiverQuarium and the arts, we can give you another few days of fun! Whether you prefer air conditioning or natural air, we encourage you to come discover Albany, Georgia…where history and nature flow.

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The Albany Civil Rights Institute honors the music and memories of a movement | Albany, Georgia Blog

The Albany Civil Rights Institute honors the music and memories of a movement

Posted on 2/13/2015 by Rashelle

Categories: Family FriendlyHistoryTravel

An incredible museum space tells the story of Albany’s battle for social justice

ALBANY, GEORGIA – February, 2015 – Located on the Flint River in southwest Georgia, an ideal stopping point when en route to/from Savannah and Charleston or even Florida, Albany is a can’t miss stop for exploring America’s Black History. Beginning with the city’s historic antebellum Welcome Center, designed and built by former slave and noted engineer Horace King, roots of history run deep here. In ‘Selma,’ the new film about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s efforts to spread social change in the South, you may have caught references to the Albany Movement, an early attempt and a key step in the ultimate battle for civil liberties. Today, The Albany Civil Rights Institute commemorates the Albany Movement and the battle for social justice in small-town Georgia. TIP: Start with the film presentation at the Institute, a moving beginning to a visit here.

 

One of the cultural jewels of the South, Old Mount Zion Church was the 1961 location of Dr. King’s first appearance at an Albany mass meeting. The church filled to overflowing, requiring Dr. King to repeat his address across the street at Shiloh Baptist Church. Meanwhile, Old Mount Zion was filling up yet again causing Dr. King to speak for a third time. From there, he led a march to the Trailways Bus Station. Footsteps in the cement sidewalk now pave the way in remembrance of that historic occasion.

 

Old Mount Zion has since been transformed and supplemented with a museum space of over 12,000 square feet, telling the story of the civil rights movement in Albany and Southwest Georgia with interactive exhibits, a digital oral history database, a resource library, and state of the art audio and video technology. The visitor is greeted by a poignant exhibit featuring the front of a period Greyhound bus, and is prompted to enter the Institute using one of two historic doorways: one marked White, the other Colored. Inside the museum, sound experiences and testimonials are among the highlights conveying the highs and lows, pains and celebrations of a national struggle for social justice taking place in a small Georgia town.

 

A journey through the museum culminates in the experience of walking into the restored Old Mount Zion Sanctuary, where mass meetings were regularly held to rally support for desegregation in the early 1960s, and where the original Freedom Singers began.

 

Every second Saturday of the month, visitors are treated to a truly stirring performance by the Albany Civil Rights Institute Freedom Singers, founded by Miss Rutha Mae Harris, one of the four founders of the original group in 1962. The brain child of folk singer activist Pete Seeger, and organized in Albany by SNCC, the singers’ task was to rally the spirits of demonstrators and marchers while raising awareness. They sang traditional hymns and spirituals, often changing the words to reflect the modern struggle, even performing for 350,000 people at the 1963 March on Washington.  Original members Rutha Harris, Charles Neblett and Bernice Johnson Reagon sang in Washington again in 2010 when they performed at the White House for President Barack Obama.

 

If You Go

The Albany Civil Rights Institute is located at 326 West Whitney Avenue in Albany. It is open between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm Tuesday through Saturday, and is closed on Sunday and Monday. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for students, grades 5-college, military, and seniors, $3 for students grades 1-4, and free for children under 4.

 

For complete visitor, shopping, dining and lodging information, stop by the Albany Welcome Center located at 112 North Front Street, Albany, GA 31701
(229) 317-4760 or visit them online at www.VisitAlbanyGa.com.

 

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More about Dr. King and the Albany Movement

In 1961, three members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) were in Albany attempting to help African Americans register to vote. They helped to rally Albany’s divided black population around the cause of unity to form the Albany Movement and to elect a leadership. By mid-December of that year, the leadership had reached out to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for his help to bring attention to Albany’s struggle. He spent some time there and attended one of the mass meetings organized at Old Mount Zion Church, bringing the attention of the national media to the small southern hamlet. He was detained in a mass arrest of peaceful demonstrators and declined bail, but was released and left town soon thereafter.

 

King returned to Albany in June of the following year and was arrested again, this time sentenced to forty-five days or a fine of nearly $200. He elected to stay in jail, but police chief Laurie Pritchett had caught on to his strategy, and quietly arranged for his fine to be paid. He spent only three days in jail, to his chagrin and that of the national media, which had little to report on. Pritchett knew that King and his compatriots wanted to be jailed in an attempt to force negotiations with movement leadership and to fuel demonstrators for the news cameras, so when he used his police force to break up demonstrations, he was careful to do so with nonviolence. He also combated overcrowding in the jail, fodder for the media, by quietly transporting jailed demonstrators to surrounding areas, leaving his own facility with plenty of space and little to photograph.

 

With little achieved, King and his followers left Albany by August of 1962 and took the media with them. Most of the concessions agreed to by city leaders were stalled or ignored, and the city remained segregated. Although Dr. King and many of the demonstrators felt that the Albany Movement had been a failure, they couldn’t know at the time that the lessons learned there would be the springboard they would need to vault to more successful ventures elsewhere and ultimately change the nation.

Hi- and low-res captioned and credited images available.

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Unveil your inner artiste with artistic explorations in Albany, Georgia | Albany, Georgia Blog

Unveil your inner artiste with artistic explorations in Albany, Georgia

Posted on 11/16/2014 by Rashelle

Categories: ArtsFamily FriendlyTravel

Located on the Flint River in southwest Georgia, an ideal stopping point, about an hour off I-10 and only 30 minutes from I-75, when en route to/from Savannah and Charleston or even Florida, Albany is a hub for arts and culture. Take, for instance, the city's newest addition, the Art Park, an open air community center in the heart of urban, downtown Albany, highlighting local artists and open to the public. The urban Art Park is also an event facility open to performances and gatherings. Visit Albany during the annual Color Run 5K and experience the Art Park first-hand during the after party. Or attend the Pink Parade Fashion Show, an annual fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness, and savor the sight of the colorful Art Park which serves as a unique backdrop for elements of the Show, including dance videos, photo shoots and media campaigns.

In the sense of urban renewal, the Art Park has repurposed one of the oldest facades in Albany – one that, at one point, was eyed for demolition when the Art Park idea was created. While in Albany, broaden cultural horizons with a visit to the Albany Museum of Art, a free attraction home to a growing permanent collection of African, European and American art, including one of the most impressive collections of sub-Saharan African art to be found in the Southeastern United States. Tour the historic Carnegie Library, which houses the Albany Area Arts Council. While there, view art work exhibitions by regional artists. Stop by the Welcome Center and delve into the performing arts with a free self-guided tour that takes you on a behind-the-scenes movie set excursion. During your visit, foodie fun unfolds at The Catch, a trendy nouveau southern cuisine seafood place; local treasure Austin’s Firegrill and Oyster Bar; Pearly’s Famous Country Cooking; upscale Henry Campbell’s The Steakhouse; farm to fork Our Daily Bread; Riverfront Bar-B-Q; and pub-style Harvest Moon, with evening musical entertainment served on the side. Albany has more than two dozen hotels – many include complimentary breakfast and have the all-important swimming pool, among other amenities. MEDIA CONTACT: Albany Convention & Visitors Bureau, www.visitalbanyga.com, 1-866-750-0840.

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Take a Scientific Trip to Albany, Georgia | Albany, Georgia Blog

Take a Scientific Trip to Albany, Georgia

Posted on 9/14/2014 by Rashelle

Categories: Family FriendlyOutdoorTravel

It’s technically not quite autumn yet, but with the kids back in school, parents may be thinking of family weekends that are educational as well as fun. Last month we shared some tips for creating a historically-educational itinerary, and this month we have a science-themed list of attractions that are both exciting and unique! Take a look below at what only Albany has to offer:

Alligator

Recently, journalists David Dickson and Mysha Theriault visited Albany and wrote an outstanding article on the many different science adventures to be found here! Check David’s article out by clicking here.

For more information on what you can see and do when visiting Albany and southwest Georgia, visit our attractions page and our online calendar of events! We can’t wait to see you!

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Educational Adventures In Albany | Albany, Georgia Blog

Educational Adventures In Albany

Posted on 8/20/2014 by Rashelle

Categories: Family FriendlyHistoryTravel

Now that the kids are back in school, you may be switching gears from beach-minded summertime fun to more educational weekend adventures. If you’re looking for a destination where the family can pick up a little history while they play, Albany, Georgia is the place for you. Check out this list of some of the historic sites in the area:

Want to expose the family to some science-related fun? Keep an eye out 

for our next blog, where we’ll tell you all you need to know about how to work some science education into your next trip to Albany!

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Summertime in Albany, GA means summer camps! | Albany, Georgia Blog

Summertime in Albany, GA means summer camps!

Posted on 6/30/2014 by Rashelle

Categories: ArtsEventsFamily FriendlyOutdoorSportsTravel

Summertime is officially in full swing in Albany, Georgia: the days are full of sunshine, the crickets are chirping, and fireflies are dancing just as soon as the sun starts to sink! We love the summer here in southwest Georgia because there are so many more ways to get outside and enjoy the natural beauty of the area, like kayaking on the river or a trip to explore Radium Springs Gardens.

Another thing we love about the summertime are all the opportunities for kids, both local and from far and wide, to experience the incredible educational assets unique to Albany at Chehaw Park, the Flint RiverQuarium, and more. Did you know that there are all kinds of summer camps available during the month of July for kids of practically any age and any interest? Check out a sampling below of some of the educational opportunities for kids in Albany while they’re out of school for the season!

Science Camps

Arts Camps

Athletic Camps

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The Albany Movement | Albany, Georgia Blog

The Albany Movement

Posted on 5/30/2014 by Rashelle

Categories: History

Earlier this month, the Albany Civil Rights Institute held its first annual Community Service Gala, selling out tables at the Hilton, and making our community so very proud.

It occurs to us, though, that there are so many southerners and even Georgians who aren’t aware of Albany’s significance in the American Civil Rights Movement, or why we have a Civil Rights Institute here. Sometimes, painful events in history are glossed over in school or even left out entirely to spare participants the ache of re-opening old wounds, but as time marches on, successive generations may forget about these events entirely.

In the 1950s and 60s, contention which would eventually come to be known as “The Civil Rights Movement” was spreading across the south. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and others had been campaigning to eliminate racial segregation and disenfranchisement across the country when in 1961, three members of the SNCC came to Albany to help black Georgians register to vote. 

albany herald

The SNCC helped to rally Albany’s divided black population around the cause of unity to form the Albany Movement and elect a leadership.

By mid-December, the Movement’s leadership had reached out to Dr. King for his help to bring attention to Albany’s struggle. He arrived in town, attended a mass meeting at Old Mt. Zion Church, marched, and was jailed. Although it was one of Dr. King’s primary tactics to garner publicity for himself and his cause by remaining incarcerated for unjust crimes, many white public officials were more than happy to oblige him. This tactic was unsuccessful in Albany, however, as his fines and those of his companion were anonymously paid and they were released. Another of his tactics had been for so many marchers to become incarcerated that they would fill the jails past their capacity. But the police chief in Albany circumvented Dr. King’s strategy again by arresting protesters and jailing them in surrounding counties, leaving plenty of space in his own facility.

By August 1962, Dr. King gave up on the Albany Movement and left the city, but took with him the lessons learned there to Birmingham where he applied them in a more successful bid to advance the cause of civil liberties for all. Although considered an unsuccessful early attempt at remaking an unjust society, Albany is noted as a key step in the ultimate battle for civil liberties.

Today, Albany resident and guests can visit the Albany Civil Rights Institute, consisting of the church where one of the first mass meetings of the Albany Movement was held, and a civil rights museum boasting over 12,000 square feet! And even more special is the opportunity every first Saturday of each month to hear Albany’s Freedom Singers performing at Old Mt. Zion Church. The Freedom Singers were originally organized in 1960 to travel the country and raise money for the SNCC and to inform locals about grassroots organizing for the cause. Singing had long been a part of the campaign for equality, and Dr. King recognized the value of the Freedom Singers to raise spirits as well as funds, and to share the plight of southern blacks with a national audience. If you hear them sing today, you’ll be treated to a performance by Rutha Mae Harris, one of the original Freedom Singers who has been with the group since its inception. One thing is for sure though; a visit to the Civil Rights Institute will leave you with spirit soaring as high as Miss Harris’ soprano.

For more information on the Albany Civil Rights Institute, the Freedom Singers, or the Albany Movement, visit the links below.

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The Color Me Rad 5k | Albany, Georgia Blog

The Color Me Rad 5k

Posted on 4/28/2014 by Rashelle

Categories: EventsOutdoorTravel

Would you describe Albany, Georgia as “colorful”? We sure would! Not only do we have some of the richest and history and culture in Georgia (which is bursting with history and culture-rich places), but we’ve got creativity coming out of our ears. Have you checked out the Art Park on Pine yet? Well, what are you waiting for?! It’s an outdoor, open-air community art gallery featuring pieces by some of our most talented locals. In the sense of urban renewal, the Art Park has repurposed one of the oldest facades in Albany – one that, at one point, was eyed for demolition when the Art Park idea was created. The space is also an event facility available for performances and gatherings, like the after party for the Color Me Rad 5k. The Color Me Rad 5k, which will take place this year on October 5, is an event benefitting a local charity featuring literal bursts of color in the form of colored corn starch exploding all over the runners as they make their way through the course.

They begin the run in a clean, white shirt, and by the end are covered from head to toe and everything in between with every color of the rainbow. Why, you ask? Well, why not? “Color runs” were actually inspired by the ancient Hindu festival of Holi, the springtime celebration of life, color, and love – all the things that modern-day “color runs” attempt to evoke in their participants. If you can’t wait until October for Color Me Rad, join us for the Color the Grove 5k on Saturday, May 3, to benefit Darton Boosters and the Flint RiverQuarium, one of Albany’s anchor attractions. The course begins right at our own Welcome Center at 112 Front Street, and included in your $30 fee is a t-shirt, a packet of color dye, free admission for one to the RiverQuarium, and the experience of a lifetime. And isn’t that really what art is all about, anyway? Art may not always lift your spirits, but it should make you feel something. And if you’re gonna feel something… we hope it’s something bright and beautiful!

The Color Me Rad 5k
(Photo by Jon Miller on Flickr)

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AWL-BENNY: | Albany, Georgia Blog

AWL-BENNY:

Posted on 3/20/2014 by Rashelle

Categories: Travel

AWL-BENNY:

Awl-Benny: Georgian’s are known for their southern drawl. And nowhere is that more apparent than in the famous pronunciation of our fair city. You call often tell someone who is from Albany, Ga., from non-natives by simply listening to how they pronounce it.

Ironically, Albany was founded by Nelson Tift, a native of Connecticut who saw similarities between the section of wilderness he was settling and Albany, New York, and envisioned this area of Georgia along the Flint River having the same thriving, river-driven economy as our namesake to the north.

But no matter how you say it, one thing is true: ‪#‎AlbanyGa‬ is Southern for warm smiles, good food, and great hospitality.

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Sweet Southern Sunshine – Albany Marathon Recap | Albany, Georgia Blog

Sweet Southern Sunshine – Albany Marathon Recap

Posted on 3/3/2014 by Rashelle

Categories: EventsOutdoorSportsTravel

Sweet Southern Sunshine – Albany Marathon Recap.

From a runner’s perspective, get the inside scoop on running the #AlbanyMarathon!

Thanks to everyone who came out! We had another year where at least 20 percent of our marathon runners qualified for Boston!

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Freedom Singers in concert Feb. 8 | Albany, Georgia Blog

Freedom Singers in concert Feb. 8

Posted on 2/6/2014 by Rashelle

Categories: ArtsHistoryTravel

Freedom Singers in concert Feb. 8

In the early 1960’s a small group of young students from Albany, Ga., used their voices to advance the Civil Rights movement. 50 years later, the surviving member has mentored a new crop of Freedom Singers using the iconic songs that rallied a nation to end the injustices of inequality.

Saturday, Feb. 8, the Freedom Singers are going to have a concert at the Albany Civil Rights Institute that is free with admission and to members of the ACRI. You won’t want to miss this truly amazing cultural experience.

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#TBT: Vintage Albany photo shows fire department hard at work | Albany, Georgia Blog

#TBT: Vintage Albany photo shows fire department hard at work

Posted on 1/23/2014 by Rashelle

Categories: HistoryTravel

#TBT: Vintage Albany photo shows fire department hard at work

In the city’s early years, Albany’s fire department was one of the best in country. The city had one of the earliest organized volunteer and then paid departments in the country and routinely set standards that would become adopted by departments throughout the nation.

Here, firefighters battle a fire at the corner of Washington Street and Broad Avenue in the 1930’s.

If you have historic photos of #AlbanyGA that you’d like to be featured on #TBT, e-mail them to visitalbanyga@gmail.com and we’ll share your story of our great city with the world!

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A few reasons why you should plan your next trip to Albany, Ga! | Albany, Georgia Blog

A few reasons why you should plan your next trip to Albany, Ga!

Posted on 11/25/2013 by Rashelle

Categories: Family FriendlyTravel

From our wild animal park to our unique, one-of-a-kind Flint RiverQuarium and Civil Rights Movement museum, learn why hospitality comes “naturally” in Albany.

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Golfers Unite! | Albany, Georgia Blog

Golfers Unite!

Posted on 11/21/2013 by Rashelle

Categories: SportsTravel

There really are few things better than hitting the links on a cool November morning in the #South. In Albany, that’s truer than most places around. With 72 pristine and challenging holes within a 10-minute drive, Golfers from around the Southeast are putting our little city on their golfing agendas.

Today, we’re thankful to have the members of the Georgia Senior Golf Association come down and spend some time in Albany, dodging sand bunkers and the water hazards as they set out to collect birdies on the great course at Double Gate Country Club.

From far-driving tee shots to challenging puts, the courses around Albany — Double Gate, Stonebridge Country Club, Flint River Municipal Golf Course, RiverPointe Golf Club and Grand Island Country Club — offer a wide variety of designs which are sure to challenge and delight the most experienced golfers.

  

And don’t forget about the ladies. Home to LPGA Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez, Albany’s courses are a good fit for both the ladies and the gentlemen.

So come check out all Albany has to offer, including our great courses, and you may just find yourself featured on our next blog.

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Mornings on the Flint | Albany, Georgia Blog

Mornings on the Flint

Posted on 11/12/2013 by Rashelle

Categories: Family FriendlyOutdoorTravel

Mornings on the Flint

Nature at its finest! Take a gander at our beautiful Flint River as the sun pops up over the Pine trees. In Albany and Southwest Georgia, breathtaking vistas are just outside your window.

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There are new ‘roos in the zoo! | Albany, Georgia Blog

There are new ‘roos in the zoo!

Posted on 11/12/2013 by Rashelle

Categories: Family FriendlyTravel

There's new roos in the zoo!
(Credit: WFXL-TV Fox 31)
A new Joey pokes his head out of his mom’s pouch Tuesday at Chehaw, Albany’s one-of-a-kind park and zoo.

What is cute, cuddly and likes to box? Why a Joey of course!

Two new Joeys, or baby Kangaroos, have finally peaked out of their mother’s pouches at Chehaw, the Albany’s one-of-a-kind park and zoo, and are getting some good media attention in the Good Life City. 

Local Fox affiliate WFXL-TV posted a story Tuesday with this adorable photo. You can get their full story by clicking HERE.

Cuteness: It just comes natural in #AlbanyGa! 

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Holiday Getaway time | Albany, Georgia Blog

Holiday Getaway time

Posted on 10/22/2013 by Rashelle

Categories: ArtsEventsFamily FriendlyTravel

Holiday Getaway time

There’s nothing quite like fall and winter in the South. Come take a look at all the cool things going on to celebrate the holidays in Albany in December!

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A picture is worth a 1,000 words…and millions in revenue for hotels? | Albany, Georgia Blog

A picture is worth a 1,000 words…and millions in revenue for hotels?

Posted on 10/18/2013 by Rashelle

Categories: Travel

Courtesy: thefiscaltimes.com
Courtesy: thefiscaltimes.com

Everyone knows that pictures often tell way more about us than we can say…or sometimes even WANT to say. Hotels are no different.

A recent Hotelmarketing.com blog post states what many already knew but few had really taken into consideration. Photos of a hotel online can make or break increases in hotel revenues:

When travel shoppers are combing the internet for the perfect hotel they are engaged by dynamic visuals. The key question is, which images will have them pulling out their credit cards to book a night’s stay?

So what images make the biggest impact?

As one would imagine, pictures of the guest rooms are the number-one-most-viewed photos on hotel sites. But would you guess that a photo of a restaurant or bar on premises is next on the list? How about dynamic photos of your hotel’s recreational opportunities?

Check out the full list here.

So do your bottom line a favor. Pull out a camera and shoot some interesting, engaging and fresh photos of your property. You’ll likely woo prospective guests and will keep your property’s presence on the web dynamic in the process.

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Sunrise at the Bridge House | Albany, Georgia Blog

Sunrise at the Bridge House

Posted on 10/10/2013 by Rashelle

Categories: HistoryTravel

Sunrise at the Bridge House

It’s a beautiful morning in Albany at the Bridge House. Glad to host Leadership Albany for the day!

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Paddle Georgia features Albany in Flint River video | Albany, Georgia Blog

Paddle Georgia features Albany in Flint River video

Posted on 10/10/2013 by Rashelle

Categories: Family FriendlyOutdoorTravel

There is nothing more southern than floating down a river on a warm summer day, taking in nature, and being thankful of the pristine natural resources we’ve been blessed with.

Earlier this summer, 350 people floated, paddled, and stroked their way down the Flint River through Albany and Southwest Georgia on an educational, cultural, environmental and just plain ole exhilarating experience.

We’re glad Albany got to play host to these great people. To catch a glimpse of what they did for a week, check out this really cool video they just posted.

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White Oak Pastures: A model of next-gen organic farming | Albany, Georgia Blog

White Oak Pastures: A model of next-gen organic farming

Posted on 10/10/2013 by Rashelle

Categories: Travel

Grass-fed beef, free-range chicken and other organic goodness from White Oak Pastures is now available at most Whole Foods Stores on the East Coast.
Grass-fed beef, free-range chicken and other organic goodness from White Oak Pastures is now available at most Whole Foods Stores on the East Coast.

White Oak Pastures, a hidden gem in next generation organic farming based in Southwest Georgia, now has products in many Whole Foods stores on the East Coast including this store in Tallahassee, Fla.

Headquartered at their farm in Bluffton, which is about an hour west of Albany, White Oak Pastures is setting the bar pretty high when it comes to new-age agritourism, including raising top-of-the-line grass-fed cattle, offering free-range chickens and some of the best organically-grown veggies you’ll ever eat.

But it’s not just their product that is amazing, it’s how they achieve it. With one of the only Temple Grandin-approved abattoir’s in the southeast, and a business model that is quickly becoming the industry standard, White Oak is the next generation of American-produced farming ingenuity.

Contact the our staff here at the CVB by clicking here to set up an itinerary that includes this a trip to this fantastic destination today.

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Civic Center plays host to 4,000 children for Fire Safety event | Albany, Georgia Blog

Civic Center plays host to 4,000 children for Fire Safety event

Posted on 10/9/2013 by Rashelle

Categories: EventsTravel

Four thousand area school kids filed into the Albany James H. Gray Sr. Civic Center Wednesday to learn some life-saving information from the Albany Fire Department.

The annual fire safety program is the largest single fire safety awareness event in Georgia and helps children learn about preventing fires and how to create a fire safety and evacuation plan with their families.

Using entertaining skits and choreography, the event is quite the show.

Scroll down to see more photos of the event.

 

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Strike a pose! | Albany, Georgia Blog

Strike a pose!

Posted on 10/4/2013 by Rashelle

Categories: HistoryTravel

Strike a pose

A visitor to downtown Albany snaps a photo of the new bronze bust of Nelson Tift, Albany’s founder Friday. To learn more about Tift and his contributions to the development of Southwest Georgia, click here.

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Will Albany be named among the top event destinations? It’s up to you! | Albany, Georgia Blog

Will Albany be named among the top event destinations? It’s up to you!

Posted on 10/3/2013 by Rashelle

Categories: OutdoorSportsTravel

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The Albany (Ga.) Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is competing with other visitor’s centers across the country to see who is Convention South Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Award winner for event destinations.

To vote, click here, scroll down to Georgia and click the box next to Albany, Ga. Voting ends October 14.

And to see why you should vote for Albany, the jewel of Southwest Georgia check out the video below.

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Bobby Dean Book Signing Set | Albany, Georgia Blog

Bobby Dean Book Signing Set

Posted on 10/3/2013 by Rashelle

Categories: EventsTravel

Celebrity Chef Bobby Deen, who will be appearing on the latest season of the Food Network's Iron Chef, will be signing copies of his new book in Albany.

Bobby Deen, the chef son of celebrity chef and Albany native Paula Deen, will be signing copies of his brand new cook book, “From Mama’s Table to Mine,” at the Albany Welcome Center at 112 North Front Street, Saturday, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon.

You can pre-order tickets that will guarantee you a book and enter you for a chance to win lunch with Bobby and his wife Claudia, for $16 by calling the Welcome Center at 229-317-4760.

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