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The Non-profit Ida Cason Callaway Foundation Begins Extensive Renovation
of the Southern Pine Cottages and the Mountain Creek Inn at
Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Georgia
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PINE MOUNTAIN, GA (9/7/05) – Callaway Gardens® recently launched an extensive renovation project designed to add an unprecedented new level of comfort, convenience and luxury to its overall guest experience.  The Southern Pine® Cottages, Mountain Creek® Inn and Country Kitchen Restaurant are the focus of the work.
 
The Southern Pine Cottages

The property’s popular cottages will receive a refreshing makeover both inside and out with the addition of new soft goods, lamps, patio chairs, desks and chairs; a new energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly HVAC system, ceiling fans, and 27-inch televisions with high speed internet connection.  Each cottage exterior will be completely refinished; and all decks and handrails will be replaced with Evergreen® Wood Composite.  This environmentally-friendly product from Georgia-based Integrated Composite Technologies combines plastic and sawdust into a durable and attractive product with a life expectancy of up to 50 years without showing wear or discoloration.
 
The Mountain Creek Inn and Country Kitchen

The Mountain Creek® Inn phase of the project will provide a magnificent room makeover including the addition of fine furniture, new carpet and linens, expanded work space including a state-of-the-art ergonomic chair, refurbished bathrooms and more.  This phase also will include improvements to the Mountain Creek Inn Lobby and Vineyard Green Lounge.
 
“The comfort and convenience of our guests have always been the top priority of all of us here,” said Robert McEleney, vice-president and managing director of Callaway Gardens.  “This renovation project is a reflection of that philosophy, providing guests with a brand new level of lodging experience and further establishing Callaway Gardens as one of the finest resorts in the Southeast.”
 
Room renovations at the Mountain Creek Inn will be highlighted by Thomasville “Martinique” furniture, including an armoire featuring increased storage options and cherry-finished nightstands.  Guests needing to get down to business will be able to do so more comfortably than ever thanks to expanded desk space, an ergonomic chair and the latest in “smart” technology to connect them to the outside world.
 
Callaway Gardens will take its commitment to guest “comfort” literally by providing an overstuffed lounge chair and ottoman as well as by featuring comforters with a 12 oz. fill that far exceeds traditional hospitality standards.  Adding to the comfort factor will be “bright light” Sony alarm clocks that leave the room dark enough for sleep and illuminated enough for nighttime navigation.
 
Each bathroom will feature ceramic tile floors with marble threshold, solid granite vanity tops and curved shower curtain rods providing an extra 10” of elbowroom.
 
Another enhancement to complement the change in décor is the addition of framed historical artwork that celebrates the property’s storied past and rich traditions.
 
The Mountain Creek Inn will provide a whole new first impression for all guests and visitors thanks to an external touch-up that includes repainting and new plant and floral displays and a lobby makeover that will include reupholstering of its arts-and-crafts-period furniture, new live plant displays, a gourmet coffee cart and a staffed guest services desk.
 
The Vineyard Green Lounge, located just off the lobby, also will be refreshed with the addition of flower boxes and hanging plants, providing an indoor complement to the signature beauty of the Gardens.  The lounge also will have a new custom-designed bar with mirrored walls and televisions on either side, new table tops and chairs, a wide-screen TV and pool table.
 
The Country Kitchen Restaurant

The Country Kitchen Restaurant, long hailed for its classic Southern hospitality and rustic country charm, has been expanded to include 32 additional seats.  The restaurant, tucked inside the popular Callaway Gardens Country Store®, has always featured one of the property’s finest views.  Now more people than ever have a chance to look out over the seemingly endless rolling acres and signature Callaway Gardens treetops, as all of the additional seating will be placed on raised platforms.
 
Callaway Gardens®, a premier travel and meeting destination in the South, is owned by the non-profit Ida Cason Callaway Foundation™ (ICCF).  Within the 13,000 acres of Callaway Gardens is a resort, preserve, almost 100,000 square feet of meeting space, 784 guest rooms, restaurants, shops, golf, tennis, fishing, gun club, gardens, butterfly conservatory, horticultural center, chapel, inland beach, nature trails, and additional attractions.  For more than 50 years Callaway Gardens has provided “a place of relaxation, inspiration and a better understanding of the living world” for millions of visitors. Callaway Gardens is committed to its mission of environmental education and land stewardship for the benefit of future generations.
 
In January 2005, Noble Management Group, the operating arm of Noble Investment Group (www.nobleinvestment.com), was selected by the ICCF to use their management expertise to oversee the day-to-day operations of Callaway.
 
Noble Investment Group is a leading national hospitality organization that owns luxury and upscale hotels and resorts, is a prominent developer of first class lodging, resort and mixed use projects, and is an acclaimed operator of independent destination resorts, convention and conference centers, and upscale hotels affiliated with Marriott, Hilton, Starwood and InterContinental Hotels Group. Noble currently operates over 5,000 hotel and resort guest rooms, more than 600,000 sq. ft. of meeting space as well as championship golf, spa and fine dining operations together with approximately 7,000 hotel rooms operated by Alliance Hospitality Management, a majority owned affiliate of Noble.
 
Since 1979, Noble and its predecessors have developed and acquired over $1 billion in hospitality assets. In the past year, the company began development on and acquired an aggregate of $300 million in hospitality investments.
 
Callaway Gardens®, is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus.  For additional information, call 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292) or visit www.callawaygardens.com.

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Contact:

Rachel M. Crumbley, Corporate Relations Manager
Callaway Gardens
706-663-5187 (desk)
rcrumbley@callawaygardens.com 
www.callawaygardens.com 

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Also See: The Ida Cason Callaway Foundation Appoints Noble Management Group to Operate the Callaway Gardens Resort & Preserve; Foundation to Partner with Noble to Reinvent Callaway Gardens / December 2004
Callaway Gardens Renovating the Southern Pine Cottages / December 2001

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