|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
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
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
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.