Friday, June 28, 2013

Small Town Adventures: Exploring Covington Georgia "The Hollywood of The South"




Atlanta is getting a lot of buzz lately for producing so many movies, but there is a small town in Newton County that has been a favorite filming location since the 1970's. Covington Georgia, also known as “The Hollywood of The South”, is a mecca for the television and film industry. 



This vibrant town, founded in 1812, is a source of pride and joy for the community. Covington has a unique blend of shopping and dining experiences. It’s beautiful historical buildings are centered on the green oasis of the Square Park where on many occasions a wonderful concert or community event could be taking place. Downtown Covington is a great place to experience what true southern living feels like.


For fans of TV shows such as “The Dukes of Hazzard”,  “In the Heat of the Night” and “The Vampire Diaries”, Covington will look familiar since it was used as a location for filming. 


 
If you plan on visiting soon, here are a few suggestions about things to do in Covington Georgia: In 1979, the TV show The Dukes of Hazzard was shot here for the first five episodes. It was called Hazzard County in the show.

Recently awarded the Award for Excellence in Downtown Development, Covington’s historic downtown is thriving. With home décor, antiques, arts and crafts. There are dining choices for all occasions; terrific artisan pizza, a family diner that has the honor of serving the best fried chicken for over forty years, outstanding Bar-B-Que, a coffee house and café, an ice-cream and candy store that is never without a customer, Thai, and unrivaled white table cloth restaurant serving what we think is the best New Orleans style of food you’ll find outside of New Orleans. The district enjoys a long tradition of family owned and operated businesses and an impressive events calendar that keeps things humming. Regular events include cruise-ins, concerts, festivals, art shows and Independence in the Park Concert and fireworks that truly showcases the best of small town America.


If you have never visit Covington, and are not planning to take a guided tour, you can always stop by at the visitors center and get maps for a self-guided tour. You might want to bring a camera with you because there are so many interesting homes that are Architectural Digest worthy.
                                              

Covington also offers an 18-hole par-71 golf course. Oaks Golf Course is one of the best places to visit in Georgia for young golfers aged 6 to 12, perfect for enthusiasts looking to learn a great sport in summer. There is also a terrific restaurant on the course called Putters.


On the other hand if you like the agri-tourism trend, one of the more picturesque places to visit in Georgia is Cottonwood Farm along Woodlawn Road. The farm covers 30 acres of rolling grasslands with facilities catering to individuals, families and groups. Cottonwood’s owners, Ken and Teri Justice, built Cottonwood Farm to provide a safe and beautiful place for families to get together, learn to ride and pick up life skills that will help boost self-confidence and build strong relationships.



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