GROUPS

“Local Flair” Itinerary

Be a “Calhounian” during your stay. Locals recommend the following favorites to shop, dine, pose & play!

SHOP

Unique Boutiques in Downtown Calhoun

From clothing for children and adults, to home furnishings and jewelry, Downtown Calhoun boasts a selection of unique gifts ~ for yourself and others!

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The 50 Stores at Calhoun Outlet Marketplace

Exceptional brands at extraordinary savings of 25% - 65%. Shopping that’s worth the trip! *Offers a group tour program and customizable itinerary.

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LOCAL SOUVENIRS

Harris Arts Center Art Market

Handcrafted gifts by local and regional artists.

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New Echota Gift Shop

Recently renovated and expanded, the gift shop offers items such as books, Cherokee Phoenix Newspaper reproduction copies, Goose Quill Pen & Ink Sets and Cherokee Corn Bead Necklaces.

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Looking for something that says Calhoun?

RAK Outfitters, located in Calhoun Outlet Marketplace, sells t-shirts promoting their Calhoun location. Shop local boutiques, such as, The Rusty Zipper, Pintage Antique Market, and Tot Roost for “Calhoun” items.<

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BEST PHOTO OP LOCATIONS:

Downtown Calhoun

From back alleys to the City Park and Depot, Downtown Calhoun offers numerous picturesque locations.

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The ROCK Garden

Cinderella’s castle, Notre Dame, and 50 more hand-built miniature stone structures await you. Beautiful flowers and a meandering stream enhance this tranquil, whimsical oasis – and make a beautiful backdrop!

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Carters Lake (near dam)

One of the most scenic lakes in the SE, featuring 62 miles of shoreline and the highest earth-filled dam east of the Mississippi River. Need photo ideas? Click here!

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Chattahoochee National Forest (The Pocket/John’s Mountain)

The vibrant spring colors of mountain laurel and the brilliant fall color mix provided by mixed hardwoods make spring and fall perfect times to visit.

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New Echota Cherokee Capital Historic Site

The entire site is photo-worthy, but Vann’s Tavern, Phoenix Printshop and Missionary Samuel Worcester’s House offer the best photos.

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Copper Creek Farm

Copper Creek Farm: The acres of sunflowers in the summer and corn in the fall create bountiful opportunities.

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ATTRACTIONS

Harris Arts Center & Roland Hayes Museum

Home to the Roland Hayes Museum, Ratner Theater, art galleries and The Art Market Gift Shop. Admission is free.

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Calhoun’s GEM Theatre

The GEM features the best of both the past and present, as its appearance takes you back to 1939 and its amenities provide a state-of-the-art theatre experience.

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New Echota Cherokee Capital Historic Site

One of the most significant Cherokee Indian sites in the nation, where the infamous “Trail of Tears” officially began and home of the first Indian language newspaper office.

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The ROCK Garden

A must-see! Beautiful flowers and a meandering stream enhance this tranquil, whimsical oasis that is filled with over 50 hand-built miniature stone castles and cathedrals. On many occasions, you can witness the artists at work!

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Resaca Confederate Cemetery

The oldest Confederate military ground in Georgia and the resting place of more than 400 soldiers who died during the Battle of Resaca.

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Fort Wayne Civil War Historic Site

View the original parade grounds and entrenchments which are the last known constructed by the Georgia Militia.

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Resaca Battlefield Historic Site

Walk the six-miles of trail systems where much of the heaviest fighting occurred at the first major battle of the “Atlanta Campaign”.

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Copper Creek Farm and Payne Farm & Produce

Open seasonally for events. Great agritourism stops!

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Southern Estate Alpacas

Attend one of their educational farm tours and step into the pasture and come face-to-face with the friendly alpacas, who will happily eat right from your hands (and provide great photo opportunities)!

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“LOCAL FLAVOR” RESTAURANTS YOU WILL ONLY FIND IN GORDON COUNTY!

*As days and hours of operation may change, please call to confirm the restaurant is open.

Downtown Calhoun:

Dub’s High On the Hog

Home to the BBQ Sundae and the only place in Calhoun that doesn’t need a sign! Dub’s has received numerous awards and accolades.

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Yellow Jacket Drive-In

Biscuits, grilled cheese sandwiches, burgers and milkshakes.

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Barbara & Jimi’s

Old fashion restaurant serving southern comfort foods.

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Calhoun Coffee Company

Offering a wide selection of coffee, specialty coffee drinks, breakfast, lunch and baked goods.

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The French Bread Café

A plant based vegan, vegetarian, and allergen conscience restaurant offering French specialties, such as, crepes and macaroons.

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EXIT 312

Christian & Jake’s Bistro

Sandwiches, salads, soups and desserts. The Reuben is recognized in the 2018 Georgia Culinary Guide “100 Plates Locals Love.” View ►

Classic Kitchen

Family classic American food – burgers to steaks! View ►

Simply Southern

Southern specialties and “All You Can Eat” themed dinners. View ►

Taco House

Authentic Mexican food. View ►

EXIT 315

Big John’s Treat Shoppe

Locals have voted it “Best Hamburger” fr five consecutive years! View ►

Duke’s/Sharkey’s Seafood & Wings

From biscuits to wings and homemade sides, Duke’s has you covered, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. View ►

Grandstanz

Daily specials, burgers and homemade, handmade biscuits and desserts. View ►

Healthy Stop Salad Shop

A variety of salads and wraps.Fresh salads, wraps and smoothies. View ►

Thatcher’s Barbecue & Grille

Famous for the “Shovels” – tator tots or fries piled high with BBQ and toppings! View ►

EXIT 320

Bowman’s Home Cooking

Farm to table - homemade entrees, vegetables and desserts. Worth the drive! View ►

where to stay


Red Roof Inn & Suites

With easy access to I-75, the hotel is convenient to great attractions and restaurants. Start your morning with the deluxe continental breakfast featuring fresh Belgian waffles. Free Wi-Fi Internet access allows you to stay connected with friends and family. The sparkling outdoor pool is yours to enjoy during the summer, and the hotel gym lets you stay active year-round. All rooms offer pillow top beds, 37-inch TVs with extensive satellite line-up, microwaves, and refrigerators. Amenities: Breakfast, Pool, Pet Friendly, Free Parking, Wi-Fi, 59 guest rooms...

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