Senoia, GA – History, Scenery and…Zombies?(Part:2)
Had about enough of the Hollywood scene? No problem. Senoia is a lot more than just a southern-fried version of Tinsel Town.
Take a step back in time at Founders Restaurant on Main St. in Historic Downtown Senoia. Founders sports “an early 1900’s decor, with a 1920’s Brunswick bar, antique chandeliers, exposed brick (and) beautiful 12 foot curtains lining the walls.” Contemporary cuisine meets down home southern with dishes as diverse as shrimp and grits , pecan-fried chicken and seared ahi tuna.
Just a few doors down is Senoia Coffee and Café. As their website proudly proclaims “Just Coffee?? Heck no…wine and fabulous gourmet light fare!” Beer, wine, breakfast, lunch and light evening fare are all offered.
There’s also Katie Lou’s Café, serving “fresh homemade breakfast, slow-smoked barbecue, seasonal veggies, fresh salads (and) old-fashioned made-from-scratch desserts.”
But if it’s shepherd’s pie or bangers and mash ye be cravin’ me lads and lassies, you can even find a traditional Irish pub. Maguire’s Family and Friends serves up Guinness on tap, real pub food and has a full bar, yet still retains a family-friendly atmosphere.
Once meal time is over, there’s plenty of non-food related loafing to be done in Senoia. For a look at Senoia’s history, you might want to check out the Buggy Shop Museum. There are old cars and buggies (including a Model T), antique doctors’ tools, sewing machines, and Coca-Cola memorabilia. You can even find Senoia’s first “gas station” there. But plan this trip for spring, summer or fall. Since the museum has no heating system, they have to shut down when it gets cold outside.
Is that not historic enough for you? Fine, take a lazy drive to nearby Warm Springs, GA and visit the “Little White House.” Franklin D. Roosevelt purchased the property in 1926 after determining that swimming in the geothermally heated waters improved his polio-related partial paralysis. It was also the site of his death in 1945 and has been preserved as a historical landmark with the original furniture ever since.
If history’s not your thing, you may want to visit Callaway Gardens.
Not far from the Little White House, Callaway Gardens is 13,000 acres of gardens and fun, family activities. There’s swimming and water skiing, trail walks, educational workshops, bicycling; even symphonies, a hot air balloon festival on Labor Day and a circus during the summer.
Gardens too girly for you? Want something rough and tough? No problem. About thirty-minutes to the west of Senoia is Atlanta Motor Speedway, one of the fastest tracks on the NASCAR circuit. It’s a little known fact that former president Jimmy Carter once worked there as a ticket taker in his younger days. So you can justify your day at the races by calling the speedway a historic site.
You may come to Senoia for “The Walking Dead,” but you’ll quickly discover there’s a lot more to this scenic bit of Southern, small-town history than a bunch of rotting-flesh, gore-sucking zombies. Take a walk around town, try some fine dining and make a short drive to one of the nearby attractions. Those zombies will still be undead when you get back.