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Southwest Georgia Travel Guide

Places To Explore In Southwest Georgia

The rolling agricultural landscapes of a slower, older South, where things remain much the same as they were for generations, can be found within a couple of hours' drive of Atlanta's high-rise bustle. Here small towns evoke a time when the world was a simpler place, where people lived close to the land and life was measured on a personal scale. In southwest Georgia, peanuts, corn, tobacco,

and cotton are the lifeblood of the local economies, and you're as likely to see a tractor on a country road as a car.

People here live far from the hassles of Atlanta's modernity—the daily grind of traffic jams and suburban sprawl. The accents are slow and seductive. Small towns and petite country hamlets beckon with their charming town squares and elegant bed-and-breakfasts. In southwest Georgia the inclination simply to relax is contagious—it can saturate you slowly but completely, like syrup on a stack of pancakes. And the Southern pride is palpable: sometimes seen in yellow ribbons scattered throughout entire communities or heard in conversations that still refer to "the War between the States" rather than the Civil War.

Despite the quiet pace of life here, this is the land of such greats as President Jimmy Carter, writers Erskine Caldwell and Carson McCullers, singers Ma Rainey and Otis Redding, and baseball legend Jackie Robinson. For a time even Franklin Delano Roosevelt was drawn here; he returned again and again for the healing mineral waters of Warm Springs.

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