Back to Nature Tour

“Back to Nature” Tour

Farmview Market is a unique agricultural experience to those visiting Madison.  The beautiful 10,000 sq. ft. retail complex built with reclaimed wood from barns built in the late 1700s/early 1800s incorporates a grocery store, specialty butcher shop, a farm to table café, and an open air farmers market—all featuring delicious, locally sourced offerings. It fuses elements of Georgia’s rich agrarian heritage with a sensible approach to sustainability to present a truly unique food and educational experience for guests.

Southern Cross Guest Ranch is a 17 room inn that is home to well over 150 quality Paint and Quarter horses. The ranch, which recently received accolades from Travel + Leisure  and Ladies Home Journal Magazines as one of “Americas Best Dude Ranches,” is best known for its exceptional hands-on horseback riding programs, unguided riding opportunities, and peaceful, comfortable setting. The inn serves 3 delicious meals a day, has trails for bike riding, and a beautiful pool for those that just want to rest in the sun.

The Farmhouse Inn at Hundred Acre Farm offers ten bedrooms made up by five private guestrooms and a five bedroom farmhouse with large living area, kitchen, and dining room. The inn offers all the modern conveniences and comforts for a getaway for two or a family celebration for up to twenty eight overnight guests. The Red Barn Meeting Room, outdoor terrace, and adjacent lawns can be used for large group dinners, farm weddings, meetings, business retreats, family reunions, and other events for up to 200 guests. All ingredients in the preparation of breakfast come straight from the farm and guests are able to enjoy hiking the many trails, canoeing and fishing on the Appalachee River, and roasting marshmallows by the fire at the end of the day. Listed among Southern Living and Cosmopolitan Magazines, The Farmhouse Inn at Hundred Acre Farm is a country sanctuary where guests can rediscover life’s simple pleasures. Solar power combines with organic gardening and a bevy of farm animals on 100-plus riverside acres and the finest in Southern Hospitality at this pristine inn and farm.

Burnt Pine Plantation offers 4,500 acres of land intensively managed for Quail, Whitetail deer, and Turkey. The plantation not only offers Quail Hunting and Deer Hunting, but Pheasant Hunting, Dove Hunting, Mixed Bag, Turkey Hunting, and fishing as well. With the completion of their new 26 bed lodge and conference center, this plantation is the perfect spot for Quail & Deer hunting getaways, corporate retreats or meetings, family gatherings, receptions, weddings, and simple “get away from it all” trips from the everyday hectic pace. There is no “Roughing It” at the Plantation, come just once and you will be a visitor for life.

Hard Labor Creek State Park – Make your way just 9 miles east of Madison to the quaint town of Rutledge, home to Georgia’s largest State Park, Hard Labor Creek State Park.  Grab a boxed lunch from the old-time Caboose or Yesterday Cafe to enjoy under the state park’s glorious pines, take a canoe ride, play some golf, relax on the beach, and stay the night in their beautifully appointed cabins. No cell phone required.

FARMeander – Madison and Morgan County are fast becoming the hub of Georgia’s local food movement, supporting both commodity farming as well as the production of local and organic meats, eggs, vegetables and associated products. Through FARMeander, a self-guided map and Georgia’s first farm trail created by the Madison-Morgan Conservancy, visitors are invited to explore area farms, markets, festivals, inns, and get to know the farmers that delight in the food produced among its natural, agricultural and historic resources. Two highly acclaimed “farm stay” inns, Southern Cross Guest Ranch and Farmhouse Inn at Hundred Acre Farm, allow visitors the complete experience.