The Hollywood of the South™ has been a destination for over 165 television shows and movies. Location scouts have been drawn to the appealing historical architecture, quaint Southern ambience, and century old magnolia trees. But Covington, Georgia is more than a perfectly scripted mise-en-scène. The charm and vibrancy of this unique town, located 30 miles east of Atlanta, is not movie magic – it is real.
A perfect location for a day trip or weekend getaway, discover Covington’s historic entertainment district for your next dining or shopping experience while exploring Covington’s community and film history.
The Covington Welcome Center, located at 1143 Oak Street SE, is only two blocks off the Square and the ultimate first stop. Open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., southern hospitality abounds once you cross the threshold into one of the largest film and television museums in Georgia. Screen used props from shows like The Vampire Diaries, Originals, Legacies, Sleepy Hollow, Sweet Magnolias, The Dukes of Hazzard and In the Heat of the Night adorn the walls and rooms of this favorite destination of over 100,000 visitors annually.
After stopping by the Covington Welcome Center, experience a taste of the South with hickory smoked BBQ at Bradley’s Bar-B-Que, Sweet Tea Fried Chicken at the Mystic Grill, or country cooking at its finest at Townhouse Cafe. If you’re looking for something outside the borders of Georgia cuisine, grab a Lucky Day Taco empanada, a pizza from Your Pie or Amici’s or Wicked Goat Fries from the Social Goat Tavern. And City Pharmacy should not be missed for dinner, featuring their award-winning Wild Mushroom Meatloaf.
Framed by the historic Covington clock tower, the quintessential town square is also home to a variety of shopping opportunities. Looking for art? Wild Art features the creations of local talented artists and sculptors. Or is fashion your secret obsession? Woven and Worthy are on the cutting edge of the latest trends while Your Sister’s Closet’s consignment selection is celebratory.
Of course, souvenirs from your visit are an absolute necessity. The Vampire Diaries fans will love the selection at Bitten by Shelvie Jean, Vampire Stalkers On Location Gifts , The Alley Gift Shop or The Main Street Place while “The Vampire TVD Collection” at the Soap Box smells bloody good! But if you haven’t fallen victim to the allure of the vampires, there are plenty of Covington unforgettable finds at stores like Ridge Avenue & Co., Town Square Olive Oil and Southern Roots Outfitters.
When you’re ready to wind down, try an artisanal coffee at Lily & Sparrow, a chai and matcha latte at @local or delicious bakery treat at Bread and Butter Bakery. During your break, check out one of the maps that you picked up at the Covington Welcome Center to find some outdoor fun, like the Cricket Frog Trail or disc golf at Parker’s Pasture Disc Golf Course at Covington’s Central Park.
Discover Covington – as seen on TV but better in real life.
Plan your trip today at discovercovingtonga.com.
- by TLP Editors
- by Simon Davidson