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MAY 2017

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HOME OF THE WALKING DEAD, SENOIA Hop on the tour bus in Atlanta, and before an on-board screening of The Walking Dead is finished, you'll find yourself in the horror series' town of "Woodbury," the real-life Georgia city of Senoia. Visit the zombie arena and stop at the officially licensed Woodbury Shoppe, built with the help of the show's Riverwood Studios. The cell doors and prison decor from the show's third season inspired the shop's interior design. Upstairs, the Waking Dead Cafe serves its own blend of java "guaranteed to wake the dead" along with exclusive The Walking Dead merchandise. WHISTLE STOP CAFÉ, JULIETTE First opened in 1927 as a general store, this family-owned business garnered national attention with the release of the 1991 hit film, Fried Green Tomatoes, starring Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy and Mary Stuart Masterson. For 25 years now, the Whistle Stop has served its signature fried green tomatoes, plates of fried chicken and Big Lee's Georgia peach cobbler to thousands of famished tourists. If there's a wait inside, kick back in one of the rocking chairs on the porch. LEOPOLD'S ICE CREAM, SAVANNAH Future Academy Award–winning composer Johnny Mercer worked in this Savannah ice cream institution as a kid. But the establishment's Hollywood connection doesn't end there. After learning his family's ice cream business, Stratton Leopold departed for Hollywood, where he produced films including Mission Impossible 3, The Sum of All Fears and worked on modern classics like The Big Chill. Movie posters from his storied career adorn the shop, as well as photos of celebrities enjoying the famed ice cream. SAVANNAH MOVIE TOURS, SAVANNAH Take in the sights of 100 years of moviemaking in Savannah, all from your seat on a climate-controlled mini bus (seating up to 24). This 90-minute narrated tour includes movie clips screened on the bus and stops at filming locales for such flicks as 1962's original Cape Fear, Glory, Forrest Gump, the Clint Eastwood– directed true crime hit Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' The Last Song. Bonus: pets are welcome and the tour includes a stop at Leopold's Ice Cream. JEKYLL ISLAND CLUB HOTEL, JEKYLL ISLAND Thanks to the 2000 golfing drama The Legend of Bagger Vance, this beautiful island destination became a screen star. Directed by Robert Redford, the movie was shot on location here, and the hotel re-built the lobby bar just for the filming (alas, it was removed after shooting). A National Trust Historic Hotel of America destination, the property dates back to the 19th century and is adjacent to the Jekyll Island Golf Club, where Will Smith's iconic caddy taught Matt Damon the secret of success. IN LAGRANGE, HISTORY LIVES AND INSPIRES. Combo Ticket With advance reservations, tour groups enjoy a special discount ticket price. Big on the "wow" factor and tiny on your budget, a $45 ticket includes admission to Hills & Dales Estate and the Biblical History Center, including the popular Biblical Meal. hillsanddales.org LaGrange, GA | 706-882-3242 biblicalhistorycenter.com LaGrange, GA | 706-885-0363 visitlagrange.com 706.884.8671 Find more experiences at ExploreGeorgia.org/Film

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