AMERICUS, GA (WTVM) – Are you looking for a weekend getaway to a historic hotel, maybe to learn about a new place, or take in a show?
News Leader Nine hit the road with a look at how you and your family could enjoy a one tank trip to Americus.
A beautiful drive in to downtown brings you to our first stop in Americus on The Windsor Hotel on West Lamar Street. The hotel was established in 1892 and it's one of the most historic hotels in America.
"There's only one Windsor Hotel. There's no other hotel like this in Georgia. People come here from all over the United States, all over the world actually to see a piece of history," says owner Sharad Patel.
The hotel had a re-grand opening in 2010 as President Jimmy Carter, who was born and raised in Sumter County, cut the ribbon and continues to support the historic Windsor hotel.
"President Carter is one of our biggest supporters from day one. He's in our brochure, he's spent the night here and has made the Carter Presidential Suite official, he has visited The Windsor multiple times. We love him," Patel added.
News Leader Nine took a trip around the world in Americus at the Habitat for Humanity's Global Village and Discovery Center.
When you visit, you pick up your passport and you're on your way to learn as a tourist for the day.
Poverty housing: a global epidemic that Habitat for Humanity is fighting, bringing you to what living in poverty really looks like around the world. Visitors take a walk on a self-guided tour thru the poverty settlements, where you'll see the heartbreaking living conditions.
The Global Village gives visitors a new way to learn about how to help those living in poverty with a "hand up," not a hand out. The organization has been building Habitat for Humanity houses with people in need since 1976 across the world, serving 800,000 families to date with the hard work of volunteers.
The organization's headquarters is in Americas, giving the people of Georgia a chance to see all of the world and get involved with their mission.
The last thing you'll see before going home is a reminder that poverty housing is a worldwide problem and the United States is not exempt, but you can help make a difference with Habitat for Humanity.
Our final stop in Americus is The Rylander Theater right in the heart of downtown and has been a centerpiece for the city for years.
"The Rylander Theater is a jewel in the crown of downtown Americus. We have been the cultural center for years, we turn 95 years old in January. We've been re-open going on 17 years now, and we really value our place in downtown Americus as a gathering place for the community," says Heather Stanley of the Rylander Theater.
The theater seats over 600 people on three levels in this beautiful space that's meant to be a place for art, entertainment and the community.
"We strive very hard to bring high quality entertainment to the Americus area, we tell people you don't have to go all the way to Atlanta or Nashville or somewhere else to see recording artists, we bring them here to this stage and we do it at an affordable price," Stanley added.
So if you're looking for a one tank trip to a historic hotel with old charm where President Carter has gone for a weekend getaway, or maybe you'd like to learn about how to help those in need across the world who suffer from poverty, or you think you might want to sit back and relax and take in a show at a beautiful theater? You can do it all close to home, in Americas.