For those traveling from Atlanta to the Georgia coast, the drive can seem long and, frankly, boring. With nothing to see but pine trees for miles, you'll want to find a place to take a break. In all my trips to the coast, I have found that there are a few stops that I prefer. Metter is, perhaps, my favorite.
Metter is located in Candler County and was founded in 1889. It's about 187 miles from Atlanta and 60 miles from Savannah. With a population of only 4,130 people, this small town has a surprising amount of options for the curious traveler.
Here are five reasons why you should add Metter to your travel itinerary:
#1 Cleanest Restroom Stop
On a long drive to the coast, Metter offers superior restroom facilities. They are clean and safely located in the Welcome Center just off the Interstate. Finding a little comfort in a well-kept, safe area is no small thing when traveling with children and a puppy. Stop, stretch your legs, make use of the clean facilities, and enjoy the peace of a rest stop in Metter.
#2 Local Goods Reasonably Priced
The Metter Welcome Center also has reasonably priced local goods for sale. After a quick restroom stop for the family, we ended up taking home a Georgia Peach Southern Soy Candle, sweet orange and bergamot sugar scrub, and a variety of honey candy. There was a variety to choose from, all neatly displayed and with affordable prices. When traveling, we can still shop locally and support small businesses. Instead of wasting our money on cheap souvenirs, we can purchase quality, hand-made local products to take home as gifts.
#3 Consistently Friendly Service
Although we made a quick stop, we've visited this rest stop on many of our trips. I'm always impressed by the friendly service, and I've never once left feeling anything but welcome. The friendly welcome also came with a coloring sheet and crayons for my children.
#4 Picnic By A Pond
Take a break from driving and enjoy a picnic at one of the picnic tables beside the pond. Enjoy the view of geese peacefully gliding across the water. This is also a great rest stop to let any traveling fur family members get out to stretch their legs and do their business. Just remember that it's best for the environment and the geese to refrain from feeding them. Read all about why you shouldn't feed the geese here.
#5 Peaceful Break With Easy Entrance and Exit
Weary travelers will appreciate the convenience of the Interstate. There's an easy entrance and exit to be on your way when you've finished your rest stop and want to continue your journey--hopefully, while taking home some local goods from the Welcome Center. We're sure to make Metter our rest stop with every visit.
But there are even more reasons to visit Metter. If your drive is more leisurely and you want to explore the town, here are some things you can do on your visit to Metter:
- Visit the Charles Harrold Nature Preserve
- Enjoy a Mill Pond Kayak Tour at George L. Smith State Park
- Visit the Wild Georgia Safari Park
- Enjoy the Metter Farm Market
- Get in a round of golf at the Willow Lake Golf Club
- Take a walk through the Guido Gardens
- Check out the Candler County Historical Society History Museum
- Go shopping downtown
- Try out a local restaurant
- Attend the Another Bloomin' Festival in April each year
With so much to see and do, it's easy to see why Metter is a favorite stop. If you only have time to stop and visit the Welcome Center, you'll see why everything really is better in Metter. You may even be tempted to come back to enjoy more of what this small town has to offer.