Covington: One of The Best Vacation Spots For Couples and Families On a Budget

Picture this. You’re wracking your brain to plan an affordable getaway and no one can agree on where to go. Sound familiar? Cease the search and find the best vacation spots for couples on a budget in Covington, Georgia. Put an interesting spin on an ordinary vacation and create your own vacation packages DIY style. Go a step further and bring the family for an adventure sure to encourage everyone in your clan to spend quality time together while exploring a town that invites you with a warm, downhome welcome. The home of the Hollywood of the South™ has stories to tell and secret spots to unlock all at little to absolutely no cost.

It’s as simple as hopping in your car for a road trip equipped with your favorite playlist or packing a bag and staying awhile at one of the easily accessed hotels just off the interstate, such as Holiday Inn Express or Hampton Inn. Hunger is sure to strike as you roll off I-20 right into Covington, GA. Make your first stop The Town House Café to soothe your soul with finger-licking fried chicken or a quintuplet bacon cheeseburger (yes, that’s totally a thing). At everything on the menu at under $10 a pop, this family owned business of 55 years has its roots soaked in southern cuisine where you’re sure to get the most bang for your buck. The raved about country fried steak isn’t their only claim to fame. You’ll be sitting right where The Family That Preys sat. This welcoming café provided the backdrop for the 2007 Tyler Perry film embracing the melodrama of two families of different classes with very similar intertwining problems.

You might be feeling a bit sleepy after such a savory meal. Pop on into Bread & Butter Bakery, whose outdoor signage can be spotted in the scene where monsters are running rampant in Goosebumps 2. Let them fix you up with their famous $4 Monticello latte and take a stroll around the Square. Peek into Vampire Stalkers, Mystic Grill, and The Alley to relive scenes from The Vampire Diaries while browsing memorabilia straight from the beloved series coming up on its ten-year anniversary. Marvel at the iconic Historic Courthouse and picture Chief Gillespie, Virgil Tibbs, and Bubba Skinner solving murders and mysteries from In the Heat of the Night. Take a little rest and park yourself right on one of the benches in the middle of the grassy Square most recently seen in The Shining sequel trailer, Dr. Sleep, set to release November 2019. Catch the chilling trailer at

If spine-chilling scares are your swig of sweet tea, you can create your own scavenger hunt all over Newton County spying spooky scenes from Rob Zombie’s Halloween II in Covington, Newborn, Mansfield, and Oxford. Check out this guide for filming locations to help you along the way at

While in Oxford, take in the beautiful architectural designs on the Oxford College of Emory University campus such as the highly photographed Seney Hall. If you happen to be checking out the campus on a Wednesday, you don’t want to miss the delectable delights served up at Bon Appétit Dining Hall’s Summer Public Luncheons from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Little ones, ages 2-10, can grub out for only $5 and 11 and up are reasonably priced at around $8 per person.

Historical structures and breathtaking buildings can be found all over Newton County. Gaither’s at Myrtle Creek Farm, a 256-acre site of stunning Southern scenery, takes the cake for its versatility to turn back the clock as the setting for Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors as well as a favorable location for weddings and community events. The expanse of the farm includes the original Gaither House, a log smokehouse, pole hay barn, fertile fields, and several relocated structures that hold historical value. You’ll want to schedule a tour at to see this mid-19th century farm for yourself.

Last, but certainly not least, the Porterdale Mill Village is a place you just can’t leave off out of your itinerary while visiting Covington. Not only is it home to the Yellow River Park with amenities such as access to a free disc golf course and walking trails; however, it features a funky little coffee shop with a name you won’t soon forget. Maddlulu isn’t limited to just coffee creations. Pick yourself up a Boba milk tea with your choice of various exotic flavors or a non-alcoholic mojito with fresh fruit infusions before walking across the bridge to catch a breathtaking view overlooking the rolling river’s dam. Porterdale is rich with film credit finds such as being the location for a search scene from the movie Prisoners. The Village Inn, once a dormitory for girls who worked in a local mill, played a part in the storyline for an episode from Amazon Prime’s horror anthology series Lore.

Feel free to build your own agenda based on Newton County’s long list of films at or stop in at the Newton County Visitor’s Center for little known facts about the area. Make your next vacation one you’ll never forget in the Hollywood of the South™!

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