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National Book Lovers Day: Covington’s Literary Landmarks

national book lovers dayAugust 9th has been designated National Book Lovers Day and what better place to celebrate the written word than in Covington, Georgia! Did you know that Covington was named the number one Great Small Town for Book Lovers, by Great Books? It’s no wonder, with all of the amazing scholarly sites located right in town. There’s even a secret park that is devoted to books and those who love them. We’re bringing you some literary history and sites that you can visit to celebrate National Book Lovers Day!

national book lovers dayCovington, Georgia is the perfect for those who love Southern literature and the supernatural. The first stop on our Book Tour is Twelve Oaks Bed & Breakfast. While it’s a popular spot for weddings and romantic getaways, you can also sleep in bedrooms inspired by some of America’s greatest authors. Take a nap in the Breakfast at Tiffany’s suite, with its antique French Tiffany blue queen bed and Tiffany blue slipper tub. Did you know that this suite was christened after the Truman Capote novel of the same name? Holly Golightly would have been pleased as punch to stay in this charming suite. You can also check out the Salvatore Brothers Study, a library turned literary suite. It’s complete with wall to wall bookshelves and a fireplace so you can read in style.

Speaking of the Vampire Diaries, did you know that it’s not just a hit television show? The Vampire Diaries started as a book series by popular teen author L.J. Smith. Smith penned the series in 1991 and it became a huge success. You can still read the entire series, just by visiting the Newton County Library.

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After you’ve perused the shelves at our local library, step outside and visit Chimney Park! Tucked away behind the library, Chimney Park is a 12 acre secret garden, where visitors can check out a ruin of an old home. Mosey along the winding trails and you’ll begin to notice some magical additions to the park, all with a literary twist! Visitors can walk across the fairy-tale bridge, play the musical fence, or rest on a bench carved from a fallen tree! There are even holiday celebrations held in Chimney Park, like the “Twilights at Chimney Park” festival, where thousands of lights illuminate Santa’s workshop and a corral of carolers! The first Saturday in May also brings “Fairy Houses at Chimney Park”, a fanciful tour of naturally made fairy houses, crafts, refreshments, exhibits, and a Maypole.

Take a look, pick up a book, and celebrate National Book Day on August 9th, in the Best Small Town for Book Lovers! You can explore, read, and sleep in scholarly splendor and you never have to leave Covington, Georgia. 

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