Have you ever been to Warm Springs, Georgia? I've been a number of times but hadn't visited the town recently and decided to go yesterday. If you're not from my neck of the woods, you might not know that Warm Springs is the home of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Little White House. FDR also brought fame to the town back in the 1920s when he visited the warm mineral springs for treatment of his polio related paralysis. Today, Warm Springs is home of the internationally-known Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation. Warm Springs still sees lots of tourism today, and that's what brought my friend Byrdie and me there for our Christmas outing this year.
Here's Byrdie in front of one of the rows of shops on Broad Street. We enjoyed browsing in the stores, especially seeing all the different themed Christmas trees on display. One was trimmed with mainly Scottie dogs and red plaid ribbon, while another was decked out in blue-and-white Delftware looking ornaments with all-white ribbons, garlands and other trims. In one store we spotted a small Irish-themed tree, and it was there I found ...
... three new Kurt S. Adler ornaments for my tea-themed tree! I was thrilled! I removed the teacup and one of the teapots and was about to continue on when Byrdie pointed out that another teapot ornament had a bit of a different design. Can't believe I nearly missed that! But Byrdie is a retired elementary school teacher, and after 34 years with third and fourth graders, there is not much that passes her notice. We didn't actually meet until my schooling years were over, but we both agree I would not have gotten away with much in her classroom!
Around lunchtime we headed here, to Warm Springs' popular Bulloch House restaurant, for our lunch.
Byrdie and I stuffed ourselves silly with fried green tomatoes and other southern favorites. Any place that makes good fried green tomatoes has my blessing, but I was also happy their sweet tea was about as perfect a glass of the iced stuff as I've ever had. Delicious!
The Bulloch House is beautifully decorated for Christmas right now, and even Santa and the reindeer crew like to stop by, apparently. It was a delightful day spent with a dear friend — and my new teacup and teapot ornaments are wonderful mementos of the day!