This past Saturday, we loaded our car with pickle deliveries for stores in Columbia and Charlotte and headed east from Athens…making a lunch stop in Washington, GA. A quick google search on where to eat and we were sitting at the table in the window at Washington Jockey Club. We pass through this historic town several times a year on our way to the east coast, but until now… have never stopped to savor what Washington has to offer. To get our delivery/sales trip off to a fun start….we ordered wine and beer. I was pleasantly surprised by their wine list and the lunch menu didn’t disappoint either! I can’t remember what the dish was called…but all I know is my husband’s plate looked delish ….a sandwich featuring thick bacon, fried green tomatoes and pimento cheese! Sticking to my no-gluten diet, I went for the smothered beef patty with sautéed vegetables. Both dishes were above our expectations…and will keep us going back to the Washington Jockey Club for more future good eats. To top off our whole experience …we had the sweetest waitress, Lindsey. Lindsey is a native of Washington and the love she has for her hometown came out in every sentence she spoke. She told us lots about the history of Washington and steered us to two stores in walking distance she thought we could sell our pickles to.
Thanks to Lindsey, we found our way to 23 W. Robert Toombs Street …and through the door of Possibilities. This store, locally-owned by Robin Lahr has everything from folk art, hand-turned wooden bowls (pictured above,) Sweetea t-shirts, eclectic home décor…. to jams, jellies …and NOW our Phickles Pickles! Robin bought a case of every variety we had with us that day. So now Possibilities is stocked with our pickled asparagus, okra, carrots, beans, green tomatoes and jalapenos. Robin says her favorite eatery in Washington is ‘Wings ‘N Things Bar & Grill’ located right behind her store on Allison Street. I love wings …so we’ll surely give this place a visit!
I love a good, southern festival …so I couldn’t help but notice Robin’s t-shirt from Washington’s annual MULE DAY festival. This festival has been taking place at Callaway Plantation in Washington for over thirty years. This year’s festival will take place October 11 from 10 am – 4 pm. I’m filling out a vendor application today and hope to be there this fall selling our pickles and touring the preserved homes and farm on the property. For more information about this and other events going on in the Washington-Wilkes area, go to http://www.washingtonwilkes.org.
If you’re into southern history the way I am… I hope you’ll take a trip to Washington-Wilkes and take in the sites, tastes and the laid back people who make Washington a must-visit. Abundant with antebellum homes, this step back in time is a breath of fresh, southern air. For a real treat, the recently restored Fitzpatrick Hotel awaits you on the square in walking distance to shopping and eateries. http://www.thefitzpatrickhotel.com
Or…head out a few miles up the road to Sharon, GA for star gazing and camping at the Deerlick Astronomy Village. Yep…that’s right! There’s actually a community in Georgia made especially for astronomy lovers …and I might never have heard of it if we hadn’t taken the time to talk to the locals in Washington. Life is all about relationships …and if we don’t slow down every now and then and talk to folks, we miss out on all the wonders right here around us.
So… To do: Visit Washington, Georgia.
To eat: Eat at Washington Jockey Club and Wings ‘N Things.
To shop: Shop at Possibilities on W. Robert Toombs Street.
To sleep: Lodge at The Fitzpatrick Hotel or Pitch a tent at Deerlick Astronomy Village http://www.deerlickgroup.com
To order some of our pickles for yourself…check out our website: http://www.phickles.com/shipping