Did you know that the Statesboro Convention & Visitors Bureau is the Destination Marketing Organization for Statesboro and Bulloch County? We market our beautiful city and it’s attractions, restaurants, lodging and events to the entire United States! The SCVB also manages all aspects of tourism, conference outreach marketing, and servicing efforts. Planning an event in Statesboro? We can help you locate local resources, such as caterers, florists, office equipment and supplies, transportation, photographers, security personnel and other needs. Considering special entertainment? We can help with that, too! Call us today to find out how we can help you plan your conference, meeting, wedding or reunion. 800-568-3301
Peggy Chapman was recently honored by the Statesboro Convention & Visitors Bureau and the City of Statesboro for her contributions to the SCVB Board of Directors and the new Statesboro Regional Visitor Information Center. She currently serves on the Executive Committee as the Secretary/Treasurer. Peggy has over 40 years of economic development experience and has been a tremendous asset to Bulloch County.
Written for sports event managers and organizers, Sports Destination Management Magazine provides planning and location strategies essential to hosting a successful event. It reaches planners and rights holders of events from amateur to professional and youth to adult. In the November/December issue, The Clubhouse of Statesboro is featured as one of the most outstanding venues in the United States:
The Clubhouse in Statesboro, Georgia offers visitors outdoor and indoor entertainment, making it the perfect venue to host sporting events, meetings, parties and small conferences. The facility has recently added two regulation soccer fields that also could be subdivided to provide eight youth soccer fields, allowing the ability to host soccer events from all over the Southeastern United States. Adjacent to the soccer fields is the Coca-Cola 125 Raceway. The unique course is filled with twists and turns, offering drivers a 1.25-mile adventure with the excitement of real life racing. This popular attraction features 28 of the industry’s most cutting-edge, fully electric, environmentally friendly go-carts. Their newly remodeled Spikes Sports Grill and Bar features an appetizing menu, along with beer and wine for guests 21 and older. With 24 lanes of bowling, including four luxury lanes in a private suite, as well as a technically advanced electronic arcade, a mini golf course, mini bowling, laser tag, batting cages, a pro shop and the Ballocity indoor playground, there is truly something for everyone. For more information, visit www.clubhousestatesboro.com or call 912-871-1000.
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The Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau is honored to announce the opening of the new exhibit, Remembering Our Fallen, as a part of the Museum on Main. The exhibit serves as a tribute to the military and to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The public is invited to view this exhibit from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Convention & Visitors Bureau until it moves to its next location on October 24th.
On Monday, October 13th, citizens of Statesboro, active military personnel, and friends and family of fallen soldiers were invited to the opening ceremony of the new exhibit. Major Jason Lewis, Executive Officer of the 48th Brigade Special Troupes headquartered in Statesboro, commented on how imperative it is that we all remember those who have fallen in duty, and that we thank God for the lives they lived. Included in the ceremony was a special tribute to Sgt. Brock Henry Chavers, Sr. from Bulloch County, who was killed in active duty in 2009. Family members of Sgt. Chavers received special recognition at the ceremony in his honor as well as a plaque commemorating his incredible sacrifice.
“We are honored to host the Remembering Our Fallen exhibit here at our facility,” said Barry Turner, Vice President of the Statesboro Convention & Visitors Bureau. “This powerful display is especially important to us because it includes one of our own, Sgt. Brock Chavers.”
Georgia is one of 11 states that has completed an exhibit unique to the state and begun traveling it to different locations. Dan Williams, the Georgia Representative for Remembering Our Fallen, was present at the ceremony Monday.
“I’m very thankful to the Exchange Club, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Christian Motorcycle Group, and all of our other sponsors for supporting this so readily and enthusiastically,” commented Williams. “I’ve never had such a quick response to this exhibit before, and the tremendous support from everyone involved has meant so much to me.”
All of the sponsors for this exhibit are The Exchange Club of Statesboro, Queensborough Bank, the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Statesboro Herald, Northland Cable, and Bruce S. Bradford, a retired Army Sergeant First Class.
Lisa Glisson of the Exchange Club also commented on this special memorial. “The Exchange Club of Statesboro is so pleased to bring the Remembering Our Fallen exhibit to Statesboro along with our other local sponsors. We encourage everyone to visit the memorial during regular Convention & Visitors Bureau hours until noon on October 24th.”
For more information regarding this exhibit, please call the CVB at (912) 489-1869 or visit rememberingourfallen.org.
Statesboro’s multi-faceted resident, Darin Van Tassell is a professor, coach, businessman, and President of the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau. Now, you can add foodie entrepreneur as Van Tassell embarks on his latest venture, making and bottling Dia’s Clubhouse Greek Dressing and Marinade.
The product’s new, dynamic website, DiasClubhouseGreek.com, launched this week. The website showcases recipes using the dressing and marinade, tells the product’s history, and later this fall will allow customers to buy the product online.
“The dressing is so delicious we wanted to make it available not only to our customers at Spikes, but to everyone we could,” said Van Tassell. “With our marketing team, Joselove-Filson Advertising, we have created a beautiful and user friendly site, making Dia’s available for all to enjoy.”
Dia’s is currently available for purchase at The Clubhouse, the Statesboro Farmers Market, and is featured on the menu at Spikes Sports Grill and Bar. For recipes and more product information, visit DiasClubhouseGreek.com.
In addition to bottling and distributing Dia’s Clubhouse Greek Dressing and Marinade, Darin Van Tassell and his wife, Netra, own The Clubhouse – a 38 acre sports and entertainment complex featuring a 42,000 square foot indoor facility. With abundant activities for all, The Clubhouse is also home to the recently remodeled and expanded Spikes Sports Grill and Bar and the new Coca-Cola 125 Raceway. The Clubhouse has space for meetings, parties and other special events. For more information, visit ClubhouseStatesboro.com.
The new Visitors Center is a few blocks north of the old location on South Main Street, in the building that used to house Shoney’s restaurant. The eatery, which had been closed for years, has been renovated and looks nothing like it did when it served buffet lines.
Dr. Darin Van Tassell, the president of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, told the crowd that this project moved from an idea to fruition in one year.
“This is a wonderful reflection of the commitment of the SCVB board and the power of great partnerships with the communities we serve,” he said.
The new center has become a centerpiece project in the city’s effort to revitalize the roughly one-mile stretch of South Main Street that connects the Georgia Southern University campus with the center of downtown.
“Now tourists have easier access to the center, with ample parking and a wide entrance drive that allows access to even larger vehicles like RVs,” said Heidi Jeffers, the executive director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Attractive and informative displays within the building will offer opportunities for visitors to learn about the available attractions in Bulloch County and the region.”
The bureau also created a Museum on Main partnership inside the center with the Georgia Southern Museum and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences’ Public History Program. The museum highlights Statesboro history, showcasing several artifacts, including a 1920s turpentine wagon, originally purchased from W.C. Akins & Sons Hardware on East Main Street.
“The historical exhibit provides a glimpse into Bulloch County’s past and provides a great opportunity to attract visitors and give them a context of why this unique community and unique institutions are here,” said Dr. Brent Tharp, the director of the Georgia Southern Museum. “In addition, it provides a fantastic opportunity for our students, giving them a working laboratory.”
According to Andy Bhula, past president of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the bureau acquired the building for $240,000, and it has invested around $150,000 in renovations. The bureau sold the former location for $140,000, and board member Peggy Chapman has raised more than $135,000 through a capital campaign.
In 1988, the Convention and Visitors Bureau completed certification to become a regional visitors center and recently completed the recertification. This designation gives the center marketing support through the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s tourism division.
Beda Johnson, the director of the department’s Tourism Division, presented Jeffers with a plaque recognizing this designation.
“This is one of the top three visitor centers in the state, and I think it is definitely one of the best,” Johnson said. “They certainly deserve extra credit for turning an eyesore in downtown into this gorgeous center.”
The Visitors Center is open to the public Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
DeWayne Grice may be reached at (912) 489-9499.
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Summer getaways close to home: Statesboro and Vidalia offer tasty culinary tourism destinations and more
By T. Wayne Waters Special to the News Sentinel
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Statesboro, Vidalia offer culinary tourism destinations and more
Georgia is a state blessed with ample agricultural products, particularly the South Central and Southeast sections of the state, tagged the Magnolia Midlands. Georgia earns its Peach State moniker with plenty of the plump, juicy fruit picked all spring and summer. Barbecue is another Georgia staple, as are boiled peanuts, an addictive sho’nuff Southern snack found over much of the state at roadside stands, farmers markets, gift shops and even convenience stores.
Situated about 55 miles northwest of Savannah, Statesboro, Ga., is one town with a goodly number of appealing culinary and agri-tourism spots. Home to Georgia Southern University, Statesboro has grown considerably in recent years but still has small-town charm and Southern hospitality going for it.
Your first taste of Statesboro might rightly be Vandy’s Barbecue at its iconic downtown location. It’s a small, squat, no-frills building with only a handful of tables but you don’t go there for atmosphere. You go because it’s about the best barbecue in the state. Vandy Boyd opened his first namesake barbecue joint in 1929, and the present downtown location opened in 1943. They slow-cook the meat over a wood fire pit out back and also offer some mighty tasty Brunswick stew, potato salad, fries and other accompanying dishes. They also serve a variety of other sandwiches, seafood and meat-and-vegetable offerings — all of it good — but for the love of all that’s Southern, do yourself a favor and get a barbecue plate. Mercy!
After chowing down on some Vandy’s, beer lovers might want to walk it off to the Eagle Creek Brewing Company less than half a mile away on the other side of Statesboro’s compact downtown. The first craft brewery in the Boro, Eagle Creek these days is pouring a light blonde ale, a lemon-lime wheat, a dark and roasty dry stout and perhaps its best, the Low Country Pale Ale. Low Country has citrus and pine notes with just a touch of subtle sweetness. Tours are available on Friday and Saturday early evenings. Just for laughs, ask them how Eagle Creek got its name.
If it’s a Saturday between April and November, stop by Main Street Farmers Market for a grand selection of local produce, meat, dairy products, baked goods, honey, jams and preserves and other goodies.
Statesboro also offers several foodie favorites on the outskirts of town and out in the country. Braswell Food Company is a little over a mile out off of Highway 301. The family operation has been producing award-winning jams, jellies, preserves, relishes, sauces, marinades, salad dressings and more since 1946. Their products can be bought at grocery stores and food shops all over the South and beyond but you can stop and shop at the company’s retail store at their Statesboro headquarters. Try the pear preserves, the very first (and only) product founder Albert Braswell, Jr. made in the beginning. Or maybe some of Braswell’s new special flavored teas.
The only operating grits mill in this part of Georgia is about 6 miles southeast of downtown Statesboro. Freeman’s Mill is a family-run operation that mills grains the old-fashioned way on machinery almost a century old. White and yellow grits and corn meal are their specialties, along with wheat bran. Whole wheat flour is available spring to early summer. If you want to visit Freeman’s Mill, you’ll need to call ahead. Tours of the mill can also be arranged.
Some 10 miles south of downtown Statesboro, Meinhardt Vineyards and Winery offers a tasting bar, winery tours and scenic views, as well as dinner on Friday and Saturday nights. Their specialties are a white and a red made from local muscadine grapes but they offer a variety of fruit wines.
Hunter Cattle Company is an appealing agritourism destination just outside of Statesboro in nearby Brooklet. Located about 16 miles southeast of the city off Highway 80, this family-owned farm offers its own farm-raised grassfed beef, pastured pork, pastured lamb, free-range turkey, free-range chickens and free-range eggs at MooMa’s Farm Store. Hunter Cattle Company’s animals are raised in humane conditions and without antibiotics, steroids or hormones. Their pork sausage won in the 2013 meat category, garnering a “Flavor of Georgia Award,” and their meat products are used by a number of award-winning chefs.
Hunter Cattle Company has two barn loft rentals available in a structure built with original wood from the farm’s barn. One sleeps four ($110); one sleeps six ($130). An “Authentic Farm Experience” is also available that includes a farm tour and participation in some of the easier hands-on farm chores like egg collecting and animal feeding. The extra charge is $50 per person and it requires a two-night stay.
The Beaver House Restaurant is a former stately residence turned elegant boardinghouse-style restaurant on South Main Street in Statesboro. The Classical Revival structure, painted white and featuring two-story-tall columns in front and one-story columns at intervals along the front porch, was built in 1911 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The meals are always, as the proprietors put it, “traditional Sunday dinners” served for lunch (every day) and dinner (every night save Sunday) at tables large and small. Fried chicken is a classic, though their pork chops, ham and other meats are equally good. A mouth-watering variety of vegetables, made-from-scratch biscuits, fresh relishes, chipped Vidalia onions — requesting second servings is not only acceptable but fine and dandy. Sweet tea is the norm though you can get it unsweet if you must.
For lodging in Statesboro, you can’t do better than The Historic Statesboro Inn & Restaurant, another former home on the National Register of Historic Places, this one dating from 1904 and of similar design elements as the Beaver House. Sitting next door to it is the historic Brannen House, also part of the lodging accommodations for the Inn, making 17 elegant rooms total. Each of the rooms are unique and the property provides the best of traditional style and service along with modern conveniences. Meals are served in a cozy nook of the main house by the inn’s congenial and attentive owner, Denman DuBose, who lives onsite.
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June 16, 2014
All New Coca-Cola 125 Raceway Gets the Green Light
June 16, 2014- STATESBORO, GA – The Clubhouse has announced the Grand Opening date of its new, eco-friendly go cart track, the Coca-Cola 125 Raceway. After 13 weeks of construction by Lavender and Associates Inc., Statesboro’s most anticipated summer attraction is set to open Friday, June 27th.
The Coca-Cola 125 Raceway is the only one of its kind in Southeast Georgia, featuring 28 of the industry’s most cutting-edge, fully electric, environmentally friendly go carts. The new attraction combines the excitement of real-life racing sounds with the sensation of driving on a professional racing course. Each cart features an on board audio system with accelerator-sensitive stock car engine sounds, driver controlled turbo boost, wirelessly controlled messages that instruct racers on track rules and driving technique, and a pit sound system that hypes the race for spectators. The unique course layout is one of hilly terrain, filled with twists & turns, offering drivers a thrilling 1.25 mile adventure.
“We couldn’t be happier with the outcome of the course,” said Darin Van Tassell, owner. “We are looking forward to all of the excitement the Coca-Cola 125 Raceway is going to bring this summer. We want guests from Bulloch and all the surrounding counties to visit The Clubhouse, aiming to have a fun outing with their family and friends, and leave with the feeling that they can’t wait until their next visit. Making The Clubhouse the best place for fun and unforgettable memories is what we strive to do every day.”
As the newest entertainment attraction at the Clubhouse, the Coca-Cola 125 Raceway will generate additional jobs in Bulloch County. The Clubhouse staff is expected to increase to accommodate guest traffic, which is anticipated to total 1,200 people per day and 34,000 per month during the summer season.
Each of the 28 go carts will be painted and maintained by the Raceway’s sponsor, Statesboro Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Netra Van Tassell, owner of The Clubhouse said, “Since our opening in 2010, Coca-Cola has been such a supportive vendor. We’re thankful for their continued interest and involvement with The Clubhouse and our growing attractions. The Coca-Cola 125 Raceway is going to be an exciting addition to the Statesboro community, and we’re glad Coca-Cola is such a big part of it.”
In addition to the Coca-Cola 125 Raceway, the Clubhouse’s 30 acre sports and entertainment complex features a 42,000 square foot indoor facility with 24 lanes of bowling, including 4 luxury lanes in a private party suite, as well as a state-of-the-art arcade, “Evasion Training Center”, mini bowling, laser tag arena, and Ballocity Indoor Playground. Other activities include a championship mini golf course, golf practice range, batting cages, a Sports Academy, and full service pro shop. The newly remodeled and expanded Spikes Sports Grill and Bar features a completely new menu, along with beer and wine for guests 21 and older. The Clubhouse also has space for meetings, parties and other special events. For more information, visit www.ClubhouseStatesboro.com.
Darin Van Tassell
Satisfy your craving for Mexican food at some of Statesboro’s most popular restaurants. These are favorites with visitors, locals, and GSU students alike! http://goo.gl/zM1rkw
El Sombrero – The original Statesboro location recently celebrated 25 years of business in the Boro and now there are two more locations to serve “the hat” demand. Daily specials and happy hour drinks keep all three locations busy. Haven’t had a Margerona? You don’t know what you’re missing!
El Rinconcito – This might be one of Statesboro’s best kept secrets! The restaurant is located inside an authentic Mexican grocery store so they offer traditional Mexican drinks such as Jarritos that come in multiple flavors. They offer a FREE chip bar where patrons help themselves to more than the customary chips and salsa and you can have a seat at the bar to watch their cooks prepare fresh food right on the grill!
El Jalapeno – One of Statesboro’s newest restaurants, El Jalapeno has quickly become a local favorite. Their lunch menu offers some of the best combination deals at prices you won’t believe. Be sure to sample their guacamole when you stop in there!
Manzano’s Authentic Mexican Grill – Haven’t had Manzano’s yet? Venture out towards Mill Creek Park and you can’t miss it. Manzano’s does not serve alcohol which makes it a popular weekend spot for those looking for great Mexican food in a 100% family-friendly atmosphere.
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop – Fuzzy’s boasts a Baja inspired menu that has spread its popularity throughout 10 states and Statesboro claims one of the first in Georgia. Don’t miss their fish tacos and huge salads!
Moe’s Southwest Grill – Welcome to Moe’s! Fresh ingredients and quirky names make their Southwestern fare not only delicious but fun! It all started in Atlanta, GA and they now boast more than 500 locations.
Barberitos – Although your food is ready fast, this is far from fast food! Barberitos offers fresh, healthy, made-to-order food just the way you like it. You’ll taste the “made from scratch” difference.
Shop The Main Street Statesboro Farmers Market for fresh strawberries to use in our quick and easy Strawberry Tulips recipe. Your family and friends will love these!
- 25 Jumbo Strawberries
- 3/4 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
- 3/4 Cup Milk
- 1 Small Box Instant Vanilla Pudding
- 1/2 tsp Almond Extract
Wash and dry berries then slice off the stem end. Slice an “x” deep into the berries without cutting all the way down. Beat heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form. In a separate bowl, combine milk and pudding then beat for 2 minutes. Add almond extract and whipped cream then mix together. Fill pastry bag (or improvise with sealed zip-loc bag, snipping one corner off) and pipe into strawberries, spreading the petals open to allow more cream filling.