Travel one hour south from downtown Atlanta, and you will find the inner sanctum of Woodbury, the focus of Season 3 of The Walking Dead. Senoia, Georgia, a charming little town reminiscent of Mayberry, is now home to Walkers, The Governor, Rick, Laurie, Andrea, Daryl, Merle and the most anticipated character of all, Michonne.
Atlanta Movie Tours recently took a trip down south to visit this bucolic setting, and this is what we found.
Lodging: We chose the Veranda Bed & Breakfast as our home away from home. Owners Laura and Rick spoiled us thoroughly with a three course breakfast and fresh baked cookies in the evening. The inn is wonderful and cozy, with king sized beds and fresh flowers in each guest room. The fact that Base Camp for filming was directly across the street from the Veranda’s ample front porch made it that much more exciting. We spied Laurie Holden arriving for work and spoke to Danai Gurira, who plays Michonne. Yes, Patti acted like a total fan geek. But it was so cool! Our friends met Norman Reedus and Michael Rooker later in the day. Jealous!
Eating and Drinking: Carrie has to have her coffee in the morning, so a stroll over to the Senoia Coffee & Cafe is a must for you caffeine fiends. Say good morning to Patti at the shop as she hooks you up with the yummiest coffee drinks (and hot chocolate!) in town. You can also take home a piece of Senoia when you pick up their special roasts: Patti loves the Drop Dead Diva coffee while Carrie prefers the Dark Zombie Coffee ($7 each for 1/2 pound). If you are not staying at the Veranda, and haven’t eaten a three course breakfast like we did, you cannot go wrong with their pastries and the tasty chicken salad on a croissant for lunch. We perched ourselves here for a couple of hours as filming commenced right inside the gates of Woodbury. We couldn’t see much, but we loved being right by the set, and the crew was nice enough to allow us to stay. We made new friends between takes. The prison scenes are filmed at nearby Raleigh Studios, but don’t expect to stop by and see it. The security rivals that of, well, a prison! And don’t you want to be surprised when the show comes back on October 14th?
We also loved Maguire’s for lunch. They even have television themed cocktails! As you peruse the menu, your server will bring you pretzels with housemade mustard. Oh, how we loved that mustard. Patti chose the monte cristo sammie with housemade kettle chips and Carrie opted for the reuben. Both solid. Also, we are not sure what’s in the water in Senoia, but the waitstaff is incredibly good looking.
There are a few sweet shops on Main Street, with hand crafted chocolates, fudge and gelato. But our late afternoon treat was the fantastic mojitos at Southern Ground. We sat at the bar in the back where we met some locals and had ourselves quite a time. Southern Ground is owned by Zac Brown and is home to over 30 bourbons. The decor is super cool and the vibe is laid back.
While we waited to see if any filming would take place at night, we noshed on pizza and bread sticks from Matt’s Smalltown Pizza. Nom, nom, nom!
All around Main Street, you can see sidewalk tiles that mention movies and television shows that have filmed here – ala Hollywood Boulevard. It’s their own little Walk of Fame! You can stop in to many of the shops and see props from favorites like The Never Ending Story, Apocalypse Now, Fried Green Tomatoes and many others.
We highly suggest you take a trip down to Senoia. We give it five out of five peaches!