Welcome to the most historical part of Conyers. Olde Town Conyers established in 1854 has renewed its streets as well as its businesses. I was afforded the wonderful opportunity to have a first hand look at all that this hidden gem has to offer.
We would all meet up in the morning to take a trip down a long windy road to a Monastery. The Monastery of the Holy Spirit. A place of peace that is filled with ancient tradition. We arrive and are greeted by Father Callistus. He will be our tour guide today around the Monastery. We are guided to the coffee shop and gift shop and sit at tables that have been handcrafted from the most beautiful wood that I have ever seen. I soon notice that everywhere you look, you will find this wood crafted into rafters, tables, as well as chairs and benches.
Father Callistus offers us some handcrafted biscotti that are made by the monks themselves in the bakery that is on the grounds of the Monastery. The first bite overwhelms me with such moisture and flavor. Not your traditional scone that is a little dry more like a biscuit, no this is heaven in your mouth. After sipping on coffee and noshing on biscotti, we begin our trek around the grounds of the Monastery and stop by the theater that will allow us to gain some knowledge on the history of this Godly place. We sit and the movie begins. We learn that in 1944, 21 Trappist monks left the Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky and embarked on a journey. The trip led them to the wilderness of rural GA where the Monastery of the Holy Spirit was founded.
Father Callistus meets us in the lobby once the movie is finished and we proceed to the Bonsai garden. The Monastery has been recognized as a center for learning about the ancient art of bonsai. All of those who are bonsai enthusiasts can find bonsai related plants as well as supplies at the Abbey Garden Center. You will also find unique gardening supplies as well as many nursery plants, such as herbs and ornamentals.
It’s time to visit the chapel. This is one of Georgia’s most remarkable concrete buildings. This structure displays a blend of moderns and traditional elements. From the style of the monk made stained glass to the extremely vaulted ceilings. Avoiding a gothic detail work, the church became a blend of clean lines clearly expressing the monk’s vision.
As our tour comes to a close we head on over to the last leg which is a look into the original structure that the original monk’s lived in when they first arrived back in 1944. When they arrived to the grounds that now holds this beautiful Monastery, they had an old barn that they transformed into a chapel as well as living quarters. This would soon evolve into the grounds that we had the opportunity to walk through today.
Many thanks to Father Callistus for taking time out of his busy schedule to educate and enlighten us on this amazing day that GOD provided for us at the Monastery. I look forward to a visit in the near future with my family, to share in this wonderful experience.
Next on our tour we will head on over to Tin Plate for lunch. Located at 914 commercial St. Conyers GA, this tiny yet quaint place is run by brothers who have figured out the concept of great food paired with craft beers. There is this thing called a Fry Boat. This is a tasty copulation of hand cut fries with toppings that will have your taste buds begging for more. I try the Thai Coconut Curry Fries that are smothered in a curry paste topped with tomatoes, cilantro, onions and a coconut milk……. Unbelievably tasty with you wanting more and more. I also go for the Croquettes that are made with black beans, rice, sweet potato, garlic and lots of veggies. A vegan DREAM……. Now lets discuss the craft beers. Tin Plate is great about featuring local craft beers and they have also expanded the amount of beers that they have on tap.
It is now time to head on over to the historical drug store in olde town Conyers. Beasley Drug Company is owned and operated by Ora and Jacob Bailey. Ora was born and raised in Conyers and talks to us about going to the drug store quite often throughout her youth. The drug store also houses a small ice cream shop that has floats and bar stools that will take you back to the 1920’s. The drug store is packed with retro kids games like jax’s, dominoes, and pick up sticks to name a few.
Our next stop is Corks and Cuvee a wine and gift shop located at 923 Center Street Conyers GA. As I walk in I am in awe of how beautifully done this non traditional wine shop is. There are racks of greatly priced wines as well as two sipping/tasting rooms.
One room is designated to those who would like a more private/intimate wine tasting experience, while the other room has been created for larger parties. The owner and founder of Corks and Cuvee Regina Jackson is a wealth of knowledge on pairings as well as how your palate should adapt to the many flavors and varieties of an amazing wine. Be sure to stop by when in the area and tell her that Rochelle of The Atlanta Food and Lifestyle Blogger Society sent ya………
Next we head on over to E-Station where their motto is to make Olde Town Conyers your business home. If you are in need of a desk and you work on the east side of Atlanta, check out E-Station. They have a community that welcomes startups, small businesses, freelancer, and much more. This is known as a business incubator that is supported by Conyers-Rockdale community. E-Station is known for supporting entrepreneurs during their critical startup stages. They offer high-speed internet, free workshops for
members, meeting rooms, group networking events, free parking, and who doesn’t love complimentary coffee, tea, and water. Located at 909 Commercial Street NE Conyers, GA.
Our last and final stop will take us to Las Flores. Enjoy dining on their garden patio or dine inside where a Mexican Hacienda style environment awaits. I glance over the menu and my attention is directed to the house made salsa with tostada chips and the spinach and mushroom quesadilla. I love the atmosphere of this place. As the evening draws near, I can’t help but notice that the locals love this place as well. The restaurant is buzzing with laughter and cheer. Located at 957 S. Main St Conyers GA, you must visit when in town.
This concludes our wonderful day out in Olde Town Conyers. I want to personally thank Teri Haler the tourism specialist of Conyers who made this all happen for us. We had an amazing time and would love to do it all again. You can find Teri at the Conyers Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1184 Scott Street Conyers, GA 30012 or reach her directly at 770-929-4270 with any questions that you might have concerning learning more about this wonderful historic town that they call Conyers.
I have to also thank Father Callistus with the Monastery of the Holy Spirit
The wonderful gentlemen at Tin Plate
Ora Baily of Beasley Drug Store
Regina Jackson of Corks and Cuvee
E-Station & Las Flores
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