HANG YOUR HAT
Windsor Hotel in Americus is one of the best historical hotels in all the South. The red-brick turreted wonder is the center of social life in "Carter Country." Nightly rates from $99 to $260. 310 W. Lamar St., Americus, GA 31709; (888) 297-9567; www.windsor-americus.com.
The new Plains Historic Inn and Antiques opened recently at 106 Main St. in Plains. The Carters are partners in the bed and breakfast. Rates $75-$140. Call (229) 824- 4517 or visit www.plainsgeorgia.com/Plains--Inn.htm.
SEEING THE SIGHTS
At the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, the park is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. The visitors center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The site maintains a Web page at www.nps.gov/jica/.
The schedule for Jimmy Carter's Sunday school class at Maranatha Baptist Church can be found at www.sowega.net/(TILDE)alcrump/maranatha/. Or call the church at (229) 824-7896.
The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library is in Atlanta, about 165 miles from Plains. For more information, call (404) 331-3900.
Plains hosts a Peanut Festival each September. Also, a new short-line railroad offers excursions to nearby towns. The town has its own Web site, www.plainsgeorgia.com.
Habitat for Humanity, the nonprofit housing group, organizes the Jimmy Carter Work Project, an annual weeklong effort by volunteers to work alongside the former president to build homes for the poor. The 2003 project will be held June 8-14 in Anniston, LaGrange and Valdosta, Ga. For information on taking part in the project or other Habitat for Humanity home-building trips in the United States and abroad, call (229) 924-6935 or visit www.habitat.org.