"In this summer place of great beauty of nature and wellness, one wishes to stay not for several hours, but for a few months": this is how Kulautuva was presented in 1939 by "Lietuvos Aidas". The town declared as the first resort in Lithuania was not only a favourite place for rest of the country's presidents, but also a remedy for all diseases.
When Kaunas became the temporary capital, this prestigious summer resort became a gathering place to 7,000 holidaymakers every year. Kulautuva used to be overtaken only by Palanga by the number of visitors. Although there was no lack of entertainment in the town, the beach was always the largest centre of attraction. Following the example of Chicago, there were changing cabins installed, the resort offered clean water of the Nemunas and soft sand: there were no people indifferent to the great resort located in the heart of Lithuania. Jurgis Mačiūnas, the father of Fluxus Movement, prof. Vladislav Polovinskaitė-Grigaitienė, the prima donna of opera, Brunonas Štencelis, the Vice-Minister of the Interior, the Prime Minister Juozas Tumbelis and other well-known representatives of art and politics of Lithuania and foreign ambassadors all could not resist it .
As the heading of "Our Tomorrow" stated in 1936, Kulautuva was a strong competitor to foreign resorts. Tourists groups used to arrive from the exotic Bolivia, Argentina and Brazil to admire the wonderful summer resort. The guests from abroad used to say, "If you do not get cured by the air of Kulautuva, no one will be able to do it."
Kulautuvą was particularly loved by Jewish holidaymakers, thus, Kaunas residents even began to call the town the Jewish Palestine! The residents of this nationality accounted for as much as 60% of the community of the town, so the streets were numbered from 1 to 14 due to them, because it was difficult for foreigners to read Lithuanian names.
The former presidents Antanas Smetona and Kazys Grinius rested in the summer resort. The latter liked to have a good time with his family on the common beach, and A. Smetona with his wife Sofija chose to rest on separate beaches. In 1934 in the honour of the 60th anniversary of the president, the statue of the Holy Virgin Mary was unveiled and the most beautiful and longest street of Kulautuva was named after A. Smetona.
The main street of Kulautuva is now called the Akacijų Alley, and an annual Bard Festival of the same name is organised in the town, attracting ten thousands of listeners. Kulautuva is full of clamour not only during events: in 2017, having recovered the status of a resort territory alongside with with the towns of Kačerginė and Zapyškis, the resort welcomes flowing holidaymakers, willing to breathe in the fresh air with the healing scents of pine forest and fresh acacias.