Just an hour and a half south of Atlanta, Macon — the mid-sized town rooted in central Georgia — has been quietly revamping itself for decades.
Here is a guide to experience it:
The annual event at Ocmulgee Mounds celebrates its 30th anniversary in September with a revamped program featuring educational demonstrations, storytelling, music, dancing, and food vendors and Native American arts and crafts.
- Opening hours: Sept. 17 and Sept. 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Support local Macon baseball and year-round hockey team. Take the family to cheer on the Macon Bacon from Coastal Plains League in summer and the Macon Mayhem of Southern Professional Hockey League from autumn to spring!
The self-proclaimed “Cherry Blossom Capital of the World” hosts a 10-day Spring Festival each year, marking Macon as having more cherry blossoms than Washington, D.C.
- Times: The next festival is scheduled for March 17-26 next year. stay tuned here for updates.
A local favorite, Piedmont advertises itself as “not a traditional BBQ joint or just another burger place”. Their food, they say, is “just as memorable” as their beer.
- Opening hours: Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
- Address: 450-B 3rd Street.
Considered among the best gourmet restaurants in Macon, the restaurant focuses on traditional southern inspired dishes with seasonal availability. Don’t miss its impressive cocktail bar with over 70 whiskeys.
- Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
- Address: 543 Cherry Street.
A Macon establishment since 1916 – stop by the local fast food chain for its secret chili sauce recipe and house brand hot dogs. But also the breakfast!
- Hours vary by location, which are spread across Macon, Warner Robins and Fort Valley.
The All-New Woodward opens Sept. 3 in the heart of downtown, an independent boutique hotel that also features a literature-themed Quill cocktail bar with rooftop seating.
- It is named after the owner’s grandfather, a local English teacher, writer, and World War II veteran, Benjamin Woodward Griffith, Jr.
- Rate: $235+ per night
2. 1842 Inn
1842 Inn is a Greek Revival and Victorian house converted into a grand hotel with unique amenities and a daily drop-in hour with drinks and evening hors d’oeuvres.
3. Downtown Loft (Airbnb)
Explore downtown like a local of this airy loft in a great location.