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Exploring Augusta, Georgia

Posted By Nicholas Winfrey On April 4, 2015 @ 7:00 am In Travel | 1 Comment

A Guide to the Home of the Masters Tournament


Augusta, Georgia, home of the Masters Tournament, has long been a mecca for golf lovers

Discover the history and culture of Augusta, Georgia


Every April, the golf world turns its eyes to the historic Southern town of Augusta, Georgia, when the Masters Tournament gathers top professionals from across the globe to battle for the sport’s most prestigious article of clothing — the green jacket. Established in 1934, the Masters is one of four “Majors” in professional golf, bestowing winners not only with the coveted coat, but also substantial prize money and bragging rights. While golf fans flock to the Augusta National Golf Club to catch the action first-hand, the historic city on the Savannah River is a destination worth exploring in its own right. If you’re going to be in Augusta for the Masters, check out GAYOT.com’s guide to the best restaurants, hotels and attractions.



The 5-Shaped Bar at the 5 O'Clock Bistro in Augusta, Georgia

The 5 O’Clock Bistro


The Bee’s Knees Tapas Restaurant & Lounge

Casual and friendly, The Bee’s Knees Tapas Restaurant & Lounge features a globetrotting selection of tapas ranging from sesame sashimi tartare to crab cakes to tortilla española (a Spanish-style omelet with potatoes and onions).

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La Maison on Telfair

Located in Historic Old Town Augusta, La Maison offers an international menu with an eclectic array of dishes such as frogs’ legs Provençale, Hawaiian wahoo with mango salsa and even exotic game like ostrich and kangaroo. Pair your meal with a selection from the restaurant’s 5,000-bottle wine collection.

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5 O’Clock Bistro

Guests enjoy simple, European-inspired classics alongside popular regional selections at this intimate bistro. Check out a special “Masters Menu” during the week of the tournament to find local favorites like shellfish and grits.

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Located in nearby Evans, Goolsby’s focuses on homestyle Southern fare like fried catfish, pulled pork and smoked ribs with a dry Memphis-style rub. The cafeteria-style operation showcases the work of local artist Leonard Jones, who paints cheerful memory scenes on corrugated roofing tin.

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Enjoy a view of Calhoun Park from the Alexander Suite at the Rosemary Inn Bead and Breakfast in North Augusta, South Carolina

The Alexander Suite at the Rosemary Inn Bed and Breakfast

Rosemary Inn

Located on the South Carolina side of the Savannah River in North Augusta, the Rosemary Inn offers elegant lodgings in a beautifully preserved mansion. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the property is an attractive example of the Classical Revival style that was popular in the South at the turn of the 20th century.

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Partridge Inn

Originally built in 1836 as a large private residence, the property was transformed into a hotel in 1892 by a wealthy Northerner, Morris Partridge. A veritable rabbit’s warren of halls and segments, the Partridge Inn offers a variety of rooms fitted with period-style furnishings — many of them with balconies that provide superb views of the eighteenth-century city that spills over the landscape toward the canal.

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Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center

Entirely smoke-free, the Augusta Marriott offers 372 guest rooms featuring flat screen TVs, plush beds and occasionally excellent views of the scenic environs. Nearby attractions include the Riverwalk and Morris Museum of Art.

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The Morris Museum of Art

The Morris Museum of Art


Morris Museum of Art

Located on the Riverwalk in Downtown Augusta, the Morris Museum of Art is dedicated to the art and artists of the South, with works dating from the late-eighteenth century to the present. A permanent collection of nearly 5,000 pieces showcases the region’s unique heritage and diversity.

Morris Museum of Art Official Website

Augusta Museum of History

At this ever-growing museum, guests delve into the storied past and rich traditions of Augusta — including golf. A special exhibition, “Celebrating a Grand Tradition, The Sport of Golf,” explores the evolution of the game over the centuries, as well as Augusta’s long-standing love affair with the links.

Augusta Museum of History Official Website


Established as a separate village in the 1780s, Summerville was long ago annexed into the city of Augusta; however, it retains its unique charm thanks to its wealth of well-preserved historic homes. Now designated as a U.S. historic district, Summerville is a popular destination with visitors looking for a piece of old Augusta, and can be easily explored on foot.

Learn more about Summerville on the National Park Service website

For more information, visit the official Augusta, Georgia website

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