Exploring Augusta, Georgia
Posted By Nicholas Winfrey On April 8, 2014 @ 9:30 am In Travel | 1 Comment
A Guide to the Home of the Masters Tournament
Every April, the golf world turns its eyes to the quintessentially 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 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
THINGS TO DO
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.
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.
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
Reserve your tickets for the Masters Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club
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