Fall at Berry College in Rome, Georgia

Fall at Berry College in Rome, Georgia

Guide to Rome

Navigate your way through scenic Rome, Georgia, with these tips for the best things to do, places to stay, restaurants and events year-round.

Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Rome takes its name from the city in Italy. Originally inhabited by local Native American tribes, the city was founded in 1834 and became an important industrial center. Home to Berry College, Rome has a passionate arts community and a great variety of outdoor recreation opportunities with its riverside location.

Things to Do

The Old Mill at Berry College in Rome, Georgia
The Old Mill at Berry College in Rome, Georgia

Berry College

Explore this town's natural surroundings, starting with the lush campus of Berry College, which was founded by Martha Berry in 1902. The world’s largest college campus sits on many acres with historic buildings as well as iconic chapels, a waterwheel and miles of trails. The campus has been used for films like “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Remember the Titans.”

Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum

Also on the Berry College campus is Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum, set in her grand Greek Revival residence. The 170-acre estate boasts stunning gardens and trails along with items from Berry’s time there, including vintage vehicles and furnishings.

Rome Symphony Orchestra

The Rome Symphony Orchestra is the oldest of its kind in the region, first founded in 1921. The performances take place at the Rome City Auditorium, showcasing the work of the top-notch musicians.

Rome Braves

Cheer on the home team at a Rome Braves baseball game, a Class A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. Their season runs from April to September at State Mutual Stadium, a Roman-inspired building constructed in 2002, complete with full-service restaurants and concession areas. You never know which players you might see before they go to the Big Leagues.

Myrtle Hill Cemetery

Rome's most notable citizens are buried at Myrtle Hill Cemetery, established in 1857 on 32 acres. Now home to 20,000 plots, the site was originally a Civil War fort. The Confederate section alone holds over 300 soldiers. There is an app for self-guided walking tours.

Downtown Rome, Georgia
Downtown Rome, Georgia

Historic Downtown

Don’t miss the more than 50 historic markers in Historic Downtown Rome, which you can visit via map on your mobile device. Elsewhere in town, take advantage of geocaching, water trails and even food tours.

Nearby Cave Spring

Only 15 miles from downtown Rome, Historic Cave Spring is a small, picturesque town with a number of shops, restaurants and inns. The namesake limestone cave and surrounding park are must-sees.

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Where to Stay

Enjoy a comfortable night’s sleep at one of Rome’s hotels.

The atrium at the Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham in Rome, Georgia
The atrium at the Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham in Rome, Georgia

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Rome

The unique location of this Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Rome is in an 1890s brick warehosue with original wood floors and atrium. The lobby has its own salon, cupcake shop and massage therapist, and the hotel has free breakfast, WiFi and a fitness center.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Rome is located near city attractions and a golf course and offers complimentary breakfast, an onsite fitness center and free high-speed Internet.

Courtyard Rome Riverwalk

The Courtyard Rome Riverwalk has an in-house restaurant open all day as well as riverfront views, best enjoyed on the outdoor patio. Rooms have free WiFi, and the hotel has plenty of meeting room and a fitness center.

Country Inn & Suites

Enjoy a night at the Country Inn & Suites, which is close to Rome’s restaurants and stores with stylish rooms, free high-speed Internet, a fitness center, seasonal outdoor pool, business center and free breakfast buffet. There are also complimentary daily cookies and a book lending library.

La Quinta Inn & Suites

At the La Quinta Inn & Suites, guests can enjoy nonsmoking rooms with microwaves, refrigerators, flat-screen televisions and high-speed Internet. All stays also come with deluxe breakfasts.

Hampton Inn & Suites

Located three miles from Rome’s attractions, Hampton Inn & Suites has comfortable guest rooms with microwaves, refrigerators and free WiFi. Some rooms even have living areas, a sofa bed and a wet bar. All guests can enjoy the free hot breakfast and fitness center.

Baymont by Wyndham Rome West

Close to both Rome and its nearby towns, Baymont by Wyndham Rome West and its rooms include free WiFi, flat-screen televisions, and free breakfast as well as onsite laundry and truck parking.

Days Inn by Wyndham Rome Downtown

The 105 guest rooms at the Days Inn by Wyndham Rome Downtown include free continental breakfast, free high-speed WiFi, newspapers, cable television, an outdoor swimming pool, guest laundry, free local calls and complimentary passes to an area spa.

Comfort Suites & Quality Inn

The Comfort Suites Rome offers free hot breakfast, and rooms have flat-screen televisions, microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makers and device chargers. Similarly, the Quality Inn has an indoor heated pool and fitness center, free WiFi, newspaper and breakfast.

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Where to Eat

Chow down at one of Rome’s locally owned restaurants.

Seasons in Rome, Georgia
Seasons in Rome, Georgia

Seasons

Seasons is a fine dining option, offering seasonal dishes for weekend brunch, lunch and dinner, including salads, sandwiches, burgers and Southern-style vegetables.

Honeymoon Bakery

Honeymoon Bakery specializes in sweet treats like cakes, pastries, gelato, and homemade bread. Choose an item from their display case, with items stocked daily, in multiple sizes and flavors. They also have a breakfast menu.

Bella Roma

Inspired by the Italian sister city, Bella Roma is a family restaurant with dishes bringing together the flavors of Italy, Greece, and the Mediterranean. It’s located next to the Rome Braves stadium, making it the perfect spot for a pre-game meal.

Jamwich

As the name implies, Jamwich serves sandwiches with a twist, namely non-GMO and organic ingredients, including jam! Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the walls of the restaurant are covered in music-themed artwork and posters.

A group tour at Rome City Brewing Co. in Rome, Georgia
A group tour at Rome City Brewing Co. in Rome, Georgia

Rome City Brewing Co.

As Rome’s first brewpub, Rome City Brewing Co. has a menu of favorites like burgers and sandwiches along with house-brewed beer. The historic building has live music and televisions showing various sporting events.

Harvest Moon Cafe

Established as a small bread market in downtown Cave Spring in 1998, Harvest Moon Cafe has gone on to become a community favorite for its homemade sandwiches and funky atmosphere. They now also have two bars and Sunday brunch.

Schroeder's New Deli

Located on Broad Street for over 30 years, Schroeder's New Deli was founded by two brothers. The menu now boasts unique sandwiches, nachos, salads, pizza, calzones, wings, potato skins, and cold beer.

Foundry Growler Station

Get your fill of over 30 types of local craft beer at Foundry Growler Station, a craft beer and cigar store downtown. They also carry wine and home brewing supplies.

Doug's Deli Downtown & Middle Eastern Grill

Salads and sandwiches are the draw to Doug's Deli Downtown, which also has a bakery. And not far away, the Middle Eastern Grill has authentic dishes like shawarma and hummus.

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Events

Plan your visit to Rome around one of the annual festivals.

Wings Over North Georgia in Rome, Georgia
Wings Over North Georgia in Rome, Georgia

Wings Over North Georgia

See demonstrations from air show teams at Wings Over North Georgia, held every October. In addition to the shows in the sky, attendees can camp at the site, play in kids zones, and take rides in vintage airplanes.

Rome Beer Festival

Sip on the state’s best brews at the Rome Beer Festival, a fall favorite for over a decade. In addition to tasting samples, attendees can enjoy live music and vendors.

Fiddlin' Fest Between the Rivers

Bluegrass musicians descend upon Rome for the Fiddlin' Fest Between the Rivers, which has two stages for free entertainment. In addition to the music, the festival has arts and crafts vendors, a car show, and a kids area.

Chiaha Harvest Festival

In late October, the Chiaha Harvest Festival features artisans and craftsmen from around North Georgia to raise money for local arts initiatives. The event includes live entertainment and food.

Rome International Film Festival
Rome International Film Festival

Rome International Film Festival

You never know who you might see at the Rome International Film Festival, which brings together filmmakers, celebrity guests, and fans for screenings, workshops, panels, and galas every November.

Going Caching

Geocachers come together for October’s Going Caching, a themed event that visits historic sites around Rome. There are GPS games and vendors selling geocaching gear.

Rome Shakespeare Festival

Every September the Rome Shakespeare Festival offers outdoor productions of the bard’s timeless works like Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Young adults and professionals alike participate in these plays.

Cave Spring Arts Festival & Winter/Spring Art Market

The nearby small town hosts the Cave Spring Arts Festival, showcasing artwork in Rolater Park, a Native American site. Arts lovers also can’t miss the Winter Art Market and Spring Art Market in Rome.

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Published: November 2018