Explore Milledgeville, Georgia, safely with these tips for things to do, places to eat, and places to stay.
Milledgeville is full of small-town charm and sprawling acreage, so you never feel crowded. The downtown area's unique locally owned shops and restaurants, many with patio dining, make it a great place to spend time with friends and family. And nearby Lake Sinclair is a refreshing place to spend a day out on the water.
Milledgeville, located in Georgia’s Lake Country, has plentiful opportunities for outdoor exploration. Walk or bike the trails of the Oconee River Greenway, or stroll the 50 acres of native plant life at Lockerly Arboretum. Just keep in mind that the arboretum's bathrooms are temporarily closed, and visits are limited to groups of five or fewer, except for families. Rent a kayak from one of the local outfitters to navigate the waters of the Oconee River. Oconee Outfitters, Krazy Dave's, and Mac's Yaks also rent tubes, canoes, paddleboards, and bikes. You can also rent boats from Sinclair Marina to explore Lake Sinclair's more than 15,000 acres of quiet coves and open water, finding your secret fishing spot.
Milledgeville's attractions are open for safe in-person visits as well as virtual tours from the comfort of home. You can also enjoy historic walking tours to learn about Milledgeville's history. Tour Andalusia, the home of author Flannery O’Connor, where she spent her final years alongside her mother, caring for her beloved peafowl. Today, the home is a museum featuring items from her life. Tour groups are limited to three people at a time.
Learn a little state history at Georgia’s Old Governor’s Mansion, which was built in 1839 and served as the governor's home for 30 years around the Civil War. It later became part of the campus of Georgia College and State University. Now operating as a museum, tours are limited to seven people at a time.
The Sallie Ellis Davis House is another important museum dedicated to a Baldwin County educator. She was born in 1877 to an African American woman and Irish man and went on to educate African American children in the segregated South. Her house has been preserved as a museum. Tours are by appointment only and limited to two people at a time.
Safely dine at Milledgeville's many restaurants, which are enforcing guidelines to provide a positive experience for visitors. Bollywood Tacos combines Mexican staples with Indian and Southern flavors. The menu has a little bit of everything, from fried chicken tacos with peach salsa and pimento cheese to the naan carnita, made with Indian flatbread. You can dine outside and order takeout from this local favorite. Reserve a table to dine along the water at Aubri Lane's at The Club on Lake Sinclair. The contemporary Southern restaurant focuses on the best local ingredients, including award-winning seafood and burgers. The restaurant also offers takeout of their beloved dishes and items from the butcher shop. The high ceilings and stunning staircase at The Reel Grill make it a popular choice for upscale dining in downtown Milledgeville. Seafood and steak are menu mainstays, along with its popular happy hour specials. Dine inside at distanced tables, or reserve the cozy table for two in the restaurant's "wine cellar," originally a bank vault, for an extra special experience.
Book a night at one of Milledgeville's hotels, which are prepared to safely welcome guests. Hampton Inn Milledgeville is right off the highway and only five minutes from downtown Milledgeville. Little River Park Campground & Marina is ideal for travelers with their tents and RVs as you can stay at lakefront sites in your self-contained accommodations. Amenities include cable television, an onsite restaurant, and pontoon rentals.
Although your stay in Milledgeville may look different these days, you're sure to enjoy your trip safely.
Published: November 2020
Know Before You Go
Milledgeville has put safety protocols in place to ensure a safe and fun trip, including an ordinance to require face masks in public places, hotels and attractions. Hotels are following the Safe Stay initiative with new procedures like self check-in and pre-packaged breakfast items. Restaurants are open for dine-in and patio dining with social distancing measures in place. Before your trip, review the city's COVID-19 precautions.