Antebellum Trail Bicycle Route

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Romance Along Georgia's Antebellum Trail

From Macon to Athens, you'll love all of the romantic places to stay and things to do

Take an antebellum approach while planning your romantic weekend getaway. Enjoy a trolley ride past historic sites, embark on an art excursion, or sip craft cocktails before retreating to your charming bed and breakfast. From Macon to Athens, the possibilities for romance are endless in the seven communities along Georgia’s Antebellum Trail.

Burke Mansion Bed & Breakfast in Macon, Georgia

Stay at the Burke Mansion Bed and Breakfast

The boutique Burke Mansion Bed and Breakfast sits in the heart of the historic district and features lavish public rooms and distinctive suites. Guests of Burke Mansion are invited to enjoy a hearty breakfast, sip wine from the cellar, and sample tasty hors d’oeuvres in the mansion's double parlor. Talk about luxury!

Hay House in Macon, Georgia

Tour the Hay House

Feel like royalty when you step through the doors of the Hay House, a National Historic Landmark mansion. Often called “The Palace of the South,” the Hay House is known for its magnificent detail and luxuries far ahead of its time.

Tic Toc Room in Macon, Georgia

Dine at the Tic Toc Room

It was with great respect for the history of this building and its legends that The Tic Toc Room was born. Order from their award-winning martini menu and boutique wine list while enjoying prime aged beef or fresh seafood from their fine dining menu.

Jarrell 1920 House B&B

Stay at the Jarrell 1920 House Bed and Breakfast

Spend your romantic getaway at Jarrell 1920 House Bed and Breakfast, a one-of-a-kind bed and breakfast, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was originally apart of the Jarrell family farm. Enjoy crème sodas and cookies upon your arrival to this 5,000-square-foot home.

Jarrell Plantation Historic Site

Tour Jarrell Plantation Historic Site

Continue your adventure at Jarrell Plantation Historic Site. This cotton plantation is now a working farm, which includes a sawmill, cotton gin, gristmill, shingle mill, planer, sugar cane press, syrup evaporator, barn and outbuildings.

Trish Ann's Antiques and Tea Room

Dine at Trish Ann's Antiques and Tea Room

Browse through Trish Ann’s Antiques and indulge in some of Gray’s most delicious comfort food.

Antebellum Inn in Milledgeville, Georgia

Stay at the Antebellum Inn

If you’re looking for antebellum charm, look no further. Book the Magnolia Suite at the Antebellum Inn, which features a king-sized feather bed and an antique claw foot tub.

Milledgeville Trolley

Tour town on a trolley

Enjoy a guided trolley ride through the historic district including rotating visits to the Old State Capitol, St. Stephen's Episcopal ChurchLockerly Hall, and the Brown-Stetson-Sanford House.

The Lodge on Lake Oconee in Eatonton, Georgia

Stay at the Lodge on Lake Oconee

The beautiful lakeside hotel, The Lodge on Lake Oconee, is located close to restaurants and shopping, and it offers a romance package! Say you heard about them from the Eatonton Chamber of Commerce to receive a $99/night rate all year long. 

Bike in the Briar Patch

Rent a bike from the Eatonton Welcome Center and travel the 2.5-mile trail that wanders through pre-Civil War gravesites, antebellum homes and gardens. This trail can be easily customized and conveniently passes by two museums.

Bone Island Grillhouse in Eatonton, Georgia

Dine at Bone Island Grillhouse

Good company, good music, outstanding food! Bone Island Grillhouse has been spicing up Lake Oconee with its intoxicating mixture of casual atmosphere delicious seafood and unique cocktails for years. By the time you leave, Bone Island will have convinced you to go B.I.G. or go home!

Brady Inn in Madison, Georgia

Stay at the Brady Inn Bed and Breakfast


Check in and step back in time at this bungalow-style bed and breakfast. Just off the downtown square, The Brady Inn is a perfect place to unwind after a day full of shopping and dining. Enjoy special touches such as fresh baked sweets, locally made bedding, and the most delicious homemade breakfast around.

Southern Cross Guest Ranch in Madison, Georgia

Adventure at Southern Cross Guest Ranch


Looking for a change of pace? How about a quiet horseback ride with your sweetheart? The Southern Cross Guest Ranch, which is also a bed and breakfast, offers trail rides daily. Check out the guided and unguided riding opportunities available here at one of America’s best dude ranches.

Town 220 restaurant in Madison, Georgia

Eat at Town 220

If you’re looking for fine dining and world-class service you must try Town 220. Marvel over this delicious menu, which was crafted by the restaurant's very own French-trained chef. From steak to seafood, Town 220’s romance-rich setting has something for everyone.

Ashford Manor in Watkinsville, Georgia

Stay at Ashford Manor Bed and Breakfast

Unwind in this gorgeous bed and breakfast that dates back to the mid-1800’s. The Ashford Manor Bed and Breakfast is a perfect home base for exploring the art scene and delicious dining options in Watkinsville.

art in Watkinsville, Georgia

Experience an Art Excursion

Visit Happy Valley Pottery to witness art demonstrations in pottery-making or glass blowing. If visiting between Jan. 20 and Feb. 17, 2017, check out the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation's (OCAF) Wood Works exhibit.

Chops & Hops restaurant in Watkinsville, Georgia

Dine at Chops & Hops

In the heart of town, Chops & Hops features an atmosphere unlike any other. With an often-changing menu, this restaurant is a place to experience! Unwind with a glass of wine and savor one of their many delicious dishes.

Graduate Athens

Stay at the Graduate Athens

If you’re setting out on an Athens adventure, the Graduate Athens is a great place to stay. This comfortable home away from home is within close proximity to downtown Athens, The University of Georgia and the rolling hills of Northeast Georgia.

Terrapin Beer Co in Athens, Georgia

Experience the Terrapin Beer Co.

Sample locally brewed beer at Terrapin Beer Co., which is open for public tours. Known for its laidback atmosphere, this brewery is ideal for an afternoon of fun. Pick your favorite brew and find a cozy spot to enjoy live music and people watching. Side bonus, Terrapin is pet-friendly. Bring your special someone and your furry friend!

The Rooftop in Athens, Georgia

Dine on the Rooftop of the Georgia Theatre

For a unique eating experience, check out the Rooftop of the Georgia Theatre. This outdoor restaurant with a great view features local beers with bar favorites like burgers, sandwiches and tacos.

Published: January 2018