Thread: Macon recommendation?

Joe_the_Lurker - 6/15/2020 at 09:07 PM

Brothers and Sisters, if I were to drive my family across the country and the midway stopping point turned out to be Macon, where should I stay and where should I go for dinner?

I see that H&H is only open for breakfast and lunch..

porkchopbob - 6/15/2020 at 09:10 PM

Lots of spots downtown, The Rookery is great for cocktails and burgers, etc.

Jerry - 6/16/2020 at 12:23 AM

1) Do not stay at any hotel on Riverside Drive in the downtown area. There is a Marriot on Coliseum Drive close to downtown. Those further out Riverside at the Tom Hill and Bass Road exits are good.
2) There are a lot of family owned cafes. Jim Shaw's on Vineville is about 1 1/2 miles from the Big House. I recommend anything on the menu, but my favorite is the grilled trout. You MUST find a NuWay and have a chili dog.
3) Plenty of Museums from the Big House to the Museum of Arts and Science (about another mile down Vineville from Jim Shaw's)
4) Rose Hill of course. The grave site, Confederate Cemetery (grave 2 lanes in and 3 right is my cousin Byrd), several members of the Flying Tigers are buried nearby.
5) If you aren't from the south, eat at a Waffle House, you'll come back.
6) Warner Robins Air force Museum, Byron, the Middle Ga. Raceway (no tours, but you can climb the banked turns and look in). Like Mexican food? La Parrila in Macon, Luis Mexican Grill in Warner Robins. PM for directions
7) Indian Mounds just outside downtown.

While in Macon remember these streets Napier ave, Vineville Ave (aka Duane Allman Blvd, Forsyth Road, Hardeman Ave), Riverside Dr., Broadway, Cherry St., Pio Nono Ave., Eisenhower, Mercer University Dr.
Right now construction is an ongoing problem on I-75 in the mid town area. At times both directions are one lane only.
If you are coming from the north, get off at Riverside Dr exit and go down Riverside to Pierce Ave, turn right, go till the road goes 4 lane and be ready to turn left at the red light (next to the big baptist church). About a 1/4 mile down, the Big House will be on your left, across the street from a school and another big church.
PM me if you need more.

Joe_the_Lurker - 6/16/2020 at 11:12 AM

Thanks for all this! The family was pushing for a summer vacation and I figured I'd drive since it's cheaper and a little bit safer avoiding airports. Kansas to Florida via Macon, I'm always trying to work in anything Allmans when I can. I was going to get there at night and be gone by the morning and now I see that Rose Hill doesn't even open until 8:30. Is that real? Is there really a gate that's closed or can you drive in at 7 am? My only time there was 2 hours back in 2000.

Anyway, if I want to do anything I think I'm going to have to leave the night before instead of like 3 am to have a chance at The Big House and Rose Hill. All the online stuff says it's best to drive all night when you have kids so you can eat up a lot of road without stopping every 2 hours.

crazyjoe - 6/16/2020 at 04:59 PM

JtL, as an outsider, I gotta say Macon and Byron were just magic to me, see all You can, College House, Snow's, the Festival Marker........Peace.....joe

Brewster - 6/16/2020 at 05:57 PM

I agree, Macon has lots of charm and worth spending a day. I went on an Allman Brothers pilgrimage there with my 16 year old son a few months back (right before the pandemic) and I'd say we spent at least 6 or 7 hours checking out the main sites. To me the "must do's" include:

1. Big House - be sure to check when they're open - seems like Mon-Wed for sure they're not
2. Rose Hill cemetery - a classic, oozing with history
3. H&H for lunch - you never know who you might bump into there and the food is great
4. Capricorn studios - recently reopened and they'll give you a tour into the actual studio; it really felt like being on sacred ground
5. Iconic ABB sites - I mostly used the Freeman book Midnight Riders to pinpoint several important sites from ABB history and the back stories.

I've got a feeling your schedule is going to depend in large part on how much patience your family has ahead of getting to Florida! Maybe try and catch it on the way back! Good luck!

Joe_the_Lurker - 6/16/2020 at 06:55 PM

Thanks everyone! I'm thinking if we leave around 7 pm the night before, I could theoretically get to Macon around noon on a Friday and do an H&H/Big House/Rose Hill power visit until about 4, depending on how my 3 and 5 yr old are doing lol.

I was clicking through the pics of the Big House Museum and oh my, there's a lot of stuff there! Maybe I should just tell the fam to pick me up in a week on the way back and i'll just stay in Macon...

Rusty - 6/16/2020 at 08:48 PM

Harriet Tubman Museum - very near the Rookery area. Great permanent collections. Last time I was there, they had a great Little Richard display - including the piano he grew up with.

EnglishDarren - 6/17/2020 at 02:52 PM

I had my first visit to Macon in March after the Brothers show and it is FANTASTIC and I will be back as soon as I can afford and travel restrictions are lifted.All the areas of interest seem to have been covered here but if you get the chance stop at Burke Mansion it's the best B&B I have ever stopped at.

bluedad - 6/17/2020 at 06:36 PM


The Sleep Inn
3928 River Place Drive
Macon, GA 31210

Ask for the GABBA Rate. should be around $55.00 per night. They have free breakfast too !

Joe_the_Lurker - 6/30/2020 at 05:20 PM

Jeez, what a difference 2 weeks makes. America just can't leave well enough alone and the coronavirus rockin horse takes over again.

Gotta stay home. One of these years i'll make it to Macon.

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