Fall is the perfect time to explore Macon, Georgia! From music and art to historic homes, Macon has a lot going on. And in the fall, the spirits of the city’s past come alive for a unique way to learn about its history. Let me show you what your weekend exploring Macon, Georgia could look like!
This trip was hosted by Visit Macon. All opinions and reviews are 100% unbiased.
My weekend started at the Macon Visitor Center where I watched a short but informative video on the history of Macon. You can also check out the exhibits and historical timeline as well as shop for souvenirs.
Day 1 in Macon, Georgia
For lunch, I ate at The Rookery, a casual bar that was voted Best Burger in Macon. That meant I had to try their classic Rookery Burger! Along with their burgers, they also have double-fried fries, milkshakes, and an extensive list of craft beers.
For my first attraction of the day, I visited the Tubman Museum. This museum, named in honor of Harriet Tubman, has an array of exhibits on African American art, history, and culture. The museum puts a heavy focus on Macon’s African American history, black history in the South, and local artists. My guide also told me they’re working on a music history of Macon exhibit, which will be installed soon!
Next up was The Allman Brothers Band Museum at The Big House. This was the home of the Allman Brothers Band and their families from 1970 to 1973. During my self-guided tour, I explored the largest collection of Allman Brothers Band memorabilia.
For dinner, I ate at Ocmulgee Brewpub, also known for their burgers. This time, though, I opted for their club sandwich and a mound of fries.
Since my trip was close to Halloween, I planned a few spooky activities. The Macon Macabre Public Walking Tour by Rock Candy Tours explores Macon’s gruesome history. It’s a great way to get the city’s history that you won’t find anywhere else. There were a few ghosts, lots of murder, and plenty of gory secrets revealed.
During my weekend, I stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn Macon/Mercer University. This hotel, right on the Mercer University campus, came with free breakfast and was the perfect distance from Downtown Macon.
Day 2 in Macon, Georgia
I started my second day in Macon with brunch at H&H Soul Food, a Macon institution founded by Inez Hill and Louise Hudson. These women had a close relationship with the Allman Brothers, and “Mama” Louise even went on the road with the band. This is considered one of Georgia’s most iconic restaurants because of that relationship and the delicious soul food they serve up.
The Cannonball House was first on my list for the day. This 1853 townhouse is named for the cannonball damage it sustained during the Civil War. The house is also home to furniture from the Founders’ parlors of the Alpha Delta Pi and Phi Mu sororities, which were founded at Wesleyan College just across town.
No trip to Macon is complete without a tour of the Hay House. This beautiful 7-story Italian Renaissance home was built in just four years between 1855 and 1859. This is one of Georgia’s most distinguished homes, and it has earned its nickname of the “Palace of the South”. If you’re visiting during the cooler seasons, you should definitely pay extra to take the Top of the House Tour, which takes you all the way up to the top of the cupola for 360˚ views of Macon. Then you will have seen the home literally from top to bottom!
For dinner, I ate at Piedmont Brewery & Kitchen, Middle Georgia’s finest brewpub. They also have a classic arcade downstairs.
A Fun Seasonal Event
I finished off the night with a cemetery stroll at Riverside Cemetery and Conservancy for their annual Spirits in October event. This tour gives voice to some of Macon’s most influential historic figures, letting their spirits come alive on the very spots they’re buried. The characters change each year, and this year’s theme was Requiem of Rock. Each spirit that we met along the way had a hand in shaping Macon’s music history, from Duane Allman to Bob Ray Barnette.
Macon really has so much to offer! This weekend itinerary is just a taste of what you can see when you visit Macon, Georgia!