— Southern Quilt Trail — Why stitch a small quilt for your bed when you can paint a big one on your barn? Less than 50 miles west of Atlanta, the Southern Quilt Trail offers a leisurely drive through rural America.

— West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail — Dalton is approximately 100 miles north of Atlanta, Columbus roughly the same distance south. You can zoom along major highways, but it’s more fun to mosey along U.S. Highway 27 where you’ll find mills and manufacturing plants that date back to the days when cotton was king.

— Highly Recommended — For more on Barn Trails, pick up a copy of Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement by Suzi Parron with Donna Sue Groves. It’s as delightful as it is informative. Available at, most booksellers and, for added convenience, Horton’s Bookstore in Carrolton. (See below.)

— Featured Special — Go to the “Featured Special” section on this website to read our article titled “The Barn Quilt Story.” You’ll find info and photos about barn quilts in Georgia as well as in several other states.


— Horton’s Bookstore — Be sure to stop in Horton’s, Georgia’s oldest bookstore, which dates back to 1891. It’s filled with antique shelves, brand-new books and friendly vibes.

— Historic District — A pamphlet, available at the Visitors Center, details eighteen homes from the nineteenth century and explains the difference between a balustrade and a bargeboard, a gable and a portico.

— Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum — While it’s fittingly located in an old cotton warehouse, the Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum reminds folks that quilts are a contemporary art as well as an historic one.


— Smithsonian Affiliates — Most people don’t expect a town of 20,000 to have two first rate museums, both of which are affiliated with the Smithsonian. In addition to contemporary Western art, the Booth Western Art Museum houses more than 200 Native American artifacts and original letters from every president of the United States. A few blocks away, the Tellus Science Museum offers a 120-seat digital planetarium as well as a full-size replica of a 40-foot Tyrannosaurus rex.

— Spring Place — Be prepared to spend more time — and money — than you intended at Spring Place Pottery, where owner Gail Freeman showcases her work alongside that of other equally talented regional artisans.



— Four House Museum  Classic City Tour of Athens offers a two-hour tour that takes participants through four homes, each with a different style of architecture. Fascinating. Pick up information — and possibly a discount coupon — at the Visitor Center.


— Rock Candy Tours — Rock Candy Tours leads folks to the streets, alleys and bars that were home to the musical greats of the Sixties and Seventies. All RC guides provide interesting insider stories, but it’s an added bonus if the tour leaders has close ties to one of the folks who put Macon on the music map of America. Check ahead to see if you can get on a tour led by Jessica Walden, niece of Capricorn Studio’s Phil Walden, or Justin Andrews, Otis Redding’s grandson.

— The Rookery — Jimmy Carter credited Phil Walden and the Allman Brothers with helping him become president, a story that’s told often at the Rookery, where the former president is honored with the Jimmy Carter Burger (burger topped with peanut butter and bacon) and the Jimmy Carter Shake (banana ice cream, peanut butter and bacon). You presumably understand the peanut butter connection, but ask your server to explain the banana and bacon.

— The Downtown Grill — Located in downtown Macon, the Downtown Grill is a restaurant that quite literally serves food worthy of the stars. Along with a first-class meal, eating there gives you first-class bragging rights. You can tell folks you dined where Gregg Allman and Cher wined on the night they got engaged.

 — H&H Restaurant — This small soul food restaurant has been a local legend ever since owner Louise Hudson gave some starving young musicians a heaping plate of fried chicken. The musicians turned out to be members of the Allman Brothers Band, and Mama Louise became their life-long friend. Now the restaurant attracts folks from around the world.

 — Otis Statue — Don’t miss the life-size statue of Otis Redding that sits in Macon’s Gateway Park. Otis’ wife gave sculptor Bradley Cooley some of her husband’s clothing to ensure accuracy.

 — Douglass Theatre — Interesting for its history, its architecture and its performances, the Douglass Theatre is definitely worth a stop. It’s where Otis Reading was discovered and many others including Little Richard and Cab Calloway performed. Now it has been reopened as a theater that honors the influence of African Americans on the performing arts.

— Little Richard’s House — Interested in a self-guided tour of the homes where many of Macon’s musical greats spent all or part of their childhood? There isn’t an official map through these residential areas, but there’s usually a person at the Visitors Bureau who will give you directions.

Little Richard’s home — a pink shotgun house in the Pleasant Hill neighborhood — is among the most distinctive. He used to get in trouble for banging out rhythms on the pews of his church, which is nearby.

[For more on Macon’s musical heritage, see Makin’ Music in Macon, which is posted under the Featured Specials section of this website.]


— Attic Treasures — Jam-packed with everything from glass napkin holders to Civil War uniforms, Indian necklaces, gentlemanly smoking pipes, sterling jewelry, Victorian vases and long-buried-recently-excavated rocks, Attic Treasures is as much museum as antique shop and owner Charles Stewart is as much historian as proprietor. Plan to spend some time here; you won’t regret it.



— Where to Play Golf — Unless you’re insanely rich, famous or lucky, you can’t see, much less play upon, the revered turf of Augusta’s most famous golf course, the Augusta National Golf Club, which is home to the Masters Tournament. Never fear. Bobby Jones, who co-designed the Masters course and was instrumental in founding the tournament, began his career at the Forest Hills Golf Course, which is open to the public. Thus amateur golfers can breathe the same rarefied Augusta air as that inhaled by a genuine master of the Masters.

— Where to See the Famous — The best place in Augusta to actually see a Golf Great — or at least hear good golf gossip — is Luigi’s, the oldest family-owned restaurant in town. Jack Nicklaus and his family often order a take-out box for their plane ride home, and Ben Crenshaw makes it a point to stop by whenever he’s in town.

— Where to Have Pimento Sandwiches — Only those who manage a ticket to the Masters are permitted to have one of their famous pimento sandwiches, and the recipe for the cheese spread is possibly the most closely guarded secret in the world. Thus, numerous Augusta restaurants have devised their own version of the secret sandwich, and Hildebrandt’s considered one of the best.

— Bonus Tip —
Locals who’ve tasted innumerable variations of the Pimento Sandwich, say that the recipe devised by Augusta Junior League is pretty close to the Master’s original. Here, copied with permission from their cookbooks, Par 3, Tea-Time at The Masters, is their recipe:

Four-Cheese Pimento Cheese Sandwich

3 cups (12 oz.) shredded white cheddar cheese
2 cups (8 oz.) shredded yellow sharp cheddar cheese
4 oz. crumbled blue cheese
1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1 jar (4 oz) sliced pimentos
1 cup light mayonnaise
2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
Party-size loaf white bread or favorite bread cut into slices

Combine cheese, pimentos, mayonnaise and mustard into a food processor and process until smooth. Remove to a bowl. Cover and chill. Spread on bread slices to make sandwiches.







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