Southern Experiences

Southern Eats: Honeymoon Bakery

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If you are looking for a delicious breakfast during your time in Rome, Georgia, I highly recommend you check out Honeymoon Bakery.

Honeymoon Bakery | Rome, GA

Located in the heart of downtown historic Rome, Honeymoon Bakery boasts a unique atmosphere with old, exposed brick and big farm tables. The restaurant serves up delicious cakes, pastries, and a fantastic breakfast selection.

Honeymoon Bakery | Rome, GA

Grab a hot beverage, a breakfast sandwich or a plate of fluffy pancakes or a fresh muffin, to help fuel your adventures in Rome. The plus side, Honeymoon Bakery is within walking distance of most hotels in the city making it the perfect place to start your morning in the city between the rivers.

Honeymoon Bakery | Rome, GA Honeymoon Bakery | Rome, GA

 

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Checking In: Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Rome

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The Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Rome is the perfect place to stay during your visit to Rome, Georgia. Why may you ask? The Hawthorn Suites in Rome are located at the heart of downtown, making it within an easy walking distance of all the shops and restaurants downtown.

This hotel is also located in a beautifully renovated 1890s warehouse with original wood floors and brick walls situated along the bank of the Oostanaula River. There are plenty of walking trails that wind along the river and run right next to the hotel. Also, want a fun way to explore the city? Borrow one of the bikes through the hotel’s bike share program.

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham | Rome, GA Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham | Rome, GA

The hotel boasts several different room styles, so there is something for everyone. Be sure to grab a room with river views so you can get views like the ones above.

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Don’t miss the beautiful lobby with the large sky-light and beautiful hardwood floors.

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Finally, grab a bite or a tasty beverage at the Hawthorn Bar & Lounge or have it delivered to your room via room service.

 

 

 

Southern Experiences

A City Between the Rivers {Rome, GA}

If you are looking for a weekend getaway that is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains at the confluence of two rivers, then I have the place for you. Founded in 1834 the city is built on seven hills, like it’s namesake Rome, Italy, with the Etowah and the Oostanaula Rivers flowing through it. Rome, Georgia is located an hour and a half from Atlanta and Chattanooga, and two hours from Birmingham.

Rome, GA

With a rich history, downtown Rome is filled with shopping and restaurants. Take a stroll with me through Georgia’s largest Victorian Era district and one of the state’s most vibrant downtowns.

Broad Street | Rome, GA

The best place to start is Broad Street. Broad Street is Rome’s main street and is where the majority of the shops and restaurants are located. Satisfy your sweet tooth in one of Rome’s many bakeries or ice cream shops. This revitalized downtown and main thoroughfare of Rome shares a glimpse of what this city looked like during its heyday.

City Creamery | Rome, GA

Related: Southern Eats: Honeymoon Bakery

As you stroll the streets, be sure to look at all the different types of architecture that line the streets. These buildings have been through a lot of changes, but they still show off their beauty. Read the plaques on the sides of the buildings to learn a little about the building.

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Don’t miss one of the state’s first “Rails to Trails” projects, The Robert Redden Footbridge crosses over the Oostanaula River and is located where the Oostanaula and the Etowah come together to form the Coosa River. This bridge is known for it’s “Locks of Love” and is a special place for marriage proposals.

The Robert Redden Footbridge | Rome, GA

Enjoy a little history with an overnight stay in a renovated 1800s warehouse with stunning views of the rivers.

Related: Checking In: Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Rome

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham | Rome, GA

 

Are you ready to explore the city between the rivers?

Southern Experiences

Southern Eats: Bulloch House Restaurant

Southern Eats is a series about beloved Southern dining establishments. Do you have suggestions? Send us an email.


The south has a history of down-home cooking, and the Bulloch House Resturant sticks to its southern roots.

Bulloch House Restaurant | Warm Springs, GA

The Bulloch House Restaurant has been a staple in Warm Springs since the 1990s. The restaurant was originally housed in the Bulloch House that was built by Benjamin F. Bulloch, the co-founder of Bullochville that is now Warm Springs, in 1893. Unfortunately, a fire in 2015 forced the restaurant to move its current location on Broad Street.

Bulloch House Restaurant is known as classic “meat and three” restaurant with a delicious southern buffet. Enjoy fried chicken, sweet potato soufflé, green beans, and sweet corn — all in one meal. Don’t miss the fried green tomatoes either! After a delicious meal, be sure you leave room for dessert. Bulloch House Restaurant’s desserts are all homemade, so give the caramel cake or red velvet cake a try.

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Despite their menu changing on a daily basis, Bulloch House Restaurant is always serving up comfort food.

Southern Experiences

F.D. Roosevelt State Park

F.D. Roosevelt State Park | Pine Mountain, GA

At 9,049 acres, F.D. Roosevelt State Park is Georgia’s largest. With more than 40 miles of trails, including the popular 23 mile Pine Mountain Trail, this park is a hiker’s paradise.

F.D. Roosevelt State Park | Pine Mountain, GA

As you enter the woods, you’ll wind through hardwood and pines, over creeks and past small waterfalls. I decided to do a little hiking while I was down in Warm Springs, and opted to take advantage of the Dowdell’s Knob trail. This trail offers the spectacular summits and stunning florals. Additionally, Dowdell’s Knob was a favorite of FDR and is the highest point in the Pine Mountain Range (1,395 feet above sea level).

F.D. Roosevelt State Park | Pine Mountain, GA

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F.D. Roosevelt State Park is only about an hour and a half south of Atlanta, making it a great day trip or an over-night destination. The State Park also offers accommodations in the park, including campsites and cabins.

F.D. Roosevelt State Park | Pine Mountain, GA

 

Are you ready to take a hike?