Bed and Breakfast in Georgia: Macon’s 1842 Inn
BY AARON R. FODIMAN and MARGARET WORD BURNSIDE
For classic southern hospitality in a grand antebellum style, the 1842 Inn in Macon, Georgia, can’t be beat. The atmosphere is straight from Gone With the Wind. It has the amenities of a grand hotel with the ambiance of a country inn. The Greek Revival antebellum house shares a quaint courtyard and garden with a Victorian home behind it. The public areas are within the main home, along with guest rooms, while the rear home has additional guest rooms for a total of nineteen. All the rooms, parlors and libraries are tastefully decorated with fine English antiques, oriental carpets, tapestries and paintings. The staff will make you feel as though you are visiting you family home.
The Inn features complimentary breakfast in your room, the parlor or the courtyard, accompanied by a morning newspaper. Each evening, there are complimentary hors d’oeuvres in the library, followed by fresh-baked cookies and milk when it is time for their turndown service. The 1842 is Georgia’s only AAA Four Diamond Award-winning inn. Mobil Travel has also awarded it four stars. The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is located in a charming residential neighborhood with secure off-street parking. The location is close to Macon’s central business district, and the “Mitsi,” an air-conditioned motorized trolley, stops in front of the Inn every 25 minutes. The trolley, which circles the town and stops at local points of interest, has a modest cost for an all-day pass.
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Macon’s 1842 Inn
The 1842 Inn exudes romantic Southern charm with its 17-columned wrap-around veranda, cozy tables for two in the garden, fireplaces and whirlpools in many of the 19 guest rooms, complimentary breakfast served served in your room, courtyard or parlor. The house, built in 1842 by John Gresham, is a fine specimen of Greek revival architecture. Mr. Gresham, a former mayor of Macon, attorney, judge and cotton merchant, lived in the home until 1900 when it was purchased by the B. F. Adams family. The Adams family made significant changes, which include extending the front porch and erecting columns as well as installing parquet floors and Victorian tile insets on the fireplaces. The Victorian Cottage, which sits across the courtyard from the main house, was moved onto the almost 2-acre property to supplement the main house in 1983. The Cottage consists of nine fully furnished guest rooms with 12-foot ceilings, original heart of pine flooring and a large front porch overlooking the courtyard. The inn now consists of 19 guest rooms, hospitality parlors and service facilities, as well as a courtyard and porches for entertaining.
Macon's 1842 Inn has been called "One of America's top 10 inns..." by Country Inns Magazine, and "One of the finest historic inns in the South" by Albany Magazine.