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Romantic Getaway: Fall for Madison

It is that time of year again. Vibrant shades of red, orange and yellow leaves rain down from the once shady, tree-covered canopy. Crisp cool air replaces the heat of summer, pumpkins and dried flora appear on porches throughout town, and sandals and sunhats are traded for boots and scarves.  Pots of chili simmer on the stove while games of football either blast from television screens or are competed right in our own yards.

Autumn is a special time of year in Madison – there’s an indescribably magic in the air. Below are the top five ways you can enjoy a romantic getaway and fall for Madison this season.

1. Stroll Madison’s Historic District

Boxwood fall foliage against a blue sky

Spending time outside is not just good for your health, it is also good for the soul! Take advantage of the cooler weather and stroll one of the largest historic districts in the state of Georgia. See some of Madison’s most famous buildings and private homes adorned in autumnal hues.

Go on a free, self-guided walking tour to find more than two centuries of Madisonian history. Schedule a tour of Heritage Hall, Rogers House, and Rose Cottage and learn tales of love, heartache and unwavering determination about some of this town’s most renowned residents.

2. Go Horseback Riding

Guests ride horses at Southern Cross Guest Ranch
Photo by Charlotte Detienne Photography

Whether you are a first-time rider or a seasoned equestrian, Southern Cross Guest Ranch is the perfect fall getaway for horse lovers. No matter if you stay overnight or just want to escape on the riding trails for a few hours, the Ranch has over six miles of wooded trails and acres of pasture for horseback riding to enjoy at your own pace. Saddle up and leave your worries in the dust.

3. Have Fun Shopping

Holiday shoppers cross the street in downtown Madiison, Georgia

If much needed retail therapy is on your agenda, grab a seasonal, home-roasted cup of joe at Oconee Coffee Roasters and hit the town with more than 25 unique shops and 150+ antique dealers.  Shop home décor and gifts at In High Cotton or peruse Amelia’s Apparel for women’s clothing and accessories or head to TJ Bishop’s Men’s Shop for the latest in menswear. If antiques are more your style, head over to Madison Markets to peruse the wares of more than 75 individual antique dealers or discover 12,000 square feet of furniture, jewelry, china, art, Americana, and more at J&K Fleas An’Tiques.

Click here for a full list of shops and boutiques.

4. Enjoy Fine Dining, Madison Style

Patio diners at Town 220

Whether you’ve shopped-til-you-dropped, spent a day roaming the historic streets of Madison, or gotten back to nature on horseback, there’s no better way to wrap up your day than enjoying a fine dining experience on the patio at Town 220. Unwind and connect with your travel buddy with French-inspired dishes overlooking Madison’s historic Round Bowl Springs in the cool fall air. Do you wish to savor a special occassion with world-class eats? Another fabulous fine dining option is The Dining Room. Here diners delight in a Chef driven, four course, prix fixe menu based on the freshest local ingredients. Take the dining experience up a notch by adding the specially-selected wine pairings to accompany each course. 

Wrap up your evening with a stroll through Madison Town Park and soak up a bit more of that Madison magic as you wrap your arms around the one you love. Snuggle up on a swing or bench and gaze at the stars as the soft trickling of a fountain invites you to linger.

5. Book a Night at a Bed and Breakfast

Book a romantic getaway at the Brady Inn in Madison, Georgia

With its wide wraparound porches, plan to rock-away your cares at the Brady Inn. Located in the heart of downtown, you are steps away from shopping, restaurants and attractions. Borrow a bike and ride through the historic district or stay in and roast marshmallows by the fire-pit. In downtown Madison, you are close to everything, yet far enough to escape from it all.

For a full list of Madison and Morgan County’s welcoming accommodations, click here. Let this small town charm you as you embrace the beauty of the season and fall for Madison on your romantic getaway.

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