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Madison’s Romantic Getaway Itinerary

The month of February often brings thoughts of love and romance to everyone’s minds. If you can’t decide what to give your special someone for Valentine’s Day, why not give the gift of quality time together experiencing and exploring a beautiful small town?


This year, your Valentine (or Galentine!) needs more love than a predictable box of chocolates. Bring them to the town Explore Georgia named one of the 9 Romantic Escapes In Georgia: Madison!


Just an hour east of Atlanta, historic Madison, Georgia, is conveniently located close enough to escape for a weekend, but far enough away to offer a totally different pace of living that radiates hospitality and exudes romance at every turn.


Here’s the good news: we’ve done the hard work for you and planned a perfect weekend itinerary sure to make your special someone feels loved (and impressed)!

Read on for Madison’s weekend romantic getaway itinerary.

Day 1

Check into the James Madison Inn

A boutique hotel nestled in the Madison Historic District, the James Madison Inn offers an incredibly charming ambiance and gorgeous rooms themed after historic homes in Madison. The Inn currently has a romance package available that would make your special someone feel extra loved and pampered!


There are several lodging options in Madison to choose from, from romantic inns downtown to national hotel brands conveniently located along I-20. For more information about where to stay, check out all our local options here.

Refresh at a Local Spa

Start your trip off right with a little indulgence. What better way to relax than with a massage, facial or other special treatment? ZEN Relaxing Wellness CenterPure Bliss Spa and The Spa Madison are all convenient options located downtown that offer many amazing services sure to help you escape and unwind from the hectic life you left behind.


ZEN Relaxing Wellness Center invites guests to satisfy their wellness goals with an alternative holistic approach to wellness. Pampering options include a salt halotherapy room, a float sensory deprivation open suite, whole-body cryotherapy, infrared sauna and more. 

Enjoy a Memorable Dinner

Town 220, located just behind the James Madison Inn, is a favorite local dining option for visitors and locals alike. The upscale elegance and impeccable menu featuring items made 100 percent from scratch will surely offer a meal you’ll both reminisce about!


If you are seeking a unique culinary experience, reserve a table at The Dining Room. Executive Chef Russell Hays and Executive Pastry Chef Edouard Fenouil create a multi-course Prix Fixe menu that changes weekly based on the freshest available ingredients. You can even upgrade the experience with an optional, expert wine pairing for each course.


Do you and your honey prefer something a bit more casual? Madison is full of delicious dining options sure to suit every taste. Feast your eyes on all the delectable options, listed here

Day 2

Grab Breakfast at Farmview Market

Farmview Market is one of our favorite places to enjoy breakfast. This 10,000-square-foot market and restaurant features a specialty grocery store, butcher shop, grist mill and farm-to-table café. 


Nothing says “I love you” quite like their stuffed French toast! And don’t forget to spend some time browsing their regionally-sourced grocery beside the café to buy a sweet treat or maybe a homemade piece of pie for the apple of your eye. 

Discover the Amazing Steffen Thomas Museum of Art

Tucked away in Morgan County’s rustic countryside, just 7 minutes from Downtown Madison, the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art is home to a truly remarkable collection of artwork created by Expressionist artist Steffen Thomas, spanning from bronze sculptures to larger-than-life paintings.


This museum is an experience in itself as you find yourself wandering through the serene galleries exploring the artist’s life through his work and legacy. Plus, the love story of his marriage is better than anything you’ll read in a Nicholas Sparks book!

Go Horseback Riding at Southern Cross Guest Ranch

Southern Cross Guest Ranch is just the place to escape to the country for horseback riding, delicious meals served 3 times a day and ultimate tranquility.

Book a horseback riding session for two for an experience your valentine will never forget. 

Day 3

Take a Romantic Stroll through Madison’s Historic District

The best way to experience the charm of the Madison Historic District and discover its countless stories from the 19th century is on foot, with our free, self-guided audio walking tour.


A 1.5 mile walk through town with stories of homes, churches and other historically significant sites, you can take as much or as little time as you want exploring the tree-lined streets. 


Stop #1 is the Welcome Center, located on the corner of Main and Jefferson, where the friendly welcome staff can help you get started on your journey and answer any other questions you may have about the town. Make sure to ask for a map of the downtown area with all the shops and restaurants labeled. 

Shop Downtown Madison

Don’t leave without treating yourself and your partner with that perfect gift to remember your romantic getaway. Take time to relax into the small town way of life as you peruse the distinctive boutiques, specialty storefronts and antique shops that set this small town’s Main Street apart from the typical chain stores and big city shopping malls. Check out all our local stores here.


Savor a meal at one of the many restaurants before you leave and plan for the next time you’ll be able to come back to explore even more! 

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