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 town?
This year, your Valentine (or Galentine!) needs more love than a predictable box of chocolates. Bring them to the town Trips to Discover named one of the 10 Best Romantic Getaways in Georgia: Madison!
Just an hour east of Atlanta, our town 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 feel loved (and impressed)! Read on for Madison’s weekend romantic getaway itinerary.
Check into the James Madison Inn
A boutique hotel nestled in the Historic District, the James Madison Inn offers an incredibly charming ambiance and gorgeous rooms themed after historic homes in Madison.
They currently have 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 charming B&Bs to romantic inns and national hotel brands conveniently located along I-20; for more information about where to stay, visit our stay page, here.
Unwind at Pure Bliss Spa
Start your trip off right with a little indulgence. What better way to relax than with a massage or facial? Pure Bliss Spa is conveniently located downtown and offers many amazing services sure to help you escape and unwind from the hectic life you left behind.
Pick up delicious chocolates at Antique Sweets
Continue treating yourself and your partner with a trip to Antique Sweets on Main Street.
Providing high-quality, handmade confections in an old-fashioned candy store atmosphere, the mother and son team here craft a delicious assortment of handmade chocolates. A local favorite, sharing a sweet with your sweetheart is a must for any Valentine’s getaway.
Enjoy Dinner at Town 220 Restaurant
Town 220 Restaurant, located just behind the James Madison Inn, is a favorite local dining option for visitors and locals alike. The upscale elegance and impeccable menu will surely offer a meal you’ll both reminisce about!
Grab breakfast at Farmview Market
Farmview Market is one of our favorite places to enjoy breakfast. Nothing says “I love you” quite like their stuffed French toast! Just in case you need another reason to visit, free coffee February starts Saturday, February 1!
Visit anytime in February during breakfast and enjoy a FREE cup of Farmview blend organic coffee. No purchase necessary. Farmview Market is also serving up a special Valentine’s Day Dinner Friday, Feb. 14 from 5:30-8 p.m.
And don’t forget to spend some time browsing their regionally-sourced grocery beside the cafe or buying a box of Farmview-themed Gourmet Chocolate Truffles for $9.99.
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
Deemed One of America’s Best Dude Ranches by Travel + Leisure Magazine, 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. They also have an incredible Horses & Romance Couple’s Package available!
Shop downtown Madison
After sitting down for a delicious lunch at one of Madison’s restaurants, take some time to peruse through antique shops, specialty storefronts, and charming boutiques that Downtown Madison has to offer. For a great map of the downtown area with shops and restaurants labeled, check out our Visitor’s Guide online or pick one up at our Welcome Center (more info below).
Have dinner and drinks at Mint Juleps Kitchen
The jazzy, low-key feel here easily makes Mint Juleps Kitchen one of the most romantic restaurants in Madison. Hang out in their gorgeous lounge area with a mint julep and enjoy an exquisite dinner with your love – but make sure to leave room for dessert!
Take the self-guided walking route through Madison’s Historic District
The best way to experience the charm of the Historic District and discover its countless stories from the 19th century is on foot with our free self-guided audio walking route app in hand!
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. You can download it for Apple here or Android here.
Stop #1 is the Welcome Center, located on the corner of Main and Jefferson, where the friendly welcome staff can help you download the app and answer any other questions you have about the town. It’s also Madison’s public restrooms. Stop in here, grab a coffee from Perk Avenue across the street, and start your journey!
Needless to say, love is always in the air in Madison! You can’t go wrong visiting us this V-Day or any time you’re in need of a romantic getaway.