The holidays have come to a close, but the new year and the best of this winter season in Madison, GA has just begun. While many think that the summer months are the best time to explore, winter trips are perfect for those in search of crowd-free travel, serene adventures, and a new seasonal perspective of your favorite destinations.
Read on to discover why Georgia’s #1 Small Town should be your next winter escape.
Madison’s culture of sweet Southern hospitality is the perfect way to slow down and unwind going into the new year. Grab a bite to eat from one of over 20 delicious eateries, browse unique finds from independent retailers and boutiques, or enjoy the company of your friends and family as you stroll the picturesque downtown shopping district where it’s easy to leave your car behind.
Host to one of Georgia’s most-prestigious and longest-running Tour of Homes, Madison is well known for its eclectic collection of antique markets offering everything from high-end treasures to bargain finds. For fresh, new design inspiration, Madison’s most-admired interior decorators have been busy opening a growing list of independent home décor stores featuring the latest trends in furnishings, lighting and accessories. Whether you want to peruse the just-opened Stanton Home Furnishings, revisit favorites In High Cotton or Archambault’s, can’t wait to see Zeb Grant’s newest addition to Main Street – the soon-to-open Zeb Grant Home – or perhaps are more interested in the vintage finds of Madison Markets, J&K Fleas An’Tiques, Junque Korner and so many more, you’re sure to find the perfect items to bring a bit of Madison’s elegance into your own home.
Without the hustle and bustle of the big cities, you’ll be able to enjoy Madison like a native – by soaking in the town’s rich history and embracing the culture that has become a town staple over the years. Home to Georgia’s second largest historic district, take a step inside the town’s most distinctive historic homes homes and enjoy guided tours of the beautiful antebellum Heritage Hall, the historically preserved Rogers House, and the impressive Rose Cottage, built by a widow born into slavery – and learn more about Madison’s founding. When you’re done, take a trip over to the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, where you’ll find a museum highlighting the region’s history, seasonal art exhibits, live music performances, and more – all housed in an immaculately preserved schoolhouse built in 1895!
One of the best ways to view it all – the gorgeous residential historic district and charming downtown combined – is to get outside and wander along with Madison’s self-guided audio walking tour, available for free in the Apple App and Google Play stores. Enjoy the chilly weather with a steaming latte from Oconee Coffee Roasters as you discover the town’s storied past over the course of a mile-and-a-half stroll down and around Main Street. You’ll fall in love with the gorgeous architecture, enchanting gardens and historic cemeteries dating back to the 1800s.
It may be cold out, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay in. Bundle up and head to Hard Labor Creek State Park for cabins, campfires, and scenic hiking trails. Get started on your New Year’s resolutions and fitness goals with a guided First Day Hike or make your own path through the terrain to enjoy the crisp, cool air and acres of exploration the Park has to offer.
After your day out on the town or in the wilderness, come back to stay in a warm, welcoming place. Madison offers plenty of cozy cottages, historic inns, and inviting hotels with all the accommodations you need for a stay so perfect, you won’t want to leave. Plus, the more laid back winter months often bring about discounted stays, which means more time to visit and more sites to see.
Click here to book your cozy winter getaway today and make this small town the destination for your next girl’s trip, romantic weekend getaway, or family outing this winter!