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A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I took a trip through Georgia’s “Antebellum Trail”. For those who aren’t familiar, it is a driving route through an area of the south that escaped damage during the Civil War; think stately mansions, charming small towns and beautiful live oaks. You can read more details about it at antebellumtrail.org. The southern starting point is Macon, which just happens to be one of my favorite southern cities and home to the wonderful Cherry Blossom Festival. Since we have already visited Macon several times, we decided to begin our journey in Milledgeville. We arrived just in time (around 5pm) to enjoy a glass of wine and snacks (including homemade pimento cheese) at the Antebellum Inn Bed & Breakfast. We received a warm welcome, the room was adorable and the breakfast (french toast with pecans) was delicious. For dinner, we decided on Greek food and really enjoyed our meal on the patio of the Metropolis Cafe. The downtown area had quite a few restaurants to choose from and seemed to be “hopping” on this particular spring evening. To learn more about this quaint university town, check out their website: Milledgeville
The next day, we meandered our way through the other small towns, stopped in Madison to take a few pictures, and ended up in Athens for a quick bite and visit to The State Botanical Garden of Georgia. The pink poppies were simply amazing and very unexpected. It was like finding a treasure! Our lunch on the cozy porch of 5&10 was delightful and can only be described as “fancy southern food”. They served pimento cheese with a spicy jelly on top–so good! (At this point, I started calling it the Pimento Cheese Trail. Ha.)
Springtime is a great time to take the Antebellum Trail! Our trip was at the end of April, so we were a little late for cherry blossoms and azaleas, but the beautiful magnolias and pink poppies made up for it. The birder in me loved waking up to the sound of cardinals each morning and being serenaded by mockingbirds almost every evening. If you are planning a trip, I suggest at least 2-3 days. Make your reservations early if you want to stay in a B&B (really, that’s the best way to go and they are not that much more expensive than a hotel). We used TripAdvisor to find most of our restaurants. Cheers to a great trip!