Words by Ashley Locke
Photos by Windsor Hotel
Southern hospitality and historic charm converge to create a memorable travel experience in the small town of Americus, Georgia. Every corner unveils a piece of its soul. From its historic architecture and local flavors to its community-driven events, Americus offers a genuine glimpse into Southern, small-town life. Trade traffic-filled streets for neighbor-filled sidewalks and spend a weekend—or a week—slowing down.
For a true taste of Americus' rich history, consider booking a stay at one of the town's historic bed-and-breakfasts. The Americus Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast, a restored Victorian home, exudes warmth and elegance. Each room tells a unique story, and the lush garden provides a tranquil setting for relaxation. Another great option is the Windsor Hotel, an iconic nineteenth-century establishment that seamlessly blends old-world charm with modern comforts.
Begin your day with a quintessential Southern breakfast at the Rosemary & Thyme restaurant, where fluffy biscuits and fried chicken steal the show. It’s so good that you’ll probably want to return for dinner! For lunch, savor sandwiches and salads at The Station, a converted railway depot turned eatery. Don't forget to sample the fried green tomatoes—a Southern delicacy that's a must-try. If you’re craving a treat, the Sweet Georgia Bakery and Cafe’s selection of coffee and baked goods will surprise and delight.
Wander through the picturesque streets of historic downtown Americus, where brick-paved sidewalks and charming storefronts evoke a sense of nostalgia. Discover the artistic pulse of Americus at the Hot Glass Academy, where mesmerizing glasswork comes to life. Watch skilled artisans create intricate glasswork and browse the gallery for unique pieces to take home. At Minick Interiors, you can find housewares and home decor, mementos to bring home with you.
Americus thrives on community, and there's no better way to experience this than by attending the First Friday event. On the first Friday of every month, the town square comes alive with local vendors, live music, and a lively atmosphere. Admire the stunning architecture of the historic district, including the iconic Rylander Theatre, a beloved venue that hosts a variety of performances throughout the year. To truly connect with the natural beauty of Americus, explore the lush landscapes of the nearby Georgia Veterans State Park. Delve into the rich history of Americus by visiting the Habitat for Humanity Global Village & Discovery Center to gain insight into the organization's mission and its impact on communities worldwide. For a profound experience, take a guided tour of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park, honoring the civil rights leader's legacy and emphasizing the importance of equality and justice.