The 2018 Masters Tournament tees off April 5th at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. This 3-day event is the 82nd in the history of the tournament, and if you are lucky enough to have tickets (apply for tickets here), we’ve compiled this list of must-sees while you are in the area. From where to eat and where to stay, to other attractions in Augusta, we have you covered.
The first thing you should know, however, is that with hundreds of thousands of people converging on Augusta, Georgia for The Masters, air travel will not be easy. What better way to arrive than in a private jet? When you fly charter, you avoid the long lines and delays of commercial flights, plus you get VIP service (Want to travel with your dog? Want your favorite wine on board?).
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Then, check out this list of the best things to see and do in Augusta, Georgia in between watching The Masters.
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Where to Stay
Located 6 miles from Augusta National Golf Club, across the Savannah River in South Carolina.
The Rosemary Inn B&B is a 23-room mansion (6 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms) across the Savannah River in South Carolina. It was built in 1902 and is one of two (see The Lookaway Inn below) turn-of-the-century buildings still overlooking the town center. The Inn was completely renovated in 1992, but the decor remains true to the time period, with 12-foot ceilings, original light fixtures, Rosemary pine paneling and a grand staircase. Each guest room is uniquely decorated.
Guests can choose from the Magnolia Room, Gentleman’s Quarters, Atelier Suite, Carolina Suite, Alexander Suite or Jackson Suite. Of the suites, the Jackson Suite is the largest and accommodates 4 guests in 552 square feet. There are two queen beds, a fireplace, desk, and a private bathroom.
Located 6 miles from Augusta National Golf Club, across the Savannah River in South Carolina.
Located across the street from the Rosemary inn B&B, the Lookaway Inn was built between 1895 and 1898 by Walter Jackson, manager of the north Augusta Land Company. The Inn is of the Beaux-Arts style, but the interior decor is heavily influenced by the Victorian era. In 1922, some of the Detriot Tigers stayed at the Lookaway Inn during their spring training in Augusta.
The Lookaway Inn offers 10 guest rooms, two of which have two queen beds. The Hawthorne Room is a “Superior” room with a King bed, private bath, and a private veranda overlooking the woods.
Located 3.2 miles south of Augusta National Golf Club.
The original Partridge Inn was built in 1836 but has undergone many restorations since. It is often referred to as “The Grand Hotel of the Classic South,” and it has been visited by celebrities, heads of state and other dignitaries throughout the years. Located atop a hill in a residential area, the Partridge offers high ceilings and period decor mixed with modern amenities.
The Rooftop Penthouse is a 4-bedroom suite with 1 King bed and 3 Queens. It includes a living room, full kitchen, dining room and a rooftop deck that overlooks Augusta.
Located 2.3 miles from Augusta National Golf Club.
You can’t get much closer to the action than this. The Hilton Garden Inn is a 7 minute drive (or 45 minute walk) to the Augusta National Golf Club. It is a modern hotel with 150 guest rooms, a 24-hour business center, and a Fitness Center.
Suites offer 1 King bed or 2 Queens, a separate sitting area and a sofa bed for more guests. Rooms feature Keurigs, refrigerators and microwaves.
Where to Eat
1200 Block, Broad Street, Augusta, Georgia
Affordable and stylish. That was Chef Sean Wight’s vision when he opened one of the hottest new dining spots in Augusta, The Frog Hollow tavern. The menu is determined by locally sourced and grown ingredients, so it changes with the season, but you can always expect a wine list with over 100 names.
Popular menu items include: Wild Shrimp and Grits, Angus Steak, Pork Shoulder, Fried Manchester Farms’ Quail, Angus Ribeye, Sapelo Island Clams, Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque, and NC Golden Tilefish.
211 10th Street, Augusta, Georgia
The Bees Knees claims to have a tiny kitchen, but that hasn’t stopped them from offering a large menu made up of seasonal and locally grown ingredients. Even their tofu is made in Georgia. And The Bees Knees’ eco-consciousness expands to the materials they use, too: all recyclable glass, paper, cardboard and metal.
Popular menu items include: Vegan Citrus-Ginger Salad, Pad Thai, Chicken and Waffles, and Catfish and Grits. The tapas menu, meant for sharing, includes: Goatcheese Bruschetta, Eggrolls, Kimchi Cheesy Rice Balls, Tempura Tacos, Shrimp and Grit Cakes, Tuna Tartare, and Blue Crab and Artichoke Dip.
491 Highland Ave., Augusta, Georgia
A romantic option for date night while you are in Augusta. The name Abel Brown comes from a traditional folk ballad sung by men working by the sea, and like its name, the restaurant is also committed to tradition and Southern Cuisine. Chef Todd Schafer is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in NYC and has traveled the country working under renowned chefs in Washington D.C., Atlanta, and Napa Valley.
Popular menu items include: Shrimp and Grits, Peppercorn Crusted Tuna, Tenderloin Filet, Pork Shoulder, Springer Mountain Chicken and Sehive Cheddar Brioche Grilled Cheese. There is a full wine and cocktails menu, plus a separate menu for oysters.
2621 Washington Rd., Augusta, Georgia
Although the exterior of the building might not seem like much, for a unique Southern experience, the Honey From the Rock Cafe is a must-stop. All food is served buffet style and includes traditional down-home classics. Both the desserts and the ice cream is homemade onsite. But you’ll have to plan ahead for a lunch here. The restaurant is only open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Honey from the Rock was voted “Best of Augusta” in 2017 and is owned and operated by Whole Life Ministries.
Menu items are served on specific days (check the website for a listing) and include: Roast Beef and Gravy, Southern Fried Chicken, Meat Loaf, Fried Catfish, Cheese Grits, Lima Beans, Sweet Potato Casserole, Fried Green Tomatoes, Cornbread Dressing and Yeast Rolls.
3165 Washington Rd., Augusta, Georgia
Named after Edgar Helms, founder of Goodwill, Edgar’s Grille is an upscale, modern bistro that donates part of its proceeds to charity. The food is described as New American with a “Southern flair.” The dining room is cozy and romantic, and there is outside seating year-round.
Popular menu items include: Mediterranean Brick Oven Meatballs, P. E. I. Mussels, Brick Oven Pizza, Spinach Stuffed Chicken, Filet Mignon, Wild Salmon, Shellfish and Grits, Citrus Pan-Seared Scallops, and Harvest Gnocchi.
Things to See & Do
560 Reynolds Street, Augusta, Georgia
Founded in 1937, the Augusta Museum of History preserves the history of the Central Savannah River Region through multiple permanent and rotating collections. There are two floors of exhibitions. On the first floor, guests will see Augusta’s Story, over 12,000 years of history of the area; Transportation Corridor, the story of how transportation in Augusta has changed since 1800; and Protect and Serve, the history of the local police and fire fighting organizations in Augusta.
There are nine exhibits on the second floor. A sampling includes: Celebrating a Grand Tradition: The Sport of Golf, Local Legends (from Hulk Hogan to Oliver Lee), The Godfather of Soul: Mr. James Brown, Canteens to Combat Boots (military gear from WWI to Vietnam, and Into the Interior (the history of the Georgia Railroad and Banking Company).
The museum is open Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. It is closed Monday – Wednesday.
1116 Phillips Street, Augusta, Georgia
As the only African American Museum in the Central Savannah River Area, the Lucy Craft Laney Museum opened in 1991 and celebrates the life of Ms. Laney, who opened the first kindergarten for African American children in Augusta. Later, Ms. Laney stated a school for African American nurses.
During the Masters, a popular exhibit on display at the museum will be “Augusta’s Power Women,” which celebrates through photos, art and books, African American women in the area who made advancements in science, technology, journalism, education and the military.
Guided museum tours are available Tuesday – Saturday at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Reservations are suggested because spaces fill quickly for these limited tours.
419 Seventh Street, Augusta, Georgia
The childhood home of America’s 28th president has been preserved by Historic Augusta, Inc., and is the oldest presidential residence in the state of Georgia. Woodrow Wilson lived here during the Civil War and the Reconstruction. His father was a pastor at the First Presbyterian Church, and after the home was 1859, Trustees of the church purchased the property to house their pastor. The Wilsons lived in the home for the next 11 years before moving to South Carolina.
The home is open for guided tours Thursdays – Saturdays. Tours begin on the hour between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and last about 45 minutes.
181 Redcliffe Road, Beech Island, SC
Just 10 miles away, across the Savannah River and in South Carolina, is the Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site, which was named by the SC African American Heritage Commission as one of the “Top Ten Sites to Visit in South Carolina” during Black History Month. The home was completed in 1859 and was the home of James Henry Hammond and his descendants, as well as many African-American families, who worked there as slaves and later as freed men. The Plantation contains 4,000 artifacts representing 4 generations of James’s family from 1859-1975. There is a historic slave cabin open for tours well.
Tours are given Thursday – Monday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
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