Luxurious, historic accommodations in Macon, Georgia.
Plus other historic homes to tour.
By Hope S. Philbrick
The 1842 Inn is located in the heart of Macon’s historic district and within the College Hill Corridor. Surrounded by grand historic homes, when you pull into this driveway and park, it doesn’t feel like a hotel….which you won’t mind a bit. Stay here and get a taste of what it’s like to live in a Southern mansion with attentive staff.
Spoiler alert: It’s easy to get used to!
My guestroom in the main house boasted an electric fireplace facing a tall four-poster bed with a mattress so cushiony that it proved difficult to motivate myself out of bed in the morning—except for the luring smells that wafted upstairs from the kitchen below. Wake up early enough to be sure to allow time in your schedule for the complimentary breakfast.
This inn is furnished with English antiques and decorated with artfully arranged fresh flowers. The main house was built in 1842 by John Gresham, a former mayor of Macon, attorney, judge and cotton merchant. He lived in the house until 1900, selling it to B. F. Adams, who made significant changes such as extending the front porch and erecting columns, installing a parquet floor, and adding Victorian tile insets to the fireplaces.
A member of Select Registry and the only four diamond-rated accommodations in middle Georgia, the 1842 Inn is ideal for romantic getaways, though it’s also popular with business travelers, bridal parties, girls’ getaways, and other adult vacations.
Whatever reason you visit, stay once and we predict that you’ll want to return.
- Free wireless Internet access
- Free parking
- 19 rooms—nine of which are in The Cottage, which was moved to the almost two-acre property to supplement the main house in 1983
- 4 parlors
- 24-hour concierge service
- Full American breakfast—order your choice of hot entrées, cold cereals or warm pastries
- Free morning paper
- Nightly turndown service and shoe shine
- Free evening hors d’oeuvres—cocktails, beer and wine are available for purchase
- Health club access
- Located in Macon’s College Hill Corridor
- Located approximately 5 minutes from I-75 and I-16
- Located within walking distance of historic homes and Macon’s museum district
- Located a short drive from the Ocmulgee Trail and National Monument
- Odds of Encountering Children: Significantly lower than at national chain hotels.
More To Explore…
While visiting Macon, tour some other historic homes.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this home was built in 1853 as a planter’s townhouse and was named for damage it sustained during the Civil War. The home offers tours and also hosts several special events. Tours here are more open and welcoming than most, which makes this house feel more homey and accessible than many historic sites.
This home, circa 1855, bills itself as a “stunning historical landmark,” and that’s actually a conservative description. Hay House ranks among the best historic homes open for tours in the U.S. Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1974, it boasts more than 16,000 square feet in 24 primary rooms. You’ll see art, furnishings, architectural ingeniousness, and more. Trust us, you don’t want to miss this place. Take the “behind the scenes” tour for a peek at how servants lived and the opportunity to climb up to the top for a spectacular view of Macon.
Sidney Lanier Cottage
The birthplace of noted poet, musician and soldier, Sidney Lanier (1842-1881), this cottage is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1976, the Cottage was designated a Landmark of American Music, and in 2004, a Landmark of American Poetry by the Academy of American Poets. Among the objects on view are one of Sidney Lanier’s flutes (a silver, alto flute made by the Badger Flute Company), Mary Day’s wedding dress of 1867, several portraits and first editions. Historic Macon Foundation’s headquarters are housed here. Tours are available Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the cottage can also be rented for special events.
Lights On Macon Illumination Tour
Don’t miss this: Drive or walk through Macon’s historic intown neighborhood and see some of the city’s most resplendent homes dramatically lit to show off their unique architectural features. The free, self-guided tour is available 365 days a year. Participating homes have signs out front but the brochure and map help most with navigation; download a copy or pick one up at the downtown Visitor Information Center.
353 College Street
Macon, GA 31201
College Hill Corridor
This two-square mile area between Mercer University and downtown Macon encompasses several historic city neighborhoods, parks, and businesses. More than a place, it’s a movement. The College Hill Commission, made up of of neighborhood volunteers, and the non-profit Historic Macon Foundation lead the area’s impressive revitalization effort with support from the Knight Foundation, Mercer University and private developers. It’s a great place to visit—and by all reports it’s an even better place to live, so fair warning, you may start thinking about moving after exploring the corridor!
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