By Hope S. Philbrick
“Best meeting ever!”
That’s what my friend and I promised ourselves and each other when we decided to meet in Madison, Ga., an appealing halfway point for us both, and also where one of my friend’s best friends happens to live. So we agreed to combine work and pleasure and make it a ‘Girls Getaway’ (please excuse the phrase, but that’s the current terminology for women-on-a-trip).
We arrived early—long before any hotel typically welcomes check-ins—so we met for coffee at Perk Avenue. It’s the sort of coffee shop every small town should have, where locals and tourists can hang out, enjoy some pastries or plates of all-American fare, alongside upscale coffee drinks like the “Cinn & Tell” Latte and “French Toast” made of locally roasted beans. After a couple hours of all business, it was time to have some relaxed fun.
First stop: The Spa at The James Madison Inn. In a word: Ahhhh. The day spa offers a range of treatments at lower-than-Atlanta prices. With its laid-back vibe and cozy layout, The Spa invites relaxation. Friendly, skilled therapists focus on relaxation and revitalization. The Spa uses exclusively Aveda products, from the massage lotion to the hot tea served in the relaxation room, and all of the award-winning products are environmentally sustainable for guilt-free pampering.
For dinner we nabbed a table at Town 220 Restaurant, just steps away from The Spa. Chef Francisco de la Torre’s extensive, eclectic menu impresses with upscale lunch and dinner options such as rigatoni Bolognese, steak pommes frites, ahi tuna steak, rack of lamb and more. Servers are attentive and friendly. After filling up on food and wine, we strolled the short distance across the parking lot to the inn.
Beginning with the check-in process, it’s clear that The James Madison Inn pampers guests with personalized service and attention to detail. Each of the 17 guest rooms and two grand suites boasts plush king-sized beds dressed in soft linens, fireplaces, rain showers big enough for two, paintings that showcase local landmarks, and custom furniture crafted by local artisans that blends vintage sensibility with modern functionality. Amenities include individual climate control, robes, MP3 player with cell-phone charger, a library of local authors, and comfortable outdoor spaces like the porch with rocking chairs. The inn overlooks the Madison Town Park (green space dedicated in 2009 on the town’s 200th anniversary), a peaceful view.
The James Madison Inn is an all-in-one getaway destination. Perfect for whether you want to be productive or relax—or both.
- Free Wi-Fi
- The James Madison Inn is 100% smoke-free
- Bedding features down-filled duvet and pillows
- LCD flat-screen TVs with cable and HBO
- Fireplaces in guest rooms
- Rain shower heads; some rooms have showers; there is no pool
- Free long-distance calls in the U.S.
- MP3 player with PDA and cell phone charger
- In-room safes large enough for a laptop
- All guest rooms have access to an outdoor porch
- Library of local authors in each room
- Complimentary continental breakfast
- Fitness room
Add the “Girls Night Inn” package to any reservation for $26 and enjoy a chilled bottle of Champagne or wine and 25% off the price of a fruit and cheese tray delivered to your room.
The James Madison Inn
260 W. Washington St.
Madison, GA 30650
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