Take the scenic route and explore the hidden wonders of the New South by planning a road trip from Atlanta to The Restoration Hotel. Start your journey through these amazing places and take fascinating detours to make your adventure unforgettable.
Designed by Joseph Forsyth Johnson in 1887, this lush park was originally built to house the Piedmont Exposition, a showcase of the American South’s prosperity and natural resources. Today, it’s brimming with scenic routes, playgrounds and sports facilities, and a stunning view of Atlanta’s Midtown skyline. Check out the free, guided history tours by the Piedmont Park Conservancy.
Ponce City Market
Located in the historic Sears, Roebuck & Co. building, the Ponce City Market complex is home to a gourmet food hall that boasts venues by James Beard-awarded chefs including Anne Quatrano and Sean Brock, attractive retail stores, offices of thriving companies, and even a rooftop amusement park.
Madison Historic District
Listed in the National Registry of History Places, the Madison Historic District is known for its grand Greek Revival residences and brick Romanesque summer houses. A popular attraction in this area is the Morgan County Courthouse, an elaborate masterpiece built in 1905 in the Beaux-Arts style.
Madison Tea Room
Ready to have the perfect afternoon tea? Visit Madison Tea Room to enjoy a wide selection of fine teas you can’t find anywhere else and an excellent variety of sweets, pastries, savory sandwiches, and quiches. This charming venue is located in Downtown Madison, in close proximity to Town Park.
Aiken has a glamorous history as a winter destination for affluent families such as the Astors, Whitneys, Vanderbilts, and Goodyears during the early to mid-1900s. Now established as a South Carolina heritage site, it continues to attract hikers, equestrians, and nature lovers from around the country.
Aiken Brewing Company
The Aiken Brewing Company is an inviting brewpub serving an impressive lineup of handcrafted beers that rotates weekly and is paired with an equally enticing menu. Their Brewhouse Baby Back Ribs braised in pale ale and slow-smoked have been featured twice in Southern Living Magazine.
Santee National Golf Club
This 18-hole championship course with rolling hills and mossy oaks is one of the most popular golfing destinations in the Southern United States. Its friendly layout and hospitable crew make it welcoming to players of all skill levels. Please visit their site to review their dress code and reservation information.
Santee State Park
Founded in 1949, this 2,500-acre preserve is located on the south shore of Lake Marion and attracts all kinds of nature aficionados, from sportsmen to avid bird watchers. One of the most appealing features is climate-controlled picnic areas ideal for experiencing the great outdoors with the whole family.
Middleton Place is a feast to the senses. Everywhere you look, there are verdant gardens more than a quarter of a millennium old. The site was once the residence of Henry Middleton, President of the First Continental Congress; and later to son Arthur Middleton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Sweet Tea Trail
Few things are as quintessentially Southern as sweet tea — and Summerville is its birthplace. The Sweet Tea Trail invites guests to experience the flavors that make this beverage a national treasure.
The Restoration Hotel
By staying at The Restoration Hotel, guests can be in close proximity to some of the most picturesque sites Charleston has to offer. Enjoy dishes that define Lowcountry cuisine, bask in our soulful musical heritage, take in striking historical sites and lush landscapes, and experience our multifaceted culture. Learn more about our Neighborhood and plan your trip and book your stay today!