The Vibrant History of Augusta, Georgia

There’s just something romantic about historical Southern architecture. Palatial estates flanked by tall, white columns bring to mind sunny afternoons spent lounging in sunshine, mint julep and croquet mallet in hand. 

It’s this nostalgic and luxurious history that’s brought to mind, and to reality, at Augusta’s The Partridge Inn, Curio Collection by Hilton. Known as “The Grand Hotel of the Classic South,” the sprawling property, just minutes from downtown Augusta, has long been a favorite of political and business leaders and celebrities alike (including Bob Dylan, Reba McIntyre and James Brown). The original house, built in 1836 and opened as a boutique hotel by Morris W. Partridge in 1910, remains intact within the larger, more modern structure, offering a glimpse into the Augusta of yesteryear. 

Its foundation may be aged, but the accommodations certainly are not; a recent multi-million-dollar renovation turned this classic into a must-visit. Traditional high ceilings and timeless decor blend seamlessly with modern amenities like 42-inch TVs and personalized, ergonomic work stations. Wide windows offer glorious views of the Augusta skyline and the property’s own stately magnolias. 

The hotel’s award-winning P.I. Bar & Grill serves up Southern staples in eclectic packages, favorites like Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Shrimp and Grits. Begin your evening with a classic cocktail on the verandah of the adjacent lounge, stuff yourself with homey plates, then dance the night away with live music back at the lounge. 

And when the night ends, climb the grand winding staircase back up to your room, kick off your heels and fall into the luxurious bed like the Southern belle you’ve always wanted to be.