Historic Hotel in Augusta's Summerville District
As with most century-old institutions, the Partridge Inn has experienced its share of both glory days and tumultuous times. Established in 1892 as a winter resort destination, The Partridge Inn attracted the nation’s elite, including President Warren G. Harding in 1923, who held his welcoming banquet at the inn. But after The Partridge was divided into individual apartments in the mid 20th century, the building slid to the brink of ruins, slated to be demolished. The town of Augusta rallied to save the landmark hotel, which has since undergone extensive renovations. Today, the Partridge Inn sits on a hilltop in the historical Summerville neighborhood, and the hotel is wrapped with more than a quarter-mile of verandas and balconies that hearken back to its 19th-century inception.
Nicknamed “The Grand Hotel of the Classic South,” the Partridge Inn embraces its heritage with a tree-lined courtyard, warm wooden furniture, overstuffed loveseats, and breezy, whitewashed verandas. Each king and queen superior room is styled differently, but all include antique-reproduction furnishings, kitchens, and 26-inch HDTVs. Balconies are attached to some of the rooms, offering a spot to sip champagne, nosh on chocolate-covered strawberries, and heckle squirrels.
The newly refurbished P.I. Bar and Grill plates contemporary southern cuisine with a lunch buffet Monday–Friday and live entertainment Friday and Saturday nights. On Sunday mornings, the restaurant cooks up a decadent brunch, replete with prime rib, shrimp, and an omelet station.
Augusta, Georgia: Historic City on the Banks of the Savannah River
Long before Augusta gained international fame as the annual host of The Masters golf tournament, the charming southern town was known for being the second oldest city in Georgia, established in 1736. The Partridge Inn lies in the Summerville Historic District, perched atop a hill and lined with towering trees, antebellum homes, and hedges sculpted to Scarlett O'Hara's likeness. A stroll through the neighborhood goes past mansions constructed in several architectural styles, from Italianate to Tudor to Dutch colonial revival.
Less than 3 miles from the hotel, the Savannah River wends through the downtown area, drawing the border between South Carolina and Georgia. On Augusta’s side, a pedestrian-friendly Riverwalk borders the waterway, with a playground, marina, and an outdoor amphitheater. Overlooking the Savannah River, the Morris Museum of Art pays tribute to southern art with nearly 5,000 paintings, photographs, and sculptures. Exhibits range from antebellum portraiture to impressionism to contemporary paintings.