Historic Hotel in Augusta's Summerville District
Established in 1892 as a winter resort destination, the Partridge Inn once 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 ruin, and was slated to be demolished. The town of Augusta rallied to save the landmark hotel, which has since been restored to its former elegance.
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. Nicknamed “The Grand Hotel of the Classic South,” the Partridge Inn features a tree-lined courtyard, warm wooden furniture, overstuffed love seats, and breezy, whitewashed verandas. Each king and queen superior room is styled differently, but all include antique-reproduction furnishings, kitchens, and 26-inch high-definition TVs. 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 offers a lunch buffet with contemporary southern cuisine Monday–Friday and live entertainment Friday and Saturday nights. On Sunday mornings, the restaurant serves a classic brunch, replete with prime rib, shrimp, and an omelet station.
Augusta, Georgia: Historic City on the Banks of the Savannah River
Augusta, Georgia, gained international fame as the host city of the Masters golf tournament, but it’s also 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 and antebellum homes. A stroll through the neighborhood will take you 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.
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