5 Reasons to Visit Augusta NOW

This post was sponsored by Visit Augusta. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Although I’ve lived in Atlanta for the last five years, I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve seen very little of the state of Georgia. So when Visit Augusta invited me to come and experience their city, my curiosity was piqued and I immediately said yes. Before leaving for Augusta, I honestly had no clue what my trip was going to be like. I always assumed that outside of Atlanta and Savannah, the rest of Georgia was just small towns and farmland. I knew Augusta was home to the Masters® Golf Tournament, so I also assumed there would be a serious shortage of anyone under the age of 35. Thankfully, upon arriving, I realized I couldn’t have been more wrong and that my preconceived notions were complete trash.

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My awesome view of Augusta from The Partridge Inn.

The first thing that shocked me was Augusta’s sheer size. It’s the 3rd largest city in the state of Georgia. The second thing that caught me off guard was the number of young people in the city. With a handful of colleges and universities being located in Augusta, there are Millennials everywhere, creating a youthful sense of energy everywhere we went. Augusta has this perfect balance of being big enough where commerce thrives, but still small enough to where the city invests in its communities. Most American cities struggle to find that balance, but Augusta does it seamlessly.

There are a ton of reasons why you should visit Augusta, but I’ll highlight my top 3 reasons why you should visit this awesome city on your next day trip escape:

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Reason #1: Augusta has a Burgeoning Art Scene

I believe that in order for a city to truly be progressive in a cultural sense, it must actively support its artists and makers. Augusta is one of the few cities that I’ve been to here in the United States, that really gets behind their art scene and supports local artisans. I had the pleasure of attending the Westobou Festival on the night I arrived and it was such an incredible experience. The festival takes place over the course of two weeks and features local and national acts showcasing the best in visual arts, film, dance, entertainment, and music. I was lucky enough to attend Westobou’s opening gala where I was able to see the works of several artists. My favorite pieces at the gala were created by Yuken Teruya. In his Notice-Forest series, he takes luxury shopping bags and turns them into tiny trees.

The next day, I visited the The Morris Museum of Art. The museum is the first in the country that is completely dedicated to art and artists of the American South. The museum features work from Lamar Dodd to Carrie Stubbs and John Baeder. I took a tour with the museum’s Director of Marketing & PR Nicole Mcleoud that was hands down the best art museum tour I’ve ever been on. The Morris Museum of Art needs to be on the top of your list when visiting Augusta.

I also had a chance to check out GHIA. The Gertrude Herbert Institute of the Arts is housed in what was once an Augusta mayor’s mansion built in 1818. Their mission is “To provide opportunities for visual arts education and to develop visual arts awareness and appreciation throughout the greater Augusta community”. The space is vintage and absolutely gorgeous and their current exhibition is eye-catching and thought provoking.

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Reason #2: Augusta has Delicious Eats 

Augusta has a number of great places to eat and drink. We had breakfast at Bodega Ultima which is the only place I’ve been to in the South that serves La Colombe Coffee- needless to say, I bought a bag of coffee to bring back with me. If you’re on the hunt for delicious Mexican food and great margaritas when you’re there, be sure to check out Nacho Mamas. Their nachos are insane! If you want healthy, but savory fare, check out Humanitree House Juice Joint. Their vegan menu is to die for and their space doubles as an art gallery. The Bee’s Knees is a delicious tapas restaurant that also serves out of this world cocktails.

Reason #3: Augusta’s Rich History 

If you’re a history buff, then Augusta is for you! The second oldest city in Georgia, Augusta is full of gorgeous, old homes from another time. The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is named after and dedicated to one of Georgia’s most influential educators. The Augusta Museum of History documents a 12,000 year journey of the city’s past, discussing everything from the Georgia Railroad and Banking Company to the legendary James Brown (he grew up in Augusta).

I had a blast in Augusta, and my boyfriend and I are heading there on our next day trip. I’m hoping to check out a few of their thrift stores (if I find any gems, I’ll be sure to share them with you!). The city of Augusta truly offers something for everyone and with it being just a short two hour trip away, you’ve got to check it out!

 

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A James Brown Mural we spotted on the way to lunch.

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The pool at The Partridge Inn.

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  • Lucy Cotterill

    I’ve never been to the states at all but would love to visit! That bag piece of art is stunning!

  • Really? I didn’t know Augusta is the 3rd largest city in the state of Georgia. Wow. No wonder why a lot of young people live there. We will have to visit it soon.

  • Ana Ojha

    I have been only to Atlanta and Savannah in Georgia. I didn’t know that Augusta is so beautiful city to explore! I’ll try to visit on my next road trip soon!

  • I am adding this small getaway to my escape destination when I am in Atlanta next summer!

  • Katrina Downie

    I’ve never been but I know people who have and it looks lovely and plenty to do

  • It really is difficult for cities to find the balance between thriving as a big city and community involvement. I will definitely be putting Augusta on my list.

  • Jana Iankova

    It is embarrassing that my husband is from Atlanta as well and we’ve never been to Augusta. Now we have a reason to definitely go.

  • Ola Broom

    WHO knew there wasn’t sonnichnto son Augusta GA? I really like that piece of art by Yuken Teruya.

  • Leigh Travers

    I’ve never even heard of Augusta before but this post has given me serious wanderlust to go visit!

  • EG Green

    We always focus on the #1’s and 2’s when it comes to most states and fail to check out the hidden gems scattered about. It looks like you stumbled upon one with Augusta and it would make for a good trip to GA. beyond simply downtown Atl.

  • August looks beautiful. I’ve only been once for like 48 hours for a wedding. I would love to actually explore and see some of these beauties.

  • Oh what a beautiful city! It looks like a really lovely place to visit, and has everything!

  • ShaBree Henry

    My cousin went to Paine college so I’ve always loved Augusta. Would love to revisit.

  • Tisha Miltiades

    These photos are amazing and it sounds like such a beautiful city! I haven’t visited the states or Atlanta for years but the next time I do I aim to visit cities like this that are rich in culture and not swarmed with tourists! Thanks for sharing!

  • Such a beautiful city. And that pool makes me want to dive straight in.
    C x

  • oh my word! this Augusta looks amazing! that detail on the building is something really quiet fantastic. its so intricate!

  • Hannah Latoya Bond

    It looks like a great place to visit. Haven’t heard of it before

  • I had no idea this place existed, I would love to visit one day, when I finally get my big tour of America sorted out (first step- save a lot of money!)

  • Mel B

    I have never been to Augusta Georgia but gee it looks really nice and lovely. I am a huge history fan so I would love to spend good quality time there taking it all in and exploring. Lovely pictures too

  • Some beautiful buildings here. I’ve never been to Georgia, I’ve been to the states a couple of times now but never that far in.

  • Mexican food is the one, I’d definitely be looking for this place 🙂

  • Nadalie Bardowell

    I would love to learn more about the history and culture, looks like a wonderful place to visit.

  • Rebecca U

    I’ve heard the food in Georgia is just amazing. However, I’ve only ever traveled through on flight layovers before

  • Cynthia Marie

    Augusta looks like a fabulous place to visit. Georgia looks so nice and I hope to vacation there one day.

  • Rose Mont

    I have never been to Georgia other then to drive through on the way to other places. I would like to visit and explore. Augusta looks like a nice place to visit.

  • I’ve visited Atlanta, but never any other part of Georgia. This sounds like a great city to bring children, to get away from NYC.

  • I confess I’ve never even heard of this city before, but it looks like a fab place to visit! There must be so much history there!

  • Leslie

    I have never been to Augusta assuming the same as you that there was not much to do. I am glad you shared your top 3 as I am a fan of art, good food and comfortable lodging. My husband would enjoy the history, but I wonder if anything for families w/kids to enjoy? Time to Visit Augusta to find out!

  • Marianne Weekes

    Wow Augusta looks like a really happening place, I’d love to get there one day. ON my Bucket List now.

  • Amila Wickramarachchi

    I always love to places with historical background.Augusta seems like such a place with wonderful attractions!

  • Tasheena N. Womack

    I still haven’t visited Atlanta. Looking forward to the trip. Augusta looks like a must see when I do visit.

  • My inlaws live in Florida, and I have always been keen to visit Georgia. Now I know that I really have to visit Augusta, it looks incredible!

  • Dada KS

    Yes we shouldnt ignore out neighbour cities because they might suprise us positively! I am glad that you got to visit it and let the world know that Augusta is a city world stopping by! And I love the name Augusta!

  • Deimarys Colon

    What a beautiful place. Now, I definitely have more than one reason to visit Augusta.

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