Located within walking distance of downtown Macon, Georgia, the 1842 Inn Bed and Breakfast is one of the oldest properties in town. The Greek Revival-style Antebellum home was built by John Gresham.
The former mayor lived here until 1900 when it was purchased by another family. A number of changes were made when it became an inn, which is now made up of 19 rooms, including a Victorian cottage. The inn boasts AAA four-diamond status and membership in Classic Inns of the South.
Each room is named after an aspect of Macon life, including Mercer, named for the college, Sidney Lanier, the Georgia poet laureate who lived in Macon, and Ocmulgee for the river. Each room features a comfortable bed with a wardrobe holding extra pillows and blankets and a television. Free WiFi is also offered. The bathrooms have a combination shower and bathtub and toiletries.
The inn boasts a number of seating areas and you can have your included breakfast in any of the parlors, in the courtyard, weather permitting, or even in your room. Breakfast offers your choice of pastries, fruit, and eggs with coffee, tea and juice. There’s also a nightly reception with appetizers and beverages for purchase.
There’s staff at the desk 24 hours a day, so if you need anything there’s someone there to help. At night the front door is locked, but you can ring the bell to be let in. Between the lovely service and amenities, as well as the historic features like the grand staircase, the 1842 Inn is consistently rated as the best place to stay in Macon.
The inn has also been a favorite of celebrities over the years, including Oprah, who taped a show in Macon.
If You Go
The 1842 Inn Bed and Breakfast is located at 353 College Street, Macon, Georgia 31201. It’s a short drive from Mercer University. Rates start at $189 per night and include daily breakfast. Parking is also included, available in a lot behind the house. Book your stay by calling (877) 452-6599 or visiting their website.
My stay at the 1842 Inn was arranged by Laurie Rowe Communications and the College Hill Alliance.