There's something unique about local theatre. High quality, family-friendly entertainment that brings the community together. That's why we support the Macon Little Theatre. A unique experience that you won't get anywhere else with a mission to bring Downtown Macon and Central Georgia together for the love of arts.
The Nutcracker, now in its 31st year at The Grand Opera House, is now performing for the holidays from Dec 7th-11th. This is a great tradition to get into the holiday spirit for the entire family.
Born Richard Penniman in Macon, Georgia in 1932, Little Richard was a pioneer in the Rock and R&B music scenes. Some of the greatest musicians of all time -- Bob Dylan, Sam Cook, James Brown, Otis Redding, just to name a few -- have praised Little Richard as being a major influence in their own musical genres and careers:
Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon Designated by National Trust
Macon's Ocmulegee National Monument, a beautiful park that serves as a memorial to the relationship of Native American people expanding 17,000 years, was officially designated as a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation last week.
This was the native homeland of the Muskogee Creek, and this recognition only reinforces the significance they attributed to this land. Not only does the National Treasure designation help preserve the park, it also helps raise awareness of Ocmulgee and its importance to American heritage. "You're not just honoring the place, you're honoring the people," said National Parks Conservation Association's Chris Watson.
A local favorite, the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail in Macon helps promote walkability, bikability and a healthy lifestyle. The designation of the park will also help encourage economic development within the community. Ocmulgee National Monument was only the second site in Georgia to earn the designation.
A big win for the Macon area and an even bigger win for this park and what it represents.
Get "Nerdy" at Reboot Macon
Macon's newest bar and "retrocade" is now open in Downtown Macon at The Lamar! Reboot Retrocade offers arcade games, board games, "nerdy" cocktails and many more ways to relive your favorites from the 70s, 80s and 90s.
Didn't make the Grand Opening? No problem. They're now open 7 days a week:
Sunday-Thursday 1pm to 10pm
Friday 1pm to Midnight
Saturday 11am to Midnight
Be sure to stop by and check it out. The perfect new and different addition to the Downtown Macon family!
Here are photos from the Grand Opening:
Thousands of Maconites and Middle Georgians will flock to Downtown Macon this weekend to attend the Main Street Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 4th @ 3-6pm. This year's parade theme is "A Merry Macon Christmas," and a very merry time it will be.
New York City designer, Rosser Riddle, is known for creating comfy shirts and apparel with authentic portraits, lyrics and photographs of your favorite musicians stretching from the 1940s to 1970s. Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes and Sam Cooke, just to name a few. These awesome shirts can only be found in the Big Apple, but this holiday season, Maconites are in luck.
Downtown Macon's Next Best Trend
Another day, another awesome business is calling Downtown Macon home.
LaDDa Bistro, Macon's newest Thai restaurant, recently opened its doors on Cherry Street (beside Theatre Macon) for lunch, dinner, and brunch. We went to support our new neighbors and were pleasantly surprised. It was absolutely delicious. You should go experience the traditional flavors cooked by Chef Tom. It's some of the best Asian food we've had in a while. And let's be honest, Thai food is good any day of the week.
The menu features a collection of all your favorite Thai cuisine including:
Sushi -- Try the Double Tempura Roll with deep fried shrimp, cucumber & avocado, it's delicious!
Chicken Fried Rice
Beef Noodle Soup
Pork Dumplings -- A must!
and wash it all down with a Young Coconut Juice or a Thai Coffee/Tea.
Who would've thought a Thai restaurant served brunch? Well LaDDa does, and it's really really good. Try the Eggs Benedict with homemade hollandaise, Crab Cake Benedict (Our favorite!), Creme Brulee French Toast, Fried Chicken & Waffle and much more.
Follow LaDDa Bistro on Facebook, they're giving away Half Price deals on a lot of their new menu items. Get reacquainted with the tastes of Thailand at LaDDa Bistro in Downtown Macon. "If you can't travel to Asia, LaDDa Bistro is just down the street."
Welcome to the neighborhood!
Why Downtown Macon is Just Right
Authenticity, walkability and real. Those are just a couple reasons that come to mind when we think about why we chose Downtown Macon as our location for The Lamar.
Nowadays, people are moving back into downtown areas because they crave those unique attributes -- They're looking for an experience, not just another room in another apartment complex. They want to live somewhere that feels authentic and has some soul. They want to live in the city limits and feel like they're part of a community. They want to be able to ditch the car on any given day and easily walk or bike to their destination. They want to live somewhere with a tight-knit family feel. Now that's real.
Here are a couple reasons why we love living in Downtown Macon ::
You don't really think about walkability before you move into The Lamar -- A car seems like the obvious choice. But after living at The Lamar for a couple months, you'll realize it's one of the best amenities that we offer. Walk outside The Lamar's front door and Macon's world is your oyster. Restaurants, shops and bars are steps away and most of your errands can be accomplished on foot. Also, it doesn't hurt to ditch the car for a little bit of exercise after eating at Our Favorite Macon Restaurants.
Location, location, location. This plays into #1, but convenience is something you definitely take for granted living at The Lamar in Downtown Macon. The convenience of having everything within walking distance means less stress, less driving, less wasted time (the time you spend traveling, waiting in traffic, etc). Entertainment venues, delicious food, a craft beer superstore, festivals, and so much more just steps from your couch. Convenience is key in finding the best place to live.
#3 on our list, but #1 in our hearts (P.s. Our "Favorite" list is in no particular order). At The Lamar, we pride ourselves on creating a unique tight-knit community feel. That means: A place where you know your neighbors and you actually spend time with them. Our residents enjoy hanging out on the back patio, grilling out and playing games, grabbing a beer at Just Tap'd, or walking across the street to Cox Capitol for a show (one of our favorite venues in Georgia, by the way). That's what living in an apartment community is all about.
Macon, Georgia's got a lot of soul. The town was founded in 1823 and thrived due to its location on the Ocmulgee River, Wesleyan College was the first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women, Mercer University continues to rank in the top 10% of colleges and universities in North America, Otis Redding, Little Richard and The Allman Brothers Band use to call it home, festival lovers from around the world visit each March to witness over 300,000 Yoshino cherry trees in full bloom during Cherry Blossom Festival, historians rave about Ocmulgee National Monument's peek into prehistoric American Indian culture, and Downtown Macon's thriving renaissance is changing the way visitors and locals alike live, work, eat and play.
Along with Macon's unique past, The Lamar building has its own unique history and charm. All three buildings were built circe 1870 and are an excellent example of Victorian-style architecture. Exposed brick, high ceilings, large windows, original pine wood hardwood floors and many more features give it its unique charm and "wow factor." Stop by The Lamar anytime and take a tour of our lobbies with historic photography from Macon local Kirk West, and our beautiful 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. The second you walk in the door you'll realize why The Lamar is different and unique.
Those are just a few reasons why we love life at The Lamar. That's what living in Downtown Macon is all about. We're proud to offer that unique experience and the ability to have a living situation that's authentic, walkable and real.
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Good Eats in Macon GA
At The Lamar, we pride ourselves on providing a close-knit community feel. Our residents enjoy walking outside the front door and being a stone's throw away from Macon GA's best restaurants.
Here are a couple of our favorite restaurants in Downtown Macon that we visit often ::
5) Bearfoot Tavern
We were ecstatic when we heard Bearfoot Tavern was moving to a new Downtown Macon location on Second Street, just steps from The Lamar. This European and American Gastropub is perfect for watching a game, grabbing a drink after work, or enjoying a summertime pint on the outdoor Beer Garden patio. Try a delicious Presidential Burger like "The Billington" topped with bacon, cheddar cheese and a fried egg. It's mouthwatering. Huge draft beer selection with over 50 beers on tap, brick oven pizzas, and a delicious brunch on Saturday and Sunday with bottomless mimosas.
4) El Camino
Hands down, best spot in Macon, GA for Taco Tuesday. And Wednesday. And Thursday. Honestly, we could eat tacos everyday. El Camino in Macon is a delicious restaurant to get your south-of-the-border fix. Located next door to Macon's Cox Capitol Theatre, our residents will often grab tacos and enjoy a show, on any given night, just steps from their apartment. What's better than that?!
3) Tic Toc Room
The Tic Toc Room is our favorite place to go when we're looking for a fine dining restaurant experience in Downtown Macon. If you're tasked with finding that perfect "date spot" in Macon, look no further than the Tic Toc Room. Little Richard, Otis Redding, James Brown, Chuck Lidell and Johnny Jenkins all use to hang out here and perform back in the day. Now, that's cool. Order a delicious steak, or our personal favorite, Squid Ink Linguine. 100! Wash it all down with a signature cocktail from their award-winning Martini menu and you've had yourself a nice little night out in Downtown Macon!
2) Parish on Cherry Street
Out of all the Downtown Macon restaurants, this one is our guilty pleasure. Delicious cajun-style cuisine directly beside The Lamar. You could crawl to Parish on Cherry Street, it's that close. Shrimp & Grits, Bayou Burger, Gator Bites, Fried Shrimp, Crab Legs...and the list goes on. This Louisiana treat is a must-stop in Macon. Did me mention remoulade sauce? That's it, we're going for lunch.
1) The Rookery
Looking for the best burger in Macon? The Rookery was voted "Best Burger in Town" by Garden and Gun's "Guide to the South's Best Burgers 2014," and it lives up to its accolades. Order the infamous Allman Burger and a Jimmy Carter milkshake (Banana ice cream, peanut butter, slice of bacon) and you'll think you've died and gone to heaven. We tell prospective residents that we picked The Lamar's location because you can see The Rookery from the lobby. Once they visit, they realize what the buzz is all about.
Mark your calendars! We just got news from our friends downstairs at Reboot Retrocade & Bar, Downtown Macon's newest Bar, Arcade and Gallery, that the official Grand Opening is set for First Friday, December 2nd.
Macon Beer Fest is coming to Third and Poplar Street on Saturday, August 20th from 3-7pm! The 6th Annual Macon Beer Festival is a Pints for Prostates event -- Its goal is to promote awareness and education of prostate cancer to the community through the universal language of beer.
The 17th annual Bragg Jam Music, Arts and Kids' Festival Concert Crawl returns to Macon on Saturday, July 30 for Middle Georgia's biggest night of live music!
Our favorite time of the year is right around the corner! The 34th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon, GA kicks off on March 17-April 3, 2016.