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Macon Lands #4 on Trivago's "Best Value American Destinations"

Bang for Less Buck: Best Value America Destinations for 2017

There's something special about Small Town, USA destinations that offer a unique experience for travelers over bigger cities. Small communities that pack a serious punch and offer big value, without big spending. Thanks to Trivago, Macon, GA is now officially one of these "homegrown destinations with great hotel prices and a history of satisfied travelers that often get overlooked in favor of bigger names."

Trivago recently ranked Macon, GA #4 on the "Best Value Destinations for 2017" citing The Big House Museum, Tubman Museum, Ocmulgee Riverwalk Heitage Trail, Cherry Street, Ocmulgee Indian Mounds as favorite  "What To See & Do" and  Nu-Way Weiners, The Rookery and Dovetail as favorite "What To Eat" destinations.

Big thanks to Trivago for helping put our little town on the map for "Bang for Less Buck" travelers!

Here's the full review of What to See, Do and Eat from Trivago:

1) The Big House Museum

Also know as the Allman Brothers Band Museum, the boys, their families, and friends lived here for three glorious and formative years before making it big. The house is open to visitors looking for memorabilia and touching reminders of the band’s history.

2) Tubman Museum

Since 1981, this museum has dedicated its efforts towards the preservation and exhibition of African-American history, art and culture. It is the largest museum of its kind in the United States and teaches the story of African-Americans through exhibits, publications, and classes.

3) Ocmulgee Riverwalk Heritage Trail

Running over 11 miles long, this popular trail is perfect to skip, jog, rollerblade or bike your way around town. Locals love to float down the river in the summer or you can wind your way with a paddle and canoe. Stop into the historic Riverside Cemetery, a city landmark, to pay your respects while enjoying the tranquility.

4) Cherry Street

If you’re after a taste of the party, Cherry Street is the heart of Macon after dark. From an arcade bar to dive bars and live music stages, it bustles with action.

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5) Ocmulgee Indian Mounds

This historic national park holds traces of 17,000 years of continuous human habitation. Ceremonial mounds, temples, and trenches showcase the engineering skills of ancient Southeastern Native American cultures. It is also the site of the annual Ocmulgee Indian Celebration, held annually in September.

6) Nu-Way Weiners

Having celebrated the big 1-0-0 last year, the hotdog stand and its original Cotton Avenue location have been dishing up secret recipe chili hot dogs under the bright lights of its original neon sign to the delight of residents and visitors alike.

7) The Rookery

This hangout bar is known for playful menu names that highlight some favorite Macon personalities, including a Ray Charles burger and the Jimmy Carter Shake. Enjoy them best with a craft beer on their outdoor patio and catch some live music.

8) Dovetail

This farm-to-table restaurant was applauded in the magazine Southern Living for its incredible pre-Prohibition era cocktails and delicious food. Their spin on Southern food has brought a modern edge to comfort food while supporting regional farmers and purveyors.

For Trivago's entire list of Best Value American Destinations for 2017, visit:

Our Favorite Restaurants in Downtown Macon

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.

Bearfoot Tavern Macon GA

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?!   

El Camino Macon GA

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!

Tic Toc Room Macon GA

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.

Parish on Cherry Street Macon GA

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. 

The Rookery Macon GA