Janet asked us to post a follow up to Real Simple magazine's My Hometown feature, in which we feature our own hometowns, right here on our sweet little blogs. And then I realized that Hiram, my hometown, has no museums or tourist destinations to speak of (though I sometimes think Mimi's house is one of each). I lived in Macon, Georgia, for two years - and much like someone left their heart in San Francisco... I left mine in Macon.
Age: 29 + 1
Occupation: Wedding Invitation Diva and Designer
I've lived here for: Two years
I live here because: Once upon a time when I was married, we bought an adorable house on a cul-de-sac... because all small town girls run away from home at some point.... and because, once a year, you tie a big fat pink bow on your mailbox... just like everyone else!
My neighborhood: North Macon
My favorite restaurant: Ingelside Village Pizza
If you go to this restaurant, be sure to order: everything. including the garlic bread.
My favorite museum:The Hay House
My favorite tourist destination : Cherry Blossom Festival Balloon Glow or The Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
Best insider spot: Wednesday evening at the Farmer's Market
My favorite area: Ingelside Village and downtown, Ridge Avenue for trick-or-treating
Best place to go shopping: ChiChesters Pharmacy, on Vineville Avenue, OF COURSE (come here for your hairbows, smocked clothing, magnolia anything and local cookbooks... wedding registry is also available.
When you visit, don’t forget to pack : the perfect little summer dress and matching hat ...
But leave room in your suitcase for: fresh peaches (try the Lane Packing Company, where you can box your own)
The one local cuisine you should try when you’re in town is: Nuway Weiners... it just doesn't get more local than a red hot dog with chili.... try the downtown location for the most atmosphere...
The best way to get around: cars. sadly.
If I had to describe this city in one word, it would be: the epitomy of "Southern"! And PINK!
I tell my friends to stay at: I suggest a splurge... 1842 Inn or maybe my Aunt Karen's house.
The one thing most outsiders don’t know about this city is: Macon was spared by Sherman during his famous "March to the Sea." All those pretty buildings and columns? The real thing, baby.
They say “Virginia is for lovers.” So fill in the blank: Macon is for sweet tea, front porches, and Sunday driving.