Curio Collection Local Guide, Augusta

We sent Georgia local and photographer extraordinaire, Evan Ranft to The Partridge Inn Augusta, Curio Collection by Hilton to experience the beautiful hotel, shoot some photos, and create a Curio Local Guide for Augusta, Georgia full of tips and local secrets just for you.

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Name: Evan Ranft

Occupation? I am a full-time photographer and branding consultant.

Preoccupation? In my free time, I enjoy exercising and cooking.

What is the best thing about Augusta? The best thing about Augusta is it has the amenities of a larger city with the slower pace of a small southern town. Augusta is surrounded by history and it’s something you feel every day. Augusta also hosts the Masters Golf Tournament each year, which draws people from all over the country.

Can you sum up Augusta? Simply put, Augusta is a growing southern city that has managed to keep it’s history and southern style living intact.

What is a perfect day in Augusta? A perfect day would start with a big southern breakfast, then a stroll on the Riverwalk with my camera. This walk is especially perfect in the spring as the trees begin to bloom.

What are the people like in Augusta? The people in Augusta embody the phrase “southern hospitality.” Everyone greets you with a hello and makes you feel at home no matter what you’re doing.

If Augusta was a person who would it be? The golf legend Arnold Palmer comes to mind for two reasons. The first being that he has won the masters tournament at Augusta National Golf course. The second reason being his signature drink, which mixes sweet tea and lemonade. The sweet tea piece of that mix symbolizes the southern history and hospitality of Augusta.

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What was your impression of The Partridge Inn Augusta? The Partridge Inn Augusta was beautiful, and it really personified the city for me. The hotel is newly renovated with a modern feel, but it held onto the southern feeling and history of such a historic building that dates back more than 100 years.

What was your experience like staying at The Partridge Inn Augusta? My experience was great! One thing that stood out from the start was the beautiful exterior design of the hotel. Perched on a scenic hilltop, I felt like I was in an old southern movie. Every Team Member I encountered was friendly and helpful with anything I needed during my stay. I also loved the large size of the rooms that gave me plenty of room to work and how incredibly comfortable the beds are.

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Describe a perfect day in Augusta for someone staying at The Partridge Inn Augusta: I would recommend starting the day by heading downstairs to enjoy breakfast at the P.I. Bar & Grill, which serves award-winning southern cuisine. The food was delicious and a great blend of southern comfort featuring the best of Augusta combined with that perfect touch of modern sophistication. After breakfast, I would encourage visitors (or locals) to head into historic Augusta and walk the Riverwalk. After walking the trail and seeing the different parts of Augusta, I would recommend visiting the Imperial Theater. This theater is an Augusta landmark that has been in operation since 1918. Near the theater, there is a very large Civil War monument that is worth checking out. A few blocks down the street is the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, which embodies the architecture history in Augusta. After visiting these spots, I would head back toward Augusta’s main road, Broad Street, to get dinner at Farmhaus Burger. This restaurant features burgers made with locally grown beef and ingredients. After dinner, I’d head back to the Partridge Inn for the evening to relax on their expansive porch to enjoy the Southern air with a glass of wine from the P.I. Bar & Grill.




Augusta, Georgia

Best place to eat?

Farmhaus Burger

Best place to drink?

Frog Hollow Tavern

Best place to shop?

Washington Road has a lot of new stores and places to shop.

Best activity?

If you’re into golf visiting Augusta National for the Masters in April is a great thing to experience.

Local tip?

Enjoy the slower pace of the city. Take time to relax and truly experience the southern way of life that Augusta provides.

Where to stay?

The Partridge Inn Augusta, Curio Collection by Hilton