10 Places to Stay in the Most Charming Town in Georgia

Morgan County Court House, photography by Crystal Jackson

Scenic and historic Madison, Georgia, is located along the Antebellum Trail. Madison is only an hour from Atlanta and 30 minutes from Athens, Georgia. Known for its rich history and scenic views, Madison is an ideal destination for individuals, couples, and families. Festivals are held throughout the year, and twice a year, the doors are opened to some of the most spectacular historic homes for a holiday or garden tour of homes. Whether you’re looking for a quiet getaway, a romantic interlude, an interesting day trip, or a family vacation, Madison has something for everyone.

The town of Madison offers a variety of accommodations for travelers including a guest ranch, bed and breakfast inns, farmhouses, cabins, cottage, and hotels. These accommodations each have something to offer the eager traveler. Here are my picks for the best places to stay in Madison.

1. Southern Cross Guest Ranch

Stay at Southern Cross Guest Ranch a few miles outside of historic Madison, Georgia. Southern Cross offers a buffet meal three times daily, which is available to non-guests by reservation only. Other amenities include a heated swimming pool, game room, hiking trails, laundry facilities, complimentary breakfast, drinks and desserts, an aqua massage bed, and free Wi-Fi. Horseback riding can also be added to your stay, and premium rooms offer an addition of a jacuzzi and fireplace. Enjoy the scenic views and fine dining at his welcoming guest ranch. A variety of all-inclusive packages exist for you to get the most out of your stay in this scenic location.

Address: 1670 Bethany Church Rd Madison, GA 30650
Price: from 70 USD
Access: minutes from Interstate-20 (Exit 114)
Contact: +1–706–342–8027 or email mail@southcross.com
Booking Link: http://www.southcross.com/reservation.php5

2. The Farmhouse Inn

The Farmhouse Inn is located a few minutes from downtown Madison but has the advantage of a more rural scenic setting. This sprawling farmhouse offers guests a beautiful view, comfortable and spacious rooms, and complimentary breakfast. This country retreat offers guests a peaceful getaway with options for bird watching, hiking, fishing, and water sports. Guest accommodations begin at $99/night. The Farmhouse, a 5-bedroom 3 bath house that accommodates 12 guests, starts at $295/night. The Hundred Acre Farm is committed to conservation and prides itself on using solar power, sustainable farming practices, and a farm-to-table breakfast. A community garden is also located on the farm, and other natural amenities include two fishing ponds as well as river and lake access. Guests can also enjoy free canoe and kayak rental and visit the farm’s animals in this scenic setting.

Address: 1051 Meadow Ln Madison, GA 30650
Price: from 99 USD
Access: directly across from Town Park in the historic district
Contact: +1–706–342–7933
Booking Link: https://secure.rezovation.com/Reservations/CheckAvailabilityEmbedded.aspx?_0RXCRQGUCDR5NM

3. Kirby House Inn

Kirby House is located in historic Madison, Georgia, a short walk or drive from the downtown shops, restaurants, and historic home museums. While the house is built to a historic standard, it is not a historic home but is nestled lavishly among them. Kirby House boasts a private saltwater swimming pool for guests and a spacious garden. Each luxurious, spacious, and well-appointed room also features a private bathroom and balcony overlooking either the saltwater pool or the lavish front lawn overlooking historic Madison. Guests sit down together daily for a gourmet breakfast, and snacks and beverages are available throughout your stay. Kirby House offers a welcoming environment with several living areas that area available for guests to enjoy. Photographs alone do the Kirby House little justice. Expect a warm welcome from the Kirby House’s innkeeper, and enjoy a serene, luxurious environment in your spacious bedroom. The gourmet breakfast in the dining room is delicious and intimate, and guests have only to ask to receive recommendations from the innkeeper of places to stay or things to see and do around the area. A simple request can even procure bicycle rentals for interested guests. Kirby House offers much in the way of Southern charm and upscale relaxation.

Address: 877 S Main St Madison, GA 30650
Price: from 185 USD
Access: located on Main Street in the historic downtown area
Contact: +1–706–342–8777
Booking Link: http://www.kirbyhouse.us/book/

4. James Madison Inn

The James Madison Inn is centrally located in the heart of the historic district and overlooks Town Park, the location of the town’s many annual festivals and live concerts. The James Madison Inn offers luxury accommodations and boasts an on-site spa, salon, and conference center. This Inn is only steps away from many of the area’s restaurants, antique shops, and art galleries and is ideally placed for those attending the events hosted at Town Park. Nearby dining options include Town 220, for upscale dining, Ricardo’s Kouzzina, Big Kev’s BBQ, and the Icebox Café at the Icehouse Creative. It’s also a short drive to Adrian’s Place to sample Southern soul food style cooking.

Address: 260 W. Washington St Madison, GA 30650
Price: from 159 USD
Access: directly across from Town Park in the historic district
Contact: +1–706–342–7040
Booking Link: https://clients.innroad.com/jminn/property.aspx

5. Brady Inn Bed and Breakfast

The Brady Inn is also centrally located in historic Madison. It offers seven bedrooms with private baths, Victorian antiques throughout the inn, and full breakfasts. The Inn prides itself on its comfort, its large delicious breakfasts, and its close location to downtown shops and restaurants. Only 3 blocks from the historic area, visitors can easily walk to a variety of attractions including tours of historic homes. Guests can also enjoy free bike rentals and lawn games such as croquet, bocce, and horseshoes. Less athletically inclined guests can stretch out in the hammock and enjoy this peaceful home away from home. Accommodations start at $129/night.

Address: 250 N 2nd Street Madison, GA 30650
Price: from 129 USD
Access: located behind Madison Drug Company
Contact: +1–706–342–4400
Booking Link: http://bradyinn.com/index.php?page=accomodations

6. Harmony Oaks Cottage on Alpaca Farm

This 10-acre alpaca farm is only 4 miles from historic downtown Madison. This one-bedroom cottage offers a full kitchen, bathroom, and living area starting at $120/night. The scenic setting and comfortably appointed cottage makes this an excellent getaway for up to 4 guests.

Booking Link: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/11827716

7. J&J Bunkhouse in nearby Rutledge

This is the only listing located outside of Madison in nearby Rutledge. For visitors to Madison, Rutledge is only a short drive away, and J&J Bunkhouse makes the drive worth it! With a stay starting at $112/night, this affordable guesthouse is 9 miles from historic Madison and offers three par golf, volleyball, rocking chairs, a grill, and a scenic country setting. This bunkhouse sleeps 10 with 8 single beds, and 1 sofa bed in the common area. There is a full kitchen and living area on site, as well as 2 bathrooms. This rustic bunkhouse features a fireplace, rustic charm, and a peaceful setting for a relaxing getaway.

Booking Link: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/13092331?location=Madison%2C%20GA&s=qRDsML9Q

8. Alpaca Cabin with outhouse

This one room cabin is located on a 50-acre alpaca farm, six miles from downtown historic Madison. This cabin’s amenities include electricity, outhouse, and an outdoor shower with hot water available upon request. While this is the most rustic place to stay on this list, it’s great for those who enjoy camping or simple, rustic accommodations. There’s no A/C, but there is a fan. At only $45/night, this rustic cabin has been described by past guests as “the most magical place”, “beautiful”, and “a wonderful retreat”. Relax in a hammock amid the scenery of this lovely alpaca farm.

Booking Link: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/11432735?s=k2SKZc24

9. Holiday Inn Express

Also located in the commercial district, convenient to the Interstate, the Holiday Inn Express has rooms starting at $103.40/night. The amenities include an outdoor pool, a fitness center, free WIFI, and a full breakfast bar. Rooms feature blackout shades, private bathrooms, mini refrigerators, microwaves, iPod docking stations, and premium TV channels. This comfortable, clean hotel is great for travelers on a budget who also enjoy a few extra amenities.

Address: 1041 Ramada Way Madison, GA 30650
Price: from 103.40 USD
Access: located off Interstate 20
Contact: +1–706–342–9190

Booking Link: https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/madison/atlmn/hoteldetail?cm_mmc=GoogleMaps-_-EX-_-USA-_-ATLMN

10. Super 8 Madison

In the commercial district of Madison, a variety of hotels are available for travelers. The Super 8 in Madison is clean, comfortable, and great for the budget traveler with rates starting at $69.99/night. Amenities include free WIFI, family rooms, flat screen televisions, free breakfast, and laundry facilities. While this hotel has few frills, it’s a comfortable location near to all of the area attractions.

Address: 2091 Eatonton Rd Madison, GA 30650
Price: from 69.99 USD
Access: located off Interstate 20
Contact: +1–706–431–5569

Booking Link: https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/super-8/madison-georgia/super-8-madison-ga/rooms-rates?brand_id=SE&checkin_date=7/20/2017&checkout_date=7/21/2017&useWRPoints=false&children=0&adults=1&rooms=1&radius=25&brand_code=BH,DI,RA,BU,HJ,KG,MT,SE,TL,WG,WY,WT,WP,VO,DX,TM&PriceFilter=0-2147483647&

Wherever you stay in Madison, you’ll likely find both comfort and hospitality. Expect the townspeople to be welcoming and helpful, the scenery to be breathtaking, and your visit to be filled with charm and warmth. Check out the Visitor’s Center in town for more information on other area attractions, and the city’s website will keep you updated on the calendar of events for all of the festivals held throughout the year. Enjoy your stay!

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