When In Rome: The Picturesque City is a Perfect Weekend Getaway

Broad Street in Rome.

Built on seven hills at the confluence of the Etowah, Oostanaula and Coosa rivers, Rome is a charming alternative for a quick weekend getaway.

About 90 minutes northwest of Atlanta, Rome is probably best known as a college town thanks to the presence of Berry College and Shorter University, but there are also many museums, historic sites, restaurants, shops and restaurants. beautiful places to walk along the river.

Where to stay

Rome is primarily a city of chain hotel rooms, so if that’s what you’re looking for, opt for the two that put you right in the middle of the action: Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham (wyndhamhotels.com) or Courtyard Marriott Riverwalk (marriott.com).

At the time of going to press, rooms cost around $ 135 a night. Both hotels are in the city center, so all the restaurants, shops and places of interest are literally on your doorstep. They’re also both on the Oostanaula River, so see if you can book a room with a view.

The other option is Airbnb (Airbnb.com). There are a few places downtown, but you’ll likely be in the more residential areas outside of downtown. From lofts to charming cottages, there’s probably a home that’s right for you.

A burger at Harvest Moon Café.

Where to eat

Broad Street is Rome’s bustling main thoroughfare, and you’ll find plenty of delicious places to eat and shop (more on that in a minute). Moisson Moon Café (myharvestmooncafe.com) offers giant burgers and tortilla chips with a homemade chili cheese dip, while La Scala (lascalaromega.com) offers pasta, fresh seafood and a good wine list.

Ana is by the river (anasbytheriverrome.com) offers rotolo, sandwiches and salads. Or, if you fancy Mexican food, El Zarape (elzaraperome.com) offers tacos, fajitas and margaritas. For dessert, stop at City Creamery (facebook.com/thecitycreamery) for hand ice cream or frozen yogurt.

Myrtle Hill Cemetery.

What to see

For the lay of the land and spectacular views of the rivers and downtown, make your way to historic Myrtle Hill Cemetery.

Built in 1857, the best-known residents of the terraced resting place are former First Lady Ellen Axson Wilson, the wife of President Woodrow Wilson, and Private Charles Graves, a World War I veteran chosen as ” Known Soldier ”to be buried alongside the“ Unknown Soldier ”at Arlington Cemetery in Washington. Graves’ mother objected and he was taken back to Rome instead.

The Clock Tower, which dates from 1872.

Another monument of Rome is the clock tower, which dates from 1872. There is a museum inside which is open on the first Saturday of each month. If you want to climb to the top for another awesome view of Rome it takes 109 steps to the top.

Robert Redden Footbridge.

The walking and cycling trails along the river are a great way to relax and explore the city. Make sure to cross the Robert Redden Footbridge, which was once a railway bridge over the Oostanaula River where it joins the Etowah to form the Coosa. There is a touch of Paris on the bridge, as the couples have attached locks to the railing to symbolize their love.

The Chieftains Museum is located in the home of Major Ridge, a chief of the Cherokee tribe who was ultimately assassinated for his role in the cession of Indian lands to the United States, which led to the infamous “Trail of Tears” – the forced displacement of indigenous people in reservations.

Town Green off Broad Street.

The Town Green just off Broad connects to the riverside and is often the perfect spot for concerts, events, or just chilling out with the free Wi-Fi.

Berry College has over 80 miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, and disc golf courses, all open to the public. The campus’s European-style vibe and pretty grounds are also perfect for a stroll. The campus has become a favorite filming location, with “Stranger Things”, “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Remember the Titans” as some of the TV shows and movies that have been filmed there.

To find even more tourist spots, visit romegeorgia.org.

Where to shop

Head back to Broad for some unique shopping, including a stop at Dogwood Books (dogwoodbooks.net), which offers a choice of 20,000 used, rare and new titles. Do good Shop (dogoodboutique.shopsettings.com) offers women’s clothing, accessories, jewelry, food and household items that are fair trade, use reused or recycled materials and support charities.

Gourmet by the river (riversidegourmet.com) is a charming boutique full of essentials, gadgets and wine, while Whistle Britches (facebook.com/whistlebritchesrome) offers women’s clothing, accessories and more.

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