macon, i think i may be too dismissive of thee.

your author at lemongrass thai bistro in macon

your author at lemongrass thai bistro in macon

i had to go to a conference in macon this weekend. now usually, when i go to this conference, i basically spend my time griping about how much i can’t stand macon, going to the meetings and getting out as quick as possible.

this time however, i asked myself, could there be more to this sleepy little city than i have given it credit for. while there for the meeting, i decided to try out some local flavor and see what i came up with.

first and foremost, driving parts of macon other than where the meetings were, i realized it’s a beautiful old southern town. amazing architecture, gorgeous churches and houses are everywhere. the downtown has been fixes up and has many streets with large roadways lined with cherry trees and small parks in the middle.

i tried three ‘local’ place while i was there. i ate lunch at a place called the market city cafe and had an excellent grilled cheese with homemade potato chips. my friend that i was with had a sandwich that she described as “thanksgiving on bread” with turkey and stuffing and cranberry sauce. the place was absurd inexpensive.

later that evening three of us went to lemongrass thai bistro in downtown macon for dinner. the place truly did have some of the most amazing thai food, well prepared and presented and very tasty. pricey, but good, and shockingly good for what i expect from macon.

final place was joshua cup coffee which is one of the neatest coffee shops i have been in. great spacious place with lots of art on the walls and amazing deserts.

so i gotta say, i think i need to give macon a little credit. i would like to organize a road trip down there when i don’t have meetings and actually check out what the city has to offer from a cultural standpoint. it looked like a lot of live music for sure, and the georgia music hall of fame which i think i would like to see.

okay, macon. i apologize and am now willing to give you a shot.

10 Comments so far

  1. Stephanie (locaboca) on January 18th, 2010 @ 11:06 am

    I’ve always wanted to explore more of Macon myself but just never have the time. It’s a great little town. As for music, a lot of acts will hit Macon in addition to or instead of Atlanta. Check out the calendar for the Auditorium and Coliseum. Willie Nelson will be there the end of this month.

  2. james hervey (jeherv) on January 18th, 2010 @ 11:31 am

    i firmly believe macon is going to require more investigation on my part.

  3. Rashid Z. Muhammad (unregistered) on January 18th, 2010 @ 10:26 pm

    From what I’ve seen, there is more history and culture in Macon per-capita than Atlanta. I’m a little biased though as I grew up there.

  4. james hervey (jeherv) on January 19th, 2010 @ 7:58 am

    i kinda wonder if you might be right, rashid. i am planning a field trip to macon at some point to really find out.

  5. jam (unregistered) on January 19th, 2010 @ 8:21 am

    IMHO, Macon has a richer musical history than Atlanta. Allman Brothers, Capricorn Records, Otis Redding.

  6. seanrox (unregistered) on January 19th, 2010 @ 9:43 am

    Both the Blues & Gospel truly originate from Georgia’s Soul — a historical duality.

    ATL, Macon, especially add ColumbusGA, AthensGA to your travelling agenda. Each modern cultures appreciate and share music in their own setting.

    Songwriter culture is alive in ColumbusGA — it’s why I move here.


  7. james hervey (jeherv) on January 19th, 2010 @ 10:31 am

    thanks for the heads up on columbus, sean. i haven’t been there since i graduated from ft benning almost 15 years ago. good to know.

  8. Terrell Sandefur (unregistered) on January 21st, 2010 @ 11:00 pm

    Thanks for giving Macon a chance. It’s actually a very cool little city. You should come back and check out the Macon Film Festival Feb. 18-21, 2010. Downtown Macon is actually a very hip little place.
    Terrell Sandefur.

  9. james hervey (jeherv) on January 22nd, 2010 @ 7:30 am

    hey, terrell – thanks for the heads up on the macon film festival. i may try to make it down for some of it.

    good blog too. added it to our blog roll.

  10. Holly (unregistered) on February 14th, 2010 @ 3:28 pm

    Right on! I lived in Atlanta for nine years until moving to Macon in late 2008 and I have never been happier. Great local restaurants, night life, fantastic local musicians as well as a few awesome venues to see traveling acts, and as you mentioned, some of the best architecture in the South. Macon was skipped on Sherman’s March to the Sea so all the old mansions and homes are still around. Thanks for spotlighting my new hometown, and come see us again sometime! FYI: H&H has the best soul food in the nation and the Tic Toc Room is a higher end eatery that definitely deserves your attention.

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