Augusta’s Banjo-B-que!

We all know Atlanta is a hub of things to do and eat, but there are other great little cities outside of us to explore!! 

 

Mural by local artist Leonard Zimmerman

Mural by local artist Leonard Zimmerman

For instance, Augusta GA. About a 2 1/2 hour drive (or maybe a little more with our traffic)  east of Atlanta, Augusta is typically known for being the home of The Masters® Golf Tournament but has so much more to offer. They have a great little downtown that runs along the Savannah river with tons of restaurants, museums and antiques stores.

My visit to Augusta was to attend the 10th annual Papa Joe’s Banjo-B-que festival. In a great new spot, this festival had a great line up of bluegrass bands, tasty bbq and even camping is available for people to have a blast all three days!

Before the festival I was able to check out their downtown where I was staying at the newly built Hyatt House. 

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Some memorabilia from past Masters® in the cute store Augusta & Co http://bit.ly/2MyQaXh

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I had lunch at a great little place called The Hive that had a massive 78 selections of beer on tap, cocktails, wine and a really eclectic food menu. I got the smoked gouda nacho burger that was phenomenal while my vegetarian friend was able to find a really amazing veggie bowl with shrimp and teriyaki sauce!

Also, I HIGHLY recommend the nitro brew coffee float. It is phenomenal.  

 

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Once we finished lunch we headed down to the festival and got to check out the fest camping area that was shaded with tons of magnolia trees and had some great amenities for a comfortable stay. Check out my story highlights on my Instagram page to see more of that!

 

camping grounds

camping grounds

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The festival is held at Lake Olmstead stadium, a huge ball field very close to downtown Augusta and perfect for this event. It was a pretty hot weekend so it was nice to be able to sit up in the shaded stadium seating and watch the bands. There were giant water slides and gymnasium for the kids to play on and plenty of local beers and cocktails for the adults to enjoy.

 

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We were able to acquire VIP tickets that were totally worth it. Air conditioned bathrooms was probably the highlight, but they also had lunch and dinner on different days available as well as a great choice of different drinks throughout the entire festival.   

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As much fun as camping would have been I’m so glad the Hyatt House took us in for the weekend and have us a gorgeous room (check story highlights on Instagram to see more!). They have a great complimentary breakfast every morning complete with made to order omelettes and delicious coffee. Their roof top bar is massive, has a great view and is definitely not to be missed. 

 

View from my room!

View from my room!

Not your typical hotel breakfast!

Not your typical hotel breakfast!

I definitely enjoyed my stay in Augusta and will definitely keep an eye out for more fun events available and also check them out for some great out doors activities they have available. Check out the website  https://www.visitaugusta.com/ for more info!

Arielle Kleinman