A friend comes into town and is looking for a fun weekend in Macon. Money is tight, but you still can have a good time on a budget.
Here is a plan to enjoy a weekend in Macon for less than $35 a day per person.
You have to start with the most important meal of the day: breakfast.
Biscuits, Burgers and More (3497 Millerfield Road, Macon) is located at the Jones County line inside a grocery mart that could pass for a gas station.
Here you can grab a hearty bacon, egg and cheese biscuit for $3.50. Grab a cup of coffee, and get your day started. Mike Seekins, the owner, will treat you like family while you’re there.
A trip to BBM will cost you $5.
Remaining budget: $30
Next, take a walk through the downtown area. It’s nice to stroll through and see some of the different businesses around the city.
It’s free unless you stop into one of the shops like Travis Jean (530 Cherry St. Macon), where you can pick up neat gifts and antiques.
While downtown you can stop in one of the museums. On the first Saturday of each month, admission to The Tubman Museum (310 Cherry St., Macon) is $5 for non-members. Make sure to check out its exhibits on African-American inventors and Folk Art.
Remaining budget: $25
After exploring the past and present, you should have worked up a bit of an appetite for lunch.
While downtown Macon has some great lunch spots, let’s head out of the area to get some variety.
Fresh Air Barbecue (3076 Riverside Drive, Macon) has some of the best BBQ around and is reasonably priced.
A pulled pork BBQ sandwich, chips and a drink will cost you $5.43 plus tax.
Remaining budget: $19.57
After lunch, a trip to The Shoppes at River Crossing (5080 Riverside Drive, Macon), also known as “The New Mall,” is in order. It is an outdoor mall with plenty of shops. Just walking around here can be fun even if you don’t buy anything. If you’re on board with the Pokemon Go craze, you should know that the area is a hot spot for the game.
The next stop of the day is at Rose Hill Cemetery (1071 Riverside Drive, Macon).
Duane Allman and Berry Oakley, two members of the Southern rock group The Allman Brothers Band, are buried in Rose Hill. The pair are side by side. For a fan of the band, this is a must-do while in Macon.
The band spent time in Rose Hill, and the picture on the back cover of its first album was taken here at the cemetery.
This is a free experience (cha-ching!).
Remaining budget: $19.57
After some exploring around the cemetery, you have worked off the BBQ from lunch. It is time to grab dinner and get ready for a night out on the town.
Ninja (575 Mulberry St. Lane) is tucked away in an alley in downtown Macon and is one of the best kept secrets in the area.
The T.N.T roll is a delicious eight piece sushi plate made with yellowtail tuna, red snapper and crab. The spicy mayonnaise adds a bit of a kick.
The T.N.T roll with a side of fried rice and a drink will set you back $10.40.
Remaining budget: $9.17
After dinner it is sometimes nice to just sit back and relax.
If you want to avoid the dance club atmosphere that downtown has on a Saturday night, a trip to Just Tap’d (488 First St., Macon) is always a good choice.
They have over 40 lagers, ales and ciders on tap that change pretty regularly and a variety of board games to enjoy while you sip your brew or a non-alcoholic root beer.
Just Tap’d also offers a “flight” that allows you to try four different beers in 5 oz glasses. Depending on what you get, it is easy to spend less than $7 on a good beer here.
Remaining budget: $2.17
With Saturday done and under budget it’s time to get some rest before your friend heads out on Sunday or you have to get ready to go back to work on Monday.
On Sunday morning, you can start your day with a brunch from Francar’s Buffalo Wings (1365 Linden Ave., Macon) in Mercer Village.
Francar’s offers more than just wings. At $5.99 you can get a plate of chicken and waffles. They offer different drinks for their brunch, ranging from orange juice to mimosas.
Remaining budget: $29.01
After your taste of chicken and waffles, it’s time to head over to the Big House Museum (2321 Vineville Ave., Macon) in celebration of The Allman Brothers Band. The band lived in the Big House from 1970-1973. Currently a museum, the Big House offers a tour of its collection of the band’s memorabilia.
If the walls at the Big House could talk, they would surely sing about the one-of-a-kind jam sessions and late night song writing sessions they witnessed.
The experience costs $10 for an adult ticket.
Remaining budget: $19.01
Once you have finished exploring Macon’s musical roots, head over to Tattnall Square Park. The park has been renovated extensively over the years with a fountain, updated tennis courts and new entrances. Visitors usually can find a game of ultimate Frisbee or soccer being played in the center field of the park. It’s also nice to just relax in the shade of one of the magnolia trees and read. There is a little library box where park goers can leave a book and take a book as they please.
This is a free activity. (Yay!)
Remaining budget: $19.01
With a full day under your belt it’s time to grab dinner at a local favorite, Fish N’ Pig, out at Lake Tobesofkee.
Fish N’ Pig (6420 Moseley Dixon Road, Macon) is located right on the water with an outdoor patio. The view is only rivaled by the taste of the food.
A shrimp pasta served with Alfredo sauce is one of the more inexpensive options at $13.95. You can get the shrimp blackened or grilled and put atop the penne pasta. Add a soda for $1.95. This will get you right under budget, but for a nice dinner out it is worth every penny.
Remaining budget: $3.11
This is one of the many ways you can enjoy what Macon has to offer on a reasonable budget of $35 per day. The chance to explore historic sites, enjoy a day at the park and get good, reasonably price food is hard to beat. Go explore Macon on a budget.