The SpaceThe Harwood Cottage is a large, 1920's brick, Georgian style home with seven bedrooms and five baths. Step into The Harwood Cottage and step into the historic American South of another era. There are no hoop skirts or uniforms here. Here we move past those gallant heroes and instead celebrate the lives of the authors who wrote about them. This writers' cottage invites you to step back in time and live like an author of the great Southern Literary Renaissance of the 1920's and 30's. Step into the Jazz Age amidst authors like William Faulkner & Zelda Fitzgerald.Come and rediscover those great writers who grew up in places like Macon, Mobile, Montgomery and Moultrie. Set a spell in our world and enjoy a warm welcome with our 1920's tradition of ‘Goobers & Coke'! Rediscover the Southern novel and try your hand at Gershwin on our Viennese Grand Piano. Let the lyrical sounds of a blues guitar, transport you back to that other historic South in a time when women novelists first found a voice of their own and the pen became mightier than the sword. Relax a little and let the ambiance, aromas, art and antiques, take you on a journey of the mind...all the while feeling as though you never really left home.
The Eudora Suite at The Harwood Cottage is one of six bedrooms (most with private baths), available for nightly, weekly or monthly rentals, all at a rate of $78 per night with discounts for longer stays. The Eudora Suite honors Mississippi born writer, Eudora Welty; who spent her life telling the stories of Southern girls and Southern Women. Though a Southern Gothic author, she continued to write long after most others had passed, leaving us fresh tales from the South right up until the late 1990's.
The Harwood Cottage may be a historic reflection of the literary renaissance of the American South but it still comes equipped with all the modern conveniences including plenty of safe, secure off street parking, newly installed door locks (in progress) with 1920's style keys, Pur Filtered Water, Central Air Conditioning, Hot Tub, Full Laundry, Media Screening Room, Jacuzzi Spa Bath, Leading Brands Bath Accessories and Free, Ultra High Speed Internet.
The Harwood Cottage is just steps past The Allman Brothers' ‘Big House' Museum on Vineville Avenue, a short distance north of Exit 164 (Hardeman Avenue) off I-75 near Macon's Downtown in the Vineville Historic District. (If you are interested in renting the entire property or in a longer ‘extended stay' visit, just send us a note and we'll be happy to go over the details with you). Please, travel safe and enjoy your stay here, in Historic Macon, the heart of Georgia. Guest AccessGuests have access to most of the house including their chosen guest room (The Eudora) and bath (Second Floor Master), the second floor media lounge, the drawing room, the conservatory, the dining room (which can be used for private meetings, (so let us know what you have in mind), the music library (with supervised use of the grand piano), the breakfast room, the old back porch, the hot tub, the barbeque (upon request), the secret garden, the motor court and the workshop (upon request). Full use of the kitchen and pantry can be arranged for special events, longer term stays or catering. Guests also have access to The Harwood Cottage Guest WiFi Network which is a state of the art ultra high speed WiFi Network with speeds approaching an astounding 150 mbps. Common areas are shared amongst guests as is the dining room, conservatory, breakfast room and drawing room during breakfast hours. Currently, the English basement is being remodeled for the addition of a fitness center, updated laundry appointments and yoga/aerobic settings in the ballet studio. The 1950's original bomb shelter with its secret entrance on the property, is also currently under-going a full restoration to mirror original specifications initially while later evolving into something altogether unique. When cleaning and air filtration is completed, the underground nuclear shelter will provide a rare opportunity to experience what it might have been like to spend a harrowing night in a Cold War Shelter. It is one of just a handful still remaining in working order after more than 60 years of silent readiness.. If you have a particularly intrepid spirit, we can make the four to six available bunks in the nuclear shelter available for a one of a kind New Year's eve or any eve event…(Note: You must sign a waiver to rent the shelter. Contact us for more details.) Interaction with GuestsTo us, the two most valuable thing about AirBnB is the people you meet and the things they teach you. Having said that, there is nothing that can bother a guest more than a staff member who keeps coming back to the table to ask, "How's it tastin'?" We love our guests here and enjoy being humorous and engaging conversationalists. However, we understand that an important part of our covenant with you is to ensure privacy, tranquility and comfort; during your stay. We never forget that Macon is a place where you arrive at only after a serious travel commitment. You need rest and above all, you need a host who respects that. So, count on us to be no more engaging than you want us to be. The Harwood Cottage is an owner occupied property. That means you have the added security of knowing that we are on call around the clock for your questions, comfort and safety. We watch the property so you don't have to. With the help of an ‘in the know' local resident, you have the advantage of having a friend in your corner who is up to date on what is happening in and around the city. That can be invaluable in cities like Macon that do not come with a dedicated travel guide book. When called upon, we help our guests by providing first-hand knowledge of restaurants, shopping, houses of worship, points of interest, historic sightseeing, museums, coffee shops, festivals, street fairs, live music, theater, the arts, antiques, recreation, sports, fitness and emergencies (police, fire, rescue, walk in clinics, hospitals and veterinarians). You can also expect to see an assistant helping out from time to time, depending on when you stay. This is a lot of house for one to manage so don't be surprised at meeting one of a dozen or so young adults who make up the third generation of family stewardship at The Harwood Cottage. These are the grandchildren of Blanche M. Harwood, for whom the house is named. Each has grown up here, visiting, exploring, learning, and creating holiday memories. Each has expressed an interest in spending time learning how to carryon the fine tradition of hospitality their grandmother taught them during her many years here. For them, this has been their home, as well. Together, we bring a commitment and a love for this place and the many fond memories we've built here. We are stewards in a family treasure we wish to share. Your hosts here will make it a point to be close enough to respond quickly to your requests yet far enough to ensure peace and privacy yet count on us to keep a watchful eye on the property while remaining ‘quietly out of the way'. Enjoy your stay! The NeighborhoodMacon is not the only city between Atlanta and Savannah to have been spared the wrath of General Sherman's ‘March to the Sea' in the closing days of the Civil War. However, it may be one of the most ideal to visit. An astounding 5,500 buildings and 11 whole neighborhoods are listed as National Historic Places. The Vineville Neighborhood is considered to be one of the most significant of these. There are amazing things all around you in Macon, beginning right next door with these two homes, both being designed by famed architect, Neel Reid. Although he grew up in Macon, Reid is considered to be one of Atlanta's foremost architects. He is credited with designing most of Ansley Park and much of Buckhead. Just a few doors down is the one time home of Greg Allman & his late brother, guitarist Duane Allman. The Allman Brothers' ‘Big House' is now a museum you can tour daily from 10am to 6pm. Each June, a reunion of band members and friends takes place on the concert gazebo recently built on the property. You can hear the blues guitars from our second floor balcony. Vineville is also home to what is arguably the region's best pizza (Ingleside Pizza), the Georgia School for the Blind, the site of the Confederate Munitions Testing Laboratories, A pair of massive live oaks planted from acorns in 1830 and one of the best French Restaurants this side of Les Halles (The Back Burner). We were recently featured on an episode of TLC's “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo". My list of Macon ‘must sees' includes: The Hay House Museum (The Palace of The South), The Mansions Along College Avenue from Mercer University to Riverside Drive, The Grand Old Opera House, The Ochmulgee National Monument with its Pre-Mayan Indian Mounds, The Allman Brothers' ‘Big House' Museum, The International Cherry Blossom Festival (Each March/April), The Georgia Music Hall of Fame, Nu Way Weiners and Georgia Bob's .. Getting AroundThere are taxi cab services in town as well as a bus and trolley system. Please ask upon arrival for assistance as needed or consult any of the following from this list:
Radio Cab, Macon, GA(phone number hidden)
Yellow Cab, Macon, GA(phone number hidden)
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YAMA Taxi, Macon, GA(phone number hidden)
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(Serviced by Silver Airways with non-stop service to Atlanta and Orlando) Other Things to NoteIf Macon seems somehow familiar to you, that isn't surprising. This area has been used in countless films and television productions including: Fried Green Tomatoes, The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars, Need for Speed, Jesus of Macon, The Trip to Bountiful, Virtuous, 42, Walking Dead, Witches of East End, The Rose & The Jackal, Trouble with The Curve, Attack of The Morningside Monster, Wise Blood, Stuck and at least 43 other motion picture or television productions. Among the famous literary figures are: Catherine Brewer Benson (the first woman to earn a college degree), John Birch, Nancy Grace, Leroy Gresham, John Jung, Sidney Lanier, Neel Reid, Gwyn Hyman Rubio, Laurence Stallings, Williams Sanders Scarborough and Tennessee Williams who wrote “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" here. Truman Capote's ‘Breakfast at Tiffany's' features a heroin from Macon, GA.
Among the famous actors from Macon include three time academy award nominee and two time winner for Best Supporting Actor, Melvyn Douglas; Academy Award Winner, Charles Coburn and 30 Rock star Jack McBrayer.Among the famous musicians from Macon are: Bill Berry and Mike Mills of R.E.M., Chuck Leavell of The Rolling Stones, Jason Aldean ‘2014 Country Music Performer of The Year', Little Richard, Otis Redding, The Allman Brothers and Young Jeezy.
Among the famous athletes are: The UFC hrFighter Ken Shamrock and Major League Pitcher, John Rocker.
Plan to come to Macon for the third and fourth week of March (depending on the mildness of the winter). Macon holds its annual International Cherry Blossom Festival. Macon has ov(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) Yoshimo Cherry Trees here in town. By comparison, Mt. Yoshimo in Japan only has 3,000. Washington, DC has 5,000. Vancouver, the city with the second largest number of these incredible trees has 30,000. Macon beats that by a factor of 10! The blossoms turn night into day and make the streets of Macon look like a blizzard has just come through.