Macon, Georgia, may be known for its gracious antebellum houses, but this year’s Design House showcases loft-living in the revitalized downtown area. From March 6-15, visitors can tour three lofts renovated and decorated by local designers and artists as part of Design, Wine, and Dine, a fundraiser to benefit Historic Macon. The lofts are located at 551 Cherry Street. While you’re on Cherry Street, walk over to the popular restaurant/pub The Rookery, which celebrates Macon’s musical history with fare such as The Allman Burger and Gram Parson’s Cosmic Club.
As a bonus, the city’s famous cherry blossoms (along with Japanese magnolias and dogwoods) have begun opening up, dotting the downtown landscape with pops of pink. The city’s annual International Cherry Blossom Festival (3/19–4/4) starts a few days after the design house closes, bringing more festivities to town with arts exhibits, concerts, and hot air balloons.