Visitor Guide

A Day in Rome: Holiday Edition

Posted November 29, 2017 by Georgia's Rome Staff Writers in Arts, Dining, Landmarks, Music, Outdoors, Shopping, Things to Do

Now that the holiday season is in full swing, we are looking forward to welcoming the family and friends of Romans who travel far and wide to spend this time of year with their loved ones

For those looking to adventure around Rome with their squad, here’s a guide to one day in the city during the holidays.


One of the best ways to get the day started is with breakfast. One of our local favorites is the Honey Moon Bakery where  you can build-your-own breakfast sandwich or enjoy a breakfast pastry.

Honeymoon Bakery Breakfast

They also offer an expanded Breakfast Menu on Saturdays.  For good morning vibes and caffeinated goodness, stop by Swift & Finch where they roast their own coffee beans.  If you are looking for something more familiar, stop by the Chick-fil-A Dwarf House on Shorter Avenue. There’s something about a chicken biscuit and sweet tea that provides fortitude for the soul at the beginning of a day out in the city.

Before Lunch

After breakfast, we recommend taking a hike (literally!) at either Berry College, Jackson Hill, or Marshall Forest. All three locations are perfect for a group outing and provide a beautiful background for fun photos and frolicking in the outdoors.

Photo credit: Marilyn Ringstaff

March up to the House O’ Dreams on Berry College’s mountain campus or see the cannons at Jackson Hill. Either way, you’re guaranteed to have a good time.  If you find yourself on Jackson Hill, don’t forget to stop at the Last Stop Gift Shop and pick up unique gifts for the holiday.


After all that walking, it’s time to grab a bite. Head Downtown where there’s an array of local spots willing to cater to all kinds of hunger. Jamwich carries a vast variety of unique sandwiches and Doug’s Downtown Deli offers sandwiches, soup, and salad for the soul. 

Afternoon Into Evening

Whistle Britches – Rome

From there, continue to explore the shops and attractions in Downtown Rome. Shop in one-of-a-kind stores like Snazzy Rags, Do-Good Boutique, Craze, Whistle Britches, and more.

 Part of the charm of Rome is the variety of small businesses that cater to any fashion need. You’ll also find that many have already started decorating their trees for Christmas! For those with a sweet tooth, it’s also a good idea to visit The City Creamery, Frios, or the Honeymoon Bakery and indulge in a delicious snack. This month, Frios is serving a milk and cookies popsicle as well as a hot chocolate and marshmallow popsicle– perfect for the season! Don’t forget to take a family photo or selfie in front of the lit Christmas tree Downtown beside the Rome Auditorium!

Evening into Night

City of Rome Christmas Tree

In Rome, there is never a shortage of things to do in the evening. There are too many to cover, so check out this full list of holiday events.  Rome boasts many fine eateries such as: Moe’s Original BBQ (you have to try the banana pudding), Mellow Mushroom (the tastiest Caesar Salad I’ve ever eaten), or Rome City Brewing Company. Wrap up the end of your evening lounging in an adirondack in the beer garden at River Dog Outpost or back at the house or hotel surrounded by the warmth of love for one another. One thing that’s for sure is you won’t want to miss out on the holiday happenings here in Rome.



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Our Georgia's Rome tourism team works hard to curate content that you find helpful! We want to keep you in the know of all the cool things to see and explore in Rome! We take pride in ensuring our content is up-to-date and accurate; so please let us know if we ever overlook an important detail! This blog originally written by Morgan Stansell is updated by staff.


  1. Lona Faye Duke Bows, December 1, 2017:

    Would live to come to Rome for a visit. Some of my family history is in Rome. Happy holidays and Merry Christmas.

  2. Sarah Moye, December 3, 2017:

    Lived there 36 years. Loved it. But came back home 5 years ago. Miss my friends there. Miss Rome and Armuchee. Still have family there. Will come back to visit soon.

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