Charm Meets Grandeur

Georgia Trend Magazine. November 2021.

Overlooking the colorful downtown, swaying in my rocking chair, sipping a blueberry sour cocktail, I feel I could be in any Southern small town. But this is no ordinary place, building or porch. It is the same spot where global heads of state and accomplished billionaires have wined and dined. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was recently spotted having dinner during her stay, and former President Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn are regulars.

The historic Best Western Plus Windsor Hotel is an iconic structure dominating an entire block in Americus. The 130-year-old hotel (opened in 1892) has changed hands many times and undergone millions of dollars in renovations to be restored to its original grandeur that guests can enjoy today.

On the second floor is the hotel’s main dining room, Rosemary & Thyme. What used to be a ballroom (older patrons recall spending fun afternoons here) is an affordable fine dining restaurant that opened in 2012. It is a must-stop for visitors and where locals make reservations for special occasions.

With the original tile floors, Victorian period furnishings, large windows and white tablecloths, Rosemary & Thyme recalls the bygone era of old dining rooms. You may feel a bit underdressed walking into this opulent hall, but there’s really no dress code (truly).

The menu is inspired by its Southern roots, favoring classics such as meat and sides. Due to labor shortages and reduced demand because of the pandemic, the menu was revised to include fewer specials that are offered at both the restaurant and Floyd’s Pub next door.

Pick up a copy of the November 2021 print issue or read it online.

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