By Dianne Yost
Six well-known lifestyle bloggers also known as social media influencers visited Madison and Morgan County last week as part of the state’s effort to increase awareness of Georgia’s luxury travel offerings in “small town Georgia” among the attractive millennial travelers demographic.
Madison-Morgan Convention & Visitors Bureau executives Director Ellen Sims and Tourism Project Coordinator Jamison Hooks worked with state tourism executives to create an iteniary that showed off Morgan County’s luxurious side to: Chaissty Evans of Charleston and founder of the site www.looklingerlove.com, Blair Staky of Chicago and founder of the site www.thefoxandshe.com, Julie (Jules) Kennedy of Chicago and founder of the site www.juleskennedyphoto.com, Kathleen (Gray) Benco of Charleston and founder of www.greybenco.com, Jennifer Bullistron of Chicago and founder of the site www.honeyandbirch.com, and Jocelyn Delk Adams of Chicago and founder of the site www.grandbaby-cakes.com.
On Wednesday, the blogger group toured Madison’s famous Heritage Hall, w followed by a private tour of Madison’s renowned Honeymoon House, owned by Jimmy Stanton and Patrick Greco. Honeymoon was filled with floral decorations that were designed and found on the grounds by Zeb Grant of Le Petite Jardin by Zeb Grant. To top it off, a Simms and Hooks coordinated a beautiful luncheon featuring Madison Produce’s famous pimento cheese sandwiches, sweet tea, lemonade and ice cold Coca-Colas.
The group also enjoyed some free time exploring Madison’s sights, historic homes and shops and were treated to a reception by Everett and Jane Royal in the couple’s home located above The James Madison Inn, which was the group’s overnight lodging destination. That night they dined at Town 220.
The following day, the bloggers were treated to yoga and breakfast at Morgan County’s Serenata Farm owned by Bobby Robinson and Kent Smith. Later they visited Farmview Market, participating in a private class and dining for lunch.
They later enjoyed a supper at Kirby House catered by Ricardo’s Kouzzina.
Also during their visit, the group visited Rutledge and its famous Yesterday’s Café.
Many local and regional businesses and organizations contributed to the effort to host the bloggers, including: Jimmy Stanton of Honeymoon and Stanton Home Furnishings, Madison Produce Co., Town 220, Madison Markets, The James Madison Inn, The Kirby House, Ricardo’s Kouzzina, Scoops Ice Cream, Antique Sweets, Yesterday’s Café, MADcycles, the Madison Morgan Cultural Center, the Morgan County African American Museum, Friends of Heritage Hall, Le Petit Jardin by Zeb Grant, Farmview Market, Serenata Farm, Angelina Bellebuono with Farmview School House, Phickles Phun Foods, Jittery Joe’s, Daybreak Flower Farm, Biron Herbal Teas, Terrapin Beer Co., Perk Avenue Café & Coffee House and Home.made.