By Patricia McCants
Augusta
Georgia
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Nestled along the Savannah River, Augusta, Georgia, offers more to visitors than just the opportunity to observe the “Masters” at play. As the second largest city in Georgia and just along the border of South Carolina, Augusta is 150 miles east of Atlanta and centrally located within a few hours drive of the Atlantic Ocean and the Smoky Mountains.

Now is the time to plan your next trip using EscapeWizard.com to book your flight and hotel reservations using the following link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). The newly renovated Augusta Regional Airport (AGS) serves three airlines for your booking convenience. With hotel accommodations suitable for every budget, EscapeWizard.com is your source to find the right price and location for your next trip to Augusta. Visit the following link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to start planning your trip.

Named for Princess Augusta of Saxe Gotha, Augusta is Georgia’s oldest and most historic city. You will marvel at its tree-lined streets, antebellum mansions and pedestrian-friendly Riverwalk. During your visit, EscapeWizard.com encourages you to plan to see the boyhood home of President Woodrow Wilson. Designated as a Historic Landmark in 2008, the home has been maintained and preserved by Historic Augusta as a tool to educate and inform visitors what President Wilson’s life was like in Augusta.

Augusta is also home to the nation’s only industrial power canal. Built in 1845 and still operating as it was intended, the Augusta Canal was designated as Georgia’s first National Heritage Area. With several access points within the city, visitors are welcome to walk, bike, kayak or canoe to view wetlands, pre-Civil war structures and Confederate States of America buildings.

Augusta National Golf Club, host of the annual Masters Tournament, and one of EscapeWizard.com's top selections, is known as one of the most meticulously-kept courses in the nation. While course access is restricted to members only, public access to view professional tournaments is available by ticket purchase. Golfers interested in playing while visiting the city, may do so at several of the area’s comparable public courses for a fee.

As the birthplace of notable celebrities including James Brown, Amy Grant, Jessye Norman, Laurence Fishburne and Hulk Hogan, Augusta is also home to several colleges and universities and the military installation, Fort Gordon. During your visit, plan to tour the area’s museums and recreation centers. Collections at the Augusta Museum of History feature artifacts from Paleo-Indian period and Civil War. The Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, a visual art gallery and provider of visual art education, showcases local and regional talent. Pendleton King Park, located in the city’s center, offers superb bird watching views on a 64-acre sanctuary.

While enjoying Augusta, rest assured you will be entertained day and night with an abundance of eateries and nightclubs. National chain restaurants as well as those with local flavor are available for all of your dining needs. Whether you enjoy dancing your night away or taking in a jazz set, Augusta has several choices for evening activities. EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your flight and hotel accommodations using the following link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) to begin planning your escape to historic Augusta.
Hotels in Augusta
By Joanna Lee
Sheraton Augusta
1069 Stevens Creek Road, Augusta, GA
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Make yourself at home during your southern vacation at the Sheraton Augusta Hotel. For those arriving by air, the Augusta Regional Airport is just a short drive away. For those who opt to drive, hotel guests are offered self-parking free of charge. When you’ve arrived, check in at the Sheraton begins at 3 p.m. and check out at 12 p.m.

Guests have their pick of 152 guest and deluxe rooms. You can relax in the queen-sized or king-sized Sheraton Sweet Sleeper® Bed after a night out or unwind with the Bliss® Bath Amenities. While microwave ovens and refrigerators are available for a fee, Starbucks coffee is provided with a coffeemaker to ensure that you start the day awake and energized. In-room safes are provided, as well as a complimentary newspaper every day. There is a work space available in each room for those who need to take care of business. Additional benefits are available for guests who book a Sheraton Club guest room, one of which is access to the Club Lounge. Adjoining rooms are available, as well as disability accessible rooms, and for those who can’t leave their furry companion at home, the Sheraton allows pets and provides dog beds.

There’s much to see and do in Augusta, particularly for those who are golf fans, on business, or just taking in the sights. Augusta is home to many corporations, convenient for business travelers, as well as the Johns Creek Golf Club and the Augusta National Golf Course, known for hosting the Masters ® Tournament. Other places of note are President Woodrow Wilson’s childhood home, the Augusta Mall, the Historic Riverwalk, the Augusta History museum, and Augusta State University to name just a few. If you’d rather stay inside the hotel for the day, there’s still plenty to do. The Sheraton has a 24 hour long business center and free Wi-Fi in the business center. Free Wi-Fi is also available in public areas and in guest rooms. Fir a change of pace, visit the fitness center or the indoor heated pool and the outdoor pool. When you’re done, grab a bite to eat or a drink at the Prime 1079 Steakhouse or The Sweetwater Lounge, or order in-room dining or room service if you’re tuckered out from the day’s activities.

Come and experience the South with the Sheraton Augusta Hotel. To begin your southern hospitality experience, visit EscapeWizard.com: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Augusta
By D. Gregory Perrin
Homewood Suites by Hilton Augusta
1049 Stevens Creek Road, Augusta, GA
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EscapeWizard.com highly suggests the Homewood Suites by Hilton Augusta during your next trip to the city. The hotel is located approximately 20 minutes north of the city from the Augusta Regional Airport. The Washington Square Shopping Center is just a few blocks away for great shopping. Guests of the hotel can begin the check-in process at 3 p.m. or later on the day of arrival into Augusta. If you arrive before your room is ready, the hotel allows guests to check their luggage for safekeeping .

The hotel has an array of different sized suites that can meet almost any traveler or group’s needs. The different options include a studio suite with 2 double size beds, a 1 bedroom with 1 king size bed, or a 2 bedroom suite with 2 double size and 1 king size bed. Travelers can watch television in style on the 32 inch flat screen available that has cable television with HBO included.
Guests who can’t go without a kitchen will just love Homewood Suites. The hotel offers a kitchen with a refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishwasher, and much more. Other features of the suites include an alarm clock, hairdryer, iron and ironing board.

Amenities are in no short supply at the hotel. There is a standard pool for swimming as well as a fitness center so guests can keep up with their normal workout routines.

In the morning, guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast with all of your favorite breakfast dishes. Then check-out from the hotel is at 12 p.m.

Overall, the Homewood Suites by Hilton Augusta is an excellent option in Georgia. The hotel’s location is optimum to local attractions, and you will feel just like home. EscapeWizard.com can assist with booking your reservations today. Just click this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to get started on your search for great value.
Hotels in Augusta
By Diab Dar-Issa
Hilton Garden Inn Augusta
1065 Stevens Creek Road, Augusta, GA
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There’s no place like Georgia – and no place like Georgia’s own Hilton Garden Inn Augusta! Less than a twenty four minute drive from Augusta Regional Airport-AGS, getting there is easy for any traveler. Check in time is at 3 p.m. of the desired day. Whether you’re alone, with your significant other or brought the whole gang, the Hilton Garden Inn Augusta is the hotel you’ve been looking for.

Each room includes one king-sized or two queen-sized beds, and rooms range in type from Guest, Accessible, or Suites. Wi-Fi is complimentary and, for your convenience, each room includes a flat-screen HDTV. In-room microwave and refrigerator also will compliment your stay and come in handy when you’re craving a little snack to hold you over until your next meal. When work comes calling, you won’t fret as you’d be able to take care of any business matter from the comfort of the spacious office desk with an ideal office chair.

With swimming, fitness, and proximity to the historic town of Augusta, the leisure possibilities are endless. An indoor pool will allow you to enjoy a dip in the water regardless of any outdoor conditions. If fitness is your cup of tea, enjoy free weights, rigorous cardio, and state-of-the-art equipment either in the fitness center or privately in your room with the hotel’s own, Stay Fit Kit. The 24-hour Pavilion Pantry, and an on-site restaurant can ensure that you will satisfy your hungry at any given time.

Staying for a day for that ever-so-urgent business meeting, or a well-deserved week-long retreat, you’ll soon come to find out that the hotel’s charming atmosphere, affordability, and wide array of amenities will have you beckoning for more. With a check out time that lasts all morning until 12 p.m., you can still catch some more, “Zzzzs,” before taking on the day ahead. With the airport and freeway nearby, being on time shouldn’t be a worry on your trip home. You can book your stay at Hilton Garden Inn Augusta by visiting this link to search for great pricing through EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Augusta
By Shaina Amienyi
Baymont Inn
2155 Gordon Hwy, Augusta, GA
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Baymont Inn (formally The Holiday Inn Augusta-Gordon Hwy) welcomes business and leisure vacationers with its comfortable accommodations and diverse amenities. Getting around Augusta is easy because the hotel operates a 24-hour shuttle that will take guests anywhere within a three mile radius, including Augusta Regional Airport (AGS). The hotel provides a friendly, multi-lingual staff to assist with the 3pm check-in and noon checkout processes and porters to help with bags.

Rooms and bathrooms at the Baymont Inn are designed to give guests a comfortable, enjoyable experience. The hotel features 150 rooms with double beds or one king bed, all fitted with triple-sheeted "Simply Smart" bedding. Guests can take advantage of free Wi-fi access in their rooms. There are 27-inch televisions, coffee makers, microwaves, and mini fridges with ice makers in all rooms.

When guests get hungry they can visit the complimentary breakfast buffet or eat at the hotel's restaurant. Located right off of the lobby is Ashley's Restaurant and Lounge, which serves a full Southern breakfast buffet and dinner. Guests can visit the lounge area for drinks and mingling. The lounge offers TVs for entertainment and a full menu and bar for refreshments.

There are plenty of activities available at the Baymont Inn. Enjoy the Southern weather while lounging by the pool or cooking burgers on the outdoor grills. Keep fit with a visit to the 24-hour on-site fitness center, complete with new equipment including treadmills, free weights, elliptical machines, exercise balls, and mats.

Guests can use free wireless internet while in the business center, and those wanting to hold meetings can host up to 150 people in the 1,200 square feet of meeting space.

When visiting Augusta, Georgia, home of the Masters Golf Tournament, consider staying at the Baymont Inn Augusta-Gordon Hwy, which provides comfortable accommodations and a convenient location. Guests can easily get from the hotel to key places such as Fort Gordon and the National Science Center. Click on the link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to EscapeWizard.com in order to reserve a room at this hotel.