Posted: March 1, 2022
Macon’s first boutique hotel, Hotel Forty Five, hosted Historic Macon Foundation’s Patrons Party in tandem with their grand opening on Thursday, February 17, 2022.
Guests celebrated the 94-room historic hotel located on a unique 45-degree angle that is the result of Cotton Street’s diagonal trajectory through Macon, a design ahead of its time that made transportation of cotton to and from the river possible.
The event commenced with cocktails, the “Whiskey Me Away” featuring Four Roses Bourbon Whiskey, Earl Grey syrup, blackberries, and cane sugar, “The Preservationist” made with Buffalo Trace’s Wheatley Vodka, bubbles, butterfly pea flower and lemon, and a selection of red, white, and sparkling wines.
Patrons were surprised and delighted with a performance from Otis Redding III & Friends, the grandson of Macon native Otis Redding. The hotel also dedicated a memorable space aptly named ‘The Redding Room’ within the hotel during the festive evening.
Guests mixed and mingled around the hotel getting acquainted with Macon’s newest dining concepts: Loom, Hightales Rooftop Bar and Reckon Coffee & Wine Bar where patrons enjoyed a bacon bar, passed bites and desserts.
Attendees also toured Hotel Forty Five’s guest rooms on the sixth floor, overlooking Hightales and Downtown Macon.
Hotel Forty Five is located at 401 Cotton Avenue in Macon
Opened in February 2022, Hotel Forty Five is Downtown Macon’s only boutique hotel. Situated on the iconic 45-degree angle formed by Cherry and First Streets and Cotton Avenue, every corner of the hotel tells a spry of the area’s significance with a bit of wit, dash of class and a pop of color. Through engaging art, architecture and hospitality, guests navigate through illustrations of Macon’s past and learn about historical influences who made a significant impact in the city’s business and cultural communities. Key historic architectural elements, furnishes and finishes have been preserved and incorporated in various spaces throughout the hotel. Hotel Forty Five is home to three dining concepts: Loom, Hightales and Reckon Coffee & Wine Bar. Loom’s carefully crafted, locally sourced cuisine can be described as ‘Southern Revival’ with equal parts of tradition and innovation. Atop the sixth floor, Hightales Rooftop Bar is a play on highball cocktails and the larger-than-life tales of the city, providing Macon natives and tourists alike with a whimsical experience and a panoramic view of downtown. Reckon Coffee & Wine Bar showcases elements of the city’s landscape through its artistic displays inside, offering coffee and breakfast in the mornings and wine and small bites in the late afternoon.