This year we're celebrating National Travel & Tourism Week on May 3-9, and although in-person rallies and events are not an option this year, we are engaging by rallying around the #SpiritOfTravel instead. Our community benefits from the spirit of travel, which permeates through our passion for arts and entertainment, our zest for adventure in the outdoors, our love for local history, and our appetite for delicious cuisine.

Throughout the week, we encourage our residents to inspire the spirit of travel by celebrating the birthday of the Godfather of Soul, join us in helping to recognize the exemplary members of the hospitality industry, and participate in writing a “love note” to our city hallmarks showing our support, appreciation, and most of all, our love. 

The Breakfast Club

The New Moon Café has contactless pickup that includes a market menu for some grocery items in bulk as well as their fresh coffee beans ready to ship. They also have their regular menu options available that includes a breakfast croissant sandwich that pairs nicely with a fresh fruit smoothie. 

ProTip: Follow the cafe on Instagram (@newmooncafe) for updates and smoothie recipes. 

What’s in your lunch box?

Namaste Indian Street Food truly celebrates the #SpiritOfTravel by cooking up Bhel Puri, a puffed rice dish with earthy vegetables and chutneys (can you say yum?). This local favorite is open for takeout with curbside pickup and delivery options and will be offering frontline healthcare workers 20% off for their dedicated service to our community. 

ProTip: Follow them on Instagram (@namastestreetfoodaugusta) for dish inspo and updates. 

Alexa, cook dinner.

We're spending a lot of time indoors so brush up on those at-home culinary skills in the kitchen. Our very own local culinary legend Vera Stewart has her cookbook available for purchase online. You can also get messy in the kitchen and tackle Vera’s online recipe for Hank’s Lump Crab Cakes to put you in a summertime mood! 

ProTip: Follow this local legend on Instagram (@veryverastewart) for more delicious recipes!

Scoop there it is.

Whipped Creamery specializes in gourmet frozen treats with an old-fashioned twist;  operating out of their ice cream truck all while social distancing. We highly recommend getting a jumbo brownie sundae (can you say treat yo self?). Follow them on Instagram (@whippedcreamerytreats) for updated locations to grab a sweet treat. 

Support local businesses and restaurants by opting for takeout and delivery options. If you're planning a trip or a visit for the near future, grab Augusta's Experience Guide and start planning; we can’t wait to see you!