A quiet weekend getaway …

A change of pace and a change of scenery, this weekend finds me driving a couple of hours from where I live, down winding stretches of dusty, rural Southern roads, into the old district of Agusta, Georgia. Nestled in Summerville's historic district, among majestic ancient trees, is the legendary Partridge Inn. This hotel, my home for the weekend, was built in 1910. Designated by the U.S. National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of the "Historic Hotels of America," it is a stone's throw away from the exclusive Augusta National Golf Club which is the venue of the prestigious annual Masters Tournament. Newly renovated, the Partridge Inn is where old world charms meet modern amenities — a heavenly bed in a spacious and luxuriously appointed ultra-modern room, a blazing fast WiFi and a 47-inch flat screen TV. Best of all, as the cradle of Southern hospitality, everyone here wears a genuine, heartfelt smile.

The faćade of the historic and legendary Partridge Inn located in Augusta, Georgia. Photographed by Dominique James with the iPhone 6 Plus. Post-processing and B&W conversion with PS Express app on the iPhone. Copyright © 2015. All rights reserved. To see more photographs, please visit the Dominique James Phitography website at www.dominiquejames.com.

The faćade of the historic and legendary Partridge Inn located in Augusta, Georgia. Photographed by Dominique James with the iPhone 6 Plus. Post-processing and B&W conversion with PS Express app on the iPhone. Copyright © 2015. All rights reserved. To see more photographs, please visit the Dominique James Phitography website at www.dominiquejames.com.

The courtyard of the historic and legendary Partridge Inn located in Augusta, Georgia. Photographed by Dominique James with the iPhone 6 Plus. Post-processing and B&W conversion with PS Express app in the iPhone. Copyright © 2015. All rights reserved. To see more photographs, please visit the Dominique James Phitography website at www.dominiquejames.com.

The courtyard of the historic and legendary Partridge Inn located in Augusta, Georgia. Photographed by Dominique James with the iPhone 6 Plus. Post-processing and B&W conversion with PS Express app in the iPhone. Copyright © 2015. All rights reserved. To see more photographs, please visit the Dominique James Phitography website at www.dominiquejames.com.