Owned by Erin Clay and her husband, ‘When In Rome, GA’ centers around the comings and goings of Rome, Georgia. The blog was born out of their honeymoon trip when a vacationing couple asked where they lived. When Clay and her husband responded with Rome, they expected to launch into an explanation of where the historic town was. To their surprise, the couple was thrilled because they had recently vacationed in Rome and could not say enough good things about the historic city.
Clay began questioning if she had taken her hometown for granted. Lying at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains, Rome is a beautiful city steeped in history that many locals and visitors alike undervalue. The historical downtown and plenty of shopping and dining make this the hidden gem of Northwest Georgia. Currently, the city is the largest in Northwest Georgia (based on population) and the 22nd largest city in the state.
Rome is a classic southern city known for its arts community, passion for history and location. Three rivers wind through the heart of the city – the Etowah, Oostanaula and Coosa. Visitors and locals enjoy fishing, canoeing, kayaking, boating or just strolling alongside the rivers. The city boasts several colleges including Berry College, Shorter University, Georgia Highlands College and Georgia Northwestern Technical College. Redmond Regional Medical Center and Floyd Medical Center are both located in Rome providing convenient medical facilities for residents. There are lots to do in the city including going to a Rome Braves game or exploring Oak Hill and Martha Berry Museum.
Passionately driven to start advocating for her beloved hometown, Clay began her blog ‘When In Rome, GA’ with the purpose to motivate people to visit and sample some of the local treasures. She is a strong advocate for small-town businesses and believes in spreading the good word about her hometown favorites. Her blog highlights the best eateries, visitation guides and more. Clay highlights the rich, local history and, even though the town is everchanging, she loves to see her town grow and morph before her eyes. One of her favorite things to do is walk down Broad Street with her parents and reminisce about how much the town has changed.
While Rome, Georgia is a hidden gem, tourism is steadily increasing and the town welcomes visitors and encourages exploration. Clay does her part by sharing incredibly helpful guides, tips and tricks from a local perspective to not only inspire visitors to travel to Rome but to encourage locals themselves to try new things and explore their own backyard.