It's Saturday in Athens! Only an hour and fifteen minutes away from Atlanta, this artistic and entrepreneurial spirit filled college town is the perfect getaway for an afternoon or weekend. Plan your trip ahead or simply just jump in the car; Athens has places and tastes that you do not want to miss!
Concert Scene: With Athens being the home of many successful musicians (think Automatic for the People), it is no surprise that this college town lives, breathes, and sleeps concerts. The Georgia Theater, located on the corner of Lumpkin and Clayton, is a must when experiencing Athens culture, as artists from all across the genre and popularity spectrum perform and rule the town. If you want a smaller venue with a more intimate feel, check out 40 Watt Club on Washington Street. There is a good chance you will either see a one hit wonder or a band who will be famous one day, you never know.
Breweries: With craft beer on the rise, you have to go to one (or both) of these local breweries. Creature Comforts, located on the edge of downtown on the corner of Pulaski and Hancock, was first a Chevy Dealership and then Snow Tire Company, giving it a garage like feel. The tasting room includes their artisan beers Bibo, Cucumber and Lime Tritonia, Tropicalia, Reclaimed Rye, and Athena. Terrapin Brewery, located outside of downtown Athens, is based outside and has more of a cookout-dog park feel. Terrapin is known for its year round classic Rye Pale Ale and Liquid Bliss, along with its seasonal brews, Mosaic and Pumpkin Fest. Both breweries have tours available and be sure to start your marathon (or sprint) early, as they close at 4pm on Saturdays and 8 pm during the week.
Indoor Activities: One of Athens’ hidden gems lies on East Campus of the University of Georgia, the Georgia Museum of Art. Open from 10am-5pm on Friday and Saturday and 1-4:45pm on Sunday’s, this spot is great for a rainy day or afternoon date, not to mention that admission is free!
The Place: If you’re taking a stroll through North Campus by the Arch on UGA’s campus or even grabbing a cup of coffee at Starbucks, you cannot miss this place. Located on Broad Street, this new restaurant puts their own spin on classic American style food while staying within the family friendly budget. Some of our favorites include the Pork Chop, Chicken and Waffles, and Fried Chicken Sandwich.
The National: A classic Athens favorite, this upscale restaurant lies on the outskirts of downtown and features a Mediterranean inspired menu. Their Vegetable Plate, Kale Salad, and Roasted Pacific Ling Cod are all hard to beat.
Seabear Oyster Bar: Settled in the heart of Bottleworks off Prince Avenue, this humble seafood bar has a beautiful outdoor seating area and a menu that will make your tummy and taste buds really happy. Make sure to go during their happy hour to get oysters at half price and don’t leave without trying their Seared Okra and Crispy Scallion Pancake.
Ike & Jane: Open for breakfast and lunch, this charming little bakery and coffee shop finds its home in Normaltown. Rumor has it they have the best Red Velvet Donuts and Pimento Cheese Egg and Bacon Biscuit in town.
Hotel Indigo: If you’re looking for a modern, charming, and luxurious getaway weekend, be sure to book your room at Hotel Indigo. Located in the back of downtown, it is close enough to walk and explore downtown Athens but far enough to escape the noise from the concert and bar scene.
The Georgia Center: Though located in the middle of UGA’s campus, the Georgia Center is cozy, quiet, and even has a free shuttle service to and from the Arch/downtown area.
Hilton Garden Inn: If you’re looking for a comfortable and affordable place to stay for the evening, the Hilton Garden Inn is a great option for couples, families, and friends.
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