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Take a hip trip to Athens. Let your hair down and let your mind run free through historic Southern streets pulsing with creative energy. From eclectic galleries to UGA athletics, historic house museums to world-famous music, funky boutiques to exquisite cuisine, we think every dog should have his day and his night!
Local Experts • Free Maps & Brochures Guided, Self-Guided, Podcast, & Audio Tours of Athens Athens Welcome Center & Classic City Tours House Museum, Gift Shop, & Visitor Information 280 E. Dougherty St., Athens, GA 30601 706-353-1820, toll free 866-455-1820 Classic City Tours: 706-208-8687 AthensWelcomeCenter.com – download our tours! Open: Mon. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun. noon – 5 p.m. Guided tours; reservations requested. See map, p. 17, for coupon and tour schedule! Map: Downtown, , D2
University of Georgia Visitors Center Four Towers Building, 405 College Station Rd. 706-542-0842 Visit.uga.edu Open: Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., selected Saturdays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Closed on Sundays, UGA holidays, & home football gamedays. Free guided tours daily; reservations strongly suggested. Map: UGA, , D6
The Visitors Guide is produced by the Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau. Although every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, we cannot guarantee that errors have not occurred or that dates, times, phone numbers, and other information have not changed. Published August 2013.
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Dawg Days & Nights Whether you have just a few hours or several days, we’ve got plenty of ideas for experiencing the Athens vibe. Let these suggestions stimulate your imagination, then build them into your schedule as time allows to get the most out of your visit!
Choose a selfguided or guided Athens Music History Tour through Classic City Tours.
Lunch on soul food from Weaver D’s, of R.E.M’s “Automatic for the People” fame.
Live music nightly at dozens of acclaimed clubs: 40 Watt, Georgia Theatre, The Melting Point, & Caledonia.
View the state’s art collection & traveling exhibits at the Georgia Museum of Art.
Head downtown to the Lyndon House Arts Center & other local galleries & shops like Good Dirt, Aurum, & R. Wood Studio.
Spread your wings with contemporary exhibits at ATHICA, trapeze at Canopy, & cutting-edge film at Ciné.
Take in a variety of local theatres & top world performers at UGA’s Performing Arts Center, or headliners at The Classic Center.
Heritage & Gardens
Walk through UGA’s North Campus, home to America’s first state-chartered university. Bring along the UGA Arboretum Guide.
On UGA’s campus, discover the Trial Gardens at UGA & Founders Memorial Garden.
Stroll through the expansive State Botanical Garden of Georgia, stunning tropical conservatory, & Garden Club of Georgia HQ.
Explore four antebellum house museums along our Museum Mile. Take a guided Athens History Tour from Classic City Tours.
Take a tour of campus offered by UGA Visitors Center student guides. Catch the scene at Tate Student Center, dining halls, or many green spaces.
Discover UGA & 1996 Olympic sports heritage at Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall. Cheer on the Bulldogs in 21 sportsmost are free!
Campus Culture! Georgia Museum of Art, Performing Arts Center, & Fine Arts Theatre host amazing exhibits & performances.
Pick up UGA gear at UGA Campus Bookstore or downtown at Clubhouse, RedZone, or DawgFanz.
Enjoy expansive playgrounds & a wildlife trail at Memorial Park. Pack a picnic!
Dive in to interactive animal exhibits at Sandy Creek Nature Center & outdoor experiences at Sandy Creek Park.
Little ones will ooh & aah over Georgia’s largest community-built playground. Older kids will love the Tony Hawkdesigned Skate Park, both at SE Clarke Park.
Active Climbing’s indoor climbing walls are suited for any weather, any age group.
Music & Nightlife
Breakfast with local musicians at The Grit or Mama’s Boy. Shop at Wuxtry for records.
Each block represents two hours. These are approximate times & may not include travel to & from locations.
Athens Purebreds: A Homegrown Itinerary. The creative energy of Athens is evident in the number of individuals and enterprises creating truly unique artwork, home goods, and a range of good eats. Sample a taste of local bounty at our local restaurants, take a tour of the local coffee roaster or brewery, and browse through local galleries, potteries, and boutiques.
Morning n Stop by Jittery Joe’s Coffee Roaster for a tour and inside look at coffee roasting while you savor the aroma and taste of freshly roasted beans. Mon. – Fri. 7 a.m.– 6 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.– 6 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 780 East Broad St. 706-3726972. JitteryJoes.com. Map: H3, 20 n Browse downtown for local creations! Pick up ceramics and pottery at Good Dirt or R. Wood Studio; jewelry at Athena Jewelers, Native America Gallery, or Aurum Studios; and Bee Natural beeswax luminaries, paintings, sculpture, and other media from the Visual Arts Guild of Athens at Lyndon House Arts Center (p. 11). n Don’t miss the Athens Farmers Market Sat. mornings Plus Apr. – Dec. at Bishop Park, 705 Sunset Dr. Map: F2, Wed. afternoons 4 – 7 p.m. May – Oct. downtown at City Hall, 301 College Ave. AthensFarmersMarket.net. 31
Afternoon n Relish some local garden goodness at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and the Trial Gardens at UGA (p. 23), showcasing an amazing selection of native flora. n Discover how award-winning brews are crafted at Terrapin Brewery. Public tours and tastings from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. every Wed. – Sat., featuring live music. 265 Newton Bridge Rd. 706-549-3377. TerrapinBeer.com. Map: G2, 25 n Coming in fall 2013: Creature Comforts Brewing Company will offer tours and tastings. 297 W. Hancock Ave. CreatureComfortsBeer.com. Map: Downtown, C3 n Meet local chefs, farmers, and restaurateurs while sampling local favorites on an Athens Food Tour (p. 24).
Evening n Enjoy the fruits of local sustainable land stewardship with a meal at The National, The Branded Butcher, Heirloom, or Five & Ten. n Stay out late with Athens’ most famous local product – our music! (p. 8).
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Hear some hot licks. Acoustic or amplified, hear hot licks and cool tunes in hip spots where hundreds of hometown bands got their first gig, including R.E.M., Widespread Panic, and the B-52’s. Hundreds of new bands play live music nightly in intimate downtown clubs, classic concert halls, and bustling bars. With jazz, classical, blues, country, hip hop, rock, and every kind of alternative genre playing on a regular basis, Athens provides one of the most diverse and affordable music scenes in the world.
Athens tops the charts! Athens is “Live Music Central.”— The New York Times
“#1 College Music Town in America” — Rolling Stone Paste magazine’s “40 Best Music Venues in America”: 40 Watt Club, The Melting Point Rolling Stone’s “Best Clubs in America”: 40 Watt Club
A “Bands and Brews” Itinerary. Day One • Download the Athens Music Walking Tour from VisitAthensGA.com/music-tour or pick up a copy at the Athens Welcome Center to discover some of the most significant spots in Athens’ rich musical heritage.
• Have a hearty lunch of soul food at Weaver D’s Fine Foods, the inspiration for the title of R.E.M.’s 1992 release Automatic for the People. • After an afternoon of walking the rest of the tour, you’ll be ready for a nice hand-crafted beer. Tour the Terrapin Brewery (Wed. – Sat.) to see how gold medal-winning beers are created (p. 7). • Pick up a free copy of a Flagpole magazine on your way in to Copper Creek Brewing Company, Trappeze Pub, or the Rooftop by the Branded Butcher. Over dinner and craft beer, start perusing the performance calendar to select your evening entertainment. • Or, head to The Melting Point for dinner and drinks before catching one of their early (8-ish) shows. • You might catch a national touring act or a large regional draw at the 40 Watt Club, The Melting Point, or The Georgia Theatre or a local singer-songwriter or underground upstart band at clubs like Caledonia Lounge, The World Famous, Flicker, and The Green Room. You’ll find an amazing array of venues and musical acts on any given day.
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Day Two • Start the day off right with a hearty breakfast at The Grit, The Grill, or Mama’s Boy, just a few local favorites for musicians and fans alike. • Browse for that rare recording at Athens’ downtown local music stores, Wuxtry and Lo Yo Yo Stuff Records. • Maybe you’ve been inspired to start your own band? Pick up your new instrument at Chick Piano and your funky wardrobe at Junkman’s Daughter’s Brother, both downtown.
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Arts Canopy Studio This non-profit community art center offers flying dance trapeze and other performances, plus workshops and classes for all ages and abilities. Guest artists have included members of the famed Cirque du Soleil troupe! 160 Tracy St. 706-549-8501. CanopyStudio.org. Map: G2, 15 Ciné The art-house cinema screens a variety of intriguing films and features an exhibit gallery for local visual art. Ciné Bar offers cocktails and tasty treats. Check out the early week Dinner & Movie combo with neighboring restaurant, The National. 234 W. Hancock Ave. 706-353-3343. AthensCine.com. Map: Downtown, C3 The Classic Center Theatre This state-of-the-art 2,100-seat theatre is home to nationally touring Broadway productions, headline entertainers, concerts, and the Athens Symphony. 300 N. Thomas St. 706-357-4444, 800-864-4160. ClassicCenter.com. Map: Downtown, D3 Georgia Museum of Art The state’s official art museum has a collection of over 9,000 works, with strengths in American painting and southern decorative arts. FREE. Tue., Wed., Fri., and Sat., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thur., 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sun., 1 – 5 p.m. Closed Mon. Ike & Jane Café, Tue. – Fri. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 90 Carlton St. 706542-4662. Georgiamuseum.org. Map: UGA, 8
Paint the Town Red. Discover Athens’ creative energy in our galleries and theatres and see why we’ve been named one of America’s Top 25 Arts Destinations every year since 2002! World-class entertainment. No big-city hassles. ATHICA: Athens Institute for Contemporary Art This non-profit institution is dedicated to exhibiting innovative, contemporary art by regional, national, and international artists. Area writers, performance artists, and musicians also bring events of an experimental nature to the space. Wed. 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Thurs. 1 – 9 p.m., Fri. – Sun. 1 – 6 p.m. 160 Tracy St., Unit 4. 706-208-1613. Athica. org. Map: G2, 15
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Athens Galleries:A Sampler. Agora 260 W. Clayton Street 706-316-0130 Facebook.com/agoravintage
The Gallery @ Hotel Indigo 500 College Ave. 706-546-0430 IndigoAthens.com
Athena Jewelers-The Art of It All 228 East Clayton St. 706-549-6869 AthenaJewelers.com
Native America Gallery 195 E. Clayton Street 706-543-8425 facebook.com/NativeAmericaGallery
Aurum Studios 269 N. Jackson St. 706-546-8826 AurumStudios.com The Gallery at Good Dirt 510 N. Thomas St. 706-355-3161 GoodDirt.net
R Wood Studio Ceramics 450 Georgia Dr. 706-613-8525 RWoodStudio.com Visual Arts Guild of Athens at Lyndon House Arts Center 293 Hoyt Street 706-613-3623 athensclarkecounty.com/lyndonhouse
Lamar Dodd School of Art The galleries at UGA’s art school host revolving shows of established and emerging contemporary artists. Free. Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed weekends and UGA holidays. 270 River Rd. 706-542-1511. Art.uga.edu. Map: UGA, 11 Local Theatre Athens Creative Theatre 706-613-3628 AthensClarkeCounty.com/act Map: G4, 17 Circle Ensemble Theatre 706-362-2175 CircleEnsembleTheatre.com Rose of Athens Theatre 706-340-9181 RoseofAthens.org Town and Gown Players 706-548-3854 TownandGownPlayers.org Map: G2, 16 Lyndon House Arts Center This community visual arts complex includes large airy galleries, a children’s wing, artists’ workshops, and a gift shop. Free. Tue. and Thur. noon – 9 p.m.; Wed., Fri., and Sat. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Closed Sun. and Mon.) 293 Hoyt St. 706-6133623. AthensClarkeCounty.com/ LyndonHouse. Map: Downtown, C1 800.653.0603••VisitAthensGA.com VisitAthensGA.com 800.653.0603
The Morton Theatre One of the first vaudeville theaters in the United States built, owned, and operated by an African American, The Morton opened in 1910 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The fully restored Morton hosts a wide range of dramatic and musical performances. 195 W. Washington St. Tickets: 706-613-3771. Info: 706-613-3770. AthensClarkeCounty.com/Morton. Map: Downtown, C3 The University of Georgia Departmental Productions Student and guest artist performances range from the classics to contemporary and original works. Department of Theatre and Film Studies: Fine Arts Building, corner of Baldwin and Lumpkin. want more? Tickets: 706-542-4400. Info: 706-583-0045. Drama.uga.edu. 25 Map: UGA, Department of Dance: Dance Building, 1030 Sanford Dr. 706-542-4415. Dance.uga.edu. Map: UGA, 3 Hugh Hodgson School of Music: 250 River Rd.
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The University of Georgia Performing Arts Center The University’s superb concert halls showcase the world’s best performers in classical, jazz, and world music, plus ballet, folk dance and innovative and cutting-edge programming. Lastminute tickets are frequently available. 230 River Rd. 706-5424400. Pac.uga.edu. Map: UGA, 16
Get your Art On! (make your own) ARTini’s 296 W. Broad St. Ste. 3, 706-353-8530, ArtinisArtLounge.com Clayfully Created 2440 W. Broad St. Ste. 5, 706-395-5002, ClayfullyCreated.com Good Dirt 510 N. Thomas St., 706-355-3161, GoodDirt.net Pints & Paints 675 Pulaski St. Ste. 600, 706-296-9498, PintsandPaints.com Uptown Art Uncorked 3061 Atlanta Hwy. Ste. D, 706-208-7337, UptownArt.com/Athens/
Free Finds & Family Fun Athens is incredibly affordable... spend a full day of fun without spending a dime! Check out these free events and attractions. ➊ Church-Waddel-Brumby House: Athens’ Welcome Center is also a house museum (p. 12) ➋ Georgia Museum of Art: The state’s official art collection and traveling exhibits (p. 10) ➌ State Botanical Garden of Georgia: 313-acre preserve (p. 23) ➍ Free music: Hugh Hodgson School of Music @ UGA, Farmers Market, Highwire Lounge ➎ UGA Athletics: Many sports are free, including equestrian, soccer, softball, and tennis (p. 22) ➏ AthFest: Over 150 bands in late June; outdoor stages are free. AthFest.com ➐ Lyndon House Arts Center: Modern art gallery plus antebellum house museum (p. 11) ➑ Tours: Download print, audio, and pod tours from www. AthensWelcomeCenter.com (p. 4) ➒ UGA Campus Tour: Student-lead tours from the UGA Visitor Center (p. 4) ➓ Bear Hollow Zoo: Native wildlife, pond, and playground (p. 20)
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Georgia Museum of Natural History This working research museum displays samples from over 6 million objects in the Museum’s bird, fish, insect, mammal, and zooarchaelogy collection. Free. Mon. – Fri. 10 a.m – 4 p.m., Sat. noon – 3 p.m., closed home football games. Check website for updates. 101 Cedar St., at corner of E. Campus Rd. 706542-1663. NaturalHistory.uga.edu. Map: UGA, 9 UGA Special Collections Libraries Discover historical and cultural treasures at the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, including the University Archives; the Richard B. Russell, Jr., Library for Political Research and Studies; and the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Collection. FREE. Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m – 5 p.m., Sat. 1 – 5 p.m. (Closed Sun.) Appointments required to view the Media Archives. Guided tours each Tues. at 2 p.m. 300 S. Hull Street, UGA Campus. 706-542-7123. libs.uga.edu/scl. Map: UGA, 26
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Discover your pedigree. In 1785, the University of Georgia was chartered as America’s first state college. The city of Athens, named after the ancient Greek center of higher learning, was incorporated in 1806. Today, Athens is home to 16 neighborhoods on the National Register, including four house museums open for public tour. Guided tours: see map p. 17 for coupon. Church-Waddel-Brumby House/ Athens Welcome Center (1820) This Federal-style house is believed to be Athens’ oldest surviving residence. Its rescue from demolition and restoration in the early 1970s as a house museum and welcome center sparked the historic preservation movement in Athens. Free. Mon. – Sat. 10 a.m.– 5 p.m., Sun. noon – 5 p.m. 280 E. Dougherty St. 706-353-1820, 866-455-1820. AthensWelcomeCenter.com. Map: Downtown, D2 T.R.R. Cobb House (1852) T.R.R. Cobb was a UGA graduate, co-founder of its School of Law, Confederate general, and principal author of the Confederate Constitution. Athens’ newest house museum, with
its distinctive color and octagonal wings, was moved to Stone Mountain Park in 1985, then returned to Athens in 2005. Donation of $2 per adult is suggested. Tue. – Sat. 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. (closed Sun. and Mon.) 175 Hill St. 706-369-3513. TRRCobbHouse.org. Map: Downtown, B3 Georgia’s Civil War Heartland Leaders Trail Dozens of sites in and around Athens reveal the lives and legacies of the leaders of the Confederacy. Maps are available at the Athens Welcome Center (p. 4) or visit CivilWarinGeorgia.com. Taylor-Grady House (ca.1844) This Greek Revival home and National Historic Landmark was the collegiate home of acclaimed newspaper editor Henry W. Grady, credited with establishing the view of the New South after the Civil War. $3 per person. Mon., Wed., and Fri., 9 a.m.– 3 p.m.; Tue. & Thurs. 9 a.m.– 1 p.m. 634 Prince Ave. 706-549-8688. TaylorGradyHouse.com. Map: Downtown, A2 University of Georgia’s Historic North Campus Walk through the landmark Arch onto the original campus of the nation’s first state-chartered university, highlighted by
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Double-Barreled Cannon Greek Revival architecture, beautiful gardens, and stately trees. The self-guided “A Walking Tour of Old North Campus” and guided tours are available at the UGA Visitors Center (p. 4). Map: Downtown, D4 Ware-Lyndon House (1856) Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and one of the few antebellum homes with Italianate elements remaining in the Athens area, this house museum is the centerpiece of the Lyndon House Arts Center. Free. Tue. and Thur. noon – 9 p.m.; Wed., Fri., and Sat. 9 a.m.– 5 p.m. 293 Hoyt St. 706-613-3623. AthensClarkeCounty.com/LyndonHouse. Map: Downtown, C1
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Athens Historic House Museum Association Member. A collective ticket for an interior tour of all four house museums is offered through Classic City Tours; see p.17.
Roadside Wonders The world’s only DoubleBarreled Cannon, forged in Athens, was a spectacular failure in testing but is still a proud Civil War relic. On the grounds of City Hall, 301 College Ave, facing north – just in case! The Tree That Owns Itself may be the world’s oddest property holder. Out of love for a great oak on his property, a professor deeded to the tree ownership of itself and the land within eight feet of it on all sides. Corner of Finley St. and Dearing St.
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Venture Out. Athens offers a great selection of athletics, natural resources, parks, and recreation. Take a walk (or hike, or climb, or kayak) that’s a bit off the beaten path.
This indoor rock climbing gym features state-of-the-art climbing walls for all ages and experience levels, spectacular bouldering routes up to 20 feet high, and terrain you’ll only find at pro competitions. 665 Barber St. 706354-0038. ActiveClimbing.com. Map: G2, 35
Big Dog’s on the River
Enjoy the beauty of the Middle Oconee River and take a one- to twohour kayak trip right here in Athens! No need to travel north; Big Dog’s on the River offers kayaking rental and river trail service, plus a peaceful picnic and recreation area. 2525 Atlanta Hwy. 706-353-6002. BigDogsontheRiver.com.
Leap Flying Trapeze
Bring your sense of adventure and let these high-flying experts send you soaring. Within the first 20 minutes of a two-hour group class you will be flying and practicing basic tricks for execution and timing. By the end of class you may even be ready to attempt a catch! Class schedule and reservations online. 160 Collins Industrial Blvd. 706-705-2055. LeapTrapeze.com.
Memorial Park and Bear Hollow Zoo
Experience 72 acres of rolling hills, a lake, picnic shelters, and playground area, plus a nature trail and designated 1.5-acre Dog Park. A small zoo includes many species of Georgia’s native wildlife. Free; donations accepted. Park open Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m. - sunset, Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.-sunset. Zoo open daily, 9 a.m.– 5 p.m.. 293 Gran Ellen Dr. Zoo: 706-613-3616. Park: 706-613-3580. AthensClarkeCounty.com/memorial. Map: G4, 26
North Oconee River Greenway
This 3.5-mile-long linear park is open sunrise to sunset to all types of non-motorized uses, including dogs on leashes. Connects with Cook’s Greenway Trail at Sandy Creek Nature Center and follows the North Oconee River south toward downtown Athens. Don’t miss the 50+ interpretive markers along the half-mile Heritage Trail from Dudley Park to Wilkerson Street. Picnic and recreational areas are located along the trail. FREE. 706-613-3801. AthensClarkeCounty.com/greenway. Map: I3/H2, 27
Oconee Forest Park
This 60-acre natural area has walking trails, a 1.2-mile mountain bike trail, and a 15-acre lake. Free. Trails open daily sunrise to sunset. College Station and East Campus Rds., at UGA Intramural fields. 706-542-4287. Warnell.uga.edu. Map: H4 28
Sandy Creek Nature Center
Miles of trails run through 225 acres of woodland, fields, and wetlands. The Environment, Natural Science and Appropriate Technology (ENSAT) Center features live animal exhibits and ADA-accessible trails. Free. Trails open daily until sunset; center open Tue. – Sat. 8:30 a.m.– 5:30 p.m. 205 Old Commerce Rd. 706-613-3615. AthensClarkeCounty.com/ sandycreeknaturecenter. Map: H1, 18
Sandy Creek Park
This 782-acre park surrounds Lake Chapman and features picnic sites, wooded trails, swimming, playgrounds, fishing, camping, dog runs, disc golf course, sports areas, and rental facilities. Canoe, kayak, and paddleboard rentals available Sat.-Sun. 12:30-5 p.m. $2. Open Tue. – Sun. sunrise to sunset. (Closed Mon.) 400 Bob Holman Rd. 706-6133631. AthensClarkeCounty.com/sandycreekpark. Map: H1, 29
Skate Park of Athens
This state-of-the-art facility has 14,000 square feet of ramps, edges, rails, steps, and bowls. BMX bikes and in-line skates also welcome. Free. Open Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sun. noon – 9 p.m. Southeast Clarke Park, 4440 Lexington Rd. 706-613-3871. AthensClarkeCounty.com/southeast. Map: K4, 30
World of Wonder Community Playground
Georgia’s largest communitybuilt playground is almost two acres of playscape mazes, slides, swings, bridges, tunnels, climbing wall, and enclosed toddler area, plus gardens and outdoor children’s art. FREE. Southeast Clarke Park, 4440 Lexington Rd. (use Whit Davis Rd. entrance). 706-6133871. AthensClarkeCounty.com/ southeast. Map: K4, 30
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•Bishop Park: 705 Sunset Dr., 706-613-3589. Map: F2, 31
•Wiggly Field Dog Park: Southeast Clarke Park ,4440 Lexington Rd. (use Whit Davis Rd. entrance). 706-613-3871. Map: K4,
Athens Area Golf Public and Semi-private Golf Courses The Chimneys Golf Course 338 Monroe Hwy., Winder 770-307-4900 Eagle Greens Sandy Creek Golf Course 3100 Ila Rd., Commerce 706-335-8100 The Georgia Club 1050 Chancellors Dr., Statham 770-725-8101 Jennings Mill 1500 Chambers Ct., Bogart 706-548-1852. Lane Creek Golf Club 1201 Club Dr., Bishop 706-769-6699.
Sunrise Golf Club 5225 Colbert-Danielsville Rd., Colbert. 706-788-2720 UGA Golf Course Home to the Stadion Classic at UGA. 2600 Riverbend Rd., Athens 706-369-5739. Map: F8
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Hunker Down with the Dawgs. Don’t miss championship sports action while in Athens! Visit GeorgiaDogs.com or call the UGA Athletic Association at 706-542-1231 to see which sports are in season. Admission to most UGA sports events is free! When you’re not at the game, get your sports fix with these touring ideas: Take a UGA campus tour offered by the UGA Visitors Center (p. 4), and check out venues such as Sanford Stadium, the nation’s seventh-largest on-campus college stadium, and Stegeman Coliseum, home to the 10-time National Champion GymDogs and site of UGA basketball. The Coliseum was also site of 1996 Olympics competition in volleyball and rhythmic gymnastics. Look for the Olympic memorial on the grounds. Map: UGA, 21
Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall houses memorabilia, touchscreen displays, and video highlights of the long and proud heritage of Georgia athletics. Exhibits include the 1980 national championship football trophy and Heisman trophies won by Frank Sinkwich and Herschel Walker, as well as items from the 1996 Olympics competition in Athens. Free. Mon. – Fri.
UGA Athletic teams have won 39 national championships and 147 SEC championships! 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 1 Selig Circle. Car parking is available. Groups should call ahead for bus/motorcoach parking guidance. 706542-9036. Map: UGA, 1 Stop by the ITA Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex, open during tennis tournaments and to group tours by appointment, to see more sports memorabilia. 518 D.W. Brooks Dr. 706-542-8064. Map: UGA, 4
Walk through historic North Campus, home to Herty Field, where early Bulldog football teams played under Coach Pop Warner in the 1890s. The Chapel Bell is traditionally rung after Bulldog victories. Map: UGA, 2
Pick up red and black gear on campus at the UGA Bookstore, or cross Broad St. through the famed Arch to Downtown Athens and check out The Red Zone, The Clubhouse, or Dawg Fanz.
VisitAthensGA.com/ugasports to see which sports are in season!
Athens is home to America’s first garden club as well as one of the most diverse collections of specialty nurseries and gardens in the Southeastern United States. Founders Memorial Garden A trickling fountain, rare flora, winding walkways, and ornamental shrubbery are a grand memorial to the founders of America’s first garden club. Free. Behind Brooks Hall, UGA North Campus. 325 S. Lumpkin St. Ced.Uga.edu. Map: UGA, 6
Garden Club of Georgia, Inc., State Headquarters The stately neoclassical building, with museum-quality furnishings and decorative arts, overlooks the Heritage Garden on the grounds of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. Guided tours available by appointment. $2 per person. Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; closed noon - 1 p.m. 2450 South Milledge Ave. 706-227-5369. GardenClub.Uga.edu. Map: H5, 21 The State Botanical Garden of Georgia This 313-acre preserve features five miles of trails, a stunning tropical conservatory, and themed gardens showcasing native and international flora. Special events and programs held year-round. The garden has recently been named an Important Birding Area by the Georgia Audubon Society. Gift shop and Café. Free; donations welcome. • Grounds: open daily except UGA holidays Oct. – Mar. 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Apr. – Sept. 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. • Visitor Center, Gift Shop, Café hours: Tue. 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., Wed.-Sat. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sun. 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. All buildings closed on Monday and official UGA holidays. 2450 South Milledge Ave. 706-542-1244. Botgarden. Uga.edu. Map: H5, 21 The Trial Gardens at UGA Come see the horticulturists in action as they determine the “best of the best” plants for our region’s high heat and humidity that will go on to receive the Athens Select label for sale in garden centers, such as the bestselling Homestead Verbena. Free. Open to the public daily during daylight hours. 220 W. Green St., across from UGA Coliseum. 706-542-2471. UgaTrial.hort.uga.edu. Map: UGA, 15 800.653.0603••VisitAthensGA.com VisitAthensGA.com 800.653.0603
Dining James Beard Foundation Honorees Hugh Acheson, chef/owner of Five and Ten: Best Chef: Southeast 2012 Best Cookbook: “A New Turn In the South” 2012 Weaver D’s: America’s Classics Award, 2007
Give yourself a treat. Athens Food Tours Venture off the beaten path to much-loved locally owned eateries and markets for samples of delicious specialties as restaurant owners, chefs, and farmers share their stories. Tours also offer a glimpse into the past and living history of Athens music, architecture, and lifestyles during an easy-paced walk. 24-hr. advance notice. $28-$48. 706-338-8054. AthensFoodTours.com
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On the Menu Buffalo’s southwest CafÉ 196 Alps Road, Suite 49 Beechwood Shopping Center 706.354.6655 www.buffaloscafe.com More than great WINGS! Steaks, Pasta, Salads, Burgers, Wraps, Vegetarian and Lunch Menus. Live Music & Trivia, Sports & NFL Ticket on 42 TV’s. Private Rooms for meetings, parties, weddings & special events. Large Groups and Buses Welcome. Delivery Available. email@example.com
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DePalma’s Italian Café 401 E. Broad St. Downtown Athens (706) 354.6966 1965 Barnett Shoals Rd. Eastside Athens (706) 369.0085 2080 Timothy Rd. Westside Athens (706) 552.1237 www.depalmasitaliancafe.com Serving homemade pasta and hand tossed pizzas for over 24 years. Daily Specials. Party trays available. Reservations accepted.
Dining Video Harrys BBQ and Bristo (706) 612-9219 2425 Jefferson Road www.harryspigshop.com Voted “Best BBQ” in Athens, Harrys celebrates the tradition of great BBQ sauces & rubs from all over the country. In addition to a range of sandwiches and side dishes, specialties include Pork Tenderloin Sliders, BBQ Nachos, salads and vegetarian options. On Jefferson Hwy (aka Prince Ave.) just off Loop 10.
Food & Wine Adventures. Seasonal (April – December): •Athens Farmers Market. Our soil, our farmers, our food, our music! Saturdays at Bishop Park, Wednesdays Downtown at City Hall. (p. 7) All year: •Terrapin, Creature Comforts Breweries. Discover the art of award-winning brewing. (p. 7) •Shotgun Dinners. Grab Athens’ most exclusive dinner reservation, monthly. ShotgunDinners.com. •Home.Made Supper Club. Private dining experience featuring a seasonally relevant and distinctively southern menu. homemade-catering. com
Dining January - February: •Athens Wine Weekend, 4th Annual. Two days of tastings & seminars. Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2014. AthensWineWeekend.com. •Taste of Athens, 20th Annual. Athens’ best culinary fare on display. Feb. 16, 2014. communityconnection211.org/taste April: •Classic City Brew Fest, 19th Annual. Sample regional and world beer styles. April 13, 2014. Buy tickets in Dec. ClassicCityBrew.com. August: •Classic City BBQ Festival. Competitions, Classic Car Show, Bluegrass Music, and more. Aug. 16-17, 2013. ClassicCityBBQFest.com
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February 2014 • Taste of Athens, Feb. 16 April 2014 • UGA International Street Festival, Apr. 5 International street festival
• Plantapolooza!, TBA
ANNUAL EVENTS: 2013-2014
• Piedmont Gardeners Garden Tour, Apr. 19
August 2013 • Classic City BBQ Festival, Aug. 16-17 September 2013 • Insectival, Sept. 21 October 2013 • North Georgia Folk Festival, Oct. 5
• Classic City Brew Fest, Apr. 13 • Athens Twilight Criterium, Apr. 25-26 • Pro Golf: Stadion Classic at UGA, TBA May 2014 • Athens Human Rights Festival, TBA (typically 1st Sat.-Sun.) June 2014
• Athens-to-Atlanta Road Skate, Oct. 6
• AthFest, June 18-22
• AthFest Half Marathon, Oct. 20
• Halloween in the Clubs and Wild Rumpus, Oct. 31 (& weekend)
• Classic City American Music Festival, TBA
December 2013 • Downtown Parade of Lights, Dec. 5 • Museum Mile Holiday Home Tour, Dec. 15 • Indie South Fair Holiday Hooray, Dec. 7 & 8 • New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31 January 2014 • Athens Wine Weekend, Jan. 31-Feb. 2
Call before you go! Event dates are subject to change.
Seasonal: • Athens Farmers Market, Apr. – Dec. • Sunflower Music Series, June – Sept.
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Quick Facts Area: 122 square miles, the smallest county in Georgia Population: 120,266 (2013 U.S. Census estimate)
Elevation: 802 feet Tax: 7% local/state sales tax; additional 7% hotel/
motel occupancy tax
Government: In 1991, the Unified Government
of Athens-Clarke County became the 28th consolidated city-county government in the United States and the third in Georgia.
Weather: July: 69ºF (avg. low), 90º F (avg. high)
January: 33º (avg. low), 51º (avg. high)
Avg. Rainfall: 48” Avg. Snowfall: 2.5”
Ground Shuttle to/from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Intl. Airport • Groome Transportation 19 trips daily 706-410-2363 GroomeTransportation.com Bus • Athens Transit System 706-613-3434 AthensTransit.com • Mega Bus (Atlanta-Athens) 877-462-6342 MegaBus.com • Southeastern Stages 706-549-2255 SoutheasternStages.com
Numbers to Know
Police, fire, ambulance emergencies: 911 Non-emergency police dept.: 706-613-3330 Hospitals: Athens Regional Medical Center: 1199 Prince Ave., 706-475-7000; St. Mary’s Hospital: 1230 Baxter St., 706-389-3000 Walk-In Medical Centers: Regional First Care: 485 Hwy. 29 N., Athens, 706-353-6000; and 1960 Experiment Station Rd., Watkinsville, 706-769-0000 Athens Area Chamber of Commerce: 706-549-6800
Taxi • 5 Star Taxi 706-549-2224 • Athens Cab Co. 706-546-0055 • Golden Taxi 706-543-5646 • United Taxi Cab 706-549-0808
Justin Timberlake was here! Georgia is a new film mecca and Athens is part of the action! See which Athens scenes you can spot in these movies, then check them out while you’re here!
Transportation Airport • Athens-Ben Epps Airport 706-613-3420 AthensAirport.net • SeaPort Airlines Athens - Nashville 888-573-2767 SeaPortAir.com
Trouble with the Curve (Sept. 2012) Starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, & Justin Timberlake
Spectacular Now (2013)
Athens Map 800.653.0603 • VisitAthensGA.com
Information in this Guide was current as of July 2013. The Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau, while making every effort to keep this guide as accurate as possible, assumes no responsibility for errors, changes, or omissions. Please call in advance to confirm information before making any reservations. Rates may be higher during UGA home games and other special events.
Refers to downtown map phone/web
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America’s Best Inn - 2715 Atlanta Hwy.
706-549-1530 / 800-237-8466 www.americasbestinnathens.com
Best Western Athens - 170 N. Milledge Ave.
706-546-7311 / 800-592-9401 www.bestwestern.com
Budget Host Inn - 3425 Atlanta Hwy.
Bulldog Inn - 1225 Commerce Rd.
Comfort Inn & Suites - 3980 Atlanta Hwy.
Comfort Suites - 255 North Ave.
706-995-4000 / 800-4CHOICE www.choicehotels.com
Courtyard by Marriott - 166 N. Finley St.
706-369-7000 / 800-321-2211 www.courtyard.com
Days Inn - 230 N. Finley St.
706-543-6511 / 800-329-7466 www.daysinnathens.com
Hampton Inn - 2220 W. Broad St.
706-548-9600 / 800-426-7866 www.hamptoninn.com
Hilton Garden Inn - 390 E. Washington St.
706-353-6800 / 877-STAYHGI www.stayhgi.com
Holiday Inn - 197 E. Broad St.
706-549-4433 / 888-465-4329 www.hi-athens.com
Holiday Inn Express - 513 W. Broad St.
706-546-8122 / 888-465-4329 www.hi-athens.com
Howard Johnson - 2465 W. Broad St.
706-548-1111 / 800-446-4656 www.hojo.com
InTown Suites - 2044 S. Milledge Ave.
706-355-3121 / 800-553-9338 www.intownsuites.com
Microtel Inn - 1050 Ultimate Dr.
706-548-5676 / 800-771-7171 www.microtelinn.com
Perimeter Inn 3791 Atlanta Hwy.
706-548-3000 / 800-934-2963 www.perimeterinn.com
Travelodge 898 W. Broad St.
706-549-5400 / 800-578-7878 www.travelodge.com
UGA Hotel & Conference Center - 1197 S. Lumpkin St.
706-542-2134 / 800-884-1381 www.georgiacenter.uga.edu
Candlewood Suites - 156 Classic Rd.
Country Inn & Suites - 236 Old Epps Bridge Rd.
Foundry Park Inn & Spa - 295 E. Dougherty St. Georgia Gameday Center - 250 W. Broad St.
Hotel Indigo - 500 College Ave.
Sleep Inn & Suites 109 Florence Dr.
800.653.0603 • VisitAthensGA.com
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Refers to area map
Country Boy’s RV Park - 5473 Mt. Olive Rd., Commerce
Fort Yargo - 210 S. Broad St., Winder
Pine Lake RV & Campsite - 5540 High Shoals Road, Bishop
Watson Mill Bridge State Park RV & Campsite - 650 Watson Mill Road, Comer
Check out VisitAthensGA.com for online reservations, packages, and specials!
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706-335-5535 countryboysrvpark.com 770-867-3489/800-864-7275 gastateparks.org/FortYargo 706-769-5486 pinelakervcamp.com 706-783-5349 • 800-864-7275 gastateparks.org/watsonmillbridge/
RV PARKS & CAMPSITES
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The Colonels on Angel Oaks Farm 3890 Barnett Shoals Rd. 706-559-9595 www.thecolonels.net 7 rooms, 3 suites, $$$ Call for pet policy details and restrictions.
Foundry Park Inn
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OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE
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Published on Aug 5, 2013
The official Visitors Guide to Athens, Georgia. Plan your trip with the guide to attractions, events, restaurants, and hotels. This eclectic...