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TABLE of CONTENTS
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10. Getting Your Bearings 12. Historic Highlights 14. Sports Attractions 14. Game-Day Game Plan 16. Museums and More 18. Get Outdoors 19. Campus Hubs 20. Eating on Campus 22. Parking and Getting Around
All Things Athens
28. A (Brief) History of the Classic City 30. Downtown Food and Drink 32. Drink Local: Craft Breweries 33. Eat Local: Farmers Markets 34. Shopping and Services 34. Hotels near Campus 36. Music and Nightlife 38. Neighborhood Gems
Mapping Your Visit
24-25. Main Campus Map 29. Downtown Athens
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Welcome ATHENS IS ALWAYS A GREAT PLACE TO VISIT, but perhaps there’s no better time than fall, when the historic charm of the Classic City and the University of Georgia campus are at their peak. It’s also a time of renewal, when thousands of new students arrive, marking an important new chapter in their lives and adding to the collective energy of the city. Whether you are a Bulldog fan or a prospective freshman, you can navigate UGA’s 762 acres thanks to our guide to the campus essentials that starts on page 9. We help you take in notable locations that match your interest, whether the multiple museums on campus (page 16) or the outdoor locations that are part of the university (page 18). We offer the scoop on the best c. 1820 Church-Waddel-Brumby Church-Waddel-Brumby House House
places to eat on campus (page 20) and even give you tips on where to park and how to avoid getting a ticket (page 22). And to help you navigate through campus, we have a pull-out map of the University of Georgia (pages 24 and 25). One thing you’ll quickly learn is that Athens has grown up alongside the university over more than two centuries. Our “All Things Athens” section which starts on page 27 covers shopping, dining, music and nightlife in the heart of Downtown. We’ve also expanded our guide to the city’s neighborhoods, each of which has a distinct personality and its own must-see destinations. Whether you’re a newcomer or a longtime Athenian, our goal is for this guide to help you make discoveries on campus and around town. Enjoy!
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GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART It makes a great date EDITORIAL but it’s also a cool place to bring parents. The SENIOR EDITOR permanent collection Lisee Pullara is awesome and they PHOTO EDITOR add new exhibitions so Reynolds Rogers there’s always a reason CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS to come back!
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Explore woodland trails, display gardens, volunteer opportunities, and a variety of classes, concerts and events.
NORTH CAMPUS It’s the perfect place to wind down, picnic or people watch, and the grass in the summertime feels like pillows.
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THE STATE BOTANICAL GARDEN Not only are there beautiful plants, but there are also several trails to hike. My favorite is taking a hammock and relaxing in the shade. It’s also free!
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HERTY FIELD This is a great spot because it has history — the former football field — and scenery. The fountain and lawn represent just a portion of the beauty North Campus has to offer.
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WALK THIS WAY Legend has it that if you walk under the Arch as an undergrad you will not graduate. You will spot students carefully walking around the Arch on well-worn steps.
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Getting Your Bearings
The University of Georgia’s main campus sprawls over 762 acres and includes more than 460 buildings. If you only have a day or a weekend to visit, it can help to take in the big picture and decide where to start your exploration. For more help, see our map on pages 24 and 25.
North North Campus
The original campus of UGA, this section is bounded to the north by Broad Street and extends down to Baldwin Street. It includes some of the university’s oldest buildings and recently refurbished greenspace.
Bounded by Baldwin Street to the north and extending up Baxter Street to the west, this area is a constant hub of activity. During the week, it’s crowded with students going from class to class, and on home-game weekends, it is packed with tents and tailgaters. It’s also the location of popular food courts and coffee spots.
Featured Highlights The Arch The Chapel Founders Memorial Garden Herty Field Jackson Street Cemetery Old College Main Library North Campus Quad Terrell Hall
Featured Highlights Sanford Stadium Tate Student Center Zell B. Miller Learning Center Special Collections Libraries Campus Bookstore
East East Campus South Campus
Stretching south from Field Street and bounded by East Campus Road, this portion of campus includes athletics facilities and a number of buildings dedicated to the sciences. The newest addition to South Campus is the indoor athletics practice facility. Though tours aren’t offered at the facility, you can see the massive structure next to Foley Field. Featured Highlights Stegeman Coliseum Science Learning Center UGA Trial Gardens Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall The Georgia Center
Bounded by East Campus Road and the North Oconee River, this diverse quadrant encompasses complexes for both the arts and athletics. It also houses facilities used by the College of Agriculture and a sprawling campus park. Make sure to dress comfortably because you will do plenty of walking. Whether you stroll the halls of the art museum or hike the trails by the lake, you’ll find your day full of exploration. Featured Highlights Visitors Center Georgia Museum of Art Ramsey Student Center Georgia Museum of Natural History Performing Arts Center Lamar Dodd School of Art Intramural Fields/Lake Herrick
South A Very Good Place to Start: The UGA Visitors Center You can schedule campus tours or pick up information at the UGA Visitors Center. Housed in the former campus dairies, the center is open Monday through Saturday. Weekday student-led driving and walking tours take about 75 minutes. Reservations are recommended. visit.uga.edu
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HERTY FIELD / Reynolds Rogers
Historic Highlights Founded in 1785, the University of Georgia is the nation’s oldest state-chartered institution of higher learning. Explore some of that legacy by taking in landmark campus locations in the heart of North Campus.
Forged in 1857, UGA’s wrought-iron arch was modeled after the emblem on the state of Georgia’s Great Seal. Each pillar represents one of the university’s founding principles: wisdom, justice and moderation. While it has come to stand as a symbol for the university, its initial use was purely functional. The Arch acted as a gate between North Campus and Broad Street and kept roving cattle from eating the university’s lawn.
Holmes and Charlayne Hunter, who integrated the university in 1961.
Built in 1832, the Chapel holds gorgeous
Jackson Street Cemetery
North Campus Quad
North Campus Quad is lined with historic buildings. A walk from the Arch to the MAIN LIBRARY will provide you a view of ancient trees, lush gardens and some of the oldest structures on campus. Facing each other across the quad, DEMOSTHENIAN HALL (1824) and PHI KAPPA HALL (1836) have hosted a centuries-old rivalry between debate societies. Along the walk is the HOLMES-HUNTER ACADEMIC BUILDING, named in honor of Hamilton 12 / UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA VISITORS GUIDE
murals and is worth a tour of its own, as it once was the center of most campus activities. During the Civil War, it even served as a hospital. The Chapel Bell formerly rested in a crown tower atop the building and rang at the beginning and end of class and for emergencies. In 1913, wood rot set in, forcing officials to move it behind the building, where it is now rung for any and all Bulldog victories.
HOLMES-HUNTER /Austin Steele
Just across the street from the Main Library sits the Jackson Street Cemetery, with around 800 grave spaces that include two Revolutionary War soldiers and a former UGA president from the early 1800s. Also known as the Old Athens Cemetery, it was the city’s original resting place, with free burial plots available for all Athens citizens. The markers in the cemetery range from uninscribed local field stones to imported marble. The last known burials took place in the 1880s, though it officially closed in
1856 when the Oconee Hill Cemetery was opened. The cemetery extended beyond its current area, as was underscored when 2015 renovations at nearby Baldwin Hall revealed an additional 105 grave spaces. The remains were moved to Oconee Hill Cemetery, and researchers concluded a majority of the individuals found were slaves or former slaves. Now the university is making plans to commemorate these Athenians with a memorial on campus.
Founders Garden is recognized by the National Register of Historic Places.
Before the days of Sanford Stadium, there was Herty Field. On Jan. 30, 1892, the first intercollegiate football game in Georgia took place on this stretch of lawn, where Georgia beat Mercer University 50-0. Home games were played there until 1911. Today, Herty is an open field with a fountain and benches, a popular backdrop for wedding and graduation photos. The field is named for Charles H. Herty, a former chemistry professor and sports fanatic, who introduced football to students and served as an unofficial coach in the late 1800s.
The first building completed, this 1806 brick structure at the center of North Campus has served many functions over the past two centuries. It has housed dormitories, classrooms, dining halls and military barracks. Originally called Franklin College, it now is appropriately the home of Franklin College of Arts and Sciences administrative offices.
Founders Memorial Garden
Dedicated to the 12 founders of the Ladiesâ€™ Garden Club of Athens, the first garden club in the U.S., this garden serves as a display of gorgeous landscaping and as a workspace for horticulture students. Sitting on 2.5 acres, the site includes a formal boxwood
Emily Haney SOUND OF CELEBRATION THE CHAPEL BELL ONCE WAS USED AS AN ALARM. TODAY RINGING THE BELL IS A CELEBRATORY RITUAL. ITâ€™S SOUNDED AFTER MAJOR SPORTS VICTORIES AND TO MARK PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS SUCH AS GRADUATION. garden, two courtyards, a terrace, a perennial garden and an arboretum. The
A science building originally was erected in this spot in the late 1890s, but a fire led to its destruction and the current building was completed in 1904. It now is named for William Terrell, who served in the U.S. Congress and endowed an agricultural chemistry professorship at UGA. Today the graceful brick structure houses the admissions department and is a likely stop for thousands of prospective students.
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BUTTS-MEHRE HERITAGE HALL / Vira Halim
Sports Attractions Whether you’re the latest in a multi-generational family of Georgia Bulldogs or simply curious about the school and its football legacy, you’ll find plenty to see during your campus tour. SOUTH CAMPUS
Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall
Butts-Mehre sits near the new indoor practice facility and Foley Field. The 85,000-square-foot building is located off Lumpkin Street behind the Forrest “Spec” Towns Track. Check out the Heritage Museum and Sports Museum, which
GAME-DAY TIPS 1. Expect — and accept — lines Most games have healthy attendance, and some — such as the Nov. 10 rivalry game against Auburn — bring massive crowds.
2. Scout a great tailgate spot There are many good spots to tailgate, but some of the best areas are along East Campus Road. Even if you’re not
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tailgating, a stroll through this section of campus is worth it just to see the impressive spreads. Tents also line up along Lumpkin Street, between the Tate Student Center and Zell B. Miller Learning Center and even under the parking decks.
3. Pick a strategic parking spot The free campus spots are farther away and usually the first to go, so check out a map and have a plan before you get to Athens. Parking downtown will be challenging, so don’t plan on it unless
include retired jerseys, Heisman Trophy memorabilia, the Rose Bowl trophy and the 1980 NCAA National Championship trophy. The center is open for tours during regular weekday business hours only. Next to the facility is a garden containing a sculpture that commemorates former football coach and venerated UGA athletic director Vince Dooley. you buy a pass for a deck in advance. Advance parking can be purchased through the Classic Center or Downtown Athens Parking System. You most likely will have to walk from your parking spot. This isn’t the worst thing in the world — one of the best parts of the game-day experience is the fanfare and the buzz of a Saturday in Athens.
4. Park and tailgate in one spot For a slightly less scenic but more efficient experience, you can find a spot at a local business near campus and be able
to park and set up your tailgate in one place. You’ll have to walk a little farther when you leave the game, but you’ll also be out of the worst traffic. Parking spots typically range from $25 to $65 depending on proximity to campus and the competitiveness of the game.
5. Dress for comfort While students sometimes get decked out in dresses or button-downs and bow ties, don’t feel like you have to fit the mold. For early games, when it’s hot, wear shorts and a red or white T-shirt
Ramsey Student Center
The UGA gym offers 440,000 square feet and a variety of activities. Ramsey holds more than 25,000 square feet of weight-training space, three pools, four gymnasia, a climbing wall, an outdoor bouldering area, 10 racquetball courts, two international squash courts and a track. The center offers classes from yoga to boxing. If you’re looking to get exercise outside, there’s also an equipment rental facility for outdoor activities such as hiking and canoeing.
Since opening on Oct. 12, 1929, this facility has hosted hundreds of thousands of fans, students and visitors. Sanford keeps progressing, tripling its capacity over the decades. Currently the 10th largest on-campus stadium in college football by capacity, Sanford is undergoing a $63 million renovation of the west end zone and the installation of a new scoreboard which will be ready by the 2018 football season. While the stadium is best known for football, it hosted soccer during the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. This temporary change in sport triggered heated debate, as Sanford’s signature hedges had to be removed to better accommodate the soccer pitch. Campus Tradition: The deceased Georgia bulldog mascots, Uga I through IX, are buried within the stadium.
Originally the Georgia Coliseum when it opened in 1964, this athletic training and competition space was renamed in 1996 in honor of former UGA Athletic Director Herman James Stegeman. Stegeman is the home of Georgia’s basketball and volleyball teams as well as the GymDogs gymnastics program. It hosted gymnastics and volleyball competitions during the 1996 Olympics plus the 1989, 1995 and 2008 NCAA gymnastics championships. It underwent recent renovations for a center-court scoreboard, new seats, an improved sound system and more. Stegeman can now hold 10,523 people and features a state-of-the-art basketball floor.
(you’ll regret wearing black on blazing hot days). For later games, layering is essential. It can still be warm while you’re tailgating with temperatures dropping by kickoff. When it comes to shoes, comfort is key. You’re going to be tailgating all day and on your feet during the game as well as walking everywhere.
6. Plan for the heat Early-season games can be hellish. Hydrate beforehand and bring cash to buy water inside the stadium; you won’t be able to bring anything in, and if the
game is packed, the lines at refreshment stands will be long.
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7. Clear your bag Do not bring a purse or backpack. Permitted bags include clear plastic or vinyl bags that do not exceed 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches, one-gallon clear plastic freezer bags and small clutches no larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches. Bags that include medically necessary items are allowed, but you will have to go through a special gate if you bring such a bag.
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POPPIES: WAR, WOMEN AND PEACE Marking the centennial end of World War I, this Special Collections Libraries exhibit remembers women in times of war. THROUGH DEC. 14, 2018
Museums and More As the state’s flagship university, UGA is home to a number of special collections that span the arts, sciences, broadcast and historical archives. EAST CAMPUS
Georgia Museum of Art
Georgia Museum of Natural History
Performing Arts Center
Opened in 1948, the GMOA serves as the state’s official art museum and now occupies a contemporary building on East Campus. It holds more than 10,000 objects in a permanent collection, from American paintings of the 18th and 19th centuries to the Samuel H. Kress Study Collection of Italian Renaissance paintings. The museum also has a growing collection of Southern decorative arts. GMOA offers a range of programs including film series, guided tours and special events, such as the Third Thursday evening art tour series, yoga in the galleries and Museum Mix, an event that combines art, food and music. A special exhibition this fall focuses on poster art of World War I. Admission is free. georgiamuseum.org.
QUITE A SPECIMEN This beetle is one of the hundreds of thousands of specimens at the Georgia Museum of Natural History.
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For decades, UGA held natural history collections across several different departments until the university combined these disparate collections into one museum in 1978. In 1999, the Georgia Museum of Natural History was recognized as the official state museum of natural history. Teachers in a range of disciplines have access to the specimens that are kept in the museum. Check out the museum to see 1.3 million arthropods, 325,000 species of fishes and 46,000 reptiles and amphibians. Admission is free; call ahead if you have a larger group. naturalhistory.uga.edu
Lamar Dodd School of Art
Lamar Dodd is home base for UGA’s art majors and includes studio space for all disciplines. The building itself showcases displays of emerging artists’ work through its halls. It’s named for Lamar Dodd, who came to the university as an artist-in-residence and set up the framework for the Georgia bachelor’s degree in art in the 1930s. art.uga.edu
The Performing Arts Center is home to the Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall and the Ramsey Concert Hall, venues which host national and international performers as well as performances by UGA music students and faculty. Hodgson is the larger hall, able to hold 1,100 in festival-like seating. The PAC sits near the Georgia Museum of Art. pac.uga.edu.
Special Collections Libraries
This 115,000-square-foot building holds the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library with approximately 120,000 books and over 6 million archival items such as family papers, diaries and letters. There’s also the Georgiana Collection, with documents on state history, and the University of Georgia Archives. In addition, this facility houses the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies and the Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection which preserves over 250,000 works in film, video, audiotape, transcription disks and other formats. libs.uga.ed/scl
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Get Outdoors From gardens to hiking trails, UGA offers many ways to enjoy nature. EAST CAMPUS
Intramural Fields area
Managed by the Warnell School of Forestry, this park is a working laboratory filled with century-old trees, remnants of a once-massive forest. The park contains Lake Herrick as well as picnic facilities, a hiking area, a dog park, tennis courts and fields for other sports. Thereâ€™s plenty of parking, and the area is accessible by bus.
SOUTH MILLEDGE AVENUE
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State Botanical Garden
About 3 miles south of campus, the garden is an educational facility operated by the university and covers more than 300 acres that contain theme gardens, special collections and a conservatory that includes a cafe. You also can explore more than 5 miles of trails. botgarden.uga.edu
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UGArden Learning and Demonstration Farm
ing and gardening. Crops produced at UGArden are used in Campus Kitchen, a partner nonprofit, and at Athens-area schools. The farm hosts special events throughout the year. For information on touring, email email@example.com.
University Golf Course
The UGA teaching farm offers students a way to get hands-on experience in farm-
The 7,300-yard, par 71 Robert Trent Jones course is rated in the top 15 best courses in the country by Golf Advisor. The course, which is celebrating its 50th
OVER 350 CONCERTS ANNUALLY! For tickets, call 706-542-4400 or visit pac.uga.edu
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anniversary this year, is open to the public and there are several pass and membership options. golfcourse.uga.edu
UGA Trial Gardens
Located behind Snelling Dining Commons, the gardens serve as the site of a contest as annuals and perennials battle Southeastern heat and humidity. Ranked by endurance, the best plants of the year are given the Classic City Garden Awards. The gardens are open year-round.
These major buildings bustle with student activity. CENTRAL CAMPUS
The bookstore stocks a lot more than books. The downstairs features a dizzying array of Georgia fan gear, apparel and gifts. The upstairs technology area includes a mini Apple retail shop.
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UGA’s biggest library has eight floors of books on every subject imaginable — plus study spaces and large collections of documents and microforms. Take some time to read on the steps of the historic building, flanked by stone pillars, or grab a bite at the campus eatery on the first floor. Insiders Tip: The library’s top floor offers a spectacular view of campus.
The Science Learning Center
At a massive 122,500 square feet, the SLC
contains labs, lecture halls and space for classes in chemistry, biology, physics, ecology, math, computer science and genetics. The center was designed to enrich techniques in STEM instruction and learning by collaboration. In addition to individual and group study areas, there’s an Einstein Bros. Bagels and Caribou Coffee shop.
Zell B. Miller Learning Center
This 200,000-square foot study and work space holds a digital media lab, a reading
room, a small library, numerous computers, workspaces and study rooms.
Tate Student Center
The Tate Student Center provides facilities, services and programs for students, faculty and the community. The space features food courts, a print and copy shop, study lounges, a Starbucks and the Tate Theater. Special events are held in its Grand Hall. Good to Know: Movies at Tate are free for students and just $3 for everyone else.
The only on-campus housing option for camps and conferences in the Classsic City housing.uga.edu/site/visitors_camps
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Photos courtesy UGA Dining Services
Eating on Campus Dining Halls If you want the student experience, eat at one of the major dining halls. All take cash and credit cards. Prices range from $9.10 for breakfast to $15.60 for dinner.
to-order dishes including all-day breakfast. The “special selections” line offers foods free of major allergens and gluten.
Health Sciences Campus in Normaltown features made-to-order breakfast, lunch sandwiches and pizzas as well as graband-go items. Weekdays only.
Oglethorpe Dining Commons
BAXTER AND LUMPKIN STREETS
Known for customizable skillets, this dining hall includes a full-service coffee shop.
Bolton Dining Commons
HEALTH SCIENCES CAMPUS
A rite of passage is to “Snellebrate” at this dining hall, which is open 24 hours on certain days. It includes a yogurt bar, burrito station and range of vegan and vegetarian options.
This colossal hall is located near most freshman dorms and features a dozen serving stations, many featuring made-
This smaller dining hall on the historic
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Snelling Dining Commons
Close to residence halls occupied by athletes, this dining hall is known for vitamin-loaded smoothies and madeto-order omelets.
Grab and Go Sprinkled throughout campus, these retail locations offer an easy way to pick up a meal. Most carry sandwiches, snacks, salads and bottled drinks.
AU BON PAIN — Amos Hall BONE APPETIT — Aderhold Hall DAWG BITES — Biological Sciences Building EAST SIDE MARKET — Joe Frank Harris
BAGELS & COFFEE — Science Learning Center, Main Library STARBUCKS — Tate Student Center
Food Courts For commuting students and visitors alike, these centrally located food courts offer quick meals and ample seating.
TATE STUDENT CENTER
In the main level of the original Tate
building, this court includes mall standards Chick-fil-A and Panda Express, as well as UGA’s own Niche Pizza, which offers custom and gluten-free pizza.
Taqueria 1785, the UGA food truck, roams through campus. Track it on Twitter at @Taqueria1785.
The UGA Creamery
TATE STUDENT CENTER
Located in the main level of the Tate addition, this court includes a location of Athens-based chain Barberitos, Bulldog Burger and the Market at Tate, which serves sandwiches, wraps, salads, and snacks and Jittery Joe’s coffee.
The Creamery has operated from the Environmental Health Science Building since 1941, and provides soups, sandwiches and salads — as well as ice cream. The latter, alas, no longer is made on site as it was when the Creamery processed milk from the UGA dairy herd.
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Red Clay Cafe
This food court includes a trio of shops: Sweet Java Brown’s, which serves coffee and sweets; East Side Deli, which offers sandwiches and salads; and Sushi with Gusto, which offers pre-made sushi.
Jittery Joe’s Coffee Full-service coffee drinks and more from the Athens-based roaster are served in three on-campus locations: Miller Learning Center, UGA Science Library and Baldwin Hall.
The centrally located University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education and Hotel complex operates:
THE SAVANNAH ROOM — A relaxed yet ele-
gant restaurant, good for lunch meetings or formal dinners THE SAVANNAH ROOM BAR — Cocktails, craft beer and bar snacks THE COURTYARD CAFE — Cafeteria-style breakfast, entrees, soups, sandwiches and salads GEORGIA JAVA — Coffee drinks, smoothies and baked goods
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Parking and Getting Around Visitors to campus may park in any pay lot or pay deck. All parking pay facilities accept credit cards.
Designated Visitor Lots North Campus Deck South Campus Deck Tate Center Deck East Campus Deck Performing Arts Center Deck Carlton Street The visitor parking areas can be found on the campus map, pages 24-25. To park in a handicapped space, a
NO FREE PARKING Campus visitor and pay lot rates: Up to 30 minutes: $1 31 to 60 minutes: $3 61 to 120 minutes: $5 Each additional hour: $1 Daily maximum: $10 Fine for unauthorized parking in permit-only lots: $50
Department of Transportation issued tag is required. Visitors with disability permits must use pay lots where there are designated spaces. For more information, contact Parking Services at 706542-7275 or parking.uga.edu.
Football and Special Events
During special events, particularly football Saturdays, resident students, staff and faculty can park only in certain areas starting Friday night through the end of the game. Failure to comply results in towing and substantial fines.
The UGA bus system can be efficient and saves you the time and expense of hunting for parking. You can download an app with routes and schedules. transit.uga.edu
Athens-Clarke County Transit
Athens has one of the highest ridership rates in the country, and buses take you all over town. It’s free to ride Athens transit for students, faculty and staff with UGA IDs. Children under age 18 also ride free. athenstransit.com
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Parking in Athens
Downtown parking can be problematic. If you stay at a downtown hotel, the best bet is to keep your car in the hotel parking lot and walk. Metered parking is $1.25 an hour with a two-hour maximum on the meter. If you do pay to park Downtown, a good option is the city-operated deck on College Avenue a couple blocks from the Arch. You can leave your car there and not have to worry about running out to feed the meter. Plus, the first 30 minutes are free. Good to Know: Most street parking is free on Sundays in Athens.
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The Classic College Town A (very brief) history of Athens Back in 1785, Georgia’s state legislators made history by chartering the country’s first publicly funded college. But it would be 16 years before the University of Georgia found a home. The trustees bought 633 acres surrounding a hilltop settlement high above the Oconee River. The area’s main village — 10 houses and four shops — was renamed Athens after the center of Greek classical
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learning. It would take five more years for Franklin College, the university’s first building, to be constructed. The trustees sold off land to finance the fledgling school, and as a result Athens grew faster than the university. Merchants and plantation owners snapped up the property and settled near campus. By 1820, Athens was a bustling textile center, while UGA still operated from that
first building, now known as Old College. Unlike other Georgia cities, Athens was spared significant destruction during the Civil War. Grand mansions, spacious warehouses and sturdy storefronts from the early 1800s still stand Downtown and in surrounding neighborhoods. After the war, Athens boomed. As refugees flocked to its textile mills in search of work, veterans enrolled in the college and freed slaves opened schools and businesses, creating a strong black middle class. It was in 1872 — almost a century after the university’s founding — that the college saw its most dramatic changes. A federal land-grant designation expanded the school. Meanwhile, streetcar service fueled development of new residential areas, and Athens became the capital of Clarke County. (The two governments consolidated in 1990.) Growth of the city and university continued in the early 1900s. In the 1950s, the Navy Supply Corps School moved to Athens, where it operated for another half century. Its buildings today house UGA’s Health Sciences Campus. A commitment to preservation was reinforced in 1980 as Athens became an early adopter of the Main Street USA
WALKABLE AND CENTRAL The compact streets of Athens reflect its 1800s origins. Dozens of local businesses are tucked into the heart of historic Downtown, which occupies less than one square mile and sits directly across Broad Street from UGA.
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program and focused on preserving the historic structures of Downtown. That decade also saw the emergence of a nationally acclaimed music scene, fueled by bands like Pylon, R.E.M. and The B-52s. The city founders and university trustees might not know what to make of a weekend in today’s Athens, which can draw 93,000 fans to a football game, crowds to 40 music venues and foodies to restaurants and craft breweries. The connection between city and university is particularly strong because most students move off campus after freshman year. Students represent a quarter of the Athens-Clarke County population, and their influence on politics, business and development is significant. While the music and bar scenes earn accolades for Athens as a destination for college students, the city’s appeal does not end after graduation. UGA might have been named the most hipster college in the country by The Huffington Post, but Athens also is a perennial contender on the Forbes list of best places to retire. The historic streets of Downtown that
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Garden and a performing arts center. As you tour UGA, you will find it’s impossible to tell just where campus ends and the city starts, which is precisely why both school and town inspire passion — for four years and far longer.
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FOOD & DRINK
All-day (and all-night) downtown favorites Breakfast and Brunch Athens Bagel Company
If you’re looking for a quick New Yorkstyle bagel, this Jackson Street spot close to campus is the place to go. For a heartier start, try a breakfast platter. athensbagel.com
Last Resort Grill
Opened as a music venue in 1966, this West Clayton Street restaurant now is known for its food and art-filled decor. Brunch includes a variety of omelets,
quiche and fancier dishes such as crab cakes Benedict. lastresortgrill.com
This classic specializing in Southern breakfast and lunch fare has been run by the Vaughn family in the same Broad Street location since 1948. Cash only.
Lunch Clocked! American Diner
Just up from 40 Watt on West Washington, this eatery is known for its sci-fi
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themed decor and inventive burgers made using organic local ingredients. Don’t deprive yourself of a rich milkshake. clockeddiner.com
Dawg Gone Good BBQ
Serving recipes passed down from his grandmother, owner William Hardy keeps things simple but tasty at this spot on West Hancock Avenue. The menu features essentials like pulled pork and brisket. facebook.com/dawggonegoodbbq
Ted’s Most Best
Known for its enviable patio, complete with a bocce ball court, Ted’s on West Washington Street stands out thanks to artisan individual pizzas and a large beer and wine selection. Many pies are available gluten-free. tedsmostbest.com
Famous for its enormous beer selection, this pub at the corner of Hull and West Washington streets serves superior bar fare with an emphasis on locally sourced foods. trappezepub.com
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The streamlined menu at this spacious restaurant tucked into a historic ware-
house building on North Hull Street makes ordering simple: select from one of five appetizers and one of five entrees — or check out seafood specials from the company’s Destin market. five-bar.com
Hotel Georgian. From the stained glass windows to the gleaming wood bar, South combines old-school gentility with fresh takes on classics like cornmeal-crusted catfish. southkitchenbar.com
This Mediterranean-influenced restaurant is owned by chefs Hugh Acheson and Peter Dale. With serene decor and excellent service, it’s ideal for lunch meetings and family celebrations. The adjoining bar is a destination in its own right. thenationalrestaurant.com
If you’re craving Southern specialties, The Place, right across from historic North Campus, has you covered. Sip on Coca-Cola and peanut-infused bourbon while you’re perusing the menu, which includes a decadent twist on chicken and waffles. theplaceathens.com
Open 24 hours, this College Avenue diner can become as crowded as most bars after midnight. The Grill has plenty of standard diner fare but is especially beloved for its thick-cut fries served with feta dip.
There are many pizza joints in Athens, but this Lumpkin Street spot is known for having a social atmosphere after midnight. Little Italy is open until 2 a.m. on weekdays and 3 a.m. on weekends and satisfies late night munchies with extra large slices of thin-crust pizza.
Students love to have their parents take them to this East Broad Street steakhouse, which also has a sizable seafood selection. porterhouseathens.com
South Kitchen + Bar
Elegance abounds in this restaurant/bar tucked into the first floor of the historic
Coffee and More 1000 Faces Coffee
The Athens-based roasting company opened a coffee shop on Thomas Street to rave reviews from students and locals who appreciate the fair-trade coffee and airy space. 1000facescoffee.com
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Franklin House Cafe
Franklin House offers weekly specials and items that are hard to find in other cafes, such as waffles. Its prime Broad Street location makes it a great place to work or study. franklinhousecafe.com
Iron Works Coffee
Located in the historic Foundry complex on the Graduate Athens hotel property, this quiet shop is a good place to meet for conversation. graduatehotels.com/athens
The Classic City’s best known coffee brand has several area shops — including on UGA’s campus. But the cafe at the corner of Broad and Jackson streets remains a favorite. jitteryjoes.com
Walker’s Coffee Shop and Pub
Situated right across from the Arch, on College Avenue, Walker’s offers indoor and outdoor seating. Bonus: It becomes a bar at night. walkerscoffee.com
Zombie Coffee and Donuts
Opened by a UGA alum, this downtown bakery offers customizable doughnuts with options ranging from maple icing or lemon glaze to Fruity Pebbles and bacon. eatzombiedonuts.com
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A visit to Athens breweries offers a chance to learn about the production process and sample a variety of brews. All offer space for socializing and frequently support local nonprofits with benefit events or host shows by local artists.
Akademia Brewing Company
Opened in October 2017, Akademia is the newest brewery in town. Located off Atlanta Highway, the brewery focuses on producing a wide variety of beer and finding twists on classic brews. In addition to its beers, Akademia also serves a full lunch and dinner menu, featuring flatbreads, burgers, wings, wine, liquor and guest beers. akademiabc.com
Creature Comforts Brewing Company
Located at the corner of Hancock Avenue and Pulaski Street, the downtown Creature Comforts tasting room is open Tuesday through Sunday. Patrons can sample a variety of beer, including seasonal and limited edition brews as well as year-round favorites Athena and Tropicália. Additionally, the brewery often holds community events such as music, comedy and art shows. Creature Comforts completed a sec-
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Terrapin Beer Co.
itors can sample unusual brews, browse the gift shop and enjoy the large outdoor bar and dog-friendly grassy open area. terrapinbeer.com
Southern Brewing Company
Since its founding in 2002, Terrapin has become Athens’ most widely distributed beer, with brands that include Hopsecutioner, RecreationAle, Up-Hi IPA and Luau Krunkles. In 2016, the craft division of MillerCoors bought a majority interest in the beer company. At the Newton Bridge Road brewery, vis-
Southern Brewing joined the Athens brewery family in 2015. The Highway 29 hotspot features spacious indoor and outdoor areas. On busier nights, local bands often play and food trucks stop by. The company’s brews include Hobnail IPA, Midnight Train porter and Wild Azalea saison. sobrewco.com
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Surrounded by farms and producers, Athens was a center of farm-to-table culture long before it became a national trend.
Athens Farmers Market
On Saturday mornings, between 8 a.m. and noon, this market is held at Bishop Park, west of Downtown near the Health Sciences Campus. The market features chef demonstrations, bands, ready-made foods and, of course, a spectrum of fresh produce. Vendors for 2018 include Rhonda’s Blueberries, Sundance Family Farm, Full Moon Farms and 3 Porch Farm. On Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m., a smaller version of this market is set up downtown in the Creature Comforts Brewery parking lot. This offers a great chance to pair your locally sourced foods with samples of locally crafted beers while you listen to — what else? — local music. For information on the market and its vendors, check out the Athens Farmers Market site and social media accounts, which are kept updated with tempting
FRESH AND AFFORDABLE For those using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program dollars, both markets double the value of SNAP dollars.
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West Broad Farmers Market
Open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays, this market operates out of a historic former school on the edge of Downtown. The grounds also serve as a community garden and hands-on training facility for young, urban farmers. In addition to music, educational booths and chef demonstrations, the market hosts activities
such as yoga classes and craft fairs. Vendors include Pearson Farm, Soul Food with a Twist, Good Roots and Heaven’s Honey Harvest. This market has a goal to specifically provide affordable produce and a cultural gathering place for the surrounding community, as well as to help underserved farmers and food-based business owners. The 2018 market season runs through Dec. 15. athenslandtrust.org
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SHOPPING & SERVICES
When you’re looking for one-of-a-kind finds, head to downtown Athens. Within this compact, walkable space, you will discover more than 60 specialty retailers. The historic buildings house a mix of long-time local independent retailers and a few national brands.
One of the city’s entrepreneurial success stories is RED DRESS BOUTIQUE, a fast-growing online retailer (the owners got an investment following an appearance on “Shark Tank”) with a storefront location on College Avenue. The store stocks moderately priced and on-trend dresses, tops and accessories. Other popular shops at this price point include CHEEKY
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Graduate Athens This property that once housed an iron foundry was renovated in 2014, and its rooms have a fun throwback vibe. The on-site spa makes for an extra relaxing stay — or you can chill with a show at The Foundry. Bonus: you can see the stage from the restaurant. graduateathens.com
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PEACH, DRESS-UP and PITAYA. Meanwhile, EPIPHANY puts a twist on affordable fash-
ions with a mission of donating its profits to local and international charities including Sparrow’s Nest, an Athens faith-based organization with services that range from tutoring to HIV testing. You’ll find a mix of fashion and home furnishings at THE INDIGO CHILD, including a selection of dorm decor. HEERY’S CLOTHES CLOSET has outfitted generations of students and alumnae with higher-end classics and designer lines including Tibi, Rachel Zoe and Tom Ford.
Few shops beat ONWARD RESERVE, an Athens-based retailer with a hunting
Hilton Garden Inn — Athens Downtown With a mix of generously sized rooms and suites and a 24/7 business center, this upscale hotel in the heart of Downtown is a good destination for a longer stay or extended business trip. hiltongardeninn3. hilton.com
Holiday Inn — University Area Location, location, location. Situated on Broad Street and steps from North Campus, this hotel offers easy access to the university and Downtown, along with amenities like a pool, fitness facility and business center. ihg.com
lodge-meets-business-casual feel. The shop carries brands such as Barbour, Southern Proper, Shinola and High Cotton. Find a similar vibe at EMPIRE SOUTH.
As you might expect in a college town with a strong music and arts scene, vintage and consignment shops abound. Check out DYNAMITE, AGORA VINTAGE and ATOMIC for great deals on authentic looks that have cycled back into style. Many also carry newer, retro-inspired pieces. One of the most interesting boutiques is COMMUNITY, which sells creations by local designers — including “up-cycled” pieces made from revamped vintage wear. The Jackson Street shop emphasiz-
Hotel Indigo The minimalism of this modern, eco-friendly hotel is offset by local band posters and furnishings made from reclaimed wood. Minutes from campus, the Indigo houses a concert venue and gallery. Its restaurant and room service feature local vendors. indigoathens.com
Hyatt Place Athens This newly opened 190-room hotel on North Thomas Street features 24/7 fitness and business centers as well as perks like free Wi-Fi and breakfast. It’s a short walk from campus and near the Classic Center. athensdowntown. place.hyatt.com
University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education and Hotel If you want to be in the heart of campus, there’s no better spot than this UGA-operated complex that includes a 200-room hotel. The on-site restaurants are handy and reasonably priced. georgiacenter.uga.edu
es sustainable fashion. It also has a great selection of gift items, cards and posters.
Several shops offer custom jewelry and other original pieces. Check out the work of in-house designers at AURUM STUDIOS, which also carries pottery and other items from local artisans. TENA’S FINE DIAMONDS & JEWELRY offers a design-yourown engagement ring service as well as a variety of high-end watches for men and women.
Fans of all music genres head to WUXTRY RECORDS. The store was one of the first to carry records by fledgling artists of the pivotal 1980s and 1990s Athens music scene. Its upstairs sister store, BIZARRO WUXTRY COMICS, is a hive of comics and collectibles. LOW YO YO STUFF RECORDS carries a mix of vinyl and CDs as well as music-related books and posters.
You’ll find a surprise for everyone on your list at FRONTIER, which carries products from local artisans, such as Songbird Soaps and Sarah Lee Parker Textiles. Newer addition ARCHER PAPER GOODS stocks stationery and gifts while BEAR HUG HONEY COMPANY sells local and international honey as well as gifts and housewares.
Die-hard Georgia fans find plenty to cheer for at stores such as THE RED ZONE and THE CLUBHOUSE. In addition to acres of logo-emblazoned gear for game days, you can find everything from supplies for your pets to accessories for tailgating. For a different feel, check out the retro-inspired wear at TAILGATE, which includes a mix of sports and Athens-themed clothing.
Salons and Spas
Historic buildings in downtown Athens house more than restaurants and retail. REPUBLIC SALON is in a loft-like setting on the top floor of the Frigidaire Building, offering a great view of downtown while you’re getting highlights or a trim. PAGEBOY SALON perches in a similar loft-like space, above Walker’s Coffee, with a view of the College Avenue plaza. The SPA AT GRADUATE ATHENS occupies part of a former iron foundry.
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MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE
There are dozens of clubs and concert halls located within a half mile of Downtown, each with its own history and atmosphere. Here’s a sampling of venues. Classic Clubs 40 Watt Club
On the corner of Washington and Pulaski streets sits the sixth location of 40 Watt. The club’s name is courtesy of Pylon drummer Curtis Crowe, who played a 1979 party in the original spot and remarked on the single bulb lighting the space. As well as hosting early shows by acts such as Pylon, R.E.M., The B-52s and Love Tractor, 40 Watt has welcomed a who’s who of rock, including Nirvana, Wilco and Radiohead. The venue remains one of the most prominent showcases of local talent.
The Caledonia Lounge
For those looking to enjoy dinner during a concert, The Foundry offers both traditional standing room and a full-service dining area within view of its stage. Located in the Graduate Hotel complex on East Dougherty Street, the venue generally features more laid-back performances by singer-songwriters, jazz acts and folk groups.
Sitting on Lumpkin Street in the heart of Downtown, the Georgia Theatre first hosted music in 1978 after years as a movie house. A 2009 fire shut it down, but the owners rebuilt the legendary venue and reopened it in 2011. Serving as a likely stop for any big name artist coming through Athens, the Georgia Theatre includes a ground floor and several balconies to watch large shows, as well as a rooftop bar that features its own concert stage and a great view of downtown.
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The West Dougherty Street concert hall may look small from outside, but it packs a punch. The venue, which began as a breeding ground for Athens’ close-knit electronic scene, has three separate stages, and has now become a popular spot for weddings and other events.
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The Georgia Theatre
Almost directly behind 40 Watt on Clayton Street, The Caledonia Lounge offers a more intimate space for both local and touring acts. Although a smaller venue, it includes a patio setting that allows patrons to enjoy music from outdoors.
Although occasionally a host to large-scale musical performances, the Classic Cen-
ter, located on North Thomas Street, serves as the city’s goto location for theater, dance and stand-up comedy. It hosts a Broadway series as well as an annual performance of “The Nutcracker.”
At the corner of Hull and Washington streets, the historic Morton Theatre once served as the anchor of the “hot corner,” a center of African-American business and civic life in the Athens region. Built in 1910 by entrepreneur Monroe Bowers “Pink” Morton, it is the oldest surviving black-
owned and-built vaudeville theater in the country. Restored in the 1980s and 1990s with additional work completed more recently, the Morton Theatre serves as a venue for concerts, theatrical performances and special events, such as the annual Athens Hip Hop Awards showcase.
Ciné is fascinating, both historically and culturally. The theater’s West Hancock Avenue building was built in the 1940s as a Chrysler-Plymouth dealership. It later became a U.S. Post Office, a tire recap plant and finally, a cinema. Ciné, the only nonprofit, independent movie house in Athens, is the best place to catch lesser known films and documentaries. The theater includes two screens, a full bar and a preshow lounge area. In addition to current releases, Cine hosts special screenings, such as its “Bad Movie Night” series, as well as art exhibits, student film showcases and a weekly cocktail night for its members. The nonprofit that runs Ciné is buying its historic building with the assistance of community support and a crowd-funding campaign.
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This sister location of the eclectic Atlanta bar (Full name: Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium) is known for out-there decor and a welcoming staff. And yes, you can play table tennis.
The experimental side of the Classic City is showcased at this bar on Prince Avenue, which often features performances from the town’s most boundary-pushing acts. It also hosts popular karaoke nights.
Flicker Theatre & Bar
A great spot to catch up-and-coming local artists, Flicker is also home to the city’s OpenTOAD show, an open-mic comedy night for professionals and first-timers alike.
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Drink and Games
Many larger bars feature live music. Take in a show at the outdoor stage of BOAR’S HEAD LOUNGE, or check out a concert while you grab a drink at HEDGES ON BROAD. Acts perform on the small stages at THE WORLD FAMOUS and LITTLE KINGS SHUFFLE CLUB.
For those looking to grab a drink before (or after) a show, ALLGOOD LOUNGE offers two floors and an outdoor tiki bar, while MAGNOLIAS OF ATHENS features free pool tables and a giant projector screen TV, making it the perfect location for catching the night’s biggest game. Remodeled CUTTERS PUB has excellent service, huge screens and serious drink specials. It’s a great spot to catch a game or to meet up with friends. THE MAX CANADA has a colossal patio, air hockey, arcade games, cheap beer and dance parties, all contributing to its popularity with students and locals. For a completely different experience, head to THE ROOK & PAWN to play one of the 400-plus board games, and grab a drink with a clever name like “Frodosynthesis” or “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butterbeer.” Another favorite gaming spot is WONDERBAR ATHENS, which features both video games and classic games.
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NEIGHBORHOOD GEMS No Athens visit is complete without exploring the city’s distinctive neighborhoods.
Founded in the late 1800s as a suburb accessible by streetcar, this neighborhood now is popular with local artists, entrepreneurs, and musicians as well as university staff and young families. Grand Victorians line Boulevard, the namesake thoroughfare. Brightly painted wood cottages, many the residences of workers at the former textile mill, dot the side streets. Listed on the National 38 / UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA VISITORS GUIDE
Register of Historic Places, Boulevard is primarily residential.
What to See and Do
URBAN SANCTUARY — This upscale spa located in a former historic church emphasizes organic and all-natural products. SHAKTI POWER YOGA — With a full seven-day schedule, this studio offers visitors to Athens plenty of options for drop-in classes.
Where to Eat and Drink
HEIRLOOM CAFÉ — Come here to sample dishes that feature ingredients from farmers and producers in the Athens region. WHITE TIGER GOURMET — Operating in a former grocery, this restaurant is known for barbecue and hearty sandwiches. Locals gather at picnic tables in the side yard. BREAD BASKET — Tucked into a gas station, this spot produces huge fluffy biscuits.
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Stretching along the Oconee River between Third and Oconee streets, Chicopee-Dudley is mostly residential and home to students and longtime locals. While it is close to Downtown, it offers plenty of ways to experience the outdoors.
Where to Eat and Drink
MAMA’S BOY — Voted Best Brunch in Ath-
ens by Red & Black readers in 2017, this is a beloved Classic City spot thanks to its charm and nontraditional menu of updated Southern classics. Weekend lines for brunch can be long, so consider stopping by for Pancake Tuesday instead.
WEAVER D’S DELICIOUS FINE FOODS — Made
famous for its slogan “Automatic for the People,” that became the title of an R.E.M. record, this bright green restaurant is a destination for fans of the band — and of owner Dexter Weaver’s juicy fried chicken.
What to Do and See
TRAIL CREEK PARK — This park contains the Athens Heritage Trail, a path that takes you past historic structures from the city’s past and is dotted with historical markers and displays. NORTH OCONEE RIVER GREENWAY — This
bike/walk/run path traces the Oconee River and offers miles of trails that provide runners and bikers a scenic way to stay in shape. The Greenway has been extended and can be taken all the way to College Station Road.
THE STEEPLE OF ST. MARY’S CHURCH — All
that remains of the church where R.E.M.
played its first show, the steeple now is the signature feature of Nuci’s Space, a center for musicians.
THE HISTORIC RAILROAD TRESTLE — Featured
on the cover of R.E.M.’s breakthrough album “Murmur,” the trestle was spared demolition thanks to an outcry from fans and locals.
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Several Athens antebellum structures have been preserved and renovated, offering a glimpse into daily life in a bygone era.
Believed to be the oldest home in Athens still standing, this former residence of UGA president Moses Waddel was built in the 1820s and has been meticulously restored. It’s also the home of the Athens Welcome Center. athenswelcomecenter.com
Built in the 1840s, the home is named for its original owner Robert Taylor, a cotton merchant and planter, and Henry W. Grady, the famed newspaperman, whose
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T.R.R. Cobb House
The distinctive pink mansion is the former home of Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb, a Georgia lawyer, politician and Confederate brigadier general. The lower level of the 1830s house showcases life in
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the mid 1800s while the upper level holds exhibitions that include more contemporary interpretations of history. Back Story: The house originally stood on Prince Avenue, but by the 1980s had fallen into such disrepair it was moved to Stone Mountain as part of a planned restoration. That didn’t happen, so in 2005 the house returned to Athens and was placed in its current Hill Street location. trrcobbhouse.org
Located on the north edge of Downtown, the 1840s Ware-Lyndon House is a cityowned house museum. Adjoining the home is the Lyndon House Arts Center, a community visual arts complex that includes galleries and studios. athensclarkecounty.com
Homes and buildings from the early 1800s still stand in Cobbham, prized for its proximity to Downtown.
What to See and Do
MAKE HOUSE CALLS — You can tour the former homes of Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb, for whom the neighborhood is named, and famed newspaperman Henry W. Grady (see opposite page).
AVID BOOKSHOP — The original location on Prince Avenue hosts readings and events.
Where to Eat and Drink
BIG CITY BREAD CAFE — This eatery is known
for comforting breakfasts, hearty sandwiches and spacious outdoor seating.
THE GRIT — A vegetarian classic and popular with omnivores, too, this Prince Avenue spot has a massive lunch menu including sandwiches, burritos and noodle bowls. Don’t miss the vegan desserts.
DONDEROS’ KITCHEN — Nestled into a restored home, this is a cozy destination for breakfast and lunch. HENDERSHOT’S — This coffee shop has a full
bar and also hosts music and comedy.
SEABEAR OYSTER BAR — Fresh seafood and
sophisticated cocktails are the hallmarks here.
The East Side
Just beyond “the Loop” perimeter highway, this area contains of mix of older single-family homes, new developments and student apartment complexes. The convenience to campus and the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, along with affordable rents and home prices, make this area popular with students and faculty alike.
What To See and Do
SOUTHEAST CLARKE PARK — Sprawling over
124 acres, this park contains everything from a dog park to a BMX/skateboard trail to soccer fields and nature paths. Kids love the World of Wonder (WOW) playground.
THE STATE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF GEORGIA — Run by the university, it contains for-
mal gardens and exhibit areas as well as miles of hiking and walking trails.
State Botanical Garden / Kayla Renie LA PUERTA DEL SOL — The expansive Cedar Shoals Drive sibling location of Cali N Tito’s features the same Central American fare, but also houses arcade games and huge family-size tables, as well as offering beer and cocktails. MANNAWEENTA — This Ethiopian/Eritrean
Where to Eat and Drink
CHOO CHOO — Late-night cravings are sat-
isfied at this spot that serves affordable Japanese-Korean foods and is open until 3:45 a.m.
CRAFT PUBLIC HOUSE — Updated pub fare is featured at this modern spot with offerings such as a Springer Mountain chicken sandwich and a burger topped with duck confit.
restaurant offers traditional cuisine such as doro wat, a spicy chicken dish, yebeg alitcha, seasoned cubed lamb and injera, a soft flatbread.
SWEETIE PIE BY SAVIE — Originally opened in Bangkok, this bakery now operates out of an adorable renovated cottage. Stop by for a quick coffee and scone — or order an entire wedding cake or desserts for your next big event.
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offers Fair Trade truffles and bar chocolate as well as gelato and baked goods.
CAKE WALK — This bake shop on Milledge
Avenue carries a range of desserts as well as specialty coffees and gift items.
THE EXPAT ATHENS — This newcomer to the area is known for exceptional cocktails and a French-inspired dinner menu THE PINE AND THE ROOT — These sibling spots (restaurant, Pine, upstairs; bar, Root, below) feature Southern fare as well as a selection of Transfit-approved menu items.
What to See and Do
MEMORIAL PARK — This park houses greenspace, trails, a dog park, swimming pool and community center. One of its key attractions is BEAR HOLLOW ZOO, which offers rehabilitation for native Georgia species.
SAKURA — One side of this spiffy newer restaurant features lively hibachi stations and a bar while the other is calmer, and a great date-night destination.
AVID BOOKSHOP — Opened in 2016, this second location of the award-winning indie bookseller hosts readings and events. It also has an exceptional kids section.
career, this is a destination for celebrations and special occasions.
STROLL AND SHOP — Spend an afternoon
CALI N TITO’S — This Central American spot
browsing the area’s boutiques and specialty stores including MASADA LEATHER, BMA HOME, APPOINTMENTS AT FIVE and AR-
Where to Eat & Drink
5&10 — Known as the launching pad for
chef-owner Hugh Acheson’s celebrated
pastries such as pain au chocolat.
CONDOR CHOCOLATES — This family-run shop
Located within walking distance of campus and the many sorority and fraternity houses lining South Milledge Avenue, Five Points is popular with students as well as professionals and professors, many of whom live in the historic homes that line the surrounding blocks. The namesake intersection is home to more than a dozen restaurants that range from student-friendly cheap eats to modern fare from nationally acclaimed chefs.
DONNA CHANG’S — Fancier versions of take-
is popular with students thanks to expansive outdoor seating and a BYOB policy.
THE ROYAL PEASANT — This small pub with a
definite British spirit draws regulars who know it’s the best place to watch soccer.
INDEPENDENT BAKING CO. — This is the spot to hit first thing in the morning for freshfrom-the-oven classic French breads and
out favorites (think Moo Shu Pork and Gulf Shrimp–fried rice) are portioned to share at this centrally located restaurant with a busy outdoor patio.
LAST RESORT PROVISIONS — This offshoot
of the downtown destination is a catering and event space that serves dinner six nights a week with favorites such as shrimp and grits or New York strip steak.
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Originally nicknamed for the State Normal School — a teachers college — Normaltown now is a trendy area with a mix of older homes and local businesses. The University of Georgia’s Health Sciences Campus opened in the old Normal School campus in 2012 bringing an infusion of campus life into the area.
The Baxter Street Corridor
If you visit UGA for any reason, chances are you will find yourself on this street, which runs from campus to Alps Road. On the Alps end, you will find a cluster of shopping centers with big-box shops including TJ MAXX, MICHAEL’S, CVS, KROGER and OFFICE MAX as well as a movie theater and colossal nail salon. Along the way, Baxter Street is home to several restaurants including:
FOUR FAT COWS — Just up the road from campus, this newer ice cream shop boasts a large menu of inventive flavors such as apple pie and red velvet swirl.
What to See and Do
BISHOP PARK — This huge city park houses tennis courts, a swimming pool, trails and playing fields. On Saturdays it’s also the location of the Athens Farmers Market.
HOME.MADE — Updated Southern fare shines at this elegant, understated restau-
NORMAL HARDWARE — You’ll find Radio Flyer tricycles, rocking chairs and shelves crammed with every screw, bolt and plumbing fixture imaginable at this oldschool family-run hardware store.
MAMA JEWEL’S KITCHEN — Open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., this Southern breakfast and lunch destination pairs a chic industrial interior with downhome comfort foods, such as meatloaf platters or the Ooey Gooey (fried chicken, melted cheese and jalapeño-peach jelly on a giant flaky biscuit).
HEALTH SCIENCES CAMPUS — Take a stroll through the campus to see significant buildings reflecting its history, including a gorgeous former Carnegie library.
rant which evolved from a catering business. The menu varies but features such staples as shrimp and grits and a stellar vegetable plate.
loaded sandwiches and savory soups.
What to Eat and Drink
AUTOMATIC PIZZA — Located in a renovated service station, Automatic serves up thin-crust pies that can be customized.
for inventive doughnuts, this spot also serves lunch. (Try the BLT.)
AGUA LINDA — Draws loyal crowds (espe-
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MARTI’S AT MIDDAY — A destination for a
healthy and hearty lunch, Marti’s serves
cially on Friday evenings) with its generous platters of Tex-Mex staples.
HI-LO LOUNGE — A laid-back neighborhood
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OLD PAL — Serious mixology and an ele-
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Pulaski Heights/ North Chase
Less than a mile from Downtown, Pulaski Heights originally was home to a diverse mix of city clerks, blue-collar workers and craftsmen. Today, the neighborhood is home again to eclectic residents, who have renovated the original wooden cottages and manufacturing spots as well as built modern homes and work spaces in the area’s hilly, tree-shaded streets. The train tracks that run through Pulaski Heights connect to the adjacent North Chase Industrial District, home to the Chase Park Warehouses and other re-purposed industrial spaces.
Just a short drive from Athens, Watkinsville offers a detour into history and plenty of Southern small-town charm. According to lore, UGA’s trustees selected Athens — and not Watkinsville, a key stop on a major stagecoach route — as the location of the university for one reason: The Eagle Tavern. The inn was deemed a potentially corrupting influence on young minds. Today, the Eagle Tavern serves as a city museum in the heart of Watkinsville, the seat of Oconee County.
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What to See and Do
Where to Eat and Drink
PULASKI HEIGHTS BBQ — Locally sourced
What to See and Do
ATHICA — This contemporary art gallery is located in the Leathers Building
M3 YOGA — This studio offers classes and special events such as candlelight yoga.
THE TREE ROOM — This most noticeable
attraction in Chase Park is a courtyard built around large, otherwise obtrusive trees and used for special events.
LOTTA MAE’S SUPPLY CO. — Billed as a “mod-
ern homestead shop,” this store serves both the actual farmer and the suburban would-be farmer, stocking everything from heavy tools and worm castings to locally made pottery and home decor items.
meats are the focus, but inventive vegetarian options are featured, too.
JITTERY JOE’S ROASTER — Operating in a
converted Quonset hut, this headquarters of the local coffee empire offers the chance to watch coffee alchemy in action — and order a custom latte.
MAE POLE — This casual new restaurant from chef Peter Dale of The National, features all-organic produce and meats.
TLALOC — You can get Salvadoran pupusas
or order a Tex-Mex type platter. It’s the breadth of options that makes this small restaurant a favorite with students and the Athens Latino community.
GO ANTIQUING — A must-visit is ATTIC TREASURES, a Main Street shop crammed
with artifacts, ranging from Civil War-era firearms to fine china. Down the road in neighboring BISHOP, a cluster of shops carry antiques and collectibles.
EXPLORE THE ARTS — Public art is displayed
throughout the town, and galleries such as SUNSHINE VILLAGE ART GALLERY carry work by local and regional artists. THE OCONEE CULTURAL ARTS FOUNDATION operates a studio/gallery/community center where you can see rotating exhibits by local artists.
SEE THE IRON HORSE — Now located in a field
a few miles outside Watkinsville, the Iron Horse is a modernistic metal sculpture
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The West Side
A very broadly defined swath of greater Athens, this triangular area is roughly bounded by Prince Avenue/Jefferson Road to the north and West Broad Street/Atlanta Highway to the south with Hawthorne Avenue as its eastern edge. The three roads are busy commercial stretches, with neighborhoods and subdivisions nestled into the area between them.
that caused an uproar when it was installed on UGA’s campus in the 1950s. A pilgrimage to see the relocated steed remains a rite of passage for UGA students.
Where to Eat and Drink
GIRASOLES — Chef Jose Zambrano dishes up Mediterranean-Mexican fusion fare.
HOT THOMAS BBQ — You’ll find pulled-pork
and other classics as well as mull, a distinctive Athens-region chicken stew.
PUB ON MAIN — In the redbrick court-
house annex this airy space features burgers, grilled cheese and other family friendly lunch fare along with dinner specials such as a featured daily meatloaf. The list of craft beers and whiskeys is impressively long.
What to See and Do
ATHENS YMCA — This is a large complex
and popular with families and locals.
BEN BURTON PARK — This 32-acre wild-
life preserve on Mitchell Bridge Road includes a ramp for kayaks and canoes and facilities for fishing on the Middle Oconee River. In addition to picnic areas, there are two miles of trails.
CYCLING ROUTES — Many popular routes for cyclists head out from Jefferson Road to Jackson County.
WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK THE BIG FAMILY CAFE — Located in Homewood Hills, this is a popular spot for breakfast and brunch. EM’S KITCHEN — This eatery is located in Hawthorne Drugs but goes far beyond
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HILLTOP GRILLE — This venerable Athens
spot is known for steak, seafood and UGA-themed decor.
OPA ROBBY’S MARKET — A wildly colorful family-owned shop on Atlanta Highway, Opa Robby’s stocks local produce and homemade soups and casseroles. The jams and preserves make great holiday gifts. SR. SOL — With locations on both West Broad and Tallassee Road, this is a favorite for Tex-Mex as well as more traditional Mexican fare.
TAQUERIA LA PARILLA — Tucked into the
Homewood Hills shopping center, this local favorite has a wide-ranging menu that includes Cuban sandwiches, burritos and specials such as carne asada.
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