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Athens Georgia is mostly known for being the home of the Dawgs, or the University of Georgia. But those who visit find deep veins of music culture and trendy, delicious food. This eastern city is not only beautiful, but downtown is thriving. Putting all football rivalries aside, there are many things to do in this fun college town.
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Tour Creature Comforts Brewing Co.
Beer enthusiasts are invited to tour Creature Comforts Brewing Co., a 13,000 square foot warehouse which used to be a 1940s Chevy Dealership. Simply visit the tasting room if you’re only there for the beer; staple Creature Comfort beers like the Athena Berliner Weisse, which you can also take home in a six pack, are always on tap, and fun new brews are tossed in the mix. This humble Athens brewery has developed quite the following, and has been listed as a southern favorite in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Food and Wine and Southern Living.
Hear Live Music at the Georgia Theater
The Georgia theater has existed since the late 1800s, serving as a Sears at one point, in addition to other businesses. After a 2009 fire caused devastating destruction, the restored building has been brought back to life as a music venue. Talented artists play a variation of shows, which reflect the immensely strong musical presence in Athens. A restaurant, appropriately known as rooftop, sets at the tip top of the theater, and they serve locally roasted coffee and killer pimento cheese.
Eat Ribs at Dawg Gone Good Barbecue
You have to do something “Dawgs” themed in UGA country, and the ribs here epitomize southern barbecue perfection. Veggie sides like squash casserole, collards and other home-style dishes are a nice balance to the hearty ribs. Dawg Gone veers slightly from your traditional barbecue served with fries, by merging more comfort foods into the menu.
Chow Down at The Varsity
The same Atlanta hot dog hotspot has a location in Athens, too. It’s smaller than the big city location, but similar in feel and the food is equally as awesome. You haven’t truly experienced The Varsity until you’ve tried a chili dog, chili cheese steak, fries, onion rings and a frosted orange. You may want to break that up between a few visits. But hey, no one’s judging.
Feed Your Inner Zombie
Zombie Coffee and Donuts sets in the heart of Athens’ lively downtown. Their donut system allows you to create a coating and topping combo of your liking; maple-pecan, strawberry-Fruity Pebbles, vanilla-Oreo to name a few. It’s a fun place for kids and adults to express their creativity in donut form. You won’t find a better cup of coffee in Athens either; Zombie only uses 100% Fair Trade Organic Coffee from Central and South America.
Tailgate at UGA
If you’re lucky enough to be in town on a UGA game day, your in for a treat. The atmosphere is electric and you should definitely head over to Sanford Stadium for some tailgating. Music, the aroma of bratwurst on the grill and a lively atmosphere fills the lot outside the iconic home of the Dawgs.
Eat Biscuits at Momma's Boy
Lunch is great, but breakfast is crazy good. From French toast, giant cinnamon rolls with gooey frosting, to their fluffy biscuits; it’s the place to get morning eats in Athens. Whether with chicken, egg, cheese, jelly or gravy, you can’t leave without tasting the biscuits!
World of Wonder Playground
If you have kids, The World of Wonder Playground is definitely worth a stop to get out those road trip jitters. The massive playground gives off major magical castle vibes; there’s tons of stuff to climb on, swing from, and leap off of. You might be tempted to have a go yourself.
Slumber at The Colonels Bed and Breakfast
It doesn’t get more quaint than The Colonels Bed and Breakfast. The gorgeous antebellum building is rich with history, and furnishings, to match 1860’s charm, when the home was originally put into commission. It’s the coziest thing next to your own home, and breakfast is above and beyond with artfully prepared eggs and cured meats. Horses roaming around behind fences add a deeper feeling of authenticity. This is the perfect place to wrap up your visit.