Athens, GA is one of the classic cities of the South. Home to the University of Georgia campus and named one of The Best Places to Retire by Fortune magazine, Athens is the best place to live in the USA. It is home to a progressive culinary, music and arts scene. The Victorian-era downtown is alive with fun shops, charming eateries and eclectic art galleries. Atlanta is just a short drive from Athens. Rising from the ashes of the Civil War, Atlanta never stopped growing. Now a sprawling, cosmopolitan city, the capital of Georgia is a business, cultural and entertainment magnet.
Athens, GA is known for its blend of traditional heritage and trend-setting Southern culture. Catch touring Broadway productions and headliners at the historic performing arts theatre, The Classic Center. Athens’ world-renowned museums include the Georgia Museum of Art and the Georgia Museum of Natural History. Downtown galleries and boutiques, even the restaurants, display original collections by local artists and designers. The New York Times calls Athens “Live Music Central” and Rolling Stone magazine named Athens the #1 College Music Scene in America. Home to The B-52’s, Pylon, R.E.M., and Widespread Panic, Athens thriving music scene has gained national attention and now houses hundreds of active bands, over 10 recording studios, and several independent record labels. World-famous venues, such as the 40 Watt Club and the Georgia Theatre, continue to attract up-and-coming musical acts as well as old favorites.
A Top Foodie City
There is an abundance of shopping in Athens. Downtown is filled with Victorian-era buildings and an eclectic mix of specialty shops. The Five Points area features the finest in fashion, gifts, antiques and jewelry, and for those looking for a mall, the Georgia Square Mall features over 100 stores including major department stores.
After a day of shopping grab a bite at one of the dozens of unique, independent eateries that helped Athens become a top foodie city. From traditional Southern soul food to trendsetting nouveau Southern cuisine there is something for everyone. Menus feature exceptional wines and farm-to-table ingredients from local Athens growers. Quench your thirst at one of Athens local breweries & micropubs, or hop on a tour to explore a variety breweries including Terrapin Beer Company, Creature Comforts Brewing Company and Southern Brewing Company.