Your Downtown Athens Itinerary – Where History Meets the Urge to ShopPosted on June 8, 2016
May we suggest that you think afresh about your visit to downtown Athens? Here, Victorian-era buildings are not just balm to the eye; they house a fun mix of specialty boutiques and artists’ studios.
First stop: The Athens Welcome Center (in the historic Church-Waddel-Brumby House at 280 E. Dougherty Street) to gather up maps and tips for a day of touring, lunch, and shopping. Let’s call this Day 1. Because, as it happens, Athens is home to 15 neighborhoods on the Historic Register, plus four houses open for tours. We see a Day 2, 3 and 4 in your future.
Here’s a quick itinerary for you:
Day 1. Tour, wonderful. Lunch, delicious. Now, breathe deep and focus. It’s time to shop. Below are three indie-spirited vintage boutiques to get started, but we’ll bet the staff at The Welcome Center can come up with more.
Day 2. Moving forward in time and architectural styles, consider a jaunt to Five Points, where 1920s-and-30s era homes share the neighborhood with landmark businesses and choice offerings of fine antiques, fashion, jewelry and original art.
Day 3? You can do this. Tour. Lunch. Shop. Repeat.
If you’re looking for fun and fabulous local spots, we suggest:
The Pope on Prince: Vintage clothing for men and women, along with home goods at great prices. 523 ½ Prince Avenue, above The Daily Co-Op
Vic’s Vintage: Mid-Century Modern, Danish Modern, and Atomic Age furnishings among others. 768 W.Broad St
Community: Jewelry, artisan gifts, select vintage and redesigned vintage, sustainable fashion by local designers. Coffee. Chocolate. Upstairs at 119 N. Jackson Street
All just a short drive from Athens, The Georgia Club offers living unmatched and something for everyone. For information on how to become a local, visit www.TheGeorgiaClub.com