Nestled along the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia, lies the city of Athens. With a flawless mixture of vibrant college town and classic Southern spirit, this cultural melting pot oozes a vibe unlike anywhere else in the country. Being only an hour’s drive from Atlanta, Athens is a unique stop on any Georgia travel itinerary.
Stay in Downtown Athens to experience the diversity of the city. From here, sports fans can walk to Stanford Stadium, which is home to the University of Georgia’s Bulldogs football team. Music lovers can appreciate why Rolling Stone Magazine voted the city “Number One College Music Scene in America” at 40 Watt Club or attend Georgie Theatre. Alternatively, foodies might want to grab a local beer, take a food tour, or savor local bites at one-of-a-kind restaurants.
Couples and shopaholics, should stay in the upscale Five Points Neighborhood, known for its retro flair, cultural fine dining, and art, jewelry and antique stores. Georgia Square Mall, featuring specialty shops and a cinema, as well as the Classic Center, featuring renowned theater shows, are both just around the corner. More than that, couples and deal hunters can snag a hotel in the neighboring city of Commerce, which is home to the Tanger Outlets. Score some great bargains here and then unwind at Boutier Winery.
For families, pet owners, and outdoorsy types, Sandy Creek Park, north of Downtown, makes a great base. On the shores of Lake Chapman, visitors can enjoy the wooded trails, kayaking, and fishing along with a visit to nearby Sandy Creek Nature Center. Alternatively, visitors can stay south of Downtown, for easy access to the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and Memorial Park, with its famous Birchmore Trail.
Athens is home to five 4 star hotels and 57 3 star hotels. So, whether it is a winery, golf course resort, boutique hotel, or bed and breakfast, you can find a 4 star hotel near Athens that fits the bill. From on-site restaurants, bars, room service, spas, and even a nightclub to fully equipped rooms with flat screen televisions, hair dryers, safes, coffee makers, and free designer toiletries, these hotels are designed to pamper. It is important to note that only one of the hotels is within the city limits, with the others found in neighboring communities.
The 3 star hotels in Athens are scattered throughout the city and cost from
Athens is served by Ben Epps Airport and DeKalb-Peachtree Airport. Ben Epps Airport is located three miles outside of Athens. With close proximity to the city, the airport is easy to navigate to and from. Hotels near Ben Epps Airport can be found at a wide range of prices starting at
The DeKalb-Peachtree Airport is located northeast of Atlanta, a little over an hour from Athens. As the second busiest airport in Georgia, many Athens area flights land here. Sleep close by to ease travel day stress at any number of hotels near DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, and, if you have kids, enjoy the airport playground to pass the time.