24 Hour Guide to Winter in Athens

Monday, February 01, 2016

While Athens certainly isn't sunny Florida, it does have its fair share of mild winter weather that I am appreciating more and more these days. Especially when my family sends me pictures of Richmond buried under two feet of snow! If you're looking for a cheaper alternative to Charleston or Savannah this winter, Athens is a cute college town with plenty to offer. I've even added a few places to this guide that I am dying to check out soon. I love it that there are always new places to discover in this little town.

Start your day off right with sugar-dusted french toast at Big City Bread Cafe. While they are known for their gorgeous elm-shaded patio and string lights, their interior dining area is just as cute. But, you never know, you might just catch an unseasonably warm morning to eat breakfast outside. It is the South, after all. Order the french toast. You won't be disappointed.

215 N Finley Street
Athens, Ga 30683

Next up: the botanical gardens. Not only will you get to soak up those greenhouse vibes in the Tropical Conservatory and pretend like it's spring, but it's also a great place to walk off all those carbs you ate for breakfast!

Georgia State Botanical Gardens
2450 South Milledge Avenue
Athens, GA 30605

While you're checking out some pretty flowers and trees, you'll also want to make a special trip to see the Tree That Owns Itself in downtown Athens. This is one of those peculiar things about Athens that just makes you laugh. The story goes that the tree was originally on the property of a Colonel William Jackson, who was so fond of the tree that he deeded to it the ownership of itself. The tree fell down in 1942, so another was planted from one of its acorns, and today the Son of the Tree That Owns Itself stands proudly on the corner of South Finley and Dearing Streets. You can't make this stuff up!

Corner of South Finley & Dearing Streets
Athens, GA 30605

There's no shortage of lunch spots in Athens, but the pizza at Transmetropolitan can't be beat. They've also got amazing pasta and burgers. There are two locations, but if you want to really get a feel for Athens, you should try their downtown location. Take a walk down East Clayton Street once you've finished eating to check out some cute vintage shops and other Athens gems.

145 East Clayton Street
Athens, GA 30601

Finish off your day with dinner and a show at The Foundry. Mark and I got to see John Paul White play with The Secret Sisters here a few months ago and it was so much fun! You can check out their upcoming events here. The venue is not very large, but it makes the perfect atmosphere for a smaller size concert. We were happily surprised with the food as well! Make sure to save room for their key lime pie.
295 East Dougherty Street
Athens, GA 30601

You won't have very far to go after the show is over, because Graduate Hotel is right next door. I am drooling over every detail of this place. That gallery wall is what dreams are made of. What an adorable place to finish off a weekend!

295 East Dougherty Street
Athens, GA 30601

Grab some coffee and fresh baked eats from Ironworks Coffee the next morning, and if you're like me and can never have enough of vintage and thrift shopping, stop by The Starlite Showroom on your way out of town. They've got a great collection of mid-century and vintage treasures you'll want to take home with you!

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