Athens Journals

We Let the Dawgs Out

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An August 2004 trip to Athens by jrheimbach

UGA Bulldogs Photo, Athens, Georgia More Photos
Quote: People need a purpose to stop in Athens. No major highways or thoroughfares run across this Georgia region. Travelers stop for soccer tournaments, academic conferences or for the famous football games featuring the fifth ranked collegiate team. Athens also touts its famous musical history with groups as REM and B-52.

We Let the Dawgs Out

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Overview

UGA Bulldogs Photo, Athens, Georgia
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Athens Georgia is home to the University of Georgia whose mascot is a bulldog. Three dozen bulldogs have been decorated by local artists and are on permanent display around the entire town. This artistic event has been named "We let the Dawgs out" and a map for a self-guided tour is available from the welcome center. Two local sites that take mere minutes to view are the "Tree that owns itself" at the intersection of Dearing street and cobble stoned Finley street and the double-barreled cannon outside Athens City Hall. Both displays have markers documenting the purpose and historical value to the community. I believe we spent 10-15 minutes at each location reading the information and admiring the...Read More

Holiday Inn Express Athens

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Hotel | "Holiday Inn Express"

Holiday Inn Express Athens Photo, Athens, Georgia
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Just several blocks west of downtown Athens, the Holiday Inn Express provided plenty of parking, surprising unusual for downtown hotel locations. At the corner of Broad Street and Newton Street, we easily found the hotel’s lobby entrance. Interestingly enough, the Holiday Inn is a mere two blocks closer to downtown, so pay attention to the slight difference between "Holiday Inn" and "Holiday Inn Express". Two blocks makes all the difference in your reservation and room price! The lobby is actually on the second floor with a single elevator at the far end. Before getting to the elevator, we walked down a small set of steps and I did not see a ramp for our wheeled luggage. The small workout facilit...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 22, 2004

Holiday Inn Express Athens
513 West Broad St
Athens, Georgia 30601
(706) 546-8122

The Varsity Drive In of Georgia

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Restaurant | "The Varsity"

The Varsity Drive In of Georgia Photo, Athens, Georgia
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Attracted by the full parking lot, which included a set of fire trucks, we pulled into The Varsity. We maneuvered around the parked fire trucks and lengthy drive-through line to find an open spot in the back. If firefighters ate here along with multitudes of local residents, we anticipated a good meal. Lines of people extended from the counter as the employees shouted the restaurant’s trademark of "Whadda ya have? Whadda ya have? Whadda ya have?" Known for their efficiency, they kept people moving and orders flying. We elected to try the feature items: chili cheese dog and slaw dog along with an order of onion rings and the highly recommended Frosted Orange drink. Fried pies for dessert were hig...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 22, 2004

The Varsity Drive In of Georgia
1000 W. Broad St
Athens, Georgia 30606
(706) 548-6325

Mexicali Grille

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Restaurant

Mexicali Grille Photo, Athens, Georgia
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We pulled into the parking lot with an easy exit from Highway 10 / 78. After a full day, a simple dinner of Mexican food sounded appealing. The outdoor seating faced the highway and did not offer any shading form the hot sun. We chose to eat inside. We sat at a clean booth under the windows adjoining the outside patio. Clusters of tables sat in the middle of the restaurant filled with large families or groups of college students. Signs hung at every booth outlining the check splitting policy (basically "no"). Groups of five people or larger automatically pay 15% gratuity. Although this forces some medium size families to pay an expected tip, the policy does ensure that groups of poor college stud...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on August 22, 2004

Mexicali Grille
2139 W. Broad Street
Athens, Georgia 30606
(706) 546-7327

DePalma’s Italian Café

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Restaurant

DePalma’s Italian Café Photo, Athens, Georgia
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Just east of the UGA campus on Broad Street sat DePalma’s Café, a small Italian restaurant with an inviting menu, beckoning us inside. Towards the end of the usual lunch hour, the restaurant was nearly empty and the hostess immediately led us to a roomy booth across from the grandiose wine racks and bar. The sides of the wooden booth nearly met the ceiling providing a high degree of privacy for our dining – perfect for an intimate date! My wife even felt comfortable taking an emergency cell phone call from home without leaving the table as the booth contained our conversation without impacting other restaurant patrons. Another dining room opened off the far side of the bar. Based on the gr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 22, 2004

DePalma’s Italian Café
401 E Broad St
Athens, Georgia 30601
(706) 354-6966

Copper Creek Brewing Company

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Restaurant

Copper Creek Brewing Company Photo, Athens, Georgia
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Two different brochures recommended Cooper Creed – Athens’ only local brewery. We easily found free parking just across the street from the restaurant as the time was 7:20pm. Parking in selected bus stop areas open up at 7:15pm after buses stop running. We accidentally timed this perfectly. Cooper Creek offers four home brews at any one time, changing with the seasons. Debating which one to try, the server suggested the sampler: four 4 oz. glasses of each type. Perfect. She brought a small wooden trivet to the table, holding the four small glasses. They ordered from the lightest pilsner to the darker stout. The light pilsner could be sipped on all day; however, my favorite was the third beer – nut...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 22, 2004

Copper Creek Brewing Company
140 E Washington St
Athens, Georgia 30601
(706) 546-1102

Thomas Orchard & Greenhouse

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Attraction | "Thomas Orchards"

Thomas Orchard & Greenhouse Photo, Athens, Georgia
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Driving out of town, south on highway 129, we stopped at a roadside building touting a sign for fresh peaches. Now, who can resist Georgia peaches freshly picked from the trees, setting in a bucket, just ripe for eating? We had to stop. The large covered front porch was surrounded with annual and perennial plants, all marked down 25% during this month of August. People sat on the hanging porch swing and rocking chairs, eating dishes of ice cream. I then saw the sign, "Fresh peach ice cream, homemade daily". Oh, I made a good decision about stopping here! Buckets of peaches sat on the middle table. I asked the young man monitoring the table for his recommendation on buying peaches. Another...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 22, 2004

Thomas Orchard & Greenhouse
6091 Macon Hwy
Athens, Georgia 30621
(706) 769-6472