Destination guide

Athens is a buzzing college town

It may have a stately, classical name, but Athens is as contemporary as they come. The music scene is legendary, and you can catch burgeoning acts here before they hit the big time. A lot of the energy comes down to the fact this is a college town, and home to the University of Georgia. Saying that, history lovers will also be enchanted by the antebellum architecture, and serene air. Athens vacation rentals, which run the gamut from sleek, modern apartments to red-brick houses to quaint cottages with rustic appeal, will provide an ideal base for seeing the whole region.

Things to do

Art and beauty in Athens

Fancy seeing drawings by the visionary artist William Blake? Or perhaps a watercolor by the groundbreaking Surrealist, Giorgio de Chirico? Then pay a visit to the Georgia Museum of Art, a storehouse of treasures which also shows off works by American greats like Georgia O’Keeffe. The striking sculpture garden is well worth exploring, too. Speaking of the outdoors, make a beeline for the State Botanical Garden of Georgia to visit the beguiling Fragrance Garden, and wander wildflower meadows. Then, there’s Bear Hollow Zoo, a popular hangout for families eager to meet Georgia natives like bobcats, white-tailed deer, and wise old owls.


Exploring the vibe in Athens

Downtown Athens is where many visitors will spend most of their time. Steps away from Athens vacation rentals, its streets are studded with great places to shop, eat, and drink. You’ll also be able to enjoy one of the best college music scenes in the whole country. This, after all, is the city that spawned R.E.M. and the B-52s, and you never know who you might discover in the local live venues. Keep a look out as well for the famous Athens bulldog statues, which pepper the streets. If you’d rather check out the stately antebellum homes, you can go on a fascinating guided tour of properties that span various eras in Georgia history.


Year-round Athens escapes

There’s really no bad time to settle into an Athens vacation rental. Summers are warm and pleasant, while spring brings the seasonal pleasure of colorful blooms and flamboyant festivals that bring the whole community together. Fall, meanwhile, sees the natural landscape turn a sumptuous crimson, and is an atmospheric time to visit. Even winter isn’t an issue, if you bring a few extra layers. And what better excuse do you need to duck into lively bars and live music venues till late into the night?

Natural features

Outdoorsy jaunts near Athens

You won’t be stuck for natural nooks to explore near Athens. Just to the north of the city, you’ll find Sandy Creek Park. Covering almost 800 acres, it surrounds the vast Lake Chapman, and makes a serene setting for hiking, kayaking, and fishing. Alternatively, you can head out to Oconee National Forest, which is run through by the river, with wetland attracting all kinds of birds which you should keep an eye out for.

How to get there

How to get to and around Athens

Fly into Athens, GA (AHN-Ben Epps), the closest airport, located 3 mi (4.8 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Athens?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 184 vacation rentals near Athens. From 113 Houses to 43 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Athens for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Athens?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Athens. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • University of Georgia: 101 vacation rentals
  • Sanford Stadium: 180 vacation rentals
  • State Botanical Garden of Georgia: 180 vacation rentals
  • Classic Center: 180 vacation rentals
  • 40 Watt Club: 181 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Athens listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Athens?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 113 Houses in Athens. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Athens include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 43 rentals available
  • Cabins: 8 rentals available
  • Cottages: 8 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Athens?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 31 vacation rentals with pool available in Athens. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.