Athens, GA, USA

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Athens, GA, USA

Athens vacation rentals

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.