Summer Guide to Athens, GATuesday, July 12, 2016
A few months ago I put together a post on some fun things to do during the winter season in Athens. I thought it'd be fun to recreate it, but this time with a summer spin on it.
If you're from Georgia or know anything about the South, you can imagine the hot, sticky mess that ensues once summer arrives. It's a rare day that the temperature falls below 85° or the humidity drops under 100%. That said, Athens knows how to make summer worth it. The city is not as crowded since classes aren't in session and there are plenty of great restaurant patios to visit. Here are a few fun things to get up to during the summer season.
Athens Farmers Market
If you pop by Bishop Park bright and early on a Saturday, you'll be just in time to beat the heat and still get your pick of fresh strawberries and zinnas before everyone else. The last few times we've been there was a live bluegrass band playing which always makes shopping for veggies fun!
There's usually a line around the building for Sunday brunch at this little place, but I'm adding it to our must-try list for this summer. Their Georgia Peach French Toast is calling my name. Plus, you've got to love a place that puts chocolate cake on the breakfast menu!
Sandy Creek Park
No need to feel guilty about french toast (or the chocolate cake) when you've got $5 kayak rentals at Sandy Creek Park. We're hoping to try this out one weekend soon. You can't beat that price for a day on the lake!
Front Porch Bookstore
The sweetest (and tiniest) little bookstore is right outside Athens in downtown Winterville. On certain Saturdays, they open up their annex and sell books for $1 or less. All the proceeds go to help the (equally tiny) Winterville library.
This is one of my favorite places for lunch in downtown Athens. You can't beat their meat & three options. Get the fried chicken or -- if you're there for brunch -- the french toast. Both are equally amazing!
King of Pops
Some days you'll find their stand on the curb right outside The Place which makes for the perfect summer dessert. You can also track their locations on their website if you need a pop fix.
This is a great place to beat the heat in the afternoon by strolling through some shops (Revival Yarns is a dangerous place to visit if you're a pretty yarn fanatic like me) or grabbing some coffee at Hendershots.
The Tree Room
This is one of those quirky little things that makes you fall in love with Athens. Most people would tear down an old warehouse with a giant tree growing through it, but not Athens. The Tree Room (inside of Chase Street Warehouse on Tracy Street) is a quiet roofless space, perfect for snapping photos or just enjoying the sight of a tree growing through a building. I think it's used fairly often as a wedding or event venue, but it's never been very busy when we've been there.
Rubber Soul Yoga
A relaxing way to finish off the day! This donation-based yoga studio is located in the Leathers building on Pulaski Street. I've really liked all the classes I've been to there and (bonus!) it's right next door to another favorite restaurant — Pulaski Heights BBQ.