Stay in our Holiday Inn® Athens hotels to discover this hotbed of trend-setting musicality. Athens, Georgia, calls itself the ultimate college town, but it’s also a gracious Southern city of a certain age, with a sleepy pace and beautiful antebellum homes.
Book a stay at our hotels in Athens and see why it’s considered a musical laboratory for budding rock stars. Live music streams out of clubs and cafes orbiting the University of Georgia campus. Pick up the free Athens Music History Walking Tour at the Athens Welcome Center, and see the legendary venues where native bands like R.E.M. and the B-52s got their start. Chartered in 1785, UG is one of the oldest universities in the country. Stroll storied Old North Campus, with crisscrossing greenswards lined with old oaks, magnolias and elks. Or spend a languid hour or two under the wisteria-clad arbors in the State Botanical Garden of Georgia—entry is free. Reopening in early 2011 after a major expansion, the Georgia Museum of Art includes works by Georgia O’Keefe, Stuart Davis, and Andrew Wyeth. If you’re pressed for time, an easy and convenient way to explore the city’s historic sights is on the 1-hour Classic City Tour from the Athens Welcome Center.
The city’s culinary landscape is as electric as its music scene. Award-winning eateries rub shoulders with modest soul-food joints downtown, close to our Athens hotels. The city’s club and bar scene reflects the local passion for music of all genres. Head downtown to the 40 Watt Club, still promoting edgy musical artists after 30 years.
Make our Athens hotels your convenient base for enjoying this Georgia college town, with a vibrant music scene in a historic Old South setting.