Explore Athens’ Vibrant Downtown Community
Discover the excitement of downtown Athens, known for its great arts scene and plenty of entertainment options. The Country Inn & Suites hotel is about two miles from major downtown attractions including the famous 40 Watt Club, the Globe Bar and the hip Five Points neighborhood. Visit the Georgia Museum of Art to see great two- and three-dimensional works, or spend a quiet afternoon at the lovely State Botanical Garden of Georgia. The downtown area is home to several popular annual festivals
, including the kid-friendly Athfest that supports the local music and visual arts communities. Explore these Athens attractions:
- 40 Watt Club (2.5 miles)
This legendary club, founded in 1978, has been a major force in American punk rock and remains one of the best venues to see live bands.
Phone: +1 (706) 549-7871
- Athens Regional Medical Center (1.4 miles)
The Country Inn & Suites, Athens is just a mile and a half from this premier Georgia medical and surgical hospital.
Phone: +1 (706) 475-7000
- Athfest 2015 (2.4 miles)
This celebration of Athens’ art and music scene takes place each summer, with all proceeds benefiting AthFest Educates.
Phone: +1 (706) 548-1973
- Caterpillar (6.6 miles)
Corporate travelers can visit this manufacturing plant for Caterpillar, one of the world’s best-known construction and earth-moving equipment brands.
- Five Points (2.5 miles)
Five Points is a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood near UGA that features shops, restaurants, bars and coffeehouses.
- Georgia Museum of Art (3.5 miles)
Spend a day at Georgia’s official art museum, located on the East Campus of UGA. Exhibits feature everything from fine paintings to folk art to three-dimensional paintings, and the museum strives for art enjoyment for everyone, not just art buffs.
Phone: +1 (706) 542-4662
- St. Mary’s Hospital (0.7 miles)
This award-winning hospital near the Country Inn & Suites offers expert care and an excellent patient experience.
Phone: +1 (706) 389-3000
- Terrapin Brewery (2.9 miles)
Tour this local microbrewery and learn about the process of making craft beers. Don’t miss the hotel’s Terrapin Beer Co Experience Package that offers special perks, including souvenir beer glasses.
Phone: +1 (706) 549-3377
- The Globe (2.1 miles)
This unique bar, open since 1989, is a great place to enjoy fine food and drinks and to get to know the locals.
Phone: +1 (706) 353-4721
- The State Botanical Garden of Georgia (5.4 miles)
Find serenity while wandering the paths of Georgia’s public garden, featuring more than 300 acres of formal gardens, greenhouses, bridges and nature trails.
Phone: +1 (706) 542-1244
Festivals in Athens, GA
Athens is home to a vibrant arts community and also hosts the annual Athens Twilight Criterium that draws cycling enthusiasts from around the globe. Don’t miss the many festivals and events throughout the year, including Athfest.
Directions to the Hotel:
From Atlanta: Take 85 N to 316 E. Follow 316 E until it merges into the Atlanta Hwy (Broad St). The hotel is one mile down on the left.
From I-85: At Commerce, take US 441 S. Turn right to merge onto Athens Perimeter Hwy. Take exit 18 for US 78 E/Atlanta Hwy/GA 10 toward Monroe. Turn left at US 78 E, and then turn left onto Old Epps Bridge Rd.
From US 78 W: Take business US 78 E through downtown on Broad St. The hotel is three miles down on the right.