Athens, Ohio Travel Guide | girl about columbus

Athens, Ohio Travel Guide

Athens, Ohio Travel Guide | girl about columbus

I’m so excited to share this Athens travel guide with you – it’s been in the works since this past Fall after a day trip visit chocked full of good food, drinks, and fun explorations. I’ve been visiting Athens for years now – my husband went to OU – and the quaint southern Ohio college town holds a lot of fun memories.

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court-street-diner-athens-ohioStart the day at Court Street Diner: An Athens staple for cheap, good food. Breakfast includes, but is definitely not limited to, french toast, eggs, bacon, hash browns, and a breakfast quesadilla. Oh, and coffee.

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After breakfast, shop for a bit at Artifacts Gallery and figleaf on Court Street. Stop in a few OU shops and antique stores. Buy an OU shirt at College Book Store. Oh and if you feel like hopping in your car – venture to East State Street to take in the Athens Farmer’s Market. Shop the market every Wednesday and Saturday from 9-Noon, year-round. Grab a sweet treat at Village Bakery + Cafe.

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Get back to uptown Athens. Just off of Court Street on West Washington is the coolest, hippest coffee shop in Athens: Donkey Coffee and Espresso. You can get some really good coffee here.

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Hungry for lunch? Athens has options. At great prices. Burrito Buggy and/or Goodfella’s will not disappoint for quick + easy meal.

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Walk off your lunch on the Ohio University Campus, see a flick at the historic Athena Theater, bike the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway, rock climb at OU’s Ping Center, or jump in your car for a quick trip to visit The Ridges, a historic institution that is now part of Ohio University’s campus but was once was a mental health hospital.

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Explore the trails around The Ridges and you’ll find a beautiful old cemetery where the patients of the hospital were laid to rest.

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Dinnertime! Check out Casa Nueva, a local favorite. After dinner, hang out at Jackie O’s Pub and BreweryRed Brick, or Courtside. Do the “Shuffle” – hitting up all of Athen’s bars (good luck!).

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Looking for a place to stay? Bodhi Tree Guesthouse, the Ohio University Inn, or Burr Oak State Park Lodge are all worth checking into.

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The next morning, take in some other area attractions:  Canoe/kayak at Strouds Run State Park, Lake Hope, or Burr Oak Lake, take a train ride on the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, shop in Nelsonville, or hike nearby Hocking Hills State Park.

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Athens is only an hour’s drive, southeast from Columbus. You can find more information on Athen’s tourism site. Have any other suggestions of where to go while in Athens? Leave a comment on this post!

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9 Comments

  • Love Donkey Coffee! It’s such a great place to go with a book!

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  • Great post! I love that area but I have not been to any of those places. I will use your guide next time I go.Thank you!

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  • I just found you online when I was searching for things to do in Ohio. You take the most beautiful photos! I just love your blog and I am so happy I found you!

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  • Thanks for showing Athens some love! I graduated undergrad from OU and the character that Athens has is truly one of a kind. So many gems in a “rural college town.” Check out Miller’s Chicken, Purple Chopstix and the miles-long bikepath that wraps around the city.

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  • Beautiful photos. I highly recommend Bagel Street Deli and Casa Nueva!

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  • You forgot to mention that you can let go of stress at Inhale Yoga Studio with a yoga class, soak in the infared sauna or book a Thai massage with one of the talented practitioners. It’s worth checking out while you are here. http://www.inhaleyoga.org

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