Two weekends ago a sweet friend and I headed down to Athens, Georgia for a weekend of reminiscing while also attending the Missouri vs. Georgia football game. We left Charlotte mid-afternoon Friday, changed quickly at our hotel and then headed out for the night! Below is a quick recap of our weekend.
After checking in at Hotel Indigo in downtown Athens, we grabbed an Uber and headed to dinner at Five and Ten. Owned and operated by Hugh Acheson, an Athens resident, Five and Ten is in an area of town called Five Points. After passing through Milledge Avenue (where a majority of the sorority and fraternity houses are), you come to a five point intersection, hence the name Five Points. Five and Ten has been an Athens staple for years, but they recently expanded into a beautifully renovated home on Milledge Avenue. Whenever I visit Athens, I make a point to secure a reservation at Five and Ten! I’m never disappointed. The menu changes daily, so you’re always in for a little surprise when dining here. While the food and beverages are all delicious, the atmosphere really adds to the dining experience.
Following our nearly two-hour meal, we grabbed another Uber and went back into downtown Athens for a few drinks. After a pint at Trappeze Pub (which also has great food!), we headed to an old favorite, Boar’s Head Lounge. We knew we wanted to make the most of our Saturday, so we headed back to our hotel around midnight.
Saturday morning we ate breakfast at the hotel (complimentary coffee!) and made our way outside for a long walk around campus. Even though the Missouri vs. Georgia game didn’t kickoff until 7:30pm, there were already tailgaters out at 9am. Football is serious business in the south! Weaving our way through downtown Athens, North Campus (the historic campus of UGA), South Campus, and then through the newer parts of campus (things sure have changed over the years), we couldn’t help but reminisce about our time at the University of Georgia. My friend and I graduated a year apart from each other, but we didn’t meet until we both moved to Charlotte. Nonetheless, a lot of our memories were similar, and we were able to enjoy being back in our college town together.
After our long walk we did some shopping on Clayton Avenue (the main street in downtown Athens) and then continued on to grab lunch at Taqueria del Sol. We then headed back to our hotel to get ready for the rest of the day.
Before we made our way to the stadium we stopped at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (which is new to the downtown Athens scene), grabbed a pint and fries at The Globe, and visited a few more boutiques. Around 6pm we started the walk to Sanford Stadium, which is conveniently located on campus. The great thing about Athens is that it’s incredibly walkable. Aside from dinner at Five and Ten Friday evening we didn’t have to drive (or Uber) anywhere.
The rest of the evening was spent inside Sanford Stadium cheering on our now #3 Bulldogs. The atmosphere inside Sanford Stadium is always electric, thanks to housing nearly 94,000 visitors, but this time is was especially loud and exciting due to our undefeated record. Luckily the Bulldogs continued the great season with another win!
Before hitting the road, we went to the Last Resort Grill for brunch. The Last Resort Grill has been around for years, but is no less popular than it’s ever been. The restaurant opens for brunch at 10am on Sundays, so we made sure to get there no later than 9:45am to secure a spot in line. I’m so glad we did because within the 15 minutes we waited for the doors to open the line continued to grow. We were one of the first five tables to be seated, and within an hour we were on the road home with full stomachs and happy hearts.
There’s really nothing better than a weekend spent reminiscing in your old college town! Oh, and Go Dawgs!!