By Stephanie Nicole Marcum
Athens
Georgia
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Athens is an ideal vacation destination known for its impressive local art, live music and nightlife scene, historical preservation and the University of Georgia. History, art, music and culture come together to make a fun vacation in Athens, Georgia. 

EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your next vacation to Athens, Georgia. Athens is accessible via the Athens Ben-Eppes Airport (AHN) and daily connector flights between Athens Ben-Eppes Airport and Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport (ATL) are available. Please follow the link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) to book your flight today with EscapeWizard.com.  EscapeWizard.com can also assist with your hotel accommodations. Just click here to start your hotel experience today (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

When in Athens it is important for art lovers not to miss the Lyndon House Arts Center. This beautiful house, built by the first mayor of Athens, has been restored to museum quality and filled with beautiful antique furniture and décor. Opened in 1999, the 35,000 square foot modern wing of the Lyndon House Arts Center boasts five galleries of artwork, an art school, and the gallery shop which retails local artwork.  Don’t forget your souvenir shopping when you visit the Lyndon House Arts Center.

EscapeWizard.com’s second suggested site to visit in Athens, Georgia is the Church-Waddell-Brumby House Museum and Athens Welcome Center. The house originally built in the 1820’s has been fully restored, furnished and decorated with painstaking care making this stop both enjoyable and informative. Take in some history of Athens, view lovely antique furnishings, handmade hand blocked wall coverings and pick up information about the many interesting sites to visit in this lovely city at the Church-Waddell-Brumby House Museum and Athens Welcome Center. 

Next on the EscapeWizard.com itinerary is the Classic Center located in downtown Athens. The Classic Center has two sides: a theater and a convention center. The convention center hosts events such as conventions, meetings, social events, and trade shows. The Theater is a beautiful and charming venue which presents world class acts in drama, musicals, and step performances. EscapeWizard.com hopes you enjoy the show!

Nightlife is an important facet to a well rounded trip to Athens, Georgia. Live music venues abound in the city that spawned such well known acts as REM, The B-52’s and Widespread Panic. There is music for everyone in Athens, Georgia, whether you prefer country, classical, rock, dance, blues or jazz. Don’t make the mistake of assuming this college town only has your typical college bars available. There are many affluent taverns in Athens for those with a sophisticated palate.

If you visit in June be sure to catch Athfest the Athens Music and Arts Festival which hosts local bands, an Artist Market, a Kid Friendly Festival, and local filmmaker’s showcases. This is a spectacular event which draws people from far and wide.

Athens, Georgia is a fabulous vacation destination to learn about the history of this beautiful college town and the South and enjoy art, culture and music. The Athens transit system makes accessing all locations easy. Bus schedules and maps are available at http://www.athenstransit.com. Click on the link above to book your vacation in Athens, Georgia. 
Hotels in Athens
By Michelle Monahan
Hilton Garden Inn Athens
390 East Washington Street, Athens, GA
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Located in the historic district of downtown Athens the Hilton Garden Inn is within walking distance to the University of GA and 1 mile from Sanford Stadium, home to the University of GA football team. Here at Hilton Gardens you will find yourself next door to The Classic Center, an award winning convention center and performing arts theatre offering a wide range of entertainment options.  The hotel is only a 6 minute drive from the from the Athens/Benn Epps airport where you can catch a taxi ride to the hotel or if you are arriving by car there is a hotel parking area with self-parking.

Upon entering the lobby you will find a sleek and contemporary atmosphere where you can sit and relax until check in time at 3 p.m. You may choose a room with 1 king or 2 queen size beds, both which boast the Garden Sleep System® found exclusively at the Hilton Garden Inn. While relaxing in this state of the art bed you can sit back and watch TV on a 32 inch flat screen, enjoying complimentary access to HBO, ESPN, The Disney Channel and the Weather Channel. During your stay you will also enjoy complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi and 24-hour access to the hotel’s business center.  For your convenience your room is furnished with a refrigerator, microwave and a desk.

After a good night’s sleep you may want to check in at the fitness center where you will find a great variety of work-out machines and equipment or drop by the indoor pool for a swim. When returning from the day’s activities make sure to stop in at the Great American Grille for dinner, open each night from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m., or have a drink at the Pavilion Bar Lounge. Make sure to save some time to relax in the hot tub before heading back up to your room for the evening and if you find yourself hungry during the night visit the Pavilion Pantry, open 24 hours for your convenience.

On the day of your departure you will appreciate a late check out time of 11 a.m. allowing you to enjoy a cooked-to-order breakfast at the Great American Grill, open for breakfast each morning from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. To check rates for your stay at the Hilton Garden Inn through EscapeWizard.com click here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Athens
By Shaina Amienyi
Holiday Inn Express
513 West Broad Street, Athens, GA
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The Holiday Inn Express Hotel Athens is an ideal hotel option, especially for Georgia Bulldogs fans. The hotel is just two blocks from the University of Georgia. It is also close to several businesses, so corporate travelers will also find the location convenient. From 3pm when you check in to 11am when you check out, you can enjoy being close to the best shopping, dining, and entertainment venues in Athens.

Standard guest rooms provide comfortable accommodations with a king bed or double beds. Rooms include cable TV, a CD player, and a stereo for entertainment. You can sit at the work desk and make use of the free high speed wireless internet. The refreshment area can include a combination of a coffee maker, tea maker, microwave, mini fridge, or full refrigerator.

Start each day with the complimentary Express Start breakfast bar. You can sample the Holiday Inn’s signature cinnamon rolls as well as other delightful hot and cold foods including bacon, eggs, and fruit. After breakfast, there are plenty of things to do around the hotel. You can read the free newspaper delivered to your room daily, go for a swim in the outdoor pool, or exercise at the fitness center. The fitness center provides a scale for you to track your progress. Towels are on site if you forget yours, and there is a water station to keep you hydrated while you burn calories. The updated equipment includes a treadmill, stair stepper, exercise bike, and universal weight machine.

When in Athens for business, make use of the on-site business center open 24/7. You can hold meetings with up to 200 people in the hotel’s event facilities. There are six meeting rooms with a total of about 3,400 square feet of space, all with free wireless high speed internet access and A/V support.

Whether you are a Georgia Bulldogs fan or just in town for a business trip or leisure vacation, the Holiday Inn Express Athens is a hotel you will enjoy. This hotel has much to offer guests, from its large, well-equipped meeting facilities and scrumptious breakfast buffet to its comfortable guest rooms. Click on the link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to visit EscapeWizard.com and book your stay at this hotel.
Hotels in Athens
By Shaina Amienyi
Candlewood Suites
156 Classic Road, Bogart, GA
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Whether you are in Athens for an event at the University of Georgia or business conference, the Candlewood Suites Athens hotel is an excellent place to stay during your trip. After 3pm on the day you arrive in Athens, you will be greeted at the check-in counter by the staff who can speak to you in Hindi or Spanish if you like. On your last day in Athens, make sure to check out by noon.

You will have a great time in one of the hotel’s 97 suites, which feature a wide selection of entertainment and refreshment amenities. Suites include full kitchens with all the appliances, cookware, serving dishes, and silverware you will need. For example, there is a full-sized refrigerator with an ice maker as well as a dishwasher, toaster, and microwave to name a few. Entertainment options include a DVD player, CD player, stereo, and cable TV with movie channels. Some suites also provide a living room with sofa bed and dining table.

After you visit your room, stop by the Candlewood Cupboard convenience store, where you can get breakfast items, frozen dinners, beverages, ice cream, and more. The convenience store is open 24/7, so no need to worry if you forget something. Then head to the DVD lending library to rent a movie for you to watch while you eat. The hotel amenities also include a free guest Laundromat, a business center, and a fitness center. The 24-hour fitness center is well equipped with a stationary bike, weight machine, two elliptical machines, and two treadmills. All public areas in the hotel offer free wireless internet access.

The Candlewood Suites Athens is a popular hotel choice because of its downtown location, close to the University of Georgia. The hotel is close to major corporations, such as Golden Pantry, and fun destinations, including Sanford Stadium”home of the Bulldogs”and Georgia Square Mall. Booking your suite at this hotel is simple; just click on the link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to EscapeWizard.com.