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Athens and Northern Towns Area Article



The Athens and Northern Historic Heartland Tourist Guide can help you plan your visit so that your experience is complete and enjoyable. Be warned however, that no guide can truly represent this beautiful land and all that it has to offer. In the city of Athens in Clark County, you have a University town bedecked with spectacular gardens, impressive parks, heritage sites, cafés, restaurants, theatres, and above all, a supremely moderate climate and friendly people. This would have to be an ideal spot to have a dream vacation where you get to indulge yourself and unwind in a manner fit for a king. Nestling the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this historic town has one of the best scenic landscapes in an area where this is not a novelty.

Perhaps it is this natural beauty that has inspired some remarkable bands such as the B-52 and REM, as well as a proliferation of performing and visual arts. So if you are an artsy person you'll be in seventh heaven when you refer the Athens and Northern Historic Heartland tourist guide and see what's in store for you. It's not just rock n' roll that is on offer, but jazz, blues, country, as well as classical gems that will leave you wanting more. Be sure to check out the events at the Morton theatre, the Classic Center theatre, and many others so you don't miss out. Athens has art galleries galore, show casing an extraordinary selection that will leave you captivated. On a note of whimsy, it might be fun to follow the map of the "We let the dogs out" public art exhibited throughout the city, and round up all 36 of them. This would certainly be exciting if you're traveling with kids. To see the best of Athens, take the Walking Tour of Downtown Athens, or a Classic City Tour that will cover pretty much everything.

A trip through Conyers, Rockdale County, might serve to get in touch with your spiritual side. The Monastery of the Holy Spirit is a majestic sight worth exploring, and it might be calming as well as inspiring to spend a few hours on its beautiful grounds. Downtown Conyers is where you should be able to get a good piece of the action. The Lewis Vaughn Botanical Garden, the Old Jail, and the Yellow Depot that houses the quaint steam locomotive "Dinky," will prove exciting for all, young and old. Moving on to Covington, Newton County, you have a historic town with the twinkling of stardust. Featured often in popular TV shows, Covington is a celebrity in its own right for the immense artistic charm and elegant historicity that strikes you the minute you enter its environs. While here you can practice your putting and attempt a few birdies at the Oaks Courses and Indian Creek Golf Club, or explore the Historic Gaither Plantation. Don't forget to include in your itinerary, the Fox Vineyards and Winery Factory which holds out promise for some intoxicating information and time well spent.

A walking or driving tour of Oxford would take you down history lane and acquaint you with the old world charm of a new born town, designated a Shrine of the United Methodist Church. Over twenty 19th century mansions and buildings line the street and endorse this atmosphere. The Hard Labor Creek State Park in Rutledge which also contains The Creek golf course would come highly recommended to any Athens and Northern Historic Heartland tourist. Explore the mysteries of this wooded area where the shadows and the light play tricks on your imagination, or then again you may prefer the golf. There are also trails that you can cover either on horseback or on foot. If you are a water person and it is summer, head for the lakeside beach or if not, just while away the time staring at the beautiful creek, as any self-respecting old timer would have done when confronted by such awesome natural beauty. Since there is so much to do, be sure to use our “Flag This” feature in the Athens and Northern Historic Heartland Tourist Guide to add items of interest to your “My Travel Ideas” folder, so that you will not have to remember them and can quickly retrieve them.

Be sure to explore the “Cultural” option on the Athens and Northern Historic Heartland Tourist Guide to discover all of the great cultural sites, exhibits and activities. In Athens, The Georgia Museum of Art, Native America Gallery, and the Mercury Art Works on Clayton St., the Original Fine Art Gallery on Baxter St., and the Visual Arts Guild of Athens are where you'll find all that your artistic heart desires. A tourist guide would be of immense help in getting your priorities right. In Covington the Choral Guild, the local Community Band, the Arts Associated, as well as the Oxford College are always up to something that is worth an evening's entertainment. The Annual Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival is an unending extravaganza of dance and music, arts and crafts, food and fun, and entertainment throughout that has to be attended. It normally occurs in March so plan accordingly.


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