Founded in the late 1800s as a suburb accessible by streetcar, this neighborhood now is popular with local artists, entrepreneurs, and musicians as well as university staff and young families. Grand Victorians line Boulevard, the namesake thoroughfare. Brightly painted wood cottages, many the residences of workers at the former textile mill, dot the side streets.
What to See and Do
Urban Sanctuary — This upscale spa located in a former historic church emphasizes organic and all-natural products.
Shakti Power Yoga — With a full seven-day schedule, this studio offers visitors to Athens plenty of options for drop-in classes.
Where to Eat and Drink
Heirloom Café — Come here to sample dishes that feature ingredients from farmers and producers in the Athens region.
White Tiger Gourmet — Operating in a former grocery, this restaurant is known for barbecue and hearty sandwiches. Locals gather at picnic tables in the side yard.
This article originally appeared in the spring 2019 Visitors Guide