A while back (sorry), someone asked a question of “What are some great places for adventures and fun and self meditation in Athens?” So here’s my list!
1) Adventure: any tree you are able to climb. You can spy on people, narrate their lives… You can read a book, carve love notes into the tree. You can just sit in the tree and hug it and feel content with where you physically are in life.
2) Lamar Dodd School of Art/ Georgia Museum of Art. In my lit class, my professor said you should take your boyfriend or girlfriend on a date to the museum, for it will tell you EVERYTHING about the person. If they don’t want to go, ditch ‘em. If they like a lame painting for lame reasons, ditch ‘em. It’s really nice to sit back and stare at just one painting for about 10 minutes. AND there’s an Ike n Jane donut stand in the museum. Anything better? Well… Lamar Dodd! Lamar Dodd has awesome exhibitions created by students, but proceed with caution, for you may find yourself wanting to change your major to the art school side.
3) Sandy Creek Park. If you go to Ramsey, you can rent a paddle board, which they will hook up to your car for you. Take it over to Sandy Creek and paddle board on the water. Once you are away from shore, you can just sit and meditate with no distractions. I just took a wonderful Outdoor Rec class for Paddle Board Yoga. Yesyesyes it was stellar.
4) 1000 Faces Coffee. On Barber Street, there is a great coffee roaster (past Jittery Joe’s… erm…) called 1000 Faces. The people there are so lovely and full of sunshine. You can learn new brewing systems, watch the coffee being roasted, and enjoy the best lattes of your LIFE. Also, Friday mornings they do “cuppings” where you can sample a few roasts in a way that really highlights the notes of the coffee. You learn so much there!
5) Athens is known for its great music scene; however, most people pay attention to the 40 Watt and Georgia Theater venues. While those are fantastic, the Caledonia Lounge offers a more intimate setting between you and the performer. I attended my first show alone amidst a handful of other anonymous persons in this dimly lit venue, and I felt so uncomfortable. There was no where to sit and hide in the corners and just watch from a distance. This is actually the main reason I fell in love with the place. It’s like a personal show, and I love it every time now.