on saturday, I made an impromptu trip to athens to see my little sister who's a freshman at the university of georgia. it's been a while since I'd seen her and I didn't have plans for the day so it was a perfect opportunity to make the short trip to athens.
if you haven't been, athens is the perfect roadtrip distance from atlanta - only slightly longer than an hour. downtown has so many boutiques and local spots to discover and athens even has it's own brewery. without further ado, here's my advice on how to spend a leisurely afternoon in downtown athens, georgia.
we hit downtown right at 10am to do some shopping before it got too crowded. we started at the adorable red dress boutique, the merchandising and displays were on point - not to mention, the dressing rooms were so funky. the butterfly wallpaper in the dressing area is gorgeous and each fitting room has a different wallpaper with a fun chandelier. wallpapers themes include dogs, peacock feathers, leaves, and more. so fun!
after picking up a few pieces from red dress, we headed down the corner to heery's. we tried on some shoes and ended up buying the same pair!
next we popped in fringe, a new boutique which has an anthropologie meets urban outfitters vibe. the displays and decor were out of this world beautiful. you can see from the street the bright colors, natural fibers, and flowers that come together to make this storefront an impressive and inviting statement.
across from fringe is heery's too, a home and interior shoppe. I found a gorgeous cookbook, my southern kitchen: shrimp, collards, and grits. why did I have to have this cookbook? smoked salmon and herbed cheese pinwheels, mint julep iced tea, old fashioned tomato salad, heirloom tomato and vidalia pie are just a few reasons why I knew I had to have this book. I can't wait to read through and pick my first dish.
we also checked out cloister collection which is a lilly lover's dream. the ladies offered us mimosas and cookies along with lots of bright and colorful printed frocks throughout the store. how sweet is this bright pink door.
at this point, we'd worked up an appetite and decided to stop at last resort for lunch. mimosas and crab cakes are the way to my heart and they didn't disappoint!
what I thought would be a few hours in athens turned out to be the better part of the day and I'm so glad I had a free weekend to get away to see my sister and explore athens. she even took me by her sorority house for a super quick tour.
one other store that we love is the native america gallery downtown. unfortunately we ran out of time and our parking meter ran out of money - but this shop is a definite must see. what's your favorite athens spot?