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At the Twilight Hour: Things to Know

One of the most highly-anticipated, widely acknowledged, enthusiastically celebrated weekends in Athens is upon us: Twilight. Twilight is a pro-cycling race that has captivated locals and visitors for an incredible 37 years, and this year it’s all about the “Road Rash”.

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Here are a few things you can look forward to this weekend, April 28-29th. 1) Amateur cycling 2) 5k running race 3) Kids games, as well as a myriad of food and drinks from some of our favorite local vendors. The primary attraction, the men’s pro-am criterium 80k and women’s pro-am criterium 40k races around downtown Athens, will take place on Saturday.

For the newbies that need a game plan to maximize the event’s activities and offerings, we’ve gathered some important facts, features, and finds you will want to note:

  1. You can find the race’s start and finish time on Clayton Street at College Avenue. If this is where you plant yourself, so be it, but just know you can get front-row action essentially all over.
  2. For those who read “criterium” and acted like they knew what that meant, here is your cycling two-cents for the week. Merriam-Webster defines criterium as, “a bicycle race of a specified number of laps on a closed course over public roads closed to normal traffic”. NOW you can go to Twilight being fully prepped with trendy vocabulary.
  3. Kick off the weekend with the “Cheers & Gears” Pre-Party, featuring live music and drinks at Terrapin Brewery on Thursday, April 27th. I mean the creativity points for that name, plus the mention of local brews is enough to get us to make sure we’re there.
  4. Everyone is important, but some are VIPs. Check out how you can be a Twilight Finish Line VIP, get dinner catered by Porterhouse Grill, a great line-up of beverages, amazing views (top of the College Avenue Parking Deck!), and the chance to walk away with the FULL experience and serious bragging rights. Screen Shot 2017-04-25 at 3.28.47 PM

5. Comfortable shoes. A must. Whether you’re standing, walking, or simply observing, you don’t have to forfeit your spring style for comfort! Check out these adorable Heery’s kicks.

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marc.fisher sneakers available at Heery’s

6. Twilight’s criterium has been “dubbed the most insane criterium in the world”. We’ll leave that there.

7. You’re probably/definitely going to need dinner to prepare for a long–& fun–evening as a race spectator. We’ve heard that pizza pairs very nicely with cycling! Make sure you hit one of our favorite outdoor seating areas in Athens at Ted’s Most Best. Front row for the action and great company (both friends and ‘za).

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8. And a tailgate?!  Saturday, from 5 pm – 11 pm, watch the race at the Classic Center. Here you’ll enjoy free entry with a bar and concessions available, viewing platform for the crowd-worriers and a family friendly atmosphere. 18118973_10155168258544882_6348012316568878719_n

9. If you’ve ever thought “downtown Athens would be perfect for a beer garden” the answer is both “we agree” and “here you go”. At South Kitchen + Bar, from 11 am to 11 pm on Saturday, you’ve got free entry to a large beer garden outside the restaurant, complete with Terrapin beers, burgers, brats, hot dogs, and more. Munchies for kids available too! We’re there.

10. Traffic! Athens adopts similar car speeds to its distant cousin, Atlanta, so know that roads will be closed and you’ll need to reevaluate your little five minute trip through town. If you know what’s best for you, embrace the closures!

11. If your competitive spirit isn’t stimulated enough from the race, get your game fix at The Rook & Pawn. This Saturday, they are celebrating a one-of-a-kind holiday of their own: International Table Top Day! From noon to 6 pm, win game giveaways, ITTD (abbreviated) swag, and enjoy local phenomena, Nedza’s waffles.

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12. Get excited. As if this town didn’t already give us enough to do on a beautiful Saturday in April, here’s the Classic City’s version of taking it to the next level. Happy Twilight-ing!

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The Queen of Ceramics: New Offerings!

Since  1975, Athens has had the pleasure of hosting UGA’s art school alumna, multi-talented artist and creative Rebecca Wood. And for 26 years, people throughout the South have celebrated and cherished her beautiful creations found at r.wood studio. Collectors adore her vast array of work–from mugs and plates to vases and obelisks, which come in simple shapes, vibrant colors, and exquisite designs.

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As an avid observer and appreciator of nature’s beauty, you can frequently find her outdoors, in her garden or the woods, absorbing all it has to offer. It is no surprise that her studio update will feature one-of-a-kind platters that highlight the natural spirit of the South through the dogwood tree.

Oval: 16" by 13", $180 Square: 14", $190
Oval: 16″ by 13″, $180
Square: 14″, $190

**Catch these platters in the fall, featuring pokeberries**

Prepare for the summer by visiting r.wood studio‘s Spring Sale next Saturday, April 29th, to explore and experience the (many!) reasons Rebecca has been selling out for so many years. She will be signing copies of her “photographic love poem to the South”, Beauty Everyday.

‘Tis the season for gatherings and food-sharing in the sun. Don’t let yourself dive into the kitchen without beautiful platters to display the vibrant flavors of summer. Uniquely shaped serving platters and these “one-of-a-kind” detailed wall hangs and beautiful seconds for your shelves and tables will surely catch your eye and welcome your guests.

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Whether you’re seeking home decor, beautiful food canvases, or simply gawk-worthy masterpieces, the largest pottery studio in the South is one exhibit you don’t want to miss. Visit r.wood studio at their newly renovated space as they showcase the never-changing display of such delicate and stunning pieces.

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guide2: G-Day in Athens

To the fans who eagerly wait each year for that beloved Saturday in April, the one that gives you the short and sweet taste of the fall season between the hedges, the Classic City has one message for you: “we’re ready”. This year will be heavier and hotter than ever, as we attempt to beat the SEC-record by exceeding last year’s 93,000 attendance record. So if you’re planning on making the Spring pilgrimage to Dawg country, make sure you do it properly. There are certain spots you’re going to have to visit. We’ve gathered a few various musts to consider for every type of visitor’s mood:

 

For the dawg fan who travels solo, we suggest you head over to one of these fine spots to enjoy an ice-cold brew as you wait for the G-Day fun to commence. 

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  1. Georgia Theatre Rooftop Bar
  2. South Kitchen and Bar
  3. Five Athens
  4. All Good Lounge

 

For the families searching for more wholesome fun, we suggest grabbing a pre or post game snack at one of these famous haunts. Trust us, your kids will be screaming “it’s great to be a Georgia Bulldog” all day long after they taste the cookin’ at these four spots. 

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  1. Ted’s Most Best
  2. Grindhouse Killer Burgers
  3. The Pine
  4. The Grill

 

For the moms who were dragged to Athens against their will, we suggest you find refuge at these four shopping destinations while your husband and friends watch the game.

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  1. IV Seasons Fashion
  2. Heery’s Too
  3. Appointments at Five
  4. Heery’s Clothes Closet

 

For the lover of Georgia Football, we suggest you go to these four spots. First, the University of Georgia Bookstore. There you’ll find every fun piece of Georgia Bulldog paraphernalia in the world. You might even spot a Football player or two! Second, you have to grab a bite or drink from one of Chris Lloyd’s establishments. Whether you’re sipping a famous blood orange mimosa at Marker 7 or a Bloody Mary at Hilltop Grille, you’ll be surrounded by one-of-a-kind Jack Davis drawings and prints! After all, he is the son-in-law of the late and great cartoonist. Lastly, cool off at Onward Reserve. It may be a clothing store, but it’s decorated like an old Southern hunting lodge. Amidst the cornucopia of needlepoint flasks and feathered bow-ties, you’ll find UGA alum Steve Penley’s artwork and tons of good-looking menswear created by UGA 40 under 40 winner TJ Callaway. 

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  1. Onward Reserve
  2. Hilltop Grille
  3. Marker 7 Coastal Grill
  4. UGA Bookstore

 

Last, but not least, for the person who visits Athens for the food and not the football. Yes, those people exist. No, they are not aliens. They’re called “hipsters”…

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  1. Seabear
  2. 5&10
  3. Last Resort Grill
  4. The National

 

For even more, visit our online guide! GO DAWGS!

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South Kitchen + Bar: Foothills Beer Dinner

We know South Kitchen + Bar as the local spot for southern-touched foodie creations that keep us thinking #foodgram and a drink menu that keeps your head slightly spinning from choices. So what do they have for us next? They’re teaming up with Foothills Brewing to bring us a Foothills Beer Dinner next Tuesday, April 11th.

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What’s ahead:

  • 6:00 – 9:00
  • Six courses (ok come ready)
  • Seven drinks (you heard that right)
  • Featuring Foothills brews Sexual Chocolate and Haven IPA
  • & some secretive dishes we won’t disclose yet, though a source says there *could* be some wild boar

RSVP to reserve your spot for $75 a person!

Ready, set, we’re so ready.

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Guide2: More Cheese Please

Have you ever pondered why people love cheese so much? Is it the texture, the taste, and funk? Whatever it is, we can’t get enough. Lucky for us, when it comes to cheese — Athens does not disappoint. Take a peek at these delicious apps that are sure to satisfy your fromage fix.

Ted’s Most Best

baked goat cheese with crostini
baked goat cheese with crostini

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Fried clover honey pink peppercorn goat cheese balls, lemon aioli, micro greens
Fried clover honey pink peppercorn goat cheese balls, lemon aioli, micro greens

La Dolce Vita

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Rooftop at the Georgia Theatre

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spicy pimento cheese with pickled veggies and crostini

I know we’re cheesy, but if you needed another reason to fall in love (again) with Athens, here it is.

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It’s a (5&)10!: Brunch Edition

Both Athens locals and visitors recognize Five and Ten as the place to go for premier Southern cuisine. You’ll be inspired throughout dinner by their mouth-watering masterpieces, which are skillfully prepared and artistically executed, as well as just down right delicious. A favorite time of ours to eat at Five and Ten is brunch. Without question, it mirrors the decadent beauty and style of their evening dishes.

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The layout is clear: you have the “smallers” and the “biggers”. When it comes to the smallers, think of basic breakfast go-tos, except add “baked cinnamon” in front of the toast and cheese, green onion, and fried sage to the locally sourced Dayspring Farms grits. The bread for the toast is house-made and delicious. Just take a look for yourself.

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Baked cinnamon toast: crushed sumac berries, bittersweet chocolate

For Five and Ten, there is a certain elementary ode to the classic brunch favorites, which is exactly what you’ll find in their “biggers”. The 5&10 Benedict and Open Faced Omelette give a familiar nod to the morning classics, but with a fresh, special touch. The items then take a slight unique turn with the pan fried chicken thigh, grits and gravy, house-cured bacon lamb hash with sweet potatoes and oyster mushrooms, grain bowl with farro and turnips, and fried John Dory tartine. The pictures provided are enough to make your head spin.

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Open faced omelette: asparagus, morel mushrooms, Ossau-Iraty cheese
Pan fried chicken thigh: daysprings grits, white gravy
Pan fried chicken thigh: daysprings grits, white gravy

From 10:30 to 2:30 every Sunday, enjoy these exquisite dishes at Five and Ten. We promise that regular “brunching” will be ruined for eternity. Ps. They don’t forget about the sweets. Just look at that long list below!

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guide2: Irish Drinking

Just because we’re in Athens, doesn’t mean we can’t transport to the land of green and brews. In honor of one of our favorite holidays of the year, we have pulled together some of the best spots in town for you to sit back and enjoy the best Irish drinks.

The World Famous

Bring the world famous Irish brew to Athens’s own World Famous. Get your Guinness draft and enjoy many more with it. If you’re planning to camp out, you will be satisfied with the brew selection and the delicious plates to compliment.

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The Rook & Pawn

Word is that some serious gaming pairs nicely with the endless brews and Irish whiskeys available at this great event. Project-Safe.org benefits from your involvement at Team 4 Dancing with the Athens Stars Happy Hour. Check out the Facebook event and make sure to add this stop to your day’s plans.

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The Royal Peasant

Any place that has “pub” in the name is a place we can forecast having a solid St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoy Guinness on tap and Irish whiskies galore to ensure that you are well taken care of.

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Grindhouse Killer Burgers

What pairs nicely with your killer burger? How about a killer sweet turned Irish? Grab your Oreo mint shake of the month, but add some vanilla vodka to get some extra “luck” and celebrate the holiday by paying homage to the culture that can spice up your classic desserts.

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The variety of drinks is endless. The food is everything we love. The company is superior. Athens, how did we know we could trust you on this day so worthy of celebration?

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‘Tis the (Sandal) Season

Make sure to get your pedicured toes prepared, because sandal season is upon us! With the help of a few of our favorites, we have gathered some choices to get your feet ready for the weather to come.

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Heery’s

Nothing compliments a sun-ready ensemble like an amazing pop of color. These super cute Loeffler Randall ankle-wrap sandals with fluorescent touches are a must-have to spice up both your beach and dinner outfits. Stop by Heery’s to see a huge selection of colors, basics, slip-ons, dress-ups, and more for all your sandal requirements this season.

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Red Dress Boutique

Channeling the beach vibes here. Accentuate any suit and cover-up combo with these vibrant slip-ons from Red Dress Boutique! You will be pleased with the results.

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Epiphany Athens

Don’t forget about your white jeans and dresses, as they need some open-toed shoe love too. These washed wedges from Epiphany would pair with any evening ensemble fantastically.

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Cloister Collection Athens

Nothing screams summer like the Cloister Collection’s amazing prints, colors, and styles. Based out of St. Simons Island, this spot will tempt you with more than just shiny gold gladiators. Great for both the casual days and the evenings out, this sandal will match excellently with both the neutrals and the brights of the season. If you’re heading anywhere south soon, you need to pay these guys a visit.
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Switch up your classic sandal look with these grey ankle-hugging statement “sandals”. Great with your jean shorts and your white crops, this pair will leave you with comfort…and compliments.

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Fringe

Who says a heel has to be huge to make an outfit look amazing? These platform wedges from Fringe are giving us all the “ugh, do I really have to wear a heel” vibes and replacing it with “ooh, I can’t wait to wear these”. This season, enjoy a touch of height and real comfort.

 

Stop by any of these great places downtown before you head out of town. Surely you can find some thing(s) that will make your trip to sun extra cute!

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Spring Break Trunk Show at Heery’s

We’ve been itching to get our hands on fabulous new Spring must-haves, and now that they’re here — it’s time to indulge. One event you’ll find us at this weekend is Heery’s Spring Break Trunk Show! This Friday and Saturday explore adorable picks from Milly Cabana, Illesteva, and Tom Ford. Get your glam beach get-up ready with trendy suits, colorful cover-ups, and fabulous sunnies. Join the event and stay posted on what’s offered!

Check out these adorable features and get excited!  

Don’t forget to check out the other amazing Spring picks in store and online!

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Rooftop Views & Local Brews

Every local in Athens recognizes the Georgia Theatre as the spot for both local and mainstream performers to play when they’re in town. Some may stay downstairs to view the “stars”, however we know the real show-stoppers are up top–on the Rooftop, specifically. With sights southward towards campus and eastward towards the rest of downtown, you’re guaranteed a killer performance every night of the week.

What you are also guaranteed are amazing food and drinks that will most likely encourage some long-term hanging. Enjoy delicious burgers, sandwiches, fries (with #toppings), tacos, and snacks that will greatly accompany your drink(s) of choice. As for those, imagine local drafts, classic beers, various wines and cocktails. I think you should be satisfied.

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spicy pimento cheese with pickled veggies and crostini

But we are at the Theatre. Don’t be remised — some groovy performers hit the roof for shows to accompany your hang sesh. Check out the upcoming lineup:

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Though this weather is confusing, we are looking at it as an open invitation to hit the Rooftop. We also think there is enough up there to keep you posted up for an afternoon.