Athens, Georgia

Athens is an amazing city with so much to offer you during your residency. It is a city bustling with life from its downtown energy to the rural farmlands. Whether you are looking for a busy downtown scene, outdoor activities in nature, or an abundance of sports events, Athens is a place you will love to call home.

Athens is a vibrant college town, home to the University of Georgia, America’s first state-chartered university and the birthplace of the American system of public higher education. At the heart of Athens is a downtown packed with live music venues, bars, restaurants and eclectic shops.

Live music has been a staple in the Athens social scene since the late 70’s. The Athens music sound has exploded and given rise to countless famous bands such as R.E.M., The B-52’s, Drive-By Truckers and Widespread Panic, who have all gone on to achieve international acclaim. Live music is always thriving in Athens, with regular performances at venues throughout the city such as the Georgia Theatre, The Foundry, The Classic Center, and the 40 Watt Club.

If live music isn’t your idea of a good time on a Friday night, fear not, Athens is also home to an eclectic array of casual and fine dining restaurants. A food scene truly created with ‘a little something for everyone’ in mind. Available cuisines range from traditional Soul Food to Nuevo Southern, and branch out into an exciting range of food from around the globe; Thai, Indian, Korean, Latin American, and Mediterranean are only a few of the cultural foods available throughout the Classic City. For the fans of craft beer, Athens has an abundance of it. Breweries such as Terrapin Beer Co., Creature Comforts, Southern Brewing, Akademia, and Athentic Brewing offer a wide range of craft beers to choose from and outdoor space to hang out with friends.

There are many areas in Athens that provide a venue to walk, run, bike, skate, picnic, kayak, fish, and hike. The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Sandy Creek Park, Oconee Rivers Greenway, Bishop Park, and UGA Intramural Trails are just a few of the places you can go in Athens to get fresh air. Beyond the city limits, there are many hiking trails  within an hour drive that provide beautiful scenes of the Georgia Blue Ridge mountains.

Athens, GA will satisfy you with its rich history, endless restaurants and bars, variety of outdoor activities, museums, passionate sports scene and more. If you choose the Piedmont Athens Regional for your residency, you can be sure that your life outside of the hospital will be one filled with rich experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.


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  • “Stunning alternative cities you’ve never thought to visit but really should,”, August 7, 2019
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  • “College Football’s Greatest College Towns,” #2, Sports Illustrated, August 12, 2019
  • 15 Under-the-Radar Places to Visit Before they get Popular, CheatSheet, June 19, 2019
  • Thor drinks Creature Comforts! How a local Athens craft beer ended up in Avengers: End Game.
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    • ​Thor and an IPA: How Craft Beer Caught Marvel’s Attention,, May 1, 2019
    • How Creature Comforts Beer Scored That Starring Role in ‘Avengers: Endgame,’, April 30,2019
    • How Creature Comforts became Thor’s beer of choice in Avengers: Endgame,, May 1, 2019
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  • “6 Best Southern Destinations for Art Lovers,” This is My South, April 2019
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  • “25 Best Romantic Getaways for Couples,” Vacation Idea, March 2019
  • “Coolest City to Visit in Each State,” The Discoverer Blog, February 2019
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  • “Top 10 Bleisure Travel Destinations,”, Nov. 12, 2018
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  • “Greenest City” Award, Insurify, April 2018
  • “25 Best Places to Visit in the Southern USA,” Vacation Idea – Dream Vacation Magazine, March 2018
  • #7, “Best College Campuses in America,” Business Insider, March 2018
  • #6, “Best College for Sports Fans,” USA Today 10Best, March 2018
  • UGA Golf Course, #12 “Top Rated Golf Courses in the US for 2017,”
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  • “Prettiest Town in Every State” – The Daily Meal, May 2017
  • “Best Places to Retire in 2017” – Forbes
  • “2017’s List of Best Places to Retire” – AARP
  • #2, “Top 5 Mid-sized South Atlantic Cities,”, April 2017
  • #3, “South’s Best Breweries, 2017,” Southern Living, April 2017
  • #7, 10 “Best Botanical Gardens,” USA Today 10Best, March 31, 2017
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  • “3 Reasons Athens Rocks this Spring and Summer,”, March 7, 2017
  • “Top Spring Gardens Worth Traveling For,” FlipKey, February 15, 2017
  • “Why Athens Deserves a Spot on Your Bucket List,”, January 2017
  • “8 Film Festivals Worth the Trip,”, January 2017
  • “Best Trips 2017,” National GeographicTraveler, December 2016 / January 2017
  • Terrapin Brewing Company, Top Brewer in Georgia, RateBeer Best Awards, 2016 & 2017

Many words can be used to describe the Classic City –Athens-: Vibrant, picturesque and most importantly unique. Yes it’s a small college town but is full of life. Small in terms of not having to drive long distances to get to your destination which I believe is essential during residency when all you want in the morning to sleep for few more minutes and in the evening to get home as soon as possible. Ever since I came here, there was always a fun activity going on during the week and definitely over the weekends which includes live music and one-of-a-kind local eats that you can never get enough of. Also, for those who are interested in art and culture like me, Athens can for sure fulfill this interest with it’s beautiful Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia. And whenever you miss the big city, then Atlanta is only an hour and 15 minutes away, an easy and smooth drive.

Huda Al-Bahadili

PGY-3 Resident

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