From Greenways to Gamedays, Senior Living Is Sweeter in Athens
Probably best known for being home to the University of Georgia’s historic North Campus, itself the proud birthplace of public higher education in America, our native Athens is a quirky college town where food and craft beer, live music, an active arts and culture scene and big-time college sports come together to form a cornucopia for enriched living. Ideal for seniors and families alike, Athens has so much to see and experience, and from our doorstep at TerraBella Epps Bridge, it’s all just minutes away!
The unquestionable centerpiece of life in Athens is the University of Georgia (UGA), whose 762-acre North Campus features 465 buildings, 40,000+ students and 10,800+ employees. Campus life is forever bustling, with around 350 free and ticketed concerts from UGA Music School students plus The Classic Center and UGA Performing Arts Center stages hosting productions year-round. There’s also the Georgia Museum of Art nearby as well as fascinating public art installations located throughout the City of Athens.
The pinnacle of UGA events, however, are home football games, when Athens’ population more than doubles and 92,000+ raucous fans fill Sanford Stadium to cheer on our hometown Bulldogs. Football fans simply must visit Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall, where memorabilia and interactive exhibits include the 1980 National Championship Trophy and two Heisman Trophies.
Elsewhere, the UGA men’s and women’s basketball teams defend home court at Stegeman Coliseum, while the Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed UGA Golf Course is one of the best campus courses in all of America.
Outdoor lovers can run, swim, bike, picnic, go fishing, and even play disc golf at Sandy Creek Park which surrounds 260-acre Lake Chapman. In addition, the North Oconee River Greenway is a long, linear park perfect for outdoor recreation, and it features over 50 interpretive heritage markers which trace the area’s rich history.
Athens is also becoming a regional destination for craft beer. Home to the Athens Beer Trail, uniquely handcrafted brews are always on tap at local favorites like Terrapin Beer Co. and Southern Brewing Company. Be sure to mark your calendar for April, when the Classic City Brew Fest—voted one of the nation’s best—is held here in Athens.
Live music also helped to put Athens on the map, and to this day, an exciting and eclectic live music scene has bars, clubs and performance venues rocking every night of the week. Jazz fans can walk in the footsteps of Duke Ellington, who played here, as well as see where globally recognized bands including R.E.M. and the B-52s got their starts. Catch early shows at The Foundry or Hendershots, and stay out late with local and nationally acclaimed acts at venues like The Georgia Theatre and 40 Watt Club. Be sure to grab a round at The World Famous, which was named one of Esquire Magazine’s “Best Bars in America.”
As you can see, action-packed days and nights are just waiting to be enjoyed here in Athens, and no matter your own, unique likes and preferences, there’s no shortage of excellent options. TerraBella Epps Bridge sits within easy reach of all this and more, including nearby Bear Hollow Zoo, and many of our own, favorite, neighborhood spots for dining and recreation. A convenient, central location, familiar way of life, and appealing possibilities for fun and entertainment just add to the list of reasons why TerraBella Epps Bridge provides a perfect setting for living well and enjoying the signature “ATHventures” that are native to our hometown Athens.