ELUNA 2013 Meeting – Local Information

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Description of Athens
The Classic Center
Hotels
Transportation
Things to Do While in Athens
Athens Restaurants

Description of Athens

Just east of Atlanta and just south of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Athens, Georgia offers ELUNA 2013 attendees a beautiful conference facility, a choice of hotels in walking distance, and a bustling downtown filled with music, shops, and restaurants; all at the entrance to the University of Georgia’s verdant campus.

Convenient to two interstates, Athens is within easy reach by car, shuttle service, or bus from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (80 miles) and Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (100 miles).  See the Visitor’s Guide from the Convention and Visitors Bureau for more information about Athens.

The Classic Center

The Classic Center

The Classic Center brings together state-of-the-art technology and Southern hospitality in a venue that features new and modern spaces perfectly paired with restored historical structures.  Positioned at the east end of downtown Athens, the Center is within walking distance of all conference hotels.  Daily parking in the adjoining parking deck is free for conference attendees.

Facility Map

Hotels

The conference planners have arranged for blocks of rooms at all downtown Athens hotels, along with one hotel on the western side of town, providing a choice of experiences for all tastes and budgets.  All of the downtown hotels are within walking distance to the Classic Center (from 25 yards to 7 blocks).  All hotels provide free Wi-Fi.  Most provide free parking.  Conference room rates range from $89 per night to $194 per night.  All of the hotels must be called directly in order to make a reservation using the conference group rate code; see details below.

ELUNA 2013 Hotel Map

Click the map above to view at a larger size. An interactive Google Map of the 2013 ELUNA Hotels and the sites of the conference sessions and events is available here: http://goo.gl/maps/ayvvs

Hotel Details

Hilton Garden Inn Athens Downtown

Hilton Garden Inn

Across from the Classic Center (.06 miles)

Conference room rate : $129.00

Reservations by PHONE ONLY

Phone 1-706-353-6800

Ask for ELUNA group rate code  SMERF

The Hilton Garden Inn Athens is the most convenient to the conference, as it is directly across the street from The Classic Center on the east end of downtown Athens.  Amenities include a fitness center, indoor pool, hot tub, complimentary Wi-Fi, Business Center, and the Great American Grill® restaurant serving cooked-to-order breakfast and dinner.

390 E. Washington St.

Athens GA 30601

Phone: 706-353-6800

Fax: 706-353-6807

Parking: $9.95/day.

WiFI: Free

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Foundry Park Inn & Spa

Foundry Park Inn & Spa

3 blocks from the Classic Center (.3 miles)

Conference Rate: $109.00.

Reservations by PHONE ONLY

Phone 1 866 928-4367,

Ask for ELUNA group rate code EL0429

This unique hotel property is just a short walk from The Classic Center, on the north edge of downtown.  The Foundry Park Inn & Spa is a village within a village. Landmark buildings seamlessly nestle against modern additions, blending for a handsome design. Amenities include the Hoyt House Restaurant and the Melting Point, a music, food, and beverage venue at which the optional ELUNA dinner networking event will take place.

295 E. Dougherty St.

Athens GA 30601

Phone: 706-549-7020

or 1-866-9-ATHENS

Fax: (706) 433-1933

Parking: Free

WiFi: Free

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Hotel Indigo-Athens

Hotel Indigo

.33 miles from the Classic Center

Conference Rate: $129.00

Reservations by PHONE ONLY

Phone 1-706-546-0430

Ask for ELUNA group rate code ELUNA

Athens’ newest boutique hotel presents a refreshing twist of classic charm, outstanding service, contemporary ambiance, and environmental awareness. Just a short walk from the Classic Center on the north edge of downtown, Hotel Indigo-Athens is LEED-Gold certified from the US. Green Building Council and sets a new standard for those seeking the finest in accommodations while visiting Athens and The University of Georgia. Bring your pooch; pets are most welcome! No matter the occasion, Hotel Indigo-Athens can turn any hotel visit into the glamorous stay of your dreams.  Enjoy local food & libations at the Madison Bar & Bistro. Peruse local art at the Gallery @Hotel Indigo-Athens. Catch music & special events at the Rialto Room.

500 College Ave.

Athens GA 30601

Phone: 1-706-546-0430

Or 1-888-9ATHENS

Fax: 1-706-546-0490

Parking: $8/day

WiFi: Free

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Courtyard by Marriott

Courtyard by Marriott

.7 miles from the Classic Center

Conference Rate: $119.00

Reservations by PHONE ONLY

1-800-321-2211

Ask for ELUNA group rate code EMA

The Courtyard Athens Downtown has newly renovated guest rooms and lobby. Courtyard Bistro offers great breakfast and dinner options and proudly serves Starbucks coffee and an array of specialty cocktails. Complimentary internet access and complimentary parking are just a couple of Marriott perks! On the west end of downtown Athens.


166 N. Finley Street

Athens GA 30601

Phone: 1-706-369-7000 Or 1-800-321-2211

Fax: 1-706-548-4224

Parking: Free

WiFi: Free

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Georgia Gameday Center

Georgia Gameday Center

.5 miles from the Classic Center

Conference Rates:

$134.00 — 1 Bedroom

$164.00 – 2 Bedrooms

$194.00 – 3 Bedrooms

Reservations by PHONE ONLY

1 -706-583-4500

Ask for the ELUNA group rate code: ELUNA

A Dawg’s delight! This luxury sports condo-hotel in the heart of downtown Athens offers 65 guest suites with one, two, or three bedrooms. Each unit is decked out in UGA-themed decorations and provides a luxurious home away from home experience; those planning to come for the whole week (Ex Libris Technical Seminar and ELUNA) as well as those sharing rooms might really appreciate the separate living room, full kitchen with dishes and full size appliances, washer/dryer, and on-site Fitness Center.  Complimentary shuttle to/from Classic Center.

250 W. Broad St.

Athens GA 30601

Phone: 1-706-583-4500

Fax: 1-706-583-4501

Parking: Free

WiFi: Free

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Holiday Inn Athens

Holiday Inn

.5 miles from the Classic Center

Conference rate: $99.00

Reservations by PHONE ONLY

1-800-315-2621

Ask for the ELUNA group rate code: SMERF

Centrally located in the heart of Downtown Athens, GA and adjacent to the campus of the University of Georgia, the Holiday Inn Athens stands seven stories strong in downtown, overlooking the gorgeous North Campus of the University of Georgia. The Redfearn Grille serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, offering tasty southern cuisine. Amenities include an indoor pool and fitness center.

197 E. Broad St.

Athens GA 30601

Phone: 1-706-549-4433 Or 1-800-465-4329

Fax: 1-706-548-3031

Parking: Free

WiFi: Free

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Holiday Inn – Express

Holiday Inn Express

.7 miles from the Classic Center

Conference rate: $89.00

Reservations by PHONE ONLY

1-800-315-2621

Ask for the ELUNA group rate code: SMERF

The Holiday Inn Express Hotel Athens is conveniently located just two blocks from the heart of downtown Athens.  All rooms include a free Express Smart Breakfast Bar in the Great Room each morning for all registered guests. Other features include: high speed internet access in all guest rooms, free local phone calls, state of the art exercise facility, business center.  The outdoor pool will not be open yet during ELUNA even though it should be warm enough to swim.   All guest rooms are accessible via interior corridors with your choice of one king size bed with sleeper sofa or two double beds, smoking or non-smoking.

513 W. Broad St.

Athens GA 30601

Phone: 1-706-546-8122

Or 1-800-465-4329

Fax: 1-706-546-1722

Parking: Free

WiFi: Free

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Country Inn & Suites

Country Inn & Suites

2.5 miles from the Classic Center

Conference Rate: $109.00

Reservations by PHONE ONLY

1 -706-612-9100

Ask for The ELUNA group rate code ELUNA

The Athens Country Inn & Suites features 81 thoughtfully appointed suites, a 4-story atrium lobby, fitness center, and indoor heated pool & whirlpool. For attendees with transportation, this hotel is conveniently located in the Alps Rd./Beechwood area known for national retailers and a wide array of restaurants, including many national chains.  Complimentary breakfast and high-speed wireless / wired internet.  All rooms include microwave, refrigerator & 32″ flat screen cable TV with HBO.

236 Old Epps Bridge Rd.

Athens GA 30606

Phone: 1-706-612-9100

Or 1-800-456-4000

Parking: Free

WiFi: Free

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Transportation

Athens is an 80 mile drive from Atlanta Hartsfield Airport (ATL) and a 110 mile drive from Greenville-Spartanburg Airport (GSP). The Atlanta airport serves as a major hub for travel throughout the Southeastern United States and is a focus city for Southwest Airlines and the primary hub of Delta Air Lines and Delta Connection partner ExpressJet.

Once in Athens, most attendees will not need transportation, as all of the activities provided by the conference will be within walking distance of all but one hotel and the Classic Center.  In addition, University of Georgia campus bus service connects downtown Athens will all parts of the large UGA campus, which affords additional options for the visit, including the UGA Libraries, Special Collections building, and the Georgia Museum of Art.  Athens also offers public bus transportation and cab service.

Ground transportation from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport (80 miles from Athens)

  • Shuttle: Groome Transportation Service to and from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson airport and all ELUNA 2013 conference hotels several times a day.  Special rate for ELUNA:  $58 round trip; or $29 one-way.  This rate available by phone only; call 1-800-896-9928 or 706-410-2363 and reference the Promo code: ELUNA13.

Ground transportation from Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (100 miles from Athens)

Athens Ben-Epps Airport (in Athens)

Car Rentals in Athens:  Enterprise, Avis, Hertz

Things to Do While in Athens

Music

The New York Times called Athens “Live Music Central” and Rolling Stone Magazine named Athens the “#1 College Music Scene in America”.  By night, Athens is alive with a variety of music clubs and bars that offer entertainment suited to every taste and no visit would be complete without sampling a bit of Athens’ world-renowned music scene. From a few bands that started something different (The B-52’s, Pylon, R.E.M., and Widespread Panic) and gave Athens national attention, there are now hundreds of active bands, over 10 recording studios, and several independent record labels. World-famous venues, such as the 40 Watt Club and the Georgia Theatre, continue to attract up-and-coming musical acts as well as old favorites. With jazz, classical, blues, country, and rock performances occurring on a regular basis, Athens provides one of the most diverse and affordable music scenes in the world.

Art and Performance

Athens has a lively art scene, in which artist-run galleries and events cross-pollinate with the Lamar Dodd School of Art, the Georgia Museum of Art, the Lyndon House Arts Center, Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (ATHICA), the Gallery@Hotel Indigo, and more.  The Ciné art house cinema features new and classic releases, a variety of alcoholic, caffeinated, and all purpose beverages, a gallery, and a lab space where all of kinds of performances and events take place.  They offer a $25 dinner and a movie combo in tandem with The National on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday nights that is a great way to experience one of the best restaurants in town along with the best movie theatre.

History

Athens has a rich history, beginning with the chartering of the University of Georgia in 1785 as the first state college in America.  In 1806, the city was incorporated under the name Athens, after the ancient Greek center of higher learning.  Take a stroll through the historic arches at the downtown intersection of Broad Street and College Avenue to witness the beautiful historic North campus of the University of Georgia, and continue on a self-guided tour.  Athens has 16 neighborhoods on the National Register, including four house museums, open for public tour.  See page 17 of the Visitor’s Guide for a $5.00 off coupon for either the historic neighborhood or house museum tour package, along with maps and descriptions of historic attractions. Stop in the Athens Welcome Center at the Church-Waddel-Brumby house on the corner of Dougherty and Thomas Streets, between the Classic Center and The Foundry Park Inn and Spa, for more information or to take a tour, or see their Podtour and map of historic downtown Athens.

Area Destinations and Events

Athens Restaurants

A Short List of Favorite Restaurants and Bars – Too Many to Mention

  • The Grit:  World famous vegetarian fare on the western edge of downtown.
  • The National:  Best atmosphere, with a seasonal and sophisticated menu
  • Farm 255:  farm to table with local music and a popular bar
  • Ted’s Most Best:  brick oven pizza, a favorite with all ages and young families mingling at the outdoor café and bocce court
  • Trappeze:  Beer beer beer, so many beers, and good pub food
  • The Last Resort Grill:  An Athens southern bistro tradition, featuring shrimp and grits
  • The Waffle House:  Morning! A unique Georgia-based 24-hour breakfast chain.  Order hashbrowns scattered, smothered, covered, chunked, or topped.  Play the Waffle House song on the jukebox.
  • DePalma’s:  Popular mid-scale Italian bistro.
  • Transmetropolitan:  inexpensive pizza, salads, sandwiches and a full-bar upstairs
  • The Globe:  the original beer aficionado bar, perennially popular with the academic crowd
  • The Manhattan:  a regular bar with an offbeat flair and a post-college crowd
  • Little Kings:  sister bar to the Manhattan, featuring music inside and cornhole outside
  • The 40 Watt: the matriarch of the Athens music scene
  • The Georgia Theatre:  recently restored to grand effect, the one-time movie theatre is now a rock and roll venue, featuring travelling musical acts and a fantastic rooftop bar
  • Flicker Bar:  another offbeat bar, featuring a small music room and a creative crowd
  • Mama’s Boy:  on the far eastern edge of downtown, popular for breakfast or lunch
  • Weaver D’s:  automatic for the people, soul food for the soul.  Just down the hill from the Classic Center.  Go for lunch and get your greens on.
  • Five and Ten:  world class restaurant in little old Athens.  On the other side of campus in Five Points.