ATHENS, GA (March 10, 2020)— Meredith Corporation’s Southern Living announced the winners of the fourth annual South’s Best Awards on Tuesday, March 10. This year the city of Athens, Georgia has been named the South's Best College Town. These awards recognize the readers’ favorite Southern destinations and experiences. In-depth coverage of all the winners will appear in the April issue of Southern Living on March 20.

“We are excited to be recognized by Southern Living for the second time," said Director of Marketing and Communications Hannah Smith, “We love our city and appreciate this recognition. 

Athens was recognized as the best college town in the South by Southern Living for the first time in 2018. The other South's Best Town winners are featured below. 

Souths Best Towns: 
South's Best Small Town: Williamsburg, VA
South's Best Beach Town: Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
South's Best Mountain Town: Gatlinburg, TN
South's Best College Town: Athens, GA

"At Southern Living, we're passionate about celebrating the extraordinary experiences that define Southern hospitality," said Sid Evans, Editor in Chief of Southern Living. "Our goal is to identify the destinations our readers are loving the most right now—places that represent the very best of the South. This year's awards are a unique mix of newcomers and longtime favorites."


About the Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization of Athens-Clarke County, Georgia. The CVB is responsible for promoting the Athens community as an attractive travel destination and helping develop the community as a dynamic place to live and to work. Travel's impact on Athens is large, strengthening our local economy, putting people to work, lifting people out of poverty and providing an opportunity to start and grow businesses.


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