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Athens GA Rankings and Accolades
2007-2014
 

Current Press Coverage of Athens, Georgia

2014

2013   

  • "The 7 Best Cities for Organic Food," SafeOrganics.com, Nov. 29, 2013
  • 40 Watt Club: "America's Seven Best Small Rock Clubs," Thrillist.com, Nov. 8, 2013
  • Top 10 College Towns - for Grownups," MSN Real Estate, August 28, 2013
  • "America's Prettiest Towns," Forbes.com, August 2013
  • "Athens GA- Best Town in the World," Southern Economist, August 20, 2013
  • Five & Ten: "100 Places to Eat Now," Southern Living, August 2013
  • "Where are Baby Boomers Going to Live?" U.S. News & World Report, July 16, 2013
  • "Top ten fun and free places to take your family," Memorial Park and Georgia Museum of Natural History, Georgia Magazine, June 2013
  • Terrapin Brewery: "The 25 Best Craft Breweries in the U.S.," Complex.com, June 14, 2013
  • Profile of Chef Hugh Acheson, Creative Loafing, May 30, 2013   
  • "10 Great Small Towns for Retirement," AARP, April 29 2013
  • Southern Living makes a visit to Athens for its "Word of Mouth" feature for April, 2013 
  • Trappeze Pub:  One of "America's Best College Bars," Travel + Leisure, April 5, 2013
  • "Retire Here, Not There," Wall Street Journal, April 8, 2013
  •  40 Watt Club, "The Best Clubs in America," Rolling Stone, March 2013
  • Green Meetings Approved, 2013-2014, ConventionSouth March 2013
  • "7 Up and Coming Food Cities Around the U.S.," Zagat, March 6, 2013 
  • "25 Best Places to Retire 2013," Forbes, February 2013
  • UGA: "Amazing but Overlooked: 25 Colleges You Haven't Considered but Should" (best music scene), TheDailyBeast.com, February 26, 2013
  • Trappeze Pub,  "America's 100 Best Beer Bars: 2013," DRAFT Magazine, January 2013

 2012

  •  The Royal Peasant:  One of "101 Best Sports Bars in the Country," CNN, November 13, 2012
  • "25 Best Places to Retire 2012" CNN Money, October 2012
  • UGA: "52 Best Colleges for Food," (Athens is #16),  TheDailyMeal.com, September 2012
  • "Top 10 College Towns," Livability.com
  • Chef Hugh Acheson, "How to Throw a Casual Mexican Taco Party Like a Chef," Better Homes and Gardens, September 2012
  • Athens, Georgia:  BeaSportsDiva.com, Sept. 13, 2012
  • "A Great Getaway from Atlanta," the CVB's Hannah Smith talks with Atlanta & Company host Christine Pullara, August 6, 2012.  VIDEO
  • "The Next Big Scene" 10 Cities where the food's hot and the music rocks, Gourmet, June 2012
  • Chef Hugh Acheson's Guide to Athens, Georgia, GQ magazine, July 2012
  • James Beard Awards 2012:
    • Hugh Acheson, co-winner, Best Chef Southeast
    • Hugh Acheson, A New Turn in the South, Best Cookbook
  • Ranked #8 of "Top 10 Affordable Vacations" Livability.com, April 2012 
  • Ranked #1 of "Top 10 Cities With the Best Music Scenes Outside of Nashville NYC and LA," Livability.com, March 2012
  •  "Where to Eat in the South in 2012," Four Coursemen profiled in Deep South magazine, February 2012
  • "What'll Ya Have What'll Ya Have" - Andrew Zimmern visits The Varsity, Appetite for Life, (video) Season 3
  • "Tailgating with Big Dawg" - Andrew Zimmern experiences SEC tailgating, Appetite for Life, (video) Season 3

2011

  •  "72 Hours in Athens"     Athens itinerary, from Athens Food Tours owner Mary Charles Howard, Southern Distinction, August 2011
  • "Travel Short List: College Towns," Everyday with Rachael Ray, September 2011 (no link found)
  • Southern Living Travel: Best College Towns, Southern Living, September 2011
  • "Tastemakers: Athens, Georgia," Dining feature and bonus online slideshow, Taste of The South magazine, August/September 2011
  • "Coolest Small Cities in America," Yahoo Travel, reprint from GQ magazine, July 27, 2011
  • "Big Meetings in Not-So-Big Cities," Athens CVB services for meeting planners profiled, Associations Now, July 2011
  • "One Tank Trips in Five States" Athens to Atlanta is featured, CNN, July 1, 2011
  • "4 Great Places to Retire," Fortune magazine selects Athens "For the Lifetime Learner - College Towns," June 2011
  • A "Top 25 Arts Destination" among midsized cities (#12), AmericanStyle Magazine, Summer 2011    (ranked each year since 2002)
  • "Howlin' and Happenin'" Group Tour travel feature on Athens, Bus Tours Magazine, May/June 2011 (opens pdf of issue; Athens is on p. 17)
  • White Tiger Gourmet named one of "America's Best BYO Restaurants," Travel + Leisure, March 2011
  • "Strummin' Along in Athens, Georgia," Digital Journal, March 16, 2011

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2010

  • "The Coolest Small Cities in America," GQ magazine, November 2010
  • Terrapin Brewery named one of "America's Top 10 Brewery Tours," TripAdvisor.com, October 2010
  • "Dandy Dozen: Best College Football Towns," Associated Press results from poll of AP Top 25 voters, Oct 8, 2010
  • "Best Local Music Scenes in the U.S.," Budget Travel reader's choice poll (Austin TX edged out Athens by just eight votes), October 2010
  • "Top Tri Towns" for triathletes (ranked #10), Triathlete.com, October 2010
  • Wuxtry Records named one of the top 25 Music Stores in the U.S., Rolling Stone magazine, Sept. 2010 
  • "Automatic for the Diners," food critic Christiane Lauterbach reviews Athens dining in Atlanta Magazine, Sept. 2010
  • Ranked #1 for Campus Life, BusinessWeek, Sept. 13, 2010
  •  "Top 10 College Towns: Great Cities for School & Life After Graduation" (Ranked #2), 
    Livability.com, Sept. 2010, also reported by AJC.com, Sept. 13, 2010
  •  "25 Best Places to Retire" (Ranked #20), CNNMoney.com, Sept. 10, 2010
  • "Our 24 Hours in Athens: Top Picks in Food, Fashion & Music" blog review and itinerary fromRoadHugUSA television pilot, August 27, 2010
  • "There's Nothing Old School About Athens," Small Market Meetings, July 2010
  • "Veg in Athens" travel profile in VegNews.com, June 2010
  • "Athens Getaway," Atlanta Magazine, June 2010
  • "Going Back to Athens Town" what to do in Athens, Atlanta Journal Constitution, June 25, 2010
  • Terrapin Brewery, "The South's Best Brew Pubs and Breweries" VisitSouth.com, June 2010
  • Ten-page City Portrait: Dawg Town, Garden & Gun magazine, June/July 2010
  • "America's Best College Towns" (# 3 of 9), IndependentTraveler.com, June 10, 2010
    msnbc.com, June 25, 2010
  • Ranked A "Top 25 Arts Destination" among midsized cities (#15) AmericanStyle Magazine, June 2010 (ranked each year since 2002)
  • "Athens is good enough to eat (and drink)," Creative Loafing, May 19, 2010
  • "Top 6 College Towns that Make Us say 'Wow!," University Language Services, May 3, 2010
  • "Best Small Places for Business and Careers," (#26), Forbes.com, April 14, 2010
  • "College Towns: An Honor Roll," MSN.com, March 30, 2010
  • "Top Ten College Towns," Away.com, March 2010
  • Jittery Joe's coffee and latest location in New York City gets a nod from the New York Times, March 9, 2010.
  • "Most Vibrant Cities for Young Professionals" Profiled by Real Estate Pro Barbara Corcoran on the Today Show, March 1, 2010
  • Bicycling magazine profiles Athens for visiting cyclists. "Southern hospitality rules here, as do smooth roads and even smoother dirt."  March 2010
  • "Today's Best Cities For Jobs," cities with over 1% job growth between July and October, 2009;  CareerBuilder.com, Jan. 4, 2010
  • "Southern Retirement Hotspot,"  Retirement Lifestyles magazine, first quarter 2010

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2009

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2008

  • 2009 "Best Places to Thrive:" Top 20 U.S. Towns for Boomers to Live, Work & Play byBestBoomerTowns.com, (Dec., 2008).
  • University of Georgia named a "Best Value in Public Colleges" (#4 out of 100), Kiplinger's Personal Finance, December 2008.
  • University of Georgia ranked #4 in "Best Colleges for Making Money" by Smart Money magazine, December 16, 2008.
  • "The Best Places to Raise Your Kids 2009" (1 of 3 Georgia cities along with Warner Robins and Marietta), Business Week, November 11, 2008.
  •  "Success and Hoppiness" small business profile of Terrapin Beer Co. on CNN, November 7, 2008.
  • Five and Ten named one of "Georgia's Top 10 Restaurants" by Georgia Trend (2008 Silver Spoon Awards, November 2008 issue).
  • University of Georgia's mascot Uga VII named "Best College Mascot" by Fox Sports, October 2008.
  • "Best Sports Cities" (#51 out of 400), Sporting News.
  • Ranked A "Top 25 Arts Destination" among midsized cities (#9) - AmericanStyle Magazine, June 2008 (ranked each year since 2002).
  • Athens featured in the Philadelphia Sunday Sun, June 1, 2008.
  • "Best Small Places for Business and Careers" (#13), Forbes, March 2008.
  • Athens named one of America's 50 Greenest Cities (#33) by Popular Science, February 2008.
  • Music tour of Georgia featured in the Sunday Mirror, London, February 10, 2008.  (Writer Brian Hancill was one of three international travel writers who made a press visit to Athens in December, 2007.)
  • Athens' black heritage featured in Atlanta Journal-Constitution's "One Tank Trip," February 1, 2008.

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2007

  • Watercolor Magic magazine profiles Athens, December 2007.
  • Georgia's second safest city, according to the 14th annual "City Crime Rankings," CQ Press (a unit of Congressional Quarterly), November 2007.
  • Air Tran's in flight magazine, Go, profiles Athens. "It's a college town that caters to more than just students, and though it is a magnet for hipsters, polo-shirt-wearing good ol' boys love it, too. The drinks are cheap, the wireless internet free, the vibe lively. Athens really is close to perfection." November, 2007.
  • Out Traveler names Athens #1 in a profile of ten "bright blue spots of tolerance and acceptance for LGBT travelers." November, 2007.
  • The Globe named one of the Best Bars in America by Esquire Magazine, October 2007.
  • Five & Ten named Restaurant of the Year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 4, 2007.
  •  Lucky magazine profiles Athens shopping in "Five Greatest Unsung Shopping Locations"; includes print-and-go map. "The creative energy that powers this progressive Southern community . . . extends to its wildly original boutiques." August, 2007.
  • One of five 'great college towns,"  Kiplinger's Personal Finance special Retirement Planning 2007 issue, "Attractions of a College Town," Fall 2007
  • "Top 10 Most Popular Retirement Towns," Topretirements.com, August 2007
  • 40 Watt Club and The Melting Point, named "Top 40 Music Venues in America,"  Pastemagazine, May 2007
  • Cosmopolitan magazine's online 100 Hot City Guide.
  • Recommended in 1,000 Places to See in the U.S.A. and Canada Before You Die by travel writer Patricia Schultz, June 2007.

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