Hey Columbus friends! I am always looking for quick road trips that can offer a day or weekend of fun. Due to Columbus’ proximity to EVERYTHING, we’ve been able to trip to Ann Arbor, Cincinnati and Louisville! Today’s post is your guide to a day in Athens County. Y’all, we had the BEST time. It was extra fun because we got to go with our friends Alicia and Tommy. Jake and I have already discussed going back this Spring to do it all over again! With just being an hour and 30 minute drive, this is definitely a road trip you will want to make.
First stop: Coffee & Bagels
Every time I go to a new place, I always want to try a local coffee shop. So when we arrived in Athens, Donkey Coffee was our first stop. You can find it right in the heart of downtown Athens! A cute and cozy spot with all kinds of fun drinks and pastries. Knowing we had some walking and bike riding ahead of us, we wanted a more hearty breakfast so made our way over to Bagel Street Deli. What they do is take what would be a common sandwich and turn it into a steamy hot Bagelwich! We all got various versions of the breakfast sandwich and didn’t talk for the next few minutes because we were all stuffing our faces.
Walk it off: Explore Campus and Shops
Athens is quintessential “charming town.” The main strip has all kinds of restaurants and shops to pop into as you admire the quaint look and feel of the town. Plus, Ohio University is right there to explore! This campus is BEAUTIFUL and during the Fall it did not disappoint.
Ready to Ride? Brewed on the Bikeway
This was the highlight of the day! If you like bike paths and breweries, this is your ideal day. The great thing about the Brewed on the Bikeway path is that it is a dedicated bike path that gets you to a handful of breweries. You don’t have to drive on streets or busy roads, and it provides gorgeous views as you bike along. It was so calming and just plain delightful. The best part is, you don’t even need a bike! We rented bikes from Black Diamond Bicycles which is right off the path.
Brewery Stop: Devil’s Kettle
Our first stop off the bikeway was Devil’s Kettle Brewing. We all loved our drinks, and had a great time sitting out on their patio. If you like sours like I do, I recommend the Euro Mutt!
Brewery Stop: Little Fish
After a drink at Devil’s Kettle, we hopped back on our bikes to Little Fish Brewing Company. This spot was my personal favorite! They have an awesome indoor/outdoor open air taproom with tons of home-brewed options for you to sample. There were so many we wanted to try, we got a tasting tray. Outside they have a food truck, life sized jenga, and a play area for the kiddos. This is the type of place you could spend hours at!
We were battling some approaching rain so we headed back after that, but there are so many other spots further down the trail! One of the spots on the trail is Jackie O’s. Since we didn’t have time to bike there, we made sure to grab a bite to eat at their BrewPub downtown. Unfortunately, West End Cider House wasn’t open that day so we didn’t have a chance to go there. But next time—I’ve heard great things!
So what are you waiting for? Plan your day trip TODAY!
We are so grateful to Athen’s for sponsoring our day of fun. Thank you!