Southern College Towns: Athens and the University of Georgia

University of Georgia
The window full of adorable clothes is just a taste of trend-setting finds inside the Red Dress Boutique.

SHOP & EXPLORE: Shopping options abound, from fashions to artisan crafts to upscale home décor. Of course, the university and its breathtaking campus are at the heart of this Southern town. Most fall weekends are reserved for cheering on the beloved Bulldogs “between the hedges” of Sanford Stadium. On one side of the campus stands a circa-1856 structure known simply as The Arch. Tradition holds that a student may pass under it only after receiving his or her diploma. Look down, and you’ll see that the stone steps are worn from years of graduating seniors—diplomas in hand—taking final pictures as they walk through The Arch and into the big world beyond.

University of Georgia

If you love English and Country French antiques, then include Appointments at Five on your agenda, where the owners have two houses’ worth of wares for sale. Or stop in at Frontier, a treasure trove of unique goods, including work by local artists.