Why we’re thankful for Athens County

The approaching holiday season reminds us of all we are thankful for; including our beautiful corner of the world, Athens County. From the delicious food to the beautiful scenery, there’s no shortage of things to be thankful for in our beloved community. Here are five reasons why we are thankful for Athens County.


Tacos from Casa Nueva are an Athens favorite

: The local food scene is at the top of the list! Home to the 30 Mile Meal, Athens is a hub for delicious food and cuisine. Better yet, the 30 Mile Meal initiative celebrates the people who grow, sell and cook food and spirits within a 30-mile radius of Athens, Ohio. There’s every type of food to indulge in and don’t forget the classic-Athens favorites: Casa Nueva, O’Betty’s Red Hot, Court Street Diner… the list goes on. The food scene continues to make residents and locals thankful for Athens County.

The 21 mile Hockhocking Adena Bikeway is the perfect avenue to explore the county


Outdoor Recreation: Any outdoor enthusiast is thankful for Athens County! Strouds Run State Park offers kayak, canoe and paddle board rentals for the water explorer. Explore the county on bike and head to the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway. Whether it’s indoors or out, adventure is always on the agenda in Athens County!



The annual blooming of the Sakura Cherry Blossom trees on Ohio University’s campus

Nature: Athens County provides plenty places to opt outside and experience mother nature. We are thankful for the beautiful scenery which anyone who visits Athens can agree that’s a main reason they keep coming back to visit. In the spring, the cherry blossoms bloom along the bike path welcoming the warmer spring weather. Summer, a sea of green covers the town and makes for perfect adventure weather and picnic dates. The fall foliage always makes Athens a popular destination in the autumn months. Even when the snow covers the town in the winter, Athens is still beautiful. Any time of year leaves us thankful for the beauty of Athens!




The Ohio University Inn, Athens’ only full-service hotel.

Places to Stay: Athens has a lot to offer! Feel at home by checking into one of our convenient hotels, cozy cabins, or quaint bed and breakfasts.  Relax, rejuvenate and familiarize yourself with the area before heading out for a day of exploring the county. You’ll be thankful for the many choices of places to stay once you book your next adventure.


Shows at Stuart’s Opera House are world class

Arts and Entertainment: Whether its visual or performing arts you seek, Athens County has it all. Some popular ones on the list include: The Kennedy Museum of Art, Dairy Barn Arts Center, Ohio Valley Summer Theater, Athena Cinema and Stuart’s Opera House & Gallery. Experience live music at Casa Nueva and in the summertime, at Eclipse Company Store. The endless options leave us thankful for our respected arts scene.


Regardless of how you spend the season of thankfulness this year, we hope it’s a joyful one. Head to our social media channels and let us know what you’re thankful for in Athens County using the hashtag #AthensOhio