Celebrate Thanksgiving Athens Style

Share your love for Athens at the dinner table during Thanksgiving this year. Whether you are sharing what you’re thankful for in Athens over local side dishes or you’re looking for a great local place to dine out, read on. We’ve got you covered from where to buy certain treats to recommendations on where to dine out on Thanksgiving and what to do after a stomach full of food.



Side Dishes

For a truly local Athens dish, head to the farmers market for fresh ingredients or sides. Just because it’s colder now doesn’t mean the Athens Farmer’s Market isn’t open. The market is open Wednesdays (until December 23) from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and on Saturdays year-round from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.



Photo courtesy of The Fluff

Instead of bringing a dish to share for the main meal, consider bringing snacks for breakfast or a special treat for dessert. We recommend picking up some sticky buns, muffins or specialty treats from Fluff!




Bring a bottle of wine from Athens to share at the dinner table with family and friends. White wine tends to be the recommended pairing with poultry, but whether your guests enjoy white or red, you can find it locally in Athens County at either Shade Winery or Pleasant Hill Vineyards.



OU_Inn_hotel_at_nightDining Out

Don’t stress on preparing a full meal when you can dine out at one of the places in Athens County that offers Thanksgiving Day feasts.

Cutler’s Thanksgiving Day Brunch at the Ohio University Inn offers all the traditional classics plus a few tasty dishes. The feast takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Reservations are strongly recommended. Call 740-589-3714 to reserve a spot.

Enjoy the Thanksgiving buffet at Burr Oak Lodge and Conference Center. The buffet offers four seating times: 12:00 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by Sunday, November 19 by calling 740-767-1210.



Outside time

After a belly full of good food, venture outside for some fresh air. Work off that extra piece of pie by riding your bike on the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway. Instead of riding the 21-mile bikeway, try an easy one to three miles. Athens is full of great spots for outdoor exploring and adventuring. Hike at Strouds Run State Park or The Ridges to opt outside after your turkey coma.


Whatever you decide to do for Thanksgiving this year, we wish you the very best! Be sure to share photos of your holiday happenings on social media with us by using #AthensOhio.