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A Day Trip to Athens, Ohio

It’s officially fall!
{by alicia} Time to break out the scarves, pumpkin, and soak up these brisk autumn days before the winter spoils our fun. I recently got out and explored Athens County with fellow blogger Mandi of Cohen Places, and we had a blast thanks to the Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

There is A LOT to do in Athens it turns out, so we had to prioritize. Our main objective was to do Brewed on the Bikeway, a 21-mile craft beer and bike tour that leads you to several award-winning breweries. We also wanted to explore the city, so we were up and at em’ pretty early. Our first stop was a no-brainer.

Athens, OhioDonkey Coffee and Espresso is a hip little place with plenty of local goods and fair trade coffee. We got a variety of iced and hot drinks to perk up for breakfast which was right around the corner. We wanted something low-key, so we popped into Bagel Street Deli for steamed bagel sandwiches.

Athens, Ohio

Next was a stroll down Court Street. We got the lay of the land and checked out the shops. Athens is home to Ohio University and is a quintessential college town with plenty of affordable restaurants, bars, and local stores. It’s so damn pretty, too! I was obsessed with the brick roads.

The campus itself is gorgeous. We wandered the winding paths and played tourist for a good while. I love college campuses in the fall. The changing leaves amongst the buildings was the perfect photo op.

After a couple hours in town it was time for beers and bikes! We rented cruisers from Black Diamond Bicycles, but you can always bring your own.

Right around the corner from Black Diamond is the bike path and Eclipse Company Store. It’s conveniently located for your first round or the final stop before you drop bikes off. We opted to hop on the trail to earn our first beers. The trail is so pretty! We could not stop yelling about the canopy of trees and foliage.

Brewed on the Bikeway Athens OhioThe bikeway map is easy to follow, so we went a couple miles over the river and through the woods to Devil’s Kettle Brewing.

Brewed on the Bikeway Athens Ohio

Devil’s Kettle brews mainly German and English pub-style beer. They also have a rotating selection of sours and bourbon barrel-aged imperial stouts. Outside food is encouraged, so don’t be shy to bring a snack or get free delivery from OMG Rotisserie up the street.

The next stop was Little Fish Brewing Co. Mandi was in absolute heaven over the number of sours on the menu. I had the Wild Gift, a wheat farmhouse ale, while Mandi opted for a flight. This is a cool spot with a variety of board games to borrow if you want to post up.

Little Fish Athens, Ohio

We biked a bit more until our legs were wobbly–fine, maybe it was just my legs. Our end reward was a visit to Jackie O’s Brewery. Since we were in a college town, we had to eat a classic college standby.

As mentioned, the trail is 21 miles, but don’t feel obligated to do the entire thing. We did about 10+ miles which was perfect because now we have an excuse to go back in the spring and do it again! I cannot say enough good things about our experience doing Brewed on the Bikeway. If you like beer and sneaking in some exercise, this is the perfect activity. Plus, Athens is only an hour and a half from Columbus, so it’s a fun and easy day trip.

Major thanks to Athens County CVG for sponsoring our visit! We’ll be back!

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