A Local's Guide to Dining in Oconee

Finding good local restaurants can be hard to do when you are not from the area, or don't want to venture too far off your route. Throughout Oconee County there are a number of local spots to grab a bite to eat that aren't as hidden as you may…

Burgers 'n Beers

It's Georgia Restaurant Week, and we're celebrating the flavors of Oconee County! Let's explore some of the best burger and beer pairings in the area. Get your taste buds ready as we travel from Downtown Watkinsville to Epps Bridge with burger…

2017 Oconee County Restaurant Poll Winners

This week we kicked off Georgia Restaurant Week with our annual restaurant poll. See the results of the poll below. With more than 50 restaurants throughout the county, there are endless options for our visitors to indulge in some of the best…

The stories behind the rooms of Ashford Manor Bed & Breakfast

  On a summer afternoon, I sat in the main room of the Victorian-style Ashford Manor Bed & Breakfast with owners Dave and Mario. The owners took me on the journey of the inspirational stories behind three of their most-talked…

4 Facts about Elder Mill Covered Bridge

Oconee County’s Elder Mill Covered Bridge is one of Georgia’s 13 covered bridges that carries traffic. The bridge is a popular attraction in Watkinsville, and is the only covered bridge featured along Georgia’s Antebellum Trail. Check…

Walking in Watkinsville

There is a lot to do on foot in Watkinsville. Park your car and explore public art, locally owned restaurants, and walking trails all within a 1-mile streak. Start at the Oconee County Welcome Center in Downtown Watkinsville, and pick up…

Oconee ranks #1 best county in Georgia

  Niche ranked Oconee County as the #1 best county to live in Georgia for the second consecutive year! The county leads communities like Forsyth County and Metro Atlanta communities Cobb and Fayette counties in the 2017 ranking.…

A Weekend Guide to Perspectives, Georgia's Premier Pottery Event

  Georgia’s largest pottery showcase and sale is on the horizon! PERSPECTIVES: Georgia Pottery Invitational is a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event hosted by the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF). The 20-day event in Watkinsville…

3 places to grab souvenirs in Watkinsville

Whether you’re a domestic or international visitor, journeying to the small towns of Georgia and the South makes for authentic experiences you can’t find anywhere else in the world. In Oconee County, you won’t find souvenir shops filled…

Oconee County: Then and Now

The historic community of Oconee County has undergone quite a few transformations while maintaining some of its historic beauty. Take a glimpse of what six historic sites in Oconee County looked like in the past:     The…

A Guide to Elder Mill Covered Bridge

    Breathtaking only minimally describes the view of Watkinsville’s Elder Mill Covered Bridge. The bridge, which was built in 1897, was originally positioned between Watkinsville and Athens. It now sits boldly above Rose…

Why Oconee County should be on your bucket list

While there are a million reasons to love and visit Oconee County-Watkinsville, I want to share the experiences you don’t get in too many counties. Oconee may be small, but it’s packed with a lot history and uniqueness. So sit back and let…

3 things to look forward to this spring in Oconee

There are only two weeks before it’s officially spring! With hints of warm weather this winter building our anticipation for sunny days and budding flowers, here are three things to look forward to this spring in Oconee County. Locally-grown…

Watkinsville’s 12 Days of Christmas: Winter Weather Eats

Watkinsville’s 12 Days of Christmas: Winter Weather Eats Photo courtesy of Online Athens The holidays are upon us and cold weather has officially set in, which means it’s the perfect time for winter treats, meals and beverages.…

Watkinsville's 12 Days of Christmas: Holiday Happenings

'Tis the season for holiday lights, shopping and events! Get in the spirit in Watkinsville and celebrate the holiday season with events, sales, and holiday displays.   EVENTS Watkinsville’s annual Holiday Tree Lighting is…

Nominate Your Favorite Dish for "100 Plates Locals Love"

  With more than 50 restaurants occupying the county, Oconee County has become quite the place to enjoy diverse culinary options. In Downtown Watkinsville alone, there will be ten places to grab a bite to eat by the end of the year.…

Top 5 for a UGA Game Day Weekend

The UGA Bulldogs kicked off the 2016 football season with a win over the University of North Carolina on Saturday. Now with the Dawgs’ first home game of the season approaching, the excitement for Game Day between the hedges is near. In between…

11 fall festivals along the Georgia Antebellum Trail

Filled with food, fun and history, the cities along the Georgia Antebellum Trail are gearing up for a trail of festivals. Highlighting the historic communities and attractions of Athens, Watkinsville, Madison, Eatonton, Milledgeville, Gray…

Oconee's Top Restaurants: The People's Choice

    The results are in! In a week-long poll, visitors and residents voted for their favorite places to eat in Oconee County. See the results below.     The spot for the number 1 restaurant in Oconee County…

Four ways to get your peach fix in Oconee before summer ends

What’s a Georgia summer without peaches? Here are four places in Oconee to get your peach fix before summer ends: Di’lishi recently announced that its “Just Peachy” frozen yogurt dessert is back! Cool off with peach-flavored frozen…

4 New Restaurants to Try

  The dining options in Oconee are growing! Four new restaurants have recently opened this year with great menus and atmospheres. Check them out during your next visit to Oconee. Groove Burgers Located in Epps Bridge Shopping…

The Ultimate Art Experience in Watkinsville, The Artland of Georgia

Watkinsville, deemed The Artland of Georgia for having more artists per capita than any other town in the state, is populated with unique art galleries, museums and exhibits showcasing local and national talents. Artists flock to this creative…

Locally Grown Food Destinations

    Homemade, fresh, locally grown: Explore Oconee County’s food destinations from local farms to markets and restaurants. Feast your eyes upon these endless food options grown from and raised on Georgia soil. Farms                       Washington…

Summer Break in Oconee

      The school year is coming to a close, and that means summer break is fast approaching. No worries, however. I’m here to serve you up some family-friendly fun that is sure to keep the kids busy and enjoying…

Mother’s Day in Oconee

  It’s that time to shower the irreplaceable woman in your life with lots of love. Let your mother, wife, or grandmother know just how much they are appreciated by taking advantage of the unique gifts and activities our local shops…

Welcome to Oconee, Tracks of Time

  Bishop has become quite the destination for antique stores. Joining our seven other antique stores and six in Bishop, Tracks of Time Antiques & More is a family-owned shop that sells items from jewelry to furniture and collectibles.…