Athens is safe. There are several relatively new hotels just off the interstate and many options for dining. Take the kids to Big Spring Park to play and feed the ducks. The newer hotels at exit 351/Hwy 72 are Hampton Inn & Suites, Fairfield Inn & Suites and Holiday Inn Express. Avoid the Econo Lodge and Bomar Inn! Lots of fast food options and some local/regional chains like Lawlers BBQ and Jacks. For local dining try Clark's Restaurant or Ro's Grille. Kreme Delight is a wonderful old time walk-up ice cream stand with soft serve and great chili dogs. My favorite at Kreme Delight is the upside down banana split.
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