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Gainesville  is a city in Georgia's Historic High Country. The city of Gainesville is one of the larger cities in the Historic High Country along with Rome (Georgia) both with populations around 30,000. The city is located in Hall County (Georgia) in the Central High Country. The city is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is close to the shores of Lake Lanier and less than an hour's drive to downtown Atlanta. Gainesville is home to an Amtrak station.
Gainesville is where the big city merges with small farming communities. It is home to a racially diverse population with 45.21% White, 33.17% Latino, and 15.73% African American. It is a transportation hub for the surrounding communities so it's a great base. In-between Atlanta and the country side and many small tourist towns it would be easy to overlook the several reasons to stay in Gainesville.
Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport  has two runways and is used mainly for private and corporate charter flights.
The closet international airport is Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
There is an Amtrak train station located at 116 Industrial Boulevard Gainesville, GA 30501.
From Atlanta, GA Approximately 1 hr.
Take I-85 North. At exit 113 I-85 forks. The right fork, I-85, continues to Greenville, SC. Stay left and take I-985 to Gainesville.
From Greenville, SC Approximately 2 hrs.
Take I-85 South. Take exit 137 for US-129/GA-11 toward Gainesville/Jefferson.
From Athens, GA Approximately 1 hr.
Take GA-15 Alt N/US-129 out of Athens and follow until entering Gainesville.
There is a Greyhound bus station located at 1780 Martion Luther King Jr. Blvd Gainesville, GA 30501.
A car is most convenient for getting around town.
Elachee Nature Science Center 2125 Elachee Drive Gainesville, GA 30504-7158 770-535-1976 http://www.elachee.org
Gainesville Ballet Company 615 Oak Street, Suite 1100 Gainesville, GA 30501-3507 770-532-4241 http://www.gainesvilleballet.org
Gainesville Symphony Orchestra 6l5 Oak Street Gainesville, GA 30501 770-532-5727 http://www.gsomusic.com
Georgia Mountain Center http://www.gainesville.org/citydepartments.georgiamountainscenter.asp 301 Main Street SW Gainesville, GA 30501 770-534-8420
Smithgall Arts Center 331 Spring St SW Gainesville, GA 30501-3747 (770) 534-2787 http://www.theartscouncil.net/
Lakeshore Mall 150 Pearl Nix Parkway Gainesville, GA 30501-3563 770-536-5209 http://www.shoplakeshoremall.com/
Poor Richards http://www.prgainesville.com/ 1702 Parkhill Drive N.E. Gainesville, GA 30501 T: 770-532-0499
Turnstile Deli 109 Green Street NE
A.J.'s Food, Fun and Friends 322 Spring Street SW
Two Dog Café 317 Spring Street NE
Seabone's 200 Washington Street
Scott's on the Square 110 Main Street SW
Sweet Magnolia Café/Bakery 118 Main Street SW (Main Street Market)
Daily News Bistro 118 Bradford Street NE
Atlas Pizza 104 Washington Street
Inman Perk Coffee 102 Washington Street
Brad’s Grill 528 Bradford Street SW
Big City Café 118 Bradford Street NE
Café and Crepes 105 Bradford Street SE
Collegiate Grill 220 Main Street SW
Elmo’s Italian Kitchen 109 Bradford Street SE
Wild Wing Café 311 Jesse Jewell Parkway SW
Rhythm & Brews 118 Bradford St., Gainesville, GA, 30501 (770) 532-0663 http://www.rhythmbrews.com/
The Monkey Barrel 115 Washington St SE, Gainesville, GA 30501
Luna's 200 Main St SW, Gainesville, GA 30501 770.531.0848 http://www.lunas.com/
Lake Lanier Resort http://www.lakelanierislands.com/about.php 7000 Holiday Road Lake Lanier Islands, GA 30518 1-800-840-LAKE
Holiday Inn Lanier Center — 400 E.E. Butler Parkway, Gainesville, GA 30501, 770-531-0907, 1-800-782-8966, FAX 770-531-0788, Number of Rooms: 122, Restaurant, Bar, Fitness Center
Hilton Garden Inn — 1735 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA 30501, Number of Rooms: 110 including 23 suites, Heated Indoor/Outdoor Pool, Fitness Center
Hampton Inn — 450 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville, GA 30501, 770-503-0300, 1-800-426-7866, FAX 770-533-9077, Number of Rooms: 74
Days Inn — 520 Queen City Parkway, Gainesville, GA 30501, 770-535-8100, 1-800-214-8378, FAX 770-536-6089, Number of Rooms: 98
Quality Inn — 726 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville, GA 30501, 770-536-4451, FAX 770-538-2880, Number of Rooms: 132
Ramada Limited — 766 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville, GA 30501, 770-287-3205, FAX 770-287-8837, Number of Rooms: 47
Suburban Lodge — 1115 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville, GA 30501, 770-533-9433, FAX 770-503-9380, Number of Rooms: 112
Super 8 Motel — 541 Dorsey Street, Gainesville, GA 30501, 770-533-9009, FAX 770-533-9082, Number of Rooms: 72