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Gainesville [1] 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.

Get inEdit

By planeEdit

Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport [2] 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.

By trainEdit

There is an Amtrak train station located at 116 Industrial Boulevard Gainesville, GA 30501.

By carEdit

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.

By busEdit

There is a Greyhound bus station located at 1780 Martion Luther King Jr. Blvd Gainesville, GA 30501.

Get aroundEdit

A car is most convenient for getting around town.

The Red Rabbit [3] is the bus service for Gainesville. It operates three lines with over 100 different stops [4]. Fares are $1 with free transfers within the hour [5].


Elachee Nature Science Center 2125 Elachee Drive Gainesville, GA 30504-7158 770-535-1976

Gainesville Ballet Company 615 Oak Street, Suite 1100 Gainesville, GA 30501-3507 770-532-4241

Gainesville Symphony Orchestra 6l5 Oak Street Gainesville, GA 30501 770-532-5727

Georgia Mountain Center 301 Main Street SW Gainesville, GA 30501 770-534-8420

Smithgall Arts Center 331 Spring St SW Gainesville, GA 30501-3747 (770) 534-2787



  • Brenau University [6]-
  • Gainesville State College [7]-



Lakeshore Mall 150 Pearl Nix Parkway Gainesville, GA 30501-3563 770-536-5209


Poor Richards 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

The Monkey Barrel 115 Washington St SE, Gainesville, GA 30501

Luna's 200 Main St SW, Gainesville, GA 30501 770.531.0848


Lake Lanier Resort 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


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