John Gutekanst, owner of Avalanche Pizza, displays his passion for local food, his creativity in combing ingredients and his overwhelmingly obvious baking talents at the Athens, OH farmer's market!
You'll have to forgive me, as I don't recall the exact names of all the breads and pastries. This was the first time in my life that I was awe-struck by the beauty of baked breads.
The Berry Me in Bacon!
Out of the copious amounts of things we sampled, this was by far, my favorite!
A delicious dough with just the right amount of chew, similar to a perfect pizza crust, enveloping a mound of white cheddar cheese with sweet, plump blueberries and generously sliced slabs of beautiful bacon woven throughout!
We ate so much and it was all absolutely the most impressive and #delicious baked good experience I've ever had!
Thank you John, for sharing all of this with us!! The sun setting and reflecting over Dow Lake at Strouds Run State Park.
Strouds Run State Park contains 2,606 acres of uninterrupted hardwood, the 161-acre Dow Lake, a 900-foot sand beach, 6 #hiking trails, 15 mountain biking/hiking trails and 10 bridle/hiking trails. John Gutekanst, owner of Avalanche Pizza, displays his passion for local food, his creativity in combing ingredients and his overwhelmingly obvious baking talents at the Athens, OH farmer's market!
You'll have to forgive me, as I don't recall the exact names of all the breads and pastries. This was the first time in my life that I was awe-struck by the beauty of baked breads.
This pastry is wrapped around a poached pear and stuffed with even more more pears and a sweetened peanut butter like filling!
We ate so much and it was all absolutely the most impressive and #delicious baked good experience I've ever had!
Thank you John, for sharing all of this with us!! Strouds Run State Park contains 2,606 acres of uninterrupted hardwood, the 161-acre Dow Lake, a 900-foot sand beach, 6 #hiking trails, 15 mountain biking/hiking trails and 10 bridle/hiking trails. A shot through the reeds of the hardwood forest across Dow Lake. Most of the lake is forested right up the shore line.
Strouds Run State Park contains 2,606 acres of uninterrupted hardwood, the 161-acre Dow Lake, a 900-foot sand beach, 6 #hiking trails, 15 mountain biking/hiking trails and 10 bridle/hiking trails. John Gutekanst, owner of Avalanche Pizza, displays his passion for local food, his creativity in combing ingredients and his overwhelmingly obvious baking talents at the Athens, OH farmer's market!
You'll have to forgive me, as I don't recall the exact names of all the breads and pastries. This was the first time in my life that I was awe-struck by the beauty of baked breads.
The Bomba de Cereza! (Cherry Bomb)
A spelt/rye flat-bread topped with mangchego cheese, capers, sweet peppers and cherry bomb peppers stuffed with chorizo!
We ate so much and it was all absolutely the most impressive and #delicious baked good experience I've ever had!
Thank you John, for sharing all of this with us!! My first moon photo!
Zoomed in on it from the same vantage point as my previous post!
Strouds Run State Park contains 2,606 acres of uninterrupted hardwood, the 161-acre Dow Lake, a 900-foot sand beach, 6 #hiking trails, 15 mountain biking/hiking trails and 10 bridle/hiking trails. On the other end of Dow Lake from the sunset, the moon has come out to play.
Strouds Run State Park contains 2,606 acres of uninterrupted hardwood, the 161-acre Dow Lake, a 900-foot sand beach, 6 #hiking trails, 15 mountain biking/hiking trails and 10 bridle/hiking trails. The “Royale” with Cheese from Avalanche Pizza in Athens, OH
Seven cheeses!
Melting Mozzarella, Real Cheddar, Crumbled Feta, Italian-style Gorgonzola, Crunchy Asiago, Finely Grated Parmesan and Fresh Provolone.
John Gutekanst, owner of Avalanche Pizza, displays his passion for local food, his creativity in combing ingredients and his overwhelmingly obvious baking talents at the Athens, OH farmer's market!
You'll have to forgive me, as I don't recall the exact names of all the breads and pastries. This was the first time in my life that I was awe-struck by the beauty of baked breads.
These are spelt (an ancient species of wheat) vegan cornettas with spinach, potato, eggplant, beet, sweet peppers, squash, etc...
We ate so much and it was all absolutely the most impressive and #delicious baked good experience I've ever had!
Thank you John, for sharing all of this with us!! John Gutekanst, owner of Avalanche Pizza, displays his passion for local food, his creativity in combing ingredients and his overwhelmingly obvious baking talents at the Athens, OH farmer's market!
You'll have to forgive me, as I don't recall the exact names of all the breads and pastries. This was the first time in my life that I was awe-struck by the beauty of baked breads.
On the left is a puff pastry filled with a almond tahini pudding (that was out of this world!) and topped with plums, raspberries, blackberries and a blackberry jam.
On the right is a stuffed bread called a fougasse parmentier filled with potato, cilantro, cheddar, carrots, bacon and roasted sassafras leek.
We ate so much and it was all absolutely the most impressive and #delicious baked good experience I've ever had!
Thank you John, for sharing all of this with us!! The Athens Lunatic Asylum, was a mental hospital operated in Athens, OH. from 1874 until 1993.
The area is now known as The Ridges and is owned by Ohio University. The Athens Lunatic Asylum, was a mental hospital operated in Athens, OH. from 1874 until 1993.
The area is now known as The Ridges and is owned by Ohio University. There are 1,930 people buried at the three cemeteries on the grounds of the former Athens Lunatic Asylum.
Most graves are marked only with a number. After 1943, the state began putting names, births, and deaths, on the markers of the patients who died.  The evening mist rising up from Dow Lake inside Strouds Run State Park.
Strouds Run State Park contains 2,606 acres of uninterrupted hardwood, the 161-acre Dow Lake, a 900-foot sand beach, 6 #hiking trails, 15 mountain biking/hiking trails and 10 bridle/hiking trails. There are 1,930 people buried at the three cemeteries on the grounds of the former Athens Lunatic Asylum.
Most graves are marked only with a number. After 1943, the state began putting names, births, and deaths, on the markers of the patients who died.  Called John Gutekanst, owner of Avalanche Pizza, displays his passion for local food, his creativity in combing ingredients and his overwhelmingly obvious baking talents at the Athens, OH farmer's market!
You'll have to forgive me, as I don't recall the exact names of all the breads and pastries. This was the first time in my life that I was awe-struck by the beauty of baked breads.
These are a sea salt and herb fougasse, a french flat-bread shaped like a leaf. John said these are one of the more popular items.
We ate so much and it was all absolutely the most impressive and #delicious baked good experience I've ever had!
Thank you John, for sharing all of this with us!! The Athens Lunatic Asylum, was a mental hospital operated in Athens, OH. from 1874 until 1993.
The area is now known as The Ridges and is owned by Ohio University. An awesome creepy mental hospital in Athens called A quaint town in Southeast Ohio. Definitely worth a stop through. Lots of charming shops and an awesome old theater. #weekendgetaway There are 1,930 people buried at the three cemeteries on the grounds of the former Athens Lunatic Asylum.
Most graves are marked only with a number. After 1943, the state began putting names, births, and deaths, on the markers of the patients who died.  The Athens Lunatic Asylum, was a mental hospital operated in Athens, OH. from 1874 until 1993.
The area is now known as The Ridges and is owned by Ohio University.
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Get an overview of this hotelHotel in Athens with free breakfast and indoor pool

Popular property highlights

Breakfast included
Free self parking
Free WiFi
Pets allowed
Indoor pool

Location

Located in the heart of Athens, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Hot Dog Museum, Ohio University, and John Calhoun Baker University Center. Convocation Center and Peden Stadium are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Hotel Features

Along with an indoor pool, this smoke-free hotel has a fitness center and a spa tub. Free buffet breakfast, free WiFi in public areas, and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include a meeting room, dry cleaning, and laundry facilities.

Room Amenities

All 80 rooms provide free WiFi and free wired Internet, flat-screen TVs with cable channels, and conveniences like refrigerators and microwaves. Guests will also find coffee makers, free newspapers, and free local calls.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Athens

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

In addition to an indoor pool, Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Athens provides a spa tub and a fitness center. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary. Guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast. Event facilities measuring 880 square feet (79 square meters) include a meeting room. This business-friendly hotel also offers gift shops/newsstands, laundry facilities, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Onsite self parking is complimentary.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Athens is a smoke-free property.

  • Conference space size (meters) - 79 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Free RV, bus, truck parking 
  • Fitness facilities 
  • Conference space size (feet) - 880 
  • Gift shops or newsstand 
  • Indoor pool 
  • Free breakfast 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Spa tub 
  • Total number of rooms - 80 
  • One meeting room 
  • Free self parking 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Number of floors - 3 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1 
  • Free wired Internet 
  • Smoke-free property 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • Indoor pool  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Rollaway/extra beds available  
  • Laundry facilities  
  • Refrigerator  
  • Microwave  
  • Cribs/infant beds (complimentary)  

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Parking

Free self parking, Free RV, bus, truck parking

Room Amenities

  • Free WiFi 
  • Free wired Internet 
  • Free cribs/infant beds 
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • Premium TV channels 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Free newspaper 
  • Phone 
  • Free local calls 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Microwave 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Desk 
  • Rollaway/extra beds available 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Flat-panel TV 
  • Number of bathrooms -  

Where to Eat

Guests are offered a complimentary buffet breakfast.

Nearby Things to Do

An indoor pool and a spa tub are on site. Other recreational amenities include a fitness center.

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • Roll-in shower 
  • In-room accessibility 

Hotel Policies

Check-in

Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Check-out

Check-out time is noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

Pets

  • Pets allowed for an extra charge of USD 15 per pet, per stay
  • Up to 40 lb

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

Fees

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Pet fee: USD 15 per pet, per stay
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Holiday Inn Express Athens
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel Athens
  • Athens Holiday Inn
  • Holiday Inn Athens
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Athens Ohio
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel And Suites Athens

We should mention

The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.


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