Day Trip to North Georgia
Collected by Caroline Eubanks, AFAR Local Expert
Whether it's the wineries, hiking trails, or cool mountain air that brings you to the North Georgia mountains, plenty will keep you here. Enjoy the odd roadside attractions and alpine town of Helen before checking out outdoor activities like tubing or apple-picking.
3026 US-441, Tiger, GA 30576, USA
When driving through the North Georgia Mountains, you'll be bombarded with signs advertising something called "Goats on the Roof." Intrigued, you stop, and find exactly as advertised: Goats. On a roof. Owners of the roadside store were looking for...
6321 US-76, Young Harris, GA 30582, USA
If you're looking for a weekend getaway from the traffic and smog of Atlanta, head north two hours to the Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris. Tucked into the Blue Ridge Mountains near the Tennessee state line, the 134 room resort brings in...
415 Hwy 53, Dawsonville, GA 30534, USA
Georgians have been making moonshine (illegally distilled alcohol) and selling it as long as the state has been in existence. So when the small-batch distilled spirits trend took off, Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery, located one hour from Atlanta...
Tallulah Gorge, Tallulah Falls, GA 30523, USA
Known as one of the natural wonders of Georgia, Tallulah Gorge was made by the Tallulah River and is made up of six different waterfalls. The viewing point above the gorge offers views of below and has a country store selling vintage sodas and...
2660 Adair Mill Rd, Cleveland, GA 30528, USA
Organic. Free-range. Holistic. Farm-to-table. These culinary buzzwords are plastered all over yuppie grocery stores and urban farmers' markets, but what do they really mean? Where do they come from? There’s a big difference between reading these...
1987 Gibbs Dr, Ball Ground, GA 30107, USA
Every month, I take a trip to Gbbs and spend anywhere from three to seven hours admiring the 16 gardens in one. The whimsical sculptures of owner Jim Gibbs' grandchildren play beautifully with the fields of daffodils, roses, hydrangeas, and other...
9696 GA-52, Ellijay, GA 30536, USA
Starting every fall, city folk head up to the mountains for apple-picking season, specifically to Hillcrest Orchards in Ellijay. The orchard allows visitors to pick apples and purchase them by the bucket full. You can also buy all manners of apple...
2220 GA-17, Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571, USA
Settled into a 1920s home in Sautee Nacoochee, Bernie's Restaurant does indeed feel like home. Owned and operated by mother-daughter team Bernie and Monda, they have a combined 65 years in the hospitality industry. Try the seafood du jour or any...
651 Summit St, Blue Ridge, GA 30513, USA
Drive-in movie theaters are a thing of the past, so the Swan Drive-In in Blue Ridge is a reminder of days gone by. It's only one of four of its kind left in the state. The theater opened in 1955 and is set in the middle of the woods, making the...
42 E Savannah St, Clayton, GA 30525, USA
It started with a need for a local, sustainable coffee shop in the small town of Clayton. Then there was a need for a wine shop. It wasn't long before food followed, which is how Grapes & Beans was born. Try any of the healthy, delicious...
7025 S Main St, Helen, GA 30545, USA
I've never gone to Helen, GA without stopping by Habersham Winery. They offer free tastings and lately, they've been selling a wonderful port in a little chocolate cup. It's to die for. Besides, it's on the way to the center of town, so you really...
501 Hightower Church Rd, Dahlonega, GA 30533, USA
Wine making has come a long way east of the Mississippi. A good example is the 400-acre Montaluce Winery and Estate (22- acres under vine) and an awesome-view experience in the 25,000 sq. ft. Le Vigne Restaurant. About 20 minutes from Dahlonega,...
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