A Haven for Food, Brews, and Outdoor Adventure
Words by Zelda Barnes
Located just 90 miles north of Atlanta, Blue Ridge, Georgia is a charming mountain town that exceeds all expectations when it comes to local food, brews, and a vibrant social scene. Surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Chattahoochee National Forest, this Appalachian gem offers an abundance of outdoor activities, including 300 miles of hiking trails and 100 miles of trout streams. Whether you're seeking a fall getaway or a taste of the North Georgia mountains, Blue Ridge has it all. Check out our list of top spots that make this town truly special.
Dine With A View
The Black Sheep
Indulge in a delightful brunch on weekends or enjoy a satisfying dinner at this popular eatery. From mouthwatering brunch classics like eggs benedict and buttermilk pancakes to flavorful dinner options such as pecan-crusted trout and filet mignon, The Black Sheep promises to tantalize your taste buds. Don't miss the chance to visit the adjacent Dogwood for a relaxed and inviting hangout experience.
Lake Blue Ridge Boatdock Bar and Grill
This waterfront establishment offers a laid-back atmosphere where you can relax and enjoy simple yet delicious food, accompanied by a well-stocked bar. As the only bar overlooking Lake Blue Ridge, you can savor your meal while immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape.
Toccoa Riverside Restaurant
This charming eatery prides itself on sourcing locally grown mountain trout to create delectable dishes that showcase the flavors of the region. Nestled beside the pristine Toccoa River, the serene ambiance and soothing sounds of the river create a tranquil setting for a memorable meal.
Burra Burra on the River
Perched beside the beautiful Toccoa River at the Riverwalk Shops in McCaysville, Burra Burra on the River offers a delightful dining experience with a scenic view. This riverside eatery invites guests to dine alfresco on the deck, and the menu features an excellent selection of American food, craft beers, and wine.
The Pasta Market
Experience casual Italian dining on the newest deck in Blue Ridge, complete with scenic views of the surrounding mountains. Their menu features fresh ingredients and homemade sauces, ensuring each dish—from classic pasta dishes to gourmet flatbreads—is bursting with flavor.
Locally Harvested Fruits and Wines
Celebrating its 80th birthday, this family-owned orchard is a must-visit. Explore the 300-acre farm, sample a wide variety of apples, and treat yourself to homemade fried pies and bakery goods—then try their hard apple cider and North Georgia wines. The fall is also the perfect season for apple picking and tractor rides!
Nestled amidst the stunning beauty of the Georgia mountains, Bearclaw Vineyards offers a serene and picturesque setting for wine enthusiasts. Guests can unwind on the outdoor patio while savoring a variety of exquisite wines, each sip a testament to the dedication and craftsmanship that goes into every bottle.
Discover the charm of this relaxed farm winery located on the outskirts of Blue Ridge, offering a laid-back setting to savor their delightful wines. Enjoy a guided wine tasting or try a wine flight, then relax in the open air barn, stroll through the lush grapevines, and reconnect with the great outdoors.
Blue Ridge Brews
Grumpy Old Men Brewing
A renowned "nano" brewery in Blue Ridge, Grumpy Old Men Brewing has earned a loyal following with their exceptional craft beers. Established in 2012 by two retired individuals with a passion for brewing, their motto is "If we don't like it, we don't drink it. If we don't drink it, we don't sell it.”
Fannin Brewing Company
With a name that pays homage to the region it calls home, Fannin Brewing utilizes the pure air and pristine water of the area to produce their exceptional brews. From their Hiawassee Golden Ale and Toccoa Brown to their Blue Ridge Lager and Chief Whitepath IPA, each beer carries the essence of the North Georgia mountains.
Angry Hops Brewery, Tipping Point Brewery, and Blue Ridge Distillery
Immersing yourself in the diverse flavors and welcoming atmosphere of downtown Blue Ridge. Craft beer enthusiasts can explore a variety of flavors at Angry Hops Brewery, where they specialize in brewing bold and innovative beers. Tipping Point Brewery takes pride in their small-batch brews that are bursting with character and taste. For those who prefer spirits, Blue Ridge Distillery offers a range of meticulously crafted liquors, including whiskey, vodka, and moonshine.
Copperhill Brewing Co and Buck Bald Brewing
Just a short distance away in Copperhill, TN, these breweries are delightful destinations for beer enthusiasts seeking a taste of local craft brews. Copperhill Brewing Co, a beloved establishment in the heart of town, offers a range of flavorful beers brewed on-site, showcasing their commitment to quality and creativity. Buck Bald Brewing is a family-owned brewery that produces small-batch beers with unique flavors.
Places for Pet Lovers
Rin Tin's Barks and Brews Cantina
This pet-friendly establishment offers an outdoor patio where you can enjoy food and drinks with your furry friends. The highlight of Rin Tin's is their Dognasium, where you can safely board your dog while you enjoy your meal.
Blue Ridge Adventure Dog
Treat your canine companion to a socializing off-leash experience while you unwind with beer, wine, and snacks. With a variety of amenities and activities, including an outdoor play area and a selection of treats and toys for furry companions, Blue Ridge Adventure Dog ensures a fun and engaging experience for both humans and dogs.
With its rustic ambiance and pet-friendly outdoor dining area, Poke' Jon's provides a welcoming atmosphere for guests to enjoy Hawaiian-style poke' bowls, along with a refreshing selection of beer. The menu features a variety of fresh and customizable ingredients, allowing guests to create their own perfect poke' bowl.