The Farmhouse at Serenbe, located south of Atlanta
5 Quick Trips from Atlanta for Great Food
Atlanta is full of great places to eat, but if you're looking for a change of scenery, just a short drive from the city, you will find yourself surrounded by lush green forests, sandy beaches, organic farms, vineyards and lots of delicious Georgia cuisine. Spend the day or weekend exploring flavors around the state.
26 miles southwest of Atlanta
Nestled in a little-known region called Chattahoochee Hills is a community planned around sustainable practices, seasonal produce and living more organically. At Serenbe, you'll find farms raising organic produce and a Saturday morning market where you can buy fresh fruits, vegetables, honey and cheeses. Plan your trip around a tour of the Serenbe farm or chef-driven cooking demonstrations. Make time to pick up some freshly baked goods from The Blue Eyed Daisy, and make a reservation for dinner at The Farmhouse at Serenbe for delicious farm-fresh meals.
Dahlonega's wine trail makes it the wine capital of Georgia due mainly to the red clay soil similar to that found in the Piedmont region of Italy. You can sample a variety of the region's wines at seven tasting rooms in downtown Dahlonega. Then, head into the hills to visit the vineyards themselves for beautiful scenery along with your wine. Follow the Dahlonega Wine Trail Guide & Map to plan your tour.
Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery, arguably one of Dahlonega’s premier wineries, resembles a massive Tuscan villa with sweeping views of its rolling vineyards, wine tastings and a lovely brunch. Cavender Creek Vineyards and Winery is owned by a retired Atlanta schoolteacher who makes all the wines himself. Guests can enjoy their wine of choice with local nibbles while listening to live music. With four labels and 25 different kinds of grapes, Frogtown Cellars Vineyards & Winery provides a tasting room to try them all! At Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery you’ll enjoy French-inspired wines, a beautiful mountain view, and even an ice wine made with frozen Vidal Blanc grapes.
Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Blue Ridge will help you forget the stress of the big city. Start with a ride aboard the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, and end with lunch of Southern classics at Southern Charm. You’ll find deep-fried dill pickles, as well as chicken and dumplings, and all-you-can-eat catfish and popcorn shrimp on Fridays.
For a cocktail and a bite with a view, head to the top of the Hampton Inn downtown to relax at Hook and Eye. Choose from favorites like charcuterie boards, Bavarian soft pretzel bites and pork tacos paired with classic cocktails with a local twist.
For a farm-to-table dining experience, try Harvest On Main. The menu is made of garden-fresh ingredients, as well as seasonal vegetables and local Georgia trout. For dessert, stop into The Sweet Shoppe of the South and see why they were a winner of Food Network’s "Cupcake Wars."
Savannah is the oldest city in the state, boasting gorgeous scenery and an exciting culinary landscape. While you’re exploring the city, be prepared for some serious Southern hospitality from the Hostess City of the South. If you’re interested a little history with your cocktail, then Vic's On The River should be your first stop. Set inside a renovated 1858 warehouse, Vic's has lots of history on display, including a hand-drawn map of General Sherman’s march through Georgia, and Southern cocktail favorites like the bourbon-based Sazerac. The Olde Pink House, known as one of the best restaurants in Savannah, should also be on your list of “must-dos.” Located in a Colonial mansion in one of the many squares in the city, you’ll experience some of the freshest seafood on the coast.