Colquitt County Courthouse at Christmas

Holiday lights on the Colquitt County Courthouse in Moultrie, Georgia

Wine and Dine Off the Beaten Path in Moultrie

Moultrie, Georgia, located in Colquitt County, sits in the center of Georgia’s No. 1 agricultural county. It is home to the State Farmers Market and a beautiful downtown that boasts the friendliness of a small town with specialty shops, a turn-of-the-century courthouse and sophisticated award-winning restaurants. Two of the restaurants are right on the square of downtown Moultrie: one aptly named The Square and the other is the Blue Sky Grill.

The Square has made its home in a building that has been a part of downtown Moultrie’s landscape since the late 1800s. The Square’s impressive menu changes seasonally to represent what’s locally available in the fields and pastures of Colquitt County. At the core of the menu is the Southern tradition of sharing good food with the people you love.

Dinner at The Square in Moultrie
Dinner at The Square in Moultrie

The Square offers an International Wine Night, showcasing the culinary skill of their talented chef with wines paired from around the globe. I had the good fortune of attending their Spanish Wine Night and enjoying such Spanish delicacies as Serrano ham, paella, a house-made tomato compote served over potato and ham croquetas, and even churros with rich chocolate sauce all beautifully paired with regional Spanish wines.

Right next door, serving more delicious #GeorgiaEats, is the Blue Sky Grill. Started in 2002 by two friends returning home from college in Athens, Georgia, the restaurant showcases steaks seasoned with a signature rub and grilled over an open flame.

Horse Creek Winery Tasting Room in Sparks, Georgia
Horse Creek Winery Tasting Room in Sparks, Georgia

On your way to Moultrie, be sure to add some time to your trip and enjoy the Georgia Grown Highway 37, Georgia’s first agritourism highway. Highlights like a wine tasting at Horse Creek Winery Tasting Room – Sparks (made from grapes grown on a 40-acre farm in Nashville, Ga.); a visit to White Oak Pastures, a 2,500-acre, multi-generational farm and restaurant; and a stop at Still Pond Vineyard, Winery & Distillery, the South’s largest commercial vineyard, are all worth a trip off the beaten path.

Published: November 2015