View from 11th & Bay's Porch Overlooking the Chattahoochee River

View from 11th & Bay's porch overlooking the Chattahoochee River in Columbus, Georgia

5 Places to Dine Under the Stars

Georgia has an abundance of delicious cuisine and beautiful locations to eat them in. Just imagine enjoying your favorite ice cream cone while window shopping along the streets of historic Savannah. Or sampling a hot apple turnover while taking in the majestic view of apple orchards tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Whatever region of the state you decide to visit, treat yourself to one of the many iconic Southern dishes it has to offer, and eat it al fresco. Why? Because food tastes better when eaten outside, especially here in Georgia.

Teresa Earnest

Leopold's Ice Cream, Savannah

Leopold's Ice Cream was founded in 1919 by three brothers from Greece and has been committed to serving generations of Savannahians the finest, freshest ice cream, soups and sandwiches for the last 97 years! All of the deli meats and salads served are prepared from scratch by a Leopold’s chef. And, their super-premium ice cream is handcrafted in their historic downtown Savannah location. Leopold's Ice Cream is the perfect stop to pick up a sandwich or an ice cream cone to enjoy while walking the street of Savannah or in one of the many family-friendly parks.

The Garden at Community Smith, Atlanta

Formerly Rooftop 866, The Garden at Community Smith sits on top of Community Smith (the restaurant at the Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel) and boasts a fantastic city view. This modern bar and grill acts as an outdoor dining destination, serving small plates, casual approaches to the Community Smith menu, local and craft beers on tap, AND Sunday brunch. So sit back, relax and enjoy your dinner while enjoying the view. But come soon because they're only open spring through fall.

Nestled among the North Georgia mountains, Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa quietly redefines the typical romantic mountain getaway. - GDECD Photography

Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa, Young Harris

Nestled in the mountains in Young Harris, Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa is regionally renowned for its fine meals, lavish buffets and breathtaking views. Take the weekend off and enjoy their famous Friday evening seafood buffet, and stay for Sunday brunch served with panoramic views of the Northeast Georgia Mountains.

Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge, Georgia
Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge, Georgia

Mercier Orchards, Blue Ridge

Mercier Orchards is a family-owned and operated apple orchard in Blue Ridge now in its fourth generation. Take a tractor ride tour of the orchards, buy bushels of fresh apples, or pick your own apples during apple season. Pick as many apples as you want, and take them home to make homemade pies, apple sauce, apple turnovers and even apple juice. While there, relax in the shade and enjoy a bottle of hard cider from their cidery. Adele's Kitchen offers breakfast and lunch with a hearty breakfast buffet served Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. until noon.

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11th and Bay Southern Table, Columbus

his Columbus favorite offers a delicious mix of Southern ingredients and Southern hospitality, both of which are best enjoyed on their patio with a sunset view of the Chattahoochee River. Located in uptown Columbus, across from the Chattahoochee River Walk, 11th and Bay Southern Table's goal is to create a menu that incorporates local, sustainable and organic products into their dishes whenever possible, by working with local farmers and purveyors to source seasonal products. The result? A genuine Southern dining experience that is both warm and inviting with a beautiful view.

Published: August 2017