Chateau Elan Winery & Resort. Photo by Erica Key, EatingWithErica.com
Erica Key, EatingWithErica.com
Chateau Elan Winery & Resort

Plan the Ultimate Friends Getaway to North Georgia Wineries

Tips for where to eat and drink, what to do and where to stay on your next getaway with friends.

We can think of nowhere better to spend a few days with friends than at Georgia's wineries and vineyards. With many grouped around the North Georgia mountains, including Dahlonega and Helen, you can sample a wide variety of Georgia wines without traveling very far. Georgia wineries have more than just wine tasting on offer! The region has attractions to keep you entertained in between winery visits.

Where to Eat and Drink

Let’s be honest: you’re here for the wine. And there’s plenty of it, but the food is just as good!

Wineries with Restaurants

Montaluce Winery in Dahlonega, Georgia
Montaluce Winery in Dahlonega, Georgia

Le Vigne At Montaluce Winery, Dahlonega

Open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, Le Vigne is what you might expect from a top-rated city restaurant but surrounded by vines. The menu features steaks and seafood.

marc at Chateau Elan, Braselton

This chic French-inspired bistro was recently renovated on Chateau Elan’s campus. Try the Georgia shrimp and grits, local pulled pork sandwich and avocado toast to share for the table. Pair with any one of the winery’s bottles. It’s one of many onsite restaurants at the winery.

Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery, Dahlonega

There’s so much to love about this award-winning winery tucked on a hillside in North Georgia with one of the best restaurants around, especially for Sunday brunch, which has live music.

Restaurants near Wineries

Picnic Cafe and Dessertery in Dahlonega
Picnic Cafe and Dessertery in Dahlonega

The Picnic Cafe and Dessertery, Dahlonega

Grab breakfast or lunch, coffee or dessert at this favorite student hangout on the square. Biscuits and egg sandwiches are the best way to start the day, or you can enjoy soups and salads before heading out to the nearby wineries.

The Smith House, Dahlonega

Set in an 1800s home, the family-style eatery is where you go to line your stomach before a day of tastings. Go with friends to share fried chicken, collard greens and corn muffins for lunch or dinner.

Dining at The Dillard House in Rabun Gap
Dining at The Dillard House in Rabun Gap

The Dillard House, Rabun Gap

Another family-style restaurant, The Dillard House dates back to 1917 and serves a daily-changing menu of country fried steak and fried green tomatoes.

Grapes & Beans, Clayton

It started as a wine shop and coffee shop, but is now a restaurant that focuses on local and seasonal ingredients. They have vegetarian entrees as well as soups and salads.

Bernie's Restaurant, Sautee Nacoochee

A mother-daughter duo that are classically trained runs this cozy restaurant that has top-notch dishes for lunch and dinner, like steak au poivre and roasted duck. This restaurants also serves wine from nearby vineyards.

Hofer's of Helen bakery case
Hofer's of Helen bakery case

Hofer's of Helen, Helen

If you only make it to one restaurant in Helen, let it be this one. It’s busy all day, starting with the pastries served at breakfast and continuing into pastrami sandwiches for lunch.

North Georgia Canopy Tours in Lula, Georgia
North Georgia Canopy Tours in Lula, Georgia

Things to Do

In addition to wineries, there is plenty to explore with friends. Visit some of the popular attractions mentioned below, go hiking, ziplining, tubing and apple picking. And don’t forget about shopping in downtown Dahlonega and the North Georgia Premium Outlets in Dawsonville!

Attractions

Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia
Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia

Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia, Sautee Nacoochee

Learn about the area’s history with pottery, starting with Native American traditions to the present uses in the arts.

Hardman Farm State Historic Site, Sautee Nacoochee

The 173-acre residence was built in the 1870s in the Italianate style. It sits across from a Native American mound and has a number of the original furnishings.

Chestatee Wildlife Preserve, A North Georgia Zoo, Dahlonega

Rescued animals — including Siberian tigers, emu, elk and even a grizzly bear — call this North Georgia facility home.

Babyland General Hospital, Cleveland

This unusual attraction honors the Cleveland native that created the Cabbage Patch dolls. Here, you can learn about the company and adopt a doll of your own.

Spas

Brasstown Valley Resort
Brasstown Valley Resort

Equani Spa at Brasstown Valley Resort, Young Harris

Pamper yourself with a treatment from this sanctuary in wine country. The resort’s spa offers facials, massages and Cherokee-inspired rituals.

The Spa at Chateau Elan, Braselton

The European-style spa is located inside a mansion on the property with facials, massages and manicures as well as fitness facilities.

Places to Stay

Here’s a place to stay for every group, from rustic cabins in the woods to luxury resorts with wineries onsite.

Chateau Elan Winery & Resort
Chateau Elan Winery & Resort

Wineries with Onsite Accommodations

Chateau Elan Winery & Resort in Braselton has many rooms of varying styles, all well located within the resort’s amenities.

Crane Creek Vineyards in Young Harris has the Vine Keeper’s Cottage, which is popular with wedding parties. They have a second cottage nearby for larger groups.

Cabin-in-the-Vines Guesthouse at Cavender Creek in Dahlonega boasts an 1820s hand-hewn log cabin where guests can stay the night.

Montaluce Winery rents out villas that overlook the vineyards.

Sylvan Valley Lodge & Cellars in Sautee Nacoochee was originally a bed and breakfast with king or queen beds, but now offers its own fairy-inspired wines.

Accommodations near Wineries

Lucille's Mountain Top Inn & Spa
Lucille's Mountain Top Inn & Spa

Lucille's Mountain Top Inn & Spa in Sautee Nacoochee is a cozy bed and breakfast with views of the mountain.

Georgia State Parks are a great place to stay when visiting wine country with friends. Unicoi State Park & Lodge in Helen is perfect, especially for their cabins made from old wine vats.

Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa in Young Harris is a luxurious option with a spa, stables, restaurants and a golf course.

Forrest Hills Mountain Resort & Conference Center in Dahlonega has a total of 85 rooms, group lodges and cabin rentals as well as a restaurant, massage spa, riding stables, nature trails and more.

Published: September 2018
Written by: Caroline Eubanks