10 Best Things to Do in North Georgia

10 Best Things to Do in North GeorgiaAn Innkeepers Guide to the North Georgia Mountains: We are located at the Southern end of the Appalachian Plateau. Rabun County is boasts Georgia’s highest average elevation, the coolest temperatures and the most rain. We offer more rivers, lakes, waterfalls and miles of hiking trails.

10 Best Things to Do in North Georgia

10 Best Things to Do in North Georgia – An Innkeepers Guide to the North Georgia Mountains: Beechwood Inn Guests ask us “what is are best things to do while in Rabun County?”  We have compiled a non-exhaustive list of our past guests favorite things not to miss while visiting our area of the North Georgia Mountains. So here are the 10 Best Things to do in North Georgia, they are in no particular order:

FOXFIRE MUSEUM: Visitors to Foxfire will receive a rare glimpse of what life was like for the mountaineers who settled this area over 150 years ago. The Museum is centered around a collection of over 20 historic log cabins and replicas of traditional log construction designs, with some of the authentic structures dating back to the early 1800s. Visitors will want to visit the gift shop filled with folk art, handcrafted items, and books, including The Foxfire Book series. http://www.foxfire.org/

RABUN BALD: Rabun Bald, with an elevation of 4,696 feet, is the tallest mountain in Rabun County and the second-highest peak in Georgia. Its elevation is second only to Brasstown Bald at 4,784 feet. An observation tower on the summit of Rabun Bald provides hikers with views that, on clear days, extend for more than 100 miles. The hike to the top of Rabun Bald is four miles round trip via the Rabun Bald Trail, a part of the Bartram Trail. According to Native American legend, Rabun Bald is inhabited by fire-breathing demon people. Some campers still report hearing strange sounds throughout the night. Rabun Bald was the site of the first tower in the area, which was constructed by Ranger “Nick” Nicholson, the first forest ranger in Georgia. https://www.atlantatrails.com/hiking-trails/rabun-bald-bartram-trail/

TALLULAH GORGE: Known as “Niagara of the South,” and one of the most spectacular canyons in the Eeastern U.S., Tallulah Gorge is two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep. Visitors can hike rim trails to several overlooks, or they can obtain a free permit (limit 100 per day) to hike down to the gorge floor. A suspension bridge sways 80 feet above the rocky bottom, providing spectacular views of the river and waterfalls. The names of the falls on the Tallulah River—. . Ladore (“L’eau d’or”), Tempesta, Hurricane, Oceana, Bridal Veil —are a litany to those who love the outdoors. Exhibits in the park’s Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center highlight the rich history of this Victorian resort town, as well as the rugged terrain and fragile ecosystem of the area. Additionally, an award-winning film takes viewers on a dramatic journey through the gorge. http://gastateparks.org/TallulahGorge

HORSE BACK RIDING AT DILLAR HOUSE STABLES: (706)746-5348. Pam Thompson, owner-operator of Dillard House Stables since 1989, along with her crew of experienced trail guides strive to keep the tradition alive. Pam’s lifetime of experience with horses and 25 years in the “Trail Riding” business allows her the opportunity to offer a safe and enjoyable horseback ride for every level rider. http://www.dillardhousestables.com/

MOUNTAIN GOLF IN NORTH GEORGIA:  Kingwood Resort: Guests can play golf at nearby Kingwood Resort (3 miles). Kingwood Resort offers lots of water, lots of elevation changes and some challenging yet beautiful experiences. Let us call and set up your Tee-Time. Kingwood Resort also has a wonderful restaurant for dining after your day of golf and a full spa to help you relax. . Championship eighteen holes, open to the public. Located on East 76 just outside of Clayton. (706)212-4100 or (866) KINGWOOD http://www.kingwoodresort.com/

BEST WINERIES IN NORTH GEORGIA: Yes, two of the Best Wineries and Vineyards are located right here in our Corner of Northeast Georgia.  They are Tiger Mountains Vineyards and Stonewall Creek Vineyards, both just a short distance from Beechwood Inn. The 2017 “Gay Dellinger Award” – Best Vinifera Wine, Overall and White was awarded to Tiger Mountain Vineyards for its 2016 Petit Menseng. Last year at the 2016 competition our own Rabun County winery Stonewall Creek Vineyards came away with two of the top awards. 2016 saw them honored with the year’s “Best of Competition” Oglethorpe Award for its 2014 Petit Menseng “Boriana.” This Award recognizes the best 100% Georgia-grown and made wine competing among that year’s Gold Medal Winners in the categories of Vinifera, Hybrid, Dessert, Sparkling, Fruit and Muscadine. And if you look back to 2015, the Oglethorpe Trophy was awarded to Tiger Mountain Vineyards for its 2013 Petit Menseng. The winery also took “Best Georgia Grown Vinifera,” the Gay Dellinger award, for the same wine.

BUY FRESH PRODUCE AT OSAGE FARMS: Nestled in the heart of the valley at 5030 Highway 441 in Rabun Gap, Osage Farms is a family owned vegetable and Fraser Fir Christmas tree farm.  The vegetable market is open everyday May thru October and features  seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables, heirloom and hybrid tomatoes, cabbage, green beans, peppers, potatoes and sweet corn. The market reopens Thanksgiving day with fresh cut Fraser Fir Trees and wreaths also farmed by the James family.  http://www.dillardgeorgia.com/osage-farms/

VISIT HISTORI DOWNTOWN CLAYTON: Yes, our historic downtown has become a shopping and dining destination. Clayton, Georgia has it all – surrounded by the lush Smoky Mountains, an old-time Main Street lined with specialty shopping, delicious dining venues, romantic vineyards, and many rustic lodging options. Local shops feature the best in local and regional art, antiques, books, flowers, furniture, gifts and wine. Fine restaurants will please even the most discriminating palate. You’ll even find an old fashioned drug store soda fountain. http://explorerabun.com/our-towns-communities/clayton-georgia/

FLOAT LAKE BURTON ON A PONTOON BOAT:  There is not much more relaxing than floating on one of our mountain lakes and ogling our wonderful lake houses from the perspective they are meant to be seen from.  The mountains are beautiful and the lakes are pure and clean and maintained at high water levels by Georgia Power Company. You will not see acres of red mud or half submerged old tires on any of the lakes in Rabun County.  http://lakeburtonboatrental.com

ENJOY A FARM TO TABLE DINNER: Rabun county was designated “The Farm to Table Capital of Georgia” by the Georgia State Legislature” because our area offers more small farms and restaurants that feature local healthy foods. We’ve been to restaurants where just moments before you are seated for dinner you observe the chef clad in her white coat tip toe into the gardens to snip fresh herbs and edible flowers.  You just know you are in for a treat. We both steer our travels in the direction of new culinary experiences, especially if it is Chef/Owned and operated and is a Farm to Table venue. Check out this list of great restaurants. https://beechwoodinn.ws/best-dining-in-north-georgia/

10 Best Things to Do in North Georgia by Beechwood Inn Innkeepers David and Gayle Darugh

Best Accommodations in North Georgia

When you’re planning a visit to one of these great North Georgia destinations, don’t forget to arrange your stay in one of our gorgeous Beechwood Inn Suites or Cabins. Our North Georgia Bed and Breakfast is the ideal place to enjoy the beauty and charm of the North Georgia Mountains. Here we combine rustic elegance with modern amenities for an unforgettable stay. Best of all, our on-site,  restaurant has been named one of the “Best 10 Farm to Table Restaurants in Georgia.