Outdoor Seating

3499 US Highway 76, Hiawassee, GA (Hiawassee & Young Harris areas)
The Oaks Lakeside Kitchen - GaMountainsGuide.com
The Oaks Lakeside Kitchen – GaMountainsGuide

The Oaks Lakeside Kitchen is an upscale American restaurant with a Southern twist located at The Ridges Resort on Lake Chatuge in the Hiawassee / Young Harris area. Enjoy fine dining with gorgeous lake and mountain views. Reserve early for this popular spot and be sure to request a seat by the window. The bar area has TV and occasional live music (check Facebook page). Enjoy a stroll along the lakefront with a specialty drink or glass of wine before / after your meal. Outdoor seating is available (weather permitting).

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The Oaks Lakeside Kitchen – GaMountainsGuide

HOURS

  • MON: 7:00am – 11:00am
  • TUE: 7:00am – 11:00am
  • WED: 7:00am – 2:00pm and 5:00pm – 10:00pm
  • THU: 7:00am – 2:00pm and 5:00pm – 10:00pm
  • FRI: 7:00am – 2:00pm and 5:00pm – 10:00pm
  • SAT: 7:00am – 2:00pm and 5:00pm – 10:00pm
  • SUN: 7:00am – 2:00pm and 5:00pm – 10:00pm

COST

  • Starters $5+
  • Burgers $9+ and Steaks $21+ (partnered with Brasstown Beef to provide locally sourced beef)
  • Entrees $18+
  • Wine list
  • Specialty cocktail list

FOOD

The Oaks Lakeside Kitchen - GaMountainsGuide.com
The Oaks Lakeside Kitchen – GaMountainsGuide

Menus are posted at the front door and available online:

DISCOUNTS

  • WED Happy Hour 5pm-10pm
    • 1/2 off appetizers
    • 1/2 off house liquor
    • Select wines by the glass $4
    • Domestic beer pitchers $10
    • Import beer pitchers $12
  • WED – SUN Lunch Specials 11am-2pm
    • $6.99 specials (changes daily)

RESERVATIONS (suggested)

CONTACT & VISIT: The Oaks Lakeside Kitchen

REVIEWS & SOCIAL MEDIA

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The Oaks Lakeside Kitchen – GaMountainsGuide
  • FACEBOOK: @TheOaksLakesideKitchen 
    • 730+ Likes
    • Rated 4.8
    • 15+ Facebook reviews
  • INSTAGRAM: @TheOaksLakesideKitchen
    • 250+ Followers
  • OpenTable
    • Rated 4.1
    • 55+ OpenTable reviews
  • TripAdvisor
    • Rated 4.0
    • 20+ TripAdvisor reviews
  • TWITTER: @OaksLakeside
  • YELP
    • Rated 3.5
    • 20 YELP reviews

 

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164 Craig Street, East Ellijay, GA
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Poole’s Bar-B-Q – Walk up order window and menu of sandwiches, sides, & desserts

Col. Poole’s Bar-B-Q is a southern roadside barbecue joint that you can’t help but notice as you drive by. It’s bright yellow and red building is prominently located along GA-515 and shares space with their unique “Pig Hill of Fame” – a hill covered with hundreds of painted wooden pigs. In addition to the Pig Hill of Fame, there are many pig puns scattered throughout the property (pig-a-boo, pig-moby-il, taj-ma-hog, etc).

The tasty “bar-b-q” (with choice of 6 sauces) and sides are served on styrofoam plates with disposable utensils. Indoor and outdoor seating is available. Brace yourself for very heavy republican politics – the owner is a very active member of the republican party and the walls and tables are literally covered with GOP memoribilia.

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Poole’s Bar-B-Q – Entrance to the “Taj-Ma-Hog”

HOURS

  • MON: CLOSED
  • TUE: CLOSED
  • WED: CLOSED
  • THU: 11:00am – 7:00pm
  • FRI: 11:00am – 8:00pm
  • SAT: 11:00am – 8:00pm
  • SUN: 11:00am – 7:00pm

COST

  • Bar-B-Q sandwiches start at $4.79 and come with great sauces
    • Chipotle
    • Carolina tangy
    • Kickin’ Korea
    • Smoky
    • Col. Poole’s Orignal Recipe BBQ
    • Col. Poole’s Sweet BBQ
  • Side items start at $2.49
  • No beer or other alcohol is available
  • Col. Poole’s Orignal and Sweet BBQ Sauces can be purchased to take home
    • 1 Quart Jar $6.49
    • 1 Pint Jar $3.49
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Poole’s Bar-B-Q – Walk up order window and menu of sandwiches, sides, & desserts

 

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Poole’s Bar-B-Q – Six different varieties of barbecue sauce

CONTACT & VISIT: Poole’s BBQ

  • MAIN: +1 (706) 635-4100
  • ADDRESS: 164 Craig Street, East Ellijay, GA
  • GPS COORDINATES: (34.679513, -84.475874)
  • WEBSITE: PoolesBarBQ.com
Poole's BBQ - GaMountainsGuide.com
Poole’s BBQ – Brightly painted building and pig on roof

 

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111 River Birch Lane, Ellijay, GA
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Ellijay River Vineyards – Wine Tasting Tent

Located near Ellijay on one of the most beautiful, park-like riverfront sites is Ellijay River Vineyards. There is currently no permanent building or tasting room, but there is a “wine tasting tent” set up on the property’s border with the Ellijay River.

Bring a picnic and enjoy some wine in this natural setting — complete with the relaxing sound of rushing water. Riverfront picnic tables, chairs, swings, and benches are available, as well as a couple of lawn games to enjoy with your family. Leashed dogs are welcome to visit.

Wine is available for sale by the bottle or glass. Bathrooms are available in the Red Barn (on site), but require a 5 minute walk / quick drive from the tasting area. There is plenty of outdoor space to enjoy, but be aware that there are no indoor public areas at this vineyard.

Note that as of April 2018, they have sold out of red wine, and more is not expected until August 2018. Although they do not grow grapes for sweet wines, they do have a Georgia-grown peach wine available from Sweet Acre Farms Winery.

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Ellijay River Vineyards – Seyval Blanc

HOURS

  • MON: CLOSED
  • TUE: CLOSED
  • WED: CLOSED
  • THU: CLOSED
  • FRI: CLOSED
  • SAT: 1:00pm – 8:00pm
  • SUN: 1:00pm – 8:00pm

COST

  • Wine tastings priced at $6 (when available)
    • 4 x 1oz tastes
    • Red wine is currently sold out (expected to be available August 2018)
  • Two wines currently available at the vineyard
    • Seyval Blanc 2015 (from Ellijay River Vineyards) $7 glass / $18 bottle
    • Sweet Ass Peach Wine (from Sweet Acre Farms Winery) $7.50 glass / $21 bottle 
  • $5 to keep the souvenir wine glass
  • $10 cheese plates
  • Bring your own picnic or snacks to enjoy by the Ellijay River
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Ellijay River Vineyards – View of Riverfront from underneath the Wine Tasting Tent
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Ellijay River Vineyards – Tables, Chairs, Firepit and Swings on the Riverfront

 

CONTACT & VISIT: Ellijay River Vineyards

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Ellijay River Vineyards – Riverfront Swings

REVIEWS & SOCIAL MEDIA

  • FACEBOOK: @EllijayRiverVineyards Rated 5.0 (45+ Facebook reviews), 925+ Likes
  • INSTAGRAM:
    • @ellijayrivervineyards 30+ Followers
    • @ellijayrivervineyard
  • TripAdvisor: Rated 5.0 (1 TripAdvisor review)
  • YELP: Rated 5.0 (1 YELP review)

ADVANCE PURCHASE DISCOUNTS

Check Groupon for limited-time only special offers.

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Ellijay River Vineyards – Riverfront Views on Vineyard Property

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700 Ridge Point Dr, Dahlonega, GA
Frogtown Cellars - GaMountainsGuide.com
Frogtown Cellars – Vineyard and Mountain Views

An incredibly large selection of award winning wines makes Frogtown Cellars a GaMountainsGuide.com favorite! Frogtown has 44 acres of vineyards on their 57 acre North Georgia property, with 25 different varieties of wine grapes. Over 20,000 grape vines in these Dahlonega Plateau vineyards can produce up to 180 tons of premium wine grapes per year (over 10,000 cases of estate grown wine)! It’s easy to find a favorite with so many choices of award-winning red and white wines to delight the palette.

Indoor and outdoor seating for you to relax and enjoy your wines, while taking in the gorgeous mountain and vineyard scenery.

No pets allowed (for both indoor and outdoor areas), due to restaurant / food service on site.

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Frogtown Cellars – Tasting Room Bar

HOURS

  • MON: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
  • TUE: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
  • WED: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
  • THU: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
  • FRI: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
  • SAT: 11:00am – 6:00pm (an hour later than others in the area)
  • SUN: 12:30pm – 5:00pm
    • Panini Bar lunch Friday – Sunday until 3:30pm
    • Italian Bistro dinner Friday – Sunday from 5:00pm – 8:30pm
    • Brunch on Sundays

COST

  • $14 – $24 Wine tastings
    • 6 different wine flights available (subject to change)
    • Includes 4-5 wines
    • Flights may include suggested add-on for $3
  • $19 and up bottles of wine (can be purchased online for shipment to select states)
  • Glasses of wine available in the tasting room
Frogtown Cellars - GaMountainsGuide.com
Frogtown Cellars – Citizens Tasting Menu

CITIZENS WINE CLUB

Purchase 12 bottles per year (3 bottles each quarter) and receive:

  • Free tastings during visits
  • 20% discount on club selections
  • 15% discount on bottles
  • 20% discount on cases
  • 10% discount on food purchases including dinners, brunches, & Panini Bar
  • Access to more wines including pre-release wines, special cuvees, and Members Only released wines
  • “Citizens Only” events including
    • Wine Club Soirees
    • Barrel Tastings
  • No corkage fees for wines consumed on premises

Your choice of membership:

  • Red wines only
  • White wines only
  • Mixed red and white wines

The shipments go out in September, December, February, and May, or you may choose pickup your wines when you visit the vineyard.

 

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Frogtown Cellars – Seating on Covered Deck

DINING

  • Cheese plates always available
  • Panini Bar (Friday – Sunday until 3:30pm)
    • Menu of Panini Sandwiches with Salad and Potato Chips
  • Italian Bistro (Friday – Sunday 5:00pm – 8:30pm)
    • Newly opened April 2018
    • Freshly made foods including Cannelloni, Lasagna, Moussaka, and Pizza
    • No additional markups on wine
  • Sunday Brunch (12:30pm – 2:30pm):
    • $27.50 – choice of Eggs Benedict, Shrimp ‘n Grits, or Quiche of the Day
    • Baked goodies
    • Mimosa or a glass of selected wines
  • Tickets for special event dinners can be purchased online
  • Dine on the covered deck or inside the tasting room
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Frogtown Cellars – Koi Pond at Entrance to Tasting Room

WEDDINGS

Frogtown Cellars has a number of options to make your dream wedding come true. Choose from the lakeside pavillion, vineyard hillsides, or tasting room deck for an amazing ceremony with beautiful vineyard and mountain views.

AWARDS

  • Most awarded winery in America that is not located in California
  • Craig Kritzer, Frogtown’s wine grower and maker, has been named one of the top 100 most influential United States Winemakers by Michael Cervin of intowine.com
  • Wine Business Monthly recognized Frogtown as one of the top 10 hot Brands in the United States
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Frogtown Cellars – GaMountainsGuide

CONTACT & VISIT: Frogtown Cellars

  • MAIN: +1 (706) 865-0687
  • ADDRESS: 700 Ridge Point Dr, Dahlonega, GA
    • Frogtown Cellars also has a South Georgia location with tasting room & vineyard in Hahira (see website for details)
  • GPS COORDINATES: (34.6152903,-83.8748023)
  • EMAIL: cydney@frogtownwine.com
  • WEBSITE: Frogtown.us

REVIEWS & SOCIAL MEDIA

  • FACEBOOK:
    • @FrogtownWines Rated 4.4 (360+ Facebook reviews), 6,200+ Likes
    • @Frogtown-Cellars-And-Vineyard-214294851961023 Rated 4.2 (175 Facebook reviews), 1,500+ Likes
  • INSTAGRAM: @FrogtownCellars 350+ Followers
  • TripAdvisor: Rated 4.0 (250+ TripAdvisor reviews)
  • TWITTER: @FrogtownCellars 195+ Followers
  • YELP: Rated 3.0 (100+ YELP reviews)
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Frogtown Cellars – GaMountainsGuide

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180 Wolf Mountain Trail, Dahlonega, GA
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Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery – Touriga Vines and Mountain Views

A must-see in the Georgia Mountains is Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery, just north of the Dahlonega square. This is a GaMountainsGuide favorite for the wines, the food, and the spectacular Blue Ridge views! Enjoy sparkling white wines made in the French-style Méthode Champenoise (a rare find in the Georgia Mountains). The Blanc de Blancs Brut is a personal favorite and worth a try when it’s available. Tastings may include a selection of 6-10 wines including white, rose, red, sparking, and dessert. The vineyard and winery sits on top of Wolf Mountain at 1,800 feet above sea level, and has stunning long-range mountain views.

Beautiful, but steep property requires an alert driver and most parking areas require climbing up or down some stairs.

No dogs allowed, and no outside food / picnics. Outdoor seating is available, but it fills up quickly on the weekends.

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Wolf Mountain Brut GaMountainsGuide

HOURS (Seasonal)

  • MON: CLOSED
  • TUE: CLOSED
  • WED: CLOSED
  • THU: 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • FRI: 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • SAT: 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • SUN: 12:30pm – 5:00pm
  • Fall hours (Sep, Oct, & Nov)
    • also open Tues & Wed 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Winter hours (Dec, Jan, & Feb)
    • only open Sat & Sun

COST

  • $10 – $12 Glasses of wine
  • $24 – $58 Bottles of wine
  • $10 Sparkling Wine Cocktails
  • $20 Estate wine tasting flight (includes tasting of estate still wines / approx 1 glass of wine)
  • $25 Group (8+) wine tasting flight (includes 6 wines, semi-private tasting area, dedicated tasting steward)
  • $40 Guided winemaker’s tour with reserve tasting (Saturdays and Sundays at 12:00pm)
  • Tasting room menu available

WINE CLUB & DISCOUNTS

  • Wolf Mountain wine club committment starts at 12 bottles per year (billed quarterly)
    • Cavist (12 bottles / year) 10% discount
    • Cellar Masters (24 bottles / year) 15% discount
    • Howling Wolf (36 bottles / year) 20% discount
  • Free tastings or glass of wine every time you visit
  • Access to reserve estate wine library (no discounts on library wines due to limited availability)
  • Inviation to quarterly members-only wine club party

AWARDS

  • 1st Georgia winery EVER to win Best-in-Class and double Gold Medals at the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles International Wine competitions
  • Won over 200 medals in major U.S. wine tasting competitions
Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery - GaMountainsGuide.com
Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery – GaMountainsGuide

DINING

EVENTS

  • Purchase event tickets for wine club events and other special celebrations online

WEDDINGS

  • Vineyard wedding venue ideal for groups of 75 to 200
  • 3 reception styles
    • Heavy hors d’oeuvres
    • Buffet dinner
    • Seated dinner
  • Custom wine barrel tables
  • Covered pavilion that looks out at the Blue Ridge mountains
  • Inclusive wedding packages make planning easy and start at:
    • $6,750+ Tuesdays – Thursdays
    • $8,250+ Fridays
    • $10,250+ Saturdays (add $1,000 during Sep, Oct, Nov)
    • $8,250+ Sundays
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Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery – GaMountainsGuide

 

 

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501 Hightower Church Rd, Dahlonega, GA
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Montaluce Restaurant Table – GaMountainsGuide

A beautiful gem with a Tuscan feel in the Georgia Mountains is Montaluce Winery and Restaurant, a short drive north of the Dahlonega square. This is a GaMountainsGuide favorite for it’s classic elegance and ability to transport you to an old world feeling of Tuscany. The gourmet restaurant has panoramic vineyard views and is a great place to enjoy the sunset. On-site lodging is available in Tuscan-style villas. Tesla charging stations available for patrons.

Indoor and outdoor spaces available to enjoy your wines.

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Montaluce – Glass of Red Wine

HOURS

  • MON: 11:00am – 9:00pm
  • TUE: 11:00am – 9:00pm
  • WED: 11:00am – 9:00pm
  • THU: 11:00am – 9:00pm
  • FRI: 11:00am – 9:00pm
  • SAT: 11:00am – 9:00pm
  • SUN: 11:00am – 9:00pm
  • Free tours daily (20 minutes)
    • Weekdays at 2:00pm
    • Weekends at 12:00pm / noon
    • No reservations required
  • PRO TIP: Montaluce closes later than other area vineyards – make dinner reservations and enjoy the sunset views with your wine and meal

COST

  • $6 – $16 Glasses of wine
  • $20 – $99 Bottles of wine
  • $18 – $23 Wine Tastings (red, white, or mixed flights)
  • $10 to add a chocolate pairing to Wine Tasting
  • Private deluxe tastings also available
  • Wild Meadow Sparkling Mead made with local, North Georgia honey
    • $9 / glass
    • $28 / bottle
  • Craft beer & soft drinks available
  • Tasting room menu available (small plates)
  • $45 Wine Hikes are available on the weekend by reservation (includes wine tasting)
  • Wines can be purchased online

DINING

  • Le Vigne at Montaluce restaurant is open all week from 11:00am – 9:00pm
  • Brunch on Sundays from 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Winemaker’s Dinners are special occasion 5-course events (purchase tickets in advance online)
  • Reservations suggested and can be made via RESERVE or by calling +1 (706) 867-4060
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A Mighty Oak Tree at Montaluce Vineyards – Ga Mountains Guide

 

WEDDING VENUE

Gorgeous Tuscan-style vineyard wedding venue available for weddings of up to 215 guests.

  • Food & beverage minimums (in-house catering only):
    • $13,000 Saturdays
    • $3,000 Fridays & Sundays
    • Less for weekdays
  • Facility fee depends on the size of your event & chosen venue space

EVENTS

  • Special events include Grape Stomp, Blessing of the Vines, Mother’s Day Brunches & more
  • Tickets available online for events including Blessing of the Vines (April 28, 2018):

LODGING

Montaluce has on-site unique lodging available in four privately-owned Tuscan style villas:

  • Villa Rentals for $350 and up / night
  • Views overlooking vineyards
  • Sleeps 6-10 people
  • 2-night minimum
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Montaluce – GaMountainsGuide

CONTACT & VISIT: Montaluce Vineyards

  • MAIN: +1 (706) 867-4060
  • ADDRESS: 501 Hightower Church Road, Dahlonega, GA
  • GPS COORDINATES: (34.5683255,-84.0643647)
  • EMAIL: info@montaluce.com
  • WEBSITE: Montaluce.com

REVIEWS & SOCIAL MEDIA

DEALS & SPECIAL OFFERS

Check these sites for limited time special offers to save money at Montaluce

Visit the Vineyard & Wineries page to see a Map of the vineyard options available in the Georgia Mountains!