3499 US Highway 76, Hiawassee, GA (Hiawassee & Young Harris areas)
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).
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
Burgers $9+ and Steaks $21+ (partnered with Brasstown Beefto provide locally sourced beef)
Specialty cocktail list
Menus are posted at the front door and available online:
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.
THU: 11:00am – 7:00pm
FRI: 11:00am – 8:00pm
SAT: 11:00am – 8:00pm
SUN: 11:00am – 7:00pm
Bar-B-Q sandwiches start at $4.79 and come with great sauces
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
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.
SAT: 1:00pm – 8:00pm
SUN: 1:00pm – 8:00pm
Wine tastings priced at $6 (when available)
4 x 1oz tastes
Red wine is currently sold out (expected to be available August 2018)
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.
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
$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)
Dine on the covered deck or inside the tasting room
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.
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.
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
$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)
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.
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
$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)