Everyone loves dinner and a show. Why not skip the big city crowds and head for the hills where the community theater is as good as the cuisine is fine. Before your show, enjoy the fruit of Appalachia. A mountain tour of local wineries in Blairsville-Union County will take you to Paradise Hills, a family-owned winery featuring a spa and cabin rentals specializing in laid-back luxury. At Paradise, regional grapes are crafted into award winning wines with a European flare ranging from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Rieslings, Charbonnel, and more. Enjoy live music and the view of the vineyards from their patio. From there, Odom Springs Vineyards estate winery boasts deep Appalachian roots where farming has always been a way of life and wine is slowly sipped and savored. This family run winery is steeped in centuries of soil cultivation, and tender care is given to cultivating the grapes as they grow. Crane Creek rounds out the tour with its unique French American hybrid wines as smooth as velvet. Crane Creek specializes in small lot fermentation, selective hand picking, and gentle handling of the grapes. Blairsville's wineries use only the best local fruit in crafting their wines which are typically crushed, fermented, aged, and bottled on site.Tasting and touring Appalachian wines is the best way to sip your way through fall in the north Georgia mountains. (Make plans here)
Appalachian theater, with its rich roots and subtle style proves to provide some of the most rivoting performances steeped in undiscovered mountain talent in all of Georgia. Just a few scenic miles from Blairsville, The Blue Ridge Community Theater has become a local cultural highlight known for its high caliber acting in an intimate, almost cabaret style setting. My first experience with theater was as a young girl on a daddy/daughter date. He took me to see “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” and I’ve loved live theater ever since. The Blue Ridge Community Theater brings back that childhood magic on a mountain stage. Upcoming shows include "Runaway Reindeers," "Gift of the Magi," "Annie," and "Elf, The Musical." Pro Tip: Thinking "Dinner and a Show?" Book reservations in Blairsville at the Flying Trout which is conveniently located just a few minutes from the theater. Known for fine local fare such as southern cassoulet, bourbon marinated wings, smoked trout dip, and their delicious sage friend chicken, The Flying Trout offers a casual atmospher with upscale homecooking done right. Do not miss their Southern Foi Gras, a panfriend chicken liver, cheddar bacon potato cake, and blueberry port syrup. You will think you've done and gone to heaven. Come enjoy a different experience in the mountains.