|Blairsville-Union County offers the best of Appalachia for lovers. From the travel lover, to the nature lover, to the tasting lover, to the food lover, this North Georgia community is the best day or weekend getaway where affordability meets distance and elegant standards meet casual hospitality. Plan your trip around these highlights, and we’re pretty confident you’ll fall in love with this gem at the top of the state. Blairsville is truly the town for lovers.
Jack “Mimm” McClure, an Appalachian moonshiner crafted bootleg spirits for the folks of North Georgia. His Grandson, country musician Tommy Townsend, decided to recreate those legendary corn whiskey recipes on stills designed by Grandaddy Mimm. Known for their velvety flow and smooth finish, both the moonshine and the newest addition, Owltown Vodka come in a variety of flavors such as citrus, raspberry guava, blackberry, peach, apple brown betty, and the infamous mule kickin 140. Plan your Valentines weekend to include a stop at the distillery in the newly renovated Goldkist building just off the historic Union County Square. It's the perfect pre or post dinner stop for spirits. Offering tastings, one-of-a-kind mixed drinks, and shots of their site distilled fare, Grandaddy Mimms is the perfect spot for toasting Valentines.
Just south of Blairsville, Paradise Hills Winery pours award winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Reisling, Chardonnel, Traminette, and Sangiovese wines. Known for their motto, “From Grapes to Glass,” Paradise Hills vineyard stretches across forty acres of the Appalachian mountains. Each wine has the rich, earthy tone born of Georgia’s red clay with a European flare making every sip one lovers will surely savor. Vintner, Bob Lander, takes pride in personally tending his vines, and if you’re lucky, you’ll get to chat with him or wife, Ilke about the process. Plan your Valentines weekend to include a tasting at the Lodge and live music at Couples Crush. Should you need accommodations or even spa services, these are also available onsite. Book early and plan to linger long over the vast mountain views and native Georgia wines.
If you like a casual approach to wine, you will love the approach of winemaker Eric Seifarth from Crane Creek Vineyards. Having fallen in love with wine during his days as a young army officer in Northern Italy. Featuring small-lot fermentation from selective hand-picked grapes from more than twenty acres of vineyards, Crane Creek offers French American hybrid varieties such as Chambourcin, Vidal Blanc, and Seyval Blanc in addition to Europeans wines such as Gruner Veltliner and Cabernet Franc. Additionally, they offer native American wines Norton and Catawba making their portfolio a global sampling. Bring your Valentine for a tasting and plan to stay for dinner on site at the elegant Paris & Company offering fine cuisine. (Pro Tip: Make reservations!)
A winery offering vintages from a family whose roots run deep in Appalachian farming, Odom Springs uses the fertile soil to grow grapes that produce award winning wines such as Seyval Blanc, Chardonnay, Chambourcin, Vidal Blanc, and more. Acres of vineyards tended by family hands won’t disappoint. It is Valentine’s, so we must recommend you ask for Naughty, an oaky red made from Norton grapes that laced in vanilla tones and a velvety finish. Lodge Rentals are available on site should you wish to extend your visit for the weekend. (Pro Tip: They love when you ask about Chianti the Cat!)
Nestled in the mountains, Shady Rest invites you to spend chilly nights inside by the fire and crisp mornings grabbing a blanket and warm drink as you head out to the covered porch that overlooks a sprawling mountain view. While you may be tempted to stay snuggled inside, close proximity to mountain amenities, quaint shopping, and sumptuous dining makes an afternoon or evening out appealing.
Cabins at Highland Falls
Featuring cabins scattered along Coosa Creek and atop mountain ridges. Relish lazy mornings sipping coffee on spacious porches among the soothing sounds of a rushing creek followed by an afternoon exploring wildlife along scenic trails. Evenings are perfect to roast s'mores in the fire pit provided to residents of Cabins at Highland Falls.
Majestic Mountain Getaways
Savor time together blanketed by the warmth of handsome lodgings at Majestic Mountain Getaways. Nearby amenities complete this romantic getaway as you enjoy farm to fork restaurants, hometown shopping, local tastings, and hikes to nearby waterfalls. Or take in one of the Twelve Trails of 2021 before heading back for a lover's night in.
Cozy Cove Cabin Rentals
Satisfy your hunger for a weekend teamed with wildlife, waterfalls and remarkable views at Cozy Cove Cabin Rentals. Many cabins offer a soak in the jacuzzi or a lakeside rendezvous amid brilliant fiery sunsets. With internet available in many cabins, it's your choice whether to unplug or keep current. If you prefer a quiet weekend getaway romancing your best friend, ask about pet friendly cabins.
Lala's Kitchen in the Mountains
If you loike Latin cuisine, you'll love Lala's. Known for cooking "off the menu" and their incredible nightly specials, Lala's features dishes like Cajun BBQ shrimp, and a slow-simmered french onion soup that will make your heart sing. The rumor is Chef will be cooking up his famous paella for Valentine's, a dish that takes him two days.
The Flying Trout
"Soul satisfying” southern favorites featuring the finest ingredients for their Mardi Gras Valentines Day. Always fresh, always new, always comfort food with attitude. No matter what choice you make from the menu, sharing comfort food with your favorite someone is like turning your stressful life down to simmer. Call for Reservations.
Michaelee's Italian Life Cafe
Locally owned boutique restaurant offering a selection of cleverly reinterpreted Italian foods, accented with fine Italian olive oils, balsamic vinegars and ingredients that will surprise and delight you and decadent desserts for every pallet. BYOB Guests welcome to arrive with their own wine or beer. Call for Reservations.
Blairsville Grits and Greens
For Valentine's they are putting on the prime rib with all the trimmings. This world-famous local hot-spot features southern comfort food done right. If you're hankering for a special evening with lavish portions and southern hospitality, you'll want to pop into this newly renovated Blairsville staple. Reservations are suggested.
Mike's Seafood Grill and Market
Who wouldn't want a succulent lobster tail on Valentine's day? Fancy a filet of beef or oysters on the half shell? Make plans to visit Mike's where the Valentine's menu is chock-full of fresh seafood and ribeye so tender it slices like butter. Call for reservations.
Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa
Regionally renowned for its fine meals and friendly service, the culinary and service teams continue the tradition of excellence in two distinctive dining settings and two outdoor pavilions. The resort's dining room is known far and wide for its picturesque mountain views. Choose to dine near a cozy fireplace or out on the mountain-view veranda. Enjoy champagne and chocolate, a cozy dinner in the dining room then return the next morning for a sumptuous breakfast with an overnight stay during Valentines weekend as part of the Romance Package destined to reconnect you with that special someone. Call for Reservations.
The Copper Door
Influenced by classic French techniques with a good dose of south Louisiana flavors blended in, the Copper Door features 100% Black Angus Steaks from the northern plains, grown naturally. Fresh seafood from Louisiana, the Caribbean, East Coast and Scottish waters are also staples on the menu. Enjoy dinner specials and featured desserts. Call for Reservations.
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