Located just 2 hours north of Atlanta, within easy striking distance of three state parks, Dillard is an ideal destination for a weekend getaway in the Blue Ridge Mountains. This town really has something for everyone. There are at least three historic estates which have been turned into beautiful country-style resorts which make the ideal base for visitors wanting to experience all the joys of stately country living.You can try a host of outdoor recreational activities including horse-back riding, walking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking and white-water rafting. Scroll to see the full list with photos or jump to the table of contents.

R.M. Rose Company

R.M. Rose Company

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Immediately after the Civil War an enterprising Connecticut doctor set about producing and distributing premium safe alcohol in the South. Using tried and tested age-old methods Dr Rufus Rose pioneered fine whiskey production in Georgia. Of course, prohibition put a stop to all that in 1920.

Today the owners of the R.M. Rose Company strive to produce the same consistent quality using the same methods, and have named their distillery in honor of Dr. Rose. The company produces a range of award-winning straight bourbons as well as naturally flavored varieties. The distillery offers guided tours of the facility – you will get to see and smell all stages of the process – followed by a tasting.

890 Franklin Street, Dillard, GA 30537, Phone: 706-982-8115, Map

Julep Farms

Julep Farms

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Peacefully nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Julep Farms is a very special modern farm resort, offering accommodation, dining, shopping and more. Whether you choose to make the farm your base for exploring the area or if you are just visiting, you can enjoy anything from a quick cup of coffee at the Coffee Bar or a delicious lunch or dinner in the Julep Kitchen.

The Julep Shop is a wonderful place to shop for unique gift items, and the comfortable and friendly Julep Bar serves cocktails, wines, champagnes and local craft beers. The beautifully appointed Julep Farm Cottages are the perfect base to return to at the end of a busy day, offering beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and gardens.

Julep Farms, 500 Highway 246, Dillard, GA 30537, Phone: 706-960-9600

Appalachian Trader

Appalachian Trader

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Located in what was once an old feed store, the Appalachian Trader is a fascinating store for anyone who loves antiques and historic bits and pieces. The business was originally established in 1985 and owners Jerry and Bev have devoted the last 30+ years to putting together a wonderful collection of everything old and interesting.

Visitors to the store can enjoy a nostalgic journey back in time and re-live their childhood, surrounding by bits and bobs you would have expected to find in your granny’s home. Highlights include unique pieces of antique furniture, cooking utensils, country primitives and much more.

Appalachian Trader, 1093 Franklin Street, Dillard, GA 30537, Phone: 706-746-5253

The Dillard House

The Dillard House

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The Dillard House was built in 1917 on a tract of land which had belonged to the Dillard family since 1794. The beautiful old homestead lies nestled in the Little Tennessee River Valley and the comfortable front porch offers unsurpassed views of the famous Blue Ridge Mountains.

Today The Dillard House operates as an up-market country Inn, offering luxurious accommodation in rooms and cottages and excellent amenities. Guest can enjoy relaxing by the pool and whirlpool, try their hand at trout fishing or saddle up and set off to explore the scenic surroundings on horseback. Children will love the opportunity to meet and pet the resident farm animals in the petting zoo.

The Dillard House , 768 Franklin St, Dillard GA 30537, Phone: 800-541-0671

Visit the beautiful Tallulah Falls and Dillard House Stables nearby.

Barker's Creek Mill at the Hambidge Center is open the first Saturday of each month.

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