One of the premier and certainly largest gardens in the United States is opening March 1st about five miles from Big Canoe in Marble Hill, Georgia. Gibbs Gardens has been thirty five years in the making and features 225 acres of 16 separate gardens. The gardens were built into a mature forest in the rolling hills of the North Georgia mountains and feature the largest Japanese gardens in the United States. Find out more about Gibbs Gardens on www.gibbsgardens.com.
North Georgia Premium Outlet Mall
Located in Dawsonville on Highway 53 and 400, there is something for everyone here with over 140 stores. Find impressive savings at Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Coach, Cole Haan, Gap Outlet, J.Crew, Kenneth Cole, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Restoration Hardware, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Williams-Sonoma and more. www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=16
Amicalola Falls State Park
Amicalola Falls is a short drive north of Big Canoe and is well worth a day of hiking and lunch in the restaurant. The falls are spectacular and the park offers twelve miles of hiking trails. This is a great place for a family outing. www.amicalolafalls.com
Dahlonega, Georgia was home of the first US gold rush in 1828. Located about an hour northeast of Big Canoe, Dahlonega offers a number of restaurants, bars, shopping and year around events. It has become a center for performance and visual arts for the north Georgia mountains. Be sure and eat at the historic Smith House for family style Southern food. www.dahlonega.org
Blue Ridge, Georgia
Blue Ridge is a delightful mountain town located about an hour and a half north of Big Canoe up highway 515 or 52 to 515. The downtown area is well worth a trip for shopping and restaurants. The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway is located in the historic Railroad Depot downtown and is a great 3 ½ hour trip along the Toccoa River, www.brscenic.com. Some of the best trout fishing in Georgia is in the Taccoa River. Visit the Unicoi Outfitters on East Main Street for all of your fly fishing supplies or a guide, www.unicoioutfitters.com, and the Oyster Fine Bamboo Fly Rod Shop on East Main Street, as well, www.oysterbamboo.com. blueridgemountains.com
Burt’s Pumpkin Farm
This is a fall must for pumpkins, pumpkin pie, and hay ride, and is a north Georgia mountain institution. It’s only about thirty minutes north of Big Canoe and our grandchildren can’t wait to go every year. www.burtsfarm.com.
Ellijay Apple Orchards
Ellijay Apple Orchards are the best apples in Georgia and only located about an hour from Big Canoe on highway 52 and 515.
Aaron’s Apple House • Hwy 52 East • 706-273-3180
B.J. Reece Apple House • 9131 Hwy 52 East, Ellijay • 706-276-3048
Hillcrest Orchards • 9696 Hwy 52 East, (9 miles east of Ellijay) • 706-273-3838
Panorama Orchards, Inc. • Hwy 515, East Ellijay • 706-276-3813
R & A Orchards • 5505 Hwy 52 East • 706-273-3821
Red Apple Barn • Hwy. 282/US 76 (3 miles west of Ellijay) • 706-635-5898
For current North Georgia Event information: www.ngatops.com
Big Canoe Area Restaurants
We are proud of the new Big Canoe Clubhouse at Lake Sconte with three different restaurants:
Offers an upscale restaurant atmosphere overlooking the lake. Reservations:706 268-3326-A wonderful Sunday brunch.
Black Bear Pub
A casual bar restaurant with large screen TVs and a lake view with the same menu as Mountains Grille.
The golf course half-way house offering hot dogs, hamburgers, and sandwiches that you can eat outside on picnic tables overlooking the lake.
The Outdoor Pavillion offers a casual menu for seating outside under cover next to the Black Bear Pub overlooking the lake.
A very good breakfast and lunch deli located just outside the north gate, 678 880-1714.
An excellent new farm to table dinner restaurant outside the north gate on Steve Tate Road, 770 893-3389.
Reverend Billy’s BBQ
Great place and more than just BBQ located just outside the north gate, 770 894-4357.
Foothills Shopping Center.
Forno Italian Restaurant
This Italian restaurant is located in the Foothills Shopping Center. They have great pizzas and Italian dishes in a casual family atmosphere. You can call them at 770 894-4246.
This new Mexican restaurant is now located in Foothills Shopping Center. It has great food and ambiance. It is a good place for larger groups or kids at reasonable prices. You can make reservations at 706 268-1686
A breakfast and lunch café located in the IGA Shopping Center Brownstone building serves breakfast sandwiches, fantastic fresh baked cinnamon bun, lunch sandwiches, freshly baked breads, cookies and deserts. They also cater the Gibbs Gardens café.
This Family to Table restaurant located on Main Street in Jasper specializes in Southern comfort food from local farm produce and meats. We highly recommend having lunch and they are open a few nights a week. Please call first at 706 253-7289.
This Restaurant and Inn in Jasper offers American and European cuisine and has some great German dishes. The atmosphere is upscale and dining experience is most enjoyable. Call for reservations at 706 253-6293.
The Carriage House
This small restaurant on Main Street in Jasper has a great breakfast and lunch. You can call them at 706 253-7383.