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Top Choice Waterfall in Helen

Anna Ruby Falls

Not to be confused with Tennessee's far more famous Ruby Falls, Georgia's Anna Ruby Falls is tucked away in Unicoi State Park (part of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest) 5.7 miles north of downtown Helen. Her…
Top Choice Waterfall in Toccoa

Toccoa Falls

This dramatic 186ft-high waterfall, reached along a 500ft path from the visitor center on the campus of Tocca Falls College, is one of the tallest free-falling waterfalls east of the Mississippi River (it's taller t…
Top Choice Microbrewery in Athens

Creature Comforts Brewing Co

Athens' best craft beer emerges from 33 taps at this cutting-edge, dog-friendly former tire shop which excels at staples – Indian Pale Ales (IPAs), amber ales – but isn't afraid to play around with suds (tart blonde…
Top Choice Southern US in Athens

Home.made from Scratch

Home.made is upping the game when it comes to nouveau-Southern cuisine. The menu constantly changes based on ingredient availability, but whatever these folks source is always turned into something creative, delicio…
Top Choice Clothing in Clayton

Wander North Georgia

What started as an outdoorsy mountain blog and Instagram page has turned into one of Georgia's coolest start-ups. The fantastic T-shirts are the main attraction (it's co-owned by a graphic designer), plus the trucke…
Top Choice Museum in Athens

Georgia Museum of Art

A smart, modern gallery where brainy, arty types set up in the wired lobby for personal study, while art hounds gawk at modern sculpture in the courtyard garden as well as the tremendous collection from American rea…
Top Choice Breakfast in Blairsville

Sawmill Place

This farm-to-table cabin eatery does high-quality, creative breakfast scrambles, sandwiches, biscuits and pancakes that will sooth a breakfast-lover's soul – with sweet, country-style service to boot. The Notterly S…
Top Choice Winery in Dahlonega

Wolf Mountain Vineyards

Wolf lures a hip and trendy 30-something crowd to its gorgeous, 30-acre winery that frames epic sunsets over Springer Mountain from its tasting-room terrace. Top wines like its méthode champenoise 100% chardonnay Bl…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Blue Ridge

Grumpy Old Men

With cornhole courts, outdoor picnic seating and a DIY ethos, this excellent hop headquarters is a quintessential Southern-brewing good time. There are 18 taps, which often include small-batch or one-off experimenta…
Top Choice Burgers in Dahlonega

Spirits Tavern

This full bar dishes up surprisingly creative burgers made from Angus beef or free-range, hormone-free turkey and veggies, including gooey mac 'n' cheese, Greek and Cajun versions. With eight taps and a seasonally c…