North Georgia is crawling with hidden spots to eat, shop, play but nowhere more than our own backyard of Rabun County. Consider using these recommendations as you plan your trip to beautiful North Georgia.

Our top choice for Southern-style cooking in this area; Serves breakfast all day

7388 Highway 441 North
Dillard, GA 30537
Billy & Charlene Johnson, owners

Best pulled pork we’ve eaten in the area. We also love their burgers. Extensive menu including burgers, sandwiches, Greek dishes, and hand-tossed pizza with homemade sauces and sausage.

7923 Highway 441 North
Dillard, GA 30537
Live Bluegrass Music on THURSDAYS

7052 US 441
Dillard, GA 30537

7052 US 441
Dillard, GA 30537

“Family-style” Southern cooking

768 Franklin Street
Dillard, GA 30537


Excellent farm-to-table restaurant and our all-time favorite for dinner!

69 N. Main Street
Clayton, GA 30525

Our favorite café for lunch! They also have soups, salads, sandwiches, cheeses, desserts for pick-up or dine-in.

31 Earl Street
Clayton, GA 30525
Tell Chef Jenny and Franklin (aka Mister Wilson) that Chester and Steven sent you!

42 E. Savannah Street
Clayton, GA 30525

Manuel y Mary Lou Manrique
613 Hwy 441 S.
Clayton, GA 30525

677 Highway 441 South
Clayton, GA 30525

109 N. Main Street
Clayton, GA 30525


2592 Old Highway 441 South
Tiger, GA 30576

550 Black Branch Road
Rabun Gap, GA 30568

323 Standing Deer Lane
Tiger, GA 30576


The Hambidge Center provides a residency program that empowers talented individuals to explore, develop, and express their creative voices. Situated on 600 acres in the mountains of north Georgia, Hambidge is a sanctuary of time and space that inspires individuals working in a broad range of disciplines to create works of the highest caliber. Hambidge pledges to offer a nurturing retreat, preserve Hambidge’s pristine natural environment, and provide public educational programming. Below you will find options for those not in residency to experience Hambidge:

The Weave Shed Gallery

Open Tuesday through Saturday from 9a-4p or by appointment (706.746.5718). The Hambidge Center has a long history of presenting outstanding pottery and ceramics. In the last few years, the Weave Shed Gallery has expanded its focus to include sculpture, fiber arts, painting, works on paper, and other interesting artworks both from Hambidge Fellows and outstanding talents from across the region. The gallery also features a display of the Hambidge Center’s history, as well as a gift shop offering pottery and other handmade goods.

First Saturday Grist Mill Visits

Barker’s Creek Mill (located just across the creek from MHM) has been providing the local community with milling services since the mid-1800s. Mary Hambidge built the current mill in 1944 at the site of an older mill that served the community since the first white settlers came into the area in the late 1820s.The mill is powered by a 12-foot overshot wheel set on babbet bearings. It was converted from a wooden spoked, steel-rimmed wheel to the current metal spokes in the 1960s. The mill has been renovated three times in its life, the most recent in the late 1980s. The mill itself is a vertical mill with two 16″ flint/granite stones. It was built by the Meadow’s Milling Company in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Barker’s Creek Mill is still operated by Hambidge on the First Saturday of each month from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, and by appointment to provide milling services to area farmers. Grits and cornmeal stone-ground at the mill from locally-grown corn are regularly served up to Hambidge artists-in-residence and can be purchased in the Hambidge Gallery, or at the mill on First Saturdays.

Second Saturday Artist Talks

The Second Saturday Artist Talks offer the community a chance to meet the artists-in-residence and to gain insight into the creative process. Beginning at 7pm at Lucinda’s Rock House, each of the participating residents gives a short reading or presentation. Questions and discussion will be encouraged. The group may drift up for a studio visit if an artist feels inclined to welcome visitors. Free to Members or give what you can ($5 suggested).

Third Saturday Nature Hikes

Hambidge has a number of hiking trails among an incredible biodiversity of meadows, streams, waterfalls, native plants and wildflowers, and a cove forest. Nature Hikes take place every Third Saturday, meeting at 10am at the Weave Shed Gallery. To reserve a space for a hike, contact Christine at $5 suggested donation; free for members. Remember to wear long pants and sturdy closed-toe shoes for Summer hikes! Dress in layers, bring allergy meds/epi pen, water, a snack and a walking stick if desired. Most of our hikes are rain or shine.

Fourth Saturday Special Events

Hambidge reserve Fourth Saturdays (and sometimes Fifth Saturdays!) for Special Events. These include Gallery openings, workshops, lectures, music and other events yet to be determined.

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