Everyone knows when the calendar hits September our world takes on the flavor of pumpkin spice and our taste buds start to long for the savory flavors of fall.
Discover Lake Lanier has curated a list of our Top 30 Harvest Hotspots and we’ve put them all together for you in our Harvest of Values savings pass. The free savings pass features three categories, Eat & Drink, Play and Shop.
Since we’re always hungry, let’s start by telling you about the Top 10 Fall Places to Eat & Drink and why we love them so much.
It’s no accident that Flowery Branch’s marquee fine dining restaurant has been awarded Top 100 Restaurants in the USA honors for the past five years. Chef Nick St Clair carefully selects locally sourced foods for his seasonal menus and creates flavors sure to please. Don’t miss their masterful cocktails and expertly crafted pastries.
Barrett’s Baked Goods
Did somebody say fall baked goods? Look no further than Barrett’s where their bakery showcase is always filled with delightfully fun treats inspired by our favorite pop culture snacks. Indulge in a pumpkin whoopie pie while stocking up on homemade pop-tarts for breakfast. Don’t miss their custom made to order cakes worthy of a top spot on any baking competition show.
Landshark Bar & Grill
Summer may be over, but we are still feeling those Cheeseburger in Paradise vibes and Landshark Bar & Grill located at Margaritaville at Lanier Islands Resort is making it easier for us to chow down this fall and winter. They are opening a pop up restaurant near the entrance to the waterpark parking area making it oh so easy to celebrate where it’s always five o’clock. Don’t miss their upcoming holiday and winter fun during the License to Chill Snow Island event opening in November.
Left Nut Brewing
When the leaves are falling, the pints are pouring over at Left Nut Brewing. Lake Lanier’s only brewery has been designing custom suds full of the best flavors of fall for you to enjoy at their taproom. Don’t miss their special events including corn hole tournaments, live music and food truck nights.
Mountain Fresh Creamery
With the weather turning cooler, your first thought when looking for a treat probably isn’t ice cream. So, why do we have Mountain Fresh Creamery on our Top 10 Fall Eats & Drinks list? The answer is easy. Fall baking calls for fresh milk, butter, cream and eggs. Those hearty weekend breakfasts are made even better with locally sourced sausage, cheese and grains. Don’t miss their gift shop filled with delicious fall favorites including apple crisp mix. And if you get a scoop of ice cream while you’re there, well, that’s your business.
Sweet Acre Farms Winery
Who says apple pie has to be baked into a crust? We drink apple pie when we visit Sweet Acre Farms Winery! They’ve turned their tasting room into a wine based cocktail creation lab and we love it. Over the spring and summer they stepped up their wine slushy game with tasty drinks featuring all the best tastes of summer – now they are focusing on fall. Don’t miss their flavors of the day wine slushies and be sure to stop in for a wine tasting flight so you can narrow down your favorites for enjoying at home and gift giving.
Whole Being Cafe
You don’t have to run to that other coffee shop for your pumpkin spice latte fix. Why not make that purchase at a locally owned small business instead? Gail and her team at Whole Being truly do have your total wellness in mind. Open for breakfast and lunch, Whole Being Cafe offers an array of freshly prepared bakery items, specialty soups and sandwiches. Don’t miss their vegan menu, one of the only places in the area to find truly delicious vegan options.
Loretta’s Country Kitchen
Greens, beans, tomatoes, potatoes, yams, ham – yeah, they’ve got all of those plus the most delicious farm hand breakfast in town with biscuits so big you’ll have to see them to believe them. When we’re looking for a home style breakfast, lunch or dinner like our Granny used to make, we head to Loretta’s. Don’t miss their turkey and dressing. They also have full service catering and family size meals to go. No need to break your back and wallet by cooking all day for Thanksgiving, order ahead and plan your afternoon nap instead.
Savory breads and sweet treats fresh from the oven to pair with handcrafted coffees and teas – sign us up. Diletto Bakery is the new kid on the block and we are so happy to have them in our neighborhood. Their Latin flavors have turned up the volume on baked goods. Don’t miss their conchas, empanadas and homemade flan.
The Inked Pig
The fall football season just wouldn’t be the same with some BBQ and Inked Pig has the best in town. Their beef brisket is the stuff dreams are made of – we cannot get enough. Go ahead and plan your weekend around a visit to their dining room or drop by to pick up a pound of smoked meat and sides for tailgating. Don’t miss their fried okra. We seriously dream about it all the time.