Dillard House & Local Events

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Upcoming Events -

2019 Wine Highway Week
Friday Mar, 22 at 12:00pm
Eli Mosley on the Veranda at 12 Spies
Saturday Apr, 06 at 02:00pm
12 Spies Welcomes Teddy Baker
Saturday Apr, 20 at 01:30pm
Special Easter Menu & Egg Hunt
Sunday Apr, 21 at 10:00am

We are currently upgrading our online reservation system to better serve you! You can request a reservation online here or call us between 9am and 5pm at 1-800-541-0671.

As the temperatures rise, the North Georgia Mountains become a beautiful location for family fun, delicious food and relaxing retreats. The Dillard House offers cozy accommodations, award-winning southern cuisine, a conference center, stables and more. We are only 2 hours north of Atlanta, GA, 1 ½ hours from Asheville, NC, and 1 ½ hours from Greenville, SC. Come visit us today!

Do you love seafood? Don’t miss our FAMOUS SEAFOOD BUFFET beginning on Friday, February 15, 2019 from 5-8 PM for a limited time.

Our menu will include a variety of seafood favorites such as oysters, shrimp, catfish, clams and more. CLICK HERE to learn more.

The Dillard House grounds are covered with seasonal flowers making your visit picture-perfect. While visiting, don’t miss our petting zoo and on-site stables. We also have an outdoor pool and hot tub for overnight guests which will open around Memorial Day.

This Easter, bring your loved ones to the Dillard House for a traditional Easter Sunday meal featuring Herb Roast Lamb, Fried Chicken, Honey Glazed Ham and much more. To view the full Easter menu, click here. Meet the Easter Bunny at our complimentary Easter Egg Hunt for overnight guests! For lodging information, call 1-800-541-0671.

Through March, we will be having complimentary carriage rides on Saturdays from 10:30 AM – 4 PM. Overnight guests can also enjoy a Wine and Cheese Social on Saturday evenings from 4:30 – 5:30 PM! *These events are weather permitting – please call our Front Desk at 1-800-541-0671 to confirm.

  • Dillard House Stables - Located on the Dillard House property, enjoy scenic horseback riding and visit our petting zoo! Call the stables to book your ride at 706-746-2038 or visit here .
  • Only 6 miles from the Dillard House is the beautiful 1,743-acre Black Rock Mountain State Park. This park features a visitor center, hiking, fishing, stunning mountain views, a lake and more! Call 706-746-2141 for more.
  • A little under 20 miles from the Dillard House, you will find Tallulah Gorge State Park, where visitors can enjoy a 1,000-ft. gorge, waterfalls, hiking, an interpretive center and more! Call 706-754-7981 to find out more.


Great Smoky Mountain Railroad in Bryson City, NC features scenic diesel and steam rail excursions that take you through the beautiful countryside of Western North Carolina. To make reservations, call 1-800-872-4681 or visit www.gsmr.com.
  • Clayton, GA – Here you will find art galleries, crafts, antique, collectibles, coffee houses, clothing, restaurants and more. Main Street, Clayton, GA is located off Hwy. 441 South of the Dillard House. Visit here for more information.
  • Highlands, NC - 16 miles Northeast of the Dillard House after a beautiful scenic drive, you will find a lovely town that boasts waterfalls, a variety of clothing shops, antique stores, books, art galleries, restaurants and more. Take Hwy. 441 North and turn right on GA 246. Visit here for more information.
  • Franklin, NC – North of Dillard about 16 miles North of Dillard lies Franklin, a town known for its gem mines, unique shops, beautiful scenery and restaurants. Visit here to learn more.


  • Fly Fishing the Smokies – The Smoky Mountain’s best Outfitter and Guide Service! Features private water and a multitude of trips. Only 10 minutes from the Dillard House is the Brook Haven Private Fishing trip with towering waterfalls. Call 828-488-7665 or visit here for more.
  • Andy's Trout Farm - Opening in March and celebrating 50 years! Everyone welcome for a one-of-a-kind trout fishing adventure. Call 706-746-2550 or visit www.andystroutfarm.com for more.
  • Brookings Anglers - We are a group of friends that are all very passionate about the sport of fly fishing, and love sharing our knowledge with others. Call 828-743-3768 or visit www.brookingsonline.com for more.
  • Fontana Guides - Choose a half day or full day trip with one of the top fishing guides in the Great Smoky Mountains! Trips offered in Bryson City, Cherokee, Sylva, Franklin and more! Call 828-736-2318 or visit www.fontanaguides.com for more. 


  • Only 6 miles from the Dillard House is the beautiful 1,743-acre Black Rock Mountain State Park. This park features a visitor center, hiking, fishing, stunning mountain views, a lake and more! Call 706-746-2141 for more.
  • A little under 20 miles from the Dillard House, you will find Tallulah Gorge State Park, where visitors can enjoy a 1,000-ft. gorge, waterfalls, hiking, an interpretive center and more! Call 706-754-7981 to find out more.
    • Glen Falls – This tall, 3-level waterfall is accessible at different points and offers a wonderful mountain view. A short hike will take you to the top of the falls. Located only 14.8 miles from the Dillard House on GA Hwy 246.
    • Dry Falls – Located 18.7 miles from the Dillard House on U.S. Hwy 64. A beautiful high-volume waterfall in the Cullasaja Gorge. A short, paved walkway leads behind the waterfall. Easy trail suitable for anyone who can do 20-30 stairs. A handicap walkway is available at the top of the stairs for easy viewing of the falls.
    • Rabun Bald - With an elevation of 4,696 feet, this is the second-highest peak in Georgia. An observation tower provides hikers with views that can extend more than 100 miles on a clear day. This hike is 5.8 miles roundtrip via the Rabun Bald Trail. Located only 9.5 miles from the Dillard House.
    • Whiteside Mountain - Located 22.7 miles from the Dillard House, Whiteside Mountain has an elevation of 4,930 feet, boasting some of the highest cliffs in Eastern North America. The trail is 2.5 miles roundtrip and is moderate difficulty as it is an old, wide road but is fairly steep the entire ascent.


    • R.M. Rose and Company – Located adjacent to the Dillard House property, R.M. Rose offers tours and tastings. Open daily! Call 706-982-8115or visit here for more.
    • 12 Spies Vineyards – Located in Rabun Ga, GA only 1.8 miles from the Dillard House. Don’t miss the upcoming musical events. Call 706-490-0890or visit here to learn more.
    • Tiger Mountain Vineyards - Located in Tiger, GA, 9.6 miles from the Dillard House. Call 706-782-4777 or visit here for more.

    Whitewater Rafting

  • Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) - Pick a rafting adventure from one of eight exciting rivers. The closest outpost from the Dillard House is the Chattooga River. Only an hour away lies even more adventure at the Bryson City, NC outpost. Don’t miss other family-fun activities at NOC. Call 1-800-232-7238 or visit www.noc.com for more.
    • Southeastern Expeditions - Enjoy incredible rafting adventures on the Chattooga River with your family or group! Choose a trip that fits your experience and skill level, as well as your budget. Call 1-800-868-7238 or visit www.southeasternexpeditions.comfor more.
    • Wildwater Rafting - The oldest outfitter in the Southeast started on the Chattooga River in June of 1971. Now, you can experience the excitement of four different rivers. Other fun activities available on site. Call 1-800-451-9972 or visit www.wildwaterrafting.comfor more.


    Highlands Aerial Park - World-class ziplining only 15 minutes form the Dillard House! Views like no other. Reopening on March 9, 2019. Call 828-526-8773 or visit www.highlandscanopytour.com for more.


    • 2019 Wine Highway Week – Friday, March 22 – Sunday, March 31, 3019 from 12 – 5 PM. The Winegrowers Association of Georgia is sponsoring its annual Wine Highway Week. This is a great way to see and experience the views and wonderful wines of Northeast Georgia. Our wineries offer great wines that are grown and produced here in Georgia, many of which have won local, regional, national and international awards. There will be a $50 fee for each participant which will be collected at the first winery visited. Travelers will receive a “Wine Highway Week” collector’s glass and Passport which will give them admission to ALL participating wineries at no additional charge. For more, < a href="http://www.georgiawine.com">visit here or call 706-878-9463.
    • 2019 Northeast Georgia Arts Tour – June 7-9, 2019 and November 8-10, 2019. Discover the work of local artists. Painters, potters, jewelry makers, fiber, glass, metal artists and more along our self-guided year-round tour. Start anywhere you like and plot your own course. Map and brochure available online! < a href="http://www.artstour.org">Visit here or email negaarttour@gmail.com.
    • Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts – Only 15 minutes away, enjoy fun concerts and seasonal performances! For upcoming shows and ticket information, visit here or call 828-524-1598.
    • Harrah’s Casino in Murphy/Cherokee– Harrah’s Entertainment has two locations within 1 hour of the Dillard House! Call 828-422-777 or visit here to learn more.

    Family Fun:

    • The Factory of Franklin – Only 13.9 miles north of the Dillard House! A family entertainment park featuring arcade games, go-carts, bowling, indoor trampoline park, mini-golf, dining and more! Call 828-349-8889 or visit here for more information.


    • Kingwood Resort - Our par 71 mountain golf course is perfect for all skill levels with its four different tee locations. Call 1-866-546-4966 or visit www.kingwoodresort.comfor more.
    • Sky Valley Country Club - The course is semi-private and open year-round to the public. Schedule your tee-time, group play or tournament today! Call 706-746-5303 or visit www.skyvalleycountryclub.com for more.
    • Foxfire Museum and Heritage Center - Only 5 minutes from the Dillard House. This hands-on, interactive experience brings the collected works to life! Over 106 acres of artifacts, tools, handcrafted housewares, toys and folk art, and more. A glimpse of the lives of those living in the Appalachian wilderness more than 180 years ago. Call 706-746-5828or visit here for more.
    • The Biltmore House - Travel 1½ hours to Asheville and visit America’s largest home decorated for Christmas! For ticket information, call 1-800-411-3812or visit here for more.

    Buy the perfect gift for your loved ones!

    Visit www.dillardhousegiftbook.com or call (800) 276-1752 for more information!

    More About The Dillard House!

    Centrally located less than two hours from Atlanta, Asheville and Greenville, we invite you to come experience the Dillard House. Enjoy our famous southern cuisine in our beautiful and tranquil mountain setting. Stay overnight in one of our rooms, suites, cottages or chalets and relax in a rocking chair with your morning cup of coffee or take a leisurely stroll around the property and enjoy the lush green grass. Take time to enjoy life with your friends and family in the mountains - memories like these are priceless. Spending time in the mountains is an inexpensive and fun way to enjoy life.

    Nearby you can experience the excitement of Whitewater Rafting and Zip Line Tours, Horseback Riding, beautiful cascading Waterfalls, the Biltmore House, Tallulah Gorge, the Cherokee Indian Reservation, Harrah's Casino, Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, award winning local Vineyard and Winery - 12 Spies Vineyards, Tiger Mountain Vineyards, quaint gift and craft stores, fun flea markets, beautiful hiking trails, 3 state parks and the lovely mountain town of Highlands NC.

    The Dillard House is the ideal place for a business conference, retreat, wedding, bus tour visit or a family reunion.

    Group Accommodations - Looking for the perfect place for your next conference, retreat, trade show or reunion? We have everything you need for groups from 20 to 300. We would love to give you a proposal for your next event. We invite you to come by for a site tour. We are proud of our beautiful conference/banquet facility and our guest rooms and would love to show them to you!! Call our Group Sales Office today at 800-541-0671

    Click here to view and/or print our General Information Group Packet (PDF). This packet contains an abundance of information as well as our special menus for group events in our banquet/conference center.

    Visit our online store to find that perfect gift or purchase a Dillard House gift certificate which may be used for any Dillard House product, lodging, dining or horseback riding.

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    Specials & Packages

    Group Dining Package

    Group Dining Package

    Ask about group discounts for parties of 15 or more.

    Seasonal Activities

    Kingwood Spa Package

    Kingwood Spa Package

    Treat Yourself to a Spa and Golf Package

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    From the Shop

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    All you favorite jams, jellies and relishes available online.

    View a short video of a Luxury Double Queen room in the Valley View building.

    View a short video of a Standard Deluxe Double Queen room in the Meadows building.


    The Dillard House was featured on the Food Network program "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" Our country ham was chosen by Chef Alton Brown.


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    Horseback Rides

    Horseback Rides

    10% off for overnight guests. See Specials and Packages above for details

    Trout Pond

    Free trout fishing for our overnignt guests. Relax by the pond and fish with your family.


    Check out our golf packages. Two (2) Championship Courses located with 15 minutes

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