DAY TRIP: Julep Farms, Dillard, GA

On the winding drive up to Highlands, NC, through the Blue Ridge Mountains, you pass a modern farm resort on a hill complete with all the necessities for a perfect day.  Enjoy bonfires, a game of croquet or peaceful walks to see the fantastic gardens and visit with the farm animals scattered throughout this 22-acre resort. Escape the city and trade it in for oak tree-lined creek beds, ever-changing mountain vistas and star-filled nights glowing with fireflies.

Owners Lauren & Rick Weaver stumbled upon the pasture and brought to life their vision for Julep Farms, “a nod to the regal elegance of the Kentucky Derby with a splash of sweet tea southern meets modern.”  

The best way to enjoy a Norman Rockwell perfect day is to take your time, sit a spell, sip a little, wander the gardens and savor the eats over good conversation. The Julep Coffee and Sweets Bar is perfect for you coffee lovers, those searching for a quick grab-and-go lunch or to satisfy a sweet tooth. The Julep Bar is home to a grand selection of wines and champagnes, locally crafted beer and creatively constructed cocktails, with the classic Mint Julep taking a front seat.

The Julep Market is filled with farm-grown flowers and herbs, unique home and garden finds, furniture, handmade jewelry and much more. The restaurant, known as the Julep Kitchen, features New American cuisine with a decidedly Southern Twist. The kitchen focuses on seasonal cooking with high-quality, fresh ingredients.

If you choose to let your day trip linger longer into an overnight, there are four unique onsite cottages, each expertly designed with posh linens, on-trend interior design  details, high ceilings and natural light to showcase the beauty of the farm.

Be sure to check out their events; movies on the lawn, weekly yoga classes, monthly mixology classes and coveted flower fields Saturdays in the summer (starting July 3). Frolic in the fields with a cocktail from the flower bar while handpicking wildflowers and creating your own bouquet to take home.  



500 Hwy. 246

Dillard, GA 30537

Social: @julepfarms