I am always in search of places, which include some type of food theme. After some friends – thanks Dave and Andrea – visited Chattooga Belle Farm, they told me it was a MUST visit for me.
Returning from a trip to see my dad, my husband and I decided to take a small detour (only about 15 minutes) and stop by and see why Chattooga Belle Farm is a foodie destination.
Here I have narrowed my list down to FIVE reasons every foodie would enjoy a trip to this scenic place in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
5. Beautiful Chattooga Belle Farm Vineyard
Building my final home in the Appalachian Foothills should indicate, I am more partial to the Blue Ridge Mountains than anywhere in the United States.
Chattooga Belle Farm is a 138-acre farm and orchard, with picturesque, mountain landscapes surrounding a working vineyard, producing over eight different varieties under their own label.
The well-manicured pastures provide panoramic views from anywhere on the property.
Perfect for a wedding, family reunion or any large gathering, the farm has a covered patio for 150 seated people and a 5,000 square foot “event barn,” including heated space for 100 people.
The vineyard and wine are secondary to the dramatic beauty this piece of property holds.
4. Chattooga Belle Farm’s Bistro
A great, cozy restaurant, located right on the farm property, Belle’s Bistro has great lunch choices including, light snacks, soups, salads, and sandwiches.
Not to mention their burgers, which are made fresh daily with their own grass-fed Black Angus beef, blended with a tasty selection of aromatic herbs.
Dining indoors or outdoors is available.
I recommend planning a day trip and enjoying a glass of Chattooga Belle’s Muscadine Blush wine, paired with the bacon burger.
The bistro is open 11 AM – 2 PM, Tuesday – Sunday, April – October.
Weekends only during winter months.
3. U-Pick Farm
As fruit becomes available throughout the growing season, Chattooga Belle Farm offers the opportunity for visitors to pick it, fresh!
Various berries, peaches, grapes and a huge assortment of apples are ready for picking in this kid-friendly environment.
Produce schedule and availability dates can be obtained HERE.
Located on the farm, just a short walk from the Bistro is the tasting room and whiskey distillery.
Open year-round, 9 AM – 5 PM, Monday – Saturday, Chattooga Belle Farm creates their own kind of Carolina Whiskey.
My favorite being the Block & Tackle; smooth, with a moonshine bite.
The Carolina Spice is great for winter-time sips by the fire.
Also available are the Oconee Belle Brandy and Camp Fire Brandy (strong cinnamon flavor).
After you enjoy a sampling of what Chattooga Belle Farm creates, it is time to tour the facility. Hand-crafting each batch is what makes this whiskey unique and delightful.
1.The Farm Store
No foodie trip would be complete without the opportunity to buy FOOD!
A good selection of jams, jellies, olive oils, gift items, kitchenware and Chattooga Belle Farm wine is available for purchase 9 AM – 5 PM, seven days a week from May 1 through Christmas. The store is closed during the winter months.
During peak harvest times, produce and fruit can be purchased in the store, along with various souvenir items.
Just be aware, the whiskey is only available for purchase at the distillery.
Foodies, if you are in the western South Carolina or Northeast Georgia area, I highly recommend taking a day-trip to this beautiful neck of the woods and spending time at the farm.
It is a great date opportunity, with plenty of space to walk around; take some pictures; do a little shopping and grab some lunch.
Do you have a weekend to get away? Just TWO MINUTES from the farm, you can stay at the Chattooga River Resort and Campground
110 Blalock Place
Long Creek, SC 29658
Primitive campsites; RV sites and lodge are available.
Chattooga Belle Farm
454 Damascus Church Rd.
Long Creek, SC 29658