Two Fun-Filled Days in Gainesville, Georgia

48 Hours in Gainesville, Ga.: How to Maximize Your Adventure When Time is Limited

Nature, local eating at its finest, and quaint Southern charm: Gainesville, Georgia, has it all. You may want to extend your visit once you discover how much there is to do and see in this beautiful city, but here we’ll explore some options for a two-day trip.

Nature

  • Take the Solar System Walking Tour down to Lake Sidney Lanier. It’s one of only 13 to-scale Solar System Walking Tours in the United States, and the only one in Georgia. The walking tour begins downtown and goes 2.5 miles through woods and majestic sights, ending at Lake Sidney Lanier.
The Solar System Walking Tour starts at the Sun, above, and meanders through the woods, below, before reaching Lake Lanier.
The Solar System Walking Tour starts at the Sun, above, and meanders through the woods, below, before reaching Lake Lanier.
  • Visit Lake Sidney Lanier and the site of the 1996 Centennial Olympic rowing, canoe, and kayak events.

lake lanier where olympics held

  • Connect with nature at the Elachee Nature Science Center. Elachee is a premier, regional environmental education center nestled in the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve of Northeast Georgia.

nature center

Eat Local

  • Breakfast at Longstreet Café, where they put the “home” in home cooking.

longstreet

  • Breakfast at The Colored Eggwith incredible Quiche and pastries.
  • Lunch at Avocados, a farm-to-table restaurant.
Avocado's
Avocado’s
Dinner at Luna's.
My girlfriend and I dining at Luna’s.
  • Dinner at Atlanta Highway Seafood Market where you can buy fresh seafood or have it prepared to your liking. You’ll find the freshest of seafood delivered directly from the Gulf and prepared with a Cajun touch.
  • Beer flights at Downtown Drafts. Before dinner, enjoy the craft beer café and growler shop experience. Downtown Drafts specializes in offering the best selection of local, national, and international craft beer. Try the coffee beer for a true taste experience.
Beer flight at Downtown Drafts.
Beer flight at Downtown Drafts.

 

Downtown

Historical Tours

Day Trips

  • Drive to Alto, Ga., and visit the newly-opened Sweet Acre Farms Winery. This small farm, located in the foothills of the northeast Georgia Mountains, started as a u-pick blackberry and blueberry farm with honeybees. Now they’ve built Hall County’s first farm winery, specializing in Country Wines (non-grape fruit wines) and eventually, honey mead.
  • Also in Alto, Ga., be sure and visit Jaemor Farms, an open-air market that sells homemade ice cream, fried pies, local goods, and produce.

With so much to do and see, be sure to bring walking shoes for trekking the trails and around downtown, a healthy appetite for local flavors, and a love of history for touring the various historical landmarks. If you love history, food, and nature, Gainesville truly does have it all.

 

Places and Activities (from left clockwise): The Sun beginning of the Solar System Walking Tour. The No. 209 of the Gainesville Midland rail system in downtown. Occasions Florist on the Square. Kayaking in Lake Sidney Lanier.
Places and Activities (clockwise from left): The Sun beginning of the Solar System Walking Tour; the No. 209 of the Gainesville Midland rail system in downtown; Occasions Florist on the Square; kayaker in Lake Lanier.

 

Above, Food & Drinks of Gainesville: Fried fruit turnovers at Jaemore Farms; Sharing a sandwich at Avocados; Sampling wine at Sweet Acre Farms Winery; Beer flights at Downtown Drafts; Chocolate treats at Annastasia's Tea Room; Catfish, oysters and shrimp at Atlanta Seafood Co.
Above, Food & Drinks of Gainesville: Fried fruit turnovers at Jaemor Farms; sharing a sandwich at Avocados; sampling wine at Sweet Acre Farms Winery; beer flights at Downtown Drafts; treats at Annastasia’s Tea Room; Catfish, oysters, and shrimp at Atlanta Highway Seafood Market.

 

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