The small north Georgia town of Clayton is lush, green and buttressed by the Smoky Mountains. It seems remote, but it is surprisingly accessible via a ninety-minute drive from Atlanta. Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty to keep them busy, but the city’s thriving dining scene should not be overlooked. Keep in mind that this is a mountain town nestled in Georgia wine country. Where better than to enjoy a leisurely wine tasting than at one of Clayton’s several vineyards? While its downtown area is small but charming, it features everything from the patio cafes beloved by its locals to restaurants led by award-winning chefs. The traveler will find delicious unique homemade desserts alongside gourmet offerings that favor locally grown ingredients wherever possible.