Fort Dodge, Iowa: Soldier Creek Winery

I visited Soldier Creek Winery in Ft. Dodge, Iowa. It was my second time there in the past year and a half…I HAD to go back since I was in the area.

Goodness gracious, this is some of the best wine I have ever tasted. Sorry Napa! I love wine, but I REALLY love Soldier Creek Wine. If you are a wine lover and find yourself in Central Iowa, GO TO SOLDIER CREEK WINERY. I’M NOT KIDDING. Plus, the setting is just beautiful. Instead of corn fields (which are also nice), there are rows and rows of grape vines. And they sometimes have live entertainment and other activities. Check it out if you can. Website: http://soldiercreekwinery.com

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I didn’t get many pictures unfortunately, so check out their website for some gorgeous photos!

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Ellijay, Georgia: Ellijay River Vineyards

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Ellijay River Vineyards is a place that can be described as truly delightful. The vineyards and surroundings are just perfect. On one side you have a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains with the vineyards below and on the other side, the Ellijay River. There are a few tables out for you to relax and enjoy some wine. You can bring your lunch or some snacks and have a little picnic if you want to! It is a truly beautiful place. If you’re in that area, I very highly recommend checking it out.

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One of the wines they have for sale is called “Quittin’ Time.” That was a pretty big hit with everyone. It makes a really good white-wine sangria because of its sweetness (no need to add syrup…just add the fruit!).

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Here are some more pictures. I will definitely be back!

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My husband, family, and I stayed in a cabin near Ellijay. If you want a great get-away-from-it-all vacation, google cabins in Blue Ridge Mountains or North Georgia. Several companies offer cabin rentals. There is a lot to do in that area. White water rafting, hiking, wineries, shopping, etc. Or, you can grab some groceries, head to your cabin, and enjoy the seclusion and solitude for a couple of days. Ellijay is a cute little town with several antique shops. It’s wonderful! It’s also close to Blue Ridge, which has a lot of shops and restaurants. That area is one of my favorite places…so when I go back I’ll highlight some other places. Here are a couple of pictures from the cabin.

THIS is where we stayed:

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View from the back porch. Breathtaking!

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