Holiday Travel Guide to Clayton

Article published at: Nov 13, 2021 Article author: Melynda Hensley
Holiday Travel Guide to Clayton
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With our Black Friday and Christmas in Downtown Clayton quickly approaching, we have compiled a few of our favorite places in Clayton for you to be sure to visit the next time you are in town. From places to stay while you are here to where to eat and shop, CFB has you covered! 


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White Birch Provisions


White Birch Provisions is a gourmet shop with a full-service espresso bar and bakery. Try one of their specialty coffee drinks or tea varieties.  Their talented baker makes fresh baked goods daily. In their "Wine Cave," you will find wines, cigars and accessories, whereas their "Farm room" showcases cheeses, charcuterie and other tasty treats. They try to source from as many regional vendors as possible and boast unique products you can't find anywhere else in Clayton.



Fromage & Other Fine Foods

Fromage & Other Fine Foods opened August of 2007. The restaurant is a passion of the owner, Jenny Wilson, who loves food and coming up with new and creative menu items. She uses the freshest and finest products available to create delightful eclectic selections. The menu changes weekly, and everything is prepared in-house from delicious soups to delectable desserts.

Universal Joint

Nestled in an old gas station, the Universal Joint offers an abundant 17 rotating draft beers, including some of the finest craft beers from Georgia and the Carolinas. Their huge outdoor patio is family friendly, as well as great for dogs, and is the perfect venue to enjoy live music on the weekends. Take advantage of the outdoor fire pit and corn hole while exploring the menu.



Fortify/ Fortify Pi

In 2014, Chef Jamie Allred opened Fortify Kitchen and Bar with Jack Nolan, where they have improved Clayton’s dining scene with great food, delicious cocktails and impeccable service in a comfortable environment. They support local farmers and give back to the great community they call home!


Given the popularity and success of Fortify Kitchen & Bar, Jack and Jamie decided to open another restaurant . . . something a little more casual in concept. Hence, Fortify Pi was born! Fortify Pi opened in June 2016, serving wood-fired brick-oven pizza, sandwiches, wings, salads, and regional and craft beers.



Here are a few of the amazing stores that line Main Street, where you can find a little something for everyone: 

Lulu & Tully's

Lulu & Tully's is filled with unique treasures, rare finds, art, and unconventional conversation starters. (I promise you won't leave there empty handed!) At the back of the store is Mercantile Studio, where Rabun Martin offers painting classes as well as craft classes such as floral design, soap and candle making classes, pottery, knitting, and jewelry making to name a few. 


Blue Ridge Toy Company

At Blue Ridge Toys, Sandra Glichowski takes great pride in carrying the most fun and unique products on the planet. Their carefully-curated selection of toys, board games, books, musical instruments, art supplies, RC vehicles, outdoor toys, and comic books. The toy selection is always changing- bringing you the best that the world of fun has to offer. And they test the items with their team of fun experts to ensure you're always getting the best of the best.




Wander North Georgia

Wander offers a wide assortment of gifts, Chaco sandals and boots, hiking and camping gear, local-made items, packaged beer, and an awesome selection of books. They have dozens of the best outdoor brands to help you on your next hiking or camping trip. They have a kids play area where you can turn them loose while you wander around the store a bit. Ask them to share some recommendations on the best places to hike or camp in the area. 


And, of course....

Cage-Free Boutique

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The CFB team is here and ready to help you find that perfect piece or outfit for your next adventure. Whether you've got a special occasion coming up, or just need to refresh your wardrobe, we're here for you. We offer classic, contemporary styles that have been thoughtfully selected to include sizes 00-18 and XS-3X to keep you on trend, comfy, classy and in front of the school pick up line. While our main focus is on YOU, we also offer girls sizes, a few baby items, and several kinds of books, games, and other fun gift ideas. 


& a Place to Rest Your Feet

There are several amazing places to stay in this beautiful county, but here are a couple of our faves: 

Air BnBs:

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"Enjoy your modern & cozy mountain cabin experience nestled in the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia. Relax on the deck and fire up the grill! Light the fire pit for s'mores and stargazing on the hammock."




This cozy, 1950's cabin was completely renovated with a very modern feel while keeping the vintage charm. It features two bedrooms with cozy queen beds and a spacious kitchen and modern living room. Creekside with a view of Black Rock Mountain State Park and right off the sidewalk/street that leads to downtown."

Bed & Breakfast Inns

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White Birch Inn


 The White Birch Inn, housed in a 100-year-old two-story brick building, is an elegantly chic bed-and-breakfast nestled right in downtown Clayton. "The inn boasts six uniquely decorated guest rooms and suites, lovingly named after indigenous trees, and each with their own ensuite bathroom. Each guest room is equipped with either queen or king-size beds, an iron and ironing board, robes, a safe, hickory luggage racks, a hairdryer, and free WIFI."


Beechwood Inn


"Beechwood Inn offers affordable elegance in a rustic mountain setting with 7 luxurious guest rooms, 1 one-bedroom cabin rental, and 1 three-bedroom cabin. Enjoy the best in North Georgia hospitality with many complimentary amenities..." such as gourmet breakfast, fluffy robes, homemade cookies, and end the evening with a glass of wine and charcuterie tray.


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