Less than 100 miles from Atlanta, Greenville and Asheville – Dillard makes escaping the ordinary extraordinary! As the gateway to the Great Smokey Mountains, outdoor adventure abounds with white water rafting, horseback riding and zip lining. It’s all right here! If you enjoy camping, hiking, fishing – we are home to three awesome state parks and 148,000 acres of National Forest. If it’s relaxing and sipping a glass of wine, well, our specialty is “porch rocking” and our wineries are the best. Shopping? How about 40,000 square feet of antique and collectibles. Amazing lodging? The famous and historic Dillard House Inn and Restaurant is our landmark, with Rabun Manor and York House Inn – all just the icing on the cake. Did someone mention food? An extraordinary experience all it’s own, from award winning southern cuisine to fine dining, you won’t be disappointed. Come stay a while. You won’t ever want to leave!
Dillard, Ga has been nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains since being settled in 1794 by Captain John Dillard. Nearly 100 years later, the postal service officially named the town after its founder. The railroad connected Dillard in 1907, allowing the outside world to come enjoy the booming mountain town. A few good decades went by, and then the Depression hit. Like much of the nation,
Dillard was strongly affected. Captain Dillard’s great-grandson, Arthur Dillard, ended up losing the general store. Times were hard. After WWII the town bounced back in a big way. A boarding house and restaurant, The Dillard House, was renovated and quickly became a popular destination for well-to-do Atlantans. The then President of Coca-Cola, Robert Woodruff, was among
the many that fell for the Blue Ridge charm of the town. The Dillard House is still here and the town still carries on the tradition of Southern hospitality. Whether you’re just looking for a relaxing stay and a good meal, or to get out in nature with scenic hiking trails and white water rafting, Dillard is here for you. Come stay a while!