Chattooga Belle Farm provides all-day excursion Those who have visited Chattooga Belle Farm are keenly aware it takes little more than a rocking chair and the amazing view of the Blue Ridge Mountain Mountains to keep visitors on the farm from sunup to sundown. But, obviously, there’s much more to the farm than just the pristine view, as there are plenty of other activities available to literally keep visitors happy for the entire day. Long a popular event site — there’s no counting the number of weddings and other activities the farm has hosted over the years — the 138-acre farm was owned in part by Groucho Marx offers not only opportunities to pick a wide range of fruit, but there’s also disc golf, a restaurant serving grass-fed beef straight from the farm, a farm store offering a little something for everyone and a distillery, where all aspects of the distilling process, including the growing of the fruit, take place right on the farm. “If you’re not growing, you’re backing up,” said Ed Land, who co-owns the farm with his wife, Kitty. “If you’re not constantly thinking about growing, then you’re stagnant.” Long a fixture at the farm, Belle’s Bistro is open for lunch from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday from April through De46 • Visitors Guide
cember with a menu full of signature soups, salads and sandwiches. There’s also an ample menu of farm-produced wine and domestic beer as well. For those looking for something with a little more kick, the Oconee County’s only legal distillery — which features free tastings — is located right at the farm. The Chattooga Belle Farm Distillery uses the farm’s excess fruit to make a variety of brandies, made with all-natural ingredients grown on the farm. They also produce a couple whiskies and it’s trademarked MuscaShine, their version of
Visitors guide to Oconee County, SC, including Lakes Jocassee, Keowee and Hartwell plus the Chattooga River.