Dahlonega’s Old Fashioned Christmas 2015

20 Nov

Dahlonega’s Old Fashioned Christmas is a wonderful month-long celebration held from November 27th through December 31st, 2015.

Come stay with us and enjoy the holiday season.

It starts with the Lighting of the Square on November 27th.

dahlonega-christmas-p3A real home-town parade officially bringing Santa to town occurs the first Saturday in December.

Many other festive holiday events continue almost daily throughout December until after New Year’s with caroling, entertainment, wine sampling and live theater Christmas events at the Holly.

For a full listing of events that start November 27th click schedule.


Fall In the North Georgia Mountains

7 Nov

Fall in the North Georgia mountains is always a beautiful time of year. It’s no wonder that it is also the busiest time of the year for tourism and guests visiting the inn. Around the inn we are seeing color changes. Weather influences when the colors change and the vividness of the colors.

Guests to the area can enjoy viewing the Fall colors from hiking on the Appalachian trail, visiting one of several waterfalls including Amicalola Falls or just sipping wine on one of the decks of the many wineries in the region. One of our favorite viewing areas is Preacher’s Rock which is located on the Appalachian trail near Woody Gap (see our video at Preacher’s Rock).

Come stay with us and enjoy the Fall colors.


Photos courtesy of Julie Best

Special Dining Events in November/December 2015 at Wolf Mountain

3 Nov

The Wild Game Brunch at Wolf Mountain Vineyards will happen on Sundays, November 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th, 2015

Join them on Sundays in November as they celebrate cooler temperatures and feature an array of wild game meats from Broken Arrow Ranch paired with their family of estate wines. The cost is $30 per person plus tax and gratuity and wine is additional by the glass or bottle. Seating times are at 12:30 & 2:30pm. Reservations are required, so call 706-867-9862.

The Holiday Gourmet Dinner  is scheduled for Saturday, December 12th, 2015 @ 7pm

Gourmet Winemaker Dinners are a special occasion at Wolf Mountain Vineyards. Their Executive Chef creates a four course culinary masterpiece for your enjoyment. Each course will be paired with one of Wolf Mountain’s Award Winning wines. The winemakers will discuss the different characteristics that each of the wines possess and how they relate to the paired course.

$65 per person, plus service charge & tax, 4 course seated dinner with wine pairings,

Reservations Required, call 706-867-9862
Stay with us at Cedar House Inn and attend one of these events.
We are the closest inn (1.5 miles) from Wolf Mountain.

HemlockFest 2015 Coming 11/6-8

29 Oct

HemlockFest is an annual festival to increase public awareness of Eastern and Carolina hemlock tree problems to provide financial support for Area Colleges and Universities in their efforts to save the Hemlocks. If you have visited the western North Carolina mountains near Grandfather Mountain you can see that most of the Hemlock trees have been killed by the whooly adlegid.  Hemlockfest proceeds are used to help save these ancient trees.

HemlockFest features 19 bands and entertainers providing almost 30 hours of great music, plus food and beverage, natural crafts vendors, interactive presentations and exhibits, and lots of activities. Terrapin Beer is one of those beverage options which we love. Prior years have had Terrapin’s Wake and Bake Stout- yummy.

This year’s festival will feature over 30 juried booths with all handmade or homegrown work made by the crafts-person who is in the booth to sell it. Buy your holiday gifts with local artists including painting, jewelry, pottery, natural skin care, batik clothing, crochet, plants, baked goods, woodworking, candles, metal working, up-cycling, fiber arts, service booths and more!

Make your plans now to stay with us and enjoy 3 days of fun and music that supports a great cause to save the Hemlock Trees.

Tickets on sale now at www.HemlockFest.org. as well as more information on the event.


Dahlonega’s 2015 Wine Trail Weekend 8/22-23

17 Jul

Come stay with us and enjoy a Leisurely Weekend of Wine Tasting at  Dahlonega’s Wine Trail Weekend August 22-23.

This special event weekend will begin Saturday, August 22nd from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm and continueEventPhotoFull_Wine Trail Logo Sunday, August 23rd from 12:30 pm until 5:00 pm.

Wine Trail event passports are $30 per person including a Souvenir Glass (for the first 1,200 people). The passport is good for the weekend of August 22 & 23 for one visit to each of the five wineries. Ticket stubs in the passport are redeemable at each winery for free tastings.

Participating wineries include Three Sisters, Montaluce, Cavender Creek, Wolf Mountain and Frogtown.The local tasting rooms in downtown Dahlonega will also offering discounts and specials for passport holders.

Passports are available, and wine trail patrons are encouraged to begin the event, at the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Visitors Center located on the historic square in downtown Dahlonega.

If you do not wish to drive to the wineries we suggest you contact Mama’s Taxi at (706) 482-8539 or Crown Mountain Limo at (706) 867-0747.

To reserve passports online or to receive more information visit http://www.dahlonega.org

Goodbye to Stu

14 Jul

Very sad day at Cedar House Inn today.stu

Many of you remember our official greeter and beloved dog Stu. He would greet guests with Fred in the parking lot or Mary Beth when guests came in the inn front door. Many guests loved him since he was so friendly and full of love, enthusiasm and energy.

He loved guests scratching him on the rear and petting him! He was also fond of breakfast leftovers too which we had to restrict later on since he was putting on weight.

Today we had to put him  to sleep. He was 16 years old and having problems with walking. He had moved from the inn to our son’s house about six months ago because he had difficulty climbing the stairs to our second floor owner’s suite where he slept at night. The arthritis had taken its toll over the years with Fred trying to keep him comfortable with glucosamine and other natural treatments.

With our two sons and our son’s girlfriend we said goodbye dear friend and family member. The vetstu2 arrived at 5 pm so we got there early to love him, scratch him behind the ears (his favorite) and spend some quality time saying goodbye. We knew it was time for him to go since he wasn’t wagging his tail when we petted him. He seemed to appreciate the attention however from the look in his eyes.

Our son who is a chef cooked him a last supper of steak and salmon. He gobbled it right down. One thing for sure is that Stu always loved food and today he loved it too!

Once the vet arrived we all took turns loving him while he got the first shot (a sedative) and the final shot that would take him from us forever and take away his pain from old age.

We will miss him so much and know guests who have stayed with us will miss his smile, wagging tail and petting him. Putting him to sleep was the hardest thing we have ever done and we have heavy hearts.

So long “bubba Stu”. We will never forget you and the joys you brought us over the last 16 years.stu3

Dahlonega’s Appalachian Jams 2015

19 May
No, we are not talking about jams on toast. We’re talking about old-fashioned music jams on the public square that will get your toes tapping and your fingers snapping.
While Dahlonega is known historically for its gold, it also has a long tradition as a haven for Appalachian music. The recent Bear on the Square Festival highlights this tradition with a weekend of mountain music performances and workshops.
If you visit Dahlonega during the warmer months you might notice musicians with banjos, fiddles, guitars and dulcimers playing mountain music around the historic square.
The Appalachian Jam series started this year on Saturday April 25th and ends October 10th.
The jams happen every Saturday from 2 – 5 PM, rain or shine on the Gold Museum lawn. Look for the white tents or just listen for the music.
If weather requires, the jams will be moved across the street to beneath the covered pavilion on the Dahlonega Visitors Center Plaza.
The series is free so just come and listen/enjoy.

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