Botanist Gathering 5/8-10 in Dahlonega

9 Apr
Come stay with us and attend the annual Georgia Botanical Society’s Spring WildflowerCypripedium acaule Pilgrimage in Dahlonega May 8-10.
The 2015 pilgrimage marks the 46th year of the annual celebration of Georgia’s rich assortment of native flora, some of the most diverse in the nation. During the three-day event, botanists both amateur and professional will fan out in several “field trips” from Dahlonega to explore a variety of mountain habitats — from stream banks crowded with mountain laurel and rhododendron to blue-shrouded vistas of high altitude granite outcrops.
Most of the habitats are north of Dahlonega within the 750,000-acre Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia’s largest public land preserve. A few are at altitudes nearly 4,000 feet.
Some field trips will be to destinations with familiar names — Woody Gap, Lake Winfield Scott and Jarrard Gap, Sosebee Cove and Dawson Forest. Others will be to lesser-known spots, such as a hike to the beautiful Raven Cliff Falls.
In addition to enjoying some of Georgia’s most breathtaking natural scenery, participants expect to see a profusion of blooming wildflowers that are botanical highlights of the central mountains during early May — pink lady’s slipper; small and large yellow lady’s slipper; several mid-season trillium species, including the painted trillium; nodding mandarin; May-apple and wood betony.
The pilgrimage’s Friday and Saturday evening events include a social with book signings and a talk about the geology and natural communities of the Dahlonega region.
The Georgia Botanical Society sponsors a wildflower pilgrimage every spring to a different and interesting part of the state. Last year’s event was headquartered in Waycross and focused on the Okefenokee Swamp. “The Pilgrimage is one of Georgia Botanical Society’s most popular offerings,” said Heather Brasell, Vice President and coordinator of this year‘s pilgrimage event.
For more information visit: http://www.gabotsoc.org/?page_id=23

Bear on the Square Festival 4/18-19, 2015

6 Apr

Come stay with us and attend Dahlonega’s award-winning Bear on the Square Mountain Festival.bearonthesquare2015

The yearly celebration of the Southern Appalachian culture, including music, art and folkways. This year’s event will be the 19th annual and will be held, rain or shine.

Bear on the Square is a lively weekend of music and art beginning with pre-festival activities, including jamming on the square and a Country Auction, on Friday, April 18, 2015.

Saturday and Sunday’s schedule includes free admission, on-stage performances by well-known bluegrass and old-time musicians; a juried Artists Marketplace featuring mountain crafts; more jamming on the square; free music workshops/demonstrations; storytelling; an Acoustic Open Mic event; Master Classes for string musicians; a Gospel Jam; an old-time mountain dance and more.

Admission is free to all festival events, including the MainStage musical performances and the Artists Marketplace. The only exception is a small registration fee for Sunday’s Master Classes.

Bear on the Square was named the SouthEastern Bluegrass Association “Music Venue of the Year” in 2014. The National Storytelling Network has awarded Bear on the Square the designation as this year’s Southeastern Regional Spotlight for Storytelling.

The festival is produced each year by Bear on the Square Mountain Festival, Inc., composed of a group of volunteers dedicated to preserving the culture of the Southern Appalachian region.

Southeastern Film Festival in Dahlonega 4/10-12, 2015

2 Apr

Come stay with us and attend a free film festival.

The SouthEastern Film Festival is coming to the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega from AprilSEFFDahlonega_FBevent 10-12 2015.

This will be a weekend of independent film!

There is no cost for admission and you will have the opportunity to screen 80 films from all over the world. 

The films will be screened at the Hoag Auditorium on the UNG campus.

For more information visit http://southeasternfilm.com/ or their Facebook page listed on their website.

Wine Highway Weekends in March 2015

26 Feb
Come stay with us and attend the Wine Highway Weekend.

The Winegrowers Association of Georgia is holding their Annual Spring Wine Highway Weekends March 21 & 22, and March 28th & 29th 2015.

georgiawinehighwayweekendThis year will be their biggest event with 18 members participating. In Dahlonega Montaluce and Cavender Creek Wineries will participate. There are also any more wineries in neighboring White County that will also be a part of the event.

If you have not participated before, you pay your admission fee ($40.00/person) at any of the participating wineries. You will receive a souvenir glass and Passport that you will take to each winery you visit.  Your admission allows you access to all participating wineries over both weekends so you can take your time and enjoy the experience.

Visit http://www.georgiawine.com for more information.

Admission Fee: $40.00

Saturdays 11:00AM to 5:00PM

Sundays: 12:30 PM to 5:00PM

 

Dahlonega Trail Fest 3/27-29

16 Feb

Come stay with us and attend the fifth annual Dahlonega Trail Fest on March 27-29, 2015 in Hancock Park and historic Downtown Dahlonega.

The event is a 3-day festival celebrating Dahlonega’s designation as an ATC Trail Community, Dahlonega’s proximity to the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, and general non-motorized recreation, including hiking, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, trail biking, horseback trail riding, trail maintenance, and other topics.

The Trail Fest will feature nationally recognized speakers, authors, thru hikers, AT record holders, workshops, music, hiking films, AT related craft vendors, manufacturer vendors and reps, and informational booths. A food court and Beer and Wine Garden will be open.

The event begins on Friday, March 27 at 3:00 pm, continue on Saturday, March 28 starting at 9:00 am, and Sunday, March 29 beginning at 9:00 am. A complete schedule will be posted on the Trail Fest website.

Hiking films will be shown on Friday and Saturday evenings.

There will be a 5k street run and a 10k road/trail run with 5k on the Reservoir Trail at Lake Zwerner. Details of the run can be seen on the Trail Fest website.

For more info, visit http://www.dahlonegatrailfest.org. Information will be constantly updated between now and the festival date.

Ultra-marathon Race thru the Mountains 3/14/2015

12 Feb

This years event is already sold out but we thought we would share this with our past and potential guests that may want to particpate next year (registration begins in September).

The Georgia Death Race which will 68 miles from Vogel State Park to Amicalola Falls. Race begins at 5am March 14, 2015.

The Georgia Death Race is a point-to-point ultramarathon trail race in North Georgia. The race is 68ish miles with close to 40,000 feet of elevation change, starting at Vogel State Park and finishing at Amicalola Falls State Park. Starting the race at 5:00 a.m. allows runners of all speeds to be on top of Duncan Ridge on the Duncan Ridge Trail for the sunrise. From here you will see the sun rise over the back of Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia. With the leaves off the trees the sunrise will light up the surrounding mountains and valleys that make up Northern Georgia. This, in it self, makes it worth it to run the race. The first 8 miles has close to 3,500 feet of elevation change. Including the 2,300 ft climb over 3.8 miles up to the summit of Coosa Bald.

Other course highlights include views from random points along the trail of mountains as far as you can see, the Toccoa Swinging Bridge, Amicalola Falls, the remote Benton Mackaye and Duncan Ridge Trails, and a beautiful wide open field with close to unobstructed views of the mountains some 37 miles in. Not to mention this race is hard as nails.
While the point of the race is for it to be hard, the real reason for this race is to showcase the North Georgia Mountain trails as well as create an experience that you will never forget. The sheer beauty of this race masks the difficulty of the terrain.

Included in the entry fee are 10 fully stocked aid stations in the middle of no where, a 68 mile point to point course, a unique t-shirt, some photos (if our photographers take photos of you), a Death Race Spike (only if you finish), hot meal (catered) and warm place to hang out/crash at the finish (at group shelter #3), and everything else that comes with doing a 68 mile course in the mountains.

Source: http://www.runbumtours.com/#!georgia-death-race/cr80

Valentines in Dahlonega & the North Georgia Mountains

9 Jan

Come stay with us for Valentines Day weekend in 2015. There are several events happening for the weekend that will help make your Valentine’s Day more memorable.

Wolf Mountain Vineyards Valentine Gourmet Dinner

Friday, February 13th & Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Time: 7pm

$65 per person, plus service charge & tax

4 course dinner with wine pairings. Call for menu.

Reservations required, call 706-867-9862 Ext 2

Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery Wine & Chocolate LOVERS Celebration

Every Saturday & Sunday in February

During the month of February 2015, Three Sisters Vineyards presents our Annual “Wine & Chocolate LOVERS” Celebration. This February we will combine artisan chocolate and wines in a special tasting line-up. Another Three Sisters OPEN HOUSE. Saturday hours are 11-5 and Sunday hours are 1-5pm.

During this event, Three Sisters Vineyards will combine chocolate and wines in a special tasting line-up. We will offer a variety of walk-up tastings every Saturday and Sunday. No reservations are required for the walk-ups .

Call 706-865-9463 or visit http://www.ThreeSistersVineyards.com for more information.

Frogtown Winery Valentines Dinner

Friday February 14 at 7:00PM or Saturday, February 15 at 7:00PM

Celebrate Valentines Day at  Frogtown Cellars with a 4 course affair complete with a generous pour of each paired wine. Dessert Follows!  

Note menu below and let them know of any dietary restrictions in advance of your arrival.  Reservations required.

The Amuse Bouche

Housemade Ricotta, Georgia Sweetwater Creek Honey, Toasted Ciabatta
Frogtown Sauvignon Blanc 2012

The First Course

Stuffed Scampi en Salad
Frogtown Disclosure Chardonnay 2012

The Second Course

Hearts of Polenta Bolognese
Frogtown Reserve Sangiovese 2009

The Third Course

Filet Mignon, Stuffed Mushrooms, Crispy Potatoes Anna and Vegetable DuJour
Frogtown Cellars Intensity 2010

The Dessert Event

Tiramisu Celebration
Coffee Bar

Make your reservations today

Cost: $65.00 per person plus $13.00 service charge for a total of $78.00 per person plus tax

For Reservations: Call 706-865-0687 or 404-502-9463.

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