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Meet the Innkeepers at Cedar House Inn & Yurts, Dahlonega, GA

17 Nov

A recent guest took this short video of Fred and Mary Beth, the innkeepers and owners of Cedar House Inn and Yurts in Dahlonega, GA. They talk about how they started the inn 11 years ago, what makes their inn different from other lodging and permaculture on the property.

Dahlonega Thanksgiving in the North Georgia Mountains 2013

16 Nov

We have decided to accommodate guests for the evening of Thanksgiving Day 2013. Normally we have closed for Thanksgiving Day to spend time with our family. This year we have already booked other guests for Thanksgiving Day with check in after 6 pm.

If you want to enjoy Thanksgiving in the North Georgia mountains please consider staying with us.

Check our web site and availability calendar for what we have available.

Where to eat Thanksgiving Dinner in Dahlonega?

At this time we know of three options that are shown below. We will be adding additional places for Thanksgiving Dinner when they become available to us. Check out our Facebook page for future additions.

  • The Smith House offers Thanksgiving Dinner each year.  Call 706-867-7000 for more information.
  • Yahoola Creek Grill is also having Thanksgiving Dinner- More Information on Menu and pricing is shown below the Montaluce Winery Information.
  •  Montaluce Winery is offering Thanksgiving Dinner this year. Information is below:

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From Their Harvest to Your Table

Montaluce & Le Vigne Restaurant will be offering their Family Style Thanksgiving Lunch that will including fresh produce from their first harvest of the new Garden at Montaluce.

We were there a few weeks ago for a Sunday wine tasting and to enjoy live music at the winery and saw their mini hoop houses set up on their grounds with a large variety of vegetables happily growing and protected from the recent cold weather.

Time: 12pm-3pm
What to Expect:

  • First Course – Seasonal Soup
  • Second Course – Organic Garden Grown Salad
  • Third Course – Family Style Thanksgiving Favorites.
  • Fourth Course – Mixed Seasonal Pies and Desserts
(special exceptions may be made for any food allergies)

Price: $70 per person

To make your reservation, call 706.867.4060 or email info@montaluce.com

  • Yahoola Creek Grill Thanksgiving- 11/28- 11 am-5pm

Enjoy all of Chef Rick’s Holiday Favorites!
$28 per adult, $10 per child

(age 11 and under)
Served Family StyleMain Entrée

Traditional Roast Turkey with Gravy
Brown Sugar and Honey Glazed Ham

Vegetables

Creamed Corn
Buttered Carrots
Brussels Sprouts
Green Bean Casserole

Side Dish

Sage Dressing
Creamy Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Mushroom Risotto

Dessert (choose one)

Warmed Ellijay Apple Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream
House-Made Pumpkin Pie with Fresh Whipped Cream

Spots are filling up fast… make your reservation today by calling Yahoola Creek Grill at  706-482-2200

Gold Rush Festival This Weekend in Dahlonega

17 Oct
 
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Gold Rush Days is happening this coming weekend.

We have a yurt available this weekend as well (2 night minimum).

Over 300 art and craft exhibitors gather around the Public Square and Historic District in support of this annual event, and it is estimated that a crowd of over 200,000 visit over the weekend to join in the fun and excitement!

It has been voted one of the Top 20 Events in the southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Included in the two-day event are a parade, children’s activities, a fashion show, gold panning contest, wheelbarrow race, King and Queen Coronation, hog calling, buck dancing contest, gospel singing and other live entertainment, wrist wrestling, and last but not least – some delicious food!

Saturday October 19th
9:00 – Festival Opens
9:00 – K.I.S.S. Club Performance (main stage)
10:15 – Old Timey Fashion Show (main stage)
10:45 – Chattanooga Choo-Choos from Tennessee Clogging Performance (main stage)
11:15 – Clogging Competition (main stage)
11:30 – Jesse Mariah Williams (main stage) [www.jessemariahwilliams.com]
12:00 – T.W. Holeman Gospel Singing Group (main stage)
1:00 – Cross Cut Saw Competition (main stage)
2:00 – King and Queen Coronation (main stage)
3:00-4:30 – Parade (street)
4:45 – Radford Windham & Step Back Cadillac (main stage)
[www.facebook.com/RadfordWindhamStepBackCadillac]
6:30-8:00 – Coal Mountain Band (main stage)
[www.reverbnation.com/CoalMountainBand]
All Day – Free Water Station, Gift Basket Drawing, Baby Comfort Area, Games for Children, Face Painting, Live Music (Country Gospel, Gospel, and Contemporary Christian Music) – sponsored by Dahlonega Baptist Church (Hancock Park)

Sunday October 20th
9:00 – Festival Opens
9:00 – AliCats Dance Studio (main stage)
10:00 – Hog Calling Competition (main stage)
10:30 – The Highbeams (main stage)
[www.highbeamsmusic.com]
11:00- Gold Panning Championships (Gold Museum Lawn, registration opens at 9:00, check with registration table for details on divisions, contests and times)
11:30 – Buck Dancing Competition (main stage)
12:00 – Destitute Way (main stage)
[www.reverbnation.com/destituteway]
1:15 – Ryan Boss (main stage)
[www.ryanbossmusic.com]
1:45 – Kayla Armstrong (main stage)
[www.kaylaleigharmstrong.com]
2:30-5:30 – Wrist Wrestling (main stage)
All Day – Free Water Station, Gift Basket Drawing, Baby Comfort Area, Games for Children, Face Painting, Live Music (Country Gospel, Gospel, and Contemporary Christian Music) – sponsored by Dahlonega Baptist Church (Hancock Park)

Sunday October 20th
Gold Panning Championships
9:00 – Registration Opens
11:00- 1st Annual Gold Rush Open
1:00 – 51st Annual World Open Gold Panning Championship
Blind Fold Event to begin immediately after award presentations
[www.consolidatedgoldmine.com]

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HemlockFest Coming

17 Oct

HemlockFest Coming

Every autumn in the peaceful hills outside Dahlonega, good folks gather for 3 days of amazing music, inspiring educational programs, primitive camping, arts and crafts, canoeing, companionship and fun.

Join us this year November 1,2 & 3!

HemlockFest is an all-ages, eco-friendly event with 100% of the proceeds aiding efforts to save our hemlock trees by minimizing the impact of the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), which is an introduced parasitic insect killing the hemlocks of North Georgia at an alarming rate.

Dahlonega Wine Trail Weekend 8/17-18

29 Jul

Experience all of Dahlonega’s Wineries for One Low Price

The Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center and Dahlonega’s five unique Wineries will host theDahlonega_Wine_Trail_Festival_Image (1) 2nd Annual Dahlonega Wine Trail weekend. The event will begin Saturday, August 17th at 12:00pm Noon – 5:00 pm and continue  Sunday, August 18th from 12:30 pm until 5:00 pm.

The Dahlonega Wine Trail will use passports for admission. Cost is $25 per person which includes a Souvenir Glass and is valid for August 17 & 18 for one visit to each winery. Ticket stubs in the passport are redeemable at each winery for free tastings.

Wine trail patrons are encouraged to begin the event at the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Visitors Center in downtown Dahlonega, 13 South Park Street, Dahlonega, GA 30533.  There you can purchase the  Wine Trail passport with maps to the participating wineries.

You may purchase your passport online now at the Chamber web site, http://www.dahlonega.org. Pick-up your passport at Will Call at the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Visitors Center on Saturday, August 17th between 9:00am – 5:30pm and Sunday, August 18th between 10:00am – 5:00pm. No refunds. Must present photo ID to pick up.

Passports will also be available at participating wineries listed below. Passport Quantities are limited.

Cavender Creek Vineyards & Winery

Frogtown Cellars

Montaluce Winery & Estates

Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery

Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at the Holly Theater

18 Jul
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Directed by Jamie Fambrough
July 19 – 21st, 26 – 28th, & August 2 – 4th
Friday and Saturday shows at 8pm
Sunday Matinee at 2pm

Tickets:
Adults $18.00, Children & Students $12.00
Oregon in the 1850s is the setting of the stage version of the popular MGM movie of the same name and The Sobbin’ Women by Stephen Vincent Benet. The show harkens back to the glory days of the movie musical. Millie, a young bride, tries to civilize and marry off her six rowdy brothers-in-law, but the plan backfires when the brothers, in their enthusiasm, kidnap six gals from a neighboring town to be their brides.

Not All Eggs Are Created Equal

14 Jun

Like most people you may buy your eggs at the grocery store. Not all eggs are created equal and you do not always get what you

eggs think you are paying for.

Years ago we were like most consumers purchasing our eggs at the grocery store. We would just grab a dozen and place them in the grocery cart without giving any thought where they came from.

Then grocers started offering standard eggs, premium eggs, organic eggs, cage-free eggs, free range eggs and, occasionally, pasture raised eggs. Prices varied greatly between the various choices but did we really know the differences and were the prices justifiable?

For years we purchased cage-free eggs when we learned that regular eggs were being produced by hens in very small cages called battery cages. We weren’t necessarily looking at healthier eggs for us to consume but more concerned about the welfare of the hens that were laying the eggs. We also purchased organic cage-free eggs that we thought would be healthier for us.

Then we found out that the term cage-free was basically a good marketing ploy for people like us who were concerned about animal welfare. We were shocked when we learned that those cage-free hens never see the light of day and never go outside for sunshine or to scratch in the dirt, eat insects and other things happy chickens do. Yes, they are not confined to tiny cages but commercial egg production centers (aka hen houses) hold thousands of chickens at a time so the chickens have very little room to run around. This certainly is not ideal.

So we started buying free range eggs and felt better because we thought the hens got to range freely about the farm. We later learned that in large commercial egg farms they are still in the henhouse with thousands of other hens (like cage-free) but they are provided a small door to go outside to see the sunshine. This outside area in many cases is a small fenced patio and most chickens do not know that they can outside. Since there are so many free range chickens in the henhouse there is not enough room for many of them to go outside even if they wanted to. These outdoor areas are small fenced concrete patios in some cases so the chickens cannot naturally scratch in the dirt or eat insects which they love to do. We wrote an earlier blog post in June 2010 about the difference between free range and pasture raised eggs.

Since running the inn we have learned about pasture raised eggs and that is all we now purchase. Our eggs come for a farm up the road and the chickens have a house to go into at night or during bad weather for protection. During the day the are roaming outside around the farm scratching in the dirt and small gravel and enjoying the bugs and grasshoppers they like to eat adding to their healthy diet. These chickens are not confined in a henhouse with thousands of other chickens (like factory farms) so they tend to be healthier and do not require all the antibiotics of factory farmed hens. We visit the farm and can attest that our eggs come from happy chickens.

If you can purchase eggs from a pasture raised source, go for it!  You will get fresher eggs (ours are usually gathered the day we buy them), healthier for you eggs (check out those bright orange nutrient filled yolks) and know that you are getting them from happy hens.

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