With Summer here the temperatures are getting warmer and many Atlantans are thinking about a quick escape to the North Georgia mountains and wine country. The temperatures up here can be warm as well but tend to be a little cooler than the city and suburbs. We don’t have all that asphalt and buildings to soak up and retain the heat. The forests provide mother nature’s air conditioning.
While visiting Cedar House Inn and Yurts many guests find outdoor activities are the perfect way to stay cool. Some choose to hike on the Appalachian Trail where cool breezes always seem to blow. Favorite hikes are Preacher’s Rock near Woody Gap and Blood Mountain. We have a short video showing Preacher’s Rock on our YouTube channel which is linked to this blog to your right.
Another option for staying cool is tubing down the Chestatee River or kayaking/canoeing on the Chestatee or Etowah Rivers. Appalachian Outfitters rents tubes and kayaks and provides shuttle services. Bring your own kayak and they will shuttle you for a fee. You can reach them at (706) 864-7117 or (706)867-7116 (for tubing).
If you want to get really wet bring some old towels for drying off and head up the mountain from the inn to Dick’s Creek. This is a favorite swimming hole with the locals so it may be busy on weekends. The creek features cold refreshing water that cascades down waterfalls into deep pools that are great for swimming. Some of the more daring types like to jump off the sides into the pools of water. You can watch a short video of Dick’s Creek on our YouTube channel linked to this blog to your right.
Several weeks ago we took a hike for the first time to Raven Cliff Falls which is northeast of the inn on the Richard Russell Scenic Highway near Helen. The 2.5 mile trail is along a roaring creek. At the beginning of the trail is a deep pool of water with a rope swing. Guests told us they saw people wading around Raven Cliffs Falls. Bring some old towels and check it out. We also have videos of our hike on the YouTube channel link to your right.
If you are really looking for a thrill check out North Georgia’s newest zip line and the closest zip line to the inn. ZipNTime is located next to Habersham Winery south of Helen and features the longest dual zip line in Georgia. The longest zip is almost 1/2 mile and reaches speeds up to 55 mph. That will cool you off and provide a thrill. Call 706-878-9477 for more info and reservations.
We also have videos of canoeing, Preacher’s Rock, Dicks Creek and ZipNTime zip lining on our website video page which you can visit by clicking videos.
Come stay with us for a weekend in June and attend the 12th Annual Georgia Wine Country Festival at Three Sisters Winery.
This popular wine event has been extended to every weekend (rain or shine) in June. Free General Admission. Free Live Music! A Wine Garden featuring guest Georgia Wineries from around the state will be presented for a fee inside the festival. Participating wineries include Boutier, Chateau Elan, The Cottage Vineyards, Georgia Winery, Sautee-Nachoochee, Three Sisters and more. Food and wine will also be available to purchase. Music during the weekends includes the Polite Jazz and Standards of Tommy Dean and Mike Ewbank AKA Moose & Squirrel, Old Time, Americana and Bluegrass of The Buzzard Mountain Boys Hootenanny featuring Special Guests Ann Whitley of the Rosen Sisters, Doug Singleton, The Three Arrows and more.
Festival hours are Saturdays 11-5 and Sundays 12-5. Visit ThreeSistersVineyards.com for more information.
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Next weekend is the 17th annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival, a highly entertaining and lively weekend of music and art
held in and around Dahlonega’s Historic Public Square.
Pre-festival events will occur on Friday, April 19, with the beginning of jamming on the Historic Public Square and the Live Country Auction that night.
On Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21, there will be free admission on-stage performances by local, regional, and national musicians throughout the day in the MainStage Tent across from Hancock Park with a heavy emphasis on bluegrass and old-time music from the Southern Appalachian region.
A juried Artist Marketplace on the square, Saturday and Sunday, features traditional mountain crafts, and there will also be a Country Store at Hancock Park. More jamming on the square and music workshops on Saturday and Sunday, a Sunday morning Gospel Jam, a Saturday evening old-time Mountain Dance, a Saturday Open Mic event, kids activities, and food complete the offerings.
The Winegrowers Association of Georgia is holding their 7th Wine Highway Weekend this weekend Friday-Sunday March 22nd-24th, 2013. Each year this event has grown in popularity as more people have discovered the National and International Award Winning Fine Wines that are made right here in Georgia, from Georgia Grown Grapes.
Come and discover the superb wines, outstanding experience the wineries have to offer. You can purchase your Passport at any winery you where you begin your Wine Highway experience. For more information visit their website at www.georgiawine.com.
This year the only participating winery in Dahlonega will be Cavender Creek Vineyards but there are several in neighboring White County. Blackstock Winery is no longer in business. Wolf Mountain and Frogtown Vineyards are no longer part of the association but are having their own special where you can purchase a ticket for $15.00 pp and visit both wineries this weekend using the ticket.
RUSSO AND NOE PRESENT VALENTINE’S WITH SINATRA & MARTIN 2/14/2013 8-10pm
Russo and Noe are professional entertainers, not an impersonation act. Although comparisons are often made to the Rat Pack days of Las Vegas, they are based out of Atlanta, Ga. but perform all across the Southeast.
Performing in tuxedos with the trademark Manhattan glass in hand they really do take an audience back to those days. Just close your eyes and you could be at the Sands Hotel in 1962. They are easy and relaxed on stage, slightly ribald with their humor, and possess excellent voices remarkably suited to the swinging, big band era.
FOR TICKET INFORMATION CONTACT THE HOLLY THEATER AT 706-864-3759
Come stay with us and enjoy Frogtown Winery’s Valentine’s Dinner Feb 16, 2013 7:00 pm. The following day 2/17 they will have a Valentine’s brunch at 12:30pm.
The dinner will be four courses paired with wine and dessert. Reservations Required.
The Welcome- Amuse Bouche, Frogtown 2010 Inclination
The First Course- Grilled Meatballs with Red Pepper Olive Ragu, and Pecorino on a bed of Arugula
Frogtown 2011 Sauvignon Gris
The Second Course- Hearts of Polenta with Tomato Butter
Frogtown Sangiovese 2010
The Third Course- Surf & Turf Frogtown Style, Filet & Scampi
Frogtown Propaganda 2008
The Dessert- Surprise
The Valentine’s Dinner shown above is $55.00 per person plus gratuity for a total of $66.00 (plus tax) includes a generous pour of wine with each course.
The Sunday Brunch is $45.00 per person plus gratuity for a total of $54.00 (plus tax) includes a generous pour of wine with each course.
Reservations required. Call 706.865.0687 ext 4, 404.502.9463 By email firstname.lastname@example.org or online http;//www.frogtownwine.com.