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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

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

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.

Staying Cool in the North Georgia Mountains

6 Jun

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 toZipNTime 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.

Dahlonega Appalachian Trail Fest 3/16-18

9 Mar

The vernal equinox marks the first day of spring. In 2012, the equinox occurs on March 20, right in the middle of the NorthBound Thru Hiker kickoff season at Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.

The second annual Spring on Springer Dahlonega Trail Fest will celebrate Dahlonega’s designation as an AT Trail Community by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Dahlonega’s position as the southern gateway to the Appalachian Trail.

It will be held on March 16-18 on the cusp of the first day of spring in Dahlonega, Georgia. The Trail Fest will include camping, speakers, films, live music, shuttles to Springer Mountain and Amicalola Falls, equipment vendors, and workshops on such topics as safety, camping techniques, and equipment. Fun trail related activities such as a 5k trail run, canoeing/kayaking, guided hikes, and local tours will be held.

2012 featured speakers/authors include: Warren Doyle, record holding 16 time thru hiker; Gene Espy, second person to ever thru hike the AT in 1951; Paralee Dawson, section hiker and author; Sandra Friend, author of over 15 hiking guidebooks; and Johnny Molloy, author of over 38 hiking guidebooks.

Films will include: TREK: A Journey on the Appalachian Trail and Walking the West: Hiking 2600 Miles from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail.

The Trail Fest will be a fun-filled weekend celebrating Dahlonega’s Trail Community designation, the importance of the Appalachian Trail to Dahlonega and Lumpkin County, the significance of Dahlonega to the many users of the AT, and all aspects of responsible use of the north Georgia forests for recreation. For information and details, check the Trail Fest website at http://www.dahlonegatrailfest.org.

Hiking the Appalachian Trail- Slackpacking

25 Apr

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Many guests who stay at our inn take day hikes on the Appalachian Trail. The trail starts at Amicalola Falls State Park which is about 40 minutes from the inn by car. A five-mile hike is required before reaching the official starting point of the trail. While you are at the park enjoy the falls as well.

North of the inn are two locations where the trail crosses the main highway. These areas are closer to Cedar House Inn. One is Woody Gap which has parking available. Park in the right parking lot and hike to Preacher’s Rock.  At Blood Mountain the trail also crosses the road. Mountain Crossing, a store with hiking supplies and gifts, is located near the road and trail area. Blood Mountain is the highest part of Lumpkin County and the trail is more strenuous. Many guests like to hike to the trail shelter.

A couple of weeks ago we had guests from Colorado who spent the week at our inn. The purpose of their trip was to hike the Georgia portion of the Appalachian Trail. They were not considered thru hikers but slack packers. Each morning they had breakfast at the inn and dropped their car off near where they would finish their trail hike that day. The Hiker Hostel would meet them at their car and shuttle them to the trail area where they were beginning the day hike. They hiked most of the Georgia portion of the trail using this method. Each evening they came back to the inn for a hot shower, Mary Beth’s cookies and chai tea.

Benefits of slack packing are many. No roughing  it on the trail carrying a heavy backpack in all kinds of weather. No freeze-dried dinners or oatmeal breakfasts. No sleeping on the hard ground. A unique way of hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Book a room or yurt with us and try hiking the Appalachian Trail. For more information on Hiker Hostel’s shuttle service call (770)312-7342.

New Videos on Web Site

11 Mar

We have added a new page to the inn web site that features videos we found on You Tube. Videos include some of our favorite (and guests favorites) waterfalls and hiking areas. These videos are shown on a separate video page of our web site. Just go to the Things to Do page and click the “video link” next to the item. You will be taken to the video page.

Videos of the local wineries have also been added to the Nearby Wineries page.

We hope this gives our guests a better idea of things they can do while staying at the inn.


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