Winter 2016 is here in Dahlonega and the north Georgia mountains. The holidays are over, the crowds of tourists have left, the area is quiet and tranquil and for the first time in years all of our local wineries will be open on the weekends beginning January 16th – all but two will be open the weekend of the 8th.
Inn with Snow
Three Sisters opens mid-January for weekends; Montaluce opens 1/14; Cavender Creek weekends; Cottage Winery and Yonah Mountain weekdays and weekends; Wolf Mountain and Frogtown are open weekends. You can check their web sites or call them for details.
Take advantage of the quiet season in our area. You can check the weather and make last-minute reservations for dining and lodging with us – no two night minimum except Valentine’s Day weekend.
Hiking in the winter months is beautiful because the mountain vistas open up with the leaves off the trees. You literally can see for miles in many areas along the Appalachian Trail. The temperatures are colder and at times the wind might be blowing so wear appropriate clothing in layers. You might even see snow.
The waterfalls in the area are also special in the winter. Some may be covered in ice depending on the temperatures. Two of our favorite waterfall hikes are Amicalola and DeSoto Falls.
Yurt in Snow
Historic downtown Dahlonega’s quaint shops and restaurants are open without the crowds. Live music is typically offered on weekends.
Come stay with us and enjoy the North Georgia mountains and historic Dahlonega in the winter of 2016.
Come stay with us for New Year’s Eve 2016 and enjoy a variety of events.
We currently have rooms and yurts available.
Every year we share champagne and light snacks with guests who wish to join us.
First Night Dahlonega will feature live music on several stages for one price. For more info watch the video below or visit First Night.
Shenanigan’s Irish Pub will have Rest in North Dakota playing with no cover charge.
Bourbon Street Grill will have Justin Bridges playing music.
Spirits Tavern will have “Throw back Thursday” Lounge music starring Kristen Englenz. Music starts at 7:30pm.
Montaluce Winery will have from 5pm-12am a New Year’s Eve menu in the restaurant, their finest estate wines, live music and of course, the champagne countdown to midnight. More info at web site.
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.
A 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 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
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 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.
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 continue 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