What’s a Swale?

29 Apr

Many of our guests have been interested in how we practice permaculture on our property. Wenewdugswale frequently give tours after breakfast to show how permaculture works and to help guests get an idea of how they can use permaculture principles on their own property to have a more earth-friendly sustainable landscape.

One permaculture element that is readily apparent when entering the property at Cedar House Inn & Yurts is the ditches that seem to be everywhere. Some guests have wondered what are they for? They are swales.

We began digging our swales several years ago. After strong rains we noted where the rain water travelled on the property and that helped us determine where we should locate our swales.

Why have swales you ask?swalewithwater

Swales take rainwater that would normally run off the property and send the water into the ditch to be stored for later use. The water in the ditch is slowly released underground after a rain and also helps the mycorrhizal fungi that lives in the soil. Why help the fungi? The fungi attach to the root nodules on the many fruit and berry plants we have planted and help the plants in the uptake of water and soil nutrients.

Our swales are dug on contour to catch water traveling downhill after the rain. The swales are 1 – 2 feet deep and 1 -2 feet wide. The dirt taken from the ditch is used to make a berm on the lower side of the slope that is used for planting fruit and berries as well as nurse plants. In the future we will talk about nurse plants.

Bottom line is that we think swales are swell and encourage others to add them to their landscapes. You will have happier soil and plants.

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Dahlonega Winery Sunday Brunches 2015

25 Apr

At Cedar House Inn we’re just a mile and a half away from Wolf Mountain Winery. Many of our194  Saturday night guests go to a winery brunch after checking out Sunday morning.

Below you’ll find the monthly brunch themes for the year. Seatings are 12:30pm and 2:30pm. Cost is $30 per person, plus tax and gratuity and wine is additional by the glass or bottle.

April – Celebration Of Napa Cuisine & Bluegrass Brunch
May – White Wine, Sparkling Wine & Seafood Festival
June – Tribute To Tuscany Brunch
July – Tribute To BBQ Of The South With Live Blues
August – Artisan Cheese & Southern Regional Cuisine
September – Country French Cuisine With Live Jazz
October – Harvest Celebration With Live Bluegrass
November – Wild Game and Red Wine Brunch
December – Holiday Comfort Food

These events sell out quickly so if you are interested we encourage you to make reservations soon by calling 706-867-9862.

 

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.

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