There is so much to do around the area near the inn. The following videos give a better perspective of those places that we and our guests love to visit.
A map of the area showing some of the following attractions is at the bottom of the page.
Located just 10 minutes from the inn, the historic square is very quaint and the place to go for dining, shopping, and listening to music.
Canoeing the Chestatee River
During the warmer months the river is a great place to enjoy the outdoors. Appalachian Outfitters rents tubes, kayaks and canoes for floating down the river. The Outfitters is located on the river on the way into Dahlonega from Georgia 400. This video is about a couple enjoying canoeing.
Amicalola Falls is the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi River. The following video gives a great perspective of the falls and the hike up to the falls. If you don't want to hike up all the steps mentioned, you may take your car on the road up to the lodge which is located at the top of the mountain. Before you get to the top you will see a parking lot turnoff on the right. Park in the lot and hike to the falls. No steps and the trail is soft and mushy since it is made of recycled tires. The trail ends at the base of the falls shown on the video with the footbridge where you can look up to the falls or down to the steps and falls.
The falls are located west of Dahlonega on highway 52 west about 35 minutes from the inn. While in the area you may also want to visit the Kangaroo Center featured below. Also on the way to the falls from Dahlonega is the Funky Chicken Art Project.
This area is known as a favorite swimming hole in warmer weather. Many guests go there and cool off in the mountain stream or soak in the pools. Bring some old towels from home and enjoy. The creek is located about 15 minutes north of the inn on the way to Turner's Corner. After visiting Dicks Creek check out Desoto Falls which is shown below.
The falls are about 20 minutes from the inn and are a guest favorite for a light/moderate hike. There are two waterfalls located at either end of a tree shaded trail that follows a winding creek as shown on the video.
Raven Cliffs Falls
Raven Cliffs (about 40 minutes by car) is east of the inn and west of Helen. It is located off the Richard Russell Scenic Highway. The trail to the falls is an easy 2.5 mile one way trip. Along the way you follow a roaring creek and can see other falls as well (see first video below). The Raven Cliffs is at the end (second video) and is a large rock cliff with the creek coming down the middle. Some hikers climb to the top as we noticed the day we were there.
Not too far from the inn (about 40 minutes) is ZipNTime which is a unique zip line course near Helen. It has the longest duel zip line in the State of Georgia. When you are done have a glass of wine or moonshine in their club house.
North of the inn is a sustainable farm that utilizes several permaculture practices such as mulching, water retention, companion planting and other sustainable methods. They are located adjacent to Blackstock Vineyards and have market days on saturday mornings and tuesday afternoons. They sell a large variety of seasonal vegetables, provide cooking demonstrations/food tastings. Nadine's peach pie is fantastic. Our guests love to visit on saturday mornings right after breakfast.
Nora Mill Granary
The granary is located on the Chattahoochee River one mile south of Helen just 35 minutes from the inn. It is an old water- powered grist mill and still is in operation offering many products milled at the granary for tasting and purchase. Feed the trout from the back deck. Grab lunch at the Nacoochee Grill just north of the Mill. Across the street is the Habersham Winery and a large antique store in a picturesque white frame house. Farther southeast is the Sautee NacoocheeValley where you can enjoy the Folk Pottery Museum (below) and Yonah Mountain Winery.
Folk Pottery Museum
The museum is located behind the Sautee Community Center about 40 minutes from the inn and contains many examples of early Georgia pottery. Exhibits tell the history of pottery in Georgia. While in the area have a cup of coffee at Sweetwaters Coffeehouse and visit Shapiros Art Gallery and the Old Sautee Store. Two winery tasting rooms are just around the corner.
One hour east of the inn is Tallulah Gorge State Park. The gorge is magnificent and worth the drive. Similar to Amicalola Falls the park has many steps taking you down into the gorge. A neat suspension bridge takes you across the gorge about half way to the bottom. Get there early and be one of the 100 people allowed to hike the bottom of the gorge.