Dahlonega Art

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Dahlonega offers a variety of attractions including beautiful mountain scenery, wineries, waterfalls, unique shops, and restaurants offering a wide range of cuisines. Another attraction that lures visitors to the area is the Dahlonega art scene.

Many of the festivals in Dahlonega have an art emphasis with exhibits of local and regional artists showing and selling their work. The largest art related festival is the Arts, Wine and Jazz Festival held every May in the historical Dahlonega square and Hancock Park. The festival is sponsored by the local non-profit artists association Chestatee Artists. The association supports art education in the Dahlonega area as well as encouraging artistic expression among the member artists. Professional jazz musicians and local wine are also featured.

The Dahlonega art scene also includes some popular art galleries in the downtown area. They include the Bleu Gallery, Canvas and Cork and Brad Walker Pottery.

Bleu Gallery is located on the historic Dahlonega square and includes the works of many local artists. Some of the artists may be working in the gallery areas when you visit and would be happy to show your their work and discuss their craft with you. The gallery also has a wine tasting area with a variety of wines for tasting or for sale. For more information visit their web site http://bleugallery.net

Canvas and Cork gallery is located adjacent to Hancock Park and also features the works of many local artists. They also offer art classes on a variety of art mediums as well as a wine tasting area. On weekends they often have live music featuring Irish Jams and other styles of music. For more information visit their website: http://canvasandcorkdahlonega.com/

Brad Walker Pottery is located on the historic square and houses the work of Brad Walker a longtime Dahlonega potter and artist. Brad has been located at the same location for over 40 years and can often be found at his wheel at the back of his shop creating his unique pottery pieces. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Walker-Brad-Pottery/167060836641829

The University North Georgia has an active art department with exhibitions throughout the year showing works of students and faculty. The Bob Owens Art Gallery is on the top floor of the Hoag Student Center and has six exhibitions per year. https://ung.edu/art-galleries/dahlonega/index.php. The university also has the outdoor sculpture exhibition, a regional juried exhibition, featuring artists born in or residing in one of the 13 Appalachian States. More information at https://ung.edu/visual-arts/outdoor-sculpture/index.php

Out of Town Art Galleries

Around Back at Rocky’s Place Art Gallery is near Dawsonville, Ga and features the work of 200 folk artists, potters, wood carvers, fabric artists, and metal sculptors. Less than 30 minutes from the inn they are located at 3631 Hwy 53 East at Etowah River Road in Dawsonville, GA 30534. Phone 706-265-6030. Only open Saturdays and Sundays. For more information visit https://aroundbackatrockysplace.com/

Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia Sautee Nacoochee describes and shows the history of pottery in the Northeast Georgia mountains. Attached to the Sautee Nacoochee Center which features local history as well as local art on display and for sale, it is 36 minutes northwest of the inn. It opened in September 2006 and has won architectural awards for the building design. The museum contains an extensive collection of 150 pieces dating back to the 1840’s. For more information on exhibits, workshops, special events and hours of operation visit http://www.folkpotterymuseum.com/ .

Around the corner is the InsideOut Sautee gallery, market and wine tasting room. They feature local art and jewelry for sale as well as lunch. Gluten free options available. For more info visit http://insideoutsautee.com/index.html

Head south and also visit the Gourd Place at 2139 Duncan Ridge Road in Sautee. They invented a process to use gourds to make pottery. The pottery takes on the intricate physical charactertics of the inner part of the gourd with unique details. They have bowls, dishes, coffee mugs, earrings and much more. For more information visit https://gourdplace.com/

Come visit us and experience the Dahlonega area art attractions.

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Dahlonega Theater and Music Scene

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Dahlonega has always had a strong presence in the theater and music arts. Being in the foothills of the Appalachians music has been a tradition among families who have inhabited this area for centuries. The theater has gained popularity with the conversion of the Holly Theater from a movie house into a thriving community performing arts theater.

Holly Theater

The Holly was built in 1948 as a movie theater. Remodeled, it currently seats 256 on the main level and 50 in the balcony and houses a non-profit organization that produces musicals and plays with five main stage performances a year. Several musical concerts are presented each year as well. For more information visit http://www.hollytheater.com/.

Music Festivals

The Bear on the Square Festival happens every April and features Appalachian Music performances and workshops. For more information visit our blog post at https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/2018/04/01/bear-on-the-square-festival/

The Art, Wine and Jazz Festival features talented jazz musicians every third weekend in May. More info at http://www.chestateeartists.org/arts-and-wine-festival.php

Hemlockfest features live music all weekend. You can purchase a day pass or a full festival pass (3 days) and camp out on the property. The festival is held the first full weekend in November and raises funds to save the hemlock trees. For more information visit http://hemlockfest.org/blog/

Live Music Venues

Created as an intimate live music venue, the Crimson Moon located on the square in Dahlonega is the most popular music venue in the area. Many of our guests reserve their room with us after reserving their concert seats to hear musicians such as Amy Ray from the Indigo Girls, Sylvia (ACM Female Vocalist of the Year), Emi Sunshine and the Rain, and others that play at some of Atlanta’s and the Southeast’s popular venues. There is normally a cover charge for musical performances at Crimson Moon unless it’s open mike night. For their current performance schedule visit http://www.thecrimsonmoon.com/

Many of the Dahlonega area restaurants have free music on weekends. Check out their facebook pages for more information. These restaurants include Spirit’s Tavern, Bourbon Street Grill, Shenanigan’s, Pueblos, Gustavo’s and more. The wineries and Canvas and Cork Gallery also may have free music on weekends so check out their web sites and facebook pages too. The Dahlonega Nugget newspaper comes out every Wednesday and normally lists the live music events for the coming weekend. We have a copy we can share when you check in to our inn.

Appalachian Jams

Every Saturday afternoon from April through October musicians show up on the Dahlonega Square around the Gold Museum to perform traditional Appalachian music. The music jams are from 2:00 to 5:00 pm and you are free to watch and participate. For more info visit https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/2018/05/20/dahlonega-appalachian-jams/

First Friday Free Concerts

On the first Friday of the month from May through October there are free concerts in Hancock Park downtown. For more information visit our blog post at https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/2018/05/28/dahlonega-outdoor-concerts/

Come stay with us and enjoy the theater and music opportunities in Dahlonega.

For more things to do in the area visit https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/dahlonega-attractions/

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Appalachian Jams on the Square

Dahlonega Day Trip- Blue Ridge: Beer and Trains

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Where can you go in the North Georgia mountains and drink craft beer in three different breweries? Or hop a vintage train and ride through the mountains to Tennessee and have craft beer at two breweries? You can do both in Blue Ridge, GA, just a little over an hour (1 hour, 9 minutes) day trip from our inn in Dahlonega. Check out more below on this Blue Ridge day trip.

Blue Ridge has long been known for its train offering a scenic 4 hour 26 mile round trip through the mountains north of town to McCaysville, Ga and Copperhill, Tennessee. The downtown Blue Ridge area has grown in recent years offering numerous shops and restaurants. There also three craft breweries in town as well which is amazing for a town of about 1,400 (2017 census).

For driving directions to Blue Ridge from our inn check out the map at the bottom of the page.

For locations of the breweries mentioned visit our map https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Vw2kKH6VEAtTq3fLrgx0PSHbOjsYH4Ip&usp=sharing

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

The train station/boarding area is at the center of downtown Blue Ridge. Originally the train started from Marietta in the late 1800’s with track laid to Blue Ridge. The last passenger travel of that era was in 1950. In 1998 the railway started up again with the trip from Blue Ridge to McCaysville, Georgia. Currently serving around 78,000 annual passengers the train follows the original route along the Toccoa River offering scenic views for its riders.

The Fall season tends to be the busiest with guests enjoying the ride and the seasonal colors. It is suggested to purchase tickets in advance and arrive an hour before departure since seating is not reserved. Web site: https://brscenic.com/

The train’s first stop is McCaysville, GA and you will have some time to visit the town and walk across the bridge to Copperhill, Tennessee. There are two craft breweries, Copper Hill Brewery and Buck Bald Brewery. Their web sites are listed below.

Copperhill Brewery: https://www.copperhillbrewery.com/

Buck Bald Brewery: https://buckbaldbrewing.com/

After your visit to the towns and breweries you will head back to Blue Ridge on the train.

Blue Ridge, Georgia Breweries

If you decide not to take the train ride you will have more time to visit the three Blue Ridge breweries and shops downtown.

Fannin Brewing Company started in 2012 is open Thursday through Sunday and has its beers on tap or you can get a flight of four 5 oz pours to try them all. Their beers can be purchased in parts of Tennessee, Atlanta and North Georgia. Check out their web site for beers on tap and special events. Fannin Brewing web site: https://www.fanninbrewingcompany.com/home

Grumpy Old Men Brewery is a microbrewery started in October 2012 with a large selection (9 to choose from). They are also open Thursday through Sunday. Visit their web site: https://grumpyoldmenbrewing.com/

Blue Ridge Brewery is the first brewery to open in downtown Blue Ridge. They are open every day except Tuesdays. Besides the craft beers they produce they also serve food and have a gastropub menu. Live music is available during certain times. Check out their web site: https://blueridgebrewery.com/

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