Dahlonega is a great place to visit year round. Winter in Dahlonega is very special for many reasons which we will highlight in this blog post.
The Fall season in the north Georgia mountains is known for festivals and great foliage in the thousands of acres of National Forests. The towns, trails, and parks in the area are bustling with tourists and locals alike. As Fall gives way to Winter and the leafless trees open sweeping views of distant mountain vistas, hiking trails are less crowded and so are the restaurants and shops in Dahlonega – once the Christmas season is over, that is. The cooler temperatures invite wine enthusiasts to sip wine at one of the local wineries while sitting around a fire pit (more info below). Winter is a great time to visit Dahlonega.
Concerned about the weather? Winter is the time to be flexible and spontaneous. Plan a last minute getaway. Winter can be fickle in the North Georgia mountains sunny and beautiful one day and cold and windy the next- not to mention the rain we’ve had the last few winters. If you’re hoping to hike or just enjoy the outdoors while you’re here, consider keeping track of the forecast and making a last minute booking with us at Cedar House Inn. We often also may have lower Winter rates after January 1st until February 13th.
Hiking trails are still here to enjoy without the other tourists and the many waterfalls are still beautiful. See the links below for our favorite trails and waterfalls.
In regards to wineries many are open during the winter months. Wolf Mountain closes after Christmas, but opens in mid January for tastings and lunch by appointment. Frogtown and Montaluce are also open for lunch, dinner and tastings. See related post link below for wineries that serve lunch. Our favorite winery for the colder months is Cavender Creek Winery with their fire pits and porch with large fireplace. Imagine sitting next to the fire on a chilly winter day while enjoying a cheese platter, bowl of popcorn with a glass of wine. Or pick and paint a picture while having a glass of wine at Canvas and Cork in Downtown Dahlonega – available anytime during regular hours. What a great way to enjoy winter in Dahlonega.
Wineries also may feature a special event in the winter. Cavender Creek is having a great concert on January 19, 2020 with wine in their enclosed barn. Check our Facebook page for more information on this event and others we hear about.
Every March the Winegrowers Association of Georgia organizes the wine highway weekends. Originally held over just one weekend, the event soon became too popular to be limited to just three days. Now wine lovers can enjoy North Georgia’s finest wines over 10 days for just one price. In 2020 The Wine Highway Weekends will start on Friday March 20th at 1:00 pm and run thru Sunday March 29th at 5:00 pm including weekdays.
The cost is $50.00 per person – paid at the first winery visited. That fee will give you a passport and special wine glass to take to all the wineries you wish to visit at no additional charge for tastings. This is a great way to visit all of the member wineries for one price. As mentioned, you can start out on March 20th and visit wineries all week long and/or also visit wineries the following weekend too!
Tasting hours for the wine highway weekends are Friday 12-5 (1-5 for the first Friday), Saturdays 11-5, Sundays 12:30 -5, Monday through Thursday 11-5.
Participating wineries within approximately 20 minutes from the inn include Cavender Creek, Kaya Winery, Etowah Meadery and Cottage Winery. No more than 45 minutes away you can visit Habersham Winery, Cenita Winery, Creekstone Winery, Serenity Cellars and Yonah Mountain Winery. See map below for these locations relative to our inn.
Some of our personal favorites in terms of wine and venue include Cavender Creek with their rustic yet elegant tasting room with numerous fire pits to sit around sipping wine or the large fireplace on the covered deck with live music. We also like the mountain top views at Cottage Winery and the beautiful views of rocky top Yonah Mountain from Yonah Mountain Winery.
Wolf Mountain, Frogtown, Three Sisters and Montaluce Wineries are not part of the wine highway weekends since they are not members of the Georgia Winegrowers Association.
Book a room or yurt with us for one of the wine highway weekends or stay with us during the week and enjoy the Georgia wine.
Come stay with us and enjoy a Dahlonega New Year’s Eve. There are a variety of musical events planned for the end of 2019 to ring in 2020.
Dahlonega New Year’s Eve is always a festive event with the historic square still decorated for the season and thousands of holiday lights. If you were not able to visit the area prior to Christmas day, here is your chance.
The main event on New Year’s Eve is known as First Night Dahlonega and benefits Jeremiah’s Place which is an interfaith ministry that benefits the homeless in the area by providing transitional housing.
First Night Dahlonega features events all around town – on the square, Hancock Park and local downtown churches. Tickets are $10.00 per person and include all of the following events. Sixteen antique cars will also be on display.
The events start at 6 pm with an opening ceremony followed by musical events at Dahlonega Baptist Church, Dahlonega United Methodist Church, St Luke’s Catholic Church, The Marketplace, Hancock Park and the Dahlonega Square. Over 16 performers are scheduled throughout the evening and include Kurt Thomas, Pic and Bow, North Georgia Chamber Symphony, Georgia Musicale Group, James Ditty Band, Bad Habits Band and more. At midnight the Nugget Drop will take place on the square to ring in the New Year. For tickets or more information call 706) 867-5404 or visit https://dahlonegafirstnight.org/
Other local businesses will also have special New Year’s Eve events. The Crimson Moon features a musical concert with the EG Kite Trio. EG Kite is known as one of the blues most respected vocalists. Call 706 864 3982 for tickets.
Montaluce Winery and Restaurant will have a special New Year’s Eve dinner. Call 706-867-4060 for information, reservations required.
Come stay with us and ring in the New Year in one of our charming rooms or a unique yurt in the woods. New Year’s day you will enjoy a full hearty organic breakfast to start off 2020. For information click one of the links at the top of this page or visit https://www.georgiamountaininn.com
Make your reservations now for a Dahlonega New Year’s eve you will not forget.