Getaway Away From the Crowds- COVID 19

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Has the Corona Virus (Covid-19) got you rethinking your travel plans? Looking for a getaway away from the crowds? Come stay with us in the North Georgia mountains where the great outdoors is waiting for you to enjoy – just an hour and a half away from Atlanta, but from away from the crowds.

Check our availability calendar (grey box to your right) to see if we’re open when you want to stay. The yurts and two downstairs rooms (Chickadee, Mountain Bluebird) will be available for occupancy.

Cedar House Inn is the perfect place to base your mountain getaway away from the crowds. Our five unit bed and breakfast consistently earns 100% on its health inspections and we’re currently implementing extra sanitizing procedures to ensure our guests’ safety. Unlike other lodging two of our three rooms in the main inn and our yurts have private outside entrances that allow our guests to come and go without interaction with other guests if they choose. All our rooms offer windows that can be opened to the fresh mountain air. Our two yurts in the woods offer even greater privacy while enjoying nature. When morning temperatures reach 60 degrees we’ll be opening the outside screened dining room for breakfast allowing guests to eat at separate tables 6 feet from others in the fresh air.

Social Distancing

During the covid-19 period we have taken more extreme precautions for our personal safety and the safety of our guests. In addition to limiting occupancy to our yurts and rooms with private entrances we have also restricted use of the common areas except the screen porch dining room for breakfast. When you check in we will have already run your credit card and will remain six feet away during check in and orientation. We will also not tidy up rooms and yurts for multi nite stays and will not clean vacated units for at least three days after check out for our own safety. Restrictions may also be placed on occupancy in terms of availability to restrict number of guests staying at a time and to give the units ample time (at least 3 days) between check-ins to help minimize possible exposure.

This spring the beautiful North Georgia mountains are the perfect destination for travelers looking to getaway away from the crowds. The spring green of budding trees and bright flowers paint the landscape with color while still offering wide vistas from the mountain ridges. Waterfalls, hiking trails, fishing, horseback riding and kayaking offer couples looking for a secluded getaway  away from the crowds a variety of outdoor activities. Look at the bottom of this blog for links to waterfalls, hiking trails and other outdoor activities.

At Cedar House Inn we’ll provide you with a full breakfast in the morning that tides most guests over till midday. All of our units are equipped with mini fridges so you can bring your own food for your lunch and dinner if you choose, or you can take advantage of the wineries and restaurants in our area – many of them offer outside seating if you really want to getaway away from the indoor crowds. Wineries offering food and outside dining include Montaluce (full meals), Cavender Creek (snacks), Three Sisters (snacks), and Kaya (tapas). Restaurants in town offering outside dining include Shenannigans Irish Pub, Bourbon Street Grille, Capers, and The Corner Kitchen (deli where you could get sandwiches to go).



Outdoor Activities

Wine Highway Weekends 2020- UPDATE

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Update: Due to COVID-19 Wine Highway Week has made some date changes. Passports will be valid for the entire month of August.

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 one month for just one price.

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.

Normal wine highway weekend Tasting hours have always been Friday 12-5 (1-5 for the first Friday), Saturdays 11-5, Sundays 12:30 -5, Monday through Thursday 11-5. Due to Covid 19 not all wineries will be open weekdays and hours may vary so call the wineries you wish to visit to verify opening hours.

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.

For more information on the wine highway weekends and to see a list of all participating wineries for this annual popular event visit

For more information on the Dahlonega area wineries including those not on the wine highway weekend event visit

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Dahlonega House Concerts

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Last week while waiting for our bed and breakfast guests to check in an unexpected guest showed up at our door bringing us fliers to help publicize the Dahlonega house concerts he and his wife provide in their large home nearby. His venue is called Over the Moon House Concerts and features professional musicians performing in his home throughout the year.

You might be wondering what are Dahlonega house concerts? On selected Saturday evenings throughout the year they clear the furniture out of their large living room and add seating for guests to hear great music by bands and solo artists. They open their home at 6:00 pm with the concert starting at 7:30 pm. A pot luck dinner is offered starting at 6:00 pm -so bring a dish if you want to participate in sharing dinner together. The event is BYOB with the house supplying water and sodas.

The Dahlonega house concerts at Over the Moon are offered for a suggested $25.00 cash donation per person at the door with all the proceeds going to the artists. The hosts receive no payment and offer their home free of charge because they love music and people. Reservations are required in advance and the events are adults only.

For 2020 their first home concert will be February 29th and features Rancho Del Trio. The trio consists of Grayson Capps, Corky Hughes and Cary Morin. Other house concerts include Cruz Conteras on March 14, Liz Longley on May 23rd and Michelle Malone July 18th.

Reservations are taken on a first come first serve basis so make them soon at [email protected]. Last minute reservations may be available if they have cancellations. Send them an email if you need more information as well. Over the Moon does not have a web site but you can find more information on their Facebook page at

Come stay with us and attend one of Over the Moon’s Dahlonega House Concerts for an enjoyable and entertaining evening.

Dahlonega Valentine’s Day 2020

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There are a few dates each year that are important to you and your significant other that cannot be forgotten; birthdays, anniversary/marriage dates and Valentine’s Day. Make this year special and experience a Dahlonega Valentine’s Day this year?

Trying to think of something different to do for your loved one this Valentine’s Day? Has the usual candy, flowers and a dinner out become less a surprise and more a routine? Try something different this year by staying in our quaint bed and breakfast in the North Georgia mountains and wine country. We are centrally located to the wineries, and historic downtown Dahlonega is only 10 minutes away for unique shopping, candy shops and romantic dining. Several of the wineries are also featuring special dinners by reservation in honor of Valentine’s Day – see the list below. If your special someone loves the outdoors there are many waterfalls to hike to and many beautiful hiking trails that we also will list below. These all add up to a great Dahlonega Valentine’s Day celebration.

We are the closest inn to Wolf Mountain Winery. They will be offering Valentine Gourmet dinners on Friday 2/14 and Saturday 2/15 at 7:00 pm. Also, they will have a special Valentine Brunch on Sunday 2/16 with seatings at 12:30 and 2:30pm. If interested, call 706-867-9862 to make reservations soon because they sell out early

Frogtown Winery is also having special food events for Valentine’s weekend. They are having Valentine’s Winemaker Dinners on Friday 2/14 and 2/15 at 7:00 pm and Valentine’s Winemaker Brunch on Sunday 2/16 at 12:30pm. Call 706-865-0687 for reservations and more information.

Montaluce Winery is having their Valentines dinner on 2/14 from 4:30-8:00pm. From 2/8- 2/16 they are also featuring their Sweetheart Menu (2/14 is excluded). Call 706-867-4060 for more information and reservations.

If you decide a winery dinner isn’t quite right for your Valentine’s celebration, visit the historic Dahlonega square for a variety of restaurants with several featuring live music. Stop by Paul Thomas Chocolates on the square after dinner for a box of delicious candy. (picture above from Paul Thomas Chocolates)

The Historic Holly Theater is featuring a concert, The Wedding Singer on 2/14-2/16. Based on the Adam Sandler movie, it features music of the 1980’s. More information at

Cavender Creek Winery does not have wine dinners but they do have a great venue for enjoying wine in the winter months. They have several fire pits on weekends that are always lit and you can enjoy wine, beer, cheese and popcorn. Live music is also playing on weekends.

Looking for an outdoor adventure for that special Dahlonega Valentine’s weekend? Many love to visit Amicalola Falls west of town, Desoto Falls and Raven Cliffs Falls to the north. A link to our related blog post on these and other waterfalls is shown below.

Hiking is also a special way to celebrate the weekend as well. Preacher’s Rock is on the Appalachian trail just north of the inn and features a granite mountaintop with great mountain vistas. If you would rather go horseback riding there are a couple of options. Links below gives more information.



Horseback Riding