Dahlonega Thanksgiving

Updated 11/2019

In 2018 we decided to open the inn for guests to enjoy a Dahlonega thanksgiving.  Prior years we would receive calls from parties seeking a place to stay during thisthanksgiving dinner holiday. Some had plans with families living in the area but wanted the privacy away from their local families after they completed their daily visits. They all had thanksgiving dinner with their local relatives. We know how they felt since we often book a bed and breakfast when visiting families just to have a break on our own. See our “oblication” post below.

Others like to come to Dahlonega during the Thanksgiving holidays because the busy Fall season is over and the town, trails and attractions are not crowded. Guests still enjoy Mary Beth’s organic breakfasts before heading out for the daily activities that are planned or sometimes not planned. Many of the downtown shops and the area wineries may be closed Thanksgiving day but there is so much more to do- enjoy nature and the North Georgia mountains.

As mentioned previously we normally close for Thanksgiving Day to spend time with our family. Our two sons live in the area and the youngest is now married. His wife prepares a great Thanksgiving dinner at their house.

We normally head to their house around noon after breakfast has been served to inn guests. The only difference for new guests arriving on Thanksgiving Day is that check in is moved from the usual 4:00pm to 9:00 pm to 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

If you wish to stay with us during this holiday first check the availability box on this site to make sure we are open and have availability. Also please note that a 2 night minimum is required.

If you want to enjoy Thanksgiving in the North Georgia mountains please consider staying with us. If you are wanting to have dinner please read further.

Check our  availability calendar link above for what we have available.

Where to eat Thanksgiving Dinner in Dahlonega?

Normally the first three options that are shown below will be open. Call them to make sure. We will be adding additional places for Thanksgiving Dinner when they become available to us.

The list below is updated for 2019.

  • The Smith House always offers Thanksgiving Dinner each year.  Call 706-867-7000 for more information. Open Thanksgiving Day 2019 from 11 – 6. $26/person – no reservations. Family style seating.
  • Yahoola Creek Grill also normally has Thanksgiving Dinner- For Information and reservations call 706-482-2200. Thanksgiving 2019 dinner is $30/person.
  •  Montaluce Winery will be serving dinner on Thanksgiving Day 2019.  The dining room will be open from 11-7 by reservation. A $10 deposit is required to reserve your table. Visit http://montaluce.com/ for reservations.
  • White Oaks Bistro is open for Thanksgiving dinner from 11 – 3. Reservations required. $30/person.
  • Dahlonega Resort and Vineyard is opened for its first Thanksgiving. Dinner is $58/person.
  • Forrest Hills Resort near Amicalola State Park has seatings at 12:00, 2:00, and 4:00. Their Thanksgiving feast is $29/person. For reservations call 706-864-6456.
  • Unicoi State Park is open to the public for Thanksgiving dinner from 11:00 – 4:00 pm at $36.00 per person.

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

Vacation from your oblication: https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/2019/08/24/need-a-vacation-from-your-oblication/

Not All Eggs Are Created Equal

Like most people you may buy your eggs at the grocery store. Not all eggs are created equal and you do not always get what you get what you think you are paying for. We opt for pasture raised eggs.

Years ago we were like most consumers purchasing our eggs at the grocery store. We would just grab a dozen and place them in the grocery cart without giving any thought where they came from.

Then grocers started offering standard eggs, premium eggs, organic eggs, cage-free eggs, free range eggs and, occasionally, pasture raised eggs. Prices varied greatly between the various choices but did we really know the differences and were the prices justifiable?

For years we purchased cage-free eggs when we learned that regular eggs were being produced by hens in very small cages called battery cages. We weren’t necessarily looking at healthier eggs for us to consume but more concerned about the welfare of the hens that were laying the eggs. We also purchased organic cage-free eggs that we thought would be healthier for us.

Then we found out that the term cage-free was basically a good marketing ploy for people like us who were concerned about animal welfare. We were shocked when we learned that those cage-free hens never see the light of day and never go outside for sunshine or to scratch in the dirt, eat insects and other things happy chickens do. Yes, they are not confined to tiny cages but commercial egg production centers (aka hen houses) hold thousands of chickens at a time so the chickens have very little room to run around. This certainly is not ideal.

So we started buying free range eggs and felt better because we thought the hens got to range freely about the farm. We later learned that in large commercial egg farms they are still in the henhouse with thousands of other hens (like cage-free) but they are provided a small door to go outside to see the sunshine. This outside area in many cases is a small fenced patio and most chickens do not know that they can outside. Since there are so many free range chickens in the henhouse there is not enough room for many of them to go outside even if they wanted to. These outdoor areas are small fenced concrete patios in some cases so the chickens cannot naturally scratch in the dirt or eat insects which they love to do. We wrote an earlier blog post in June 2010 about the difference between free range and pasture raised eggs.

Since running the inn we have learned about pasture raised eggs and that is all we now purchase. Our eggs come for a farm up the road and the chickens have a house to go into at night or during bad weather for protection. During the day the are roaming outside around the farm scratching in the dirt and small gravel and enjoying the bugs and grasshoppers they like to eat adding to their healthy diet. These chickens are not confined in a henhouse with thousands of other chickens (like factory farms) so they tend to be healthier and do not require all the antibiotics of factory farmed hens. We visit the farm and can attest that our eggs come from happy chickens.

If you can purchase eggs from a pasture raised source, go for it!  You will get fresher eggs (ours are usually gathered the day we buy them), healthier for you eggs (check out those bright orange nutrient filled yolks) and know that you are getting them from happy hens.

For more information about the organic breakfasts we serve at our inn visit inn organic breakfast.

Ways to Cool Off in the North Georgia Mountains

With Summer here the temperatures are getting warmer and many Atlantans are thinking about a quick escape to the North Georgia mountains and wine country. Dahlonega summer attractions offer many ways to stay cool. The temperatures up here can be warm as well but tend to be a little cooler than the city and suburbs. We don’t have all that asphalt and buildings to soak up and retain the heat. The forests provide mother nature’s air conditioning.

While visiting Cedar House Inn and Yurts many guests find outdoor activities are the perfect way to stay cool. Some choose to hike on the Appalachian Trail where cool breezes always seem to blow. Favorite hikes are Preacher’s Rock near Woody Gap and Blood Mountain. We have a short video showing Preacher’s Rock on our YouTube channel here.. Which Dahlonega summer attraction would you prefer?

Another option for staying cool is tubing down the Chestatee River or kayaking/canoeing on the Chestatee or Etowah Rivers. Appalachian Outfitters rents tubes and kayaks and provides shuttle services. Bring your own kayak and they will shuttle you for a fee. For more information read our tubing and kayaking post.

If you want to get really wet bring some old towels for drying off and head up the mountain from the inn to Dick’s Creek. This is a favorite swimming hole and Dahlonega summer attraction with the locals so it may be busy on weekends. The creek features cold refreshing water that cascades down waterfalls into deep pools that are great for swimming. Some of the more daring types like to jump off the sides into the pools of water. You can watch a short video of the swimming hole at the bottom of the page.

Several weeks ago we took a hike for the first time to Raven Cliff Falls which is northeast of the inn on the Richard Russell Scenic Highway near Helen. The 2.5 mile trail is along a roaring creek. At the beginning of the trail is a deep pool of water with a rope swing. Guests told us they saw people wading around Raven Cliffs Falls. Bring some old towels and check it out. We also have videos of our hike on the You Tube channel.

If you are really looking for a thrill check out North Georgia’s zip lines. They are a favorite Dahlonega summer attraction for many guests. Helen and Amicalola Falls offer zip lines. Also the first alpine coaster in Georgia opened in Helen on Main Street in June 2019 and is open 7 days a week.

One is located next to Habersham Winery south of Helen and features the longest dual zip line in Georgia. The longest zip is almost 1/2 mile and reaches speeds up to 55 mph. That will cool you off and provide a thrill. Check out our zip line blog post.

The State parks at Unicoi and Amicalola are also offering zip lines. Come stay with us, stay cool and enjoy the Dahlonega summer attractions.