See the Stars

Many guests who visit our inn love to come and see the stars. No we are not talking about movie stars even though we are located not too far north from the Atlanta film industry. You won’t see Robert Redford even though “A Walk in the Woods” was partially filmed near here. No stars from the movie “Deliverance” either but you may hear banjo music near the Chestatee river so paddle faster.

What we are talking about is seeing the stars in our dark skies. Since we don’t have street lights or city lights like Atlanta or even downtown Dahlonega that “wash out” the dark skies, we can see thousands of stars on a dark cloudless night. We also see the Milky Way and shooting stars! It’s not unusual to see our guests sitting on the patio with a glass of their favorite wine enjoying stargazing. Some even use their phone app to identify the various constellations.

We also try and minimize “light pollution” seen in the city by minimizing outdoor lighting and only providing light for the safety of our guests. We don’t light up the trees or inn structure like some landscapes which is beneficial for stargazers and wild life alike. You can frequently hear the hoot owl at night expressing his favor. Our location is great for Dahlonega stargazing.

The University of North Georgia has a planetarium and observatory if you are really interested in stars. The planetarium theater seats 46 and houses a Digistar 5 digital planetarium system, which can project starry skies on a thirty-foot diameter dome. Experience a simulation of the night sky as seen from anywhere on the surface of the Earth at any time of night. The system also allows visitors to explore other planets, moons, and stars. Shows are free Friday nights and start at 8:00 pm with doors opening at 7:30 pm. No reservations/tickets required. Directions https://goo.gl/maps/m2s7yjAkTyNr6oD57

The university also has an observatory at Pine Valley (10 miles or 16 minutes from the inn) and guests are invited to come to the observatory on Friday nights after the planetarium show to see the stars closeup. The Friday telescopic viewing begins after sunset, weather permitting. See the https://www.facebook.com/UNGObservatory/ for updates on the observatory operating status. For planetarium information visit https://ung.edu/planetarium/ . Directions to observatory https://goo.gl/maps/52fqGQw6d7ek7w986

Come stay with us and see the stars in our dark North Georgia mountain skies!

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

When is the best weather for Dahlonega stargazing?

When the least amount of clouds are in the sky. When humidity levels are low is better because clouds and thin clouds are less prominent.

When is the best season to see the stars?

Colder months are usually great because of lower humidity and less clouds so Fall and Winter are great. Shooting stars tend to be more abundant from our patio if you look towards the west. We will probably have some fresh homemade chai tea to sip on.

Where is the most spectacular place to see the stars?

Just north of the inn near Woody Gap, Hogpen Gap and Blood Mountain where there is absolutely zero light pollution.

When can you see the Milky Way?

Most dark nights with limited clouds you can see the Milky Way overhead from the north east to the south. Just have to make sure the moon isn’t too bright. We can see it from the patio.

UNG observatory, see the stars

Questions About Dahlonega Wineries

We receive many questions about Dahlonega wineries and have provided answers to many of those questions.

When are the Dahlonega area wineries open for tastings?

There are six wineries and a meadery in Dahlonega with various tasting hours. Three Sisters Winery is open for tasting Thursday thru Saturday from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sundays from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Kaya Vineyard and Winery is open Tuesday thru Saturday from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sundays from 12:30 to 5:00 pm. Frogtown Cellars in open Monday thru Friday from 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm, Saturday from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm and Sunday from 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm. Wolf Mountain Vineyards tasting hours from March thru August are Thursday – Saturday from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday from 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm. From September thru November tastings are Tuesday – Saturday from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday from 12:30 – 5:00 pm. Cavendar Creek Vineyards is open Sunday, Monday, and Thursday from 12:30 – 5:30 pm, Friday from 12:30 – 7:00 pm and Satruday from 11:00 – 7:00 pm. Montaluce Winery and Restaurant is open for tastings anytime it is open. This tends to be seven days a week and can be until 9:00 pm. The winery closes for private events at times so it’s always safest to call. Accent Cellars is open Sunday thru Friday from 12:30 – 7:00 pm and Saturdays from11:00 am – 8:00 pm. Etowah Meadery makes honey wine and is open for tastings Friday and Saturday from 10:00 – 7:00 pm and 12:30 – 7:00 on Sunday.

Opening hours sometimes vary seasonally so call the wineries you are interested in if you have questions about Dahlonega wineries.

How much do tastings cost at Dahlonega wineries?

Walk-in tastings vary. Three Sisters charges $15 for a flight of five wines. Montaluce charges between $18 – $23 for a five wine flight. Kaya charges $14 for its basic 5 wine flight and $18 for its Delux Flight. At Wolf Mountain a tasting will cost you $20. Cavendar Creek offers a four wine tasting for $12. Accent Cellars offers a five wine flight for $14 and a nine wine flight for $22. Call Etowah Meadery and Frogtown Cellars for their tasting prices. Prices are subject to change.

Can I tour any of the Dahlonega wineries?

Montaluce offers free 20 minute tours with no reservations needed Weekdays at 2:00 pm and Weekends at Noon. Wine Hikes are offered on the weekends with a reservation. Kaya offers a 90 minute tour and tasting Saturdays and Sundays at 12:30 for $35pp. Wolf Mountain offers a Winemakers tour and tasting for $40 pp at noon on Saturdays and Sundays from March thru November. No reservation required for less than 8 people.

Can I get food at the wineries in Dahlonega?

Several of the wineries offer food. Montaluce has a full service restuarant – LaVigne- and offers appetizers at the wine bar. Kaya offers light lunch items Tuesday thru Sunday and dinner at their resort. Wolf Mountain’s Vineyard Cafe is open mid February thru mid December Thursdays – Saturdays from 12:00 – 3:00 pm for lunch. Light items can be purchased in the tasting room during tasting hours. Sunday brunch is offered for $35/pp plus tax and gratuity at 12:30 and 2:30 pm with a new menu each month. Frogtown Cellars Italian Bistro is open Friday and Saturday from 5:30 – 8:00 pm. It also offers panini sandwiches Friday from 12:00 – 3:30 pm, Saturday from 10:30 – 3:30 pm, and Sunday from 12:30 – 3:30 pm. Sunday brunch is served from 12:30 – 2:30 pm for $27.50/pp plus tax and gratuity. Check with the other wineries; they may have food trucks, light snacks, and other food items.

Can I get transportation to and from the wineries or get transportation for a tour of the local Dahlonega wineries?

Yes. There are several choices for transportation and a wide range of prices. Call for options and prices. DSH Transportation: (706)-867-1313. Mama’s Taxi: (706) 482-8539. Appalachian Transportation: (706)-864-0021 ext 2. You may also want to try Uber, but there may not be a lot of drivers in our area. If you are coming from Atlanta with a group consider checking out Atlanta based tours of our North Georgia wineries that offer round trips from the city.

We hope you find the questions about Dahlonega wineries helpful and hope you stay with us when visiting the area. We are the closest inn to Wolf Mountain Winery, only 1.5 miles. For more information on the wineries visit our wineries page at https://georgiamountaininn.com/dahlonega-wineries.

three sisters winery view
Three Sister’s Winery