Crush Fest at Yonah Mountain Vineyards

yonah mountain winery crushfest

August tends to be one of those slower months in the North Georgia mountains and wine country. The kids are all heading back to school and parents are settling in to the routine of traditional home life and work. Since things are slowing down up here in the mountains, there usually aren’t any festivals to attend. Well, Yonah Mountain Vineyards and Winery has taken care of that with Crush Fest their annual August festival.

First of all Yonah Mountain Winery is probably one of the nicest wineries in the North Georgia mountains and wine country due to its location and architecture. Located 35 minutes from the inn (see map below), it is located east of Cleveland, Georgia and is a beautiful property that sits at the base of majestic Yonah Mountain. The mountain’s impressive rock face dominates your views as you sip a glass of cabernet or merlot. The winery’s building features soaring beamed ceilings with expansive windows, use of native rock for walls and porches and numerous outdoor areas as well. They are also the only winery in Georgia powered by the sun. Check out their impressive solar panel array while you are there.

Now back to Crush Fest. The day long festival has been held since 2009 and features live music from more than 10 artists, food trucks, artisan market, wine tastings and their signature event- grape stomping. While you are stomping the owners play guitar and accordion music. They claim that more than 5,000 visitors attend the event every year.

Crush Fest happens in 2019 on Saturday August 24th from 11 am to 7pm. Finish breakfast at the inn and head east to enjoy the festivities. A map from the inn to the winery is shown below. There is a fee to participate and the fee includes all festival activities plus 4 three ounce wine tastings and a souvenir wine glass.

For more information on Crush Fest and Yonah Mountain Winery and to purchase tickets online visit https://www.yonahmountainvineyards.com/crush-fest/

Dahlonega’s July 4th Celebration

Dahlonega's July 4th fireworks

Do you ever reminisce about the good old days when life was simple and small towns and small town values were the norm? When holidays were celebrated by the community getting together for food and fellowship? Maybe as a child you grew up in a small town and miss July 4th celebrations that included a parade with the high school marching band, watermelon seed spitting contests and music in the park. If you’re longing for a small town 4th or July, then Dahlonega’s July 4th is for you!

Come visit us for Dahlonega’s July 4th celebrations.

Yes, there will be food (hot dogs), hot dog eating contests, face painters, balloon twisters, caricature artists, stilt walkers, jugglers and magicians at Hancock Park near the historic square. Also antique car shows, music concert, an old fashioned home town 4th of July parade and a great fireworks show at dark. Dahlonega’s July 4th celebrations offer something for everyone!

The schedule for the festivities may vary from year to year but always includes the food, parade, music and a spectacular fireworks show at the end of the day.

For 2019 the schedule for Dahlonega’s July 4th Celebrations is as follows:

8:00 to 10:30 am Firecracker 5k run

9:00-4:00 pm Chestatee River Adventures

10:00 AM – 3:00 pm Consolidated Gold Mine Tours – Go into the mine shaft and pan for gold at the conclusion of your tour.

10:00 AM – 4:00 pm Free Entry to the 1884 Old Jail Museum. Free entry only happens a few times a year so this is a must do.

10:00 AM – 4:00 pm The Dahlonega Car Club 4th of July Car Show will be at the Lumpkin Administration complex located at 342 Courthouse Hill, off E. Main Street, 2 blocks from our historic square. Turn at the old jail.

10:00 AM – 4:00 pm Crisson Gold Mine Tours

10:00 AM – 5:00 pm FREE Fun Zone in Hancock Park

10:00 AM – 5:45 pm Tour the Dahlonega Gold Museum. The museum is located in the middle of the historic square and provides a thorough history of gold mining in the Dahlonega area.

11:00 am Parade down main street. It is definitely a small town parade.

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Face painters, balloon twisters, caricature artists, stilt walkers, jugglers and magicians at Hancock Park downtown

3:00 pm Dahlonega Action Dogs. The dogs are a sport team that performs at dog sport shows and competes in Agility, Disc Sports, and Dock Diving. The Action Dog team consists of handlers Rick and Debbie Nielsen and three border collies, Ripp, age 6, Jessie, age 5, and Pete almost 2.

4:00 pm 1st Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest. Prior years has been watermelon seed spitting contest.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Live Music in Hancock Park: Featuring Jive Revival

9:00 pm Fireworks Show at Dark at the UNG Drill Field. If you stay with us we will provide a great area for you to park your car, see the fireworks and avoid crowded parking. Hint: a little ice cream treat goes well with watching fireworks.

This schedule will be updated yearly.

For more information on Dahlonega’s July 4th Celebrations visit https://dahlonegadda.org/events/dahlonega-4th-of-july-parade-and-celebration/

Come stay with us and enjoy the Dahlonega July 4th Celebrations!

Six Gap Century/ 3 Gap 50 Bike Ride

Six Gap Century Bike Ride Across the North Georgia Mountains

The last weekend in September Dahlonega hosts the annual Six Gap Century bike ride across 6 mountain passes covering 100 miles.

For those not wanting to ride as far, there is the Three Gap ride over three mountain passes for a little over 50 miles.

There is also a Valley Ride for those that do not want to deal with mountain passes.

The rides are not considered “races” but you can have your time noted at the finish. Along the way there are stop points for bathroom breaks, snacks of orange slices/ bananas/ water to help you along your ride.

The ride happens on Sunday,  early in the morning. If you stay with us, the innkeepers will get out of bed extra early to serve you a breakfast of hearty loaded oatmeal, bananas and more to get you started for your day of riding.

Six Gap Century/ Three Gap Fifty Ride Expo

On Saturday you can head down to the historic Dahlonega Square for the Ride Exposition from 9 am to 6 pm.

Booths from leading industry bike and bike accessory  companies will have interactive displays, merchandise, and product samples.

You do not have to participate in any of the rides to attend this event.

 8th Annual Six Gap Criterium

Also occurring on Saturday for most years is the popular criterium.  It was cancelled due to road work downtown a couple of years ago.

Start 2 Finish is partnering with the Chamber of Commerce  to produce this exciting bicycle event.
Hundreds of competitive cyclists are expected to compete in over eight races.
The race is  a one-kilometer, closed circuit for bicycle racers in the heart of downtown Dahlonega. This event is open to spectators as cyclists speed by at top speeds of 40 miles per hour.
The start/finish line will be located directly in front of the Historic Holly Theatre in downtown Dahlonega.
The Criterium starts at 10:30am with the Cat 4,5 men with the last event starting at 4:30pm.
For more information on all of these events and the Six Gap Century visit http://www.6gap.com/.
Check our availability calendar if you would like to stay with us (2 night minimum). Check booking and reservation link above.

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