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 (box to your right or click https://beds24.com/cedarhouseinn) to see if we’re open when you want to stay.

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.

Things to Do in Dahlonega and the Mountains

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.

Dining Opportunities in Dahlonega

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 Shenanigans Irish Pub, Bourbon Street Grille, Capers, and The Corner Kitchen (deli where you could get sandwiches to go).

Waterfalls- https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/dahlonega-waterfalls/

Hikinghttps://www.georgiamountaininn.com/dahlonega-hiking-trails/

Outdoor Activitieshttps://www.georgiamountaininn.com/category/outdoor-activities/

Winerieshttps://www.georgiamountaininn.com/dahlonega-wineries/

Five Most Popular Things to Do- https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/5-most-popular-things-to-do-in-dahlonega/

Winter in Dahlonega

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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.

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.

Waterfalls- https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/dahlonega-waterfalls/

Hiking Trails-https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/dahlonega-hiking-trails/

Wineries- https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/dahlonega-wineries/

Zip Lining Near Dahlonega

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Have you ever dreamed of flying? Soaring across the tree tops down a mountain like a bird in flight? Hearing the wind rush by while you descend from the mountain? Feeling a sense of peace with a feel of exhilaration all at the same time? If you have, maybe it’s time to try zip lining.

Zip lining is a safe and thrilling activity; trained guides help you get strapped into your harness and get your helmet fitted. The cable you use to glide down the mountain is thick and the fasteners are tested frequently. The only thing you need to watch out for is to keep your arms to your sides and sometimes you may need to cannonball to build up speed based on your weight.

In the North Georgia mountains near Dahlonega there are several zip line facilities that offer zip tours or rides. Among them are Amicalola and Unicoi State Parks and Nacoochee Adventures near Habersham Winery south of Helen. Specific information about the providers are shown below with links and directional maps from the inn.

Nacoochee Adventures

This is the only venue we have visited and tried. It is located next to Habersham Winery south of Helen. Several kinds of zip line tours are offered ranging in time from 30 minutes to 2 1/2 hours long. They have gold mine and bear cave tours as well as the famous Intimidator which is one of the longest dual lines in Georgia. The bumpy bus ride to the top of the course is half the fun. They also zip in the rain. Open 7 days a week from 9am-6pm. Call for a reservation, (706) 878-9477, to insure availability. For more information visit their web site below. https://www.nacoocheeadventures.com/zip-lines

Directions from the inn https://goo.gl/maps/YyaXdGXsLe1UXfju6

Unicoi State Park

Unicoi State Park near Helen has two different zip line levels to choose from. Level one lasts 1 and 1/2 to 2 hours with 11 zip lines. Level two combines level one and eight more zip lines. Level two also zips over Lake Unicoi. Open most days and you can book start times from 10am-3pm. Book your tour online from their web site at https://www.unicoilodge.com/adventures/zip-lines/ . Also call at (706) 878-4740 for reservations.

Directions from the inn https://goo.gl/maps/xH8TfhRDKYFWL7bT6

Amicalola State Park

Amicalola also has Level One and Level Two tours. Level one lasts 1 1/2 to 2 hours and features nine zip lines. Level Two has seven additional zip lines; the longest runs 2,000 feet and is 250 feet at the highest point. Open all week from 8:30am to 6:00 pm. Call (706) 265-1233 for more information or check out their web site for online reservations. http://www.amicalolazipline.com/adventure-options/.

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Stay with us and enjoy a thrilling ride through the forest canopy.

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