These days it’s becoming harder to find a “real” Dahlonega Georgia bed and breakfast. The problem lies not in a drastically reduced number of bed and breakfast inns, but in industry changes in lodging, OTAs (online travel agencies) and search engines. This post will cover the changes that have occurred with searching for inns on the internet and the lodging options that call or list themselves as bed and breakfasts when they actually aren’t. The term “buyer beware” should be called “searcher beware”.
What to Look For in Finding a Dahlonega Bed and Breakfast
The first step is to determine what you are really looking for in a lodging accommodation. A “real” bed and breakfast inn normally serves a complete breakfast and often has on site innkeepers and owners. Check the web site listing to see if breakfast is offered. Many AirBnB properties and lodgings listed as Dahlonega hotels or just inns may not provide a full breakfast. When seeking places to stay in Dahlonega GA be aware.
Most genuine bed and breakfast inns in Dahlonega also reflect the personality of the innkeepers. Interaction with the innkeepers begins with the check in and continues throughout the stay through breakfast time and check out. The innkeepers also provide concierge services in regards to dining recommendations and things to do to make the guests stay more memorable. If you are seeking privacy at a bed and breakfast many bed and breakfast innkeepers will only interact with you when you want them.
Finding an “Authentic” Bed and Breakfast in Dahlonega GA
If you Google “Dahlonega Georgia bed and breakfast inns” you will notice the 4 pack results with pictures. Often “real” Dahlonega, Georgia bed and breakfast inns are listed in the 4 pack, however you may also see listings for lodging with “hotel” and “inn” as part of their name. They do not serve breakfast or offer the features mentioned above for “real” Dahlonega bed and breakfast inns. Real B & Bs are often listed below the 4 pack in the organic results. If you click “more results” at the bottom of the 4 pack you will get more listings. Look for listings with “bed and breakfast” in the title or listing description.
Finding a Bed and Breakfast Located Near Dahlonega GA
A second step in your search is to determine where the bed and breakfast inn is located. Is it near the town of Dahlonega and the area attractions? If you have used and trusted TripAdvisor for unbiased reviews of bed and breakfasts over the years, you are not alone. But it’s important to be aware of that TripAdvisor searches are no longer driven by guest reviews, but by booking commissions. TripAdvisor now prioritizes listings according to the lodging’s availability on OTAs like Expedia and Booking.com. It is not unusual to find lodging listed for Dahlonega that is actually 45 minutes away. Why? Because TripAdvisor will make a commission from the OTAs if you book through them. Lodging – including some bed and breakfast inns in the Dahlonega area, may not be listed on or have availability on the OTAs. These bed and breakfast inns will be listed at the bottom of your search on TripAdvisor. Do you want to drive 45 minutes to get to dinner, hike, shop or visit wineries in Dahlonega and then drive back another 45 minutes to stay at the “Dahlonega” inn you reserved? Always check the location of inn before booking.
Finding Rooms and Paying Less for Dahlonega Inns
A third issue when searching for Dahlonega bed and breakfast inns online, is true availability. If you are using the OTAs to search for your B & B, be aware that some OTAs may show no availability when there are actually units available at an inn that catches your eye. Go to that inn’s website and check for availability. You may be pleasantly surprised. You will also help the inn since they will not have to pay a commission and save on the nightly rate.
Cedar House Inn and Yurts provides the characteristics of a real Dahlonega, Georgia bed and breakfast inn. We offer a full organic breakfast each morning, services provided by the owner innkeepers and located only 10 minutes from Dahlonega. We are also close to the wineries in the area and Wolf Mountain Winery is only 1.5 miles away.
You have many choices for places to stay in Dahlonega GA including Dahlonega GA hotels. We hope you choose a real Dahlonega Georgia bed and breakfast like Cedar House Inn and Yurts.
At Cedar House Inn and Yurts we receive many calls from potential guests asking about bed sizes/ types, do we take children or pets and many more questions. This blog post addresses many of those questions about Dahlonega bed and breakfast inns. Information taken from inn web sites. Contact the inn you are interested in for specific details. For a complete listing visit our chamber site https://dahlonega.org. To visit our inn go to https://georgiamountaininn.com
Cedar House Inn & Yurts and Mountain Laurel Creek is adults only, no pets. Yellow Daisy takes children 16 and Mountain Top Lodge and Long Mountain Lodge take 10 and over, none take pets. Contact those Dahlonega bed and breakfast inns for specifics.
Long Mountain Lodge allows air bed in some units for an extra charge. Mountain Laurel Creek has a suite with a sleeper sofa.
Cancellation policies range for 72 hours to 10 days for a full refund. Some inns charge a nonrefundable fee that is charged when the reservation is made (fee is around $25.00). Cancellation policies also are different if booking more than one unit. Yellow Daisy has a 2 pm check in with most others having a 3 pm check in. Cedar House Inn & Yurts check in is 4pm. Check in times vary from inn to inn. Some inns including Cedar House Inn permit check-ins as late as 11:00 pm at no charge with advance notice. Check out for most inns is by 11 am. Some Dahlonega bed and breakfast inns have additional fees for early check ins and late check outs which is around $50.00.
Many of the inns reflect the innkeepers that own and operate them. Cedar House Inn & Yurts is known as the eco-friendly bed and breakfast in the area and serves organic breakfasts. They also specialize with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free breakfasts. Mountain Laurel Creek has a full service spa and pool, and a pub also. Long Mountain Lodge is known for their mountain views and also has fireplaces in their rooms. Mountain Top Lodge is one of the largest inns and has seasonal mountain views. Yellow Daisy is an historic home located within walking distance of the Dahlonega Square.
Cedar House Inn and Yurts serves a full organic breakfast using seasonal ingredients from the property. Other inns serve special diets with advanced notice. Cedar House Inn and Yurts specializes in vegetarian, vegan, gluten free breakfasts and provides for special diets with the afternoon cookies and goodies provided.
Long Mountain Lodge, Mountain Laurel Creek and Mountain Top Lodge all provide full plated breakfasts each morning.
The Fall season is the busiest time in the north Georgia mountains and most Dahlonega bed and breakfast inns have a two night minimum on weekends for October 1st through mid- November. Certain festivals and special events are also busy.
Yes they do. Online normally is easier to do and almost guarantees you a reservation since it blocks the room you reserved from others wanting the same room.