5 Most Popular Things to Do in Dahlonega

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We have been hosting guests at our bed and breakfast for over sixteen years. Many come to the area to have a quick escape from city life in Atlanta and the metropolitan area. Dahlonega offers peace and quiet as well as fun things to do. We will list the our guests 5 most popular things to do in Dahlonega in order of popularity.

1. Wine Tastings

Each of the Dahlonega area wineries offers wine tastings that guests enjoy and several offer tours. Many offer live music on weekends as well. The wineries also offer a variety of wine styles to satisfy the tastes of all wine lovers. Some also offer lunch and dinner. Visiting the five Dahlonega wineries is the most popular thing to do in the Dahlonega area. For a complete listing of all the Dahlonega area wineries visit https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/dahlonega-wineries/

2. Visit the Waterfalls

The Dahlonega area has many waterfalls to visit from Dicks Creek Falls which is a popular swimming hole to Amicalola Falls which is the highest waterfall in Georgia. Some waterfalls require an easy to moderate hike to see the falls while others may be seen from your car. For a detailed description with maps visit https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/2019/06/18/dahlonega-waterfalls/

3. Go Hiking

The mountains around Dahlonega offer many hiking opportunities. Several hiking trails lead to breathtaking waterfalls (see above). Other hikes provide magnificent mountain vistas where you can see for miles. Two favorites are the Blood Mountain hike which takes you to one of the highest parts on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia and the other is Preacher’s Rock. A third hike is the Lake Zwerner trail which circles the reservoir near downtown. All three are described with maps at https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/2019/06/26/dahlonega-hiking-trails/

4. Listen to Live Music

The Dahlonega music scene is alive on most weekends with free music provided at many restaurants including Shenanigans, Spirit’s Tavern and Bourbon Street Grill. Live performances by better known bands and artists can be heard at the Crimson Moon with a cover charge. You might be able to hear Amy Ray from the Indigo Girls, Kurt Thomas or the Zack Brown Band since they are from this area. First Friday Free Concerts in Hancock Park are especially popular with locals and visitors alike, so bring a blanket to lay on the grass and enjoy. Also, enjoy the ever popular Appalachian Jams that pop up around the downtown square on Saturday’s April through October – better yet, bring your own instrument and join in the fun. For more information on Dahlonega music opportunities including the free concert schedule visit https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/2019/07/15/dahlonega-theater-music/

5. Learn About the First Gold Rush and Tour a Gold Mine

Dahlonega was the site of the first gold rush in the United States and has a rich history. The Gold Museum in the historic downtown square offers a great deal of information and interesting exhibits about the gold rush era including the discovery of gold and the methods of extraction and processing. The Consolidated Gold Mine is still here and was the largest mine during the time. It provides guided tours into the mining shaft and you get to see how gold was extracted and processed. Crisson Gold Mine offers tours of its stamp mill and has an extensive selection of modern mining equipment. You can also pan for gold at the mines. For more information on gold related attractions in Dahlonega visit https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/2019/07/08/dahlonega-gold-attractions/

Dahlonega Theater and Music Scene

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Dahlonega has always had a strong presence in the theater and music arts. Being in the foothills of the Appalachians music has been a tradition among families who have inhabited this area for centuries. The theater has gained popularity with the conversion of the Holly Theater from a movie house into a thriving community performing arts theater.

Holly Theater

The Holly was built in 1948 as a movie theater. Remodeled, it currently seats 256 on the main level and 50 in the balcony and houses a non-profit organization that produces musicals and plays with five main stage performances a year. Several musical concerts are presented each year as well. For more information visit http://www.hollytheater.com/.

Music Festivals

The Bear on the Square Festival happens every April and features Appalachian Music performances and workshops. For more information visit our blog post at https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/2018/04/01/bear-on-the-square-festival/

The Art, Wine and Jazz Festival features talented jazz musicians every third weekend in May. More info at http://www.chestateeartists.org/arts-and-wine-festival.php

Hemlockfest features live music all weekend. You can purchase a day pass or a full festival pass (3 days) and camp out on the property. The festival is held the first full weekend in November and raises funds to save the hemlock trees. For more information visit http://hemlockfest.org/blog/

Live Music Venues

Created as an intimate live music venue, the Crimson Moon located on the square in Dahlonega is the most popular music venue in the area. Many of our guests reserve their room with us after reserving their concert seats to hear musicians such as Amy Ray from the Indigo Girls, Sylvia (ACM Female Vocalist of the Year), Emi Sunshine and the Rain, and others that play at some of Atlanta’s and the Southeast’s popular venues. There is normally a cover charge for musical performances at Crimson Moon unless it’s open mike night. For their current performance schedule visit http://www.thecrimsonmoon.com/

Many of the Dahlonega area restaurants have free music on weekends. Check out their facebook pages for more information. These restaurants include Spirit’s Tavern, Bourbon Street Grill, Shenanigan’s, Pueblos, Gustavo’s and more. The wineries and Canvas and Cork Gallery also may have free music on weekends so check out their web sites and facebook pages too. The Dahlonega Nugget newspaper comes out every Wednesday and normally lists the live music events for the coming weekend. We have a copy we can share when you check in to our inn.

Appalachian Jams

Every Saturday afternoon from April through October musicians show up on the Dahlonega Square around the Gold Museum to perform traditional Appalachian music. The music jams are from 2:00 to 5:00 pm and you are free to watch and participate. For more info visit https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/2018/05/20/dahlonega-appalachian-jams/

First Friday Free Concerts

On the first Friday of the month from May through October there are free concerts in Hancock Park downtown. For more information visit our blog post at https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/2018/05/28/dahlonega-outdoor-concerts/

Come stay with us and enjoy the theater and music opportunities in Dahlonega.

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

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Appalachian Jams on the Square