Dahlonega Art

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Dahlonega offers a variety of attractions including beautiful mountain scenery, wineries, waterfalls, unique shops, and restaurants offering a wide range of cuisines. Another attraction that lures visitors to the area is the Dahlonega art scene.

Many of the festivals in Dahlonega have an art emphasis with exhibits of local and regional artists showing and selling their work. The largest art related festival is the Arts, Wine and Jazz Festival held every May in the historical Dahlonega square and Hancock Park. The festival is sponsored by the local non-profit artists association Chestatee Artists. The association supports art education in the Dahlonega area as well as encouraging artistic expression among the member artists. Professional jazz musicians and local wine are also featured.

The Dahlonega art scene also includes some popular art galleries in the downtown area. They include the Bleu Gallery, Canvas and Cork and Brad Walker Pottery.

Bleu Gallery is located on the historic Dahlonega square and includes the works of many local artists. Some of the artists may be working in the gallery areas when you visit and would be happy to show your their work and discuss their craft with you. The gallery also has a wine tasting area with a variety of wines for tasting or for sale. For more information visit their web site http://bleugallery.net

Canvas and Cork gallery is located adjacent to Hancock Park and also features the works of many local artists. They also offer art classes on a variety of art mediums as well as a wine tasting area. On weekends they often have live music featuring Irish Jams and other styles of music. For more information visit their website: http://canvasandcorkdahlonega.com/

Brad Walker Pottery is located on the historic square and houses the work of Brad Walker a longtime Dahlonega potter and artist. Brad has been located at the same location for over 40 years and can often be found at his wheel at the back of his shop creating his unique pottery pieces. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Walker-Brad-Pottery/167060836641829

The University North Georgia has an active art department with exhibitions throughout the year showing works of students and faculty. The Bob Owens Art Gallery is on the top floor of the Hoag Student Center and has six exhibitions per year. https://ung.edu/art-galleries/dahlonega/index.php. The university also has the outdoor sculpture exhibition, a regional juried exhibition, featuring artists born in or residing in one of the 13 Appalachian States. More information at https://ung.edu/visual-arts/outdoor-sculpture/index.php

Out of Town Art Galleries

Around Back at Rocky’s Place Art Gallery is near Dawsonville, Ga and features the work of 200 folk artists, potters, wood carvers, fabric artists, and metal sculptors. Less than 30 minutes from the inn they are located at 3631 Hwy 53 East at Etowah River Road in Dawsonville, GA 30534. Phone 706-265-6030. Only open Saturdays and Sundays. For more information visit https://aroundbackatrockysplace.com/

Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia Sautee Nacoochee describes and shows the history of pottery in the Northeast Georgia mountains. Attached to the Sautee Nacoochee Center which features local history as well as local art on display and for sale, it is 36 minutes northwest of the inn. It opened in September 2006 and has won architectural awards for the building design. The museum contains an extensive collection of 150 pieces dating back to the 1840’s. For more information on exhibits, workshops, special events and hours of operation visit http://www.folkpotterymuseum.com/ .

Around the corner is the InsideOut Sautee gallery, market and wine tasting room. They feature local art and jewelry for sale as well as lunch. Gluten free options available. For more info visit http://insideoutsautee.com/index.html

Head south and also visit the Gourd Place at 2139 Duncan Ridge Road in Sautee. They invented a process to use gourds to make pottery. The pottery takes on the intricate physical charactertics of the inner part of the gourd with unique details. They have bowls, dishes, coffee mugs, earrings and much more. For more information visit https://gourdplace.com/

Come visit us and experience the Dahlonega area art attractions.

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

Day Trip to Tallulah Gorge, Wineries & More

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For guests staying with us for two or more nights there are countless things to do and see in the North Georgia mountains. Waterfalls, wineries, hiking trails, rivers, small towns and more are theirs to explore. Some of our guests ask if there are any Dahlonega day trips that they should consider. One of the best things about Dahlonega is it’s proximity to so many other great North Georgia places just waiting to be explored and just a day trip away.

If you travel east from Dahlonega you will take one of our favorite day trips. Your destination for hiking and enjoying the great outdoors will begin at Tallulah Gorge followed by a visit to a distillery, quaint Clayton, Georgia, two wineries, beautiful lakes, pottery shops and a brewery. The map at the bottom of the page shows the route.

Tallulah Gorge offers beautiful views from top to bottom. The granite sided gorge is about 2 miles long and 1,000 feet deep with the Tallulah river at the bottom. After descending 750 steps you arrive at a neat suspension bridge that crosses the gorge 80 feet above the river (picture at bottom of page). An additional 450 steps take you to the bottom. The gorge floor also has six major waterfalls ranging from 16 to 46 feet. If you arrive early the park issues 100 permits per day that allow you to hike the gorge floor depending on weather and water conditions. There are several great views of the gorge from the rim (picture above) if you don’t want to take all the steps to the bottom. In Early April and November they release water from the dam for professional kayakers to navigate through the gorge while spectators watch from the rim. The gorge is one of our favorite Georgia destinations because its rugged beauty reminds us of Colorado where we once lived and roamed.

After enjoying Tallulah Gorge you may want to head north toward Clayton for lunch. Before you reach Clayton you can visit Moonrise Distillery on the right for a tour and tasting. Clayton is a cute mountain town with unique shops and some nice restaurants many boasting farm to table fare.

From Clayton head southwest to Tiger, Georgia and visit two wineries: Tiger Winery and Stonewall Creek Winery. Tiger Winery serves lunch and dinner on Saturdays and brunch on Sundays at their Red Barn Cafe. Stonewall Creek is farther west of Tiger Winery.

From Stonewall Creek you will head towards Lake Burton. You can take a left at Lake Seed road and make a short drive to see Lake Seed and Lake Rabun. Lake Rabun is beautiful with trees and million dollar homes lining the shores with impressive boathouses for the homeowners wooden Chris Craft vintage boats.

Head back west to where you turned off for Seed Lake and take a left to head back towards the inn. If you have time on the way back you can stop at the Batesville General Store for a bite to eat (known for homemade biscuits). The Mark of the Potter is less than 2 miles from the Batesville store on highway 197 and takes you off the route shown on the map below. The shop is located in an old mill on the Soquee River and has artists making and showing their art.

Closer to Helen you will pass Tantrum Brewery for a good craft beer while looking at Yonah Mountain. Tantrum is not that far from the inn so if time does not allow a stop on this day trip you can always head back later.

Links to destinations mentioned above:

Tallulah Gorge info: https://gastateparks.org/TallulahGorge

Moonrise Distillery info: https://moonrisedistillery.com/

Tiger Winery info: http://www.tigerwine.com/

Stonewall Creek Winery : https://stonewallcreek.com/

Mark of the Potter Pottery Shop: https://www.markofthepotter.com/

Tantrum Brewery: https://tantrumbeer.com/

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

Tallulah Gorge Bridge, Dahlonega Day Trip
Tallulah Gorge Suspension Bridge