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/

Crush Fest at Yonah Mountain Vineyards

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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/

Questions About Dahlonega Wineries

We receive many questions about Dahlonega wineries and have provided answers to many of those questions.

When are the Dahlonega area wineries open for tastings?

There are six wineries and a meadery in Dahlonega with various tasting hours. Three Sisters Winery is open for tasting Thursday thru Saturday from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sundays from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Kaya Vineyard and Winery is open Tuesday thru Saturday from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sundays from 12:30 to 5:00 pm. Frogtown Cellars in open Monday thru Friday from 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm, Saturday from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm and Sunday from 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm. Wolf Mountain Vineyards tasting hours from March thru August are Thursday – Saturday from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday from 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm. From September thru November tastings are Tuesday – Saturday from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday from 12:30 – 5:00 pm. Cavendar Creek Vineyards is open Sunday, Monday, and Thursday from 12:30 – 5:30 pm, Friday from 12:30 – 7:00 pm and Satruday from 11:00 – 7:00 pm. Montaluce Winery and Restaurant is open for tastings anytime it is open. This tends to be seven days a week and can be until 9:00 pm. The winery closes for private events at times so it’s always safest to call. Accent Cellars is open Sunday thru Friday from 12:30 – 7:00 pm and Saturdays from11:00 am – 8:00 pm. Etowah Meadery makes honey wine and is open for tastings Friday and Saturday from 10:00 – 7:00 pm and 12:30 – 7:00 on Sunday.

Opening hours sometimes vary seasonally so call the wineries you are interested in if you have questions about Dahlonega wineries.

How much do tastings cost at Dahlonega wineries?

Walk-in tastings vary. Three Sisters charges $15 for a flight of five wines. Montaluce charges between $18 – $23 for a five wine flight. Kaya charges $14 for its basic 5 wine flight and $18 for its Delux Flight. At Wolf Mountain a tasting will cost you $20. Cavendar Creek offers a four wine tasting for $12. Accent Cellars offers a five wine flight for $14 and a nine wine flight for $22. Call Etowah Meadery and Frogtown Cellars for their tasting prices. Prices are subject to change.

Can I tour any of the Dahlonega wineries?

Montaluce offers free 20 minute tours with no reservations needed Weekdays at 2:00 pm and Weekends at Noon. Wine Hikes are offered on the weekends with a reservation. Kaya offers a 90 minute tour and tasting Saturdays and Sundays at 12:30 for $35pp. Wolf Mountain offers a Winemakers tour and tasting for $40 pp at noon on Saturdays and Sundays from March thru November. No reservation required for less than 8 people.

Can I get food at the wineries in Dahlonega?

Several of the wineries offer food. Montaluce has a full service restuarant – LaVigne- and offers appetizers at the wine bar. Kaya offers light lunch items Tuesday thru Sunday and dinner at their resort. Wolf Mountain’s Vineyard Cafe is open mid February thru mid December Thursdays – Saturdays from 12:00 – 3:00 pm for lunch. Light items can be purchased in the tasting room during tasting hours. Sunday brunch is offered for $35/pp plus tax and gratuity at 12:30 and 2:30 pm with a new menu each month. Frogtown Cellars Italian Bistro is open Friday and Saturday from 5:30 – 8:00 pm. It also offers panini sandwiches Friday from 12:00 – 3:30 pm, Saturday from 10:30 – 3:30 pm, and Sunday from 12:30 – 3:30 pm. Sunday brunch is served from 12:30 – 2:30 pm for $27.50/pp plus tax and gratuity. Check with the other wineries; they may have food trucks, light snacks, and other food items.

Can I get transportation to and from the wineries or get transportation for a tour of the local Dahlonega wineries?

Yes. There are several choices for transportation and a wide range of prices. Call for options and prices. DSH Transportation: (706)-867-1313. Mama’s Taxi: (706) 482-8539. Appalachian Transportation: (706)-864-0021 ext 2. You may also want to try Uber, but there may not be a lot of drivers in our area. If you are coming from Atlanta with a group consider checking out Atlanta based tours of our North Georgia wineries that offer round trips from the city.

We hope you find the questions about Dahlonega wineries helpful and hope you stay with us when visiting the area. We are the closest inn to Wolf Mountain Winery, only 1.5 miles. For more information on the wineries visit our wineries page at https://georgiamountaininn.com/dahlonega-wineries. You can also get more information from our chamber of commerce at https://dahlonega.org

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