Wine Highway Weekends 2020- UPDATE

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Update: Due to COVID-19 Wine Highway Week has made some date changes. Passports will be valid for the entire month of August.

March the Winegrowers Association of Georgia organizes the wine highway weekends. Originally held over just one weekend, the event soon became too popular to be limited to just three days. Now wine lovers can enjoy North Georgia’s finest wines over one month for just one price.

The cost is $50.00 per person – paid at the first winery visited. That fee will give you a passport and special wine glass to take to all the wineries you wish to visit at no additional charge for tastings. This is a great way to visit all of the member wineries for one price.

Normal wine highway weekend Tasting hours have always been Friday 12-5 (1-5 for the first Friday), Saturdays 11-5, Sundays 12:30 -5, Monday through Thursday 11-5. Due to Covid 19 not all wineries will be open weekdays and hours may vary so call the wineries you wish to visit to verify opening hours.

Participating wineries within approximately 20 minutes from the inn include Cavender Creek, Kaya Winery, Etowah Meadery and Cottage Winery. No more than 45 minutes away you can visit Habersham Winery, Cenita Winery, Creekstone Winery, Serenity Cellars and Yonah Mountain Winery. See map below for these locations relative to our inn.

Some of our personal favorites in terms of wine and venue include Cavender Creek with their rustic yet elegant tasting room with numerous fire pits to sit around sipping wine or the large fireplace on the covered deck with live music. We also like the mountain top views at Cottage Winery and the beautiful views of rocky top Yonah Mountain from Yonah Mountain Winery.

Wolf Mountain, Frogtown, Three Sisters and Montaluce Wineries are not part of the wine highway weekends since they are not members of the Georgia Winegrowers Association.

Book a room or yurt with us for one of the wine highway weekends or stay with us during the week and enjoy the Georgia wine.

For more information on the wine highway weekends and to see a list of all participating wineries for this annual popular event visit http://www.georgiawine.com/events/2018-wine-highway-weekend

For more information on the Dahlonega area wineries including those not on the wine highway weekend event visit https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/dahlonega-wineries/

For more information on other special events and festivals visit https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/dahlonega-festivals/

Dahlonega Wineries for Lunch

Looking for a unique place to have lunch while visiting Cedar House Inn and Yurts and the North Georgia mountains? The restaurants in Dahlonega offer great food and unique ambiance, but maybe you want something different… Why not go to one of the Dahlonega wineries for lunch!

Several Dahlonega wineries offer great lunch options. We are not talking about a cheese platter or a prepared sandwich wrapped in plastic sandwich wrap. How does a nice lunch meal with a glass of Georgia wine and a view of the vineyard sound? Sip your merlot, enjoy your lunch and views.

There are three Dahlonega wineries for lunch that we recommend. Each offers a luncheon menu that will satisfy your palate. One offers a complete menu that you might encounter at dinner if you prefer a full dinner like meal. Call before you go to insure availability. If they are hosting a large wedding they may close for lunch.

Wolf Mountain Winery

Wolf Mountain is the closest winery to Cedar House Inn and Yurts. It is only one and a half miles away from the inn. Located on a hillside the winery and restaurant provide great views of the vineyards below. Lunch requires a reservation so please call before you go to secure a table on their enclosed all weather deck. They have great luncheon salads but we enjoy their gourmet pizzas with a glass of wine.

Wolf Mountain Winery, 180 Wolf Mountain Trail, Dahlonega, GA 30533. (706) 867- 9862. http://www.wolfmountainvineyards.com/

Montaluce Winery

Montaluce is probably the nicest of all Dahlonega wineries for lunch. They offer a more extensive menu than the other wineries with great views of the vineyards and a small pond below. You can order something as simple as a salad or sandwich or you may be hungry for a steak. They are open most days of the week.

Montaluce Winery, 105 Hightower Church Road, Dahlonega, GA 30533. (706) 867-4060. http://montaluce.com/

Frogtown Cellars

Frogtown offers a restaurant style setting with a choice of panini sandwiches and salads with your favorite glass of wine while looking at the vineyard through their large windows. They tend to open Thursday through Sunday.

Frogtown Cellars, 700 Ridge Point Drive, Dahlonega, GA 30533. (706) 865-0687. https://frogtown.com/

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/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/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 music opportunities including the free concert schedule visit https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/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 visit https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/dahlonega-gold-attractions/

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