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.
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.
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.
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/
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.