Dahlonega, Georgia: Your Complete Guide of Things-To-Do, Places To Go, & Striking It Gold Rich

Posted by Cedar Creek Cabin Rentals on Thu, Aug 02, 2012

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Northern Georgia is full of surprising little mountain towns and each one has its own unique characteristics that make it worth visiting. Near Dahlonega, GA, cabin rentals are the prime launching pad to explore this gem of a town.

Dahlonega sits in the heart of Lumpkin County and right on the edge of the pristine Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. It was the site of the earliest gold rush in the United States and has maintained its roots to that golden past. It has also carved out a new future as an arts and crafts hub and a cycling destination. With so many reasons to visit the Dahlonega, GA cabin rentals, how will you choose what to do?

Dahlonega Festivals

Dahlonega hosts several festivals throughout the year that make it a great place to visit for a weekend when you can take in the local culture. The Gold Rush Days occur the third weekend of every October to remember the event that put Dahlonega on the map in the first place. The festival includes a gold panning contest, live entertainment, a king and queen coronation and much more.

The Bear on the Square Festival in April and the Northeast Georgia Arts Tours in June and November showcase the culture and creativity of this area. During these festivals, local craft men and women showcase traditional mountain arts and culture and invite visitors into their studios, galleries and workspaces to find out more about these folk arts.

It's not just the old days that draw visitors to Dahlonega anymore though. This mountain town has become known as a hub of creative and visual arts in Georgia. There is the Bear on the Square festival in April with a juried artist marketplace featuring traditional mountain arts and crafts. The Mountain Fine Flower Art Festival in May gives folks the opportunity to watch artists at work. Visit Dahlonega and many other art-inspired mountain towns during the Northeast Georgia Arts Tour in June and November.

Two Wheel Adventures

Looking for a more active weekend? Then join in the bicycle culture of Dahlonega, which has long been recognized as the foremost cycling venue in Georgia and the Southeast. Road biking, mountain biking and hybrid biking enthusiasts will find plenty of trails and roadways to keep the ride interesting.

Dahlonega also hosts two premier cycling events each year — the Six Gap Century and the Three Gap Fifty. The Six Gap Century occurs in late September and takes cyclists up and down six of the steepest climbs in North Georgia. The shorter Three Gap Fifty route adds to the event to make this the Tour de Georgia. And in order to avoid the crowds but stay near Dahlonega, GA, cabin rentals are available close to the venue. Cedar Creek Cabins offer luxury accommodations, during the event, where you may soak your tired muscles in the hot tub after the ride.

Wine Country

Dahlonega, GA also sits in the middle of the growing Northern Georgia wine country. You can visit several wineries or participate in the Dahlonega wine festivals held throughout June. Dahlonega has the highest concentration of wineries and vineyards in Georgia making it the true heart of the Georgia wine country and the Dahlonega, GA cabin rentals the perfect place to base your wine excursion.

Start your wine tour at Blackstock Vineyard and Winery, one of the pioneers of the Georgia wine country. Next, head to Montaluce, a Tuscan retreat in the heart of the Georgia mountains. Montaluce focuses on European varietals like Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese all in the midst of a villa built to look just like Old World Tuscan villages. Head back into town to the Frogtown Cellars wine tasting room where you can sample dry reds and traditional southern sweet wines while also grabbing a Panini lunch. For a more formal meal with your wine tasting, visit Wolf Mountain Vineyards and Winery. This vineyard produces outstanding sparkling wines created with traditional methods and boasts a dazzling dining room open for lunch Thursday through Saturday and for brunch every Sunday.

The Dahlonega, GA cabin rentals offer much more than a place to take a break from your busy life. The cabins also provide you with a starting point to discover all the hidden treasures this mountain community has to offer. From the great outdoors to the refined tasting rooms, from getting your hands dirty in the dirt to fingering hand-crafted art, Dahlonega has it all. What hidden treasure will you uncover first?

Mountain Biking Dahlonega

Dahlonega has also been designated as Georgia's Premier Cycling Venue?.  The Chattahoochee National Forest has some of the best mountain biking trails in the state. Set out from your Dahlonega cabins to ride the Bull Mountain Trail, one of the most popular loop trails in the state of Georgia, giving riders eleven miles of rolling hills and majestic vistas.

Hiking around Dahlonega

Set out from your Dahlonega cabins to hike the trails at Amicalola Falls State Park where you can admire the tallest cascading waterfall in the state. The Anna Ruby Falls Trail offers hikers exquisite views of Georgias natural heritage. The Dockery Lake Trail is a half-mile loop trail around three acre Dockery Lake which also offers visitors some great trout fishing opportunities. The Desoto Falls Trail is named for the Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto. It is a four mile trail to the falls and back.  The Raven Cliffs Trail along Dodd Creek leads to an amazing view of the creek plunging through the cliffs.

Water sports:  The Etowah and Chestatee Rivers and nearby Lake Lanier offer ample opportunities for kayaking and canoeing. The area is also famous for its abundance of trout, so visitors can leave their Dahlonega cabins to make a day of fishing.

Places To Find Ice Cream & Chocolate

Connie's Ice Cream Parlor

After a fun day of panning for gold and exploring the historical mines of Dahlonega, GA, making a pit stop at Connie's Ice Cream Parlor is a must before returning "home" to the luxury cabin rentals of Georgia. This family run ice cream parlor and sandwich shop has all the small town charm and sweet deals that you crave.

Enjoy a variety of sweet treats and soda floats with real vanilla, or have a sandwich lovingly crafted right before your very eyes. Enjoy the classic Coke memorabilia which adorns the parlor while you cool off with a yummy milk shake or ice cream sundae.

The Fudge Factory

The Fudge Factory in Dahlonega, GA is located only a short jaunt from the cabins in Helen, GA and would be the perfect way to cap off a day of exploring the gold mines and historical sites in the town. In spite of the name, you will be happy to learn that the Fudge Factory offers much more than just fudge. The candy business has been expertly cooking up sweet treats for over thirty years which include mouth watering candy apples, caramels, toffee, divinities, pralines, brittles, truffles, and much more! You can also stick with the theme of the town by trying some "Dahlonega Nuggets" which are Georgia pecans that are covered in caramel and milk chocolate. Those who are watching their sugar intake can enjoy something from the Fudge Factory as well. Their sugar free menu includes dark chocolate almond bark, dark chocolate caramel pecan patties, and milk chocolate caramel pecan patties.

Paul Thomas Chocolates

Since 1975, Paul Thomas Chocolates has delivered fine candies and chocolates for everyone to enjoy. Visitors to the shop are able to actually watch the chocolates being made. Those visiting the famous gold rush city will certainly want to try out a special treat like the Dahlonega Chocolate Gold Bar. This delightful concoction is made from yummy milk or dark chocolate, golden raisins and Georgia pecans. At Paul Thomas you will find a huge assortment of chocolates, caramels, candy coated pretzels, coconut treats, sugar free delights, etc.

Striking It Rich Near Dahlonega GA

The charming little town of Dahlonega in northern Georgia is truly a historical landmark as it prides itself on being one of the very first areas to experience the Gold Rush. Even before the big Gold Rush of California in 1849, prospectors were uncovering treasure right in the heart of northern Georgia. And this small mountain town continues to celebrate it's golden past today.

Back in 1828, the city of Dahlonega, GA became the first town in the United States to experience a major gold rush. Prospectors and miners continued to look for gold in the Appalachian foothills until the California gold rush began and many miners began to head west. Today, you can visit the Dahlonega Gold Museum in the center of town to learn about this golden period in the town's history.

The Dahlonega Gold Museum

Located in the center of town, the Dahlonega Gold Museum will guide you through the rich history of gold mining in northern Georgia. The museum is actually situated inside of a restored courthouse and features a 23 minute high definition film which describes the mining techniques and lifestyles of the prospectors who once populated the area. You will find antique gold coins, nuggets, and a bearing quartz rock. This historic landmark will take you back in time and you will enjoy learning about where the gold rush all began.

Gold Rush Days

You can also relive some of the town's gold past during the annual Gold Rush Days held the third weekend in October. Running side by side with the Oktoberfest in Helen Georgia, the North Georgia Mountains are the place to be this time of year. The annual event includes a gold panning contest, live entertainment and a king and queen coronation.

The Consolidated Gold Mines

For a fun and unique attraction that is located close to the Dahlonega, GA cabin rentals, grab the whole family and head over to The Consolidated Gold Mines. Here, you and your group will be transported back in time as you descend 200 feed beneath the ground and into the mines. On this 40 minute interactive tour, your expert guide will interest you with the stories and tales of Gold Rush miners at the turn of the century.

Consolidated Gold Mines was the largest gold mining operation east of the Mississippi and today offers visitors a guided tour through the history of gold mining in Dahlonega.

After the tour is complete, you will receive a gold and gemstone panning lesson from proficient panners who are truly the best of the best. I you're interested, you can take a crack at it yourself and see if you can get lucky and strike it rich.

The Crisson Gold Mine

Because this authentic open pit gold mine is conveniently located in Dahlonega, GA, cabin rentals at Cedar Creek are a convenient choice for your Georgia mountain vacation. Enjoy the rich history of the mine which was established in 1847 and features a stamp mill that is 125 years old.

This mill was used to crush quartz rock that contained gold. At Crisson Gold Mine, you will have the opportunity pan for gold and precious stones such as emeralds, garnets, sapphires, amethysts, rubies, and much more. Many lucky customers have been fortunate enough to find pristine gems which they have gone on to use to make jewelry.

In addition to allowing you to pan for gold on site, the folks at Crisson Gold Mine also sell ore by the 5 gallon bucket so that you can continue panning for riches back at your Dahlonega, GA cabin rentals. Who knows what you will find?

The Gold Fever Package

Do all of these fun gold-related activities sound like fun to you? At the city visitor center, you can purchase a gold fever package which will allow you to enjoy all three for a lower price for museum admission, a tour at the Consolidated Gold Mine, and gold panning at the Crisson Gold Mine. This is an excellent deal for any travelers staying in the Dahlonega, GA cabin rentals who are trying to strike it rich in northern Georgia.

There is something for everyone in the historic and exciting town of Dahlonega, GA. Cabin rentals are a great way to get close to all the action and try your luck at finding gold and gems on your vacation. Everyday's an adventure here!

If you have visited the mines, were you lucky enough to strike it rich? What sort of treasure did you uncover? Share the tales of your adventure with us in the comments section of your blog.

Buried Treasure

Dahlonega takes pride in its golden past. The gold rush in this town started in 1828 and lasted for several years before miners and prospectors began to move west to California and Alaska in the 1840s. You can learn more about the town's mining history at the Dahlonega Gold Museum and even repeat the famous phrase uttered on the museum's patio. "There's gold in them thar hills!"

After learning about the history of the region, you can try your hand at gold mining at Crisson Gold Mines. This mine got its start in 1847 and continued operating until the 1980s. It opened its doors to the public in 1969 and is a top tourist attraction today. So grab your pan, head to the trommel and start looking for your own buried treasure of gold and gemstones.

Dahlonega Cabins and Local Hot Spots

Sometimes one just needs an escape, a chance to get away from the rest of the world and the rush of day to day life to start living again.  Rediscovering the joys of life can be as simple as taking a short vacation or a longer one if you prefer to. Dahlonega in the great state of Georgia where you can book one of their spectacular Dahlonega cabins.

Dahlonega cabins offer majestic mountain views.

North Georgia Cabins have all the comforts of a home in the mountains.  You can sit on the wrap-around porch in the early morning and watch the sunrise over majestic mountain vistas.  At the end of the day you could take a relaxing soak in the hot-tub or sit and watch the sunset. In the evenings you could stare up at the stars in the beautiful Georgia sky or enjoy the cabin's surround sound entertainment system.

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