Dahlonega TrailFest 2018

Dahlonega TrailFest is coming September 7-9, 2018.

The festival celebrates the outdoors and the Appalachian Trail which is nearby. It also celebrates Dahlonega as an AT Trail town. Come stay with us and attend the festivities.

Authors and speakers who write about the Trail or have hiked the Trail as thru hikers will be part of the program. If you enjoy hiking or outdoor activities you should consider attending. Workshops on hiking and enjoying nature are usually featured as well as vendors of outdoor gear. Major sponsors include REI and Jekyll Brewing.

Music and food are also an integral part of the festival.

For more information visit Trailfest

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WINTER + WINE + WEEKENDS = A Winning Combination in Dahlonega

Winter 2016 is here in Dahlonega and the north Georgia mountains. The holidays are over, the crowds of tourists have left, the area is quiet and tranquil and for the first time in years all of our local wineries will be open on the weekends beginning January 16th – all but two will be open the weekend of the 8th.

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Inn with Snow

Three Sisters opens mid-January for weekends; Montaluce opens 1/14; Cavender Creek weekends; Cottage Winery and Yonah Mountain weekdays and weekends; Wolf Mountain and Frogtown are open weekends. You can check their web sites or call them for details.

Take advantage of the quiet season in our area. You can check the weather and make last-minute reservations for dining and lodging with us – no two night minimum except Valentine’s Day weekend.

Hiking in the winter months is beautiful because the mountain vistas open up with the leaves off the trees. You literally can see for miles in many areas along the Appalachian Trail. The temperatures are colder and at times the wind might be blowing so wear appropriate clothing in layers. You might even see snow.

The waterfalls in the area are also special in the winter. Some may be covered in ice depending on the temperatures. Two of our favorite waterfall hikes are Amicalola and DeSoto Falls.

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Yurt in Snow

Historic downtown Dahlonega’s quaint shops and restaurants are open without the crowds. Live music is typically offered on weekends.

Come stay with us and enjoy the North Georgia mountains and historic Dahlonega in the winter of 2016.

Fall In the North Georgia Mountains

Fall in the North Georgia mountains is always a beautiful time of year. It’s no wonder that it is also the busiest time of the year for tourism and guests visiting the inn. Around the inn we are seeing color changes. Weather influences when the colors change and the vividness of the colors.

Guests to the area can enjoy viewing the Fall colors from hiking on the Appalachian trail, visiting one of several waterfalls including Amicalola Falls or just sipping wine on one of the decks of the many wineries in the region. One of our favorite viewing areas is Preacher’s Rock which is located on the Appalachian trail near Woody Gap (see our video at Preacher’s Rock).

Come stay with us and enjoy the Fall colors.

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Photos courtesy of Julie Best

Dahlonega Trail Fest 3/27-29

Come stay with us and attend the fifth annual Dahlonega Trail Fest on March 27-29, 2015 in Hancock Park and historic Downtown Dahlonega.

The event is a 3-day festival celebrating Dahlonega’s designation as an ATC Trail Community, Dahlonega’s proximity to the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, and general non-motorized recreation, including hiking, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, trail biking, horseback trail riding, trail maintenance, and other topics.

The Trail Fest will feature nationally recognized speakers, authors, thru hikers, AT record holders, workshops, music, hiking films, AT related craft vendors, manufacturer vendors and reps, and informational booths. A food court and Beer and Wine Garden will be open.

The event begins on Friday, March 27 at 3:00 pm, continue on Saturday, March 28 starting at 9:00 am, and Sunday, March 29 beginning at 9:00 am. A complete schedule will be posted on the Trail Fest website.

Hiking films will be shown on Friday and Saturday evenings.

There will be a 5k street run and a 10k road/trail run with 5k on the Reservoir Trail at Lake Zwerner. Details of the run can be seen on the Trail Fest website.

For more info, visit www.dahlonegatrailfest.org. Information will be constantly updated between now and the festival date.

Dahlonega Trail Fest 3/14-16

Dahlonega Trail Fest 3/14-16

Come stay with us and attend the 4th Annual Dahlonega Trail Fest 3 days in March 2014

March 14-16, 2014. Free event. Hancock Park, Dahlonega GA

Celebrating the Appalachian Trail, Dahlonega’s designation as an ATC Trail Community, non-motorized outdoor recreation including backpacking, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing and kayaking, trail running.

Features speakers, films, workshops, vendors, information booths, equipment representatives, music, food, equipment giveaways, equipment silent auction, beer and wine garden.

www.dahlonegatrailfest.org

Staying Cool in the North Georgia Mountains

With Summer here the temperatures are getting warmer  and many Atlantans are thinking about a quick escape to the North Georgia mountains and wine country. The temperatures up here can be warm as well but tend to be a little cooler than the city and suburbs. We don’t have all that asphalt and buildings to soak up and retain the heat. The forests provide mother nature’s air conditioning.

While visiting Cedar House Inn and Yurts many guests find outdoor activities are the perfect way to stay cool. Some choose toZipNTime hike on the Appalachian Trail where cool breezes always seem to blow. Favorite hikes are Preacher’s Rock near Woody Gap and Blood Mountain. We have a short video showing Preacher’s Rock on our YouTube channel which is linked to this blog to your right.

Another option for staying cool is tubing down the Chestatee River or kayaking/canoeing on the Chestatee or Etowah Rivers. Appalachian Outfitters rents tubes and kayaks and provides shuttle services. Bring your own kayak and they will shuttle you for a fee. You can reach them at (706) 864-7117 or (706)867-7116 (for tubing).

If you want to get really wet bring some old towels for drying off and head up the mountain from the inn to Dick’s Creek. This is a favorite swimming hole with the locals so it may be busy on weekends. The creek features cold refreshing water that cascades down waterfalls into deep pools that are great for swimming. Some of the more daring types like to jump off the sides into the pools of water. You can watch a short video of Dick’s Creek on our YouTube channel linked to this blog to your right.

Several weeks ago we took a hike for the first time to Raven Cliff Falls which is northeast of the inn on the Richard Russell Scenic Highway near Helen. The 2.5 mile trail is along a roaring creek. At the beginning of the trail is a deep pool of water with a rope swing. Guests told us they saw people wading around Raven Cliffs Falls. Bring some old towels and check it out. We also have videos of our hike on the YouTube channel link to your right.

If you are really looking for a thrill check out North Georgia’s newest zip line and the closest zip line to the inn. ZipNTime is located next to Habersham Winery south of Helen and features the longest dual zip line in Georgia. The longest zip is almost 1/2 mile and reaches speeds up to 55 mph. That will cool you off and provide a thrill. Call 706-878-9477 for more info and reservations.

We also have videos of canoeing, Preacher’s Rock, Dicks Creek and ZipNTime zip lining on our website video page which you can visit by clicking videos.

Annual Trail Fest 3/22-3/24

Come stay with us and attend the 3rd Annual Dahlonega Trail Fest 2013 March 22-24 called Spring on Springer.

The vernal equinox marks the first day of spring. In 2013, the equinox occurs on March 20, right in the middle of the NOrthBOund Thru Hiker kickoff season at Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. The third annual Spring on Springer Dahlonega TrailFest will celebrate Dahlonega’s designation as an AT Trail Community by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Dahlonega’s position as the southern gateway to the Appalachian Trail. It will be held on March 22-24 on the cusp of the first day of spring in Dahlonega, Georgia.

The Trail Fest will include camping, speakers, films, music, shuttles to Springer Mountain and Amicalola Falls, equipment vendors, and workshops on such topics as safety, camping techniques, and equipment.

Fun trail related activities such as a 5k trail run, canoeing/kayaking, guided hikes, and local tours.

2012 featured speakers/authors included: Warren Doyle, record holding 16 time thru hiker; Gene Espy, second person to ever thru hike the AT in 1951; Paralee Dawson, section hiker and author; Sandra Friend, author of over 15 hiking guidebooks; and Johnny Molloy, author of over 38 hiking guidebooks.

Films will include: Flip Flop Flippin, a film by Scott “Squatch” Herriott

The Trail Fest will be a fun filled weekend celebrating Dahlonega’s Trail Community designation, the importance of the Appalachian Trail to Dahlonega and Lumpkin County, the significance of Dahlonega to the many users of the AT, and all aspects of responsible use of the north Georgia forests for recreation.

For information and details, check the Trail Fest website at www.dahlonegatrailfest.org

Dahlonega Appalachian Trail Fest 3/16-18

The vernal equinox marks the first day of spring. In 2012, the equinox occurs on March 20, right in the middle of the NorthBound Thru Hiker kickoff season at Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.

The second annual Spring on Springer Dahlonega Trail Fest will celebrate Dahlonega’s designation as an AT Trail Community by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Dahlonega’s position as the southern gateway to the Appalachian Trail.

It will be held on March 16-18 on the cusp of the first day of spring in Dahlonega, Georgia. The Trail Fest will include camping, speakers, films, live music, shuttles to Springer Mountain and Amicalola Falls, equipment vendors, and workshops on such topics as safety, camping techniques, and equipment. Fun trail related activities such as a 5k trail run, canoeing/kayaking, guided hikes, and local tours will be held.

2012 featured speakers/authors include: Warren Doyle, record holding 16 time thru hiker; Gene Espy, second person to ever thru hike the AT in 1951; Paralee Dawson, section hiker and author; Sandra Friend, author of over 15 hiking guidebooks; and Johnny Molloy, author of over 38 hiking guidebooks.

Films will include: TREK: A Journey on the Appalachian Trail and Walking the West: Hiking 2600 Miles from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail.

The Trail Fest will be a fun-filled weekend celebrating Dahlonega’s Trail Community designation, the importance of the Appalachian Trail to Dahlonega and Lumpkin County, the significance of Dahlonega to the many users of the AT, and all aspects of responsible use of the north Georgia forests for recreation. For information and details, check the Trail Fest website at www.dahlonegatrailfest.org.

Hiking the Appalachian Trail- Slackpacking

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Many guests who stay at our inn take day hikes on the Appalachian Trail. The trail starts at Amicalola Falls State Park which is about 40 minutes from the inn by car. A five-mile hike is required before reaching the official starting point of the trail. While you are at the park enjoy the falls as well.

North of the inn are two locations where the trail crosses the main highway. These areas are closer to Cedar House Inn. One is Woody Gap which has parking available. Park in the right parking lot and hike to Preacher’s Rock.  At Blood Mountain the trail also crosses the road. Mountain Crossing, a store with hiking supplies and gifts, is located near the road and trail area. Blood Mountain is the highest part of Lumpkin County and the trail is more strenuous. Many guests like to hike to the trail shelter.

A couple of weeks ago we had guests from Colorado who spent the week at our inn. The purpose of their trip was to hike the Georgia portion of the Appalachian Trail. They were not considered thru hikers but slack packers. Each morning they had breakfast at the inn and dropped their car off near where they would finish their trail hike that day. The Hiker Hostel would meet them at their car and shuttle them to the trail area where they were beginning the day hike. They hiked most of the Georgia portion of the trail using this method. Each evening they came back to the inn for a hot shower, Mary Beth’s cookies and chai tea.

Benefits of slack packing are many. No roughing  it on the trail carrying a heavy backpack in all kinds of weather. No freeze-dried dinners or oatmeal breakfasts. No sleeping on the hard ground. A unique way of hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Book a room or yurt with us and try hiking the Appalachian Trail. For more information on Hiker Hostel’s shuttle service call (770)312-7342.

Appalachian Trail Celebration 3/6-3/7 2010

Stay with us and attend this informative event if you have ever considered hiking all or part of the Appalachian Trail. Many of our guests have enjoyed day hikes on the trail while staying at the inn. Some of our guests have thru hiked the trail as well.

Amicalola Falls State Park will host its annual Appalachian Trail Celebration and Backpacking Clinic on Saturday and Sunday March 6-7, 2010.

Both experienced and novice hikers attend this annual conference to learn about the A.T., listen to A.T. hikers share their experiences and discover what is involved in making the 5 million step journey across 14 states.

Several invited trail organizations will be presenting such as the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (we are members), Georgia Appalachian Trail Conference, Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association, Atlanta Hiking Club, Leave No Trace, and others. Gene Epsy who is a 1952 thru hiker who wrote “The Trail of My Life” will also be there.

Several equipment specialists will also be attending to display and demonstrate.

Activities begin 9am each day and end at 8pm on Saturday and 6pm on Sunday.

For additional information contact Amicalola Falls Programming Department at 706-265-1969.