Cooling Off Near Dahlonega

Summertime heat is definitely here! Need ideas for cooling off near Dahlonega?

Our travels south to Atlanta during the summer months remind us of the difference in temperature between the Atlanta metro area and the North Georgia mountains. In Atlanta the heat from all the asphalt and buildings makes the temperatures feel much hotter. Here in the mountains, the lack of hard surfaces and buildings along with the woods usually make the temps 8-10 degrees cooler.

Why not enjoy the cooler North Georgia mountain air this summer and visit Cedar House Inn and Yurts?

We love to share the  many great ways of cooling off near Dahlonega with our summer guests.

We discovered our favorite way of cooling off near Dahlonega when we first dicks creek falls staying cool near dahlonegamoved to the area 18 years ago. Dick’s Creek is a favorite among the locals with numerous waterfalls and swimming holes of mountain cooled water. Bring some old towels from home and enjoy a cool swim in a mountain stream. We can show you how to get there when you check in.

Another great option for cooling off near Dahlonega is to take a kayak, canoe or tubing ride down the Chestatee River. The river is located on the way into town. Appalachian outfitters  will rent you the equipment and shuttle you back to your car. Bring some old towels to dry off.

If you come and stay with us for more than one night you may want to take a day trip to Tallulah Gorge State Park which is about an hour east of Dahlonega. If you get there early you can get a permit to wade in the river at the bottom of the gorge. This is a favorite way of cooling off for our guests who make the trip. Take some old towels to dry off. We really enjoy hiking down the gorge since it reminds us of Colorado with it’s rugged faces and scrubby trees.

Don’t let the summer heat keep you at home sitting in your air-conditioned house.

Visit us and experience the many ways of cooling off near Dahlonega.

For more information about our inn visit our web site.

Questions About Dahlonega Bed and Breakfast Inns

At Cedar House Inn and Yurts we receive many calls from potential guests asking about bed sizes/ types, do we take children or pets and many more questions. This blog post addresses many of those questions about Dahlonega bed and breakfast inns.  Information taken from inn web sites. Contact the inn you are interested in for specific details.

Do any inns take children or pets?

Cedar House Inn & Yurts is adults only, no pets. Yellow Daisy takes children 16 and over; Mountain Laurel Creek takes 14 and older; Mountain Top Lodge and Long Mountain Lodge take 10 and over, none take pets. Barefoot Hills mentions children on some of their OTA listings and they also take pets. Contact those inns for specifics.

Do some inns have more than one bed per room?

Limelight Inn and Barefoot Hills have some units with two beds. Long Mountain Lodge allows air bed in some units for an extra charge.
 

Are the cancellation policies and check in/check out times the same among the Dahlonega inns?

Cancellation policies range for 72 hours to 7 days for a full refund. Some inns charge a nonrefundable fee that is charged when the reservation is made (fee is around $25.00). Cancellation policies also are different if booking more than one unit. Yellow Daisy has a 2 pm check in with most others having a 3 pm check in. Cedar House Inn & Yurts check in is 4pm. Check in times vary from inn to inn. Some inns including Cedar House Inn permit check-ins as late as 11:00 pm at no charge with advance notice. Limelight Inn uses self check-in. Check out for most inns is by 11 am. Some inns have additional fees for early check ins and late check outs.

Are the Dahlonega Inns similar in terms of amenities and focus?

Many of the inns reflect the innkeepers that own and operate them. Cedar House Inn & Yurts is known as the eco-friendly bed and breakfast in the area and serves organic breakfasts. They also specialize with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free breakfasts. Mountain Laurel Creek has a full service spa and pool, and a pub also. Long Mountain Lodge is known for their mountain views and also has fireplaces in their rooms. Mountain Top Lodge is one of the largest inns and has seasonal mountain views. Yellow Daisy is an historic home located within walking distance of the Dahlonega Square. Limelight Inn features modern decor and private balconies with views of the woods.
 

Do all inns in Dahlonega serve a full breakfast or a continental breakfast?

Limelight Inn is the only inn that mentions a continental breakfast on their web site. Barefoot Hills only mentions breakfast on their site for hostel guests. The other inns serve a full breakfast.
Cedar House Inn and Yurts serves a full organic breakfast using seasonal ingredients from the property. Other inns serve special diets with advanced notice. Cedar House Inn and Yurts specializes in vegetarian, vegan, gluten free breakfasts and provides for special diets with the afternoon cookies and goodies provided.
 

When is the busiest time of year and the most difficult time to get a reservation?

The Fall season is the busiest time in the north Georgia mountains and most inns have a two night minimum on weekends for October 1st through mid- November. Certain festivals and special events are also busy.
 

Do all inns take online as well as phone reservations?

Yes they do. Online normally is easier to do and almost guarantees you a reservation since it blocks the room you reserved from others wanting the same room.

Massage in a Yurt

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This past weekend we had guests staying in a yurt to celebrate their anniversary and enjoy a much needed break from children and everyday stress. While staying in a yurt is relaxing adding a massage in a yurt makes it even better.

They asked if we could arrange for a massage in their yurt. Other guests have  requested massages in their rooms in the past, but this was the first in a yurt, and we were glad we could accommodate them with a massage in a yurt.

Our son’s fiancee Cassandra happens to be a holistic massage therapist and offers a great massage.   Innkeeper Mary Beth can attest to that – Aaahhh!

In the morning guests were served breakfast at 8:30 in the screen porch patio. yurt exteriorCassandra arrived with her portable massage table and innkeeper Fred carried it down to the yurt during breakfast to help Cassandra get ready with warm towels, massage oils and relaxation music.

Our yurt guests each enjoyed a 60 minute massage. The husband finished his breakfast and read on the patio during his wife’s massage. She took a shower at the bathhouse during his. And Cassandra performed her magic – relaxing muscles and easing tensions.

The yurt turned out to be a great place for a massage after breakfast. The round shape and location in the woods make a great environment for peacefulness and relaxation. Doesn’t a massage in a yurt sound great!

If you are interested in a yurt massage either let us or Cassandra know. exterior of yurt showing deckMassages are of course, subject to the availability of the therapist.  The more notice we have and the longer your stay, the better the chances that Cassandra can schedule a massage for you.

For more information about Cassandra, her services, experience and contact information visit Dahlonega Wellness. Payment for massage services is between guest and Cassandra. Gratuity appreciated.

In-room massages have been arranged for guests staying in the inn in the  Cardinal Suite if a yurt is not for you.

If you want to stay in a yurt and have a massage in a yurt, you can, subject to availability. How many of your friends or family can say they have had a massage in a yurt?

Dahlonega Mountain Biking

The North Georgia Mountains beckon to many of our guests who answer the call with a challenging mountain bike ride in the woods. We will share information on those trails that guests enjoy and talk about around the breakfast table. Experience Dahlonega mountain biking in the North Georgia mountains.

Jake Mountain Mountain Biking Trails

This area is on National Forest land and consists of 15 miles of trails consistingrider enjoying a dahlonega mountain biking trail of 10 trails that are interconnected. Just 11 miles from Dahlonega it’s a favorite Dahlonega mountain biking trail. It’s  also considered an IMBA Epic trail system. The trails are multi-use trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. These trails are made up of old logging roads and a machine built single track trail. Jones Creek crosses the trails in several areas.  SORBA helps maintain the trails. The trails are located west of town on highway 52 west towards Amicalola Falls.  Turn right off 52 onto Nimblewill Church Road at the old Grizzles Store.  In 1.7 miles  turn right on Jake Mountain Trailhead- NF 299 and park at the sign. At the end of the drivable road the trail starts.

Get a trail map at https://www.negasorba.org/uploads/7/0/6/9/70693427/2013_map_jake_and_bull_usfs.pdf

Mountain Biking on Bull Mountain Trails

This area of National Forest land consists of 14.4 miles of trails and is 13 miles mountain biker going down hillfrom Dahlonega.  It is also considered an IMBA Epic trails system. These trails are steeper than Jake Mountain making it a favorite Dahlonega mountain biking trail for riders seeking a challenge. Trails are also multi-use. Lance Creek crosses the trails that are also made from old logging roads and a machine built single track trail.  SORBA helps maintain the trails. Located near Jake Mountain take Highway 52 west of town towards Amicalola Falls. Turn right onto Nimblewill Church road (Old Grizzles Store), go 2.3 miles to Nimblewill Church. Turn right onto FS-28-1 Winding Stair Road and go 0.4 miles. Turn left onto FS-83 . which ends at the parking lot (0.8 miles). The parking lot is a large field.

Get a trail map at https://www.negasorba.org/uploads/7/0/6/9/70693427/2013_map_jake_and_bull_usfs.pdf

Chicopee Woods Trails

Located near Gainesville, Ga this system was build and is maintained by mountain biker going fast down hill Northeast Georgia SORBA. It consists of a 21 mile trail system with loops for beginners to advanced. Located on Elachee Drive it is 30 miles from the inn.

Get a trail map at https://www.negasorba.org/uploads/7/0/6/9/70693427/chicopeetrailmap_with_mileage_ken_hood.pdf

Mountain Biking on the Yonah Preserve Trails

Yonah Preserve is located in neighboring White County near Cleveland, GA.  It female mountain biker on a Dahlonega Mountain Biking trailis the newest trail system and is also multi use with biking and hiking. Starting with a 7.5 mile trail they plan to build many more on the 1,000 acre property owned by the county with trails developed by SORBA. We just had frequent guests who are serious mountain bikers try the new trail a couple of weeks ago and they loved it!  They told us that it “combines the best of Jackrabbit and Payne Creek” which was a great compliment according to them. For more information visit their web site.

Located on 1054 Albert Reid Road in Cleveland the Preserve is less than 18 miles (20 minutes) from the inn. Great place to enjoy mountain biking!

For a trail map visit https://www.yonahpreservetrails.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Yonah-Preserve-Trailhead-Map.pdf

Dahlonega Mountain Biking Shop

Dahlonega has a new bike shop, Nimblewheels Bicycles that sells bikes, parts, does repairs and sometimes provides private guided trips to Bull and Jake Mountain for riders. They also have a PMBI certified skills coach on staff to help improve your mountain bike skills. Located at 582 North Grove Street in Dahlonega.  Phone 770-540-4524.  web site

Come stay with us for a Dahlonega mountain biking getaway. You can book online at the link in the right column.

Six Gap Century/ 3 Gap 50 Bike Ride 2018

A Bike Ride Across the North Georgia Mountains

This weekend Dahlonega hosts the annual Six Gap Century bike ride across 6 mountain passes covering 100 miles.

For those not wanting to ride as far, six gap logothere is the Three Gap ride over three mountain passes for a little over 50 miles.

There is also a Valley Ride for those that do not want to deal with mountain passes.

The rides are not considered “races” but you can have your time noted at the finish. Along the way there are stop points for bathroom breaks, snacks of orange slices/ bananas/ water to help you along your ride.

The ride happens this Sunday, September 30th early in the morning. If you stay with us, the innkeepers will get out of bed extra early to serve you a breakfast of hearty loaded oatmeal, bananas and more to get you started for your day of riding.

We do have a couple of yurts and the Cardinal Suite available for the ride weekend, two night minimum required. Other rooms are taken so if you want to stay with us next year book early (we take reservations 6 months out).

Six Gap Century/ Three Gap Fifty Ride Expo

On Saturday, September 29th this year head down to the historic Dahlonega6 gap expo exhibits vendors Square for the Ride Exposition from 9 am to 6 pm.

Booths from leading industry bike and bike accessory  companies will have interactive displays, merchandise, and product samples.

You do not have to participate in any of the rides to attend this event.

 8th Annual Six Gap Criterium

Also occurring on Saturday September 29th this year is the popular criterium.six gap criterium logo Last year it was cancelled due to road work downtown.

Start 2 Finish is partnering with the Chamber of Commerce  to produce this exciting bicycle event.
Hundreds of competitive cyclists are expected to compete in over eight races.
The race is  a one-kilometer, closed circuit for bicycle racers in the heart of downtown Dahlonega. This event is open to spectators as cyclists speed by at top speeds of 40 miles per hour.
The start/finish line will be located directly in front of the Historic Holly Theatre in downtown Dahlonega.
The Criterium starts at 10:30am with the Cat4,5 men with the last event starting at 4:30pm.
For more information on all of these events visit http://www.6gap.com/.

New Dahlonega Restaurants 2018

The local restaurant scene is getting bigger in terms of choices. Here are several new Dahlonega restaurants to try.

19 Degrees North

The Back Porch Oyster Bar has gone out of business and the restaurant  is under new ownership with a new name and focus. The new restaurant is  called 19 Degrees North and features steak, 19 degrees north restaurant exteriorseafood and comfort food. 

Some of the layout has not changed from the previous owner however they have added new tables and a couple of new bars, one outside on the back porch and the other at the front entrance. They have also added fireplace tables and umbrellas on the back deck. The new restaurant can seat 140. They want to offer good food with a laid back beach theme with staff wearing Hawaiian shirts. Initial reviews from people we know have been positive and we plan to try it in the near future.

Pueblos Mexican Has Moved For Renovations

Pueblos Mexican restaurant has relocated across the street at the location once occupied by Don Pollo. They are performing extensive and much needed renovations at the original location. Visit after the remodel and you will see a new exterior face and upgraded interior. In the meantime, enjoy the same great food and staff right across the street from the original Pueblos.

Bellies and Butts

Bellies and Butts is a new barbecue place  located between the antique malls and previously occupied by Smokin Gold bellies and butts barbecue restaurant sign showing the most unique name of Dahlonega restaurantsBarbecue. The new owner is taking the old Standard Oil gas station and renovating it back to the original vintage gas station look.

The main dining room will be renovated. A sports bar with pool tables will be in another space. They have also applied for a beer and wine license which the original owner did not have.

The Yard is Coming- May be Most Unique of Dahlonega Restaurants

Many past guests remember the Corkscrew Cafe which is located near the Holly Theater. It was a favorite place for a great meal before taking in a performance at the Holly. The building use to be the Dahlonega jail.

Now the Corkscrew building is turning into The Yard and is planning a soft opening during Gold Rush Festival weekend in October. The owner is offering two themes with fine dining Sunday through Wednesday and more casual fare targeting a younger crowd Thursday through Saturday with “Asylum in the Yard” complete with live music, DJ’s and dancing.

Knuckles Sandwich Shop

The owner of the popular Gustavo’s Pizza is adding a restaurant called Knuckles Sandwich Shop at 39 Chestatee Street. They will feature deli style sandwiches with craft beer and local wines. Sandwiches will be made to order and from scratch. They claim no freezers or microwave will be on the premises. There will be eight tables inside and another eight tables on the patio. A great sandwich with a craft beer on the patio sounds good to me. Nice that this will be another of several Dahlonega restaurants offering local craft beer. Knuckles plans to open Gold Rush Festival weekend in October.

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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First Friday Dahlonega Concerts 2018

Come and stay with us for any first Friday through October 5th 2018 and enjoy the free concerts in downtown Dahlonega’s Hancock Park.  The Dahlonega Downtown Development Authority/Main Street sponsors the concerts.

After checking in with us after 4 pm into your room or yurt head to historic Dahlonega to enjoy some shopping or pick up your picnic dinner from any of downtown’s popular restaurants.  Bring a blanket or folding camp chairs.

Concerts begin at 6:30 and usually wrap up at around 8:30.  

Visit the First Friday Night Concert Facebook page for more information on the bands!

2018 Concert Schedule:

June 1st – Southern Accent

July 6th – Radford Windham + Step Back Cadillac

August 3rd – Kurt Thomas 

September 7th – Ugly Cousin

October 5th – Drunk on the Wind 

You can book rooms or yurts from our website link shown on this blog.

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Dahlonega Appalachian Jams, Saturdays 2018

Come stay with us and visit Dahlonega for the Saturday afternoon Appalachian Jams happening from April throughappalachian jams on dahlonega square saturdays October 2018.

Mountain music musicians congregate around the Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site every Saturday afternoon for Appalachian Jam sessions. The Appalachian Jam gives traditional mountain music players the chance to get together and celebrate the kind of music that has been performed in the Appalachian Mountains for generations. Musicians bring their instruments and gather on the historic Public Square to jam. Everyone else should come on down and listen or dance. Everyone is invited to attend. Bring an instrument to participate or just bring yourself to listen and enjoy.

Bear on the Square Festival 4/21-22, 2018

Come stay with us and attend the 22nd annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival in Dahlonega, Ga., on Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22, 2018.

The festival is known for live bluegrass mountain music,  jam sessions, storytelling, live and silent auctions, and a dinner to kick things off on Friday, the 20th.

Bear on the Square has been featured in Explore Georgia’s “10 Signature Georgia Music Festivals to Experience this Spring.”

For more information about this amazing event – one of the most popular music festivals in the Southeast – visit http://www.bearonthesquare.org