Information About the Area from A Guest Blog

A recent guest of Cedar House Inn and Yurts wrote a great piece on their stay at the inn and what they did in the area. I thought the blog entry would be of interest to guests who have not stayed with us or familiar with the North Georgia mountains and all it has to offer.

The weekend they stayed with us was also the Georgia Wine Highway weekend.

To view the article visit guest blog.

New Tasting Room at Wolf Mountain Opens

Stay with us and visit Wolf Mountain’s new tasting room.

Wolf Mountain Winery announces the opening of their new Winery Tasting Room. The foyer to the winery level has been enclosed in glass offering an additional 1200 square feet of space with majestic vineyard and mountain views.

The center of this space now focuses on a large four-sided stone and cedar bar that can accommodate up to 50 tasters with the ambiance of our adjacent cask room and wine cellar.

An antique wine library, wine displays and an array of 19th century French Wine artifacts highlight the retail space located adjacent to the bar area.

For more information visit web site.

Spring Wildflower Fest 4/11/-4/12/09

Stay with us and visit Amicalola Falls State Park for the Wildflower Fest 4/11-4/12/09.

Park naturalists will be leading a guided wildflower walk each day. The hike is about 2 miles and moderate in difficulty. Along the walk along the Appalachian Trail approach trail you might see Crested Dwarf Iris, Star Chickweed, Rue Anemone, Trillium, Violets and Bluebells.

A native plant specialist will have a presentation on how to use nursery grown native plants in your garden. Nursery grown stock will also be available to take home.

A new addition, The Artists’ Path, will feature 15 local artists demonstrating their skills.

For more information on this event visit Amicalola Falls Web Site.

Dahlonega Winery Hours For 2009

Many guests who visit our inn enjoy the many wineries in the area for tastings, tours, lunch and special dinners. Below is a listing of the wineries and the 2009 hours of operation.

Montaluce Winery and Estates

SATURDAY, MARCH 28 20 for 20 Tasting Special 20 for $20 Wine U, 4PM-6PM Join Montaluce sommelier Chad Ortis in the Montaluce Tasting Room for a casual, fun filled afternoon with an array of excellent ‘every day,’ wines. Stock your wine cellar with delicious wines you can afford to drink every day. Enjoy the 20 wines in this tasting and we’ll deduct $20 from any retail case purchases. Later that evening, wines from the 20 for $20 tasting will be available for guests to pair with dinner at Ristorante Le Vigne.

501 Hightower Church Road, Dahlonega, GA 30533

Three Sisters Vineyards

Tasting Room at Three Sisters Vineyards
Hours for 2009——

Thursday/Friday/Saturdays 11am-5pm
Sundays 1pm-5pm
Weekdays By Appointment.

439 Vineyard Way, Dahlonega, GA 30533

Wolf Mountain Vineyards

Vineyard Cafe
Thursday-Saturday 12-3pm

Sunday Brunch
Sundays at 12:30pm & 2:30pm
Reservations Required

Winemaker’s Tour
Saturday & Sunday @ 2pm

Enjoy Live Jazz with recipes inspired by Atlanta’s renowned chefs including Wolf Mountain’s Executive Chef Tommy Chantharath.

180 Wolf Mountain Trail, Dahlonega, GA 30533

Frogtown Cellars

Tastings available Friday 12:00PM-5:00PM, Saturday 12:00PM-6:00PM, and Sunday 12:30PM-5:00PM.

Sunday Winetaster’s Brunch Hours of Operation:
Winetaster Brunches are served on Sunday in two seatings 12:30 and 2:30pm.
You will be served 3 courses with wine pairings and handmade desserts for only $35 + tax and gratuity. Check the calendar. Reservation required.

Visit Frogtown Cellars
700 Ridge Point Drive, Dahlonega, GA 30533

Blackstock Vineyards and Winery

Monday – Saturday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

BlackStock Vineyards and Winery, Dahlonega, Georgia USA. 706-219-2789

Winery web sites are listed on our
wineries page.

Recycled Clothespin Bag

At Cedar House Inn we always try to hang out our bed and bath linens on the clothesline outdoors weather permitting.

We bought a vinyl clothespin bag a year ago that became very tattered quickly. We tried to extend it’s life with duct tape. The sunshine apparently caused the premature death.

We have been looking for an replacement and saw some on the internet made from organic cotton. They were expensive.

We also recycle everything that can be recycled when guests check out of the inn. One item my wife saved was a hemp Earth Shoe bag that a guest had left last year.

My wife surprised me and made a really neat hemp clothespin bag that we used today.

All she did was cut out an opening for the pins and added a plastic coat hanger for hanging.

Coat hanger and bag now having another life with a different use.


White House Organic Farm

What a great idea for Obama to set a great example for all Americans to eat locally and organically. Also to motivate others to have their own backyard garden.

Bye Bye Birdie at Holly Theater 3/20-4/4

Come stay at Cedar House Inn and Yurts and see Bye Bye Birdie….

Agent and songwriter Albert Peterson finds himself in trouble when hip-thrusting rockin’ and a rollin’ superstar Conrad Birdie is drafted into the Army. Albert’s secretary and sweetheart, Rose Alvarez, comes up with a last-ditch publicity stunt to have Conrad Birdie record and premiere a song before he is sent overseas. She makes Albert promise to give up the music business and to start teaching English at schools. (“An English Teacher.”) They plan to have Birdie sing Albert’s new song “One Last Kiss” and give one lucky girl from his fan club a real “last kiss” on The Ed Sullivan Show before going into the Army.

Performances March 20,21,26,27,28th April 2, 3, & 4 at 8PM
March 22, 29th and April 5th at 2PM

69 West Main St., Dahlonega, GA 30533

Call 706-864-3759 for tickets or visit Holly Theater link on our availability calendar on our web site for online tickets.

Innkeeping & Right Livelihood

At Cedar House Inn we receive a number of guests living in the city who are questioning their current state of living. They commute great distances to jobs that do not provide fulfillment or security. We certainly came from a similar situation in the past. We tell some our of story at About the Hosts on our inn web site.

One thing that we learned early on in operating a five unit bed and breakfast in the country was that we needed to have multiple streams of income. The inn provides the majority of our living expenses most of the year. The one exception is during the winter months when the area is not appealing to tourists. Times can get lean and we have created other income streams to help us survive.

The first few years we ran the inn my wife had a part time tutoring position at nearby Brenau University in Gainesville. She tutored international students two days a week in writing. It was a great release for her to get away from me and the inn as well as making a little extra money. She also tutored children locally. Now we spend all of our time innkeeping except for some permaculture consults from time to time.

Whatever income sources we have discovered fit into our right livelihood philosophy. Our inn is eco friendly because that fits our passion. Our side income opportunities also relate to who we are.

Your Water Footprint

I was reading our Green Hotels newsletter yesterday and there was a short article on water footprints. We have all heard about carbon footprint but water footprint was new to me. Water is a resource that should be conserved. Some say water will be the next oil in terms of scarcity of fresh water supplies.

At Cedar House Inn we value water and try to conserve it as much as we can. Low flow shower heads and sink aerators have been installed in all bathrooms. Guest reminder stickers are in the bathroom asking guests not to waste water. We use low flush toilets throughout the property and have composting toilets that require no water. Guest bed and bath linens are not changed daily (unless requested) to save laundry water. An Energy Star washing machine and dishwasher have also been installed that use less water compared to conventional appliances.

In our owner’s area we have a bucket to catch the cold water coming out of the bathtub faucet prior to the warm shower water arriving. We use it to flush the toilet or water the plants. We also use the “if it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down” philosophy in our bathroom. I save my “liquid gold” for reuse as nitrogen fertilizer (see earlier blog post on this topic). We turn off the sink when we brush our teeth is another water saving tip.

A few months ago we installed a new metal roof to capture rainwater more efficiently. We have not installed rain gutters and barrels yet. Our yard is a freedom lawn that requires no water. Native drought tolerant plants have been planted as well.

In terms of shopping the Green Hotels article mentioned the water footprint of products we purchase. For example 20 gallons of water to make a pint of beer, 132 gallons for 2 liters of soda, 500 gallons to make a pair of Levi’s stonewashed jeans. Even some foods have a higher water footprint depending on where they are grown and the type of plant.

I am not suggesting we give up beer or quit wearing bluejeans. I do think we all need to be more mindful of our water usage and footprint.

The Green Hotels newsletter referenced an article on this topic published in Currents, The Wall Street Journal, 2/17/2009 by Alexandra Alter.