Cooling Off in the North Georgia Mountains

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

We sometimes travel south to Atlanta during the summer months and notice 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. The lack of hard surfaces and buildings along with the woods usually make the mountains 8-10 degrees cooler.

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

We have shared with our summer guests several ways to make their visit even cooler.

One of our favorite ways of cooling off is Dick’s Creek swimming hole that we discovered when we first moved to the Dahlonega area about 18 years ago. A favorite among the locals the creek has 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 staying cool 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 ho make the trip. Take some old towels to dry off. We really enjoy hiking down the gorge since it reminds us of Colorado in terms of appearance.

Don’t let the summer heat keep you at home sitting in your air-conditioned house. Visit us and experience the many ways cooling off.

For more information about our inn visit our web site.

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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Ways to Cool Off 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 zip lines.

One 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.

The State parks at Unicoi and Amicalola are also offering zip lines.