Adventure Awaits

Looking for something to do while staying at the resort?

The beautiful landscape and unique attractions offer something for every visitor. From wineries to waterfalls, hiking to horseback riding, you will find there are activities for the adventurous, as well as those looking to simply relax with a tranquil walk in the woods or the enjoyment of sitting in a rocking chair on our front porch, a cup of coffee in hand, lost in the expansive view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

On Land

The combination of great terrain, fertile soil and high elevation has created the perfect conditions to grow grapes that produce award winning wines.  With soil composition very similar to Italy’s Piedmont Region, wine enthusiasts are quickly recognizing why North Georgia wines are thriving and winning medals all over the world.  Lucky for us, we sit in the heart of Georgia wine country, with eight picturesque wineries all less than twenty-five minutes from the resort.

Local vineyards produce around 100 acres of grapes (European, French hybrids and American varietals) a year, yielding 23,000 bottled cases and attracting over 100,000 wine aficionados.

Tour, taste, take in some spectacular scenery and judge for yourself why Garden and Gun magazine deemed Dahlonega “Best Wine Town, Runner Up.”

Cavender Creek Vineyards & Winery.  The signature wines at this small family farm winery are their estate-grown, hand-crafted Norton, Petit Manseng and Cabernet Sauvignon. Open Thursday through Saturday 11am-5:30pm and Sunday from 12:30-5:30 pm.

The Cottage Vineyard & Winery, a mere fifteen minutes from our door, The Cottage was founded on 29 acres just north of Cleveland, Georgia.   They seeks to make the finest vinefera based wines in the Southeast and offer the most astounding vineyard settings with 360 degree mountain views. Open Monday through Saturday 11:55 am – 6:02 pm and Sundays from 12:35 pm – 6:02 pm.

Frogtown Cellars, a two mile drive from Dahlonega Spa Resort, sits on a 57-acre vineyard and winery estate, home to more than 20,000 grape vines. Open Friday: 12-5 pm; Saturday: 12-6 pm; and Sunday: 12:30 to 5 pm.

Habersham Vineyards & Winery, just a 20 minute scenic drive from the Resort, Habersham has been producing some of the finest award winning Georgia Wines since 1983.  Their popular Habersham and Creekstone labels include varietal vinifera wines as well as blended wines using both vinifera and French-American grapes.  Open daily.

Montaluce Winery & Estates, located 25 minutes from the resort.  A modern 25,000-square foot winery building is located at the heart of the Montaluce Estate and at its highest point, with sweeping views of the vineyards and mountains beyond.  Closed on Mondays.

Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery, a stone’s throw from the Resort, is Dahlonega’s first family farm winery.  The Resort is one of the sponsors of Three Sisters Annual Georgia Wine Country Festival in early June each year. Open Thursday through Saturday 11 am – 5 pm., and Sunday from 1-5 p.m.

Wolf Mountain Vineyards, located 25 minutes from the Resort offers a breathtaking mountain top setting. Open Thursday through Sunday from 12-5 p.m.   Check out their scrumptious brunches on Sundays.

Yonah Mountain Vineyard, located 25 minutes from the Resort is a two-hundred acre family winery located on the southeastern base of iconic Yonah Mountain.  Rolling hills and sandy soil are the perfect setting for our twenty planted acres of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Petit Manseng, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.  Open daily.

Tasting Rooms

Enjoy four downtown Dahlonega tasting rooms (Folkways Gallery & Tasting Room, Canvas and Cork, Georgia Wines, Dahlonega Tasting Room).  A wine passport may be purchased from the Dahlonega Visitor’s Center and will cost $25 p/p, which entitles you to four tastings at each tasting room.

In 1828 Dahlonega was the site of the first major gold rush in the United States. The Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site stands in the middle of the town square, a monument to the history of the “Gold” era. Before the Gold Rush, this area was occupied by indigenous peoples for thousands of years. When European American settlers arrived, it was the traditional territory of the historical Cherokee Nation. Touched by the influences of Colonial America, a Civil War a Federal Mint and a bustling University, Dahlonega’s past is ripe and flavorful.
Dahlonega has a very haunted history, thanks to its gold-mining, Civil War and trail of tears past, as well as its geology. Sightings of Civil War soldiers playing cards in Mount Hope Cemetery, a ghostly little girl in a long white dress who plays in rooms in the Historic District, ghosts who rattle dishes and pans in restaurants on the Public Square, chairs and chess pieces being moved when no one was there…the stories go on and on and are corroborated by town residents.

The 13-location guided tour takes guests on an eerie and intriguing journey full of local tales and legends. The Tour weaves through streets, back alleys, rows of historic buildings, and the historically significant Mount Hope Cemetery. We continuously study Dahlonega’s history and work with paranormal researchers using thermal cameras and other equipment to document sightings. Every Friday and Saturday night at 8pm.

Numerous eclectic shops abound on the square. From Paul Thomas Chocolates and the Fudge Factory to Antique Stores and The Alpine Olive Tree shop- over 100 destination businesses attract hundreds of thousands of shoppers annually.
Crisson Gold Mine and Consolidated Gold Mines
Looking for an activity that requires more luck than athletic skill? Mosey on over to one of our two local gold mines, open seven days a week. At Crisson Gold Mine you can pan for gold and gemstones, see the only working gold stamp mill in Georgia, enjoy a wagon ride, and have a picnic. At Consolidated Gold Mines you can also pan for gold and gemstones and tour an underground mine.
Guests enjoy hiking the 1.5 miles of trails and exploring the fields and meadows on our 72 acre property.  More than one-third of Lumpkin County falls within the Chattahoochee National Forest, where you can hike billion-year-old mountains covered with dense forests, or ride horses, mountain bikes on countless trails.

Blood Mountain (part of the Appalachian Trail-5 mile round-trip)

This is part of the Appalachian Trail that takes you from Neels Gap to the Top of Blood Mountain.  The elevation at Neels Gap is 3,109 feet and the elevation atop is 4,461 feet, so the ascent up this mountain is quite steep, especially the last mile, gaining most of those 1350 feet.   The summit is also known for an old stone shelter built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s.  Be aware that this is a strenuous hike with some very steep grades and stone steps to climb.

Preacher’s Rock Trail

Preacher’s Rock is an incredible natural bald in the Blood Mountain Wilderness at an elevation of about 3,582 feet.  It’s a short (at 1.5 miles) hike from the trailhead at Woody Gap where the A.T. crosses Ga. Highway 60 between Dahlonega and Suches.  It’s an easy hike until you get to the last quarter mile, where you encounter some switchbacks, steps, and rocks.  It is an ideal picnic, meditation, and/or nap spot. Take a book or a sketchpad and relax a while.  On a clear day, the view from Preacher’s Rock encompasses mountains stretching, seemingly endlessly, in all directions.

Raven’s Cliff River Trek (5 mile round-trip)

Ravens Cliff is one of the most popular hiking trails in North Georgia. Hike this trail to a gorgeous waterfall that cascades through a towering cliff, slicing the enormous rock outcrop in half. Raven Cliff Trail follows Dodd Creek, a beautiful, rushing trout stream in a shady, moss-filled forest ending at the falls.  You return to the trailhead along the same path. Raven Cliffs Trail is an easy walk, fairly level most of the way, with a short climb at the end. At 2.5 miles, it is long enough to allow groups of people to spread out.  The trail head is approximately 15 miles from DSR.

Ana Ruby Falls Waterfall Hike (800 meters)

The Anna Ruby Falls Trail (0.4 miles one way) is one of spectacular beauty which leads to twin falls at the confluence of the Curtis (150 ft. fall) and York (50 ft. fall) Creeks to form Smith Creek.  The walk is moderate on a paved walkway and is a treat year round.  Located in the Chattahoochee National Forest in White County, within Unicoi State Park.  The trail head is approximately 16 miles from DSR.

Amicalola Falls

Spectacular scenery and hiking trails make this one of Georgia’s most popular state parks. At 729 feet, Amicalola Falls is the tallest cascade in the Southeast.  Visitors have choices on how to best view the tumbling waters, ranging from an accessible pathway to a challenging trail with staircases.  Those who tackle the latter can join the park’s Canyon Climbers Club.

A longer 8.5-mile trail leads from the park to Springer Mountain, the southern end of the famous 2,175-mile Appalachian Trail. Numerous other trails provide shorter day hikes. Guests can also visit the mountain-top lodge and tour the visitor’s center to see live animals native to North Georgia. The park and trail head is approximately 24 miles from DSR.

Dicks Creek Falls

Just 25 minutes from the Resort, this fun watering hole is a great spot for cooling off in the hot summers. This is a hidden gem, off the beaten path, with cascading waterfalls and plenty of rocks for perching and diving.

Dukes Creek Waterfall Trail (2.2 miles roundtrip)

Dukes Creek Falls Trail is a moderate hike in and back through a beautiful, mountain stream-filled forest in a series of three switchbacks that lead down to the falls on the confluence of Davis Creek and Dukes Creek.  The massive waterfall drops over 150 feet at the convergence of the two streams and there are water cascades descending along the way.  The sound of the waterfall can only be heard at the middle of each switchback, fading as the next turn approaches.  While the pathway is remarkably level, it descends more than 400 feet on the last half-mile walk to the falls giving a more moderate hike on the way back up.  At the falls, three more observation decks have been built into a boardwalk. The trail head is approximately 14 miles from DSR.

Tallulah Gorge Park and Falls

One of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern United States, Tallulah Gorge is two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep. A suspension bridge sways 80 feet above the rocky bottom, providing spectacular views of the river and waterfalls. Exhibits in the park’s Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center highlight the rich history of this Victorian resort town, as well as the rugged terrain and fragile ecosystem of the area. An award-winning film takes viewers on a dramatic journey through the gorge.

Visitors can hike rim trails to several overlooks.  The only approved trail for entering or leaving the gorge floor is the Hurricane Falls staircase, for which a permit is required.  Permits for access to the gorge floor or for rock climbing or rappelling are free but only 100 are issued per day.  The Hurricane Falls staircase and gorge floor as well as trails entering or exiting the gorge are very strenuous. Visitors with health problems should not attempt to climb these trails.

Open weekends mostly, but with five persons will open during week. Fridays 10am to 1pm, Saturday 10am – 4pm. A self-guided mountain ride with horses for beginners, intermediates and advanced. The 4 mile trail winds around the mountain, crisscrossing Long Branch Creek several times along the scenic pathway. Don’t worry about getting lost, the horses know exactly where to go!

Reservations work best but walk-ups often can get squeezed in.

Come ride the ride with the pros! This is Georgia’s premier cycling territory, home to the annual Six Gap Century and the Three Gap Fifty cycling events along many of the same roads and mountain climbs as the elite Tour de Georgia.

The Six Gap Century’s ultra-challenging 100 mile course takes you up and down six of the steepest climbs in the North Georgia Mountains. Test your stamina with more than 11,200 feet of vertical climbing. Elevations for the six gaps in this ride range from 1,400 feet to 3,460 feet. The toughest climb, Hogpen Gap, will test even the strongest riders, averaging a 7% grade for seven miles, with sections as steep as 15%.

The Three Gap Fifty’s alternative route offers half the gaps and half the distance, but is nevertheless a demanding and challenging course. Elevations range from 1,400 feet to 3,364 feet.

Festivals are an integral part of Dahlonega’s rich heritage and a great reason to plan a stay at the Resort.  Check out the events calendar and make your booking with us now!

Some of the most frequented are:

Mountain Flower Art Festival – May

Come out and enjoy over 60 artists of all varieties and even watch some of them as they create their art on the spot. From pottery to two dimensional art to photography, the Mountain Flower Art Festival has something for everyone. Parking is free and located around the square and just off the square.

Bear on the Square- April

Dahlonega’s Bear on the Square has been a local legend since 1996, going back to the time when a bear cub took refuge in the sycamore tree in front of Brad Walker’s Pottery.

Bear on the Square will present its 20th Annual Festival in 2016. That’s right, twenty years of great bluegrass, old time, and authentic Appalachian arts and crafts.

As the third weekend in April draws nearer, keep an eye out for lots of planned special events, galas, contests, and other fun over the next few months.

Dahlonega Trail Fest – September

A celebration of Dahlonega’s designation as an AT Trail Community and our connection with the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. Trail Fest, a project of Yahoola Outdoors (Yahoola Trails Conservancy), is a festival of outdoor enthusiasts revolving around all aspects of non-motorized recreation: hiking, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, mountain biking, orienteering, and more! The festival features authors, speakers, workshops, music, food, vendors, and non-profit groups.

Gold Rush – third full weekend in October

Gold Rush Days are always held the third full weekend in October. It is a time for thousands to come and see fall colors peaking and celebrate Dahlonega’s 1828 discovery of gold. Over 300 art and craft exhibitors and food vendors gather around the Public Square and Historic District in support of this annual event. It is estimated that a crowd of over 200,000 visit over the weekend to join in the fun and excitement!

The Gold Rush Days Festival has been voted one of the Top 20 Events in the southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Old Fashioned Christmas – December

Dahlonega’s Old Fashioned Christmas is a month-long celebration held from the last weekend in November through December 31, set in motion with the Lighting of the Square. A real home-town parade officially bringing Santa to town occurs the first Saturday in December.

Plenty of other festive holiday events continue almost daily throughout December until after New Year’s with caroling, entertainment, wine sampling and live theater Christmas events.

On the Water

With four major watersheds and numerous tributaries in the area, there are plenty of activities for water enthusiasts to enjoy!  The Native-American named rivers from these watersheds include the Chestatee, the Etowah, the Chattooga and the Chattahoochee – and they provide spectacular scenery and plenty of wonderful opportunities for outdoor adventure that include picturesque hikes with cascading falls, swimming holes with cool mountain water, flat water and white water kayak and canoe trips and a growing trend of paddle boarding on the local reservoir. All of these activities are within a short drive of our resort.

Two popular destinations for those looking to float or paddle the majestic waters of the North Georgia Mountains are just a few minutes down the road from our property.

Cool River Tubing on the Chattahoochee River in Helen, GA is a favorite for those looking to sit back and simply float the day away.

You can do the same on the Chestatee River in Dahlonega or you can add a little more activity with a longer run on a kayak or canoe with Chestatee River Adventures and Appalachian Outfitters.

Canoe and kayak trips take about 2 ½ to 3 hours and there are some optional runs on the Etowah River and the Yahoola Creek, depending on water flow.

Individuals can contact the outfitters directly while group scheduling and transportation can be assisted through the resort.

Lake Zwerner in Dahlonega, GA, also known as Yahoola Creek Reservoir, is a newly created water supply and recreational area that sits peacefully as the headwaters of Yahoola Creek and subsequently flows into the Chestatee River.

This 450 acre lake sits just north of downtown Dahlonega in a beautiful mountain setting with easy access right of the north bypass.

Restricted to small, battery-motorized boating, it offers a calm water ideal for both paddle boarding and SUP Yoga.

While there are no paddle board outfitters nearby, groups may arrange an excursion through the resort, as available.

For those with a need for faster waters and elevated river adventure, several great options exist. Each of these options are 1+ hours away from the resort.

Chattooga River

One of the wildest and most beautiful whitewater rivers in the country, the Chattooga was the first in the Southeast to be designated “Wild and Scenic” by Congress and was used as a location for the movie, Deliverance. The river flows southwest from the base of Whiteside’s Mountain in North Carolina, through the stunning Sumter and Chattahoochee National Forests. There are four different sections to the wilderness river, offering challenges for levels from Class II to Class IV and V.

Nantahala River

This river adventure alternates between calm spells of sparkling flat water to more than 20 named rapids – Class I, II, and a single Class III – offering something for everyone. The Nantahala River is located in western North Carolina.

Ocoee River

This river which flows through north Georgia and southeastern Tennessee, became famous as the site of the 1996 Olympic whitewater events. Class III and IV rapids make for two different “hang on to your helmet” sections of big waves, large drops and surging whitewater. Trips are available Thursdays through Mondays during summer months, and on weekends only during the spring and fall.