Media contact: Stephen Smith, Tourism Director, CVB Director
P: 706-864-3513; C: 706-429-4153
13 South Park Street
Dahlonega, GA 30533
Dahlonega, heart of Georgia wine country and home to more than 30 waterfalls, is blessed with natural beauty and a dynamic history as the site of the first U.S. Gold Rush. Stepping lively are a 19th-century town square, an entrepreneurially vibrant artisan, shopping and restaurant scene and a variety of B&Bs, country inns and lodges, as well as festivals, wineries, spas and wedding venues that take full advantage of the layered peaks of the Blue Ridge.
Top 2 Festivals:
Gold Rush Festival, mid-October, www.dahlonegajaycees.com
Old Fashioned Christmas, month-long, www.dahlonega.org
- Site of the first U.S. Gold Rush in 1828, twenty years before the well-known California gold rush
- Georgia gateway to the Appalachian Mountains
- Located just one hour north of Atlanta
- Dahlonega Gold Museum is housed in the 1836 courthouse, the oldest one in Georgia
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Heart of Georgia wine country
With five distinctly unique wineries tucked hither and yon in the mountains and two in-town tastings rooms, Dahlonega is the heart of Georgia’s wine country. Four wineries afford sweeping mountain views from tasting rooms that vary, respectively, from timber-framed informality to rustic lodge coziness to European-style urbanity to Tuscan casa asperta. The fifth winery sits in the shadow of the mountain peaks for which it is named and presents a valley vista. From tours and tastings to brunches and winemaker’s dinners, to special events ranging from jazz fests to weddings, the wineries entertain in all seasons. Each June, the wines are feted with a two-day event that includes wine tastings (from Georgia wineries and wineries around the globe), live music, gourmet foods, folk art, hot air balloon rides and more.
Dahlonega is ‘wedding central’
Gorgeous wineries and sumptuous mountain resorts-even a castle replete with medieval towers-have turned Dahlonega in Wedding Central in the North Georgia Mountains, providing romantic venues against the dramatic mountain backdrop. On average, five destination weddings head down the aisle each weekend March through November.
Pick your outdoor adventure in Dahlonega
With the Chattahoochee National Forest just a stone’s throw from downtown, outdoor enthusiasts have their pick of adventure: horseback riding, biking, hiking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, taking a dip in a swimming hole or simply listening to rushing water and lazily buzzing insects, courtesy of Mother Nature. In the woods and in the water, you’ll spot plenty of wildlife: wood ducks, beavers, deer, otters, osprey and turtles. And with more than 30 waterfalls, two rivers and the surrounding mountains, there’s no shortage of nature’s splendor.