15 Things to do in Dahlonega this Summer (Updated 2019)

15 Things to do in Dahlonega this Summer (Updated 2019)

There are a ton of things to do in Dahlonega this summer, so much so that we’ve expanded our list. Check it out! 1. Consolidated Gold Mine For starters, there’s the Consolidated Gold Mine, voted #1 for things to do in Dahlonega on both Trip Advisor and Yelp! What better way to get in touch with the rich traditions of Dahlonega’s mining history than with a visit to one of the legendary gold mines itself! At Consolidated Gold Mine you can take a tour of the gold mine, try your hand at panning for gold or gemstone mining. Also be sure to check out the Gemstone Studio where you can watch as Gemological Institute of America (GIA)-trained bench jewelers and lapidarists cut, facet and create beautiful jewelry from your gemstones! 2. Dahlonega Gold Museum Located right in the middle of the historic Dahlonega Square, the Dahlonega Gold Museum is the perfect stop to make on your tour of Dahlonega. The Dahlonega Gold Museum is the perfect place to visit if you’re interested in the history of the first U.S. Gold Rush. Check it out for yourself and see why it’s one of the most visited historical sites in the state of Georgia! 3. The Smith House The Smith House is the epitome of everything that is great about Dahlonega. Not only does The Smith House offer great family-style southern cooking, but it is also one of the premiere lodging spots in town (walking distance from the square), with the perfect location for front-porch sitting to enjoying the sights and sounds of Dahlonega. In 2006, Freddy Welch rediscovered an old...
3 Reasons You Should Come to Consolidated at Christmas

3 Reasons You Should Come to Consolidated at Christmas

Dahlonega truly is a magical place—especially at Christmastime! Twinkling lights. Horse-drawn carriage rides. A historic town square. Santa! Hence, Hallmark found this picturesque southern town the perfect setting for one of their recent Christmas movies entitled “Christmas in Homestead.” Another feature film, “Christmas in the Smokies,” was filmed here back in 2015. Dahlonega also caught the eye of one Southern Living author who penned an article entitled “Why You Really Need to Plan a Visit to Dahlonega, Georgia This Christmas.” In light of the recent publicity, Dahlonega’s Old Fashioned Christmas, which kicks off every November, seems to have gotten even more extravagant. Huge swaths of tourists descend on the city to stroll the streets to do some shopping, check out the lights, ride in a carriage, and maybe even sit with Santa in his sleigh. Here are three reasons that you should stop by Consolidated on your Christmas pilgrimage to Dahlonega. It’s actually not cold in the mine. Descending into a mineshaft seems like something that folks would want to do in the summer. However, the mine stays a consistent temperature year round. If it’s rainy or snowy or cold or windy outside, rest assured it’ll be about 55-60º. Learn the History Dahlonega would not be what it is today if it weren’t for Consolidated Gold Mine. Come learn about the gold rush that started this town and how we played a formative role in shaping this town into what it is today. Beat the crowds Don’t get me wrong, walking around downtown with the crowds at Christmas is amazing. However, it can be a bit overstimulating after a while. Our tours are a little...
Newly Renovated: Dahlonega Gold Museum!

Newly Renovated: Dahlonega Gold Museum!

A couple of months back, Dahlonega had some exciting news: our treasured Gold Museum was renovated. While the 1836 Lumpkin County Courthouse (the oldest courthouse in Georgia) remains unchanged from the outside, the inside has been completely renovated and features new exhibits. Check out a few images below!   For more information, visit the Georgia State Parks website, or give them a call at...
2017 Gold Rush Days Festival

2017 Gold Rush Days Festival

Well, it’s fall again and there are a lot of things to do in Dahlonega, most notably Gold Rush Days Festival. That’s right, the 2017 Gold Rush Days Festival is just around the corner on the third weekend of October—the 21 and 22nd. Nearly 200,000 folks will descend upon the Dahlonega downtown to commemorate the discovery of gold here by Benjamin Parks in 1828. There will be over 300 arts and craft and food vendors on the public square and historic district. Festivities will kick off with the Gold Rush 5k which takes you around the beautiful campus of the University of North Georgia and through the historic streets and neighborhoods of Dahlonega. Check out the official route. The entry price increases on October 19 at 5:00 pm, and shirts are available in limited quantities so register today. The festival officially begins at 9:00 am with various events happening throughout the day. Stroll through the booths and check out some neat arts and crafts, peruse the shops, grab a bite at one of local restaurants or food vendors, take a ride in a helicopter to check out the festival from the air, or visit the old 1864 County Jail and Museum, which’ll be open both days from 10 am to 4 pm with free admission. The weekend will also include magic shows, fashion shows, wrist wrestling, story telling, saw competitions, and the music of the Gina Bailey Band, T.W. Holeman Music Group, Crossroads Band, Radford Windham & Stepback Cadillac. The day’s highlight will be the Gold Rush Days Parade featuring classic cars, tractors, floats, dancers, and even Civil War reenactors. If you or...
6 Things to do in Dahlonega This Holiday Season

6 Things to do in Dahlonega This Holiday Season

The holiday season in Dahlonega is a magical time. The square is illuminated with thousands of twinkling lights. The sounds of jingle bells fill the air as large draft horses pull folks around the square in elegant old-fashioned carriages. If you get lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of Santa and Mrs. Claus in their sleigh or maybe grabbing a bite at Bratzeit, the local German restaurant—something the paparazzi spotted them doing earlier this week. With so many whimsical activities it can be hard to pick any favorites. Well, this is our attempt at picking 6 Things to do in Dahlonega this Holiday Season. See Santa and Mrs. Claus Take your kids to see Santa. Don’t have kids? Go see him yourself and let nostalgia whisk you away to the simpler times of childhood. Even the biggest Scrooge can’t help but feel a little merrier after seeing the jolly guy. Santa’s a busy guy this time of year, so be sure to check his schedule on the Dahlonega Old Fashioned Christmas website before heading to the square. Christmas Parade Bundle up and head down to the square on Saturday at 4:00. See Santa and Mrs. Claus roll by in his sleigh, minus the reindeer. Watch classic cars, big rigs, marching bands, tractors, horses, and floats make their way around the square. The parade is always a family favorite. Maybe you’d even like to participate by driving that ’57 Chevy around the square, or maybe your want your civic organization to be represented. If so, fill out the parade application located on the Parade page on the Old Fashioned Christmas website....
In Memory of Gary Gray

In Memory of Gary Gray

Yesterday, we were saddened to hear that one of our own had passed away. For ten years, he was a guide here at Consolidated. To say he will be missed is an understatement. As I stood outside the office today, I glanced over to an old concrete slab with layers of gold spray paint covering it. That is the spot where Miner Gary would lay his “gold” bar and touch it up with spray paint before his first tour of the day. He painted it religiously. He wanted it to sparkle when he showed it to his tour group. He took great pride in giving the best tour he could and a great tour it was indeed. He often quirked that he gave a “dynamite tour”, both in its quality and the fact that he enjoyed talking about blasting. He even carried a prop stick of dynamite on his tour, to the delight of everyone. It had a real fuse and he lit it up one day in our gift shop, much to our amusement. He passed the stick to Miner Mike to take the blame for the incredible amount of smoke in the shop. On a busy day at the Mine, Gary could outwork the best of us and on a slow day he was the one you wanted to sit down with and talk to. He was a wealth of information, a true renaissance man. He could debate any topic from drag racing to politics, science, history, family, religion and so much more. I don’t think there is a topic under the sun that we didn’t talk...

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