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...
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....
Things to do at Night in Dahlonega

Things to do at Night in Dahlonega

You can feel it, it’s in the air. That cool breeze in the mornings, the way the temperature drops by 10 degrees in the shade, and the days are getting shorter. Fall is clawing tooth and nail to get to us as fast as she can, and boy are we ready for her! Fall brings all sorts of goodies from festivals and funnel cakes to what might be deemed by some as “perfect” camping weather. The leaves will change and hikes will become more vibrant and colorful pretty soon, everything will be pumpkin flavored. With such great weather right on the horizon and plenty to do during the day, we figured we would share some insider information with you about how to spend those beautiful, clear, Fall nights! Eyes on the Skies! On Friday nights the North Georgia Astronomical Observatory hosts an OPEN (Observatory-Planetarium Public Education Nights) program night that is free to the general public. The doors open for the planetarium show at 7:30pm and the show will start promptly at 8:00pm (late admittance will not be allowed under any circumstances). The OPEN program telescopic viewing at the Observatory will begin at 9:30pm (weather permitting). The George E. Coleman, Sr. Planetarium is located in the Health & Natural Sciences (HNS) Building on the UNG Dahlonega campus. For more information about the OPEN Program, show times or directions, check the UNG website. If you’d rather just look at the stars on your own, there are several great spots right around Dahlonega to go and gaze with minimal to no light pollution! Brasstown Bald gives a great pollution-free view at nights...
5 Things to do in Dahlonega this Spring

5 Things to do in Dahlonega this Spring

I love Spring. I especially love Spring in Dahlonega. Spring’s triumphal entry is announced by the emergence of beautiful daffodils, or “March Flowers” as they’re called by many locals, in the fields and alongside the roads. Upon their arrival I begin to get the itch. I get the itch to leave my desk when it’s 70 degrees outside to go sit beside a creek and read a book. When it’s particularly clear, I get the urge to hike up to Preacher’s Rock to see all the way to Stone Mountain. On Sunny Fridays, I’ll skip lunch and head to the Pickin’ Porch at the Vickery House to hear some old time gospel pickin’ and singin’. I’ve picked 5 things to do in Dahlonega this Spring that I’m gonna cross off my list. You’d be wise to do the same! See the Daffodils at Gibbs Gardens OK, I know what you’re thinking. “This is supposed to be a list of things to do in Dahlonega.” Technically you’re right, but I couldn’t leave this one off the list. It’s only a short drive from Dahlonega and well worth it! We’re talking about the largest daffodil display in the nation with nearly 20,000,000 daffodils. Southern Living calls it, “The most stunning daffodil garden- ever!” North Georgia Zoo I was a little skeptical about this one. Small zoos notoriously get a bad wrap, and often for good reasons. However, I was thoroughly impressed by the facilities, and the animals seemed to be very well taken care of. My son of 18 months had the time of his life. Animals that he’d only seen in books...

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