5 MORE Fun Things to do in Dahlonega this Summer

5 MORE Fun Things to do in Dahlonega this Summer

Summer of 2015 we posted a blog entitled “5 Fun Things to do in Dahlonega This Summer.” It was a fairly popular post, but it only scratched the surface of what Dahlonega has to offer. Well, we decided to post a list of 5 more fun things to do in Dahlonega this summer. 1. Run or walk a race Dahlonega is host to a number of great 5 and 10k races throughout the year. The ConnectAbility 5k/10k is one of Dahlonega’s best attended and best organized races and includes a free fun run for the kids. ConnectAbility is an organization that serves people with disabilities and their families in the community. A number of athletes with disabilities will be participating. Come and run with them, hear their stories, and be inspired. For you crazier folks, there are a number of ultramarathons near our town. For instance, The Dahlonega Ultramarathon Association is hosting Merrill’s Mile at Dahlonega’s own U.S. Army Ranger Camp Frank D. Merrill. Runners will complete as many laps as possible around a 1 mile track over the course of 12, 24, and 48 hour periods—pick your poison.  Last years winner ran 170 miles over the course of 48 hours! Wow! The Dahlonega Ultramarathon Association hosts a number of prominent ultra races throughout the year, including the Cruel Jewel 50 & 100 mile races in May. Other notable races include the Dahlonega Firecracker 5k on the 4th of July. More on that later. 2. Cool off below a waterfall Dahlonega and Lumpkin county have a number of different beautiful waterfalls. However, very few offer good swimming holes. One of the most popular waterfalls with a...
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...
6 Things to do in Dahlonega this Fall

6 Things to do in Dahlonega this Fall

No matter how hard it seems Mother Nature is trying to fight it, it is undeniable; Fall is in the air. Football season is in full swing, the days are getting shorter and everything is pumpkin flavored now. And if there were ever a “perfect” place to be when Fall arrives, that place would be Dahlonega, Georgia. From candy to wine to hiking and festivals galore, there are always things to do in Dahlonega in the Fall to put you in the spirit of the season. We thought we would share with you a short list of some of our favorite things to do in Dahlonega this Fall: 1. Get a caramel apple from the Fudge Factory It’s apple season in the North Georgia mountains and the local hand-made candy shop takes advantage of that every Fall by bringing in fresh, locally-grown apples to dip in their homemade caramel and a variety of other toppings. With so many options, you’re sure to find something you will enjoy right in the middle of the beautiful, historic downtown square. 2. Go on a Ghost Tour It’s the season of changing leaves and pumpkin spice galore, but it is also the season of ghosts and ghouls. Get your self in the October spirit (pun definitely intended) and get your scare on with a historic and hauntingly accurate account of some of Dahlonega’s most haunted nooks and crannies. 3. Get out and Hike! Though the actual city of Dahlonega doesn’t boast any mountain of its own, this small town is surrounded by some of the best mountains the South has to offer. With...
5 Fun Things to do in Dahlonega this Summer

5 Fun Things to do in Dahlonega this Summer

Dahlonega still has “gold in them thar hills” if you know where to look. Being nestled in the North Georgia Mountains makes Dahlonega the perfect place for a quick weekend getaway, but what are some of the best local spots to make sure you don’t miss out on? 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, especially once you’ve been to Consolidated Gold Mine. 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...

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