NOTE: The itinerary gives “suggestions” for your visit. All tour times and lodging facilities should be verified in advance.
Arrive in the authentic, historic Appalachian town of Dahlonega; site of the first U.S. Gold Rush and the Heart of Georgia’s Wine Country.
The first stop should be the Dahlonega Visitors Center, located on the town square. Friendly locals will arm you with all the brochures and maps you need to see the sites around town.
Be sure to begin your visit at the Dahlonega Gold Museum, located in the stately old courthouse in the center of the square (this is the second oldest courthouse in Georgia). The exhibits will give you a great overview of the unique history of Dahlonega, and it is well worth the time to see the film.
Now it’s time to hit the shops! Allow at least an hour and a half to browse through the shops and galleries that line the square. If it is refreshments you need, there are plenty of coffee shops and pubs of the town square.
It’s Wine Time! Slip off to taste the bounty of the vineyards of the north Georgia mountains. Visitors are pleasantly surprised at the quality and complexity of these wines – the Dahlonega Plateau is similar to that of some of the most famous wine-growing regions in the world – blending creates unique dry red wines and more. Tasting these wines breaks the stereotype that the South is only good for sweet scuppernong wines! (Most wineries close between 5 & 6 P.M., so call before you go.)
Check into your Dahlonega accommodations; a number of innkeepers serve their guests afternoon refreshments of cookies and coffee or wine and cheese.
A night on the town! Maybe you would like to start your evening with happy hour – just stroll around the square and you’ll know the latest hotspots as you hear the laughter and camaraderie of the locals – join in, they love the company! Or if you prefer to dine early, there are many casual gourmet restaurants on and off the town square to choose from; you can’t go wrong.
Entertainment! Dahlonega is well-known for its musical venues. The arts are the heart of the town, as you’ll see at the Holly Theatre, a restored 1940’s theatre that is winning awards all over the country. You may want to check the schedule when you arrive in town – there is always something going on whether a live production, movies or concerts. The Crimson Moon Café and Shenanigan’s Irish Pub are only a few venues that feature music on a regular basis.