Last month, I promised my husband a weekend getaway post-Christmas if he could survive another year in the retail business. I will be honest in that of the “main” reasons we picked Dahlonega was because of a reference in a song by one of our favorite country artists. Ashley McBryde sings about the Crimson Moon, which is the dive bar she is referring to A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega.
In this blog, I will dive more into our weekend exploring around town and what we felt like fit our agenda the most.
Nestled in the foothills of the North Georgia mountains, Dahlonega, GA boasts a 6,000 population and is known as being the site of the first significant gold rush in the United States. It’s also home to many wineries, a thriving performing and visual arts scene and plenty of outdoor activities year round. Dahlonega is also home to the University of North Georgia, which is a small, “multi-campus” college.
FOOD & DRINKS
Dahlonega has many local restaurants that all boast of unique tastes and eclectic styles. Below are just a few of the places we stumbled upon in our wandering around town.
THE PICNIC CAFE
The Picnic Cafe is a charming, old-fashioned bakery and cafe with a small-town vibe and assortment of housemade sweets.
Chandler and I went for brunch on Sunday morning and it was delightful! I highly recommend the bacon, egg and cheese biscuit and the peppermint mocha. Chandler went with the biscuits and gravy and both were great options.
ADDRESS: 30 Public Sq N, Dahlonega, GA 30533
HOURS: 7:30AM-8PM daily
CANOPY + THE ROOTS
Canopy and the Roots exceeded all expectations I held going in. It is a local coffee shop, yoga studio and music venue with the most calming and eye-pleasing aesthetic. Chandler indulged my begging and pleading to go and I loved every minute of it. This is a place I could definitely see myself blogging, reading and sipping on a cup of coffee regularly.
RECOMMENDATION: Iced Coffee w/ //
Check out their calendar if you plan to stop by and check out what talent they have playing at the time. You can even take a yoga class!
ADDRESS: 53 W Main Street, Dahlonega, GA 30533
HOURS: They are open seven days a week, but hours do vary.
THE DAHLONEGA FUDGE FACTORY
The fudge shop quickly became one of my favorite spots in town. We visited on Saturday afternoon and this girl’s sweet tooth was quickly satisfied. Offering over eighty (80, y’all) types of fudge, brittle and chocolates. The Dahlonega Nugget (pecans or cashews covered in homemade caramel and dipped in chocolate) is a favorite. I personally went with the chocolate covered pretzel and even bought some to go.
ADDRESS: 8 N Park St, Dahlonega, GA 30533
WEEKEND HOURS: F/SAT: 10AM-9PM (open daily)
WOLF MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS & WINERY
Setting atop a mountain ridge, Wolf Mountain boasts breathtaking views of North Georgia from the multiple decks overlooking many mountainous range. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed grabbing a glass of wine, enjoying each other’s company and seeing the beautiful mountain range.
We went with the “sweet” flight and enjoyed six of their different wines.
It was snowing slightly when we visited, so the inside was was quite packed. #notcovidfriendly On any other warm day, we would’ve enjoyed the porch.
ADDRESS: 180 Wolf Mountain Trl, Dahlonega, GA 30533
ADDRESS: 215 Auraria Rd, Dahlonega, GA 30533
HOURS: 12PM-6PM M-SUN / 11AM-7PM SAT
*There are multiple wineries in Dahlonega to choose from, so make sure to make a conscious effort to visit more than one if you consider yourself a “//.”
SHENANIGANS RESTAURANT & IRISH PUB
Shenanigans is a buzzy pub offering Irish-American fare & diverse beers in snug quarters with live music & a deck.
The SOUTHWEST IRELAND SHRIMP WRAP and FISH & CHIPS are both drool worthy.
ADDRESS: 87 N Chestatee St, Dahlonega, GA 30533
SIGHTS & SOUNDS
HARVEST HUB FARMER’S MARKET
In Dahlonega’s historic town square, the annual Farmer’s Market begins the first Saturday in May and continues weekly through late August. Fall markets are held on the 1st and 3rd Saturday every month in September & October and you can find local handmade jams, jellies, seasonal vegetables and hundreds of other items.
We weren’t able to go because of how early in the year it was, but would’ve definitely enjoyed going if we had the chance to visit.
This girl is definitely a sucker for a good Farmer’s Market.
ADDRESS: 52 N Park St, Dahlonega, GA
FACEBOOK: Dahlonega Harvest Hub
DAHLONEGA GENERAL STORE
The Dahlonega General Store has books, maps, candy, 5 cent coffee and gifts for all ages. Somewhat like a Mast General Store for those of you are familiar with those, the DGS has plenty of trinkets and knick knacks for the entire family to enjoy.
ADDRESS: 24 Public Square, Dahlonega, GA 30533
WEEKEND HOURS: 10AM-9PM
For being a relatively “small” town, Dahlonega can pride themselves on a great nightlife scene. There are still many bars and restaurants that are still open relatively late. (thanks, COVID…)
The Crimson Moon is a dive bar located off of Dahlonega’s historical district. Ashley McBryde’s famous A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega is what helped to set them on the map, but this place is such a cool vibe! We visited on Friday night and enjoyed live music with enjoying a side of your typical bar food.
ADDRESS: 24 N Park St North, Dahlonega, GA 30533
WEEKEND HOURS: 11AM-10PM
When Chandler and I had originally talked about getting away for a weekend trip, we looked at many different options for “lodging.” I have an American Express credit card and have bookoodles of hotel points, but I saw this tiny house on Airbnb and instantly fell in love. Nestled on five wooded acres in the Chattahoochee National Forest, this tiny house is located less than 15 minutes from downtown Dahlonega. Large windows offered wonderful views of the surrounding woods and filled the house with the most breathtaking natural light.
We enjoyed our own “personal” fire pit, picnic table and walking trails that started right off of our house.
OTHER NOTABLE PLACES:
Currahee Brewing (Clayton, GA)
Etowah Meadery (Dahlonega, GA)
Chandler and I had the absolute BEST time during our getaway. It was such a refreshing weekend and came at the just the right time. I [highly] recommend Dahlonega for a short time away. If you are looking for a tiny house like this one or another fun stay, make sure to use my Airbnb link to get up to $65 off of your first booking.
HAVE YOU BEEN TO DAHLONEGA, GA BEFORE? IF SO, WHAT HAS BEEN SOME OF YOUR FAVORITES AND MUST-DO’S?