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Dahlonega Gold for Christmas

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A December 2009 trip to Dahlonega by barbara

Gold Museum Photo, Dahlonega, Georgia More Photos
Quote: The day after Christmas, we found family fun at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Frogtown Cellars Winery

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Attraction | "A Southern Vineyard"

Frogtown Cellars Winery Photo, Dahlonega, Georgia
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While in north Georgia, we decided we should drive out to see at least one vineyard. Surprisingly, there are many in the Dahlonega area. It's as if when all the fine metals were mined from the ground, the locals decided to change their strategy to make money by growing liquid gold. We chose Frogtown to see because we knew this vineyard has resident canines onsite who greet all visitors. You see, some people love cats. Some people love frogs. Us? We love dogs. In fact, we love dogs more than we love wine, and that's saying something!!! So what is Frogtown like? With blue mountains in the distance and a vineyard spreading around it on rolling land...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 31, 2009

Frogtown Cellars Winery
700 Ridge Point Drive
Dahlonega, Georgia
(706) 865-0687

Consolidated Gold Mines

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Attraction | "Panning for Gold and Going Underground"

Consolidated Gold Mines Photo, Dahlonega, Georgia
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The Consolidated Gold Mine was once a massive business with such an incredible amount of money invested within it that its story looms as large as the biggest gold nuggets found throughout the history of the Georgia Gold Rush. Amazingly, despite finding the largest gold vein embedded in rock in the entire world, the Consolidated went bankrupt because it was too expensive to mine that vein. When the cost of gold went up, one of the old Consolidated mines that had been full of water was drained by a new owner who discovered the same thing. It wasn't possible to safely remove the gold from the rock, so these investors decided to get coins another way... via tourists. What is vis...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 31, 2009

Consolidated Gold Mines
185 Consolidated Gold Mine Road
Dahlonega, Georgia
(706) 864-8473

Upstairs Downstairs/Georgia Wines Tasting Room

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Attraction | "A Taste of Georgia Wine"

Upstairs Downstairs/Georgia Wines Tasting Room Photo, Dahlonega, Georgia
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Upstairs Downstairs is across from the Dahlonega Gold Museum (the old Lumpkin County Courthouse) in a row of other stores. We enjoyed looking at some of the goods on offer, but our main focus was to go downstairs where there is a Georgia Wines Tasting room. Here we found an early 20th century bar minded by a very cordial lady who was happy to pour us a taste. While I think you can have a sip for free, we opted to pay $7 per adult and do a series of seven. (For this, we each also got to keep a souvenir wine glass.) What was the tasting like? First, the lady who poured was delightful. She gave us each a long list of red, white and blush wines and tried t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 31, 2009

Upstairs Downstairs/Georgia Wines Tasting Room
16 Public Square South
Dahlonega, Georgia
(706) 482-0102

The Smith House

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Restaurant | "Southern Cooking at the Smith House"

The Smith House Photo, Dahlonega, Georgia
Quote:
After getting an introduction to Dahlonega in the gold museum, we worked up our appetite by window shopping our way towards the Smith House located a block off the main square. Here you'll find communal country dining in a historic setting. Both an inn and a restaurant, the Smith House has been a city mainstay for as long as anyone can remember. It was actually first built by a Captain Frank Hall in the late 1800s, but he couldn't get permission to include indoor plumbing in the building, so he continued to live in his house with his wife next door. Funnily enough, he opened a mine shaft in the basement of the house, which the Smith family found when they bought the place and opened their inn in 1...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 31, 2009

The Smith House
84 Chestatee Street
Dahlonega, Georgia 30533
(706) 867-7000

Gold Museum

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Attraction | "An Introduction to the Gold Rush in the Old Courthouse"

Gold Museum Photo, Dahlonega, Georgia
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Dahlonega has a quaint and lovely town center. Decked out for Christmas, it looks especially charming. Regardless of when you visit this historic town, I would advise your first step be the same as ours was. In the middle of the public square you'll find the old Lumpkin County Courthouse, which is now a state museum. Built in 1836, the structure itself is approaching its 200th birthday. Clearly influenced by the Federal architecture that was popular in the 19th century, it is the oldest courthouse still standing in Georgia. What was the museum like? The Dahlonega Gold Museum is small, but it's certainly worth a wander. The best feature is the movie on the s...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 31, 2009

Gold Museum
1 Public Square
Dahlonega 30533
(706) 864-2257

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barbara

barbara
Atlanta, Georgia

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