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Plan Your Next Crafting Retreat

Quilting parties or quilting “bees” were a time when women would get together to eat, sing, and take turns sewing on whatever quilt was being worked on. This was a great place for women to bond, share family stories, helpful tips and recipes, and support one another. Today there is a resurgence in this way of socializing with scrapbooking and sewing retreats known as “crops”. Women are getting together and renting beautiful restored mansions or quaint cottages to spend all weekend with their girlfriends filling up scrapbooking pages or finishing that baby blanket while eating snacks and talking. With crafts growing in popularity, here is how you can plan a successful retreat.

As you gather your friends together, you first want to decide what the purpose or theme of the weekend is going to be. Are you all needing some much-needed time away and want a more social retreat with some light crafting? Or are you wanting to spend your time getting tasks completed with the added bonus of having your friends around? This will also help you decide where you will be having the retreat.

There are many places popping up all over ready to host you and your party. Each venue will have their own amenities, costs, and restrictions. If a damage deposit is required, you might ask your group members to contribute an amount to cover the fee. Decide what venue is right for your retreat and reserve as soon as you have your dates and guest list.

Find a way to communicate with everyone in the group. Create a closed group on Facebook or start an email thread. This will help as you prepare supply lists and finalize other details. If anyone is new to the group, post conversation topics or “get to know you” questions. If everyone is already familiar with each other, ask them to post their goals and what they will be bringing to work on.

Take a field trip before the retreat and stock up on sewing or scrapbook supplies. Some stores provide group discounts. Contact your local craft and fabric store and see if your group is eligible.

No gathering is complete without food! Through your communication group, decide who will be bringing snacks. Some retreat houses provide all three meals and others are completely DIY. Your group should decide what makes sense for your retreat and plan accordingly.

Historic Dahlonega Goldmine and Downtown

Dahlonega’s historic public square is the hub of the county’s thriving tourism industry, and residents enjoy the city’s charm as much as visitors do. Connected by shaded brick sidewalks, shops, galleries, restaurants, and entertainment spots fill our 19th-century buildings. It’s not unusual to hear musicians jamming on the square and see artists with their sketch pads whiling away breezy afternoons.

Enjoy history, charm, fine dining, local wines and unique retail stores in a beautiful and memorable atmosphere. Dahlonega’s Downtown District — listed on the National Register — features historic streets and public square, walking tours, and green-space parks and is one of the South’s most quaint and active town centers. Downtown Dahlonega is an award-winning Main Street City and an exciting place to visit, shop, live, and do business.

Known for its gold rush history, Dahlonega is truly a golden experience. While the gold mines and Georgia’s State Historic Site, the Dahlonega Gold Museum, are popular day-trip destinations for families, culinary adventures also broaden the appeal. Diners enjoy over a dozen downtown restaurants and regional Georgia wine tasting rooms. Downtown Dahlonega, centered around the landmark historic Gold Museum, formerly the 1836 Old Lumpkin County Courthouse, is also adjacent to the renowned University of North Georgia campus rich with activities, attractions, architecture and traditions. Downtown offers over one hundred shops, restaurants, and other local, small businesses attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors annually.

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North Georgia Winery Tour

Sit back, relax and enjoy a day of wine tasting in the beautiful north Georgia Mountains and leave the driving to a professional tour operator.

Visit up to 6 vineyards/wineries in the Jasper and Ellijay area.  Most are family owned and part of Georgia’s Agritourism.  They all offer wine tastings, a glass of wine and/or bottles for purchase.  Please note, wine tastings are not included in the tour operator’s pricing. You must be at least 21 years of age!

Tours accommodate groups from 2 to 8 people and will pick you up on-site anywhere in north metro Atlanta and suburbs. 

The tours will last approximately 6-8 hours, returning between 5:30 and 7:00 PM. There will be additional charges if you want to stay later.  Occasionally, the wineries will be hosting special events, and we will let you know about these on our calendar or when booking your reservation.

The vineyards you be visiting include: Chateau Meichtry, Fainting Goat, Engelheim, Cartecay, Sharp Mountain and Ellijay River.  The itinerary is planned, however if you have specific destination requests you and your guests want to visit, then we will be glad to oblige…This is your Day!

Tour Beautiful Gibbs Gardens

GIBBS GARDENS | WORLD CLASS GARDENS IN NORTH GEORGIA

Feast your eyes on a kaleidoscope of colors at Gibbs Gardens. From season to season, you can experience a new dimension of color and contrast, like a natural artist at work with flora and fauna. Gibbs Gardens, less than an hour from Atlanta, is nestled in the foothills of the North Georgia mountains.

The Gibbs family developed more than 220 acres of gardens. This 300-acre estate, now open to the public, has a 25-year-old manor house that overlooks the mountains and gardens.

Enjoy the serenity of nature and stroll along the streams with many waterfalls or around the water gardens with 22 reflecting ponds. Refresh yourself with the beauty and fragrance of thousands of plants, flowers, and millions of bulbs that provide a wide array of color, shape and texture for the 16 garden venues. 

The grounds include Japanese Gardens, the largest in the nation; Water Lily Gardens, the nation’s largest display of 140 varieties in a natural environment; 20 million daffodils; and Manor House Gardens with seven flowering terraces covering 150 feet change of elevation from the Manor House to the Valley Gardens.

Check the website for current hours (seasonal) of operation, www.gibbsgardens.com.

NOTE: Gibbs Gardens is closed for Winter. It will reopen in mid February.

Shop at North Georgia Premium Outlets

North Georgia Premium Outlets is more than just a great collection of the finest designer labels and brands, it’s the Atlanta area’s only upscale outlet center. Include a shopping stop during your next trip to the area. Located approximately 45 miles north of Atlanta on Georgia 400, it is a bargain hunter’s haven.

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Dining Options

 
 

Sometimes you don’t feel like cooking and you just want to go out. Even in the country we have many good restaurants and most of the chain restaurants are around too. (** These are our favorites!)

 
 

Close by Restaurants

Venti Italian Bistro
14260 Cumming Hwy, Cumming
1.9 miles**

Catch 22 Bar & Grill
Free Home Village
12426 Cumming Hwy, Canton
2.4 miles

Viva Pancho Cantina & Grill
Free Home Village
12416 Cumming Hwy, Canton
2.4 miles

Subway
Free Home Village
12426 Cumming Hwy, Canton
2.4 miles

Hi-Tops Sports Bar
11474 Cumming Hwy, Canton
2.7 miles

Domino’s Pizza
11242 Cumming Hwy, Canton
2.8 miles

Fajita Grill
3952 Canton Hwy, Cumming
3.6 miles

7 Acre BarnGrill
850 Hickory Flat Rd, Milton
5.5 miles**

Guthrie’s Chicken
8023 Cumming Hwy, Canton
6.0 miles

 
 

Historic Downtown Canton on the Square

Goin’ Coastal
(Seafood)
125 W Main St, Canton
15 miles**

Local on North
(Modern American)
170 North St, Canton
14 miles**

Branchwater
(Steak and Seafood)
190 East Main St, Canton
14 miles**

Downtown Kitchen
(Modern American)
140 E Marietta St, Canton
14 miles**

 
 

Vickery Village

A little shopping village with some good restaurants.
6.8 miles

Branchwater
(Steak and Seafood)
5820 S. Vickery Street, Cumming**

Cherry Street Brewing and Rick Tanner’s
(Brew pub and Rotisserie Chicken)
5813 S. Vickery Street, Cumming

Cinco Mexican Cantina
(Mexican Fusion)
5755 N. Vickery Street, Cumming**

Happy Belly Kitchen
(Fusion with Big Green Egg grill)
5863 S. Vickery Street, Cumming

The Chill Hill
(Ice Cream & Yogurt)
5860 S. Vickery Street, Cumming**

 

Near-by Shopping

You never know when you might need something. We are in the country, but city/suburban conveniences are close by.

Grocery and Drug Stores

Publix
Free Home Village
12426 Cumming Hwy, Canton
2.4 miles

Kroger
Woodmont Village
8020 Cumming Hwy, Canton
6.0 miles

CVS Pharmacy
4895 Post Road, Cumming
6.3 miles

Hobby and Craft Stores

Michaels
Riverstone Plaza
1445 Riverstone Pkwy, Canton
14.9 miles

Walmart Supercenter
Alpharetta Highway 9
5455 Atlanta Hwy, Alpharetta
7.8 miles

Hobby Lobby
Canton Exchange
2449 Cumming Hyw, Canton
12.2 miles

Patio with Seating

In Georgia that can be anytime of the year with our mild climate. The patio area has table seating for eight to dine outside. It has ceiling fans to keep you cool on a warm day or night. You can rock out to music through our system playing one of our preset stations or from your phone, iPod or iPad.

Patio seating

Fire Pit

Enjoy a warm fire and tell stories until the wee hours. There is wood and kindling to burn, a lighter to get things started, gloves for safety, Adirondack chairs for relaxing and sticks for roasting hotdogs or marshmallows.

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