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


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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