Your writers for this blog have a deep respect for the history, culture, great natural beauty and wealth of resources – natural and man-made – that exist in and around Dahlonega. The story of Dahlonega’s emergence on the national and international scene starts with the 1828 discovery of gold in “these here hills”, if you’ll excuse the Mark Twain paraphrase.
Dahlonega was the site of the first gold rush in the United States, even before California and well before Alaska. There’s still gold in them thar hills – but Dahlonega’s “old gold” has been replaced by “new gold” – a growing and thriving vineyard/wine/winery and wine tasting room culture. Folks everywhere are discovering that in North Georgia -- and especially Dahlonega and Lumpkin County -- wineries are producing wines of extraordinary quality. It’s the fun of visiting those very welcoming wineries and seven downtown tasting rooms that is truly memorable.
Wines aren’t the only reason to visit. We will describe the vibrant arts scene and the remarkable concentration of incredible music that make Dahlonega the cultural hub of the North Georgia mountains. A major music event (celebrating its 20th year in 2016) is the annual Bear on the Square Festival that each spring attracts some of the best bluegrass and old-time music around – and it seems there’s something major happening here, events-wise, every month throughout the year. We’ll give you a heads up with plenty of time to plan for a trip.
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