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Nowadays, there’s not a lot of gold mining going on, though tourists still love to try their hand at
panning at some of the kiosks that set up around
the town square during the height of the season
and during Gold Rush Days, Dahlonega’s biggest
festival. A few hundred thousand turn out the third
weekend of October to enjoy food and crafts from
more than 300 vendors. The fall colors of north
Georgia’s trees are out in full force by then and the
festival has been voted one of the top 20 events in
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the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society.
The “new gold” of Dahlonega is of the grape
variety— particularly the crushed, filtered and fermented kind: wine. Twelve wineries now call the
Dahlonega area home. Charter buses and vans are
available for tours from metro Atlanta with tastings
to be had. Dahlonega is the proud “Heart of Georgia
Wine Country,” with the mountain elevations and
other growing conditions proving very favorable to
growing more than 100 acres of a variety of European and American grapes.
Cycling is another staple of Dahlonega and the
north Georgia region. The Six Gap Century rides
runs through Dahlonega and is the largest event
of its kind in the Southeast. Taking place the last
weekend of September, the event features more
than 11,000 feet of vertical climbing up and down
the 104-mile course.
Whether it is business, recreation or just kicking
back with a beverage, it is hard to do better than
North Georgia. With its convenient location to I-75
and Atlanta, the region is easily connected to major
market centers but also offers rural living and space
not found south of Lake Lanier— which is also easily
accessible from the area.
Baker Owens is a staff writer for James and InsiderAdvantage Georgia.
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