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Wine Weekend Getaway in North Georgia Mountains 🍇

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Adriana Ponce-Jiminez. Your type-a planner friend in Atlanta. Follow along for the Latinx lifestyle and adventures across culture, travel, outdoors, food and learning!

Explore the beautiful North Georgia mountains for an overnight winery trip this summer. You’ll hike the vineyards along the Etowah River and get a taste of the Montaluce hand-crafted wines. On day two, you’ll explore a Gold Mine and eat in Dahlonega Square for extra-special views. Create a Plan below and Wise Assistant helps you schedule this mountain getaway for your group!

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Montaluce Winery & Restaurant 501 Hightower Church Rd, Dahlonega, GA 30533

The Wine Hike at Montaluce Winery & Restaurant is an incredible way to take in the culture and history of the North Georgia mountains and its growing wine region. At $45 (plus tax and tip) per person, you get a guided hike by a trained outdoor staff member, a 5-pour Montaluce Wine tasting, a take-home wine glass, and you get to skip the fancy winery attire (hiking attire and gear is highly recommended). Let’s break the adventure down!

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Getting There

You’ll want to book the 10 AM hike to take advantage of cooler temperatures. There is also a good chance of having the guide all to yourself.

This means leaving Atlanta by 7 AM for the one-hour and twenty-minute drive up US-19N. You might also choose to drive up the night before if planning this for a Friday.

Once at Montaluce Winery & Restaurant, follow the signs for the Winery & Tasting Room. The whole experience takes about 2.5 hours.

The Hike

Don’t be fooled by the winery atmosphere. Even though the hike begins in the barrel room, this is a true 2-mile hike through the vineyard hills, along the Etowah River edge, and with mixed terrain. Make sure you come prepared to hike with appropriate attire, a water bottle, and any other essentials that you would typically take on a day hike.

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Meet your guide in the main winery area 15 minutes before the start of the hike (you’ll be able to spot them right away in the hiking attire). The guides are very knowledgeable and will be sharing some fun information about the wine-making process, the history of the region, and what makes it so perfect for growing grapes. Our guide, Adam, was incredible and even shared fun facts about all of the critters we came across along our hike.

The Wine Tasting

Feel like you have been whisked away to Italy with the winery’s Tuscan vibes, homey atmosphere, and amazing views. The terrace was the perfect spot for wine tasting (subject to availability), but there really isn’t a bad spot to speak of. You get five tastings of the Montaluce hand-crafted wines that build from a refreshing Seyval Blanc to a full-bodied Merlot. The tasting room staff was incredible and provided great alternatives in case there was something different we wanted to try. This post-hike wine tasting is the perfect time to catch your breath, relax, and enjoy some incredible local wines!

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Images by @byadrianapj on Instagram

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Dahlonega Square Hotel & Villas 135 N Chestatee St, Dahlonega, GA 30533

The Dahlonega Square Hotel & Villas are located just steps from the historic square. These private villas offer all the benefits you’d get in a hotel, with a central location that allows you to savor the beauty of historic Dahlonega. They also offer a Breakfast in Bed option! Prices start at $130. Reserve your room now on Booking.com.

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Otherwise, the average nightly price for hotels is $130, which you can browse by clicking here. The Smith House is a great alternative but is a little more expensive. Prices start at $159 per night. Reserve your room on Booking.com.

Cabins, cottages, and treehouses are fun alternatives for a larger group and can be found at www.staydahlonega.com.

The average nightly price for an Airbnb is $176, which you can browse by clicking here.

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Bourbon Street Grill 90 Public Square N. Dahlonega, GA 30533

After a fun exploring and sippin' in Dahlonega, Adriana highly recommends the Bourbon Street Grill for their authentic Cajun flare with amazing Jambalaya. She suggests that you sit on their balcony for awesome Dahlonega Square views!

The Bourbon Street Grill is located in the Historic Hall House building and boasts full bars with multiple dining areas. The two floors offer distinct experiences with either a view of the picturesque town or a festive pub vibe with flat-screen televisions and a pet-friendly deck.

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Images by @gemsofthekitchen on Instagram

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Consolidated Gold Mine 185 Consolidated Gold Mine Rd Dahlonega, GA 30533-0805

Adventure underground with seasoned Dahlonega miners. You’ll hear more about the mining of the large Quartz and its history. Book your gold mine adventure by clicking here. Prices are $20 for adults and $14 for children.

The 1829 North Georgia Gold Rush was the second most significant gold rush in the U.S. and would remain until the California Gold Rush twenty years later. It started in Dahlonega, which was then the county seat, and present-day Lumpkin County.

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You’ll learn to pan for gold from some of the best panners in the world (and can show you awards for achieving it). Try it for yourself and maybe you’ll hit the jackpot! The mines are about at 60 degrees year-round and you access them via three flights of stairs and two ramps. The entire experience can last between an hour or two.

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Bratzeit 77 Memorial Dr, Dahlonega, GA 30533

After vacationing in Blue Ridge, Doris and Gion feel in love with Dehlonga and opened Bratzeit. They serve up German and Swiss staples, such as Bratwurst, Schnitzel, Fondue and Raclette for the entree and more for dessert. The Baked Brie, Jeigerschnitzel, and sauerkraut are highly recommended, along with the. Currywurst.

A nice German Beer goes well with the delicious German food. Order a Warsteiner Pilsner, Warsteiner Dunkel, and Koenig Ludwig Hefeweizen on tap. You can also get a glass of red or white wine if you prefer. You can learn more about Bratzeit on their website by clicking here.

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Images by @bratzeit on Instagram

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Paul Thomas Chocolates 102 Public Square N Dahlonega, GA 30533

Adriana recommends you don’t forget to try the chocolate bacon from Paul Thomas Chocolates, which right there on Public Square. This fun and delicious sweets shop is an experience, where you’ll learn more about creating chocolate while enjoying sugary delights. Check out all the delicious treats!

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Images by @paulthomaschocolates on Instagram

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Cranberry Corners 44 N Park St Dahlonega, GA 30533

Before heading back to Atlanta, stop at Cranberry Corners, the quirky southern gift shop with fun, custom gift baskets. Find your favorite souvenir to remember the historic town of Dahlonega. You can select from a variety of hand-crafted gifts, greeting cards, gourmet food, and antiques.

“At Cranberry Corners there are no strangers, just friends we’ve yet to meet.” Learn more on the Cranberry Corners website.

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