Head to downtown Dahlonega Nov. 27, 6pm for the annual Lighting of the Square.
’Tis the season for a cozy weekend road trip to the nearby historic town of Dahlonega. Nestled in the lush North Georgia Mountains, just an hour outside of Atlanta, this quaint locale is home to the United States’ first Gold Rush and is bursting with character, thanks to family-owned restaurants, shops and some of the South’s best wineries. Our choice time to visit? The holiday season (Nov. 27 to Dec. 31) when Dahlonega’s downtown square is decked to the nines in thousands of twinkling lights, accompanied by extended store hours for the area’s 65 retail destinations, wine tastings, a running performance of Miracle on 34th Street at The Historic Holly Theater (Dec. 4 to 6, 11 to 13 and 18 to 20), plus trolley or horse-drawn carriage rides and more. Save the date for the town’s annual holiday parade, Dec. 5 at 3pm, followed by the lighting of the tree at 5:15pm.
On the food front, don’t miss Savoring the Square (tickets from $42), a three-hour culinary walking tour highlighting top local restos such as Corkscrew Cafe, Back Porch Oyster Bar, The Bourbon Street Grille, Half Moon Restaurant & Saloon and Paul Thomas Chocolates; plus historical landmarks, music venues and shops. For vino enthusiasts, call up Mama’s Taxi (706.482.8539) and head to the immaculate grounds of Montaluce Winery & Restaurant (@montalucewinery), where they’ll be decking the halls with a tree lighting (Dec. 5, 5 to 9pm) and a Christmas Eve multicourse holiday-themed dinner set against the backdrop of the sprawling vineyard. Eat, drink and be merry! @visitdahlonega