The Scenic Route · Vacation tips

Scenic Route Day Trip to Dahlonega, Georgia

I love to take day trips to places a few hours away, so I thought others might enjoy hearing about an adorable town you need to see! My husband and I love to get off the main roads and take “the scenic route!”

When my husband and I made a recent trip to Atlanta for a sweet friend’s surgery, Dale decided that on our way home we would take the scenic route and go to Dahlonega, where his parents are buried. While they served in a church in Atlanta, Dahlonega was their place to get away. You’ll see why in the post that follows!

The quiet downtown is a “square” with little shops, restaurants and eateries filling the block. It’s adorable, clean and worthy of a day’s adventure! We decided to stay at the Holiday Inn Express that was conveniently located just around the corner of the square, since it was early evening when we arrived. The Holiday Inn is new, beautiful, clean and very comfortable! The evening we checked in, we took a stroll around the block to check things out. I was excited to explore more the next day!

The next morning after checking out of our hotel, we meandered down the streets, set in picturesque settings with pansies in window boxes and signs out front of the stores, inviting shoppers inside.

The old General Store is full of all the fun things of “yesteryear.” Collectible rocks, old-fashioned candy, décor items…you name it and they sell it! My in-laws used to love coming here for their five cent cups of coffee, and they’re still brewing it for their customers today!

Picnic Cafe offered outdoor dining – our favorite! The food was “okay,” and nothing to blog about, but we enjoyed the setting so much, it was fine!

There were lots of adorable stores filled with homemade candles and soaps, beautiful home décor, and also antiques. This one was beautifully arranged and pulled me inside!

There were other restaurants on the far side of the block that would offer more than a sandwich, but we were only there for lunchtime. However, we did stop at Kilwins Ice Cream for an afternoon treat! Wow! Their whole store is a sugar paradise!

I had Raspberry Sorbet and it was delicious!

We didn’t get to cover the whole square in the few hours we spent meandering. It gives us a reason to return and do some more strolling down their adorable brick streets!

Have you ever been to Dahlonega? What did you love about the town? if you’ve never been, I hope this inspires you to check it out and even if this isn’t a “day trip” for you, I’d so encourage you to put Dahlonega, Georgia on your bucket list of places to visit!

Refresh yourself with a day trip!

7 thoughts on “Scenic Route Day Trip to Dahlonega, Georgia

  1. Oh my! Now I really want to go!!!! This weekend I was mentioning to my husband that I wanted to see Dahlonega. It isn’t too far from Huntsville/Madison, AL where I live:) Thanks for sharing!


  2. Looks like such a fun place to visit! I’ve pinned it to my “dream destinations” board if we are able to take a trip south one of these years.


  3. I have never heard of Dahlonega but it sounds like a lovely place to visit. Thanks for sharing.
    My husband and I loved taking the back roads and exploring. That is one of the things I miss since the most since his passing.


  4. I hope you and Bro. Dale can go back at Christmas time when Dahlonega turns into a “Hallmark” town! Nathan and I enjoyed a carriage ride around the downtown square, and dinner at The Smith House! 🙂


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