The charming, authentic Appalachian Mountain community is "noted for being the site of the first gold rush in the U.S. and is also known today for its many wineries," according to the writer.
Dahlonega was named along with such towns as Taos, New Mexico, Stowe, Vermont and Beaufort, South Carolina. http://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/best-small-towns-america
An hour north of Atlanta, the historic town of Dahlonega (pronounced Duh-lon-a-ga), Georgia, is the site of the first major U.S. Gold Rush in 1828. Many of the meticulously-restored wood and brick structures in the Historic District are on the National Register, and offer an abundance of dining, live music, and theater. Many of the independently-owned and chef-driven restaurants have wide porches perfect for taking in the scenery. Boutiques, galleries and shops attract some of the region's top artists and are filled with art, antiques, unique jewelry, clothing and collectibles.
"Architectural Digest's accolade, added to our town's winning the 2016 Great American Main Street award, provides even more credence to what we say every day – Dahlonega is an extraordinary destination for those who appreciate art and architecture, food and entertainment and a genuine and authentic place to stay and get away," said David Zunker, tourism director.
The town has had many accolades over the past few years and is "the Heart of Georgia Wine Country" with six award-winning wineries and seven downtown tasting rooms. Dahlonega has evolved into a center for the performing and visual arts, and hosts more than 10 annual artistic and cultural festivals. Dahlonega is beautiful anytime, but sparkles from November 25 through December 31, 2016 with thousands of colorful twinkling lights and decorated storefronts. The Old Fashioned Christmas festivities start with the Lighting of the Square. A real home-town parade officially brings Santa to town on Saturday December 3. From Christmas trees and swags of evergreen to red ribbons and mistletoe, the town looks and feels like a holiday wonderland. Throughout the season, enjoy carolers in period costumes, live entertainment, carriage rides, wine tastings, holiday performances at The Historic Holly Theater and Santa visits in the Public Square. For the full schedule, visit https://dahlonegachristmas.wordpress.com/schedule-of-events/
Dahlonega has created a mobile app that gives access to more than 80 retail shops, hotels, establishments and restaurants along with coupons and events with all the information needed to plan and enjoy the area. See it here at http://www.mobilemindtech.com/app/downtown.
For additional information, please visit www.Dahlonega.org, the Website of the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center.
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