Hotel at a Glance: Park Place Hotel
Just off of Dahlonega’s historical Main Street and public square, Park Place Hotel exudes Southern charm. Its shady porch and balcony offer quaint places to enjoy the mild winter weather, as does its outdoor courtyard, where you can cook up hot eats over a fire pit.
- Guest rooms are individually decorated. The Crescent, Savannah, and Athens rooms face the town square, and all rooms except the Crescent room have whirlpool tubs.
- Have a cup of joe on the house; the hotel offers complimentary Starbucks coffee in every room.
- Stay connected using the hotel’s complimentary WiFi.
- Walk to Dahlonega Square to visit shops, restaurants, and wine-tasting rooms.
- Get some rest on your room’s soft pillow-top mattress before enjoying a late checkout.
Dahlonega, Georgia: Small-Town Retreat with Gold-Rush Past
According to local lore, gold was discovered in Dahlonega in 1828, when a deer hunter tripped over what looked like a rock. His good luck proved profitable for the entire town, starting a major gold rush that predated the famed California migrations by decades. The Appalachian town, which is named after the Cherokee word for gold, boomed as miners poured in to search for riches. Today, you can see a 5-ounce gold nugget and rare gold coins at the Dahlonega Gold Museum, which is housed inside Georgia’s oldest courthouse. You can also try your hand at panning for gold in one of the town’s streambeds—it’s free and legal if you use only a shovel and pan and don’t damage the streambed.
If you’re looking for more leisurely pursuits, Dahlonega has you covered. The downtown area is full of boutiques and restaurants catering to all kinds of tastes. Paul Thomas Chocolates, located in the town square, serves up chocolate-covered bacon and other sweet treats. For further indulgence, hit the Dahlonega Wine Trail, whose five wineries offer tours, tastings, and spectacular views.
On the outskirts of Dahlonega, you’ll find plenty of reasons to be outside. See exotic white Siberian tigers and spider monkeys at the Chestatee Wildlife Preserve, or hike to Amicalola Falls, one of the highest waterfalls east of the Mississippi. You can find more waterfalls—as well as black bears—in Chattahoochee National Forest, just north of town. The forest contains the Scull Shoals Historic Site, a Native American village dating back at least 10,000 years.