The Smith House is a historic property within walking distance of downtown Dahlonega, Georgia, considered by many to be one of the best Christmas destinations in the United States. Comfortable rooms with free parking and WiFi are perfect for guests wanting to take advantage of all the shops and restaurants nearby. Read below for a review of our stay in The Smith House!
Historic inn with a fortunate location
Located adjacent to the campus of the University of North Georgia and only a block from the downtown square, The Smith House is in a perfect spot for a stay in Dahlonega. Quaint shops and restaurants are within a short walk. Guests at The Smith House enjoy free parking, which is a huge plus during the busy seasons of fall and winter holidays.
An inn that is part of Dahlonega's connection to gold
The Smith House was established in 1898 and opened to visitors in 1899. The story goes back even further to 1884 when Captain Frank Hall purchased an acre of land near the town of Dahlonega to build a family home. During excavation and construction, a vein of gold was found under the house. However, Captain Hall’s request for mining rights was denied by the city officials, and the gold remained where it was. Over a hundred years later while the current owners were supervising a major renovation and addition, the original mine shaft was discovered and can be viewed by visitors today. Dahlonega is, in fact, synonymous with gold, and several former mines in the area are open for tours. If you want to learn more, the Dahlonega Gold Museum is only a block from The Smith House. You can also go panning for gold which is a popular activity for visitors to Dahlonega.
Well-appointed guest rooms
The high ceilings, crown moldings, stained glass windows, and vintage light fixtures provide hints of the longevity of the inn, but the comfortable beds, complimentary internet, and flatscreen TVs contribute to desired creature comforts. There is no elevator or luggage delivery to your room, which is typical of small inns, but the rooms are spacious, and the staff members at the reception desk are eager to help.
Guest bathrooms and other amenities
Plenty of hot water, fresh towels, and complimentary toiletries are ready when you check-in. Individual room temperature controls, a coffeemaker with a selection of coffees, a hairdryer, a desk area, two upholstered chairs, and an ample number of electric outlets can be found in the rooms as well.
Country store in the lobby
Gift and souvenir items are available for purchase in the lobby area. Jewelry, purses, clothing, canned goods produced at The Smith House, home decor products, local art, whimsical cards, and The Smith House History Cookbook written by Freida Welch-Bafile line the shelves.
Restaurant on site
The Smith House Restaurant is generally open for lunch. Townspeople come for their famous fried chicken, country vegetables, and squash pickles. As many as 1,200 people have been served on Thanksgiving Day in past years. School groups who come to Dahlonega for history lessons and gold panning will often have their lunches catered by the restaurant staff. Unfortunately, the restaurant was closed to the public when I stayed, but I brought home some squash pickles to enjoy.
Great launching pad for area attractions
Less than an hour’s drive east will bring you to Helen, Georgia, a Bavarian-themed village with interesting shops, delectable German food, and incredible natural scenery provided by the Appalachian foothills. A short drive northeast will bring you to a surprising number of orchards and wineries. Ellijay and Blue Ridge, are well-known for both, as well as for excellent trout fishing. They also have good restaurants and appealing shops. Any of these towns make fun day trips from Dahlonega.
Pretty enough to be a setting for movies
Several movies have been filmed in downtown Dahlonega, and it’s easy to understand the reasons. Merchants and city fathers are doing a remarkable job of making the area appealing. It’s a great place to find delicious chocolate, country-themed decor, local art, clothes, sporting equipment, or a good meal. From burgers to Irish fare and from seafood to Italian dishes, all are just a few steps away from The Smith House.