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Retirement Living In Dahlonega - Georgia

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Area Description

Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this area is known for its expansive mountain vistas, roaring waterfalls and gurgling streams, postcard-worthy wineries and friendly residents. This peaceful country haven seems like a million miles from the hustle and bustle of city life. Atlanta, the commercial heart of the South, is a mere one-hour drive from Dahlonega on Georgia State Route 400.

Site of the first major U.S. Gold Rush and the Heart of Georgia Wine Country, Dahlonega offers an authentic, mountain getaway only an hour north of Atlanta. Our guests and locals alike enjoy outstanding arts and gold medal wineries, original architecture and gold history attractions, outdoor adventure and a Golden Bear signature golf course and the University of North Georgia with its signature gold steeple. As a destination hub in the heart of the North Georgia Mountains, Dahlonega plays host to year round weddings, waterfall and wildlife seekers, and world renowned bicycling events.

Lumpkin County and Dahlonega have consistently ranked as a top national retirement location by such publications as U.S. News & World Report, Where to Retire Magazine, and "Great Retirement Spots" newsletter. With a thriving arts community, impromptu mountain music around every corner, gold panning, phenomenal golf courses, and other recreational venues, Lumpkin County is perfect for those looking for that "little something extra."

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Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Enjoy history, charm, fine dining, local wines and unique retail stores in a beautiful and historic atmosphere. Dahlonega's Downtown District with it's National Registered Historic Streets and Public Square, walking tours, and green space parks is one of the South's most quaint and active town centers. Downtown Dahlonega is an award-winning Main Street City as an exciting place to visit, shop, live, and do business.

Known for its gold rush history, Dahlonega is truly a pure golden experience. While the gold mines and Georgia's State Historic Site, the Dahlonega Gold Museum, are popular day-trip destinations for families, culinary adventures also broaden the appeal. Diners enjoy over a dozen downtown restaurants and regional Georgia wine tasting rooms. Downtown Dahlonega, organized around the landmark historic gold museum 1836 Old Lumpkin County Courthouse is also adjacent to the historic University of North Georgia campus activities, attractions, architecture and traditions. Downtown offers one hundred shops, restaurants, and other businesses attracting hundreds of thousands of annual visitors.

Adventure seekers can view waterfalls and unwind with water sports. Nature lovers can photograph the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi and take to miles of trails for mountain biking, horseback riding, and hiking, including the Appalachian Trail. Refresh in lakes and rivers with lazy tubing, canoeing and kayaking, or fishing. Golfers enjoy the fairways of Dahlonega’s picturesque Jack Nicklaus signature golf course. Our Mountain roadways are now famous for their challenging bicycling terrain hosting near 3,000 cyclists for the annual fall Six Gap Century Bike Ride. Come outdoors just for the fresh air of the Mountains and Chattahoochee National Forest.

Dahlonega’s award-winning wineries and vineyards offer homegrown hospitality and premier wine and food experiences. With favorable mountainous elevations and growing conditions, Dahlonega, Lumpkin County vineyards are annually producing around 100 acres of grapes (European, French hybrids and American varietals), yielding 23,000 bottled cases and attracting over 100,000 wine enthusiasts.

Festivals are an integral part of Dahlonega's rich heritage and are a superb way to take in the outdoor beauty of the area. From the Dahlonega Trail Fest in March to the Old Fashioned Christmas celebration in December, more than a dozen fun-filled festivals are held throughout the year.

Cultural Activities

Art, music, and theatre are a new Gold Rush for Dahlonega. Our Appalachian culture is heavily involved in the arts, and thousands flock to Dahlonega's regularly scheduled festivals. Experience art exhibitions, concerts, and live theatre at numerous venues throughout the year. The first gold rush in the U.S. started here in 1828. Dahlonega's rich history is outlined in several museums throughout the city.

Public transportation

Locals and visitors can travel to nearby destinations via local taxis. Train transportation is a short fifteen mile drive away. Dahlonega is a little over an hour away from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Medical Facilities

Combining innovative comprehensive medical expertise with a compassionate "hometown" approach, the healthcare providers of Lumpkin County work to ensure that all residents receive the most timely, effective care possible - after all, these are not only their patients, but also their neighbors.

Dahlonega is home to Chestatee Regional Hospital, a 49-bed acute care facility on Crown Mountain. CRH offers a physician-staffed emergency room 24-hours a day, seven days a week, as well as inpatient and outpatient surgical services, orthopedics, general surgery, radiology, MRI, nuclear medicine, pharmacy lab, five-bed ICU unit, cardiopulmonary services, hospice services, aesthetic and skin cancer care, allergy specialists, pediatrics and adolescent medicine, internal medicine, and family practitioners. There is also a pain clinic to assist patients with chronic pain and a sleep center to help diagnose and treat a variety of sleep disorders.

Lumpkin County is also served by the Northeast Georgia Health System, a not-for-profit community health system dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of the people of Northeast Georgia. Through the services of a medical staff of more than 500 physicians, the residents of Northeast Georgia enjoy access to the state's finest and most comprehensive medical services. The 557-inpatient, 261-skilled nursing-bed health system serves almost 700,000 people in more than 13 counties across Northeast Georgia, including Lumpkin County.

Dahlonega is also a short distance from Northeast Medical Center in Gainesville and Northside Hospital in Cumming. Our town is a little over an hour away from Atlanta's VA Hospital and fourty-five minutes away from VA clinics in Blairsville and Flowery Branch.

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Dahlonega, Georgia?

Dahlonega enjoys a temperate climate that allows for outdoor recreation year-round. In spring, dogwoods show off their iconic Southern blooms. Summer is perfect for hiking under the forest canopy or splashing in a cool mountain waterfall. Autumn's fiery color display draws "leafers" from miles around. Winter is cold enough for sipping hot cocoa by the fire, but don't worry about shoveling snow; snowfall in Dahlonega averages little more than 3 inches per year.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  26  38  50
 Feb  29  41  54
 Mar  34  48  62
 Apr  41  56  70
 May  50  63  77
 Jun  59  71  83
 Jul  63  75  86
 Aug  63  74  85
 Sep  56  67  79
 Oct  44  58  71
 Nov  35  49  62
 Dec  29  40  52

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  23  0
 Feb  0  19  0
 Mar  0  13  0
 Apr  0  4  0
 May  0  0  0
 Jun  3  0  0
 Jul  7  0  0
 Aug  5  0  0
 Sep  1  0  0
 Oct  0  3  0
 Nov  0  13  0
 Dec  0  21  0

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  6 "  10  30 %
 Feb  6 "  10  32 %
 Mar  6 "  10  37 %
 Apr  4 "  9  44 %
 May  5 "  10  55 %
 Jun  5 "  11  64 %
 Jul  5 "  11  67 %
 Aug  5 "  10  67 %
 Sep  5 "  8  61 %
 Oct  5 "  8  49 %
 Nov  5 "  9  40 %
 Dec  6 "  10  33 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  2 "  0  0
 Feb  0 "  0  0
 Mar  0 "  0  0
 Apr  0 "  0  0
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  0 "  0  0
 Nov  0 "  0  0
 Dec  0 "  0  0

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Cost of Living for Dahlonega, GA

Dahlonega, Georgia cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

Affordable luxury and scenic views draw people from far and wide to our serene mountain community. The media home cost in Dahlonega is only $153,900. Lumpkin County also includes plenty of vacant land - both acreage and subdivision lots - to custom-build your dream home. Our community offers a wide variety of housing options including apartments, houses, rentals, gated communities, senior living options, and much more.

Senior Assistance in Dahlonega, GA

Dahlonega, Georgia offers the following assistance for seniors:

Seniors are attracted to the Lumpkin County area for the clean air and beautiful surroundings, the slower pace and friendly residents, the top-tier medical services and endless recreation opportunities. The list goes on and on. Additionally, the low cost of living, 2.70 percent lower than the national average, means retirement savings go a further here.

While most of our seniors live in single-family homes - often ones they've bought or built specifically for their golden years- some opt to live in independent-living communities where they have the independence they would have in their own homes without the chores of home maintenance.

Assisted living facilities and nursing homes are also available for those who need more extensive help with daily tasks and personal care.

What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does Dahlonega Offer For Retirees?

Volunteers here donate time, money and "sweat equity" to assist those in need. In return, they get to know the true joy of giving back to the community. Lumpkin County is home to nearly 100 non-profit organizations who are always looking for volunteers. Seniors may also find part-time job opportunities at one of many local shops and businesses.

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