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Relax & Unwind at the Chestatee River Retreat! Dog Friendly & Near Wineries

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5.0 / 5Exceptional
19 reviews


  • Pet Friendly


What's nearby

  • Popular Location
    Chestatee Wildlife Preserve & Zoo
    7 min drive
  • Popular Location
    Crisson Gold Mine
    9 min drive
  • Popular Location
    Frogtown Cellars
    11 min drive
  • Airport
    Gainesville, GA (GVL-Lee Gilmer Memorial)
    39 min drive

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    About this area


    This vacation home is located in Dahlonega. The area's natural beauty can be seen at Lake Lanier and Chattahoochee National Forest. Chestatee Wildlife Preserve & Zoo and North Georgia Zoo are also worth visiting. Our guests appreciate the property's central location.

    What's nearby

    • Popular Location
      Chestatee Wildlife Preserve & Zoo - 7 min drive
    • Popular Location
      Crisson Gold Mine - 9 min drive
    • Popular Location
      Frogtown Cellars - 11 min drive
    • Popular Location
      North Georgia Zoo - 13 min drive
    • Popular Location
      Consolidated Gold Mine - 13 min drive

    Getting around

    • Gainesville Station - 36 min drive
    • Atlanta, GA (ATL-Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Intl.) - 90 min drive

    About this property

    Relax & Unwind at the Chestatee River Retreat! Dog Friendly & Near Wineries

    Whether you're visiting the North Georgia mountains for a wedding, winery tours, one of our many festivals, admiring the fall leaves, a college graduation, a family vacation, or in hopes of striking it rich while panning for gold, we're certain that our home will be a place of rest and relaxation during your stay. Book 7 nights, get one of the weeknights free! No exclusions for holidays or peak seasons. Book Thursday - Saturday nights and we'll give you 50% off Sunday (if available)! Holidays & peak season exclusions apply. Inquire about 1 night stays, $100 premium may apply. There's gold in them thar hills! Historic Dahlonega, Georgia, gateway to the Appalachian Mountains, is the site of the first major U.S. gold rush. Come pan for gold in the Chestatee river. This large home is located directly on the Chestatee just before the Coppermines. It was recently renovated, and is ready for eager treasure hunters and vacationers. We have central heating and air with a ductless air conditioning system in the honeymoon suite on the top floor and we continue to make improvements each year to ensure our guests have a great experience! This warm, inviting home on the river was built in 1997. It has five bedrooms, three and a half baths, two great rooms, and two kitchens. All the rooms have high ceilings including the ground floor. If you like vaulted wood ceilings and the heavenly sound and view of the river just one hundred feet off the covered back deck, this is the place to spend your vacation. The upstairs living space consists of two suites, each on a different floor with their own private bathrooms, a great room, a dining room, a full kitchen, a half bath, and a covered porch overlooking the river. The master bedroom on the main floor has a king size bed and a full private bathroom. The honeymoon suite upstairs has an Amish king-size bed, a daybed with a trundle, a sitting area, a vaulted wood ceiling, and a full private bathroom. Guests with bad knees or other disabilities can easily access the bedroom on the main floor (only two steps on the front porch). We also have a handicap shower/bathtub bench for the main floor master bathroom. The house is not handicap accessible although one previous guest with a wheelchair commented that she was able to get around the main floor just fine. The terrace level (ground floor) has three bedrooms, a great room/kitchen combo, one full bathroom, and a patio under the main deck also overlooking the river. Two of the bedrooms have queen size beds. The third bedroom has two twin beds with a built-in loft for children. There is also a daybed with a trundle below in the great room so a total of nine guests can stay on the ground floor level. In total there are two king beds, two queen beds, two twin beds with a built-in loft, two daybeds with trundle beds below, two roll out cots and two heavy duty camping cots. The accommodations are perfect for two couples with children, large extended families, a girls, guys or couples retreat, wedding parties (we get a lot), family and company gatherings and wine tour groups. The upstairs living area is also quite cozy if you’re looking for more of a romantic getaway or have a smaller group. The main floor and upstairs suite has an old feel to it even though the house is relatively new and it has an open airy feeling with high ceilings and lots of natural light from the windows. Several rooms have antique dressers and gold accents. For our larger groups, there’s easily enough room to park up to eight vehicles. One of our favorite activities at the house is roasting marshmallows in the fire pit by the river and relaxing in the hammock or around the picnic table. We also have a few outdoor games like badminton, volleyball, horseshoes, croquet, frisbee toss, and weighted yard dart toss, so you can play next to the river. For those rainy days we have several indoor games and puzzles, wireless internet, and four televisions with satellite, Netflix, & Pandora Radio. Have you ever panned for gold? This house comes with several gold pans so your family and friends can come search for gold without ever leaving the property. At least two previous guests have found gold right on the property. There are many fun things to do in and around Dahlonega including outdoor sports like kayaking, fishing, hiking, mountain biking and golf. There are also a lot of great vineyards (Cavender Creek, Wolf Mountain, Three Sisters, & Frogtown to name a few closeby), restaurants (Bourbon Street Grille is our favorite for dinner or brunch), antique shops, arts and crafts stores, wildlife preserves, and festivals to explore. The Smith House is a historic family style buffet worth visiting. Lake Lanier is also only 30 minutes south of Dahlonega in Cumming and Gainesville. Don’t forget to have your picture taken with our life-size wooden hillbilly, Jed! He’ll be out on the back deck with his moonshine awaiting your arrival. Book this exciting vacation getaway… make your reservations now!

    Property manager

    property manager

    Mitch Lathem

    Speaks English



    Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM

    Special check-in instructions

    Guests will receive an email from the property manager with check-in and check-out instructions.


    Check-out before 11:00 AM

    Children and extra beds

    • Children are welcome.


    • Pets allowed

    Property payment types

    Important information

    You need to know

    Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.
    Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
    Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
      Onsite parties or group events are strictly prohibited.

    Property is also known as

    • Relax Unwind Chestatee River Retreat Dog Friendly Wineries House
    • Relax Unwind Chestatee River Retreat Dog Friendly Wineries
    • Relax Unwind Chestatee River Retreat Dog Friendly Wineries House
    • Relax Unwind Chestatee River Retreat Dog Friendly Wineries House
    • Relax Unwind Chestatee River Retreat Dog Friendly Wineries

    Sleeping arrangements

    Bedroom 1

    1 king bed

    Bedroom 2

    1 queen bed

    Bedroom 3

    1 queen bed

    Bedroom 4

    3 twin/single beds

    Bedroom 5

    1 king bed, 2 twin/single beds

    Other sleeping area 1

    2 twin/single beds

    Property amenities


    • 5 bedrooms


    • 4 bathrooms
    • Shower/tub combination


    • Smoke-free property


    • Sleeps 12
    • Unit size: 2600 sq ft (242 sq m)


    5 - Excellent
    4 - Good
    3 - Okay
    2 - Mediocre
    1 - Poor

    5/5 Excellent

    Perfect long weekend getaway!

    Such a great experience! The kids and grands stayed in the river all day! Fishing, mining, floating, rock collecting. We literally stayed at the house and in the river for the whole weekend. Never even left the place.

    5/5 Excellent


    Great family vacation for relaxing, tubing, roasting marshmellows, and hotdogs, or just singing around the campfire. The screened in porched was wonderful to sit and relax with a cup of coffee,or eat dinner. House very large to hold two families if needed. Kitchen well equipped for cooking anything needed. Large bedrooms. The best thingwas being able to take chair and sit in river and relax. Located close to Helen and Dehlonega. We were able to tube down the river right back to our house. Found a beautiful waterfall while tubing back to the house. Stopped and played on the waterfall - so relaxing. Highly recommend this house for large families or anyone who is looking for a relaxing good time with a beautiful view.

    5/5 Excellent

    Beautiful, large home in Dahlonega!

    The home is large, clean, and beautifully situated on the creek, with a wonderfully equipped kitchen. Dahlonega is our family’s favorite vacation spot and place to unwind, and we will certainly book this home again!

    5/5 Excellent

    Amazing cabin the woods!!

    We rented the cabin for our daughters wedding weekend. It had everything we needed. We loved hanging by the fire on our last night.

    5/5 Excellent

    Plenty of room, warm and cozy decor, nice extra touches!

    My family was super impressed by your property! We came up for my daughter's wedding which was on Sunday. There were several activities and lots of work to be done for the wedding so we were unable to spend as much time in the cabin as we would have liked. But we hope to return very soon to LAZE AROUND AND ENJOY the house, the river and area! The house was warm and cozy, lots of nice touches (like soaps, Qtips, cotton balls, board games, iron, plenty of pillows and blankets and even books!) The ONLY challenge was the driveway and that was uncontrollable due to the recent heavy rains. The front drive is VERY steeply angled and short, but the back drive is huge and has plenty of space. There are stairs going up into the house from the back that might be a challenge for elderly or weak individuals. My mother in law struggled with the stairs. Thank you for sharing your home with us during this stressful but very exciting and HAPPY occasion in our lives! We will be back! PS- We have already had extended family ask for your information after their visit with us there this weekend! Kim and Mark H.

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