Cedar House Inn & Yurts
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Cedar House is the best!
We just got home from a relaxing and wonderful two-night stay in Dahlonega with Fred and Mary Beth Tanner at the Cedar House Inn and Yurts. We stayed with Fred and Mary Beth two years ago and came back again because of their hospitality. We stayed in the "Chickadee Room," one of two guest rooms in the main house. The room was very cozy and was decorated to mesh nicely with the laid-back mountain theme of the home. While not a large room, the bed is very comfortable, and, very important to us, it is very dark at night. The bathroom is also well-stocked, and there were plenty of towels for the two of us. We really appreciate and support Fred and Mary Beth's commitment to "green living," and that is a big part of the attraction of Cedar House. Not only do they talk the talk, but they also walk the walk. It is refreshing to stay in such an eco-friendly inn, especially in this age of Hummer H2s. The breakfasts were very tasty, and lacto-ovo vegetarian friendly. The coffee is great! One of our favorite aspects of our stay is our morning and evening visits with the innkeepers. Fred and Mary Beth are wonderful folks and wonderful conversationalists. They are both very knowledgeable about Dahlonega and the surrounding area and can give many recommendations for fun things to do and good places to eat. Even though we've only stayed with them twice, we certainly consider them to be friends. If you are looking for an inn in which you can just keep to yourself, you would be able to do so at Cedar House, but you'd be missing out on great conversation. At Cedar House, you definitely are made to feel welcome as soon as you step through the door. We will certainly be making plans to be repeat visitors.
Adored the Cedar House Yurt
Our stay at the Cedar House Inn and Yurts was absolutely incredible. From the moment we arrived, until the time of departure, our hosts treated us like royalty, accommodating our every need and desire. We stayed in the Hillside Yurt, which was just beautiful. The scenery was breathtaking. We were on the side of a hill, completely surrounded by trees. Although we were in a rustic setting, we still had the conveniences to make our stay very comfortable. The hosts had provided us with an air conditioner, a small refrigerator, microwave, and a composting toilet that was very eco-friendly and a very needed facility. We thoroughly enjoyed the delectable breakfasts that were specially prepared for the guests. It honestly was better than any restaurant we have ever been in. And no one wanted to leave after we had eaten. The hospitality we were shown was far beyond what we expected. When we stayed at other B&B's, we saw the hosts only at breakfast. What we experienced here was that all of the guests found themselves sitting for hours with the hosts and the other guests, learning about each others' lives, talking about their day's experience, becoming friends with each one, and feeling sad that we all might never meet again. We personally cannot wait to go back to Dahlonega. We enjoyed the town's activities, people, charm and beauty. We enthusiastically recommend the Cedar House Inn and Yurts to everyone.
A great getaway
I wholeheartedly agree with all of the previous positive reviews. This is a wonderful little B&B. The yurt was extremely comfortable and beautifully situated (currently surrounded by blooming mountain laurels), and Fred and Mary Beth are great hosts. Plus, Mary Beth makes a breakfast to die for! The location is also excellent--close to the Dahlonega town square ( a lovely little town), several wineries, and some great hiking trails. I hope to stay at the Cedar House Inn and Yurts again soon. Highly recommended!
Great place to celebrate our anniversary!
We stayed at the Cedar House Inn to celebrate our anniversary. It was a great escape and oh so relaxing! We stayed in one of the yurts and loved it! You have two chairs on your little deck out front to read, have a glass of wine, and relax. All the amenities that you would need are available to you: a tiny fridge, CD player, even a cute little electric wood burning fireplace. Fred and Mary Beth were wonderful hosts and gave us great tips for places to eat and things to do. We went to Crimson Moon for dinner and stayed for the live music. It was the perfect ending to our day. We woke up to a FABULOUS breakfast and great conversations with the other guests. This is the perfect weekend getaway. We will definitely be back.
I Love the Cedar House Inn & Yurts!
This was my second time staying at this really great B&B. Fred and Mary Beth strike a wonderful balance of eco-friendly and comfort/charm.
Fred has lots of great info about "green" living, but he is not pushy about it at all. There are friendly requests on signs in rooms to turn off lights etc., and there is a small recycling bin in the room. I learned a lot from Fred that has impacted my life permanently, and from the magazines around, but if I wasn't interested in learning a lot I could easily have not. For better or worse, you fill in the blank.
We stayed in one of the two yurts. It is such a treat. It is very comfortable and beautiful in the yurt; not roughing it! But still just a little bit away from everything, nestled in the woods. There is a composting toilet in the yurt, and if you don't know about it and the thought of it grosses you out, you'd be amazed. It is not at all gross. There is no smell at all, and it is really a wonderful thing to be using so much less water. Each yurt guest also has their own full bath, with a regular toilet, a sink, and shower, and it is a short walk away. You keep your bathroom stuff in there and you keep it locked and you are the only ones to use it.
The inn itself is a short walk from the yurts, up some gravel/wood steps, for our private (beautiful) full bathroom, and our delicious breakfast that Mary Beth prepares. The walk might be a little difficult for some for whom walking is not easy.
By the way, I love the breakfasts!
If you don't want to stay in a yurt, you can stay in one of the pretty rooms right in the inn.
My favorite part of the stay is Mary Beth and Fred. They are so fun and easy to talk to, and full of heart, and very cool people.
The first time I stayed there, I stayed by myself. It was a mommy getaway, and I highly recommend this to other moms who need a quiet retreat, while still having the good company of Mary Beth and Fred if you want it.
Great base for our hiking vacation
We chose this B&B based on other write ups. It was a great place to stay - eco-friendly, good recommendations for day hiking and for restaurants, excellent conversation with Fred and Mary Beth over a glass of wine at night. Best of all were the breakfasts. Mary Beth prides herself on creating good tasting vegan meals and breakfasts for people with food allergies. We can eat everything but all the vegan and wheat-free breakfasts that she served were excellent - no sacrifices in taste here. I went home with 4 new breakfast recipes. Enjoy!
We like staying in B & Bs and each one is different and all reflect the owners interests. Cedar House Inn does that and is a very special place because the owners are interested in providing accomodations that are comfortable, good value and ecologically sound.
This does not mean that you are having to go without all the niceties of B & Bs. Indeed, we had a lovely room, The Chickadee, with all the ameneties such as shower etc en suite, room to sit inside and out, breakfast served freshly cooked at the large kitchen table.
The ecological bit is that all the kitchen waste is composted and used for the garden where Fred and Mary Beth are growing the fruit used at breakfast. The shower uses less water but feels the same and does the same job because the water is oxegenated. The whole house is wood which looks, feels and smells nice. All Fred and Mary Beth ask of their guests is that they turn lights and fans off when not using rooms.
A word about the Yurts. Fred kindly took us to see these and if you look on their web site you will see that they are more popular than the rooms. If you want peace, quiet and some isolation these are for you. Honeymooners seem to enjoy them.
Finally a word about the hosts. Fred and Mary Beth like to spend time with their guests and will join you in the evening for a glass of local wine and great conversation. After a day looking around places that they have recommended (try Amicalola Falls) it is a pleasant way to end your day.
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