Cherokee Brewing & Pizza Company in Dalton, Georgia

Cherokee Brewing & Pizza Company in Dalton, Georgia

Guide to Dalton

A thriving city in northwest Georgia, Dalton offers plenty to explore from historic sites to local beer and spirits.

Known as the Carpet Capital of the World, Dalton was founded in the 1800s in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Cherokee tribes set up their capital nearby but were removed on the tragic Trail of Tears. The area was also home to Civil War battles, and historic landmarks representing both of these times still exist. The reputation as the home of major carpet companies now extends to all floor coverings, including vinyl flooring. Dalton has downtown shops and restaurants as well as annual events like the Prater's Mill Country Fair.

Things to Do

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Dalton Distillery

Go on the Dalton Distillery tour to learn about the Butler family, which has made authentic Georgia moonshine for more than 100 years. In addition to moonshine, they also make a sunflower liquor available in their tasting room.

Haig Mill Lake Park

Enjoy the great outdoors at Haig Mill Lake Park, which is surrounded by five miles of wooded hiking trails. They have two floating piers for fishing and the launching of kayaks and canoes. There’s even a picnic pavilion.

Creative Arts Guild

Founded in 1963, the Creative Arts Guild is the state’s oldest community arts organization, fostering the arts in northwest Georgia. They host events like monthly exhibits and classes. The building itself even has a sculpture garden that is free and open to the public.

Escape Dalton

Escape Dalton Escape Room has themed areas like one set in King Solomon’s Temple where you search for the Ark of the Covenant. Guests only have an hour to escape the room to win.

Historic Western and Atlantic Railroad Tunnel and Museum
Historic Western and Atlantic Railroad Tunnel and Museum

Historic Western & Atlantic Railroad Tunnel & Museum

Located in nearby Tunnel Hill, the Historic Western & Atlantic Railroad Tunnel & Museum is a more than 1,400-foot railroad tunnel involved in the Great Locomotive Chase during the Civil War. It was the first railroad tunnel in the South and ran through the Appalachian Mountains. Tours visit the tunnel, visitor’s center, museum and a historic home that Gen. Sherman used as his headquarters.

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Places to Stay

Rest your head at one of Dalton's hotel properties.

Hilton Garden Inn

The Hilton Garden Inn is located close to local attractions, universities and business. They have a business center, indoor pool, fitness center and an in-house restaurant.

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Courtyard Dalton

The Courtyard Dalton is another great option for business and leisure travelers with spacious suites and an in-house restaurant. There’s also a fitness center, indoor pool, complimentary weekday newspaper and free WiFi.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites

The Holiday Inn Express and Suites offers an indoor heated pool, a state-of-the-art fitness center and free hot breakfast daily. Business travelers can take advantage of the 24-hour business center and easy access to airports in Atlanta and Chattanooga.

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La Quinta Inn and Suites

With easy access to the highway, the La Quinta Inn and Suites features meeting facilities, a business center, store, fitness center, indoor spa and outdoor pool. Guest rooms have mini fridges, free WiFi and flat-screen televisions.

Hampton Inn

The Hampton Inn offers plenty of complimentary amenities, including parking, breakfast, WiFi and a local shuttle. They have meeting rooms, a fitness center, laundry facilities and in-room coffee makers.

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Where to Eat

Chow down at Dalton’s beloved local restaurants.

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Cyra’s Simple Goodness

Cyra’s Simple Goodness uses only the best natural ingredients, inspired by the cuisine of the Mediterranean. Soups, salads, entrees and desserts are all prepared from scratch.

Cherokee Brewing & Pizza Company

Chow down on wood-fired pizzas, salads and appetizers, and sip locally brewed beers at Cherokee Brewing & Pizza Company. They use only the freshest ingredients and house-made sauces.

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Butcher’s Market and Blues Street Cafe

The Butcher’s Market and Blues Street Cafe is one of the best restaurants in Dalton, offering burgers, sandwiches, salads and appetizers. Each Saturday night, the cafe hosts live music with the region’s most talented artists.

Lisa's Cafe

The sandwiches at Lisa's Cafe use high-quality Boar’s Head products and are perfectly complemented by homemade soups, desserts and Southern fare. The menu includes daily blue plate specials and Sunday lunch.

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Cafe Ostro

For a taste of the Mediterranean, visit Cafe Ostro. Favorites include shawarma, gyros, hummus and more. It’s also vegetarian-friendly.

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There’s always something going on in Dalton.

Off the Rails Summer Music Series

The Off the Rails Summer Music Series runs from June to September on Friday nights for concerts ranging from country to rock to reggae and everything in between. Beer is also available.

Creative Arts Guild Festival

The Creative Arts Guild Festival is the organization’s main annual event in September. It includes live music, food and drinks, and, of course, dozens of pieces of artwork for sale. There’s also a kids area and bike parade.

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Prater's Mill Country Fair

The historic gristmill hosts the Prater's Mill Country Fair in October, which includes artists, craftsmen, food, music and family-friendly food. There are also guided tours of the mill, educational exhibits and a petting zoo.

Downtown Dalton Brewers Festival

Sip the region’s best brews at the Downtown Dalton Brewers Festival, held in November at Burr Park. Tickets include all the samples you can drink, as well as food vendors and live music performances.

Dalton Ghost Tours

Don’t be spooked on an outing with Dalton Ghost Tours, a 90-minute walking tour of the city’s past. Led by a local author, they start and end at the Wink Theatre downtown.

Published: January 2019
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