What could be better than getting something for free? There are many different ways to score these great deals if you know where to look. Enjoy these great free Georgia mountain resources!


  • State road map – request a printed map and area brochures to be mailed to you from Georgia’s tourism organization (download / soft copy also available)

Area / Travel Guides


  • Free admission daily to Babyland General Hospital (where Cabbage Patch Kids are born)
  • HOME DEPOT – free workshops for kids and adults on a DIY-kick (evenings, Saturday mornings)
  • LOWE’S – free build-and-grow workshops for kids on Saturday mornings at 10am

PLUS… Free FOOD for Special Occasions!

  • Krispy Kreme
    • Free donut for Free Donut Day on Friday 6/1/2018
    • Free coffee on National Coffee Day WEEKEND on Saturday 9/29/2018 – Monday 10/1/2018
    • Free rewards year-round through loyalty club
  • Dunkin Donuts – Free donut w/purchase for Free Donut Day on Friday 6/1/2018
  • Wal-Mart – Free donut for Free Donut Day on Friday 6/1/2018
  • Edible Arrangements – Free Chocolate Covered Cored Apple for Free Donut Day on Friday 6/1/2018
  • Chick-fil-A – Free Chicken Sandwich when dressed like a cow on Cow Appreciation Day on Tuesday 7/10/2018
  • Long John Silver’s – Free deep fried twinkies on Talk Like a Pirate Day on Tuesday 9/19/2018
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Free Queso at Moe’s
  • Moe’s – Free Queso Day on Thursday 9/20/2018
  • Cinnabon – Free coffee on National Coffee Day on Saturday 9/29/2018
  • Barnes & Noble – Free coffee on National Coffee Day on Saturday 9/29/2018

Check with local store locations for specific offer details.

Free tickets are now available online for free admission for 2 to “participating museums and cultural institutions across the country” on Museum Day (Saturday, September 22, 2018). Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Each Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people on Saturday, September 22, 2018.

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Smithsonian Free Museum Day

There are over 1,250 participating museums across the country that are participating. Some of the best options include these in the Georgia Mountains are:

Click here to search for your favorite participating location and get your free Museum Day ticket (provides admission for 2). Where will your curiosity lead you this Museum Day? Follow on social media @MuseumDay #MuseumDay #WomenMakingHistory


Steak N Shake Dahlonega – Kids Eat Free Weekends Special

Steak N Shake Dahlonega
Steak N Shake Dahlonega

For more Steak N Shake deals, join their eCLUB! Learn about deals and new menu items from Steak ’n Shake! Members will receive a FREE Double ’n Cheese ’n Fries when they join, and a FREE Specialty Milkshake on their birthday!

Ruby Tuesday in East Ellijay

Ruby Tuesday Kids Free
Ruby Tuesday Kids Free

Join the Ruby Tuesday So Connected loyalty program and also get Free appetizer when you join, plus your choice of a Free Burger or Free Garden Bar Entree on your birthday.

Fee-free days at US Forest Service sites! The US Forest Service waives recreation fees at most day-use sites on lands managed by the agency. Participation by concession-operated sites may vary. Mark your calendar for these 2018 dates:

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US Forest Service – Ga Mountains

Browse the list of sites in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests, or learn more about all of the US Forest Service sites nationwide!

See the post about National, state, and local parks in the Georgia mountains.

Celebrate the start of National Park Week with a trip to your National favorite park – no entrance fee required!

National Parks Servce Free Entrance Days for 2018:

  • Monday, January 15: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Saturday, April 21: First day of National Park Week
  • Saturday, September 22: National Public Lands Day
  • Sunday, November 11: Veterans Day

Additionally, all 4th graders can get a free annual National Parks Pass from the “Every Kid in a Park” program. With the pass, fourth graders can bring family and friends on adventures free for a full year. Signup in August to get the full year of free admission to all of the National Parks!

Free Annual National Parks Pass for 4th Graders!
Free Annual National Parks Pass for 4th Graders!

Browse the list of National Parks in Georgia, or learn more about all of the 417 park sites in the National Park Service.

See the post about National, state, and local parks in the Georgia mountains.

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Appalachian Trail – Georgia

The annual Georgia Wine Highway event began Friday, March 16th and runs through Sunday, March 25th. This tour of North Georgia Mountain vineyards includes wine tastings at each vineyard and a commemorative souvenir wine glass. At only $50 to sample so many great wines from over 20 vineyards, this is a fantastic deal!

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2018 Wine Highway Week – Passport and Participating Wineries

No online passport purchases are available, but you may purchase your 2018 Wine Highway Passport at your first stop at any of the 22 participating vineyards. Hours are Mon – Fri 1:00pm to 5:00pm, Sat 11:00am – 5:00pm, Sun 12:30pm – 5:00pm. I was able to make it to all 22 vineyards this year – a big thanks to my driver for making it possible (always drive safely).

Tickets / Passports are $50 each.


Map of Wine Highway Week Participating Vineyards

NOTE: Above map only shows vineyards participating in the 2018 Wine Highway Week.

Click here for a map of ALL area vineyards

  1. 12 Spies Vineyards & Farm, 550 Black Branch Rd, Rabun Gap, GA (5 wines +)
  2. Bear Claw Vineyards, 2281 Tennis Court Rd, Blue Ridge, GA (5 wines – all white)
  3. Cartecay Vineyards, 5704 Clear Creek Rd, Ellijay, GA (choice of 5 wines)
  4. CeNita Vineyards & Winery, 591 Dock Dorsey Rd, Cleveland, GA (5 wines +)
  5. Chateau Meichtry, 1862 Orchard Lane, Talking Rock, GA (choice of 5 wines)
  6. The Cottage Vineyard & Winery5050 Hwy 129N, Cleveland, GA (5 wines)
  7. Crane Creek Vineyards916 Crane Creek Rd, Young Harris, GA
  8. Currahee Vineyard & Winery, 372 Cawthon Road, Toccoa, GA
  9. Engelheim Vineyards, 127 Lakeview Rd, Ellijay, GA
  10. Fainting Goat Vineyards & Winery, 201 Vineyard Way, Jasper, GA (5 wines)
  11. Habersham Vineyards & Winery, 7025 South Main St, Helen, GA (6 wines)
  12. Hightower Creek Vineyards, Hiawassee, GA (5 wines)
  13. Kaya Vineyard & Winery5400 Town Creek Rd, Dahlonega, GA (choice of 5 wines)

    Kaya Vineyards & Winery View from Deck - GaMountainsGuide
    Kaya Vineyards & Winery View from Deck – GaMountainsGuide
  14. Odom Springs Vineyards, Winery, Tasting Room & Lodge, 637 Odom Rd, Blairsville, GA
  15. Ott Farms & Vineyard, 230 Henry Evans Rd, Ellijay, GA (5 wines)
  16. Paradise Hills, 366 Paradise Rd, Blairsville, GA
  17. Serenberry Vineyards450 Tipton Trail, Morganton, GA
  18. Serenity Cellars, 265 Laurel Ridge Rd, Cleveland, GA (choice of 5 wines +)
  19. Sharp Mountain Vineyards110 Rathgeb Trail, Jasper, GA  
  20. Stonewall Creek Vineyards, 323 Standing Deer Lane, Tiger GA (5 wines)
  21. Tiger Mountain Vineyards,  2592 Old Highway 441 South, Tiger, GA (5 wines)
  22. Yonah Mountain Vineyards1717 Highway 255 S, Cleveland, GA (5 wines)

Note that a “+” next to the number of wines served indicates that we had a bartender who opted to share an additional sample taste based on our preferences. These bonus samples are not guaranteed, but you may find yourself with an extra sample if crowds allow time to chat with the bartender.

More details from

The Winegrowers Association of Georgia is sponsoring its annual Wine Highway Week beginning Saturday March 16th through Sunday March 25th, 2018. This is a great way to see and experience the views and wonderful wines of Northeast Georgia. Our wineries offer great wines that are grown and produced here in Georgia, many of which have won local, regional, national and international awards.

Travelers will receive a “Wine Highway Week” collectors’ glass and Passport which will give them admission to ALL participating wineries at no additional charge. Be sure to keep your Passport and Collectors glass with you at all wineries visited! Member wineries and Affiliate Members will each provide their own unique open-house format, with many offering food and wine pairings, music, barrel and library wine tastings and more!


*** UPDATE *** 

We spent 5 days with the 2018 Wine Highway Week passport and were able to visit all 22 of these great vineyards and wineries! As expected, the crowds were larger on the weekends, but the wineries were also busier than usual on the weekdays due to this event. Overall a great time and highly recommended!

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2018 Wine Highway Passport – Complete!


Click here to learn more about the variety of great Vineyards and Wineries in the Georgia Mountains!