Flooring Capital of The World; Dalton, GA, nestled near the base of the Appalachian Mountain chain, is home to an industry that merges purposefully crafted design with an attention to aesthetic details that inspire and meld together to create a wholly original environment. What started as a revolutionary method of tufting chenille to create beautiful and durable bedspreads is the base for what flooring groups develop today. “Peacock Alley”, as Highway 41 was soon named, was flocked to by visitors all over seeking these beautiful, colorful Peacock designed bedspreads. The textile industry grew from bedspreads to carpet, then laminate flooring, and now is home to Astroturf. The revolutionary design of Astroturf, inventive technique of Engineered Floors, and stylish flourish of Signature Hospitality Carpets are part of the talented innovations that not only inspire décor across the world but also inspire our entrepreneurial zest for life in Dalton.
Dalton, recently dubbed “Soccertown USA” in a New York Times article, is also home to a thriving outdoor sports scene. With the region’s natural beauty right at your fingertips, it’s not hard to lose yourself, hiking the trails, traveling the waterways by kayak, playing disc golf at one of our four courses, or taking in a soccer game on one of our many turf fields. Rocky Face Ridge Park offers a mix of history and challenging wilderness trails for mountain biking or hiking. Taking the trail by foot is challenging on its own, but biking provides a variety of skill levels for riders of any experience.
Dalton’s culinary scene is not lacking in creativity or deliciousness. Our creative textile heritage has spilled over into our restaurants and the ingenuity gives us an amazing mix of flavors while maintaining the loved comfort of Southern food. The mix of modern flair and diverse cultural tastes blend in the dishes of Cyra’s Simple Goodness, the exceptional Mediterranean flavor of Café Ostro, the sweetness of Mama Wilson’s, or the hand-crafted meals from the chefs at the Dalton Convention Center that make coming together as wonderful and flavorful as the dishes they serve. In addition, Dalton has developed its distinct flavor profile in craft beer brewing. Created by local entrepreneurs and engineers, Dalton Brewing Company is Dalton’s hometown microbrewery – brewing stouts, ales, seltzers, and more for a taste that is uniquely Georgia. The smell of the cheese melting into the crust from the wood-fire ovens fills the whole room when you come through the door of Cherokee Brewery and Pizza. But the 24 beers on tap, including the house brews, add something to the experience. The Spinning Room’s tapas and sommelier-selected wines pair perfectly with a night at The Mill at Crown Garden.
The tastes and experiences of Dalton are as rich and flavorful as our textile legacy. Now visitors travel down “Peacock Alley” for many other reasons, but we don’t forget our roots. Get off I-75, experience the new “Peacock Alley” and let Dalton Floor You!
Written by: Matt Byrum & Natalia Williams