Glen-Ella Springs Inn http://glenella.com North Georgia bed and breakfast Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:41:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mountains Near Atlanta to Escape the Hustle & Bustle http://glenella.com/blog/2014/09/15/mountains-near-atlanta/ http://glenella.com/blog/2014/09/15/mountains-near-atlanta/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:00:01 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1648 If it’s time to leave work and all you can think about is the dreaded commute home full of honking horns, fender benders and road rage; you might need a mountain getaway. If you dream of connecting with the wilderness in a serene and peaceful environment, you might need a mountain getaway. If you love […]

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Mountains near AtlantaIf it’s time to leave work and all you can think about is the dreaded commute home full of honking horns, fender benders and road rage; you might need a mountain getaway. If you dream of connecting with the wilderness in a serene and peaceful environment, you might need a mountain getaway. If you love hiking, fly fishing and horseback riding but can’t remember the last time you did any of those things, you might need a mountain getaway. If you live near Atlanta, you might be in luck! There are plenty of mountains near Atlanta to escape the hustle and bustle. Read on to find out more about mountains near Atlanta.

North Georgia Mountains

The North Georgia Mountains are known for scenic views, small towns and adventure. The beautiful blue-hued mountains, sparkling rivers and lush green forests beckon the outdoorsman to exploration. Mountain activities include horseback riding, fishing, hiking, biking and more. There are also plenty of festivals in the North Georgia Mountains to tempt city dwellers into a weekend trip from Atlanta. Whether you want to relax or be active, the North Georgia Mountains are the perfect getaway spot.

Blue Ridge Mountains

At one billion years old, the Blue Ridge Mountains are among the oldest mountain chains in the United States. The Blue Ridge Mountains are also home to the southernmost part of the Appalachian Trail and Appalachian mountain range. If you’re looking for a splendid and historic escape, check out the Blue Ridge Mountains near Atlanta!

Brasstown Bald

Did you know that there are more than 900 mountain peaks in Georgia? The highest mountain peak is Brasstown Bald at 4,784 feet. Visitors can summit the peak via an access road or Jack’s Knob Trail. It’s just a short hike from the parking area and visitor center, and on a clear day the peak offers gorgeous 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains. There is also an observation deck and museum at the top of the peak for visitors to enjoy. Brasstown Bald is less than three hours from Atlanta via I-85 North.

Black Rock Mountain

Black Rock Mountain State Park surrounding Black Rock Mountain is Georgia’s highest state park. It encompasses some of the most outstanding scenery in Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. There are 80-mile vistas, hiking trails, waterfalls and lush forests. There is also a small lake in the park that is popular for fishermen and offers an easy walking trail. Doesn’t Black Rock Mountain sound like a wonderful departure from Atlanta?

If you are eager to get away from the hustle and bustle of Altanta and enjoy a retreat to the mountains, start by booking your accommodations at Glen-Ella Springs. Our bed and breakfast is conveniently located in Clarkesville GA with access to all of the best mountains in Georgia. We are located just 90 miles north of Atlanta and situated in the picturesque Georgia Mountains. In addition to our bed and breakfast, we also offer an award-winning restaurant and meeting place. Our restaurant is one of the top dining destinations in Georgia. Escape to the mountains near Atlanta and get away from the hustle and bustle! Book your mountain retreat at Glen-Ella Springs today!

 

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What to Know About Habersham County GA http://glenella.com/blog/2014/09/05/habersham-county-ga/ http://glenella.com/blog/2014/09/05/habersham-county-ga/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 17:00:37 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1635 Georgia has so much to offer visitors and locals alike, and Habersham County GA is no exception. The county boasts more than 200 years of history, breathtaking scenery, quaint towns, fun events and plenty to do. While that’s a great overview, the team at Glen-Ella Springs is here to help you with the finer details […]

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Habersham County GAGeorgia has so much to offer visitors and locals alike, and Habersham County GA is no exception. The county boasts more than 200 years of history, breathtaking scenery, quaint towns, fun events and plenty to do. While that’s a great overview, the team at Glen-Ella Springs is here to help you with the finer details of your north Georgia vacation, so here’s what to know about Habersham County GA.

An Atlanta Escape

Habersham County is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains only 90 minutes from Atlanta. The natural beauty of the area compels visitors to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The diverse Habersham County population of 45,000 offers a warm hospitality that encourages its guests to relax and unwind and return for another much-needed weekend trip from Atlanta.

Niagara Falls of the South

Tallulah Gorge in Tallulah Gorge State Park, Habersham County GA, is approximately 2 miles long and 1,000 feet deep. The popular tourist attraction is one of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern U.S. and is said to have been known as the “Niagara Falls of the South.” Visitors to the gorge can enjoy gorgeous views of the river and waterfalls from hiking and biking trails, an 80-foot tall suspension bridge and a paved path running alongside an old railroad bed. Permits to explore the gorge floor are also available in limited supply.

Home of the Big Red Apple

Habersham County’s largest municipality is Cornelia GA, home to the world’s largest apple monument. Erected in honor of the region’s apple growers and how important the apple industry once was to Habersham County, the monument stands seven feet tall high and has a circumference of 22 feet. The city of Cornelia holds two apple festivals a year and is known as “The Home of the Big Red Apple.”

Fly Fisherman’s Dream

The Chattahoochee and Soque Rivers beckon fly fisherman to Habersham County GA. The county is purported to offer the best fly fishing east of the Mississippi.

Camera Ready

Habersham County is one of Georgia’s Camera Ready Communities that connects skilled county liaisons with film and TV productions. The rolling hills, waterfalls, hiking trails, rivers and beautiful scenery of the area have attracted a number of filmmakers as a result. Most recently, the movie Wanderlust, featuring Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd, was filmed in Habersham County.

Paradise for Antique Shoppers

There are literally miles of antique shops in Habersham County! Shoppers can find antique furniture, Native American artifacts, Civil War relics, turn-of-the-century farm tools and more. Habersham County also offers more contemporary shopping opportunities with its variety of quaint gift shops, especially in downtown Clarkesville and Cornelia.

Where to Stay

What better place to stay while visiting Habersham County GA than in its county seat of Clarkesville! Clarkesville is centrally located within Habersham County and the perfect starting point for all of your Habersham County GA adventures. Our Clarkesville bed and breakfast offers an award-winning restaurant, meeting place and lodging facilities for your enjoyment. Start planning your vacation to Habersham County GA today!

 

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Top 8 Things to Do in and Around Clarkesville GA this Fall http://glenella.com/blog/2014/08/29/top-8-clarkesville-ga/ http://glenella.com/blog/2014/08/29/top-8-clarkesville-ga/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:00:54 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1629 There is always something fun going on in and around Clarkesville GA! Sometimes there are so many choices it’s hard to narrow them down. Whether you’re taking a weekend trip from Atlanta or traveling across the country for a Georgia vacation, we want to help you enjoy all that our amazing area has to offer. […]

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Clarkesville GAThere is always something fun going on in and around Clarkesville GA! Sometimes there are so many choices it’s hard to narrow them down. Whether you’re taking a weekend trip from Atlanta or traveling across the country for a Georgia vacation, we want to help you enjoy all that our amazing area has to offer. Here are our Top 8 Things to Do in and Around Clarkesville GA this Fall.

1. Savor the Taste of Clarkesville

Sample food from some of north Georgia’s best restaurants, enjoy wine tastings and live music. Taste of Clarkesville is free to attend; food taste and wine/beer taste tickets are available for purchase at the event.

2. Attend the Chattahoochee Mountain Fair

The Chattahoochee Mountain Fair has been a Habersham County tradition since 1975. This blue ribbon experience features carnival games, livestock exhibits, arts and crafts vendors, cake walks, nightly shows and more.

3. Explore the Chattahoochee National Forest

The Chattahoochee National Forest comes alive in the fall with captivating colors along scenic hillsides. Opportunities for hiking, biking, fishing and horseback riding abound in the cooler temperatures of fall.

4. Celebrate at the North Georgia Fall Festival

Each October, we celebrate the magnificence of the North Georgia Mountains in the fall. The mild temperatures and beautifully scenery draw us together for the North Georgia Fall Festival: a 9-day event featuring musical performances, arts and crafts vendors, demonstrations and more. The North Georgia Fall Festival is also home to Georgia’s Offical State Fiddlers’ Competition.

5. Pedal the Hills of Habersham

The Hills of Habersham Bike Ride is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a ride through the majestic hills of Habersham County. Three route options are available for 23 mile, 44 mile and 62 mile (Metric Century) rides. Kids can join in the fun in the Habersham Kids Fun Ride too. Participation medals and bike-a-thon trophy will be awarded to participating kids.

6. Compete in the Zombie Fun Run

Can you survive a distance race for a good cause? Dodge zombies to benefit the Clarkesville Kiwanis Club in the Zombie Fun Run! Proceeds from the race go to improving the livelihood of children in Habersham County.

7. Trick-or-Treat on the Clarkesville Square

Spend Halloween in Clarkesville! Clarkesville Square will host trick-or-treating, a kid-friendly haunted house, Halloween costume contest and more!

8. Adventure at Sunburst Stables

Sunburst Stables is your one stop shop for fun family activities in Clarkesville GA. If trail rides, zip lining, flyboarding or ATV touring are on your To Do list this fall, plan a visit to Sunburst Stables.

Now that you have a full itinerary for your time in Clarkesville GA this fall, you’re going to need a convenient place to relax and recoup from all the fun. Glen-Ella Springs Inn is centrally located for all of your north Georgia adventures. Book your stay at our bed and breakfast today!

 

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Sunburst Stables is a Must-See in Clarkesville http://glenella.com/blog/2014/08/25/sunburst-stables/ http://glenella.com/blog/2014/08/25/sunburst-stables/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:00:27 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1625 Don’t let the name Sunburst Stables fool you. While Sunburst Stables does have more than 30 years experience offering family-friendly horseback riding adventures, they also have so much more to offer you and your family on your North Georgia Mountains vacation. Zip line tours span the 114 acres of Sunburst Stables and are suitable for […]

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Sunburst StablesDon’t let the name Sunburst Stables fool you. While Sunburst Stables does have more than 30 years experience offering family-friendly horseback riding adventures, they also have so much more to offer you and your family on your North Georgia Mountains vacation. Zip line tours span the 114 acres of Sunburst Stables and are suitable for nearly all ages. Guided ATV tours and the unique experience of flyboarding are also available at Sunburst Stables. Sunburst Stables has a cost-effective activity for everyone in your family! For more information about horseback rides, zip lining, ATV tours and flyboarding offered at Sunburst Stables, read on.

Horseback Rides

Sunburst Stables offers guided trail rides into the Chattahoochee National Forest for all ages 3 years and older and all experience levels. Ride on beautiful mountain trails with your entire family! Riders 7 years and older can ride on their own horse while riders under 7 years double up with a parent. Choose from a 4-Hour Lunch Ride, 3-Hour Sunset Ride, 2.5-Hour Family Adventure Ride, 2-Hour Mountain Ride or 1-Hour Moonshine Ride. Your speed is determined by your experienced and friendly trail guide.

Zip Lining

Everyone zips together at Sunburst Stables! There are 12 zip lines hung throughout the trees beckoning your family to adventure. Sunburst Stables has the only zip line in Georgia with a cave zip, 1200-foot line and multiple 1000-foot lines. Sunburst Stables is also the only zip line company that offers a twilight zip line tour. Soar through the cables at night and admire the lighted course shining through the trees. Zip lining at Sunburst Stables is a safe, fun and exciting adventure for you to enjoy with your family.

ATV Tours

An amazing 4-wheeled adventure awaits you and your family at Sunburst Stables. There are 4 miles of mountain roads to explore on two guided mountain ATV tours. The 1.5-Hour Adventure Tour loops around the Sunburst Stables farm where riders will see a gold mine and mini animal farm and get to drive through a cave. The 2-Hour Ultimate ATV Tour takes riders through the mountains to a 30-foot tower overlooking Batesville and also includes lunch, a visit to the miniature animal farm and a trip through the gold mine. Visit sunburststables.com for information on age requirements for ATV drivers and riders.

Flyboarding

Sunburst Stables is the place in Clarkesville to experience the new extreme water sport called flyboarding! Combining swimming and flying, flyboarders levitate above Sunburst Stables’ private, onsite pond from the power of a personal jetpack and attached jet ski. To the amazement of your family, the professional staff at Sunburst Stables will have you flying like Iron Man and swimming like a dolphin in no time!

There is so much to experience at Sunburst Stables, it’s hard to choose just one adventure. Try to fit multiple activities into one day with a Sunburst Stables combo package, or plan a multi-day vacation with overnight accommodations at Glen-Ella Springs! Our rooms and suites are designed for your comfort so you can relax and recoup for your adventures at Sunburst Stables the next day. You will be the hero of your family when you tell them about your plans to visit Sunburst Stables and Glen-Ella Springs in Clarkesville, GA!

 

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7 North Georgia Hiking Trails to Tackle http://glenella.com/blog/2014/08/21/north-georgia-hiking-trails/ http://glenella.com/blog/2014/08/21/north-georgia-hiking-trails/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:00:37 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1617 Mountain summits, tumbling waterfalls, mossy creeks, flora and fauna draw casual hikers and experienced backpackers alike to north Georgia, home of the southernmost point on the Appalachian Trail. Visitors can take on a portion of the infamous Appalachian Trail as well as a number of other trails within an hour of our north Georgia bed […]

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North Georgia Hiking TrailsMountain summits, tumbling waterfalls, mossy creeks, flora and fauna draw casual hikers and experienced backpackers alike to north Georgia, home of the southernmost point on the Appalachian Trail. Visitors can take on a portion of the infamous Appalachian Trail as well as a number of other trails within an hour of our north Georgia bed and breakfast. To help you decide which north Georgia hiking trails you should tackle, here are seven of our favorites.

  1. Appalachian Trail: Unicoi Gap to Indian Grave Gap

For a challenging Appalachian Trail experience, start a hike at the Unicoi Gap trailhead and follow it east toward Rocky Mountain. The trail climbs an aggressive 1,000 feet up the western slope of Rocky Mountain and offers expansive mountain and forest views. At the beginning of your trek, grab a snapshot of the bronze-plaqued boulder commemorating the Appalachian Trail. Difficulty: Strenuous.

  1. Panther Creek Trail

Offering views of five different waterfalls, the Panther Creek Trail is a popular hike for locals and tourists alike, so go mid-week for more solitude. Difficulty: Moderate.

  1. Broad River Trail

The Broad River Trail is perfect for novice hikers. It winds through one of the richest archeological areas in Georgia alongside Dicks Creek and the Broad River. Enjoy numerous cascades and flirt with the mountain stream along the way. Hiking boots are recommended as the stream may flirt back, crossing the trail, from time to time. Difficulty: Novice.

  1. Edmonds Trail

Enjoy the serenity of the dark hills and mountain streams in Black Rock State Mountain Park, the highest state park in Georgia. The Edmonds Trail will challenge you with steeply rising and falling elevations but the amazing views you gain of the Appalachian Mountains will be worth it. Difficulty: Strenuous.

  1. Twin Falls Trail

The prize for tackling this North Georgia hiking trail is a double-sprouted waterfall at the end. Difficulty: Moderate.

  1. Sourwood Trail

Hikers of all ages can enjoy the 2.7-mile loop of Sourwood Trail that offers observations of both scenery and wildlife. Look for Nancytown Falls just one mile into the trail and a beaver pond just beyond the falls. Difficulty: Novice.

  1. Lady Slipper Trail

Visit Lady Slipper Trail in the spring or summer to witness wildflowers blooming in a rainbow of colors. The Lady Slipper Trail is pedestrian and horse friendly and winds through wooded areas and hillsides. The panoramic views are inspiring any time of the year. Difficulty: Moderate.

No matter your skill level, we can find a hiking trail for you to enjoy in north Georgia. We strive to make your entire experience in north Georgia enjoyable when you stay at Glen-Ella Springs Inn. From dining in our award-winning restaurant to relaxing in one of our beautifully appointed rooms, your north Georgia vacation will be the ideal getaway at Glen-Ella Springs. Book your getaway today!

 

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Chattahoochee National Forest Fall Activities http://glenella.com/blog/2014/08/14/chattahoochee-national-forest-fall-activities/ http://glenella.com/blog/2014/08/14/chattahoochee-national-forest-fall-activities/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 19:25:01 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1609 The Chattahoochee National Forest welcomes more than 10 million visitors every year to our north Georgia home. Offering some of the best outdoor recreation opportunities in the United States, there are plenty of adventures to have in the forest year-round, and the fall season is no exception. Fall is arguably one of the best times […]

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Chattahoochee National ForestThe Chattahoochee National Forest welcomes more than 10 million visitors every year to our north Georgia home. Offering some of the best outdoor recreation opportunities in the United States, there are plenty of adventures to have in the forest year-round, and the fall season is no exception. Fall is arguably one of the best times to visit north Georgia: the humidity declines and temperatures become better suited for outdoor activities while the leaves change color and offer multidimensional views of the scenic hillsides. To help you plan your fall visit, here are some of our favorite fall activities in the Chattahoochee National Forest.

Hiking

The home of the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, Chattahoochee National Forest may be most famous for its hiking opportunities. More than 450 miles of hiking trails span the nearly 750,000 acres that comprise the forest. There are four long distance trails for backpacking: Duncan Ridge, Benton MacKaye, Bartram and the Appalachian Trail, as well as many shorter trails catering to the casual walker and the hiking expert alike. Trail maps for some forest trails may be found online, but the most up-to-date and comprehensive trail information can be found at the Chattahoochee National Forest ranger stations.

Biking

The Aska Trail System is one of the premier mountain biking trails not only in the Chattahoochee National Forest but also in the Blue Ridge Mountains as a whole. The trail system offers 15 miles of scenic single-track with everything from technical challenges to smooth cruising along the way. Comprised of the renowned Stanley Gap Trail, Green Mountain, Long Branch and Flat Creek Loop, mountains bikers will enjoy checking the Aska Trail System off their Chattahoochee National Forest bucket list.

Fishing

For a wide range of fishing experiences, be sure to visit the Chattahoochee National Forest in the fall. Whether you enjoy casting your line from a peaceful shoreline or the rewarding challenge of fly fishing knee-deep in a river, Chattahoochee National Forest is the place to come to make the catch of the day. For some serious trout fishing, check out the 4,000 miles of streams designated as trout streams in north Georgia. Hurry, because trout season comes to a close October 31st.

Horseback Riding

There are many trails for horseback riding in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Sunburst Stables is the place to go for guided horseback trail rides that are suitable for all ages and experience levels. If you’re looking for the unique experience of camping with your equine friend, the Chattahoochee National Forest has horse camping areas specifically designed with you and your horse in mind.

Scenic Driving

Gain access to wildlife, scenic vistas, geology, streams, lakes, waterfalls and more with a scenic drive through Chattahoochee National Forest. As the leaves are turning to brilliant oranges and reds, fall is the perfect time to tour the Chattahoochee National Forest by car. For access to Georgia’s highest point, Brasstown Bald, where the views of the forest are absolutely breathtaking, take the Russell-Brasstown National Scenic Byway. This 40.6-mile national byway winds through the southern Appalachians and offers several scenic overlooks and interpretive signs along the way.

Waterfall Viewing

The Chattahoochee National Forest offers an impressive number of waterfalls: the most famous of which is Anna Ruby Falls. Anna Ruby Falls is known for its twin waterfalls created by two separate streams, Curtis Creek and York Creek, tumbling down to form Smith Creek. Dukes Creek Falls, Raven Cliffs Falls and Desoto Falls are also great spots for waterfall viewing in the Chattahoochee National Forest.

As you can see, there are many fun activities to keep you busy in the Chattahoochee National Forest in the fall. Glen-Ella Springs has a variety of special getaway packages to help you enjoy your favorite fall activity in this area. Check out our Georgia Trail Ride Package for horseback riding during your stay or our Tallulah Gorge Vacation Package to discover some local waterfalls. Or, customize your own vacation package for your stay at Glen-Ella Springs this fall!

 

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North Georgia Mountains: Paradise for the Outdoorsman http://glenella.com/blog/2014/08/04/north-georgia-mountains/ http://glenella.com/blog/2014/08/04/north-georgia-mountains/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 12:30:18 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1591 Do you enjoy trekking through the great outdoors? Or do you prefer to relax in the shade of lush green trees? An outdoorsman’s paradise, the North Georgia Mountains are perfect for those wishing to explore Mother Nature or those just looking for a place to enjoy the fresh air. The North Georgia Mountains are located […]

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North Georgia MountainsDo you enjoy trekking through the great outdoors? Or do you prefer to relax in the shade of lush green trees? An outdoorsman’s paradise, the North Georgia Mountains are perfect for those wishing to explore Mother Nature or those just looking for a place to enjoy the fresh air. The North Georgia Mountains are located in an area that starts in the northeast corner of the beautiful peach state and spreads towards the west. The North Georgia Mountains are only 45 minutes away from Glen-Ella Springs Inn, allowing guests to enjoy both the Inn and the beautiful mountains! Read on to find out more about the North Georgia Mountains.

Sunburst Outdoor Adventures

From boating day trips to family adventure trail rides, the Sunburst Outdoor Adventures has something for all ages and skill levels. Located in the North Georgia Mountains on 114 acres of rolling countryside, Sunburst offers an array of fun activities in a beautiful setting. Visitors will delight over the thousands of acres available for horseback riding! Whether you wish to zip through the trees on a zip line or travel down the rapid on a whitewater rafting tour, Sunburst Outdoor Adventures offers something for everyone.

Fishing

The Trout fishing Capital of Georgia, the Blue Ridge is the perfect place for serious trout fisherman. The best place in the North Georgia Mountains to go fishing is at the Toccoa River. Stocked above Blue Ridge Dam, the River has several sections along Rt.60 that are open to the public. Most areas of the Toccoa River are very broad, perfect for those looking to fly fish.

Another fantastic place for fly-fishing is at Blackhawk on the Soque River, a winding river that runs down from the Blue Ridge Mountains past the town of Clarkesville. 28.5 miles long, the picturesque Soque River offers plenty of space for fishermen to enjoy. With trout ranging from 3-pounds to 15-pounds, you will love the action on this thriving river. Over the past years, Blackhawk on Soque River has become an awesome fishery. Come out and find out why we love the area so much!

The Brigadoon Lodge offers fishing tours. With over a mile of private riverfront and 1½ miles of public water to the north, the Brigadoon Lodge Fishing the River tours are a fantastic way to experience true Georgia fishing. The Lodge offers two levels of guide services. Don’t miss out on this excellent fishing experience with the knowledge and friendly staff of Brigadoon Lodge!

 

The North Georgia Mountains are full of amazing and exciting things to do for everyone. As you are planning which activity to do first, make your reservations at Glen-Ella Springs Inn, to ensure your time in the area is relaxing and memorable. Surrounded by the beautiful countryside, our Inn is the perfect place to which to return after a day exploring the North Georgia Mountains. In addition, every morning of your stay, you receive a delicious gourmet breakfast before you start your adventure! At Glen-Ella Springs Inn, we know you’re going to love this incredible part of our country and will want to bring some of the area back home with you. We can’t wait to see you soon!

 

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Looking for Scenic Drives in Georgia? Try Scenic Highway 197! http://glenella.com/blog/2014/07/31/scenic-drives-in-georgia/ http://glenella.com/blog/2014/07/31/scenic-drives-in-georgia/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:24:18 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1573 At Glen-Ella Springs Inn, we invite you to enjoy the many scenic drives in Georgia. Our steep mountains, bubbling brooks, deep forests, and rocky crevasses combine to create a magnificent landscape. Thanks to the modern road system, some of our country’s richest treasures can be enjoyed from the comfort of one’s own car! One scenic […]

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Scenic drives in GeorgiaAt Glen-Ella Springs Inn, we invite you to enjoy the many scenic drives in Georgia. Our steep mountains, bubbling brooks, deep forests, and rocky crevasses combine to create a magnificent landscape. Thanks to the modern road system, some of our country’s richest treasures can be enjoyed from the comfort of one’s own car! One scenic drive that is located quite near our Inn is Scenic Highway 197.

It’s fabulous when history and beauty collide and create one enjoyable pastime! There are many scenic highways throughout North Georgia, but Scenic Highway 197 was first used during Prohibition by moonshiners! These enterprising businessmen of yore used this picturesque pathway to distribute their “high octane” corn liquor, distilled under the cover of darkness (thus the term moonshine), to consumers from Atlanta and other points south when alcoholic beverages were considered contraband in our country. Although Prohibition has been lifted and the purpose of the road has changed, the mystery and intrigue of the secretive stills that once hid in these hills causes one to ponder on the days gone by.

Beyond its fascinating albeit slightly racy history, Scenic Highway 197 offers some of the most breathtaking views our Earth has to offer. The road starts just south of Clarkesville and meanders its way over “the dip” and across the Soquee River. As it makes its way into the Chattahoochee National Forest, the hills become steeper and the turns become tighter. Along the way, small arts and crafts shops are sprinkled here and there. One such store, Mark of the Potter, was referred to in a previous blog as, “…the oldest continuously functioning pottery shop in Georgia! Located in Old Grandpa Watts’ gristmill (built in 1931), Mark of the Potter seeks to showcase Georgia’s most beautiful pottery and features some of America’s finest potters.”

Highway 197 continues to follow the Soquee River north and eventually reaches the small town of Batesville. From that point, it once again crosses the Soquee and gently makes its way toward the incredible Lake Burton. Gently hugging the lake, 197 first encounters Cherokee Cove, then Wildcat Creek Cove, and on to Moccasin Creek Cove, and finally Dick’s Creek – all of which empty into Lake Burton.

Finally, Scenic Highway 197 stops at Lookout Mountain Scenic Highway – another road that those with a deep wanderlust should travel… but we’ll save that for a different day.

On your way back to Glen-Ella Springs Inn, perhaps you could stop off at Moccasin Creek State Park and do a little trout fishing or some canoeing on Lake Burton. The truth is, once you see the incredible splendor of nature that surrounds our Inn, you’ll never want to leave.

The North Georgia Mountains are full of wonder and awe. Highway 197 is just one of the many scenic drives in Georgia. Call us and make your reservations to stay at Glen-Ella Springs Inn today, especially as autumn is just around the corner and Mother Nature is gearing up to unfurl her incredible fall colors over our mountains.

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Need a Weekend Trip From Atlanta? http://glenella.com/blog/2014/07/31/need-weekend-trip-atlanta/ http://glenella.com/blog/2014/07/31/need-weekend-trip-atlanta/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:32:37 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1589 While Atlanta, GA is a refined, world-class metropolis filled with culture, art, commerce, and a breath-taking skyline, living and working in its fast paced and harried environment makes rejuvenation and relaxation a necessity. A daily diet of meetings, appointments, deadlines, marketing strategies, and MARTA affects a person’s wellbeing in many ways. Emotional stress triggers physical […]

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Weekend Trip from AtlantaWhile Atlanta, GA is a refined, world-class metropolis filled with culture, art, commerce, and a breath-taking skyline, living and working in its fast paced and harried environment makes rejuvenation and relaxation a necessity. A daily diet of meetings, appointments, deadlines, marketing strategies, and MARTA affects a person’s wellbeing in many ways. Emotional stress triggers physical ailments which in turn cause additional anxiety to an already weary soul. A remedy for this cyclical recipe for burnout is time away from the city. That’s why all of us at Glen-Ella Springs Inn in Clarkesville cordially invite you to take a weekend trip from Atlanta. Allow us to indulge you and let Mother Nature heal your spirit as you revel in our luxurious beds, immerse yourself in our deep woods, and feed your soul at our world renowned restaurant.

Historic Glen-Ella Springs Inn is nestled on 17 acres of rolling hills, forest, and lush perennial and herb gardens and is surrounded by the Chattahoochee National Forest. Each one of our 16 well-appointed guest rooms is adjoined by a private bath and is furnished with the finest luxury linens. Period antiques, covered porches complete with relaxing rocking chairs, custom-milled bath products and more make each one of our guest rooms a private retreat from the world’s worries. In an effort to help our guests unplug from the world and also to maintain our rustic atmosphere, there aren’t any televisions in our guest rooms. However, we do understand that people do need to have access to information and the ability to contact the outside world (if they so choose). WiFi is available throughout the Inn and there are televisions in some of the common areas. It is up to our guests how reclusive they want to be while enjoying their weekend trip from Atlanta (or anywhere, for that matter).

Outside of Glen-Ella Springs Inn’s property line lays the incredible Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia, all a part and parcel of the Appalachian Mountain Range! There are many spectacular places to truly marvel at nature’s beauty near the Inn. Of course, one doesn’t have to even leave our property for amazing wildlife observation and refreshing walks in the woods however; we are in very close proximity to some very famous hiking haunts. Tallulah Gorge State Park is about 6 miles from our Inn and it boasts a canyon that is over 1000 feet deep, miles upon miles of hiking trails that cater to a variety of hiking ability levels, and a full moon suspension bridge hike. Smithgall Woods State Park is another favorite outdoor destination, especially for anglers!

Of course, a full breakfast at our highly acclaimed restaurant is always included in your room fees. Be sure to return to our dining room to enjoy a fresh farm to table dinner complete with exquisite service, sumptuous wines and other beverages, and our fresh desserts including homemade sherbet and apple bread pudding topped with cinnamon ice cream and butterscotch sauce!

Why not take a weekend trip from Atlanta and join us here at the Glen-Ella Springs Inn in beautiful Clarkesville, GA? We are here to serve you and make sure that you leave here feeling refreshed and restored. Give us a call today to make your reservations!

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2014 Fall Festivals in North Georgia http://glenella.com/blog/2014/07/29/2014-fall-festivals-north-georgia/ http://glenella.com/blog/2014/07/29/2014-fall-festivals-north-georgia/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:07:41 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1584 Ahhhh… clear and crisp autumn days and cozy cool fall nights are just around the corner here at Glen-Ella Springs Inn. As the leaves don their royal raiment and the days shorten into wondrous chilly nights, our portion of the Appalachian Mountain Range comes to life with family friendly festivals that celebrate all that defines […]

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Festivals in North GeorgiaAhhhh… clear and crisp autumn days and cozy cool fall nights are just around the corner here at Glen-Ella Springs Inn. As the leaves don their royal raiment and the days shorten into wondrous chilly nights, our portion of the Appalachian Mountain Range comes to life with family friendly festivals that celebrate all that defines these North Georgia Mountains and the people that inhabit them. Here are three festivals in North Georgia that all of us at Glen-Ella Springs Inn recommend our guests attend while enjoying our Select Registry Inn!

  • A Taste of Clarkesville: On Saturday, September 27th from noon until 3 PM, make your way into downtown Clarkesville for an afternoon of enjoying some of the best cuisine Clarkesville has to offer…including Glen-Ella Springs Inn! This is a fantastic opportunity to taste test all of the fantastic eateries in and around Clarkesville at one time. Be sure to indicate which establishments you like best so that you can visit them again and enjoy a full eating experience with them. With about thirty restaurants and vendors slated to demonstrate their culinary talents, an empty stomach and about $25.00 is all it takes to really enjoy the day. Tickets are 5 for $5 or 25 for $20. Each taste costs one ticket. There are also wine and beer tasting tickets which also cost $1 apiece. Of course, there are other souvenirs some guests may wish to purchase, as well.
  • 27th Annual Big Red Apple Festival: On October 11th, Cornelia, GA will celebrate all that fall entails at the Big Red Apple Festival. The festival was so named because of the large monument of a big red apple that stands just outside of Cornelia’s historic train station. One of a few fall festivals in North Georgia, this one is full of live music, hay rides, arts and crafts, a car show, and more. Admission to the festival is free! Of course, food, souvenirs, and other activities are not included in the free admission.
  • Georgia Mountain Fall Festival: This festival is a nine day North Georgia home-style hootenanny! Located in picturesque Hiawassee, GA from October 10th through the 18th, this is one of the most massive festivals in North Georgia. Complete with live concerts from the likes of Ricky Scaggs and Chrystal Gayle, an authentic pioneer village and living exhibits pertaining to how our ancestors used to live, an arts and crafts exhibit, and the On The Edge 2-Wheel Action Show, this year’s festival is gearing up to be the best yet! Without a doubt, the highlight of the Georgia Mountain Fall Festival is the annual Georgia Official State Fiddler’s Convention. Here, all bluegrass and Appalachian folk music instrument players come to congregate and compete to be the champion for the year! It’s amazing how the North Georgia Mountains come alive when authentic American folk music is wafting through the air!

Make your reservations to stay with us at Glen-Ella Springs Inn today as these three famous North Georgia festivals are right around the corner! North Georgia is the perfect place to celebrate the beginning of autumn and we’d love to help you enjoy it all at our incredible historic Inn!

 

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