Glen-Ella Springs Inn http://glenella.com North Georgia bed and breakfast Tue, 03 Mar 2015 18:38:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Attend Celebrate Clayton this April http://glenella.com/blog/2015/02/09/celebrate-clayton/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/02/09/celebrate-clayton/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 18:42:15 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1932 The North Georgia Mountains are a region rich in culture and history.  Throughout the year there are many ways to encounter this culture and history, and during April each year, an event called Celebrate Clayton is a great way to experience both. Clayton, Georgia is a small town in the North Georgia Mountains, just about […]

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Celebrate ClaytonThe North Georgia Mountains are a region rich in culture and history.  Throughout the year there are many ways to encounter this culture and history, and during April each year, an event called Celebrate Clayton is a great way to experience both. Clayton, Georgia is a small town in the North Georgia Mountains, just about a half an hour away from Glen-Ella Springs in Clarkesville. As the name suggests, the event is a celebration of the area’s arts and crafts culture and heritage as well as the community as a whole.  So come out and browse artwork, pottery, jewelry, and all things handmade at Celebrate Clayton this April.

What is Celebrate Clayton?

Celebrate Clayton is an annual event that takes place on the last weekend of April. It takes place on the Main Street of Clayton, Georgia, which enables you to enjoy the small town’s charm while experiencing the festival.  The backdrop of the North Georgia Mountains provides the perfect setting for this springtime tradition.

The festival celebrates arts and fine crafts from local artists and craftspeople from the area. However, both locals and visitors will enjoy the event, wandering down Main Street in the beautiful spring weather. If you love browsing paintings, pottery, handmade jewelry, quilts, and other arts and crafts, then Celebrate Clayton is a must for your North Georgia getaway experience. This year’s festival will take place on April 25th & 26th.

Things to Do and See at Celebrate Clayton

Because the North Georgia Mountains have such a rich heritage in fine arts and crafts, you’ll find top quality pieces at Celebrate Culture.  The region is especially known for its history in pottery as a folk art forms.  At the Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia you can learn about this southern tradition and its importance in everyday life. If you’re traveling through Northeast Georgia, you can even travel the Folk Potters Trail. You can also browse paintings, wares from local stores, and many other varieties of fine arts and handicrafts.

Along with the arts and crafts, Celebrate Clayton also features a kids activity areas, food and drink from food vendors and Main Street restaurants to keep you going throughout the day.  Also, you can enjoy live music and performances from local entertainers on the shady lawn in front of Clayton’s Rock House.  You can truly make a memorable day when you visit Celebrate  Clayton.

Where to Stay During Celebrate Clayton

If you’re planning on going to Celebrate Clayton, then make sure you secure your accommodations in nearby Clarkesville, at the inn at Glen-Ella Springs.  We have a range of rooms and suites to suit everyone’s accommodation needs, no matter the purpose of your North Georgia Mountain getaway. Choose from Penthouse Suites, Three Room Suites, King Rooms, and Queen Rooms.  Whichever kind of room you choose, they all have rustic elegance and modern comfort.  The grounds of our Clarkesville, GA inn are expansive and the ideal place to relax and unwind. You’ll enjoy a full breakfast each morning and you can also make dinner reservations most nights at our fine dining Restaurant.  At Glen-Ella Springs, we know you’ll have an amazing North Georgia Mountain experience! We’ll see you soon!

 

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Lake Rabun Boat Rentals Allow You to Get Out on the Water http://glenella.com/blog/2015/02/03/lake-rabun-boat-rentals/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/02/03/lake-rabun-boat-rentals/#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 18:58:36 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1924 When the weather turns warm here in the North Georgia Mountains, the perfect pastime is to visit on of the area’s lakes, rivers, or streams.  Lake Rabun is ideal for boating, water skiing, tubing, and wakeboarding.  If you want to experience the lake at its best, we recommend that you consider Lake Rabun boat rentals […]

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Lake Rabun Boat RentalsWhen the weather turns warm here in the North Georgia Mountains, the perfect pastime is to visit on of the area’s lakes, rivers, or streams.  Lake Rabun is ideal for boating, water skiing, tubing, and wakeboarding.  If you want to experience the lake at its best, we recommend that you consider Lake Rabun boat rentals so you can get out on the water and have some fun! From half day rentals, to starlight cruises, these options for Lake Rabun boat rentals will help you take to the water and leave your cares behind on the shore as you relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

About Lake Rabun

Lake Rabun is a large 835-acre reservoir with 25 miles of shoreline.  The lake is one of a series of reservoirs that follows the Tallulah River. Engineered to produce power for the city of Atlanta, the lake is also a hot spot for summer fun.  The best way to experience Lake Rabun is by boat.

Lake Rabun Boat Rentals

Bear Gap Outfitters

This locally owned and operated business has great Lake Rabun boat rentals and comes highly recommended.  You can take out a pontoon boats for half or whole days, and the friendly and knowledgeable staff are always happy to arrange rentals for single families or larger groups. They’re well known for helping travelers have a memorable and fun time.  Once you’re out of the water, you can use some rented water skis or wakeboards to get your adrenaline up, or simply soak in a beautiful North Georgia day.

Along with the rentals, you may opt to let someone from Bear Gap Outfitters do the driving and take a sunset or stargazing cruise along the lake on one of their pontoon boats.  They also offer cruises in their classic Century skiboat. And Bear Gap Outfitters doesn’t just offer Lake Rabun boat rentals, on the shore they have guided hikes of local waterfalls and more.

Lake Rabun Boat House

Also known as Halls Boat House, the Lake Rabun Boat House is a gathering spot for locals with slips for lease, a store, and a service shop.  However, you can still find Lake Rabun boat rentals here. Visitors can rent pontoon boats for half a day or a full day depending on their needs.

Accommodations Near Lake Rabun

No matter which of these Lake Rabun Boat Rentals you use, you can be sure you’ll have a good time on your North Georgia getaway with a stay at Glen-Ella Springs.  Our rustic yet elegant accommodations will keep you in the utmost comfort while you enjoy Clarkesville and the North Georgia Mountains.  The variety of rooms and suites available at our Inn means that you’ll be able to find the perfect place to call your home away from home. Each morning you’ll be treated to a full homemade breakfast, so you’ll have the fuel to start your day of adventuring on Lake Rabun.  Our onsite Restaurant is one of the best fine dining establishments in the area, and you’ll find inventive dishes using fresh local ingredients on our menu, which changes seasonally. We know that you’ll have a memorable trip when you stay at Glen-Ella Springs! We can’t wait to see you soon!

 

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A Few Ways to Have a Great Time at Moccasin Creek State Park http://glenella.com/blog/2015/01/30/moccasin-creek-state-park/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/01/30/moccasin-creek-state-park/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:04:43 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1919 Located on the western shore of Lake Burton, Moccasin Creek State park occupies 32 acres of beautiful land in the North Georgia Mountains.  As the park is not too far from Glen-Ella Springs in Clarkesville, many guests enjoy visiting the park to partake in one of the many engaging outdoor activities available there.  From fishing […]

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Moccasin Creek State ParkLocated on the western shore of Lake Burton, Moccasin Creek State park occupies 32 acres of beautiful land in the North Georgia Mountains.  As the park is not too far from Glen-Ella Springs in Clarkesville, many guests enjoy visiting the park to partake in one of the many engaging outdoor activities available there.  From fishing to GeoCaching, there’s something for every outdoor lover at Moccasin Creek State Park.

About Moccasin Creek State Park

Moccasin Creek State Park was established in 1963 as a campground, and has since become an all-around recreation area with access to Lake Burton and Moccasin Creek.  The park is popular due to the range of activities available as well as the fact that it is extremely child and handicap friendly. There are facilities such as picnic shelters, a boat dock and ramp, a playground, a wheelchair accessible fishing pier, and the Fulton Lovell Assembly Shelter. Moccasin Creek State Park also offers visitors access to the Appalachian Trail and Chattahoochee National Forest.

Things to Do at Moccasin Creek State Park

Though the park is a relatively small 32-acres, there is plenty to do to keep outdoor lovers engaged and entertained.  Fishing from the stream is allowed for children under 11 and adults 65 and older, while all can partake in fishing from the lake. Those who cast a line may catch bass, bream or crappie. Canoeing and kayaking are also popular on the lake seasonally and rentals are available. Hikers can take the 2 mile long Hemlock Falls trail, or the mile long Interpretive Trail with Wildlife Observation Tower. For children, there is a playground. Annual events at Moccasin Creek State Park such as Moonshine Madness and Bluegrass in the Park also draw visitors.

Where to Stay When Visiting Moccasin Creek State Park

When you plan your trip to Moccasin Creek State Park, be sure to book the finest accommodations in Clarkesville, GA.  Our Inn is located in the heart of the North Georgia Mountains and surrounded by beauty year-round.  Whether you venture out to one of the many fantastic parks in the area or just stay and enjoy our expansive property, you’ll find out why so many people are charmed by our corner of the world. And there is no better place to fall in love with North Georgia than Glen-Ella Springs.

Our accommodations are elegantly rustic and extremely comfortable.  The variety of guest rooms and suites mean that you’ll be able to find the perfect place to call your home-away-from-home while you’re in Clarkesville.  You can get away from it all in a country setting while still enjoying the luxuries of modern amenities.

Not only are our guest rooms exceptional, but our on-site Restaurant is one of the best fine dining establishments in the area.  Our chef utilizes local, seasonal ingredients to prepare fresh takes on favorite dishes as well as inventive new ones.  So, for the all-around best experience in the North Georgia Mountains, look no further than Glen-Ella Springs.  We can’t wait to see you soon!

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Plan a Trip to Babyland General Hospital http://glenella.com/blog/2015/01/21/plan-trip-babyland-general-hospital/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/01/21/plan-trip-babyland-general-hospital/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:32:18 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1834 A trip to the Cabbage Patch Kids Babyland General Hospital is a magical excursion into a land of imagination for your little ones. Listed as one of the Travel Channel’s Top Ten Toylands, this secluded oasis full of wonder and fantastical stories will leave you feeling as though you’ve entered an alternate universe — the Cabbage Patch Kids’ universe. Visit […]

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A trip to the Cabbage Patch Kids Babyland General Hospital is a magical excursion into a land of imagination for your little ones. Listed as one of the Travel Channel’s Top Ten Toylands, this secluded oasis full of wonder and fantastical stories will leave you feeling as though you’ve entered an alternate universe — the Cabbage Patch Kids’ universe.

Visit Babyland General Hospital

The Babyland General Hospital was founded on an old story from the mountains about a boy named Xavier Roberts who was summoned into a cabbage patch by a bunnybee, only to find the Cabbage Patch Kids, who were all orphans. Xavier then set out to establish Babyland as a place where these kids could live and play until they were adopted into new homes by visitors.

Your own kids will love the whole story, and the setting to match it. They can witness the birth of a Cabbage Patch Kid, and hear the story from the nurses who care for them. With free admission you can take your kids on a tour and to enjoy the wonderful stories of these charming toys – which are all uniquely handmade.

Babyland General Hospital also hosts numerous events throughout the year such as tea parties and birthday parties. The next special event is happening on Valentines Day, where there will be a holiday craft, prize drawings, a candy goody bag and a costume character. Set in a Southern-style antebellum home in the mountains of Georgia, it sits on 650 acres and is surrounded by beautiful gardens, so it’s no surprise that it even hosts weddings celebrations and other events on their beautiful property.

Plan Your Trip

If you’re looking for a great getaway for the whole family, one that includes a trip to the famous Babyland General Hospital, then book your stay at Glen Ella-Springs Inn. This quaint bed and breakfast in Clarkesville, GA is just a twenty minute drive from the birthplace of all Cabbage Patch Kids, as well as other wonderful activities for the whole family. Regardless of the season in which you’re traveling you’ll find various options for hiking, boating and other great outdoor activities, as well as many opportunities to explore the old country towns in the area.

Glen-Ella Springs offers top notch amenities including a lovely on-site pool, a fire pit in the 12-acre meadow and the award-winning Restaurant at Glen-Ella Springs Inn, which was recognized as one of the Top Ten Dining Destinations in Georgia. One of our amazing suites outfitted with whirlpool tubs, gas fireplaces and balconies will be perfect to accommodate you and the little ones all together. The breakfasts, included in the room rate, are gourmet, multi-course meals freshly prepared for the guests and served everyday between 8:30 and 10 AM. The kitchen is happy to accommodate any dietary needs or requests for more child-friendly fare if necessary.

 

If you have kids fond of Cabbage Patch Kids and their story then a visit to the Babyland General Hospital can be a great excuse for a weekend getaway to a quieter, simpler way of life in the North Georgian Mountains. Come for a weekend at Glen-Ella Springs where you’ll have easy access to both Babyland and other great options for fun things to do with the kids. This is the perfect family retreat.

 

 

 

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Enjoy a Warm Day at Tallulah Falls Lake http://glenella.com/blog/2015/01/12/enjoy-warm-day-tallulah-falls-lake/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/01/12/enjoy-warm-day-tallulah-falls-lake/#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 16:36:26 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1827   The Tallulah Gorge State Park is one of the most popular recreational areas in North Georgia and home to the beautiful Tallulah Falls Lake. It is located in the town of Tallulah Falls, GA, which has always been a favorite country destination among the city dwellers of Atalanta and Augusta. The town was named for the five […]

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The Tallulah Gorge State Park is one of the most popular recreational areas in North Georgia and home to the beautiful Tallulah Falls Lake. It is located in the town of Tallulah Falls, GA, which has always been a favorite country destination among the city dwellers of Atalanta and Augusta. The town was named for the five falls that cascade through the 1,000 ft. Tallulah Gorge carved by the Tallulah River through the forested North Georgian Mountains. When the falls were discovered in 1819 they were named “Niagara of the South”, becoming so popular that residents opened their homes to visitors. In 1882 the railroad reached Tallulah Falls making it the established tourist attraction it is today.

Tallulah Falls Lake is one of three lakes in the State Park, and is a 63 acre reservoir with 3.6 miles of shoreline.  It is a favorite Northeastern Georgia fishing, boating, swimming and picnicking spot for visitors and locals alike. The lake is just a 15 minute drive from the Glen-Ella Springs Inn, one of the area’s premier bed and breakfasts, known for its gourmet restaurant and beautiful accommodations.

Tallulah Falls Lake Activities

Near the Tallulah Falls Town Hall there is a public dock and boat launch for visitors to get their boats in the water or just have a nice lakeside picnic. The horsepower limit for the lake is 5hp because of its small size. Take a tour of the town via boat, and take in the breathtaking views of this scenic North Georgia destination. With a boat on the water you can also enjoy some fishing on the lake, which requires a fishing license or permit that can be purchased locally. The lake is most commonly fished for black crappie, bluegill, largemouth bass, redear sunfish, spotted bass, and white crappie. Feel free to take a dip off your boat, but if you are visiting without one then head over to the Terrora Day Use Area for some swimming in the Tallulah Falls Lake.

Tallulah Gorge State Park Activities

There are numerous other favorite activities in the recreational area, which can make a full day for you at the Tallulah Falls Lake. The Tallulah River is a great place for kayaking or canoeing. A few times a year when the dams are opened you can even find white water along this otherwise lazy river. If you procure the proper permit from from the State Park, rock climbing is allowed in  Tallulah Gorge which has faces with 1,000 ft. verticals perfect for climbing. There are many hiking and biking trails throughout the park, including the North and South Rim Trails along the Gorge, and the Hurricane Falls Suspension Bridge Loop which will take you right over the gorgeous Hurricane Falls. In the spring, summer and fall live bluegrass bands play at Bluegrass Square in downtown Tallulah Falls on Saturday nights.

Make your next trip to the North Georgian Mountains a Tallulah Falls Lake trip, and come experience the luxury at Glen-Ella Springs Inn. We will send you off for a day of fun at the lake well-rested and with a full stomach.

 

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North Georgia Weddings are Among the Most Beautiful & Romantic http://glenella.com/blog/2015/01/06/north-georgia-weddings-among-beautiful-romantic/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/01/06/north-georgia-weddings-among-beautiful-romantic/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 15:15:30 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1818   While the North Georgia mountains have long been known for being part of the beautiful Appalachia country that attracts outdoorsy types seeking adventure, they have become similarly well-known for being a wonderful wedding setting. North Georgia weddings can be both quaint and elegant – even simultaneously! A lush mountainous setting, impeccable southern hospitality, and myriad […]

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Pavilion Reception at Glen-Ella Springs Inn

 

While the North Georgia mountains have long been known for being part of the beautiful Appalachia country that attracts outdoorsy types seeking adventure, they have become similarly well-known for being a wonderful wedding setting. North Georgia weddings can be both quaint and elegant – even simultaneously! A lush mountainous setting, impeccable southern hospitality, and myriad of outstanding venues scattered throughout Georgia’s upcountry, have been attracting happy soon-to-be newlyweds to begin planning their perfect destination weddings in Georgia’s Appalachian foothills for generations.  The Glen-Ella Springs Inn, located in Clarkesville, GA, is one of the premier venues for North Georgia weddings, providing a gorgeous setting for both the ceremony and reception, as well as impeccable wedding planning services.

The Setting

Located in the small town of Clarkesville, Glen-Ella Springs is an historic inn whose doors first opened in 1875 as one of the traditional small North Georgia hotels giving outdoorsmen prime lodging in the mountains. Glen-Ella is more than just a beautiful building, but is surrounded by the gorgeous North Georgia country. Your wedding will take place amidst the green hills, old trees and the Inn’s gardens which are beautiful throughout the spring and summer. The swimming pool, sun deck, green meadow and open air pavilion all add to Glen-Ella’s picturesque and romantic atmosphere.

The Restaurant

If menu items like marinated chicken with a peach chipotle glaze and applewood smoked pork tenderloin don’t speak wonders of the amazing chefs at Glen-Ella Springs Inn, then their media accolades surely do. Their restaurant has been on Georgia Trend Magazine’s list of the Top Dining Destinations in the state since 2004, as well as being recognized by Atlanta Magazine as “the best gourmet inn in North Georgia.” Your wedding fare will be well covered here, and the Innkeepers, Ed and Luci Kivett will provide you with suggested menus for every event, which are open to your customization. They are completely accommodating and aim to give you the diversity and and specificity that you’ve been dreaming of.

The Accommodations

The 16 Glen-Ella Springs guest rooms are all unique and beautiful, varying in size and decor. Often reserved for the bride and groom, the Penthouse suites are on the 3rd floor overlooking the Inn’s beautiful grounds and the scenery beyond. Both Penthouses have Franklin stoves and large whirlpool tubs. The other guest rooms include a variety of sleeping arrangements from king to twin beds. The entire Inn can be booked for a wedding party, and all room rates include weekend buffet breakfast.

The Wedding Planner

The current owners, Luci and Ed Kivett are well connected throughout the community. Luci is available to be your personal and professional wedding planner, and is known for her tact, calm demeanor and a gift for thinking of all the little details. With multiple partners throughout the area she can make sure that your lowcountry boil rehearsal dinner is transformed into your rustic chic reception the next day, accounting for to every last flower. If you’re looking for a stress-free wedding day, book Glen-Ella soon for the best in North Georgia weddings.

Get a copy of the Glen-Ella Springs Inn Wedding Planning Guide to learn more about preparing the perfect North Georgia wedding.

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Gear Up for Hiking in North Georgia http://glenella.com/blog/2014/12/31/gear-hiking-north-georgia/ http://glenella.com/blog/2014/12/31/gear-hiking-north-georgia/#comments Wed, 31 Dec 2014 11:32:52 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1799 The winter season in North Georgia is perfect for outdoor activities. On a nice sunny day the weather is perfect to tackle some of those more arduous hikes in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The crisp air and the warm sun will really set the tone for the perfect trek along any of the favorite trails for […]

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The winter season in North Georgia is perfect for outdoor activities. On a nice sunny day the weather is perfect to tackle some of those more arduous hikes in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The crisp air and the warm sun will really set the tone for the perfect trek along any of the favorite trails for hiking in North Georgia. Take advantage of these cooler months to wind your way past moss-covered boulders and trout streams. If you’ve done some hiking in North Georgia before, you know this is an opportunity worth grasping.

There are numerous trails to hike in the area, which vary in difficulty, length and scenery. In the midst of the mountains with bubbling streams and rivers throughout, the North Georgia paths are known for beautiful waterfalls and epic panoramas, among other breathtaking views. Here are a few trails worth hiking in North Georgia.

  1. The Appalachian Trail, the famous north-to-south backpackers dream, runs right through the Blue Ridge Mountains. The trail from Woody Gap to Big Cedar Mountain is a longer local favorite and covers 11.6 miles of diverse terrain along the Appalachian. You’ll traverse a wooded ridgeline to the granite summit of Big Cedar for spectacular views of the region. Then you’ll continue north through Jarrard Gap, which is known for its wildflowers, and end up near Lake Winfield Scott.
  2. Panther Creek Falls is a shorter hike ending up at one of the most beautiful falls in Georgia. You will hike upstream for 3.5 miles to reach the gorgeous cascading falls that spill out into a deep pool bordered by a sandy beach. This is a popular spot for both hiking and camping.
  3. Another favorite waterfall in the area is Raven Cliff Falls. These unique falls drop 400 feet down through Raven Cliff, dividing the giant rock face in two before cascading into smaller falls below. This is a 5 mile, out-and-back hike along the stream through a mossy forest filled with wildflowers.
  4. Edmonds Backcountry Trail at Black Rock Mountain State Park is a high elevation hike over multiple summits. At 6.25 miles in length, this loop meanders through steeply rising and falling mountains, and is the most expert hike in Georgia’s highest elevation State Park. The landscape is diverse featuring multiple waterfalls along the way, as well as summit views from different peaks.

Make sure you’re prepared before you head out hiking in North Georgia. Always take the appropriate safety gear, water, food and lots of layers for these cooler months. If you need to pick up a few things to prepare yourself head to Smokey Mountain Trader in Cleveland, GA to get any last-minute provisions. Another outdoorsman’s dream is the historic Mountain Crossings, which lives in a building that was completed in 1937 – the same year the Appalachian trail was finished – by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

If you’re planning a trip to do some hiking in North Georgia book your stay at the Glen Ella Springs Inn soon. You’ll find the best of southern hospitality at this elegant bed and breakfast, and gourmet restaurant. We will send you out with a full stomach and prepared for a day in the mountains and welcome you home for a relaxing evening at the Inn.

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North Georgia Waterfalls You Must See http://glenella.com/blog/2014/12/26/north-georgia-waterfalls/ http://glenella.com/blog/2014/12/26/north-georgia-waterfalls/#comments Fri, 26 Dec 2014 14:00:56 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1803 Here at Glen-Ella Springs, we know that the North Georgia Mountains area special place.  That’s why we love calling it home! There are so many wonderful and unique things to see and do near our Clarkesville inn and there’s nothing we enjoy more than sharing our favorite activities with our guests.  Part of the beauty […]

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North Georgia WaterfallsHere at Glen-Ella Springs, we know that the North Georgia Mountains area special place.  That’s why we love calling it home! There are so many wonderful and unique things to see and do near our Clarkesville inn and there’s nothing we enjoy more than sharing our favorite activities with our guests.  Part of the beauty of our region is the abundance of rivers, streams, forests, and waterfalls.  In particular, North Georgia waterfalls are fantastic places to visit and explore.  Along with the natural beauty of the falls themselves, the surrounding areas are often the ideal place for hiking, wildlife observation, or simply taking the time to appreciate the wonders of the outdoors.  When you come to Glen-Ella Springs for your next getaway, be sure you see these North Georgia waterfalls.  

Amicalola Falls

Located in Dawson County, Amicalola Falls is definitely one of the North Georgia waterfalls you should make sure to see.  Amicalola Falls is the tallest waterfall in the state of Georgia at 729 feet. The name of Amicalola Falls was derived for the Cherokee word meaning “tumbling waters,” which is an accurate description of the falls.  The falls, which are located within Amicalola Falls State Park, are considered to be among the “Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia.”

Panther Falls & Angel Falls

These two falls are located in Rabun County along the Angel Falls Trail.  The first of the falls is  Panther Falls followed by Angel Falls.  Both falls are about 50 feet high and they are a part of Joe Branch Creek.  The trail, which originates at the Rabun Beach Camping Area,  is about a mile one way and is moderately strenuous.

Tallulah Falls

Located in Tallulah Gorge State Park, Tallulah Falls is actually a series of six waterfalls.  The total drop of the falls is 490 feet, which takes place over the course of one mile. The names of the individual falls are: l’Eau d’Or, Tempesta, Hurricane, Oceana, Bridal Veil, and Lovers Leap. Tallulah Gorge is another of the “Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia.”

Taccoa Falls

One of the tallest free-falling waterfalls in the Eastern half of the US, Taccoa Falls has a vertical dropp of 186 feet.  The falls are located in Stephens County, Georgia.  This North Georgia waterfall was aptly named, as the word “toccoa” is the Cherokee word for “beautiful.”

No matter how many of these North Georgia waterfalls you decide to visit, make sure your experience in the area is memorable by booking a stay at Glen-Ella Springs.  Our Clarkesville inn has the perfect combination of rustic charm and modern amenities.  Our comfortable guest rooms and suites will provide you with a great night’s rest and a place to relax.  Along with the individually decorated rooms with private baths, Glen-Ella Springs has charming common areas and porches for you to soak in the special qualities of the North Georgia Mountains.  Our on-site Restaurant is fine dining at its best.  The elegant yet comfortable atmosphere is the ideal place to enjoy our innovative dishes made with the freshest ingredients possible. Glen-Ella Springs is also the perfect place to host your next corporate event or wedding.  Contact us and we’ll help you get started planning!  We love the area we call home, and we can’t wait to share it with you so you get the most out of your Clarkesville getaway! We look forward to having you with us soon.

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Georgia Wine Highway Weekend http://glenella.com/blog/2014/12/17/georgia-wine-highway-weekend-2/ http://glenella.com/blog/2014/12/17/georgia-wine-highway-weekend-2/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:58:15 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1794 The New Year is bringing a much anticipated annual event to the North Georgia mountains in the guise of wonderful weekend getaways. Expect great food, and award-winning wines when you come to the 2015 Georgia Wine Highway Weekend, which will actually take place over two whole weekends this year. March is the month to look forward […]

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georgia wine highway weekend

A North Georgia Wine Barn / Photo By Eric Fleming via Flickr

The New Year is bringing a much anticipated annual event to the North Georgia mountains in the guise of wonderful weekend getaways. Expect great food, and award-winning wines when you come to the 2015 Georgia Wine Highway Weekend, which will actually take place over two whole weekends this year. March is the month to look forward to, so make sure you saving either the weekends of March 21st to 22nd, and the 28th to 29th. There would be no better place to stay for your weekend of wine tours and tastings in the North Georgia Mountains than Glen-Ella Springs bed and breakfast. Located in Clarkesville, GA it is in the midst of this renown and beautiful wine country.

The Winegrowers Association of Georgia is a non-profit corporation which promotes Georgia wines and works toward improving the market for winegrowers. The Georgia Wine Highway Weekend is one such event that promotes the gorgeous wine country tucked away in the mountains. The event has become so popular among vintners and wine enthusiasts alike that this year they had to spread it out over two weekends to make it more feasible for everyone involved to get the most of their experience. The event already has at least 15 participating vineyards form the wine country. The $40.00 ticket for the event includes a souvenir glass, and a passport to all of the participating vineyards.

Here are just a few of the participating vineyards involved in The Georgia Wine Highway Weekend.

Cavendar Creek Vineyards
This small family vineyard began on volunteer labor alone, starting with two red varieties and adding third small white variety. Their wines offer the pampered flavor of a small artisan vineyard.

Sautee-Nacoochee Vineyards
This is a small, vineyard that celebrates hand-made wines. Everything from planting to harvesting is done by hand. They prize tradition above science, making each corking a unique experience that connects to the land.

Yonah Mountain Vineyards
Seven varieties of grapes cover this 197 acre estate of rolling hills. This is still a new vineyard, which yielded its first harvest in 2010. They are best known for their Tour de la Cave and Barrel Tastings.

Crane Creek Vineyards
Sitting high among the Blue Ridge Mountains, and in the shadow of the state’s highest peak, Brasstown Bald, this small family-run vineyard is a gem you don’t want to miss. Aside from their complex, full-bodied wines, this vineyard is a beautiful venue at which to host events and will be a prized stop along the way during the Georgia Wine Highway Weekend.

These two weekends of wine festivities will be just as much about the beautiful scenery of Georgia’s upcountry as it will be about the wine. Any one of the participating vineyards will have breathtaking views, with the flowers of spring just starting to bud. The days will be comfortably warm, and the evenings still a little crisp. This is a great time of year to get away from Atlanta, which is just two hours away, and enjoy the outdoors and a little known Georgia cultural experience.

 

 

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5 Things to Do in Dahlonega GA http://glenella.com/blog/2014/12/10/5-things-dahlonega-ga/ http://glenella.com/blog/2014/12/10/5-things-dahlonega-ga/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 19:18:39 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1789 Dahlonega GA is the site of the first major United States Gold Rush, and is in the midst of Georgia Wine Country. One hour north of Atlanta in the North Georgia Mountains, Dahlonega is a popular site for weddings year-round. Outdoor adventure-seekers and avid cyclists travel to this small Georgia town to see the waterfalls, […]

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Dahlonega GA

Dahlonega Gold Museum / Photo By JR P via Flickr

Dahlonega GA is the site of the first major United States Gold Rush, and is in the midst of Georgia Wine Country. One hour north of Atlanta in the North Georgia Mountains, Dahlonega is a popular site for weddings year-round. Outdoor adventure-seekers and avid cyclists travel to this small Georgia town to see the waterfalls, and participate in world famous bicycling events. there are theaters, music venues many and other ways to absorb the arts in this small Georgian town. The Dahlonega GA area is also home to the quaint Glen Ella Springs bed and breakfast, which will add to your North Georgia Mountains experience with cozy accommodations and wonderful food.

  1. Wineries & Vineyards
    Home to numerous award-winning wineries and vineyards, Dahlonega GA is a great place to savor the wine tasting experience. Local winemakers are masters of grape cultivation and vintage production. Combined they cultivate 100 acres of grapes and produce 23,000 bottles of wine annually. These fine local establishments also host great events throughout the year for both locals and visitors. Check out Cavender Creek Vineyards & Winery, Frogtown Cellars, Montaluce Winery & Estates, Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery, Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery for the full experience.
  2. Spa Days
    Sometimes vacations call for a little extra R&R. If that’s how you’re feeling on your visit to Dahlonega you should head to one our local spa and wellness centers. Dahlonega Healing Arts and Littlefield Cottage Healing Arts & Day Spa are great places if you’re looking for an all-encompassing wellness experience. Jolie Day Spa & Salon and Oasis Day Spa at Mountain Laurel Creek will be more conventional spa outings.
  3. Gold Mining History
    The Dahlonega GA gold deposit was accidentally discovered in 1828, which turned out to be on the country’s largest. You can experience this town’s rich history in many ways. The Gold Fever Package is the most inclusive way to learn about how this sleepy town turned into a gold mining center overnight.
  4. Outdoor Adventures
    The list of great adventures to be had in the Blue Ridge Mountain foothills in Dahlonega GA or too nermous to name. There are hiking trails as well as rivers and lakes for kayaking, canoeing and tubing and fishing. The roads and mountain trails are beautiful for bicyclers. Cascading waterfalls are spread throughout the region and are popular sights for locals and visitors alike.
  5. Historic Downtown
    Small Dahlonega GA is full of fun things to do downtown. Check out the Holly Theather, which is always playing great shows. If you want to make a whole night of it take a meal at one of the many favorite restaurants right downtown.

Dahlonega GA has earned the “it’s pure gold” tagline for more than just its gold deposits. With a lively downtown area to take in the local culture and wooded foothills to explore it’s no wonder the town attracts visitors throughout the year. Glen Ella Springs bed and breakfast is on the list of motivations to visit the area with fine accommodations, friendly staff and breakfasts you won’t forget.

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