Glen-Ella Springs Inn http://glenella.com North Georgia bed and breakfast Mon, 30 Mar 2015 08:09:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 6 Reasons to Take a Break and Visit the Northeast Georgia Mountains http://glenella.com/blog/2015/03/24/take-a-break-and-visit-the-northeast-georgia-mountains/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/03/24/take-a-break-and-visit-the-northeast-georgia-mountains/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 07:17:01 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=2010 The Northeast Georgia Mountains are a place that we here at Glen-Ella Springs are proud to call home.  We know all about the charms of the area, and we love sharing our recommendations for what to do and see with our guests. The Northeast Georgia Mountains are the perfect place to come and unwind, whether […]

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Northeast Georgia MountainsThe Northeast Georgia Mountains are a place that we here at Glen-Ella Springs are proud to call home.  We know all about the charms of the area, and we love sharing our recommendations for what to do and see with our guests. The Northeast Georgia Mountains are the perfect place to come and unwind, whether you have a week or a weekend to spend with us. Whether you enjoy packing in outdoor activities on your getaways or just taking it easy, then the Northeast Georgia Mountains should be your destination. There are numerous reasons that you should come to visit our region, but we narrowed it down to the six best reasons to take a break and visit the Northeast Georgia Mountains.

Outdoor Activities Galore

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, then you’ll be right at home in the Northeast Georgia Mountains.  Whether you want to hike the famous Tallulah Gorge , explore the beautiful landscape by horseback,  fish, boat, or zip through the forest, an exciting adventure awaits you here.

A Wealth of Waterfalls

The Northeast Georgia Mountains and the waterways of the area provide visitors and locals alike with the beautiful natural wonder of waterfalls in several locations.  There are dozens of falls in the region, and the Cherokee are said to have called the area “land of 1,000 waterfalls.”

Georgia Wine Straight from the Vine

The Northeast Georgia Mountains are the perfect place to experience some fine Georgia Wine.  As part of Georgia Wine Country, our area is home to amazing vineyards and wineries that will surely help you find a new favorite vintage.

Quaint Downtown Clarkesville

If you’re looking to get away from a big city or suburbia, then coming to the Northeast Georgia Mountains will fulfill that need.  When you’re not enjoying the glory of the Appalachian Mountains, you can head to historic Downtown Clarkesville and find quaint streets lined with shops and picturesque scenes.

The Region’s Rich Heritage

Our area of Georgia is full of Appalachian heritage and traces can still be seen around the Northeast Georgia Mountains still today. The area’s pottery tradition is nationally renowned. A visit to the Folk Pottery of North Georgia is a fantastic way to explore this facet of our history.

Glen-Ella Springs

When you’re looking for reasons to take a break and visit the Northeast Georgia Mountains, then the top reason is definitely that it gives you a reason to stay at Glen-Ella Springs. Our Clarkesville, GA inn is the ideal place to call home-away-from home during your adventures.  Our rooms and suites are the perfect combination of rustic and elegant and will provide you with the utmost comfort between activities.  Of course, our property is also the perfect place to take it easy and “do nothing” with plenty of rocking chairs on the porches and grounds to take relaxing walks on.  And if it’s a warm day, you may want to lounge by the pool.  The choice is up to you!

And if you’re looking for a great place to eat, then our Clarkesville fine dining Restaurant will fit the bill. Look forward to innovative twists on favorite dishes made with the freshest possible ingredients. And you won’t even have to leave the property to visit! Of course, your stay comes with a delicious full breakfast, providing the perfect start for whatever kind of day you have planned. When you choose to stay at Glen-Ella Springs during your time in the Northeast Georgia Mountains, you’ll get the best experience possible. We can’t wait to see you soon!

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Weekend Getaways from Atlanta Are Best Spent in Tranquility http://glenella.com/blog/2015/03/13/weekend-getaways-from-atlanta-are-best-spent-in-tranquility/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/03/13/weekend-getaways-from-atlanta-are-best-spent-in-tranquility/#comments Fri, 13 Mar 2015 16:22:23 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1981 After a week of long commutes and Atlanta traffic, there’s no better way to recuperate than heading to the North Georgia mountains to unwind. Sometimes you need to get away from everyday life to relax – away from your to-do lists and the temptation of social events. When that moment hits keep Glen-Ella Springs Inn […]

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weekend getaways from Atlanta

After a week of long commutes and Atlanta traffic, there’s no better way to recuperate than heading to the North Georgia mountains to unwind. Sometimes you need to get away from everyday life to relax – away from your to-do lists and the temptation of social events. When that moment hits keep Glen-Ella Springs Inn at the top of your mind for the perfect place to pursue your weekend getaways from Atlanta. The pastoral setting will put you at ease as you breathe in the mountain fresh air and enjoy sounds other than car horns and sirens.

The Inn

This seventeen acre country estate in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia is in the small town of Clarkesville. Upon arriving, you’re sure to notice the gorgeous gardens encircling the historic Inn, which dates back over a century. The gardens are the mastery of local Marilla Martin who has been their steward for over fourteen years. They are a masterpiece, attracting many birds and bees that are a delight to watch when you’re relaxing in this serene atmosphere.

The private pool, perfect for some morning exercise or sitting alongside with a good book in the afternoon sun, is a great vantage to observe the quiet life of the garden. Something about weekend getaways from Atlanta prompts our guests stop and notice the tiniest details of life, be it an inchworm or a hummingbird. The twelve acre meadow beyond the gardens is ideal for leisurely country walks where you are surrounded by forested mountains and all the beautiful intricacies of this Appalachian landscape.

The Glen-Ella Springs Restaurant is an award-winning establishment, known for being the best gourmet food in North Georgia. Aside from the delectable breakfast included in the price of your room, you can look forward to enjoying all your meals on site, leaving you with very few reasons to leave this peaceful haven.

Explore the Outdoors

If you are looking for more than a simple weekend with a good book, a country estate to explore and the best food in North Georgia, then check out some of the great hiking trails around, and maybe get the gall to paddle one of the epic rivers around. Both serene activities, you’ll have no problem leaving the city stress behind once you’re romping through the countryside without another soul in site.

Hit the Stores

The shopping in the area is another great way to unwind, as it won’t be your typical busy outlet mall scenario with everyone rushing around for the latest deals, but more of a lazy walk down Main Street, popping in and out of country markets and antique stores. Visitors love to explore Clarkesville and the surrounding small towns, and their eclectic local businesses.

 

As far as weekend getaways from Atlanta go, you won’t find a place more suitable than Glen-Ella Springs if you’re looking for the perfect place to shrug off that city swagger and step into your country skin. Book your rooms for the perfect retreat to the North Georgian Mountains. It probably won’t be your last visit.

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What to Know about North Georgia Fly Fishing Season http://glenella.com/blog/2015/03/12/north-georgia-fly-fishing-season/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/03/12/north-georgia-fly-fishing-season/#comments Thu, 12 Mar 2015 12:41:37 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1989 The North Georgia Mountains have so much to offer those who treasure time in the outdoors.  There is superb hiking at Talullah Gorge and many treks to see the area’s numerous waterfalls.  One of our favorite outdoor activities at Glen-Ella Springs is North Georgia fly fishing. There’s nothing better than casting a line in the […]

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North Georgia Fly FishingThe North Georgia Mountains have so much to offer those who treasure time in the outdoors.  There is superb hiking at Talullah Gorge and many treks to see the area’s numerous waterfalls.  One of our favorite outdoor activities at Glen-Ella Springs is North Georgia fly fishing. There’s nothing better than casting a line in the Soque River and hooking that perfect trout. When you partake in North Georgia fly fishing, you’ll be able to catch some of the biggest trout around!

About North Georgia Fly Fishing Season

North Georgia fly fishing is a fantastic experience for both skilled fishermen and beginners alike.  One of the best places for North Georgia fly fishing is the Soque River in Habersham County.  Surrounded by Chattahoochee National Forest, the waters of the Soque span nearly 30 miles and flow through the heart of Clarkesville before emptying into the Chattahoochee River.  The Soque River is made up of several sub-basins including: the Headwaters, Raper Creek, Shoal Creek, Deep Creek, Hazel Creek, Beaverdam Creek, and Yellow Bank Creek.  Soque River fishing guides are able to navigate these parts of the river to show you the best places to catch some of the largest trout in the state of Georgia. Those who embark on North Georgia fly fishing adventures on the Soque can expect to catch a variety of trout including Rainbow, Brown, and Brook. The Soque is known for producing numerous trophy trout as the fish population is abundant.

North Georgia Fly Fishing Outfitters and Guides

There are many outfitters who can assist those looking to enjoy some North Georgia fly fishing. Glen-Ella is proud to be affiliated with Brigadoon Lodge a few miles away from us in North Clarkesville.  Some other places we recommend to guests include Unicoi Outfitters in Helen, Blackhawk Fly Fishing in Clarkesville, and Fern Valley on the Soque in Clarkesville. Employing a guide is the best way to assure that your North Georgia fly fishing trip is successful, as they are experts on the river and how to catch trout. These men and women will help you find that trophy trout you’ve always dreamed of with their knowledge of the area.  And you’ll probably be able to hear a few fishing tales and stories about the river if you’re lucky!

Where to Stay During North Georgia Fly Fishing Trips

When planning a North Georgia fly fishing adventure, make sure to book a stay at Glen-Ella Springs in Clarkesville.  Our inn has rooms and suites that combine rustic elegance with luxurious amenities that will keep you in the utmost comfort during your time in the North Georgia Mountains.  Imagine a fun day out on the river hauling in big catches and then coming back to Glen-Ella Springs for a night of rest and relaxation.  And to add to the allure of our Clarkesville property, we also have an onsite Restaurant that offers some of the best fine dining in the area.  Treat yourself to innovative dishes that reinvent old favorites and discover new flavors as well. WE know that you’ll have the best possible experience in the North Georgia Mountains when you let Glen-Ella Springs be a part of your experience. We’ll see you soon!

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2015 Mountain Laurel Festival in Clarkesville, GA http://glenella.com/blog/2015/02/28/2015-mountain-laurel-festival-in-clarkesville-ga/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/02/28/2015-mountain-laurel-festival-in-clarkesville-ga/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 07:02:49 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1977 Spring and early summer in the North Georgia Mountains bring a lot of excitement to the area.  As the weather begins to warm up and the mountains begin to become green again, a number of great activities start popping up throughout the season.  One annual even that you don’t want to miss is the Mountain […]

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Mountain Laurel FestivalSpring and early summer in the North Georgia Mountains bring a lot of excitement to the area.  As the weather begins to warm up and the mountains begin to become green again, a number of great activities start popping up throughout the season.  One annual even that you don’t want to miss is the Mountain Laurel Festival her in Clarkesville, GA.  The Mountain Laurel Festival is a tradition which takes place on the third Saturday in May each year, and if you’re planning on coming to visit Glen-Ella Springs during that period, we recommend paying a visit to this fun festival that has something for everyone to enjoy.  The 2015 Mountain Laurel Festival is sure to be an event that you won’t want to miss.

About the Mountain Laurel Festival

The Mountain Laurel Festival is a Habersham County tradition that happens each May in Clarkesville, Georgia. Since the festival takes place every year on the third Saturday of May, the 2015 Mountain Laurel Festival will take place on May 16th from 10 am to 10 pm. Downtown Clarkesville will come alive with music, arts & crafts, food vendors, garden displays and activities and more. The festival takes its name from the flower that populates the North Georgia Mountains during the spring and early summer.  Using the flower as a symbol of the renewal and celebration of the new season is only fitting, as its beautiful appearance is a sign of the great things to come in following months.  So, be on the look out for this lovely pink, red, and white blossoms during your time at the 2015 Mountain Laurel Festival.

Activities at the 2015 Mountain Laurel Festival

The Mountain Laurel festival is full of activities and events that everyone in the family will enjoy.  The festivities are marked by a pancake breakfast and parade and there is live musical entertainment throughout the day, so you can indulge in listening to some great local acts.  For those who enjoy browsing arts and crafts, there will be multiple artisans showcasing their wares at the festival.  Other activities include the Duck Dynasty Pageant, the Soque River Duck Race, garden activities, and plenty of chances to enjoy delicious food. The day will culminate in a Finale Fireworks Show. For more details on what to expect at the 2015 Mountain Laurel Festival, keep an eye on the City of Clarkesville’s Facebook Page.  They will keep you up to date not only on the festival, but also on happenings in and around Clarkesville.  There is always something interesting going on that will capture your attention and your imagination!

Where to Stay During the Mountain Laurel Festival

When you make plans to attend the 2015 Mountain Laurel Festival, or any event in the North Georgia Mountains, our inn in the North Georgia Mountains is the perfect place to call your home-away-from home.  Our elegant yet comfortable rooms and suites will keep you in the utmost comfort, and our beautiful grounds will allow you to relax and soak in the beauty of the environment surrounding you.  And with an on-site Restaurant providing delicious and innovative fine dining dishes, there is no better place to spend a weekend getaway than Glen-Ella Springs!

 

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4 Reasons Hiking Tallulah Gorge Should Be On Your Bucket List http://glenella.com/blog/2015/02/16/hiking-tallulah-gorge/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/02/16/hiking-tallulah-gorge/#comments Mon, 16 Feb 2015 15:35:13 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1971 As you may already be aware, the North Georgia Mountains are the ideal getaway destination for those who love experiencing the great outdoors.  There are numerous places to explore and discover the beauty of the place we at Glen-Ella Springs call home. One of the most popular spots for people to hike, bike, and just […]

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Hiking Tallulah GorgeAs you may already be aware, the North Georgia Mountains are the ideal getaway destination for those who love experiencing the great outdoors.  There are numerous places to explore and discover the beauty of the place we at Glen-Ella Springs call home. One of the most popular spots for people to hike, bike, and just enjoy the lovely surroundings is Tallulah Gorge.  This stunning gorge was created by the Tallulah River cutting through the Tallulah Dome Rock, and has been a big attraction due to the natural beauty of the setting as well as the range of activities one can participate. Adding to the wonder of the gorge is Tallulah Falls, a series of six falls that have a total trop of 490 feet. If you want to experience fantastic hiking in an unparalleled setting, then you should consider hiking Tallulah Gorge at least once. Here are four reasons you should put hiking Tallulah Gorge on your bucket list.

1. The Gorge Floor

One of the reasons that hiking Tallulah Gorge is so popular is the unique opportunity to hike on the gorge floor. Tallulah Gorge State Park gives visitors access to the gorge floor so they can experience a new view of the gorge and its surroundings.  The floor is accessible via the Hurrican Falls Staircase, which consists of about 600 metal steps.  Only hikers are allowed on the trail (no bikes or pets) and a permit must be obtained from the Interpretive Center and proper footwear is a must.  The Gorge Floor Trail is very difficult, but definitely worth the effort of climbing the rocks and boulders, both for the experience and for the unique views of the gorge.

2. The Rim Trails

The Gorge Floor Trail is fantastic for those looking for a challenge when hiking Tallulah Gorge. However, if you’re not ready to take that on, you can take advantage of a number of other trails in the park.  The North Rim Trail and the South Rim Trail will take hikers around the perimeter of the gorge.  Together, the trails are 3 miles round trip.  These trails afford hikers views of the different individual falls that make up Tallulah Falls including Oceana Falls, Bridal Vail Falls, L’Eau d’Or Falls, Hurricane Falls, and Tempesta Falls.

3. Mountain Biking and Multi-Use Trails

Along with the great trails that are only suitable for hikers, there are other trails that are open for visitors who want to try hiking Tallulah Gorge with pets or take to the trails on a mountain bike rather than hiking.  These trails include Stoneplace Trail, High Bluff Trail, and the Shortline Trail.

4. You can Stay at Glen-Ella Springs!

Call us biased, but one of the reasons you should plan any activity in the North Georgia Mountains, including hiking Tallulah Gorge, is that you’ll have the opportunity to stay at Glen-Ella Springs.  Our Clarkesville bed and breakfast will quickly become one of the hallmarks of your getaway to the area.  Our accommodations are elegantly rustic and have all the modern amenities and conveniences that you want in a home-away-from-home.  And our onsite Restaurant offers innovative fine dining in a welcoming atmosphere.  We know you’ll have the best experience possible in the North Georgia Mountains when you choose to stay with us.  We’ll see you soon!

 

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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 Atlanta and Augusta. The town was named for the five […]

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The Tallulah Gorge / Photo By Justin Ruckman via Flickr

 

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 Atlanta 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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