Glen-Ella Springs Inn http://glenella.com North Georgia bed and breakfast Sun, 07 Feb 2016 00:51:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Don’t Miss Your Chance to Visit Mark of the Potter http://glenella.com/blog/2016/02/06/mark-of-the-potter/ Sun, 07 Feb 2016 00:51:34 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=2565 Nestled in Clarksville, GA, since 1969 is a quaint little pottery shop on the creekside site of the old Grandpa Watts Gristmill. Mark of the Potter is the oldest craft shop in the area to be located at its original site and has four in-house potters that create stoneware featuring their individual insignias. Mark of […]

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Pottery-WheelNestled in Clarksville, GA, since 1969 is a quaint little pottery shop on the creekside site of the old Grandpa Watts Gristmill. Mark of the Potter is the oldest craft shop in the area to be located at its original site and has four in-house potters that create stoneware featuring their individual insignias. Mark of the Potter also buys from around 25 other artists in the area to provide a wide range of shapes and styles. Not just a pottery haven, Mark of the Potter also boasts a waterfall view and porch from which to feed the trout. So whether shopping for a memento or exploring nature, Mark of the Potter is the right place to visit.

Meet the Artists at Mark of the Potter

The four in-house artists at Mark of the Potter are Matt Henderson, Ester Lipscomb, Mary Towers Weese, and Betsy Ledbetter. Henderson has over 35 years of experience making pottery and teaching university classes. At Mark of the Potter, he is a lead potter and kiln master, conducting demonstrations on weekends. Lipscomb was a student of Henderson’s at North Georgia College and State University. She traveled while learning more about the trade before returning to Georgia and working at Mark of the Potter. Weese is not only a potter but also a needlepoint designer. She specializes in hand-built pottery, constructed much more freely compared to typical wheel-made pieces. Ledbetter started her journey at a beginner’s class at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC. Her passion grew and she worked under several artists before settling in at Mark of the Potter.

Find the Perfect Piece of Pottery

Mark of the Potter houses a variety of pottery crafted by its bevy of artists, featuring different styles, glazes, textures, and shapes. With so many options available, the best one-of-a-kind gift or souvenir is bound to be waiting. The inventory is always shifting, but some key pieces remain the same. Ceramic mugs are popular gifts, ranging from tall, handled glasses to short, round cups. Each features unique shaping and painting, many with muted color palettes and earthy textures. Bowls, plates, and jars are also popular, all food-safe and microwave-safe, with many also dishwasher-safe. Handbuilt vases, oil lamps, soap dispensers, and jars with sculpted faces are also great pieces to add to your décor.

Explore the Area of Clarksville, GA

When you stop in at Mark of the Potter, be sure to check out the surrounding sites of Clarksville. For a place to stay, the Glen-Ella Springs Inn provides 16 rooms and an award-winning onsite restaurant. Upscale rustic charm abounds in the area’s highly recommended bed and breakfast. An outdoor activity you can enjoy before settling in for the night is fly fishing on the Blackhawk Trophy Trout Stream. Nibbles await along two miles of fresh spring water. If you’re looking for a calmer way to relax, Georgia wineries abound. Sip some locally crafted merlots or pinots while taking in spectacular mountain landscape views. Then, head back to a delicious dinner and night of rest at Glen-Ella Springs Inn before your next Clarksville escapade.

Download our free Vacation Guide for even more suggestions for things to do and see in the area!

 

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Kayaking in Georgia: What You Need to Know http://glenella.com/blog/2016/01/26/kayaking-in-georgia/ Tue, 26 Jan 2016 15:31:39 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=2558 Known for abundant native wildlife, breathtaking scenery, and thrilling outdoor recreation, the North Georgia Mountains are an ideal destination for nature lovers and explorers. For those who are particularly passionate about the water, North Georgia’s rivers offer a year-round playground for paddlers of all ages and feature tons of opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, rafting, and […]

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Woman kayaking in GeorgiaKnown for abundant native wildlife, breathtaking scenery, and thrilling outdoor recreation, the North Georgia Mountains are an ideal destination for nature lovers and explorers. For those who are particularly passionate about the water, North Georgia’s rivers offer a year-round playground for paddlers of all ages and feature tons of opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, rafting, and more. Beginners can get their sea legs on Class I trips, and heart-pumping Class VI excursions are available for very brave experts. No matter what your skill level is, kayaking in Georgia is a wonderful way to get out and enjoy the fresh air, cool water, and incredible scenery of the North Georgia mountains.

The Best Places for Kayaking in Georgia

Chestatee River

Once home to the Cherokee Indians, the Chestatee River offers quiet beauty and a pleasant break from everyday life. Appalachian Outfitters offers kayaking trips that are ideal for first-time canoers and kayakers, families, and large groups. For 6 miles, guests will experience gentle rapids, rock cliffs, secluded beaches, and lots of cool swimming holes. Be on the lookout for friendly animals like ducks, great blue heron, beaver, deer, and tons of turtles.

Etowah River

Those with some previous kayaking and canoeing experience can take a more challenging tour with Appalachian Outfitters on the Etowah River. Guests will paddle this fast-moving stream surrounded by wildflowers, wildlife, and the spectacular Etowah Falls. The scenery is rugged and beautiful, and the trip is about 8 miles long. Because of inadequate water levels in the summer, guests should plan their kayaking tour on this river before mid-June.

Chattahoochee River

Whether you’re hoping to relax with a leisurely paddle or experience an exciting whitewater excursion, Wildwood Outfitters takes guests on memorable rides down the Chattahoochee River. They offer a variety of trips for the whole family that are between 5-10 miles long and explore different sections of the river. You can discover raging rapids and smooth pools in a canoe, kayak, or raft all while enjoying the beautiful surrounding scenery.

Tallulah Gorge

If whitewater kayaking in Georgia is on your bucket list, Tallulah Gorge State Park is the place to go. For three weekends in November and two in April, the falls are released for kayaking at 500-700 feet per second. Most paddlers agree that Tallulah is one of the hardest runs in Georgia, so this river’s rapids are for experts only. If you’re just starting out, try taking a Full Moon Paddle where you’ll enjoy a relaxing ride around Tallulah Lake as the moon reflects off the water.

Paddle Back to Glen-Ella Springs!

After your incredible kayaking adventure, head back to Glen-Ella Springs Inn and put your feet up in of our peaceful rooms or suites. Afterward, you can enjoy a delicious gourmet meal in our onsite restaurant that will have you feeling refreshed and ready to explore again the next day. We can’t wait to hear about where the river takes you!

Planning your trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains of GA? Download our free North Georgia Vacation Guide.

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10 of the Best Attractions in North Georgia http://glenella.com/blog/2016/01/21/attractions-in-north-georgia/ Thu, 21 Jan 2016 20:36:43 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=2547 With opportunities for incredible sightseeing, tons of recreational activities, and a mild climate throughout the year, the North Georgia Mountains are ideal for a weekend getaway. Whether you’re a thrill-seeking adventure junkie or prefer relaxing in the great indoors, there are endless amounts of attractions in North Georgia that will fit the bill. From family-friendly […]

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Attractions in North GeorgiaWith opportunities for incredible sightseeing, tons of recreational activities, and a mild climate throughout the year, the North Georgia Mountains are ideal for a weekend getaway. Whether you’re a thrill-seeking adventure junkie or prefer relaxing in the great indoors, there are endless amounts of attractions in North Georgia that will fit the bill. From family-friendly farms to romantic wineries and tasting rooms, our area truly has something for everyone – you just have to get out there! Here are some of our favorite ways to explore North Georgia.

The Top Tourist Attractions in North Georgia

  1. Georgia Wine Highway: Home to 23 world-class vineyards and wineries, the Georgia Wine Highway is a vino-lovers paradise. Guests can enjoy attending a variety of annual events including wine hikes, vineyard tours, tasting weekends, festivals, and more – all with a glass in hand!
  2. Tallulah Gorge State Park: From hiking and biking to archery and boating, nature-lovers and outdoor enthusiasts will adore an afternoon in this State Park. This expansive 2,689 acre stretch of land is located on the Appalachian Trail in the heart of the North Georgia Mountains.
  3. Downtown Clarkesville: If you need some retail therapy, head to downtown Clarkesville and visit the many boutiques, shops, and antique stores that line the streets. When you get hungry, stop into an award-winning restaurant or a casual cafe for a bite to eat. Century-old historic buildings and blooming flowers provide a perfect backdrop for an afternoon downtown.
  4. Minnehaha Falls: One of the most beautiful sites to see in North Georgia, Minnehaha Falls features a breathtaking 60-foot waterfall and is just a short 0.6-mile hike from the parking lot. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
  5. Jaemor Farms: You won’t want to buy produce from the grocery store again after a trip to this farm! Jaemor uses their own locally-grown produce to make delicious fresh bread, jams and jellies, pickles, BBQ sauces, and more that are all available for purchase in their country store.
  6. North Georgia Zoo & Farm: With over 80 species of wildlife including primates, large livestock, exotic cats, wolves and canines, and petting zoo animals, visitors of all ages can get hands-on with their favorite furry friends at this zoo in Cleveland, GA.
  7. Hamilton Gardens: In the warm spring months, Hamilton’s explodes with color as native wildflowers, azaleas, trillium, and rhododendron bloom. Guests can stroll through the gardens and experience over 3,000 plants, stunning views of Lake Chatuge, and the majestic rise of Brasstown Bald, Georgia’s highest peak.
  8. The Appalachian Trail: Whether you’re a seasoned hiker looking for an excursion or just want to take a leisurely stroll through the wilderness, a trek through the Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail is a wonderful way to experience the great outdoors.
  9. The Gourd Place Museum: This fascinating and unique museum in Helen, GA, features over 200 gourds from 23 different countries. Guests can enjoy perusing the museum, retail shop, and beautiful grounds, and can admire incredible gourd art completely free of charge.
  10. Canopy Tours: The thrilling zip line tours at Sunburst Stables take guests on a two-mile zoom through leafy trees, over a sawmill, through a goldmine cave, and over ponds and pastures, complete with awesome views of the surrounding scenery.

Make Glen-Ella Springs Your Home in North Georgia

No matter where the day takes you, you’re guaranteed a fun, relaxing, and memorable vacation when you visit the North Georgia Mountains. After an exciting afternoon, head back to our Clarkesville bed and breakfast and unwind in one of our beautiful rooms and suites, then enjoy a scrumptious farm-to-table meal at our onsite restaurant. You’ll leave feeling refreshed, recharged, and ready for even more adventures tomorrow!

For more information on the best places to go in Georgia, download our free North Georgia vacation guide!

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The Ultimate Guide to the Best Soque River Fly Fishing http://glenella.com/blog/2016/01/13/soque-river-fly-fishing/ Wed, 13 Jan 2016 16:54:24 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=2517 The Soque River in Habersham County, Georgia, is a breathtaking and unique body of water that flows approximately 30 miles through private land before emptying into the Chattahoochee River. What was once a little-known secret, trophy trout fishing on the river has become a popular and beloved hobby among fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts who visit […]

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Man catching a trout during Soque River fly fishingThe Soque River in Habersham County, Georgia, is a breathtaking and unique body of water that flows approximately 30 miles through private land before emptying into the Chattahoochee River. What was once a little-known secret, trophy trout fishing on the river has become a popular and beloved hobby among fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts who visit the area. Water temperatures on the upper Soque are ideal for supporting large numbers of trout, and land owners and local fishing businesses ensure that the river is re-stocked annually and the fish are well-fed to maintain their trophy size. Whether you’re an avid angler or have never cast a line, Soque River fly fishing is an exciting and fun way to spend an afternoon in the North Georgia Mountains!

Our Favorite Places For Soque River Fly Fishing

  • Black Hawk Fly Fishing: Blackhawk offers private fishing along two miles of the Soque River. This stream is a haven for both trout and anglers alike, with strong runs of rapids, deep pools, and slow flowing lanes over sand and rock bottom. Over the years, this area has become an amazing fishery, with trout easily reaching proportions expected only of fish native to Alaska, Canada, Chile, and Argentina. Get ready to catch a big one!
  • Brigadoon Lodge: The Brigadoon property encompasses an enormous bend in the Soque River and is completely surrounded by Chattahoochee National Forest. You can head out with a private guide to one of the 12 exclusive sections of the river where you’ll have breathtaking views in every direction. This area is especially beautiful in the spring when 300-year-old mountain laurels, azaleas, and rhododendron are in bloom, or when the leaves change colors in September, October and November.
  • Fern Valley on the Soque: About four miles north of Clarkesville, GA, Fern Valley offers some of the Soque River’s best fly fishing experiences for all levels of anglers, from novice to expert. Both Rainbows and Browns are prevalent throughout the entire 1/2 mile stretch of river, and all sections of the river are wadable and productive. 
  • Riverside Trout Fishing: Located in historic Batesville, GA, Riverside Trout Fishing holds Georgia’s current state record for the largest Rainbow Trout and is a fisherman’s paradise. Guests can choose between a full or half day trip where a private guide will take you out on the water and show you where the big fish lay. Be sure to bring your camera!
  • Unicoi Outfitters: Unicoi offers trophy trout fishing on several private streams managed for trophy trout. These streams provide fly anglers with the opportunity to fish for trout that are measured in pounds rather than inches. Many successful days on the water result from trips on their streams, including Nacooche Bend, Riverside on the Soque, and Noontootla Creek Farm.

End Your Excursion at Glen-Ella Springs!

After a wonderful day out on the river, head back our Clarkesville bed and breakfast and restore with a delicious, satisfying dinner at our onsite restaurant. You can end your night with a restful sleep in one of our comfortable rooms or suites, then wake up early and do it all over again tomorrow. We can’t wait to hear about what you catch!

For more information on Soque River fishing, download our free North Georgia vacation guide.

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Where Are the Most Beautiful Gardens in Georgia? http://glenella.com/blog/2016/01/05/gardens-in-georgia/ Tue, 05 Jan 2016 21:27:05 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=2505 There’s nothing better than waking up on a warm day to the calm, refreshing scent of blooming flowers. Bursting with all of the colors of the rainbow, the many meadows and gardens in Georgia offer guests the unique opportunity to experience this kind of peace and relaxation throughout most of the year. The mild climate […]

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One of the most beautiful gardens in Georgia at Glen-Ella Springs InnThere’s nothing better than waking up on a warm day to the calm, refreshing scent of blooming flowers. Bursting with all of the colors of the rainbow, the many meadows and gardens in Georgia offer guests the unique opportunity to experience this kind of peace and relaxation throughout most of the year. The mild climate and abundant native species provide the perfect setting for strolling through the flowers and bonding with nature. Be sure to visit some of these stunning areas on your next trip to the North Georgia Mountains!

Visit the Breathtaking Gardens in Georgia

Hamilton Gardens: Located at Lake Chatuge, Hamilton’s is the only public botanical garden in the area. This paradise bursts with dogwood, native azaleas, wildflowers, trillium, and rhododendron –  over 3,000 plants in all. Peak viewing season usually occurs early April through late May, when guests can experience fragrant flowers, stunning views of Lake Chatuge, and the majestic rise of Brasstown Bald, Georgia’s highest peak.

Gibbs Gardens: Beginning in March and continuing to mid-April, Gibbs Gardens explodes with over 20 million daffodils in 100 different varieties. Though these beauties steal the show, there are tons of gorgeous plants to see throughout the year, including azaleas, rhododendron, and roses in the spring, daylilies and crape myrtle in the summer, and Japanese maples and wildflowers in the fall. After you’ve worked up an appetite, be sure to check out the Arbor Café for a delicious lunch or snack surrounded by the harmony of nature.

Smith-Gilbert Gardens: With over 3,000 species of plants, the historic Hiram Butler Home, and 31 sculptures, the Smith-Gilbert Gardens have something for everyone. 16 serene acres offer different areas of fascination, including a Bonsai exhibit, Palladino Camellia garden, tea house and waterfall area, rose garden, and conifer display. Guests can take a tour of the grounds, visit the gift shop and plant sale, or stroll through the gardens for a truly relaxing day out in the fresh air.

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia: Located an hour and a half from the mountains in Athens, GA, The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is home to a stunning range of collections, displays, and trails, as well as over 300,000 species of plant life. This facility is dedicated to teaching children, students, and the general public about the importance of a healthy environment and offers a variety of educational programs and events throughout the year.

Explore the Gardens at Glen-Ella Springs

Feel free to spend the day exploring the many gorgeous gardens of Georgia, then head back to Glen-Ella Springs Inn where you can have a magical experience just steps from your room! Our gardener, Marilla Martin, has been with us for 14 years and is the essence of dedication. She gently cares for each plant, from the glorious flowers to the unassuming shrubs, so that our guests can enjoy a beautiful display of endless color from April through November. Glen-Ella’s gardens are truly magnificent thanks to Marilla, and they are just waiting to be discovered by you!

To start planning your trip to the gardens in Georgia, download our free North Georgia Vacation Guide.

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How to Plan the Best Romantic Getaways Near Greenville, SC http://glenella.com/blog/2015/12/31/romantic-getaways-near-greenville-sc/ Thu, 31 Dec 2015 14:58:27 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=2492 As one of the fastest growing cities in the country, Greenville, South Carolina, has tons of activities and attractions to offer. From bustling restaurants and shops to annual festival and events, this urban area always has something going on. However, sometimes it can be tiring being around all the action, and a much-needed weekend away […]

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Couple walking through the forest on romantic getaways near Greenville, SCAs one of the fastest growing cities in the country, Greenville, South Carolina, has tons of activities and attractions to offer. From bustling restaurants and shops to annual festival and events, this urban area always has something going on. However, sometimes it can be tiring being around all the action, and a much-needed weekend away is the perfect way to relax and restore. If you and your loved one are looking for an escape, we have a few tips for planning romantic getaways near Greenville, SC, that will help you reconnect and relieve your stress.

Where To Go for Romantic Getaways Near Greenville, SC

Just a short hour and a half drive from the city is the peaceful town of Clarkesville, GA. Situated in the serene North Georgia mountains, this small community is home to dozens of one-of-a-kind shops, galleries, and wineries, and offers tons of opportunities for outdoor recreation. We guarantee that you and your sweetheart will fall in love with the natural beauty of our mountain town, and even more in love with each other! Here are some of our favorite things to do.

Connect With Nature

If you and your special someone enjoy the great outdoors, the North Georgia mountains offer a multitude of hiking and biking trails, scenic overlooks, and cascading waterfalls that are just waiting to be explored. Tallulah Falls and Black Rock Mountain State Park offer some of the area’s most beautiful vistas, and part of the Chattahoochee National Forest can be seen on a leisurely horseback ride through the forest. Chirping birds, shady tree canopies, and fresh mountain air provide the perfect setting for one of the most relaxing trips you’ll ever have, no matter what time of year you visit.

Explore the Town Together

To ignite that spark, be sure to visit the local wineries along the Georgia Wine Highway and discover why Georgia is becoming one of the nation’s most popular wine regions. You can sample your favorite flavors in one of the many intimate tasting rooms, then stroll hand in hand through the grapevines. Or, head out on a shopping excursion and spend some time bonding over the beautiful antiques and unique pieces offered at the area’s many boutiques and shops. You may even find the perfect treasure to bring home with you!

Stay at the Most Romantic Inn in Clarkesville

When planning a weekend escape for you and your sweetheart, it’s important to choose the perfect homestead. At Glen-Ella Springs Inn, we know how to keep the romance alive and offer our guests some of the best accommodations in the area. Our beautiful Clarkesville bed and breakfast features 16 stunning guest rooms, complete with a private bath, luxury linens, and breathtaking views of our manicured grounds. Plus, our acclaimed on-site restaurant is ideal for date night, where couples can enjoy a delicious meal, a bottle of wine, and some lovely eye-gazing. Cheers!

For more information on planning weekend getaways from Greenville, download our free North Georgia vacation guide.

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What You’ll See at the North Georgia Zoo http://glenella.com/blog/2015/12/21/north-georgia-zoo/ Mon, 21 Dec 2015 13:00:41 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=2471 The North Georgia Zoo & Farm in Cleveland, Georgia, is home to over 80 species of animals that reside in naturalistic habitats and receive constant care and enrichment by their keepers. This unique facility has tons of opportunities for guests get up-close and personal with these wonderful creatures, from tours and special events to camps […]

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Lynx at the North Georgia ZooThe North Georgia Zoo & Farm in Cleveland, Georgia, is home to over 80 species of animals that reside in naturalistic habitats and receive constant care and enrichment by their keepers. This unique facility has tons of opportunities for guests get up-close and personal with these wonderful creatures, from tours and special events to camps and education groups. Visitors from far and wide love the chance to see and interact with primates, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, insects, wild cats, wolves and canines, birds, large livestock, and farm and petting zoo animals. Animal-lovers everywhere, be sure to take a trip to the zoo the next time you’re in the North Georgia mountains!

Feed Your Wild Side at the North Georgia Zoo

If holding a baby kangaroo or cuddling a crocodile is on your bucket list, this wildlife oasis will make all of your dreams come true. Plus, when you stay at Glen-Ella Springs Inn in Clarkesville, you’ll be just a short 45-minute drive from all of the fun! Here are some of our favorite things to do at the North Georgia Zoo.

Winter Wonderland Tours

The animals at the zoo tend to be more active during the cooler months, making Winter Wonderland Tours especially interesting for guests. From December through February, you can enjoy watching the animals romp in the snow, learn how the animals adapt to the colder weather, and even help feed them some tasty treats. This 45-minute guided tour includes a wagon ride through the hoof stock area and a stop to feed and pet the camels, a meet and greet with one of the zoo’s friendly animal ambassadors, a hands-on encounter with 3 exotic animals, and of course, unforgettable memories.

Wildlife Encounters

On this 30-minute animal encounter, you’ll be able to spend time with your favorite species on a customized, once-in-a-lifetime tour. Guests can choose to visit with kangaroos or deer, train/handle a bird of prey or other bird species, have a reptile, wolf, primate, or wild cat encounter, or explore a nursery full of small and baby exotic animals. And if you forget your camera, you can still capture your incredible experience on a picture CD of high-quality shots that will be available for purchase.

Other Great Places to Explore

For even more furry fun in North Georgia, these zoos are fantastic places to spend an afternoon with family, friends, and of course, animals.

  • Chestatee Wildlife Preserve & Zoo: Experience native and exotic species from around the world in a friendly and clean environment at this wildlife preserve in Dahlonega, GA.
  • Tanglewood Farm Miniatures: This unique farm in Cherokee County has been named one of Atlanta’s best attractions and features more than 150 miniature petting zoo animals that provide a day of adorable fun for the whole family.
  • Zoo Atlanta: Guests can enjoy talking demos, a petting zoo, playgrounds, wild encounters, live animal shows, Parakeet feedings, and rides at this zoo in Atlanta, GA.

Reminsce at Glen-Ella Springs Inn

After an unbelievable day at the North Georgia Zoo, head back to our luxurious bed and breakfast where you can relax in one of our beautiful rooms or suites, then join us for a delicious gourmet dinner at our restaurant and tell us all about your adventures!

For more information on things to do in the mountains, download our North Georgia vacation guide.

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6 of the Best Activities at Tallulah State Park http://glenella.com/blog/2015/12/14/tallulah-state-park/ Mon, 14 Dec 2015 13:00:19 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1443 Tallulah Gorge State Park is a vast 2,689 acre stretch of land located on the Appalachian Trail in the scenic North Georgia Mountains. Stretched between two lakes and fed by the Tallulah River, the gorge is over 1,000 feet deep and two miles long and is one of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern […]

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Aerial view of Tallulah State Park in GeorgiaTallulah Gorge State Park is a vast 2,689 acre stretch of land located on the Appalachian Trail in the scenic North Georgia Mountains. Stretched between two lakes and fed by the Tallulah River, the gorge is over 1,000 feet deep and two miles long and is one of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern United States. Tallulah State Park is a true gem of the region and features six major waterfalls, numerous serene lakes, and tons of opportunities for recreation. Ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers, this GA State Park truly has something for everyone.

Explore Tallulah State Park

Nestled in the heart of the mountains, Glen-Ella Springs Inn is just a short fifteen-minute drive from one of the most breathtaking areas in the state and is the perfect place to retreat after a day of adventure. Here are some of our favorite ways to explore the Tallulah Gorge State Park.

  1. Archery: Tallulah is one of the only state parks in Georgia that has a free archery range for guests to enjoy. Feel free to bring your own gear instead of renting and practice your aim out in the wilderness for a day of priceless fun.
  2. Hiking & Biking: More than 20 miles of trails of varying difficulty can be found throughout Tallulah State Park. The easiest is the Shortline Trail, a paved path that is accessible for strollers, bicycles, roller blades, and more. For more advanced mountaineers, head to the North and South Rim Trails and challenge yourself to a tougher trek. Just be sure to wear appropriate clothing for the time of year.

  3. Geocaching: This new phenomenon merges nature with technology and creates a fun-filled adventure for guests. Using a handheld GPS system, you can participate in a new-age treasure hunt right in the State Park. Just look for a small gift that a previous park-goer has left behind, and in return, leave something for the next family. Each time you find a treasure, be sure to sign the virtual logbook to share your experience.
  4. Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hikes: In the summertime, guests can enjoy a captivating night hike to see the park under the stars. This mile-long walk takes you down the stairs, across the suspension bridge, and along the rim of the gorge, lit by the glow of the moon. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
  5. Full Moon Lake Paddle: For another relaxing night time activity, you can enjoy a leisurely paddle around Tallulah Lake as the full moon reflects off the water. This ranger-led event is an exciting way to get out in the evenings and enjoy nature.
  6. Gorge Floor Hike: In May, guests can explore the stunning gorge firsthand with a ranger-led gorge floor hike. First you’ll travel down 535 steps to a river crossing, then climb boulders and logs to get to Sliding Rock. Feel free to wear your swimsuit and cool off in the natural slide.

Gear up at Glen-Ella Springs!

Before you head out on your outdoor excursion, be sure to get a restful night’s sleep at our Clarkesville bed and breakfast and fuel your body with a gourmet breakfast in the morning. You’ll leave feeling energized, refreshed, and ready to take on the day!

For more information on Tallulah Gorge State Park, download our free vacation guide.

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Why Should You See the Hamilton Gardens Festival? http://glenella.com/blog/2015/12/07/hamilton-gardens-festival/ Mon, 07 Dec 2015 13:00:07 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=2442 Hamilton Gardens at Lake Chatuge is a breathtaking jewel in the North Georgia Mountains. The only public botanical garden in the area, this paradise bursts with dogwood, native azaleas, wildflowers, trillium, and rhododendron –  over 3,000 plants in all. Peak viewing season usually occurs early April through late May, when guests can experience fragrant flowers, […]

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Pink flowers at the Hamilton Gardens FestivalHamilton Gardens at Lake Chatuge is a breathtaking jewel in the North Georgia Mountains. The only public botanical garden in the area, this paradise bursts with dogwood, native azaleas, wildflowers, trillium, and rhododendron –  over 3,000 plants in all. Peak viewing season usually occurs early April through late May, when guests can experience fragrant flowers, stunning views of Lake Chatuge, and the majestic rise of Brasstown Bald, Georgia’s highest peak. This year, be sure to check out the Hamilton Gardens Festival to experience the beauty of North Georgia like never before!

Explore the Hamilton Gardens Festival

Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or a relaxing afternoon with friends, the Hamilton Gardens Festival is ideal. Plus, when you stay at Glen-Ella Springs Inn in Clarkesville, you’ll be just an hour drive from this spectacular showcase of nature. Here are some things you’ll see at the gardens.

Brief History of the Gardens

Back in the 1950s, Fred Hamilton, a Sears company executive, bought a home in the Atlanta area and discovered tons of wonderful native plants on the grounds. Mr. Hamilton began creating a lush garden and incorporated many other varieties of flowers, especially rhododendrons, from all over the world. For years, the Hamiltons happily shared the beauty of their gardens with visitors from far and wide and invited guests to tour the grounds.

As the gardens continued to grow, Mr. Hamilton realized he could no longer take care of his extensive collection. In 1982, he donated his rhododendrons to the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, and they were transported to their current location to be cared for and appreciated by thousands of visitors each year.

Hamilton Gardens Rhododendron Festival

Each spring, guests are invited to spend their weekends strolling through the magnificent and rare beauty of over 400+ rhododendrons at the Hamilton Gardens Festival. The explosion of colors and varieties are a breathtaking sight, and there will be hot drinks and warm sweets to help inspire your hike through the nature trails.

Specially selected vendors will be offering a variety of handcrafted garden art and crafts, and Fred Hamilton’s greenhouse will be open to the public for the garden’s annual Spring Plant Sale. Locally-grown native perennials, native azalea, and rare rhododendron will be featured.

Master gardeners will also be on hand to answer any and all of your gardening questions, as well as give personal and group tours. All proceeds from this event help to fund Hamilton Gardens’ yearly upkeep, so you can enjoy a fun-filled day that you’ll feel good about!

Discover the Beauty of Glen-Ella Springs Inn

The Hamilton Botanical Gardens are open daily during the bloom season, so you’ll have plenty of chances to experience the natural beauty of the flowers. After a wonderful afternoon out in the North Georgia sun, head back to our gorgeous bed and breakfast and enjoy a gourmet meal at our onsite restaurant, a stroll through our inn’s picturesque grounds, and a peaceful sleep in one of our elegant rooms or suites. It’s the perfect ending to a day at the Hamilton Gardens Festival!

For more information on Hamilton Gardens events and other area attractions, download our free vacation guide.

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Get Excited for These Awesome Georgia Music Festivals http://glenella.com/blog/2015/11/30/georgia-music-festivals/ Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:00:50 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=2436 Whether you’re a hip-hop fan or rock and roll roadie, there are tons of fantastic Georgia music festivals that will satisfy your need for sound throughout the year. Featuring both local musicians and renowned artists from around the world, these events celebrate and showcase talent across all genres and have something for everyone. Here are some of […]

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Audience clapping at Georgia music festivalsWhether you’re a hip-hop fan or rock and roll roadie, there are tons of fantastic Georgia music festivals that will satisfy your need for sound throughout the year. Featuring both local musicians and renowned artists from around the world, these events celebrate and showcase talent across all genres and have something for everyone. Here are some of our favorite festivals where you can enjoy a fun atmosphere, delicious food, and of course, great tunes.

The Best Upcoming Georgia Music Festivals

Georgia offers a variety of events and attractions for music lovers everywhere, and this year, you just have to be there! Plus, Glen-Ella Springs Inn in Clarkesville, GA, is located just 90 miles north of Atlanta (where some of the best festivals are held!) and is the perfect place to restore after a day of dancing. Here are some of our favorite must-see music events.

Savannah Stopover (March 10 – 12, 2016)

Savannah Stopover Music Festival is a unique event that showcases Georgia’s southern hospitality and offers traveling artists a place to stay (and play!) on their way to the prestigious SXSW music conference in Austin, Texas. The three-day festival provides guests with the chance to see up-and-coming artists in an intimate, historical setting. Who knows, you might even discover your new favorite band!

Savannah Music Festival (March 24 – April 9, 2016)

Established back in 1989, the Savannah Music Festival is dedicated to celebrating the music arts by creating productions that educate and unite artists and audiences. The annual 17-day festival features more than 100 productions and brings 360 of the world’s finest musical artists to Savannah each year. Fans of classical, jazz, country, blues, folk, and more can come together to enjoy one of the largest music festivals in the southeast and one of the most distinctive cross-genre music festivals in the world.

Shaky Knees Festival (May 13 – 15, 2016)

With 5 stages and more than 75 bands each year, the Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta, Georgia is ideal for rock lovers. Since its inception in 2013, Shaky Knees has featured a diverse lineup ranging from world-famous acts to up-and-coming artists. You can enjoy delicious festival fare at a variety of food trucks, including Southern-style BBQ and vegetarian-friendly corn dogs, that will keep you fueled throughout the day. You’ll also find photo booths, official merch, and screen prints of your favorite artists at this fun festival.

Shaky Beats Festival (May 20 – 22, 2016)

Featuring over 40 top-notch electronic, indie, and hip-hop acts across three stages, the first annual Shaky Beats Festival will have you dancing the night away. From Belgian-style street fries to amazing Indian fare, the food trucks at Shaky Beats have something for everyone.

Imagine Music Festival (August 27 – 28, 2016)

Imagine Music Festival is a two-day electronic music fest held in downtown Atlanta at Historic Fourth Ward Park and Masquerade Music Park. The event will have multiple stages with the world’s top electronic music acts and mind-bending cirque-style artists, and will feature fantastic art installations, vendors, and more, that will keep you captivated all weekend long!

Find Your Bliss at Glen-Ella Springs Inn

After a day of mesmerizing melodies and heart-pumping beats, head back to our peaceful North Georgia bed and breakfast and enjoy the quiet serenity of the mountains. A restful nights sleep in one of our beautiful rooms will be just what you need to stop your ears from ringing! For more information on annual events and music festivals in Georgia, download our free vacation guide.

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