Glen-Ella Springs Inn http://glenella.com North Georgia bed and breakfast Thu, 27 Aug 2015 20:27:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Take a Trip to the Highlands of North Carolina http://glenella.com/blog/2015/08/25/highlands-of-north-carolina/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/08/25/highlands-of-north-carolina/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:35:55 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=2266 For a wonderful day trip, the Highlands of North Carolina provides visitors with picturesque mountain views, delicious dining options, and exciting activities that are enjoyable for the entire family. Its magnificent beauty and peaceful atmosphere make the Highlands the perfect place to spend the day outside amongst nature. Make a trip to this refreshing area […]

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Highlands North CarolinaFor a wonderful day trip, the Highlands of North Carolina provides visitors with picturesque mountain views, delicious dining options, and exciting activities that are enjoyable for the entire family. Its magnificent beauty and peaceful atmosphere make the Highlands the perfect place to spend the day outside amongst nature. Make a trip to this refreshing area during your stay at Glen-Ella Springs. Our lavish rooms and gorgeous, serene grounds are a great place to relax and unwind after a fun-filled day in the Highlands.

Recreation

If you have a taste for adventure, the Highlands has an endless amount of activities to connect you to the great outdoors. Some of their best attractions include a multitude of area waterfalls, where visitors can watch in awe as nature does its thing. Bridal Veil Falls is a 45-foot waterfall just north of the Highlands and is the only waterfall in the state that you can drive a car under! Other memorable locations include Glen Falls, Rainbow Falls, and Whitewater falls.

For adrenaline-junkies, try the world-class zip line at Highlands Aerial Park. There, you can take a journey on 7 different zip lines and enjoy the beautiful scenery from a unique perspective. Their most notable zip line is the Squealing Mare, which gives guests a 1/4-mile ride 210 feet above the ground. With incredible views of the Smoky Mountains, this is one activity you just have to try.

Restaurants

The Highlands of North Carolina has a wide variety of cuisines to choose from, and each is unique and delicious in its own way. Before you start your day, take a trip to Southern Belles Restaurant, where you can enjoy salads, wraps, and other fresh country favorites at a lovely table outside.

At dinner time, treat yourself to Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Wine Bistro, where you can dig into decadent favorites like fresh mountain trout or roast loin of lamb. Or, if you’re in the mood for Italian, head over to Paoletti Ristorante, where you can satisfy your craving with ricotta & basil gnocchi or lobster ravioli. Your stomach will be thanking you after a meal at any of Highlands restaurants.

Events

The Highlands are a great place to visit any time of year, but a day trip becomes even more special around the holidays. On Halloween, the streets are closed for kids (and adults!) to celebrate and collect scrumptious candy. During Christmastime, the Highlands hosts a Christmas parade, complete with reindeer dancers and Santa on a sled. Santa also makes a point to visit with all of the children after the parade and listen to all of their gift requests. Bringing your family to the Highlands for the holidays is sure to be the highlight of their year.

Book Your Visit

Not only do the Highlands have tons of fun activities for day-trippers, the drive up is just as enjoyable! You’ll have stunning views of all the surrounding areas, with plenty of look-out spots to take in the sites (and maybe even a few family photos!). After you’ve made your way back from North Carolina, be sure to download our free vacation guide. It’s full of tips and tricks for making your vacation in the Northern Georgia Mountains one you’ll never forget.

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Don’t Miss the Georgia Mountain Fall Festival http://glenella.com/blog/2015/08/19/georgia-mountain-fall-festival/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/08/19/georgia-mountain-fall-festival/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 14:34:08 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=2260 It’s that time of year again! The annual Georgia Mountain Fall Festival will be held this year from October 9th through the 17th, and is a fun and exciting affair for visitors of all ages. During this 9-day event, make Glen-Ella Springs your home base by booking your stay in one of our luxury rooms […]

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Georgia Mountain Fall FestivalIt’s that time of year again! The annual Georgia Mountain Fall Festival will be held this year from October 9th through the 17th, and is a fun and exciting affair for visitors of all ages. During this 9-day event, make Glen-Ella Springs your home base by booking your stay in one of our luxury rooms or suites. Each unique room features cozy linens, beautiful antiques, and has a rustic, Southern feel that is both elegant and relaxing. It’s the perfect home-away-from-home for you and your family in between trips to the Georgia Mountain Fall Festival.

What to Do

Just west of downtown Hiawassee, Georgia is where hundreds of people from across the Southeast come to the Fall Festival for a day full of entertainment and activities. Guests can enjoy a show at Anderson Music Hall, or purchase hand-woven blankets, birdhouses, and one-of-a-kind quilts at the arts & crafts vendors. They can also visit the Exhibition Hall, which has an eclectic collection of antiques and items from homes and businesses of Georgia Mountain locals, or walk over to the Antique Farm Museum to see a variety of farming tools and equipment used nearly two centuries ago. Kids can enjoy a trip to the Carnival Grounds, where they can see animal acts and eat classic fair food like hot dogs and funnel cake.

What to See

With mild autumn temperatures and picturesque views, Georgia in the fall is a sight to be seen. The changing fall colors of Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains make for a beautiful backdrop during the festival. Guests can view the Pine Grove Schoolhouse, which is a typical one-room schoolhouse that was built in the early 1900’s, or check out a mountain cabin that dates back to 1842. Festival-goers also love seeing the sawmill, which is a recreation of a traditional mill used in the 1800’s that could turn out 2,000 feet of lumber in just one day. The Outdoor Amphitheatre also provides an ideal view for intimate outdoor performances; the stage area seats about 100 people and features a variety of musicians and artists throughout the day.

List of Events

Each day, the Fall Festival has a unique set of events and attractions for guests to enjoy. On opening day, guests can enjoy a flower show at noon and a music show from 2 to 6 PM featuring songs and sounds of The Osmonds and the Georgia Mountain Fair Band. On October 10th, take the kids to Little Pete’s Railroad, where they can ride a functional and realistic train on a trackless railroad. On October 16, check out the Fiddler’s Convention at 7 PM, where acts in different categories will compete to become the official Georgia State Champions. Or, check out the “Old Ways” demonstrations any day during the festival to see how local folks used to make moonshine, squeeze cider, or fry pork skin back in the day.

Plan Your Trip!

Now that you’ve read all about the Georgia Mountain Fall Festival, don’t miss out on this wonderful event! General admission is $12, and kids 12 & under are free. After booking your stay at Glen-Ella Springs, be sure to download our free vacation guide for more information and ideas on all of the exciting things to do in the North Georgia Mountains.

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5 Exciting North Georgia Mountain Biking Trails http://glenella.com/blog/2015/08/14/north-georgia-mountain-biking/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/08/14/north-georgia-mountain-biking/#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2015 20:15:56 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=2254 If you’re fond of adventure and you want to get out and enjoy the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains, then you might want to try mountain biking. There are several North Georgia mountain biking trails in the area surrounding Glen-Ella Springs that are worth checking out. With the trails being of varying difficulty and […]

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North Georgia Mountain BikingIf you’re fond of adventure and you want to get out and enjoy the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains, then you might want to try mountain biking. There are several North Georgia mountain biking trails in the area surrounding Glen-Ella Springs that are worth checking out. With the trails being of varying difficulty and length, most bikers will find a trail suitable for their needs. Next time you’re in the area, grab a bike and hit these North Georgia mountain biking trails.

Great North Georgia Mountain Biking Trails

There are several great North Georgia mountain biking trails near Clarkesville. They all offer different challenges, but you can be sure that you’ll have a great ride on all of them. Plus, the beauty of the surroundings is always breathtaking.

White Twister

The White Twister is a favorite among riders who take North Georgia mountain biking trails. The trail only measures about four miles long, but is challenging and extremely fun. Like the name suggests, this trail twists and turns down through the forested mountain. You’ll experience some very quick and twisted sections of the trail that will challenge your skills. There are also a few steep climbs, with the ascent being about 532 feet high. The descent is 539 feet down. You’ll also have fun going over some large dirt jumps before going out onto the forest entrance road.

Stoneplace Trail

One of three North Georgia mountain biking trails in Tallulah Gorge State Park, Stoneplace Trail is about ten miles round trip. It can be extended to about 15 miles if you add the High Bluff Loop to this one. The trail is rated moderate to difficult and is made up of rocky and compacted red dirt.

High Bluff Trail

This is another trail in Tallulah Gorge State Park. It is rated moderate in difficulty. The trail is made of compacted red dirt. The High Bluff Trail can be taken in addition to the Stoneplace Trail to form a 15 mile round trip ride.

Shortline Trail

The shortline trail is a multi-use trail located in Tallulah Gorge State Park. It is paved and is an easy ride. Measuring three miles, this trail is used for hiking, biking, and skating. It follows part of a former railroad bed.

Stonewall Falls Loop

This trail is near Clayton, GA. It is a singletrack trail that measures about eleven miles long. Stonewall Falls Loop is a challenging course in some places but is a rewarding journey. There are optional exits so you don’t have to do the entire loop if you don’t want to. People recommend taking the trail in a counter-clockwise direction. Chances of seeing wildlife along the trail are good. You might see squirrels, grouse, deer, bobcats, or even bears. The trail is at an elevation of 2,011 feet.

Staying in North Georgia

When you’re deciding which of these North Georgia mountain biking, be sure to book your stay at Glen-Ella Springs. There is no better place to enjoy all the charms of the North Georgia Mountains. Our rooms and suites are the perfect combination of rustic elegance and modern comfort. Our beautiful property in Clarkesville, GA is the ideal place to relax and forget the stress of your day-to-day life. Plus, we’re located just a short distance away from the biking trails we listed above, so you’ll always just minutes away from adventure. Our on-site Restaurant is also a highlight of a stay at Glen-Ella Springs. Our chef prepares innovative dishes that utilize the freshest local ingredients around. We can’t wait to have you with us soon!

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How to Enjoy Dahlonega Gold Rush Days http://glenella.com/blog/2015/08/06/dahlonega-gold-rush-days/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/08/06/dahlonega-gold-rush-days/#comments Fri, 07 Aug 2015 01:12:01 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=2245 The fall is a great time to come visit the North Georgia Mountains and plan a stay at Glen-Ella Springs. If you’re looking for an opportunity to get out of the city and enjoy the lovely fall weather and breathtaking fall colors, then one of the great fall events in North Georgia is the answer. […]

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Dahlonega Gold Rush DaysThe fall is a great time to come visit the North Georgia Mountains and plan a stay at Glen-Ella Springs. If you’re looking for an opportunity to get out of the city and enjoy the lovely fall weather and breathtaking fall colors, then one of the great fall events in North Georgia is the answer. Dahlonega Gold Rush Days is one of these events and you should make time in your getaway schedule to celebrate with the residents of Dahlonega, Georgia. For a great way to enjoy the beautiful fall season in the North Georgia Mountains, be sure to check out Dahlonega Gold Rush Days.

About Dahlonega Gold Rush Days

Dahlonega Gold Rush Days are a yearly tradition in the town of Dahlonega, Georgia. Because Dahlonega is just an hour away from Clarkesville, it’s the perfect day trip away from Glen-Ella Springs. It has been voted one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. Held on the third weekend in October, the event is the perfect chance for people to come and visit and enjoy the fall colors and celebrate the 1828 discovery of gold in the town. The festival sees more than 200,000 visitors over the weekend and more than 300 art and craft exhibitors show their wares. The event is held in the Public Square and the Historic District of Dahlonega. The festival is produced by the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Jaycees, which is a volunteer organization that serves the community.

Dahlonega Gold Rush Days Activities

One of the best reasons to attend Dahlonega Gold Rush Days is the opportunity to view the changing colors of the leaves at their peak time. Witnessing the bright hues of red, yellow, and orange is a hallmark of fall in the North Georgia Mountains. Other activities at the festival are varied and entertaining. There are family and children’s activities for those traveling with a younger crowd. There is also a King and Queen Coronation to look forward to as well as a parade. Other activities include a fashion show, wrist wrestling, a gold panning contest, hog calling, buck dancing contest, wheelbarrow race, gospel singing, and tons of other live entertainment. Another reason to look forward to Dahlonega Gold Rush Days is the variety of delicious food found at the festival.

When you’re planning your visit to Dahlonega Gold Rush Days, be sure to make your accommodation arrangements at Glen-Ella Springs. Our North Georgia Inn will keep you in the utmost comfort with rooms and suites that combine rustic elegance with modern amenities. You’re sure to find the ideal spot to relax and refresh on our property, as you can soak in the beauty of the surrounding North Georgia Mountains. Another great thing about stay at Glen-Ella Springs is that you can take advantage of being right by our award-winning Restaurant. Diners can expect to enjoy innovative and delicious dishes prepared with fresh local ingredients. It’s a farm-to-table experience that you won’t soon forget. So, for the best all-around getaway in the North Georgia Mountains, look no further than Glen-Ella Springs! We’ll see you soon!

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How to Enjoy North Georgia Apple Picking http://glenella.com/blog/2015/07/31/north-georgia-apple-picking/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/07/31/north-georgia-apple-picking/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:27:59 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=2239 Autumn is the perfect time to come and enjoy the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains. The weather is wonderfully brisk and the leaves begin to change from green to vivid shades of gold, orange, and red. It comes together to create the perfect environment to enjoy a hike or even go on a horseback […]

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North Georgia Apple PickingAutumn is the perfect time to come and enjoy the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains. The weather is wonderfully brisk and the leaves begin to change from green to vivid shades of gold, orange, and red. It comes together to create the perfect environment to enjoy a hike or even go on a horseback ride. It’s also the right time to enjoy North Georgia apple picking. With several orchards within driving distance to Glen-Ella Springs, you can pick your own fruit from the fall harvest. Spending the day at one of these farms and going North Georgia apple picking is a fantastic way to celebrate the autumn season.

When to Go North Georgia Apple Picking

Fall is the best time to go North Georgia apple picking. Most orchards and farms have apple picking from August through November. During your trip to Glen-Ella Springs, we suggest going apple picking on your way home rather than while you’re with us. It’s a great way to break up a drive and the apples would make an ideal snack on the road. So, your fall getaway to our Clarkesville Inn is the perfect opportunity to go North Georgia apple picking.

Where to Go North Georgia Apple Picking

There are several places to get farm fresh apples in the North Georgia Mountains. Whether they’re pre-picked or you pluck them from the trees yourself, you can be sure that you’ll get the freshest and sweetest produce possible.

Jaemor Farms

Jaemor Farms in Alto has a lot to do and see. Starting in September they have apple picking and they also offer other fresh produce. Fall is also when the corn maze makes its appearance. Each year there is a theme for the corn maze, and this year the theme is “Boys of Fall.” They also have hay rides and other autumn activities!

Hillside Orchard

At Hillside Orchard in Lakemont, you can pick your own apples from August until November. And opening in September, they’ll have a corn maze. In the summer, they have blackberry picking. Throughout the year, you can enjoy the barnyard and kids will love the playground.

Osage Farms

Osage Farms in Dillard is a great place to get freshly picked Georgia produce. Along with apples, they grow heirloom tomatoes, cabbage, green beans, pepper, potatoes, and sweet corn. During the winter, the family that runs the farm opens a Christmas tree farms just nine miles away.

Tiger Mountain Orchards

Located in Tiger, GA, Tiger Mountain Orchards has been a family operated business for 80 years. They grow and sell delicious produce like raspberries, blackberries, grapes, and a variety of apples. And if you’re in Tiger, you can also check out Tiger Mountain Vineyards and get a bottle of wine to take home with you!

When you’re making your fall getaway plans and deciding where to go North Georgia apple picking, be sure you make your accommodation arrangements at Glen-Ella Springs. Our rooms and suites combine rustic elegance with modern amenities to create the most comfortable accommodation experience possible. You’ll find no better place to relax and refresh your spirits than Glen-Ella Springs. Our picturesque property is the ideal place to forget about the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Plus, you’ll have easy access to our Clarkesville, GA Restaurant, which is an award-winning establishment. You’ll truly have a wonderful time in the North Georgia Mountains when you stay with us. We can’t wait to see you soon!

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4 Reasons to Get Excited for Oktoberfest in Helen GA http://glenella.com/blog/2015/07/24/4-reasons-to-get-excited-for-oktoberfest-in-helen-ga/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/07/24/4-reasons-to-get-excited-for-oktoberfest-in-helen-ga/#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 08:07:25 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=2230 Oktoberfest is serious business for those of German descent and for those who simply enjoy great beer and brats. No matter which category you fall into, you’ll be interested to know that there are four main reasons to get excited for Oktoberfest in Helen GA, the longest running Oktoberfest in the United States! Oktoberfest in […]

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Oktoberfest in Helen GAOktoberfest is serious business for those of German descent and for those who simply enjoy great beer and brats. No matter which category you fall into, you’ll be interested to know that there are four main reasons to get excited for Oktoberfest in Helen GA, the longest running Oktoberfest in the United States!

Oktoberfest in Helen, GA always begins in mid-September and runs through early November. The event kicks off with a parade down Main Street, followed by the “Tapping of the Keg” at the Helen Festhalle. Please check the event website for exact dates, times and price of admission.

If you haven’t been to Helen before, you’ll find this quaint town a treat in and of itself. Since 1968, this North Georgia mountain community has transformed itself into an Alpine village, complete with building facades that resemble those found in Germany, as well as plenty of German-style restaurants and shops to round out the experience.

4 Reasons to Get Excited for Oktoberfest in Helen GA

  1. German Music

The main events during Oktoberfest are held in the Helen Festhalle, a large hall with a concession area and main stage. During the festival, visitors flock to the Festhalle to enjoy the sounds of various German-style bands entertaining the crowd with popular polka tunes.  You’ll enjoy listening to the bands play traditional instruments, including trumpets, tubas and the accordion to create the fun, upbeat sounds of the polka a genre of music and dance that originated in the 19th century in Bohemia.

  1. Dancing

Between the live music and the lederhosen, you’ll be ready to get on your feet to for a spin or two around the floor. The waltz, polka and the Chicken Dance are festival favorites!

  1. German Food

After a turn or two around the dance floor, be sure to grab a seat at one of the long rows of tables and enjoy a Bratwurst on a roll with your beverage of choice. Enjoy a traditional meal complete with red cabbage, sauerkraut, German potato salad and save room for a Bavarian Pretzel! The long rows of tables are perfect for accommodating large groups and enjoying a family-style experience.

  1. Beer

The Helen Festhalle is set up with several taps and various choices for the traditional beverage during Oktoberfest: beer! Purchase your Bavarian-style beer in a themed stein and receive discounted refills. Other beverages are available, including domestic beer and wine, soft drinks and coffee. There is usually an outdoor Biergarten at the Festhalle, as well.

Plan Your Visit

If you are planning to attend Oktoberfest in Helen GA, be sure to let Glen-Ella Springs Bed and Breakfast in Clarksville, GA serve as your home base. Located just 30 minutes from Helen, Glen-Ella Inn is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing weekend after attending a traditional Oktoberfest celebration. As you plan your trip, don’t forget to download a copy of our FREE Vacation Guide. It’s full of great information about things to do and see any time of year in the North Georgia Mountains.

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3 Fantastic North Georgia Wineries to Enjoy http://glenella.com/blog/2015/07/15/north-georgia-wineries/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/07/15/north-georgia-wineries/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 17:32:40 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=2220 If you’re a wine lover, you may be surprised to find that you don’t have to go to the West Coast to visit vineyards that produce fine wines. There are many North Georgia wineries that you should visit the next time you come to stay at Glen-Ella Springs. Along with having high-quality wines to sample, […]

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North Georgia WineriesIf you’re a wine lover, you may be surprised to find that you don’t have to go to the West Coast to visit vineyards that produce fine wines. There are many North Georgia wineries that you should visit the next time you come to stay at Glen-Ella Springs. Along with having high-quality wines to sample, there are also opportunities to tour the beautiful vineyards that produce the grapes that produce those fine vintages. Visiting one of the many great North Georgia wineries is a great way to spend an afternoon whether you’re a wine expert or not. We’ve chosen three great places to get started.

3 North Georgia Wineries to Visit

These three North Georgia wineries all have wonderful tasting and touring opportunities and many have great special events as well.

1. Yonah Mountain Vineyards

Located in Cleveland, GA, Yonah Mountain Vineyards is a family winery that is set on two-hundred acres on the base of Yonah Mountain. They have Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Petit Manseng, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot grapes on their twenty planted acres. Their tasting room is open daily and they also have special tours. The Cave Tour & Tasting is a 90-minute walking tour that’s a great way to get to know the vineyard. You’ll taste three unreleased wines as you see the winery and the only wine caves in the state and then finish the tour with a tasting of six additional wines. They also have their Signature Vineyard Tour and Vintner Tasting and the Reserve Wine Room Tasting. There are also special events held at the vineyard including live music and special tastings.

2. Tiger Mountain Vineyards

Tiger Mountain Vineyards is a boutique winery located in Tiger, GA in Rabun County. The vineyard grows six French vinifera varieties including Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Mourvedre, Petit Manseng, Tannat, and Viognier. The tasting room and vineyards are open year-round. The tasting room is open daily and group tours and tastings can be arranged by appointment.

3. Habersham Vineyards and Winery

Habersham Vineyards and Winery has been producing award-winning Georgia wines since 1983. It’s located at the Nacoochee Village near Helen, GA. Their popular Habersham Estates label includes varietal vinifera wines as well as blended wines that use French-American grapes and vinifera.  One of the largest wineries in Georgia, Habersham Vineyards and Winery is open daily for complimentary tastings and self-guided tours. Like several other North Georgia wineries, there are special events that take place at Habersham Vineyards & Winery. They have an annual event called WineFest where visitors can taste wines made locally and from all over Georgia and enjoy live music.

Accommodations in North Georgia

When you’re planning a visit to one of these great North Georgia wineries, don’t forget to arrange your stay at Glen-Ella Springs. Our Clarkesville bed and breakfast is the ideal place to enjoy the beauty and charm of the North Georgia Mountains. We have rooms and suites that combine rustic elegance with modern amenities and comforts for an unforgettable stay. Plus, our Restaurant is one of the best dining establishments in the area. At Glen-Ella Springs, we’ll make sure that your time in the area is stress-free and unforgettable. We can’t wait to see you soon!

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5 Favorite Georgia Mountain Towns to Explore http://glenella.com/blog/2015/07/08/georgia-mountain-towns/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/07/08/georgia-mountain-towns/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2015 12:07:42 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=2209 The North Georgia Mountains are a truly special place. The picturesque landscapes and the quaint towns full of friendly residents are alluring for obvious reasons. Georgia Mountain towns are something special on their own as well. With generations of traditions, outdoor attractions, charming shops, great dining, and more, there is a lot to look forward […]

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North Georgia TownsThe North Georgia Mountains are a truly special place. The picturesque landscapes and the quaint towns full of friendly residents are alluring for obvious reasons. Georgia Mountain towns are something special on their own as well. With generations of traditions, outdoor attractions, charming shops, great dining, and more, there is a lot to look forward to when visiting a town in the North Georgia Mountains. Each town has its own personality and atmosphere, but they’re all worth visiting. You’ll have a unique experience at each town you visit. Here at Glen-Ella Springs, we’re obviously fond of Clarkesville, but there are other great Georgia Mountain towns to discover. Here are five Georgia Mountain towns you need to explore!

Georgia Mountain Towns

Clarkesville

The city of Clarkesville is located in the center of Habersham County in Georgia. The population of Clarkesville is around 1,25o. Like many Georgia Mountain towns, Clarkesville has a long history. It was founded in 1821 as the seat of Habersham County. The city gets its name from John C. Clarke, who was a veteran of the Revolutionary War. Popular things to do in Clarkesville include visiting historic sites, antiquing, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and other outdoor endeavors. Tallulah Gorge State Park and Black Rock Mountain State Park are nearby, and Moccasin Creek State Park is within city limits.

Clayton

Clayton, GA is located in and is the county seat of Rabun County. The population is about 2,000 people. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Clayton is full of interesting things to do. Downtown Clayton is home to many small town attractions such as a soda fountain at the Clayton Pharmacy. Like a few of our other favorite Georgia Mountain towns, Clayton gives visitors access to the Chattahoochee National Forest, where they can enjoy all manner of outdoor activities.

Helen

Helen might be one of the most well-known of our favorite Georgia Mountain towns as it is a popular tourist town. The reason it is a destination for many people is because it was built to resemble a Bavarian alpine village. This was done as a way to resurrect the town after it’s logging industry declined. One of the most popular times to visit Helen is in the fall during Oktoberfest, where visitors and residents celebrate German food, drink, and culture for six weeks. There are also a number of specialty and import shops in the town.

Toccoa

The city of Toccoa is located in and is the seat of Stephens County. This is one of the Georgia Mountain towns that is well-known for its waterfalls. There are two waterfalls of note within city limits: Toccoa Falls and Henderson Falls. Traveler’s Rest State Historic Site is also located in town. Toccoa is also home to the Currahee Military Museum, which is housed in the original train station where the Paratroopers coming to train at Camp Toccoa arrived during World War II. The lives of these soldiers were documented in the HBO series “Band of Brothers.”

Sautee Nacoochee

Sautee Nacoochee is actually an unincorporated community located in White County. It is near Sautee Creek in the Appalachian foothills in the northeast portion of the state. Sautee Nacoochee is a great destination for those interested in local arts and culture. The Sautee Nacoochee Center hosts musical and dance performances as well as visual art programs. The Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia is also located in Sautee Nacoochee.

While you’re making plans to visit these Georgia Mountain towns, be sure to book your stay at Glen-Ella Springs! With our rustically elegant yet supremely comfortable guest rooms and suites, you won’t find a better place to stay! Our property is ideal for relaxing and forgetting about the worries of day-to-day life. Plus our onsite restaurant is one of the best in the region. At the Glen-Ella Springs Restaurant, you’ll enjoy innovative recipes prepared with fresh local ingredients for a farm-to-table experience you won’t soon forget! At Glen-Ella Springs, we have everything you need for a memorable getaway to the North Georgia Mountains. We can’t wait to have you with us soon!

Photo: Tanya Jacobson-Smith via Wikimedia Commons

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The Best Annual Festivals in North Georgia http://glenella.com/blog/2015/07/01/festivals-in-north-georgia/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/07/01/festivals-in-north-georgia/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:20:23 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=2189 It doesn’t matter what time of year you choose to visit us here at Glen-Ella Springs, there’s always something going on to keep you entertained. Here in the North Georgia Mountains, there are plenty of events, fairs, festivals, and other celebrations throughout the year. All of these great happenings shine the spotlight on the area’s […]

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Festivals in North GeorgiaIt doesn’t matter what time of year you choose to visit us here at Glen-Ella Springs, there’s always something going on to keep you entertained. Here in the North Georgia Mountains, there are plenty of events, fairs, festivals, and other celebrations throughout the year. All of these great happenings shine the spotlight on the area’s heritage and culture. There are several annual festivals in North Georgia you should consider attending. Here are a few of the highlights.

Celebrate Clayton | Clayton, GA | April

Each April, Celebrate Clayton brings wonderful arts and crafts to the streets of Clayton, Georgia. The event is popular among residents and visitors alike and is an event that’s entertaining for all ages. Along with the showcase of arts and crafts, there is a kids area and plenty of food options.

Mountain Laurel Festival | Clarkesville, GA | May

The Mountain Laurel Festival in Clarkesville is an event that people around the area look forward to each year. The festival includes a parade, local musical acts, tours of notable homes and cabins, delicious food, arts and crafts, Appalachian lifestyle demonstrations, a duck race, special exhibits, and much more!

Georgia Wine Country Festival | Dahlonega, GA | June

Each weekend in June, Three Sisters Vineyards celebrates the season with the Georgia Wine Country Festival in their Lumpkin County vineyard. There is a Wine Garden featuring other wineries from around Georgia, Georgia barbecue, Georgia beer, and live music.

Dillard Bluegrass + Barbeque Festival | Dillard, GA | July/August

The Dillard Bluegrass + Barbeque Festival brings together two wonderful and distinctly southern things. Along with an impressive lineup of bluegrass musicians, this event hosts a barbeque competition that will have your mouth watering.

A Taste of Clarkesville | Clarkesville, GA | September

A Taste of Clarkesville   is a delicious event that takes place each September in Clarkesville. This festival of flavors features food from local restaurants, wine tastings, beer gardens, live local music, and more! You don’t want to miss out on this celebration of Clarkesville’s culinary side!

Oktoberfest | Helen, GA | September – November

For six weeks each fall (from September through the beginning of November), the town of Helen brings a bit of Germany to Georgia with Helen Oktoberfest. So if you love beer, bratwurst, live German-style music, and maybe even Lederhosen, then you should visit Helen during Oktoberfest.

No matter which of these festivals in North Georgia you attend, be sure your accommodations in the area are first-rate. Glen-Ella Springs has rooms and suites that combine rustic elegance with modern amenities to keep guests in the utmost comfort during their stay. There is truly no better place to relax and renew your spirits in between your adventures in the North Georgia Mountains. Our property offers guests a respite from the outside world where you can truly unwind and forget your worries. Plus, our on-site Clarkesville Restaurant is one of the best in the area, so you can experience fine dining just steps away from your room! At Glen-Ella Springs, you can have the best all-around experience available in the North Georgia Mountains. We can’t wait to see you soon!

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4 Great North Georgia Events http://glenella.com/blog/2015/06/26/4-great-north-georgia-events/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/06/26/4-great-north-georgia-events/#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:58:34 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=2146 Here at Glen-Ella Springs, we know there are many reasons to visit the North Georgia Mountains. The beauty of our surroundings, the variety of outdoor activities, and the history in the area draw visitors in from all over. Another great reason to head to our neck of the woods is the fact that we have […]

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North Georgia EventsHere at Glen-Ella Springs, we know there are many reasons to visit the North Georgia Mountains. The beauty of our surroundings, the variety of outdoor activities, and the history in the area draw visitors in from all over. Another great reason to head to our neck of the woods is the fact that we have fun festivals and events happening all year long. During the summer and early fall, you’ll find a great deal to do with all of the North Georgia events that are on the calendar. We’ve chosen four of those great North Georgia events to give you an idea of what our area has to offer in the way of entertainment this summer.

North Georgia Events

Whether you’re looking for great food or toe-tapping music, these North Georgia events are the perfect way to spend your time in the area this summer.

Heirloom Tomato Harvest Weekend | July 24th – 26th, 2015

Come enjoy the bounty of the harvest season with Glen-Ella Springs’ Heirloom Tomato Harvest Weekend. This special weekend brings back to memory a time when tomatoes were more than something you picked up at the grocery store and instead a season you looked forward to when the fruit was in season for that short and sweet period of time each year. This weekend package at Glen-Ella Springs includes two nights lodging with breakfast each morning, a farm tour at the local Melon Head Farms, tasting and buying opportunities and more!

Taste of Clarkesville  | September 26th, 2015

Come and celebrate the 6th annual edition of the event that has been called one of the Top 20 Events by the Southeast Tourism Society. A Taste of Clarkesville brings local restaurants and wineries together for a delectable celebration of the food and beverage scene in and around Clarkesville. Along with local restaurants serving up their best, there are wine tastings, beer gardens, live local music, door prizes, and much more for you to enjoy! The event takes place in Downtown Clarksville Square from noon to 3:00 pm.

Dillard Bluegrass + Barbeque Festival | July 31st- August 1st, 2015

If you love great live music and delicious southern barbeque, then this is on of the North Georgia events that you don’t want to miss. The Dillard Bluegrass + Barbeque Festival brings amazing bluegrass music together with an amazing barbeque competition. Bring your appetite and your dancing shoes. The festival started in 1997, and it brings people from all over the country to compete in the barbeque competition. Bands headlining this year’s festival include Adkins & Loudermilk, Curtis Blackwell & the Dixie Bluegrass Boys, Leipers Fork, The Foxfire Boys, Carolina Backroads, West End String Band, and Last Road.

Grape Stomping Festival | September 5th, 2015

Celebrate with Paradise Hills Vineyard and enjoy an old-world style grape stomp! There will be plenty of wine and food and other activities to keep you entertained. Don’t miss on the age-old tradition of stomping grapes at this winery. This is a fun tradition that will make great memories. And the local wine is a great addition to this event.

No matter which of these North Georgia events you decide to participate in, be sure to make your accommodation arrangements at Glen-Ella Springs. Our extremely comfortable guest rooms and suites are ideal for relaxing and unwinding while you’re not out exploring the North Georgia Mountains. Plus, with our renowned Restaurant on-site, you will never be too far away from delectable cuisine and great service.

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