Glen-Ella Springs Inn http://glenella.com North Georgia bed and breakfast Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:59:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Get the Holidays Started with a Trip to These Western NC Christmas Tree Farms http://glenella.com/blog/2014/10/13/nc-christmas-tree-farms/ http://glenella.com/blog/2014/10/13/nc-christmas-tree-farms/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:22:47 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1700 Believe it or not, it’s time to start gearing up for the Christmas season! It’s one of our favorite times of year here at Glen-Ella Springs.  With traditions to continue and establish, family to reconnect with, and celebrations to be had, there is something truly special about the winter holidays. If you’ve never picked your […]

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NC Christmas Tree FarmsBelieve it or not, it’s time to start gearing up for the Christmas season! It’s one of our favorite times of year here at Glen-Ella Springs.  With traditions to continue and establish, family to reconnect with, and celebrations to be had, there is something truly special about the winter holidays. If you’ve never picked your own Christmas tree at a farm, then you should consider doing so this year.  There are several Western NC Christmas tree farms within an hour and a half of our North Georgia Mountain bed and breakfast, making a trip to choose and cut your own tree the perfect outing for you to make on your way home from the Inn.

Different NC Christmas tree farms have their own variety of tree types including Fraser Firs, Douglas Firs, White Pine, and Spruce.  Also, many farms have other festive activities and attractions, making them more than just a destination for picking out a tree. There are many places to choose from, so we’ve come up with a list of few Western NC Christmas tree farms to get your plans started.

J&J Tree Farm | Franklin, NC

This farm offers choose and cut Frazier Fir, Norway Spruce, White Pine, and Hemlock trees. Net-bagging services and fresh wreaths are also available.

Pinetop Farm | Salisbury, NC

One of several Western NC Christmas tree farms that is a working farm year round (their other “crop” is blueberries.), Pinetop has a selection of White Pine, Scotch Pine, Leyland Cypress, Frasier Fir, and Blue Ice trees. Traditional bow saws are provided as well as a hay ride to and from the field, and tree shaking.

Tom Sawyer’s Christmas Tree Farm and Elf Village | Glennville, NC

An eighty acre farm that grows the finest Frasier Firs. Choose and cut options begin the Saturday before Thanksgiving. November and December finds the farm hosting an Elf Village, a shop with gifts and ornaments, appearances by Santa, and horse and carriage rides, and much more.  A one-stop spot for Christmas merry-making.

Keepin’ It Green | Mooreseville, NC

A high quality tree lot with a selection of Frasier Firs in all sizes, including the extra large variety that you won’t find at your run-of-the-mill lot.  Children’s activities, snack bar, and fire pit with s’more making are also available on-site.

When you plan on going to one of these NC Christmas tree farms, be sure to book a stay at Glen-Ella Springs beforehand, so you can enjoy luxurious accommodations in the North Georgia Mountains before you find that perfect tree for your home.   Our rooms and suites have rustic yet elegant furnishings and luxe amenities that will keep you in the utmost comfort during your stay.

Choose from Penthouse Suites, Three Room Suites, King Rooms, and Queen Rooms to suite your accommodation needs. Each room type offers a private bath and the Penthouse Suites and Three Room Suites feature jetted whirlpool tubs for that extra bit of pampering.  Other amenities that are available include: custom-milled bath products, luxurious linens, spa-inspired robes, spa sound machines and complimentary WiFi.

You’ll also enjoy the benefits of the Inn’s covered porches, beautiful grounds surrounded by the North Georgia Mountains, and our on-site Restaurant. Your stay includes a freshly prepared breakfast each morning, and the Restaurant is open many evenings for dinner. During the Christmas season, the Inn will be full of holiday cheer that will put you in the spirit and get you ready to take on the season! So, start the holidays out right and pay us a visit! We can’t wait to see you soon.

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Enjoy the View at Black Rock Mountain State Park http://glenella.com/blog/2014/10/08/black-rock-mountain-state-park/ http://glenella.com/blog/2014/10/08/black-rock-mountain-state-park/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 21:49:15 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1697 The North Georgia Mountains are full of beautiful places to see.  The wooded mountainsides that surround us here at Glen-Ella Springs offer picturesque views and prime opportunities for outdoor adventures.  Whether you like hiking, biking, wildlife viewing, fishing, or boating, our neck of the woods has something to satisfy all outdoor lovers.  One of the […]

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Black Rock Mountain State ParkThe North Georgia Mountains are full of beautiful places to see.  The wooded mountainsides that surround us here at Glen-Ella Springs offer picturesque views and prime opportunities for outdoor adventures.  Whether you like hiking, biking, wildlife viewing, fishing, or boating, our neck of the woods has something to satisfy all outdoor lovers.  One of the many locations to visit to enjoy the natural wonders of our area is Black Rock Mountain State Park.  Located in Rabun County, Black Rock Mountain State Park covers a vast area just west of Mountain City, GA, only 30 miles away from our Clarkesville Inn. For outdoor fun and fantastic views of the area, check out Black Rock Mountain State Park.

 

 

About Black Rock Mountain State Park

Black Rock Mountain State Park in Rabun County spans 1,743 acres of the North Georgia Mountains.  The park includes some of the most scenic spans of the Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains and is home to five mountain peaks over 3,000 feet high, including Black Rock Mountain, where the park gets its name. The park is a popular place for visitors and includes the picturesque Black Rock Lake, which was open for boating in 2010.  Trails, picnic areas, boating, fishing, and a visitor center all draw people to the park.  However, the most notable thing about Black Rock Mountain State Park are the outstanding views from the mountain peaks.  On clear days you can see the surrounding states of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee from many overlooks.

 

 

Black Rock Mountain State Park Activities

The most popular activities in Black Rock Mountain State Park are hiking and biking.  There are eleven miles of trails at Black Rock Mountain State Park. The trails vary in length in difficulty, so you can be sure to find one that suits your needs.  The most strenuous trail is the James E. Edmond Trail which is a 7.2 mile loop with many steep passages up the mountain through wooded areas and along streams. For another difficult hike that is shorter in distance, the quarter mile long  Ada-hi Falls Trail gives visitors the opportunity to explore the Appalachian cove environment. The Tennessee Rock Trail is a moderately difficult trail with a 2.2 mile loop which is the park’s most popular trail, as it provides stunning views on clear days. The Black Rock Lake Trail is a less than one mile (.85 to be precise) that is good for an easy hike over wooden bridges, beside streams, and groves of white pine and yellow poplar trees.  The easiest trail is the .10 mile Norma Campbell Cove Trail, which is a scenic trail recently added to the park.

 

Hiking the trails gives photographers and wildlife enthusiasts the opportunity to capture the perfect image or catch a glimpse of native fauna.  The lake provides opportunities for fishing (bass, catfish, trout, bream, and perch) as ell as canoeing and kayaking, though rentals must be procured outside of the park.

 

 

Where to Stay After a Visit to Black Rock Mountain State Park

When you plan a trip to Black Rock Mountain State Park, a stay at Glen-Ella Springs will complete your North Georgia Mountain experience! Our gorgeous rooms perfectly compliment the rustic surroundings without sacrificing the modern amenities and comforts you deserve. There are sixteen rooms in four rooms types: Penthouse Suites, Three Room Suites, King Rooms, and Queen Rooms. Each one is individually decorated in a comfortable yet elegant style, however they all will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed during your stay.  Plus, we have one of the best Restaurants in the North Georgia Mountains, so you can enjoy fine dining right on the property.  We strive to provide our guests with a memorable experience and can’t wait to share one with you soon!

 

 

 

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If you can’t go Skiing in Georgia, Where can you go? http://glenella.com/blog/2014/09/30/skiing-georgia/ http://glenella.com/blog/2014/09/30/skiing-georgia/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:00:29 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1676 It’s almost ski season and we couldn’t be more excited! Some people think that southerners don’t know how to appreciate a good ski slope, but we beg to differ. Although skiing in Georgia may be a thing of the past, there are plenty of great options for skiing near Georgia, and we’re here to tell […]

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Skiing-in-GeorgiaIt’s almost ski season and we couldn’t be more excited! Some people think that southerners don’t know how to appreciate a good ski slope, but we beg to differ. Although skiing in Georgia may be a thing of the past, there are plenty of great options for skiing near Georgia, and we’re here to tell you about them. If you’re looking for skiing in Georgia, near Georgia or outside of Georgia in the Southeastern United States, we’re here to help. Here are some of the best ski resorts within driving distance from our North Georgia bed and breakfast.

Sapphire Valley Resort

Less than 55 miles from Glen-Ella Springs, Sapphire Valley Resort in western North Carolina offers a picturesque setting for skiing near Georgia. Sapphire Valley is nestled in one of the most scenic corners of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The small Sapphire Valley Ski Area is perfect for families looking for a safe and relaxing ski outing near Georgia. Lift lines are typically short, if there are any lines at all, and ski lessons are given one-on-one to ensure the success of beginner skiers.

Cataloochee Ski Area

The Cataloochee Ski Area is located in Maggie Valley NC, 90 miles from Glen-Ella Springs. Cataloochee is one of the oldest ski resorts in the Southeast and features 18 runs. There is terrain to suit all skill levels including three expert runs. Trails are 44% Beginner, 39% Intermediate, and 17% Advanced to Expert. Many say the snow conditions are better at Cataloochee than the surrounding resorts due to its higher elevation in the Great Smoky Mountains. When traveling to Cataloochee Ski Area, be sure to use Google Maps; GPS devices and other mapping services have been known to lead first-time visitors astray.

Ober Gatlinburg

Ober Gatlinburg is only 107 miles from our bed and breakfast in the North Georgia Mountains. This premier ski resort offers nine runs, mostly beginner and intermediate slopes, but also a couple of black diamonds. The resort also features a freestyle terrain park. Ober Gatlinburg is beautifully situated high above Gatlinburg TN in the scenic Smoky Mountains. If you want to check out Gatlinburg while you’re in the area, an Aerial Tramway connects the resort to the town of Gatlinburg for shopping and dining without getting back in your car.

Even though you won’t find skiing in Georgia, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a Georgia ski vacation! Glen-Ella Springs is the perfect launching point for day trips to these three outstanding ski resorts. You will have a fantastic Southeastern ski vacation while staying in the comfort of a bed and breakfast you know and love. Whether you want the ultimate luxury provided by our Penthouse Suites or to simply relax in a Queen Room, you’ll enjoy beautiful décor, fine furnishings and all the modern bed and breakfast amenities you deserve. And, of course, a full breakfast is included each morning of your stay. Stay with us at Glen-Ella Springs for your next ski vacation; you won’t be disappointed!

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Experience Tallulah Gorge Kayaking at the November Water Release http://glenella.com/blog/2014/09/28/tallulah-gorge-kayaking/ http://glenella.com/blog/2014/09/28/tallulah-gorge-kayaking/#comments Sun, 28 Sep 2014 14:00:49 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1669 Do you love the challenge of Class IV-V rapids and the adrenaline rush of a bustling river, mist in your face, and breathtaking scenery? Then you must experience Tallulah Gorge kayaking at the November water release in Tallulah Falls GA. Kayaking enthusiasts will come to the North Georgia Mountains from near and far for the […]

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Tallulah Gorge KayakingDo you love the challenge of Class IV-V rapids and the adrenaline rush of a bustling river, mist in your face, and breathtaking scenery? Then you must experience Tallulah Gorge kayaking at the November water release in Tallulah Falls GA. Kayaking enthusiasts will come to the North Georgia Mountains from near and far for the first three weekends in November to participate in this one-of-a-kind event. Join us November 1-2, November 8-9, or November 15-16 for some exciting Tallulah Gorge kayaking.

History of Tallulah Gorge Kayaking

Tallulah Gorge kayaking dates back long ago, to a time when the Tallulah River carved its way through the Tallulah Dome rock formation and naturally created beautiful rapids and rushing waterfalls through the two mile gorge. But in 1913, the river was dammed to create Tallulah Falls Lake and hydroelectric power. For more than 80 years, the Tallulah River was only a shadow of its former self, but in the mid-1990s, kayakers were given the opportunity to reclaim their North Georgia playground.

At that time, the Federal Agency Regulatory Commission was forced to look at alternate uses of the Tallulah River as part of the re-licensing process for the Georgia Power Company Hydroelectric Projects. This gave whitewater groups and conservation groups the chance to petition the Georgia Power Company to vary the amount of water released over Tallulah Dam. It was agreed that periodic releases would enhance the beauty of Tallulah Gorge and expand the possibilities for its uses. As a result, the river has seen an increased daily flow of water, intermittent aesthetic releases, and whitewater releases since that time.

Talullah River Rapids

If you are interested in Tallulah Gorge kayaking, you are not alone. The April and November whitewater releases draw avid kayakers from around the world. Please beware that the rapids created by the release are not for the faint of heart. The normal water flow through the gorge is 35-40 cubic feet per second (CFS), but during a whitewater release, the flow can get up to 700 CFS. The water flow is typically 500 CFS on the Saturday of a release weekend and 700 CFS on the Sunday of a release weekend. The river deserves the respect and responsibility associated with the Class IV-V rating assigned to it during this time. It is said that, in reality, Tallulah Gorge kayaking requires Class-V skills on most occasions.

Observing the November Water Release

If all of this sounds exciting, but a little too risky for your taste, don’t worry! You can enjoy the experience of Tallulah Gorge kayaking without kayaking! Non-kayakers may observe the release for free from the roadside overlook porch at Tallulah Point Overlook, or onlookers may enter Tallulah Gorge State Park to hike the North or South Rim Trails and observe the release from there.

Tallulah Gorge Kayaking

Those participating in kayaking will take the approximately 600 steps down the south side steps to put in. Kayakers will then navigate their way through rapids with names such as Oceana, Gauntlet, Tom’s Brain Buster and Twisted Sister. After the whitewater subsides, there is about 1.5 miles of flat water to allow the racing pulse to stabilize, and then the takeout is at Tugalo Dam.

Whether you are kayaking or cheering for those who are, you will need a place to stay during the Tallulah Gorge November release. Our North Georgia bed and breakfast is the perfect place to dry off and relax after a day of Tallulah Gorge kayaking. Book your stay now!

 

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Thanksgiving in Georgia for Couples http://glenella.com/blog/2014/09/23/thanksgiving-in-georgia/ http://glenella.com/blog/2014/09/23/thanksgiving-in-georgia/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:00:31 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1656 Escape the drama of another family holiday! You shouldn’t have to deal with your moody dad, spiteful sister or nosey mother-in-law again this year. We have the perfect alternative to a stressful Thanksgiving with your family. Why not enjoy a relaxing, carefree Thanksgiving in Georgia at Glen-Ella Springs! Taking time off from work is way […]

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Thanksgiving in GeorgiaEscape the drama of another family holiday! You shouldn’t have to deal with your moody dad, spiteful sister or nosey mother-in-law again this year. We have the perfect alternative to a stressful Thanksgiving with your family. Why not enjoy a relaxing, carefree Thanksgiving in Georgia at Glen-Ella Springs!

Taking time off from work is way more enjoyable when you call the shots. Don’t let your family, or your significant other’s family, dictate how you spend your vacation days this Thanksgiving. A Thanksgiving in Georgia with your spouse, girlfriend or boyfriend is exactly what you need to relax and unwind this holiday season. Here’s our guide to Thanksgiving in Georgia for couples.

We’ll do the Cooking and the Cleaning

When you enjoy a Thanksgiving in Georgia at Glen-Ella Springs, you will be our guest. That means you stay out of the kitchen and let us do all of the cooking and cleaning! Our staff is dedicated to providing you with the very best experience during your stay in the North Georgia Mountains. We do this with our inspiring environment, outstanding food, and exceptional service. Enjoy a Thanksgiving buffet lunch in our Glen-Ella Springs Restaurant where we will serve award-winning cuisine in a rustic yet elegant country atmosphere. You can enjoy the company of your partner without having to worry about anything or anyone else! You won’t have to cook, clean or even drive home. Let Glen-Ella Springs do the cooking and cleaning this Thanksgiving!

You have all the Fun!

Without having to worry about cooking, cleaning, hosting and family drama, imagine the time you will have on your hands to enjoy yourself this Thanksgiving! The North Georgia Mountains are full of fun activities for you and your significant other to enjoy together.

  • Wine Tasting – There are a number of wineries within a short drive of Glen-Ella Springs. Check out our list of 10 North Georgia wineries to tour during your visit that are all less 40 miles from our bed and breakfast, and most are less than 25 miles away!
  • Horseback Riding – Enjoy a guided horseback trail ride through the North Georgia Mountains. Rides with Sunburst Stables are good for all levels of experience, and the speed of the ride is determined by the guide and the ability of the riders so all riders feel safe and secure.
  • Hiking – Work up your Thanksgiving appetite on one of our local North Georgia hiking trails featuring beautiful mountain landscapes, waterfalls and wildlife.
  • Relaxing – If the cozy atmosphere of Glen-Ella Springs Inn entrances you to do nothing but rest and relax, you will still have a wonderful Thanksgiving in Georgia! Our guest rooms are all beautifully appointed with modern amenities to make your stay with us as comfortable as possible.

Here at Glen-Ella Springs, we know you will adore your Thanksgiving in Georgia, and we even suspect your couples’ escape will become a tradition for years to come. We take great pride in our romantic bed and breakfast, and we will welcome you back year after year to enjoy our North Georgia hospitality. Who knows, we may even see you for Christmas too!

Book your stay at Glen-Ella Springs today and get ready to enjoy a romantic vacation in the North Georgia Mountains this Thanksgiving.

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

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

North Georgia Mountains

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

Blue Ridge Mountains

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

Brasstown Bald

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

Black Rock Mountain

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

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

 

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

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

An Atlanta Escape

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

Niagara Falls of the South

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

Home of the Big Red Apple

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

Fly Fisherman’s Dream

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

Camera Ready

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

Paradise for Antique Shoppers

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

Where to Stay

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

 

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

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

1. Savor the Taste of Clarkesville

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

2. Attend the Chattahoochee Mountain Fair

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

3. Explore the Chattahoochee National Forest

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

4. Celebrate at the North Georgia Fall Festival

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

5. Pedal the Hills of Habersham

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

6. Compete in the Zombie Fun Run

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

7. Trick-or-Treat on the Clarkesville Square

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

8. Adventure at Sunburst Stables

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

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

 

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

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

Horseback Rides

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

Zip Lining

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

ATV Tours

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

Flyboarding

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

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

 

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

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

  1. Appalachian Trail: Unicoi Gap to Indian Grave Gap

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

  1. Panther Creek Trail

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

  1. Broad River Trail

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

  1. Edmonds Trail

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

  1. Twin Falls Trail

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

  1. Sourwood Trail

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

  1. Lady Slipper Trail

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

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

 

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