Glen-Ella Springs Inn http://glenella.com North Georgia bed and breakfast Mon, 17 Nov 2014 22:14:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Prepare for Some Soque River Fishing http://glenella.com/blog/2014/11/05/soque-river-fishing/ http://glenella.com/blog/2014/11/05/soque-river-fishing/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 22:12:14 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1756 The North Georgia Mountains are a wonderful place full of amazing opportunities for top-notch outdoor recreation all year long.  It’s part of what makes us at Glen-Ella Springs love our home so much. One popular pastime for guests to participate in is Soque River fishing.  Both experienced anglers and newcomers love fly fishing for trout […]

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Soque River FishingThe North Georgia Mountains are a wonderful place full of amazing opportunities for top-notch outdoor recreation all year long.  It’s part of what makes us at Glen-Ella Springs love our home so much. One popular pastime for guests to participate in is Soque River fishing.  Both experienced anglers and newcomers love fly fishing for trout on the Soque.  And with a variety of streams and popular fishing spots nearby, our Clarkesville Inn is the perfect home base for a fishing adventure.  You can spend the day out on the river and then come back to relax in comfort at Glen-Ella Springs. Many fishing outfitters around the area offer both classes on fly fishing as well as guide services, so you’re more likely to make a big catch than if you’d gone out on your own.  If you’re an outdoor enthusiast looking for amazing fishing in a beautiful setting, then look no further than the North Georgia Mountains for some Soque River fishing.

About the Soque River

The Soque River is located in Habersham County and is a tributary of the larger Chattahoochee River.  The Soque River Waterhshed is 28.5 miles long and is made up of seven watershed sub-basins. These sub-basins are: the Headwaters, Raper Creek, Shoal Creek, Deep Creek, Hazel Creek, Beaverdam Creek, and Yellow Bank Creek.  Soque River fishing guides are able to navigate these parts of the river to show you the best places to catch some of the largest trout in the state of Georgia.

About Soque River Fishing

Fishing on the Soque River is notable due to the popularity of fly fishing for trout.  The fish in the river include brown trout and rainbow trout perfect for trophy fishing. The fish are on average between three and twelve pounds but bigger catches can be found on occasion.  Most outfitters practice catch and release fishing, making Soque River fishing more accessible and the fish stay plentiful.

Soque River Fishing Outfitters

There are many outfitters who cater to those interested in fly fishing on the Soque. Glen-Ella is fortunate to be affiliated with Brigadoon Lodge a few miles away from us in North Clarkesville.  Some of our other favorite places to recommend to guests include Unicoi Outfitters in Helen, Blackhawk Fly Fishing in Clarkesville, and Fern Valley on the Soque in Clarkesville.

Where to Stay During a Soque River Fishing Trip

While you’re planning your Soque River fishing adventure, don’t forget to book your stay at Glen-Ella Springs. Our Clarkesville, GA Inn is the perfect North Georgia Mountain getaway with relaxing accommodations and a beautifully rustic setting.  Our rooms and suites feature comfortable furnishings, private bathrooms, and luxurious amenities like custom milled bath products, spa-inspired robes, 600 thread count sheets, sound machines, and more. And after a day on the river working up an appetite, our Restaurant will satisfy your cravings for innovative and delicious cuisine.  The restaurant is open most evenings, and each morning you’ll enjoy a full breakfast featuring dishes like our Blueberry Pancakes or Two Cheese Strata.  When you choose Glen-Ella Springs, you’ll have an amazing experience in the North Georgia Mountains.  We can’t wait to have you with us soon!

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Brasstown Bald GA: The State’s Highest Point http://glenella.com/blog/2014/10/31/brasstown-bald-ga-states-highest-point/ http://glenella.com/blog/2014/10/31/brasstown-bald-ga-states-highest-point/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:06:33 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1708 Brasstown Bald, GA, soaring above the rest of the state at just shy of 5,000 feet is the spectacle of the Chattahoochee National Forest. The peak straddles the Georgian-North Carolina state line, and is the highest point in Georgia, sitting a half-mile above the surrounding area. On a clear day you can see downtown Atalanta beyond the […]

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Brasstown Bald GABrasstown Bald, GA, soaring above the rest of the state at just shy of 5,000 feet is the spectacle of the Chattahoochee National Forest. The peak straddles the Georgian-North Carolina state line, and is the highest point in Georgia, sitting a half-mile above the surrounding area. On a clear day you can see downtown Atalanta beyond the breathtaking views of Appalachia’s lush forests.  Just an hour drive from Glen-Ella Springs, it’s a perfect daytime adventure following our hearty breakfasts, and the drive alone will be worth the trip.

From the parking lot the summit is just a half-mile steep trek on a paved footpath. There are many stopping points along the 500 foot vertical path, making breaks convenient. There is a shuttle bus that charges a small fee to the top for anyone who is unable to hike it. For people looking for a longer hike, there are three trails that also lead to the peak ranging from 4 to 6 miles. Jack’s Knob Foot Trail to and from the Appalachian Trail for all those ambitious backpackers.

From the peak’s observation deck you’ll get stunning views of much of the Southeast form the Carolinas to Tennessee.  You can slip a quarter in a telescope for a closer look at the sweeping scenery, or take your family Christmas card photo on a memorable backdrop. The 8,000 square foot visitor center has all kinds of interpretive exhibits that will teach you some natural history of the area, covering everything from ecology and geology to history and culture.

The history buffs will appreciate the chance to imagine what the mountain was like when it was settled by the Cherokee tribe. A locomotive on site teaches visitors about the industry of hauling wood from the mountain to surrounding towns. The Arthur Woody exhibit will teach you about the 20th Century conservation of these Northern Georgia forests.

Similarly the naturalists will love the chance to see unique Appalachian species. The path is canopied by Rhododendron and varieties of Oak and hardwood trees. Brasstown Bald GA is among the best places in the state to experience the fall colors from its panoramic view of lush forest preserves. On weekends in the warmer months the Visitor’s Center offers different programs for both children and adults, which enhance the learning experience atop Brasstown Bald.

Brasstown Bald, GA offers a breath of fresh air, and an educational opportunity to master the region’s natural history. It is a perfect getaway during the hot summer months as the peak is typically 5 to 1o degrees cooler. During the winter months you may get the chance to see some snow in the south up at elevation.

Our guests always enjoy a trip to the mountains, and no matter the weather, coming home to Glen-Ella is always a treat. In the summer months you can cool off after a day hike in the pool, or in the winter warm up in front of the fire with a warm drink. Restore your body at our fine dining restaurant, which was recognizes as one of the top ten dining destinations in Georgia.

Photo by Julia Schrader, courtesy ChattOconeeNF via Flickr.

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Looking for North Georgia Wedding Venues? We Have the Answer!  http://glenella.com/blog/2014/10/27/north-georgia-wedding-venues/ http://glenella.com/blog/2014/10/27/north-georgia-wedding-venues/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:01:57 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1741 When brides start planning their wedding, the venue is probably the biggest decision out of the gate.  The venue can help shape the aesthetics and feel of a wedding and can help you decide how large a wedding you need or want.  A stand-out among north Georgia wedding venues, Glen-Ella Springs is an ideal setting for […]

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North Georgia Wedding VenuesWhen brides start planning their wedding, the venue is probably the biggest decision out of the gate.  The venue can help shape the aesthetics and feel of a wedding and can help you decide how large a wedding you need or want.  A stand-out among north Georgia wedding venues, Glen-Ella Springs is an ideal setting for weddings of all sizes, and we’re here to help you make planning your big day as easy as possible!

One of the most sought after North Georgia wedding venues, Glen-Ella Springs Inn is the perfect location for your wedding day. Imagine a private and picturesque setting where nature abounds. Our North Georgia bed and breakfast property can be the setting of an intimate ceremony or reception, or if your vision and guest list are of the larger variety, we have the ability to accommodate up to 250 people, and brides may choose from a number of beautiful locations on the property to have the actual ceremony, with wedding receptions typically held in our Pavilion.

Choosing North Georgia wedding venues as picturesque as Glen-Ella Springs will ensure your big day is the beautiful experience that you’ve been dreaming of.  And the help of our wedding coordinator leading up to the event will help rid you of the stress typically associated with planning a wedding. On the day, the staff will help the day run smoothly, so you can focus on the momentous occasion ahead of you and enjoy the celebrations at the reception after the ceremony. Our North Georgia wedding venue is the perfect place to plan a stress-free wedding that fits the personality of  you and your fiancé.

Our expert wedding coordinator will walk you through the entire planning stages, from selecting the location to deciding what will be served during your reception, rehearsal dinner, or bridesmaid luncheon. When choosing Glen-Ella Springs Inn as your North Georgia wedding venue, you may rest assured Glen-Ella’s staff are dedicated to making sure your special day a dream come true.

Our Wedding Planning Guide has specific details about different options.  It contains pricing, suggested menus, and recommended North Georgia wedding vendors in the area.  Request our Wedding Planning Guide to begin planning your ideal celebration at the most perfect of North Georgia wedding venues.

For an all inclusive experience, you can even plan your honeymoon on the property and enjoy all of the activities and beauty Clarkesville and the North Georgia Mountains have to offer.  Whether you want to have a honeymoon itinerary packed full of outdoor adventures or just relax after the excitement of the wedding, Glen-Ella Springs is the ideal destination. If you enjoy hiking, then there are several amazing places to explore, such as Tallulah Gorge State Park, Black Rock Mountain State Park, Amicalola Falls State Park and more.  Exploring these trails is a great way for couples to unwind after the wedding and create memories among the picturesque North Georgia Mountains.

Our guest rooms and suites have beautifully rustic furnishings an luxurious amenities perfect for a restful yet memorable time. And because Glen-Ella Springs is more than just a one of the popular North Georgia wedding venues, you can revisit the Inn and restaurant to relive your special memories.

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North Georgia Events this Winter http://glenella.com/blog/2014/10/20/north-georgia-events-winter/ http://glenella.com/blog/2014/10/20/north-georgia-events-winter/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:00:31 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1711 Winter may be on its way, but that doesn’t mean things cool off here at Glen-Ella Springs! The colder months are the perfect time for a mountain getaway to our Clarkesville bed and breakfast. When you visit us this winter, there are many North Georgia events and activities to take part in. Habersham County Parade […]

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North Georgia EventsWinter may be on its way, but that doesn’t mean things cool off here at Glen-Ella Springs! The colder months are the perfect time for a mountain getaway to our Clarkesville bed and breakfast. When you visit us this winter, there are many North Georgia events and activities to take part in.

Habersham County Parade

Early each December, Habersham County heralds the beginning of the Christmas season with a parade through one of its towns. This year, the streets of Downtown Clarkesville will play host to this traditional Christmas parade. This year’s paradee will take place on Saturday, December 6th, 2014 from 10:30 am until noon. If you’re looking for North Georgia events to get you into the holiday spirit, then the Habersham County parade is for you! The festivities at last year’s even included crafts, food, games, and a visit from Santa Claus.

Visit the Old Sautee Store

One fun thing to do in between North Georgia events in the winter is visit the Old Sautee Store in Sautee Nacoochee. The amazing atmosphere of the store harkens back to when it was founded in 1872. Today, the store offers high quality merchandise, candy, Farmer’s cheese, and fresh baked goods. Come hungry and get something from the market, or pick up some jam to take back home with you.

Go Antiquing

The North Georgia Mountains are full of antique shops for those looking to find that special piece of furniture, jewelry, or other vintage treasure. Once Upon a Time, Co. in Clarkesville has a great selection of antique furniture and decor along with “Redeemed Wood” pieces built from antique and re-claimed materials. They also have a subterranean used book shop, so you could find your next good read there as well! the Old Clarksville Mill is home to an art and antique gallery as well as a bowling alley, a flea market, a music room, the Habersham Event Center, restaurants, and shops. Another great place to check out is Homestead House, which specializes in American country and primitive antiques.

Learn About North Georgia Pottery

One of the oldest discoveries of human artifacts in North America, Georgia pottery is still very much valued in the region today. The trademark red clay, kaolin, and fuller’s earth are used to this day in family-owned folk pottery shops. Each family pass down its techniques through the generations to keep the handcrafted tradition alive. If you’re a lover of pottery or just a fan of history and regional tradition, you should consider a visit to one of these shops to witness it for yourself and purchase a piece to take home with you. We recommend Soque Artworks, Mark of the Potter, and Hickory Flat Pottery. And if you’re interested in learning more about the legacy of Georgia pottery, visit the Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia in Sautee Nacoochee.

Downtown Clarkesville Christmas

Clarkesville is a magical place to spend the holidays. Christmas in Downtown Clarkesville promises to be a memorable experience for you and your loved ones as our quaint town is decked out in its holiday finest. The season kicks off with a Christmas tree lighting and accompanying seasonal celebrations.

Visit North Georgia Wineries

North Georgia wineries offer the some of the best wine in the state, making a visit to one of the vineyards or tasting rooms a favorite activity. The Winegrowers Association of Georgia is a great resource to find out about upcoming North Georgia events at the wineries.

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No matter which of these North Georgia events and activities you participate in this winter, make your getaway memorable by staying at Glen-Ella Springs. Our comfortable yet elegant rooms and suites combine rustic charm with modern amenities so you can enjoy the ambience of the North Georgia Mountains without sacrificing comfort and convenience.

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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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