Glen-Ella Springs Inn http://glenella.com North Georgia bed and breakfast Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:58:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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Plan the Best Georgia Mountain Getaways http://glenella.com/blog/2015/06/18/georgia-mountain-getaways/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/06/18/georgia-mountain-getaways/#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2015 17:13:20 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=2137 Are you ready to take a break from your busy everyday life and truly relax? If the answer to that question is “yes,” then Georgia Mountain getaways may just be calling your name. There is no better place than the North Georgia Mountains for a trip full of both activity and down time. You can […]

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Georgia Mountain GetawaysAre you ready to take a break from your busy everyday life and truly relax? If the answer to that question is “yes,” then Georgia Mountain getaways may just be calling your name. There is no better place than the North Georgia Mountains for a trip full of both activity and down time. You can spend time enjoying the beautiful outdoors, exploring the region’s heritage, or simply unwinding at Glen-Ella Springs. The possibilities for fun and down time are seemingly endless when you take North Georgia Mountain getaways!

Things to Do on Georgia Mountain Getaways

Hiking and Waterfalls

One of the most popular activities for Georgia Mountain getaways is hiking and nature viewing. The abundance of waterfalls in the area means that you can plan several hikes throughout the region to view these beautiful natural features. Tallulah Gorge State Park is the perfect place to hike and view waterfalls. Another great spot for hiking is Black Rock Mountain State Park.

Horseback Riding

North Georgia horseback riding is another great way to explore the mountains. Trail rides are the perfect way to spend an afternoon as you ride down scenic trails lined by shady trees and beautiful sites. You and your horse will have a grand time making your way across the landscape!

Zip Lining

If you want to put a little bit of adventure in your Georgia Mountain getaways, then going zip lining is the perfect addition to your trip. Head to Sunburst Stables to get your adrenaline pumping on their zip line tours. The tour consists of two miles of cables hung through the forest. You’ll experience the North Georgia Mountains from a whole new perspective as you fly through the treetops and over the landscape of the region. Their goldmine line actually takes you through a cave in total darkness!

Pottery

The North Georgia Mountains have an important pottery-making heritage. You will find many area pottery studios and shops where you can take home a beautiful new piece for your home. If you want to get to know a bit about the history, head to the Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia.

Where to Dine During Georgia Mountain Getaways

One of the most important things to consider during Georgia Mountain getaways is where you’ll eat. At Glen-Ella Springs, we have one of the finest restaurants in the area. The Glen-Ella Springs Restaurant offers delicious and award-winning cuisine in an elegant country atmosphere. Our chef and staff use the freshest local ingredients in our dishes for an unforgettable farm-to-table experience!

Where to Stay During Georgia Mountain Getaways

When you’re deciding what to do during your Georgia Mountain getaways, be sure to choose luxurious accommodations at Glen-Ella Springs Inn. Our rooms and suites combine rustic elegance with modern comforts that will make your stay with us exceptional. Plus, our grounds are beautiful and inviting so you’ll be able to find the perfect spot to sit back and relax, whether it’s on one of our porches or next to our swimming pool. And you’ll be just steps away from the Glen-Ella Springs Restaurant so you won’t have to go far for amazing food! At Glen-Ella Springs, we know you’ll have the best all around experience in the North Georgia Mountains possible. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Asheville to Atlanta is a Beautiful Drive http://glenella.com/blog/2015/06/12/asheville-to-atlanta-is-a-beautiful-drive/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/06/12/asheville-to-atlanta-is-a-beautiful-drive/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2015 17:08:47 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=2121 Sometimes one of the best parts about a vacation is the journey to your destination. This is true of the trip from Asheville to Atlanta. Rather than joining hundreds of other cars on crowded interstates, why not take the road less traveled and take in the beautiful scenery as you pass through. It is more […]

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Asheville to AtlantaSometimes one of the best parts about a vacation is the journey to your destination. This is true of the trip from Asheville to Atlanta. Rather than joining hundreds of other cars on crowded interstates, why not take the road less traveled and take in the beautiful scenery as you pass through. It is more than worth your time since when you make the time on the road a fun part of the trip, you’ll have more time that actually feels like vacation time. So, next time you plan a drive from Asheville to Atlanta take one of our favorite scenic routes and make sure to make time for a visit to Clarkesville and Glen-Ella Springs!

Roads to Take from Asheville to Atlanta

When you’re traveling from Asheville to Atlanta, you don’t have to take the quickest route of interstates and large highways. When you go off the beaten path you’ll find the drive to be far more pleasant and enriching. There are two scenic roads you can take during your travels from Asheville to Atlanta. Both roads are worth wandering down.

Richard B. Russell Scenic Byway

The Richard B. Russell Scenic Byway is a National Scenic Byway that travels through the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. Breathtaking views await travelers as they wind through mountain gaps and valleys. You can access Brasstown Bald from the byway and take in the amazing vistas. If you’re looking for amazing views and beautiful places to stop off for a stretch and a photo, then Richard B. Russell Scenic Byway is the way to go during your trip from Asheville to Atlanta.

Scenic Highway 197

Georgia’s Scenic Highway 197 is the perfect route to take through North Georgia if you want amazing scenery and plenty of unique places to stop along your way. Pottery shops, fishing spots, and places to get amazing southern food all dot this highway. The initial expanse of highway in Habersham County provides travelers with scenic vistas with open farmland and grazing cattle. As you continue north you’ll find historic buildings and more. Then Scenic Highway 197 goes through the city of Clarkesville where you can enjoy quaint shops, antique stores, and restaurants. As you continue you’ll find general stores and places to find some famous North Georgia pottery. The road continues along the Soque River and then through Rabun County’s mountains and Moccasin Creek State Park.

Where to Stay When Traveling from Asheville to Atlanta

If you’re taking the scenic route from Asheville to Atlanta, you should consider extending your trip to spend some time at Glen-Ella Springs. Our Clarkesville, GA Inn has the ideal accommodations for those who are exploring the North Georgia Mountains. Our rooms and suites combine rustic elegance with modern comforts to provide you with the most relaxing experience possible. When not resting and enjoying the comfort of your room, you can explore the property where you’ll find beautiful views of the mountains and a serene atmosphere. Or, you can take a dip in our pool. Plus, our on-site Restaurant is one of the best fine dining establishments in the area. Our dishes feature the freshest local produce, so you can enjoy a farm-to-table meal in an elegant yet comfortable atmosphere. At Glen-Ella Springs, you’ll have a memorable time in the North Georgia Mountains no matter your ultimate destination! We’ll see you soon!

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Get Ready for the Georgia Mountain Fair! http://glenella.com/blog/2015/06/03/the-georgia-mountain-fair/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/06/03/the-georgia-mountain-fair/#comments Wed, 03 Jun 2015 12:30:46 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=2116 There is so much to love about the North Georgia Mountains in the summer. The weather is perfect for partaking in your favorite outdoor activities like hiking, horseback riding, zip lining, or viewing the area’s many waterfalls. Another reason to look forward to the summer in the region is the Georgia Mountain Fair. Each year […]

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Georgia Mountain FairThere is so much to love about the North Georgia Mountains in the summer. The weather is perfect for partaking in your favorite outdoor activities like hiking, horseback riding, zip lining, or viewing the area’s many waterfalls. Another reason to look forward to the summer in the region is the Georgia Mountain Fair. Each year the Georgia Mountain Fairground becomes home to this great event that features amazing music performances, arts and crafts, carnival rides, and much more! So if you want a bit of nostalgia this summer, head to the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds this July 17th through 25th and experience this great classic country fair for yourself!

About the Georgia Mountain Fair

The Georgia Mountain Fair is what you might call a classic country fair. It’s got all the hallmarks of what a great fair should be. It features carnival rides, top-notch musical performances, unique attractions, cultural displays and activities, great food, and all-around good times! This is the 65th annual Georgia Mountain Fair, so you’ll want to be a part of this celebration! The fair draws in thousands of people from throughout the North Georgia Mountains and beyond to experience this old fashioned good time. It’s also a great time to get in touch with North Georgia’s rich history and culture. So no matter what your interests are, you’ll find something to enjoy at the Georgia Mountain fair!

Events at the Georgia Mountain Fair

This year’s Georgia Mountain fair will take place from June 17th to June 25th. Here is a schedule of events to give you an idea what you can expect when you visit:

Friday, July 17

  • Arts & Crafts 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Music Show – 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
    Dailey & Vincent
    Raven & Red

Saturday, July 18

  • Arts & Crafts 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Georgia Mountain Fair Parade – 11:00 AM
    Parade Route begins at Park Sterling Bank and ends at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
  • Music Show – 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
    Brenda Lee
    The Berrong’s Crew featuring billy Nicholson & Jimmy Hooper

Sunday, July 19

  • Arts & Crafts 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Interfaith Worship Service – 11:00 AM
    Jerry Goff
  • Gospel Music Show – 2:00 PM
    The McKamey’s
    The Primitives
    Archie Watkins & Smoky Mtn. Reunion
    (The Original Inspirations)

Monday, July 20

  • Arts & Crafts 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
    Free Carnival Rides – 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM 

    (Gate Admission Required)
  • Music Show – 1:00 PM & 7:00 PM
    T. Graham Brown
  • Miss Georgia Mountain Fair – 8:00 PM

Tuesday, July 21

  • Arts & Crafts 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
    Midway Rides Dollar Day – 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM 
    (Gate Admission Required)
  • Music Show – 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
    Neal McCoy
    Soco Creek

Wednesday, July 22

  • Arts & Crafts 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Music Show – 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
    Confederate Railroad
    Country River Band

Thursday, July 23

  • Arts & Crafts 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Bluegrass Day – 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
    Rhonda Vincent
    Larry Stephenson
    Vernon McEntire & Appalachian Grass

Friday, July 24

  • Arts & Crafts 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Music Show – 2:00 PM
    Jim Wood and The Georgia Mountain Fair Band
  • Music Show – 3:00 PM & 6:30 PM
    Herman’ Hermits starring Peter Noone
  • Single Acts – 8:00 PM
    Jim Wood and The Georgia Mountain Fair Band

Saturday, July 25

  • Arts & Crafts 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Music Show – 2:00 & 8:00 PM
    Jim Wood and The Georgia Mountain Fair Band
  • Music Show -3:00 & 7:00 PM
    The Bellamy Brothers
  • Single Acts- 8:00 PM 
    Jim Wood and The Georgia Mountain Fair Band

vg-blog-cta-250Where to Stay During the Georgia Mountain Fair

Whatever you’re looking forward to most at the Georgia Mountain Fair, your time in the area will be made special and memorable when you stay at Glen-Ella Springs. Our rooms and suites are rustically elegant and feature all of the amenities you’d want in your home-away-from-home.  Whether you just want to go to the fair or you want to take advantage of the other activities in the area, Glen-Ella Springs is the ideal place to make your home-base. There’s no better place to come back to and relax after a day adventuring in the North Georgia Mountains. And if hiking, horseback riding, or taking in the sights has you working up an appetite, then you’re in luck! Our onsite Restaurant features some of the best farm-to-table cuisine in the region. At Glen-Ella Springs you’re sure to have a wonderful experience in the North Georgia Mountains.

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Chattooga River Rafting is a Blast http://glenella.com/blog/2015/05/26/chattooga-river-rafting/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/05/26/chattooga-river-rafting/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 07:02:53 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=2103 Are you looking for a bit of an adventure during your next visit to the North Georgia Mountains? Well, you’re in luck! Chattooga River rafting is the ideal way to get your thrills while still being able to enjoy the gorgeous surroundings provided by the mountains. The Chattooga River is one of the wildest rivers […]

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Chattooga River RaftingAre you looking for a bit of an adventure during your next visit to the North Georgia Mountains? Well, you’re in luck! Chattooga River rafting is the ideal way to get your thrills while still being able to enjoy the gorgeous surroundings provided by the mountains. The Chattooga River is one of the wildest rivers in the east, so you can be sure that you’ll have great fun navigating the rapids. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced rafter,  Chattooga River rafting is an activity that will exhilarate you and create wonderful memories of your time in the North Georgia Mountains.

Chattooga River Rafting

There are two outfitters nearby that we reccommend for Chattooga River rafting:

Wildwater Limited

Wildwater Limited is a great place to go for Chattooga River rafting. They have expertly trained guides that will take you down the wild rapids of the river safely. There are three Chattooga River rafting day trips offered by Wildwater Limited. First is the Chattooga river Mini Trip. This is the best trip for inexperienced rafters and others wanting to spend just half a day rafting. The Section III Trip is also good for novices but is longer than the Mini Trip. The trip goes through Section III of the river, which features mostly Class II and III rapids, with difficulty increasing as you go. But as you go along, you’ll get into the swing of things and welcome the new challenges. The trip culminates with Bull Sluice, which drops 14 feet over two drops. The Section IV Trip starts where the Section III trip ends. If you have previous experience with rafting, then this trip will be perfect for you. You’ll navigate what is known as the Five Falls: Entrance, Corkscrew, Crack-In-the-Rock, Jawbone, and Sock-Em Dog.  The Wildwater Limited campus also has a volleyball court, horseshoes, and other games if you want to get in some extra recreation before or after your trip.

Southeastern Expeditions

With Southeastern Expeditions, you’ll have the opportunity to choose from two Chattooga River rafting experiences.  The Wild Section III trip takes you down Section III of the river and is great for those who want a shorter trip. The Wilder Section IV trip takes you over some of the wildest rapids east of the Mississippi River and you’ll have a great time navigating them with your trained guide. You’ll experience challenging rapids that all lead up to the Five Falls. This trip is perfect if you’re a thrill seeker. The Section III trip takes six hours while the Section IV trip takes seven hours.

Where to Stay When Chattooga River Rafting

When you’re deciding which Chattooga River rafting adventure to partake in, be sure to book your stay at Glen-Ella Springs. Our Clarkesville inn is the ideal place to relax and refresh during your time in the North Georgia Mountains. We have rustically elegant rooms and suites that will keep you in the utmost comfort, so you can be rested and ready for whatever you have planned during your trip. Our property is the ideal place for a North Georgia getaway, with our own onsite Restaurant that offers guests delicious meals prepared with farm-to-table ingredients. At Glen-Ella Springs, it’s more than just a stay, it’s an experience!

For more information about the North Georgia Mountains and what to do and see while you’re here, be sure to request a free copy of our Vacation Guide!

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Outdoorsy Things to Do in Clayton, GA http://glenella.com/blog/2015/05/22/things-to-do-in-clayton-ga/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/05/22/things-to-do-in-clayton-ga/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 06:11:38 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=2095 We here at Glen-Ella Springs are glad that summer is almost underway so we can take advantage of the great outdoor activities available in the North Georgia Mountains. Hiking, biking, kayaking, swimming, and wildlife viewing are all calling our name. If you like being outside as much as we do, then you should explore Clarkesville’s […]

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Things to Do in Clayton GAWe here at Glen-Ella Springs are glad that summer is almost underway so we can take advantage of the great outdoor activities available in the North Georgia Mountains. Hiking, biking, kayaking, swimming, and wildlife viewing are all calling our name. If you like being outside as much as we do, then you should explore Clarkesville’s neighboring town, Clayton. This charming part of the North Georgia Mountain community is home to beautiful forests and streams and an abundance of recreational opportunities. So, here are a few of our favorite outdoorsy things to do in Clayton, GA.

Outdoorsy Things to Do in Clayton, GA

Whether you want to take to the water or stay on dry land, you’ll find plenty of great outdoorsy things to do in Clayton, GA to keep you busy!

Bartram Trail

Bartram Trail is a multi-state trail that follows a route naturalist William Bartram took during his exploration of the American south. While the Bartram Trail spans from Georgia to North Carolina, Bartram also explored the southern lands that are now South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee. The total length of the trail is over 115 miles, so it’s best to plan a hike that’s just a portion of the trail. It’s easy to create day hikes on the Bartram Trail because it parallels other popular trails. One great way to access the trail is to utilize the Rabun Bald Trail. This trail is a moderately strenuous hike that measures just under 3 miles. The hike is rewarding though, with 360-degree views of the mountains from a viewing platform at the trail’s end.

Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest

When you’re in the North Georgia Mountains, you should make time to visit the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. Not only is it one of the best outdoorsy things to do in Clayton, GA, it’s a must-see if you’re anywhere in North Georgia. The forest measures almost 867,000 acres and covers 26 counties. The lush wooded areas and flowing waters of the forest attract visitors far and wide to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Because of the vast size of the forest, you will find a large variety of recreational opportunities. There are 850 miles of trails suitable for hiking, biking, and riding. There are also thousands of miles of streams and rivers running through the forest, creating the perfect environment for fishing, kayaking, canoeing, boating and swimming. Other popular activities in the park include nature viewing, picnicking, and scenic driving.

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One of the most fun things to do in Clayton, GA is hit the Chattooga River for some rafting. Southeastern Expeditions is a wonderful rafting outfitter located in Clayton. Their expert guides will take you on an exciting adventure down the river and through a variety of rapids.  Choose from two trips: Wild and Wilder. Wild is a six-hour trip that ends with a large class IV rapid called Bull’s Sluice. Wilder is a seven-hour trip containing some of the wildest rapids east of the Mississippi. The finale of this trip is the trip down Five Falls and Soc-em-Dog rapids.

More About the North Georgia Mountains

To learn more about the North Georgia Mountains and all the great events and activities in the area, be sure to request our free North Georgia Mountains Vacation Guide. It is full of our inside tips on where to go and what to see during your time at Glen-Ella Springs.

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Romantic Getaways in Georgia are What We Do! http://glenella.com/blog/2015/05/15/romantic-getaways-in-georgia/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/05/15/romantic-getaways-in-georgia/#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 20:20:30 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=2086 Are you and your partner due for some relaxing alone time? Maybe it’s time to get away from it all and have a romantic trip with just the two of you. Glen-Ella Springs in the North Georgia Mountains is the perfect destination for romantic getaways in Georgia. Not only is the inn close to many […]

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Romantic Getaways In GeorgiaAre you and your partner due for some relaxing alone time? Maybe it’s time to get away from it all and have a romantic trip with just the two of you. Glen-Ella Springs in the North Georgia Mountains is the perfect destination for romantic getaways in Georgia. Not only is the inn close to many of the activities you’ll want to enjoy, but the property is a beautiful destination in itself. So take a look at all the things to see and do during romantic getaways in Georgia and start planning a memorable trip!

Things to Do During Romantic Getaways in Georgia

Whether you want to pack in activities or spend your time simply relaxing, romantic getaways in Georgia are the perfect way to unwind. With plenty of outdoor activities and beautiful scenery to enjoy, you’ll find the perfect activity for you and your loved one during your trip.

Hiking

If you and your partner love to hike, then you’re in luck when you visit the North Georgia Mountains. There are tons of trails to take in the area, and they’re all great ways to see the beauty of the mountain landscape. Tallulah Gorge State Park is a great place to get some hiking in, whether you’re looking for an easy walk or a strenuous trek. Other great hiking spots include Black Rock Mountain, Amicalola Falls State Park, Moccasin Creek State Park, and Cloudland Canyon State Park.

Horseback Riding

Another way to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors is horseback riding. Explore the lush landscape of the North Georgia Mountains by horseback at Sunburst Stables. With over 4,000 acres of mountain trails, a ride at Sunburst Stables is worth your time. You can choose from trail rides of varying distances and lengths of time. For the ultimate romantic ride, try the three-hour sunset ride, which passes through the forest up to the mountain top for a beautiful sunset view.

Visit Waterfalls

Strolling alongside a beautiful waterfall might be the perfect thing to do during romantic getaways in Georgia. Luckily the North Georgia Mountains are full of waterfalls. Tallulah Gorge State Park is a great place to view Tallulah Falls, which is actually made up of a series of stunning falls. Other waterfalls in North Georgia include Angel Falls, Amicalola Falls, Panther Creek Falls, Minnehaha Falls, and High Shoals Falls.

Enjoy Georgia Wine Country

If you want to enjoy a nice glass of wine during your romantic getaways in Georgia, then you must pay a visit to one of the many wineries in North Georgia. Popular choices include Sautee Nacoochee Vineyards, Paradise Hills Winery, Odom Springs Vineyard, Mantaluce Winery, Cavender Creek Vineyards, and Habersham Winery.

vg-blog-cta-250Accommodations and Dining During Romantic Getaways in Georgia

During romantic getaways in Georgia, there is no better place to stay than Glen-Ella Springs. Our rustically elegant rooms and suites are ideal for relaxing and forgetting about the outside world and the property is fully of serene views and quiet places to unwind. Plus, our onsite Restaurant is one of the best destinations in the area for fine dining. We use a farm-to-table method to bring you innovative dishes with the freshest of local ingredients. It all comes together to create a getaway you won’t soon forget. We can’t wait to have you with us soon!

For more information about the North Georgia Mountains and Glen-Ella Springs, request a copy of our Vacation Guide!

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A Guide to Fishing Lake Rabun, GA http://glenella.com/blog/2015/05/05/lake-rabun-ga/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/05/05/lake-rabun-ga/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 19:20:44 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=2072 Summer in the North Georgia Mountains brings with it a myriad of wonderful opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. There are many places to explore, whether you want to hike Tallulah Gorge or going on a zip line adventure.  Another place you might want to think about visiting is Lake Rabun, GA. Located in Lakemont, Lake […]

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Lake Rabun GASummer in the North Georgia Mountains brings with it a myriad of wonderful opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. There are many places to explore, whether you want to hike Tallulah Gorge or going on a zip line adventure.  Another place you might want to think about visiting is Lake Rabun, GA. Located in Lakemont, Lake Rabun is a great place to relax, and the perfect spot to cast a line and reel in some big fish. Lake Rabun is just about a half an hour from Glen-Ella Springs, so a going there to fish makes a great day trip from our Clarkesville bed and breakfast. There are several types of fish waiting in the waters of Lake Rabun, you just have to go out and catch!

About Lake Rabun, GA

Lake Rabun, GA is an 834-acre lake located in the town of Lakemont. The lake is downstream from Lake Burton, which is near Clayton.  Many locals and visitors take boats out of Hall’s Boat House to cast their line on the lake. Lake Rabun is a paradise for fishing aficionados, with plenty of big catches to be had. In fact, Danny Wall, a local Lakemont man recently caught the biggest striped bass that has ever come out of the lake. The catch was a 39 pound, 14 oz striped bass measuring 41 inches long. Just imagine what could be waiting out there for you!

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Fishing on Lake Rabun, GA

When you head out to Lake Rabun, GA for a day of fishing, you have the chance to reel in all manner of fish.  The most common varieties you’ll find are largemouth bass, spotted bass, bream, and walleye. Take a look at some tips and details about fishing on Lake Rabun, GA below:

Largemouth Bass

With the largest number of largemouth bass in the lake in nearly a decade, the odds are pretty good that you’ll be able to reel one in. Mostly fish that measure in at about a foot long and weighing one pound will be the most prevalent.

Spotted Bass

Spotted bass numbers will also be at a record high this season. Most of the spotted bass reeled in will be between one and two pounds. Anglers should head to the open water areas and main channels to find spotted bass.

Bream

When fishing for bream on Lake Rabun, GA you might catch one of the shellcracker, redbreast, or bluegill variety. These fish are smaller than bass, weight about a quarter of a pound to half a pound.

Walleye

Walleye are the rarest fish among these four, but numbers this year are higher than in years past. If you catch one, you can expect it to be between two and four pounds.

Accommodations Near Lake Rabun, GA

When you’re planning a fishing trip to Lake Rabun, GA don’t forget to book your stay at Glen-Ella Springs. Our Clarkesville bed and breakfast is the perfect place to come back to after a day out on the lake. Our rooms and suites will provide you with the best accommodations in the North Georgia Mountains. With an elegantly rustic aesthetic and modern comforts, there is no better place yo call your home base during your time in our area. Plus, our onsite Restaurant has a wonderful menu of dishes prepared with the freshest local ingredients available. This farm-to-table philosophy means you will enjoy the best flavors in our expertly prepared recipes. For a memorable experience in the North Georgia Mountains, there is no place better than Glen-Ella Springs. See you soon!

 

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6 Amazingly Beautiful Waterfalls in North Georgia http://glenella.com/blog/2015/04/30/waterfalls-in-north-georgia/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/04/30/waterfalls-in-north-georgia/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 14:36:57 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=2065 There’s something truly special about the North  Georgia Mountains.  The unique beauty of the Blue Ridge range and the forested slopes are enchanting and beautiful. Part of the signature beauty of the North Georgia Mountains is in the region’s many waterfalls. Waterfalls in North Georgia make for great hiking destinations as well as just being […]

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Waterfalls in North GeorgiaThere’s something truly special about the North  Georgia Mountains.  The unique beauty of the Blue Ridge range and the forested slopes are enchanting and beautiful. Part of the signature beauty of the North Georgia Mountains is in the region’s many waterfalls. Waterfalls in North Georgia make for great hiking destinations as well as just being soothing and beautiful to look at. There are dozens of waterfalls in North Georgia, and during your next stay at Glen-Ella Springs, you should consider going out to explore a few of them.  We’ve come up with 10 fantastic waterfalls in North Georgia that are worth the hike to see.

6 Beautiful Waterfalls in North Georgia

1. Amicalola Falls

One of several waterfalls in North Georgia with a Cherokee name, Amicalola Falls is a great place to hike. The name means “tumbling waters” and the beauty of the falls is worth one of the several hikes you can take to see Amicalola Falls.

2. Minnehaha Falls

Minnehaha Falls is considered by some to be one of the best waterfalls in North Georgia. The falls are 60 feet high and cascade down in three to five foot increments before flowing into a wide base at the bottom.

3. Panther Creek Falls

The first of two waterfalls on the Angel Falls Trail, Panther Falls is about 50 feet high on Joe Branch Creek.

4. Angel Falls

The second waterfall on the Angel Falls is Angel Falls. These falls are also about 50 feet high and are of the cascade variety.

5. High Shoals Falls

Accessed by a 2.7-mile round trip hike, High Shoal Falls is a massive 50 foot tumbling waterfall. Many say that this is another one of the best waterfalls in north Georgia.

6. Tallulah Falls

Tallulah Falls is made up of a series of waterfalls in North Georgia located in Tallulah Gorge State Park. The six falls that make up the larger Tallulah Falls are: l’Eau d’Or Falls, Tempesta Falls, Hurricane Falls, Oceana Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Lovers Leap Falls. The tallest of these falls is Hurrican Falls which measures 96 feet tall.

 

Where to Stay When Exploring Waterfalls in North Georgia

When you’re deciding which waterfalls in North Georgia to see, make sure to make your accommodation arrangements at Glen-Ella Springs. Our Clarkesville inn is the ideal place to stay during all of your adventures in the North Georgia Mountains. Our rooms and suites combine rustic elegance with modern comforts to create the perfect getaway spot. Once you’re on the property, you’ll feel relaxed and reinvigorated. You can walk the grounds surrounding the inn, find a rocking chair on the porch, or take a swim in our pool. Of course, each morning you’ll be treated to a delicious full breakfast to get your days started right. Also, our onsite Restaurant is one of the best fine dining establishments in the area. You don’t have to leave the property to enjoy innovative dishes made with fresh, local ingredients.  When you choose Glen-Ella Springs for your North Georgia getaway, you can be sure that you’ll have a memorable trip! We can’t wait to have you with us soon!

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Tallulah Gorge Hiking Trails: Our Guide http://glenella.com/blog/2015/04/22/tallulah-gorge-hiking-trails/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/04/22/tallulah-gorge-hiking-trails/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 05:46:41 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=2054 One of the great things about being in the North Georgia Mountains is that it seems like the opportunities for exploration and discovery are limitless. Even when you visit somewhere you’ve been before, you can find something new to enjoy about it. One place that we never tire of visiting is Tallulah Gorge State Park. […]

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Tallulah Gorge hiking trailsOne of the great things about being in the North Georgia Mountains is that it seems like the opportunities for exploration and discovery are limitless. Even when you visit somewhere you’ve been before, you can find something new to enjoy about it. One place that we never tire of visiting is Tallulah Gorge State Park.  The beauty of the gorge and the falls are worth several visits through the year, but the hiking trails will show you something new each time you set out on them. With a variety of trails with differing difficulties and distances, everyone is sure to find a trail to suit their needs at Tallulah Gorge State Park. Take a look at the great Tallulah Gorge hiking trails that you can take on if you’re feeling adventurous during your time in Clarkesville.

Tallulah Gorge Hiking Trails

Stoneplace Trail

This moderate to difficult trail is a 10 mile round trip. On the trail there is a section that is an old road bed. A permit must be obtained to hike this trail. Stoneplace Trail is also accessible to mountain bikers.

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North Rim Trail

The North Rim Trail is 3/4 mile one way and gives hikers the best southern view of the gorge. Several scenic overlooks provide great vies of Oceana Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, L’Eau d’Or Falls, Tempesta Falls, and Hawthorn Cascade and Pool.

South Rim Trail

Also 3/4 mile one way, the South Rim Trail is a moderate hike that contains inclines and five scenic overlooks. Hikers can view Hawthorn Pool, Tempesta Falls, Hurricane Falls, Oceana Falls, Caledonia Cascade and more.

Hurricane Falls Loop Trail

This 2 mile round-trip trail is rated difficult. The trail contains 1,099 stairs including access to the gorge floor.

Gorge Floor Trail

The Gorge Floor trail is rated difficult and permits must be obtained to access the floor. But, if you’re up to the challenge the reward is worth it. The hike is 2.5 miles round trip and there is no soil as the gorge floor is all rocks and boulders.

High Bluff Trail

Another trail that requires a permit, the High Bluff Trail is a moderately difficult hike of 4 miles round-trip. Mountain biking is also allowed on this trail.

Shortline Trail

Shortline Trail is a multi-use trail that measures 3 miles long. Hikers, bikers, and skaters can all use this trail and it is the most accessible. It’s paved and rated east.

Where to Stay When Taking on Tallulah Gorge Hiking Trails

If you’re headed to the North Georgia Mountains to enjoy some Tallulah Gorge hiking trails, then you need a comfortable place to call home during your time in the area so you can rest in between adventures.  Glen-Ella Springs is the perfect place to relax and unwind in between hikes and other activities.  Our rooms and suites combine rustic elegance with modern luxuries that will keep you in the utmost comfort during your time at our Clarkesville bed and breakfast.  Plus, our onsite Restaurant is one of the best fine dining establishments in the area. Experience dishes with bold flavors made with fresh, local ingredients. Our farm-to-table philosophy won’t disappoint your taste buds! When looking for an all around memorable time in the North Georgia Mountains, you can’t go wrong with Glen-Ella Springs. See you soon!

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