Glen-Ella Springs Inn http://glenella.com North Georgia bed and breakfast Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:58:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Georgia Wine Highway Weekend http://glenella.com/blog/2014/12/17/georgia-wine-highway-weekend-2/ http://glenella.com/blog/2014/12/17/georgia-wine-highway-weekend-2/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:58:15 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1794 The New Year is bringing a much anticipated annual event to the North Georgia mountains in the guise of wonderful weekend getaways. Expect great food, and award-winning wines when you come to the 2015 Georgia Wine Highway Weekend, which will actually take place over two whole weekends next year. March is the month to look […]

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A North Georgia Wine Barn / Photo By Eric Fleming via Flickr

The New Year is bringing a much anticipated annual event to the North Georgia mountains in the guise of wonderful weekend getaways. Expect great food, and award-winning wines when you come to the 2015 Georgia Wine Highway Weekend, which will actually take place over two whole weekends next year. March is the month to look forward to, so make sure you saving either the weekends of March 21st to 22nd, and the 28th to 29th. There would be no better place to stay for your weekend of wine tours and tastings in the North Georgia Mountains than Glen-Ella Springs bed and breakfast. Located in Clarkesville, GA it is in the midst of this renown and beautiful wine country.

The Winegrowers Association of Georgia is a non-profit corporation which promotes Georgia wines and works toward improving the market for winegrowers. The Georgia Wine Highway Weekend is one such event that promotes the gorgeous wine country tucked away in the mountains. The event has become so popular among vintners and wine enthusiasts alike that this year they had to spread it out over two weekends to make it more feasible for everyone involved to get the most of their experience. The event already has at least 15 participating vineyards form the wine country. The $30.00 ticket for the event includes a souvenir glass, and a passport to all of the participating vineyards.

Here are just a few of the participating vineyards involved in The Georgia Wine Highway Weekend.

Cavendar Creek Vineyards
This small family vineyard began on volunteer labor alone, starting with two red varieties and adding third small white variety. Their wines offer the pampered flavor of a small artisan vineyard.

Sautee-Nacoochee Vineyards
This is a small, vineyard that celebrates hand-made wines. Everything from planting to harvesting is done by hand. They prize tradition above science, making each corking a unique experience that connects to the land.

Yonah Mountain Vineyards
Seven varieties of grapes cover this 197 acre estate of rolling hills. This is still a new vineyard, which yielded its first harvest in 2010. They are best known for their Tour de la Cave and Barrel Tastings.

Crane Creek Vineyards
Sitting high among the Blue Ridge Mountains, and in the shadow of the state’s highest peak, Brasstown Bald, this small family-run vineyard is a gem you don’t want to miss. Aside from their complex, full-bodied wines, this vineyard is a beautiful venue at which to host events and will be a prized stop along the way during the Georgia Wine Highway Weekend.

These two weekends of wine festivities will be just as much about the beautiful scenery of Georgia’s upcountry as it will be about the wine. Any one of the participating vineyards will have breathtaking views, with the flowers of spring just starting to bud. The days will be comfortably warm, and the evenings still a little crisp. This is a great time of year to get away from Atlanta, which is just two hours away, and enjoy the outdoors and a little known Georgia cultural experience.

 

 

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5 Things to Do in Dahlonega GA http://glenella.com/blog/2014/12/10/5-things-dahlonega-ga/ http://glenella.com/blog/2014/12/10/5-things-dahlonega-ga/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 19:18:39 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1789 Dahlonega GA is the site of the first major United States Gold Rush, and is in the midst of Georgia Wine Country. One hour north of Atlanta in the North Georgia Mountains, Dahlonega is a popular site for weddings year-round. Outdoor adventure-seekers and avid cyclists travel to this small Georgia town to see the waterfalls, […]

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Dahlonega GA

Dahlonega Gold Museum / Photo By JR P via Flickr

Dahlonega GA is the site of the first major United States Gold Rush, and is in the midst of Georgia Wine Country. One hour north of Atlanta in the North Georgia Mountains, Dahlonega is a popular site for weddings year-round. Outdoor adventure-seekers and avid cyclists travel to this small Georgia town to see the waterfalls, and participate in world famous bicycling events. there are theaters, music venues many and other ways to absorb the arts in this small Georgian town. The Dahlonega GA area is also home to the quaint Glen Ella Springs bed and breakfast, which will add to your North Georgia Mountains experience with cozy accommodations and wonderful food.

  1. Wineries & Vineyards
    Home to numerous award-winning wineries and vineyards, Dahlonega GA is a great place to savor the wine tasting experience. Local winemakers are masters of grape cultivation and vintage production. Combined they cultivate 100 acres of grapes and produce 23,000 bottles of wine annually. These fine local establishments also host great events throughout the year for both locals and visitors. Check out Cavender Creek Vineyards & Winery, Frogtown Cellars, Montaluce Winery & Estates, Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery, Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery for the full experience.
  2. Spa Days
    Sometimes vacations call for a little extra R&R. If that’s how you’re feeling on your visit to Dahlonega you should head to one our local spa and wellness centers. Dahlonega Healing Arts and Littlefield Cottage Healing Arts & Day Spa are great places if you’re looking for an all-encompassing wellness experience. Jolie Day Spa & Salon and Oasis Day Spa at Mountain Laurel Creek will be more conventional spa outings.
  3. Gold Mining History
    The Dahlonega GA gold deposit was accidentally discovered in 1828, which turned out to be on the country’s largest. You can experience this town’s rich history in many ways. The Gold Fever Package is the most inclusive way to learn about how this sleepy town turned into a gold mining center overnight.
  4. Outdoor Adventures
    The list of great adventures to be had in the Blue Ridge Mountain foothills in Dahlonega GA or too nermous to name. There are hiking trails as well as rivers and lakes for kayaking, canoeing and tubing and fishing. The roads and mountain trails are beautiful for bicyclers. Cascading waterfalls are spread throughout the region and are popular sights for locals and visitors alike.
  5. Historic Downtown
    Small Dahlonega GA is full of fun things to do downtown. Check out the Holly Theather, which is always playing great shows. If you want to make a whole night of it take a meal at one of the many favorite restaurants right downtown.

Dahlonega GA has earned the “it’s pure gold” tagline for more than just its gold deposits. With a lively downtown area to take in the local culture and wooded foothills to explore it’s no wonder the town attracts visitors throughout the year. Glen Ella Springs bed and breakfast is on the list of motivations to visit the area with fine accommodations, friendly staff and breakfasts you won’t forget.

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The North GA Mountains are Beautiful in Winter http://glenella.com/blog/2014/12/05/north-ga-mountains/ http://glenella.com/blog/2014/12/05/north-ga-mountains/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 17:40:17 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1782 The North GA Mountains are a perfect destination for getaways year-round.  When you visit Glen-Ella Springs, you’ll be enchanted by the beauty of the natural surroundings no matter the season. Winter the North GA Mountains is no exception.  The magic of the holiday season, the fresh crisp air, and maybe even a bit of snow […]

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North Georgia MountainsThe North GA Mountains are a perfect destination for getaways year-round.  When you visit Glen-Ella Springs, you’ll be enchanted by the beauty of the natural surroundings no matter the season. Winter the North GA Mountains is no exception.  The magic of the holiday season, the fresh crisp air, and maybe even a bit of snow will only add to your experience in the area.  And with plenty of great activities and events to take part in, your trip will be full of fun and warm memories…even if it’s cold out! Whether you want a vacation packed full of activities or a relaxing getaway, the North GA Mountains and Glen-Ella Springs are an ideal destination.

About the North GA Mountains

The area known as the North GA Mountains occupies the northeast corner of Georgia.  The actual mountains are a part of the Blue Ridge mountain chain which is in turn a part of the Appalachian Mountains. The Blue Ridge mountains are more than 1 billion years old and among the oldest mountains in the United States. This region of the state is renowned for being ruggedly beautiful.  It is also an outdoor lover’s paradise.  Hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and wildlife observation are all popular activities in the mountains.  And the North GA Mountains have plenty going on in the winter.

Winter Activities in the North GA Mountains

If you’re looking for winter fun, then you’ve come to the right place. Just because the temperatures cool down, it doesn’t mean things slow down in the North GA Mountains. One favorite winter pastime is fishing on the Soque River.  The trout fishing season is pretty much year round with peak season starting fall and ending in summer. So you can bundle up, enlist the services of a guide from Brigadoon Lodge and reel in a big one (fish regularly weigh in between 4 and 12 pounds). Other popular activities include hiking in the many parks in the area or exploring Tallulah Gorge State Park. The views of the falls are stunning and the atmosphere of the park is spectacular all year. Special events are celebrated in Clarkesville, such as the  Timesquare in Habersham New Years Eve Party or the Elvis and Friends New Year’s Eve celebration.  Also, in February, live it up with Clarkesville Mardi Gras.

Staying in the North Georgia Mountains

Along with all the great activities and events the North GA mountains have to offer, accommodations in the area are second to none at Glen-Ella Springs.  The Inn has a warm and comfortable yet elegant atmosphere that will make you right at home during your getaway.  So, if you’re looking for a trip to just relax fireside or soak in the tub, then we’ve got you covered! Our rooms and suites offer fine furnishings, luxurious linens, and private baths.  Some rooms even feature in-room fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. For fine dining, our Restaurant has delicious and innovative dishes with continental influences.  So for the perfect place to unwind, refresh, and enjoy the great outdoors this winter, look no further than Glen-Ella Springs in Clarkesville.

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Experience a Day at Buck Shoals State Park http://glenella.com/blog/2014/11/26/experience-day-buck-shoals-state-park/ http://glenella.com/blog/2014/11/26/experience-day-buck-shoals-state-park/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:47:57 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1765 One of North Georgia’s most tucked away treasures is the Buck Shoals State Park. Located just north of the fork in the Chattahoochee River where the Soque River breaks east you’ll find this nook of forested paradise. Hugged by the Hoochee, the Buck Shoals State Park isn’t typically open by road access making it a truly […]

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Buck Shoals State Park

Chattahoochee River / Photo by Brandon Reed via Flickr

One of North Georgia’s most tucked away treasures is the Buck Shoals State Park. Located just north of the fork in the Chattahoochee River where the Soque River breaks east you’ll find this nook of forested paradise. Hugged by the Hoochee, the Buck Shoals State Park isn’t typically open by road access making it a truly uninhabited and wild patch in the North Georgia mountains. In 2000 this 582-acre plot of land was purchased by the state to protect it from being developed. However the state never found the funds to turn into a full state park, which has kept it a particularly quiet destination with a few hike-in campsites along the river.

This is a dream for all those serious outdoors types looking for a real backwoods adventure. If you’re staying with us here at the lovely Glen-Ella Springs Inn we encourage you to trek out for a nice walk in the woods, a bike ride, or a mosey down the river to take in this beautiful land.

For those less adventurous types who similarly like to breathe the fresh air and behold the mountainous beauty, Buck Shoals is open throughout the year for special events. There are often guided hiking tours led by a state parks naturalist, which you can learn about on the Georgia State Parks website. The autumn is typically a time when the park’s road access is opened for a day of youth fishing. The park has a few small lakes that are stocked with bass, bream and catfish, and the kids can take home whatever they catch that is within the limit. This is are some great and rare opportunities to get out and see this land by the convenience of your vehicle.

If you’re traveling to North Georgia with bicycles you could easily take a ride into and around the park. If you’re coming for a visit with a river canoe or kayak you could paddle to fishing holes within the park limits. Traveling by water offers a very unique perspective of this lush country haven. Along the river you’ll find a nice mix of intermediate rapids and a lazy water, giving you many opportune spots to throw your flies. This is one of the most simultaneously accessible and yet untrodden spots in the whole state and will be a real treat to fish.

If you are among the many people who flock to the North Georgia mountains to take refuge from the big city and take care of that itch for some natural beauty, the you definitely want to check out the Buck Shoals State Park. Whether by foot or boat this park is a peaceful sanctuary where bird watchers and fishermen alike will find what they’re looking for. This is a favorite spot among guests at the Glen-Ella Springs Inn who head out to the wilds after one of our famous breakfasts, and return at the end of a long day for a warm meal at out acclaimed restaurant.

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Romantic Getaways Near Atlanta You Should Know About http://glenella.com/blog/2014/11/20/romantic-getaways-near-atlanta/ http://glenella.com/blog/2014/11/20/romantic-getaways-near-atlanta/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:25:03 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1772 It’s easy to see the benefits of living in Atlanta, GA.  The city is full of culture, great dining, special events, and work opportunities.  However, it can get tiring being in the city day in and day out.  Getting away from the hectic bustle of Atlanta and closer to nature can be just what the […]

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Romantic Getaways near AtlantaIt’s easy to see the benefits of living in Atlanta, GA.  The city is full of culture, great dining, special events, and work opportunities.  However, it can get tiring being in the city day in and day out.  Getting away from the hectic bustle of Atlanta and closer to nature can be just what the doctor ordered. When you and your partner are stressed out from your daily grind in the city, consider these romantic getaways near Atlanta to relieve your tension and renew your spirits.

Where to Find Romantic Getaways Near Atlanta

Just an hour and a half away from Atlanta is Clarkesville, GA in the North Georgia Mountains.  Clarkesville is a place with plenty of small town charm and beautiful surroundings.  It’s also home to Glen-Ella Springs, the perfect destination for romantic getaways near Atlanta.  Our North Georgia Mountain inn has luxurious and comfortable accommodations as well as a rustic elegance that will make you feel a world away from your everyday stress.  With state parks like Tallulah Gorge providing opportunities for all types of outdoor recreation nearby, a getaway to Clarkesville is the ideal way to decompress.

North Georgia Mountain Activities

A number of outdoor activities are popular in the North Georgia Mountains.   These activities include zip lining, fly fishing, trout fishing, hiking, and horseback riding. There are also a number of antique shops and other stores in the area as well as historical sites and museums. Another popular activity is touring the Georgia Wine Highway.

Accommodations for Romantic Getaways Near Atlanta

When traveling to the North Georgia Mountains for romantic getaways near Atlanta, Glen-Ella Springs is the ideal place to stay.  Our Clarkesville inn has 16 beautiful guest rooms  in four room types to suit all of your needs:

Penthouse Suites

The most spacious of all of the rooms and suites, the Penthouse Suites are located on the third floor of the Inn.  Each is individually decorated for a unique atmosphere, but they all feature king beds, gas fireplaces, private baths with jetted whirlpool tubs, shared sitting rooms and balcony porches, luxury sheets, mini fridges stocked with beverages, custom milled bath products, spa inspired robes, and private entrances.

Three Room Suites

There are two of these large suites on the property.  Each has a bedroom, a bathroom with dressing area, and a sitting room.  There is a king bed in the sleeping area of the suite and a queen sofa bed or twin daybeds in the sitting rooms.  The rooms also feature the luxurious linens and bath amenities mentioned above.

King Rooms

These first and second floor rooms have a beautiful view of the wooded portion of the property.  Each room has a king bed, desk with chair, and two comfortable chairs for lounging.

Queen Rooms

The Queen Rooms are located on the main floor as well as the second story.  They feature a queen size bed, desk with chair, and a comfortable chair for relaxing. The rooms open up to a shared covered porch overlooking the pool, gardens, and meadow on the property.

Restaurant

Glen-Ella Springs is also home to one of the best dining establishments in the North Georgia Mountains.  Our Restaurant features innovative dishes in a rustic yet elegant country atmosphere. The Restaurant is open beginning at 5:30 pm most evenings.  You’ll also be treated to an amazing full breakfast each morning of your stay.

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We are passionate about giving our guests the best possible experience possible, and we look forward to sharing that dedication with you soon!

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Have a Student at Toccoa Falls College? Stay With Us When You Visit! http://glenella.com/blog/2014/11/15/toccoa-falls-college/ http://glenella.com/blog/2014/11/15/toccoa-falls-college/#comments Sat, 15 Nov 2014 20:16:47 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1761 People come to the North Georgia Mountains for a multitude of reasons. Many visit for the scenic beauty and the wonderful opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities. Some come to get away from the hectic stress of their day to day lives and relax. Another popular reason to come to our neck of the woods is […]

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Toccoa Falls CollegePeople come to the North Georgia Mountains for a multitude of reasons. Many visit for the scenic beauty and the wonderful opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities. Some come to get away from the hectic stress of their day to day lives and relax. Another popular reason to come to our neck of the woods is Toccoa Falls College. Because Glen-Ella Springs is located less than half an hour away from Toccoa Falls College in the Blue Ridge Mountains, parents can stay at the Inn when visiting their students. There are many benefits for choosing to stay at our Clarkesville bed and breakfast, and we know that once you visit, you’ll come back time and time again, whether you’re visiting a student at Toccoa Falls College or not!

About Toccoa Falls College

Toccoa Falls College is a private Christian liberal arts college located in the town of Toccoa. The school is surrounded by the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, making it a popular choice among students who want to have the experience of a small Christian campus during their studies. Toccoa Falls was founded in 1907 by R.A. Forrest and it was originally located in Golden, North Carolina before moving to Toccoa shortly after its establishment. The reason for the move was that Forrest wanted the school to be nearer to a mainline railroad.

Throughout the school’s history the campus has suffered from several fires as well as the Kelly Barns Dam Break Disaster, however the school has soldiered on. Today students study in one of three schools: the School of Christian Ministries, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Professional studies. Together these three schools have nine departments offering 26 majors and 36 minors. The undergraduate population at Toccoa Falls College is currently about 750.

Toccoa Falls College Sports

Toccoa Falls College Athletics has several teams in intercollegiate competition. The athletic teams compete in Division II of the NCCAA under the mascot of the Eagles in the colors of blue and gold. Men’s athletics teams include baseball, basketball, cross country, and soccer. Women’s teams compete in basketball, cross country, soccer, and volleyball. The Baseball Team has won the NCCAA Division II National Championship in 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013. The Women’s Soccer Team won the NCCAA Division II National Invitational 2008-2009.

Staying Near Toccoa Falls College

When visiting Toccoa Falls College, whether it’s to see a student or for another reason, be sure to book your stay at Glen-Ella Springs. We’re just about twenty minutes away from the school, making our Clarkesville bed and breakfast the perfect place for your accommodations. Our rooms and suites offer beautiful rustic country decor and modern amenities that will keep you in the utmost comfort during your stay. Guests enjoy a full breakfast each morning during their stay, and it will far exceed the continental breakfast offered at any chain hotel! For luxury and comfort during your visit to Toccoa Falls College, be sure to choose Glen-Ella Springs for a special experience! We’ll see you soon!

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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.

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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 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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