Glen-Ella Springs Inn http://glenella.com North Georgia bed and breakfast Fri, 01 May 2015 20:17:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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.

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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Ride a North Georgia Zip Line http://glenella.com/blog/2015/04/17/ride-a-north-georgia-zip-line/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/04/17/ride-a-north-georgia-zip-line/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 05:37:59 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=2045 Something about the North Georgia Mountains brings out the adventurous side in people. Maybe it’s the beautiful surroundings that beckon visitors to go explore or the fresh mountain air that invigorates the spirit.  One good way to get a thrill while staying at Glen-Ella Springs is to try a North Georgia Zip Line.  This activity […]

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North Georgia Zip LineSomething about the North Georgia Mountains brings out the adventurous side in people. Maybe it’s the beautiful surroundings that beckon visitors to go explore or the fresh mountain air that invigorates the spirit.  One good way to get a thrill while staying at Glen-Ella Springs is to try a North Georgia Zip Line.  This activity will have you flying through the treetops at high speed, giving you an adrenaline rush and an opportunity to view the North Georgia Mountains from a unique vantage point.  If you want a little bit of adventure and a fast-paced sightseeing opportunity, then a North Georgia zip line trip might be right for you!

About Zip Lining

Although zip lining has been popular for several years, some people are still unfamiliar with the activity. A zip line, sometimes referred to as a zip wire, is a pulley suspended on a cable which is mounted on an incline.  The rider of the zip line therefore uses gravity to propel himself or herself down the line. The rider makes the trip down the line holding onto or using equipment to attach to the pulley which will move down the incline. There are many ways in which zip lines can be set up. A series of zip lines through designated area combine to make courses, and other obstacles like ropes can be included in some courses. Now that you know a bit more about the concept, you can start planning your own North Georgia zip line ride!

Where to Ride a North Georgia Zip Line

Here at Glen-Ella Springs, we always like to refer our guests to Sunburst Stables.  Not just a place to enjoy a horseback ride (although those are always fun!), Sunburst Stables offers a variety of adventurous activities to visitors. Their North Georgia zip line tours are a great way to spend an afternoon. The zip line tour at Sunburst Stables consists of two miles of cables hung through leafy trees and are suitable for everyone with a sense of adventure, as there is no experience required! The tour takes you through the trees, over a sawmill, through a goldmine cave, over ponds and pastures, and other picturesque scenery.  The goldmine line is the only cave zip line around and you’ll get the thrill of zipping through the cool cave in complete darkness. Then there is a chance to race your companions and go through a fountain at the end of the tour. There truly is a lot of fun to be had

Where to Stay When you Ride a North Georgia Zip Line

Glen-Ella Springs is the ideal place to stay no matter what kind of adventures you want to experience on your trip.  Located in Clarkesville, we’re not too far from a lot of the best attractions in the North Georgia Mountains.  And in between your forays into the great outdoors, our guest rooms and suites are the perfect place to relax and recharge.  Each room has a rustic charm while still maintaining all the comforts and amenities you deserve when you’re traveling. And our farm to table Restaurant has some of the finest cuisine in the area, and you won’t even have to leave the property to try it! We can’t wait to see you and give you the best North Georgia experience possible. See you soon!

 

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The Best North Georgia Horseback Riding http://glenella.com/blog/2015/04/10/the-best-north-georgia-horseback-riding/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/04/10/the-best-north-georgia-horseback-riding/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 22:42:37 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=2038 Clarkesville, GA and the surrounding area is blessed with so much natural beauty that it sometimes seems you’ve come into a separate world from the one you left behind. A more peaceful and relaxing world worth truly exploring. The North Georgia Mountains have an almost unlimited amount of charm and appeal. Guests of Glen-Ella Springs […]

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North Georgia Horseback RidingClarkesville, GA and the surrounding area is blessed with so much natural beauty that it sometimes seems you’ve come into a separate world from the one you left behind. A more peaceful and relaxing world worth truly exploring. The North Georgia Mountains have an almost unlimited amount of charm and appeal. Guests of Glen-Ella Springs enjoy exploring the region in many different ways.  One popular way to get to know the area is by participating in North Georgia horseback riding. Traveling by horseback allows you to soak in the beauty of the surroundings while feeling more connected to the environment around you as you navigate the trails and bond with your horse. So, for a truly unique experience in the mountains, try your hand at North Georgia horseback riding.

Great Places for North Georgia Horseback Riding

If you’re looking for a great way to get to know the area, check out these places for North Georgia horseback riding. They each offer different experiences but all provide guided trips with experts who can help you along the way.

Sunburst Stables

One of our favorite places to send guests for North Georgia horseback riding is Sunburst Stables here in Clarkesville. They offer a variety of guided trail rides in the Chattahoochee National Forest.  They have 4000 acres of mountain trails to explore, so you can be sure you’ll enjoy the scenery. All experience levels are welcome, and if you and your group are willing and able to handle it, trotting is allowed when appropriate on the rides unlike other trail rides. You can choose from a range of riding options: a one-hour ride through wooded trails and streams to an old moonshine still, a two-hour mountain ride which can be customized according to experience level, a family adventure ride to a miniature animal farm, a three-hour sunset ride through the forest to a mountain top, and a four-hour lunch ride that takes riders through the mountain trails and into the Batesville Valley.

Chattahoochee Stables

Chattahoochee Stables in Sautee is another option for some quality North Georgia horseback riding.  As the name of the stable suggests, they offer guided rides along the Chattahoochee River as well as through beautiful mountain scenery. In the summer, you can even ride through the river for a unique experience. Trips are one hour long.

Equus Mountain Meadow

Located in Clayton, Equus Mountain Meadow offers small group rides with no more than four riders and takes pride in offering a personalized experience to guests. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, the people and horses at Equus Mountain Meadow are there to make your ride as enjoyable as possible.

Accommodations for North Georgia Horseback Riding

When planning your North Georgia horseback riding trip, be sure to book your stay with us at Glen-Ella Springs.  Our rooms and suites are the perfect place to relax after a day out on the trails.  Each room is beautifully decorated and furnished in a rustic yet elegant style with all the amenities you want during a getaway.  If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, then take a look at our Adventure Package. It includes two nights lodging with breakfast each following morning as well as dinner for two at our fine dining restaurant and a choice of trail ride, ATV tour, or Premier Zip Line Tour for two. It’s the perfect getaway for those who want equal time indulging in relaxation and adventuring outdoors.

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5 Things to Do in Rabun County, GA http://glenella.com/blog/2015/04/03/5-things-to-do-in-rabun-county-ga/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/04/03/5-things-to-do-in-rabun-county-ga/#comments Fri, 03 Apr 2015 18:04:35 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=2030 With spring in the air and summer on the way, the North Georgia Mountains are the place to be. We here at Glen-Ella Springs are already enjoying the warmer weather and lush spring landscape while looking forward to a fantastic summer. With rivers, lakes, and mountain trails in nearly every direction, there is much to […]

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Things to Do in Rabun CountyWith spring in the air and summer on the way, the North Georgia Mountains are the place to be. We here at Glen-Ella Springs are already enjoying the warmer weather and lush spring landscape while looking forward to a fantastic summer. With rivers, lakes, and mountain trails in nearly every direction, there is much to explore in our neck of the woods.  One place you should take the time to see is Rabun County. It’s a big and beautiful place to get to know, so we’ve come up with a list of things to do in Rabun County, GA to help you plan your adventures.

1. See a Movie at Tiger Drive-in Theater

If you want the experience of an old fashioned drive-in theater, then one of the things to do in Rabun County, GA to put on your list is a trip to the Tiger Drive-In. Just 20 minutes away from Glen-Ella, the Tiger Drive-Inn give patrons the opportunity to enjoy new movies in a retro setting, complete with an impressive snack bar.

2. Get Fresh at the Farmers Market

The farm-to-table movement is big in the North Georgia Mountains, so one of the great things to do in Rabun County, GA is a visit to the Simply Home Grown Farmers Market. Shop for fresh produce and meat from local farms as long as other locally made goods and sweet treats.

3. See the 42nd Annual Helen to the Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Race

The oldest balloon event in the south is also the only long distance hot air balloon race. The Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Classic sees  balloonists take off in Helen in a race toward the Atlantic Ocean during the first weekend in June. Other events such as balloon flying rides during the morning and evening  will take place in Helen as the balloonists make their journey. The dates for this year’s festival are June 4th, 5th, and 6th.

4. Go Fast at the 1/2 Mile Private Runway Shootout

Taking place at Heaven’s Landing Airport in Clayton, the 1/2 Mile Shootout is a two day event full of half mile racing in a unique and breathtaking location. Spectators will witness drivers take their vehicles to top speeds side by side with competitors. This year’s event will be held on September 12th and 13th.

5. Explore the Outdoors

No matter where you are in the North Georgia Mountains you area, it holds true that exploring the outdoors is one of the best things to do. Rabun county is no exception to that rule. Rabun County includes 148,684 acres of the Chattahoochee National Forest. Along with the National Forest, there are three state parks in the county, including Black Rock Mountain, Moccasin Creek, and Tallulah Gorge. Trout fishing is popular in the Tallulah River as well as the Coleman river.The county also as three lakes: Lake Rabun, Lake Burton, and Lake Seed. There are many hiking trails and a portion of the Appalachian trail is among them. Another one of the best things to do in Rabun County GA is to check out the many waterfalls in the area. You can take some time throughout your trip to trek the relatively short trails to the likes of Dick’s Creek Falls, Holcomb Creek Falls, or Minnehaha Falls.

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Whichever of these things to do in Rabun County, GA you decide to take advantage of, your time in the North Georgia Mountains will always be enhanced by a stay at Glen-Ella Springs. Our accommodations are the perfect place to rest and recharge in between your adventures. The inn’s rooms and suites are a delightful mix of rustic and elegant, providing guests with the utmost comfort. And our Clarkesville, GA Restaurant has a menu of inventive dishes made with farm fresh ingredients.  For an experience in the North Georgia Mountains that you won’t soon forget, look no further than Glen-Ella Springs! We’ll see you soon!

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Which of the North Georgia Lakes is Your Favorite? http://glenella.com/blog/2015/03/31/which-of-the-north-georgia-lakes-is-your-favorite/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/03/31/which-of-the-north-georgia-lakes-is-your-favorite/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:07:50 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=2018 The North Georgia Mountains are full of activities and attractions perfect for those who want to get away from the bustle of everyday life and take it easy in a beautiful setting. Hiking and biking are always great pastimes to enjoy while soaking in the lovely surroundings. However, during the warmer months, hitting the water […]

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North Georgia LakesThe North Georgia Mountains are full of activities and attractions perfect for those who want to get away from the bustle of everyday life and take it easy in a beautiful setting. Hiking and biking are always great pastimes to enjoy while soaking in the lovely surroundings. However, during the warmer months, hitting the water becomes more popular as many people visit one of wonderful North Georgia lakes in the area. All of these lakes a picturesque and give visitors the chance to unwind on the water with a multitude of activities. Whether you like boating, skiing, tubing, wake boarding, or just relaxing by the shore, give these North Georgia Lakes a shot during your next getaway to Glen-Ella Springs.

Lake Rabun

One of our favorite North Georgia lakes is Lake Rabun. Lake Rabun is 835 acres and has 25 miles of shoreline to enjoy. This twisty lake is actually a reservoir owned and operated by the Georgia Power Company. Lake Rabun is the perfect place to go boating or water skiing and enjoy the beautiful surroundings and the gorgeous North Georgia weather. Each year Lake Rabun also hosts a Fourth of July celebration featuring a wooden boat parade as well as the Rabun Ramble Road Race.

Lake Burton

Lake Burton is another one of the North Georgia lakes you should consider visiting. It is a reservoir that covers 2,775 acres and has 26 miles of shoreline located in Rabun County. The lake is great for boating and fishing with fish species such as spotted bass white bass, largemouth bass, white catfish, brown trout, rainbow trout, and yellow perch.

Lake Lanier

Lake Lanier, like many of these North Georgia lakes, is a reservoir. It was created when Buford Dam was completed on the Chattahoochee River, and it also receives water from the Chesatee River. Named after poet Sidney Lanier, the lake is popular among  jetskiers and boaters during the summer.  There are several marinas on the lake and the Lake Lanier Islands waterpark provides many recreation opportunities. If you watched the Summer Olympics in 1996, then you might recognize Lake Lanier from the rowing and sprint conoeing events.

Lake Allatoona

Another one of the North Georgia lakes that is a reservoir, Lake Allatoona is owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It serves many purposes including flood control, power generation, water supply, fish and wildlife management, and of course, recreation!

While you’re deciding what to do when you visit your favorite North Georgia lakes, be sure to book a stay at Glen-Ella Springs.  Our location in the North Georgia Mountains means we’re the perfect destination for a relaxing vacation. Our Clarkesville, GA inn has guest rooms and suites with the ideal combination of rustic charm and modern amenities to keep you in the utmost comfort during your time with us. And our Restaurant is one of the top dining destinations in Georgia, so you won’t have to leave the property to experience freshly prepared and innovated fine cuisine! When you choose Glen-Ella Springs for your North Georgia Mountain getaway, you’re sure to have a memorable time!

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6 Reasons to Take a Break and Visit the Northeast Georgia Mountains http://glenella.com/blog/2015/03/24/take-a-break-and-visit-the-northeast-georgia-mountains/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/03/24/take-a-break-and-visit-the-northeast-georgia-mountains/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 07:17:01 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=2010 The Northeast Georgia Mountains are a place that we here at Glen-Ella Springs are proud to call home.  We know all about the charms of the area, and we love sharing our recommendations for what to do and see with our guests. The Northeast Georgia Mountains are the perfect place to come and unwind, whether […]

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Northeast Georgia MountainsThe Northeast Georgia Mountains are a place that we here at Glen-Ella Springs are proud to call home.  We know all about the charms of the area, and we love sharing our recommendations for what to do and see with our guests. The Northeast Georgia Mountains are the perfect place to come and unwind, whether you have a week or a weekend to spend with us. Whether you enjoy packing in outdoor activities on your getaways or just taking it easy, then the Northeast Georgia Mountains should be your destination. There are numerous reasons that you should come to visit our region, but we narrowed it down to the six best reasons to take a break and visit the Northeast Georgia Mountains.

Outdoor Activities Galore

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, then you’ll be right at home in the Northeast Georgia Mountains.  Whether you want to hike the famous Tallulah Gorge , explore the beautiful landscape by horseback,  fish, boat, or zip through the forest, an exciting adventure awaits you here.

A Wealth of Waterfalls

The Northeast Georgia Mountains and the waterways of the area provide visitors and locals alike with the beautiful natural wonder of waterfalls in several locations.  There are dozens of falls in the region, and the Cherokee are said to have called the area “land of 1,000 waterfalls.”

Georgia Wine Straight from the Vine

The Northeast Georgia Mountains are the perfect place to experience some fine Georgia Wine.  As part of Georgia Wine Country, our area is home to amazing vineyards and wineries that will surely help you find a new favorite vintage.

Quaint Downtown Clarkesville

If you’re looking to get away from a big city or suburbia, then coming to the Northeast Georgia Mountains will fulfill that need.  When you’re not enjoying the glory of the Appalachian Mountains, you can head to historic Downtown Clarkesville and find quaint streets lined with shops and picturesque scenes.

The Region’s Rich Heritage

Our area of Georgia is full of Appalachian heritage and traces can still be seen around the Northeast Georgia Mountains still today. The area’s pottery tradition is nationally renowned. A visit to the Folk Pottery of North Georgia is a fantastic way to explore this facet of our history.

Glen-Ella Springs

When you’re looking for reasons to take a break and visit the Northeast Georgia Mountains, then the top reason is definitely that it gives you a reason to stay at Glen-Ella Springs. Our Clarkesville, GA inn is the ideal place to call home-away-from home during your adventures.  Our rooms and suites are the perfect combination of rustic and elegant and will provide you with the utmost comfort between activities.  Of course, our property is also the perfect place to take it easy and “do nothing” with plenty of rocking chairs on the porches and grounds to take relaxing walks on.  And if it’s a warm day, you may want to lounge by the pool.  The choice is up to you!

And if you’re looking for a great place to eat, then our Clarkesville fine dining Restaurant will fit the bill. Look forward to innovative twists on favorite dishes made with the freshest possible ingredients. And you won’t even have to leave the property to visit! Of course, your stay comes with a delicious full breakfast, providing the perfect start for whatever kind of day you have planned. When you choose to stay at Glen-Ella Springs during your time in the Northeast Georgia Mountains, you’ll get the best experience possible. We can’t wait to see you soon!

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Weekend Getaways from Atlanta Are Best Spent in Tranquility http://glenella.com/blog/2015/03/13/weekend-getaways-from-atlanta-are-best-spent-in-tranquility/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/03/13/weekend-getaways-from-atlanta-are-best-spent-in-tranquility/#comments Fri, 13 Mar 2015 16:22:23 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1981 After a week of long commutes and Atlanta traffic, there’s no better way to recuperate than heading to the North Georgia mountains to unwind. Sometimes you need to get away from everyday life to relax – away from your to-do lists and the temptation of social events. When that moment hits keep Glen-Ella Springs Inn […]

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weekend getaways from Atlanta

After a week of long commutes and Atlanta traffic, there’s no better way to recuperate than heading to the North Georgia mountains to unwind. Sometimes you need to get away from everyday life to relax – away from your to-do lists and the temptation of social events. When that moment hits keep Glen-Ella Springs Inn at the top of your mind for the perfect place to pursue your weekend getaways from Atlanta. The pastoral setting will put you at ease as you breathe in the mountain fresh air and enjoy sounds other than car horns and sirens.

The Inn

This seventeen acre country estate in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia is in the small town of Clarkesville. Upon arriving, you’re sure to notice the gorgeous gardens encircling the historic Inn, which dates back over a century. The gardens are the mastery of local Marilla Martin who has been their steward for over fourteen years. They are a masterpiece, attracting many birds and bees that are a delight to watch when you’re relaxing in this serene atmosphere.

The private pool, perfect for some morning exercise or sitting alongside with a good book in the afternoon sun, is a great vantage to observe the quiet life of the garden. Something about weekend getaways from Atlanta prompts our guests stop and notice the tiniest details of life, be it an inchworm or a hummingbird. The twelve acre meadow beyond the gardens is ideal for leisurely country walks where you are surrounded by forested mountains and all the beautiful intricacies of this Appalachian landscape.

The Glen-Ella Springs Restaurant is an award-winning establishment, known for being the best gourmet food in North Georgia. Aside from the delectable breakfast included in the price of your room, you can look forward to enjoying all your meals on site, leaving you with very few reasons to leave this peaceful haven.

Explore the Outdoors

If you are looking for more than a simple weekend with a good book, a country estate to explore and the best food in North Georgia, then check out some of the great hiking trails around, and maybe get the gall to paddle one of the epic rivers around. Both serene activities, you’ll have no problem leaving the city stress behind once you’re romping through the countryside without another soul in site.

Hit the Stores

The shopping in the area is another great way to unwind, as it won’t be your typical busy outlet mall scenario with everyone rushing around for the latest deals, but more of a lazy walk down Main Street, popping in and out of country markets and antique stores. Visitors love to explore Clarkesville and the surrounding small towns, and their eclectic local businesses.

 

As far as weekend getaways from Atlanta go, you won’t find a place more suitable than Glen-Ella Springs if you’re looking for the perfect place to shrug off that city swagger and step into your country skin. Book your rooms for the perfect retreat to the North Georgian Mountains. It probably won’t be your last visit.

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What to Know about North Georgia Fly Fishing Season http://glenella.com/blog/2015/03/12/north-georgia-fly-fishing-season/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/03/12/north-georgia-fly-fishing-season/#comments Thu, 12 Mar 2015 12:41:37 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1989 The North Georgia Mountains have so much to offer those who treasure time in the outdoors.  There is superb hiking at Talullah Gorge and many treks to see the area’s numerous waterfalls.  One of our favorite outdoor activities at Glen-Ella Springs is North Georgia fly fishing. There’s nothing better than casting a line in the […]

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North Georgia Fly FishingThe North Georgia Mountains have so much to offer those who treasure time in the outdoors.  There is superb hiking at Talullah Gorge and many treks to see the area’s numerous waterfalls.  One of our favorite outdoor activities at Glen-Ella Springs is North Georgia fly fishing. There’s nothing better than casting a line in the Soque River and hooking that perfect trout. When you partake in North Georgia fly fishing, you’ll be able to catch some of the biggest trout around!

About North Georgia Fly Fishing Season

North Georgia fly fishing is a fantastic experience for both skilled fishermen and beginners alike.  One of the best places for North Georgia fly fishing is the Soque River in Habersham County.  Surrounded by Chattahoochee National Forest, the waters of the Soque span nearly 30 miles and flow through the heart of Clarkesville before emptying into the Chattahoochee River.  The Soque River is made up of several sub-basins including: 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. Those who embark on North Georgia fly fishing adventures on the Soque can expect to catch a variety of trout including Rainbow, Brown, and Brook. The Soque is known for producing numerous trophy trout as the fish population is abundant.

North Georgia Fly Fishing Outfitters and Guides

There are many outfitters who can assist those looking to enjoy some North Georgia fly fishing. Glen-Ella is proud to be affiliated with Brigadoon Lodge a few miles away from us in North Clarkesville.  Some other places we recommend to guests include Unicoi Outfitters in Helen, Blackhawk Fly Fishing in Clarkesville, and Fern Valley on the Soque in Clarkesville. Employing a guide is the best way to assure that your North Georgia fly fishing trip is successful, as they are experts on the river and how to catch trout. These men and women will help you find that trophy trout you’ve always dreamed of with their knowledge of the area.  And you’ll probably be able to hear a few fishing tales and stories about the river if you’re lucky!

Where to Stay During North Georgia Fly Fishing Trips

When planning a North Georgia fly fishing adventure, make sure to book a stay at Glen-Ella Springs in Clarkesville.  Our inn has rooms and suites that combine rustic elegance with luxurious amenities that will keep you in the utmost comfort during your time in the North Georgia Mountains.  Imagine a fun day out on the river hauling in big catches and then coming back to Glen-Ella Springs for a night of rest and relaxation.  And to add to the allure of our Clarkesville property, we also have an onsite Restaurant that offers some of the best fine dining in the area.  Treat yourself to innovative dishes that reinvent old favorites and discover new flavors as well. WE know that you’ll have the best possible experience in the North Georgia Mountains when you let Glen-Ella Springs be a part of your experience. We’ll see you soon!

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2015 Mountain Laurel Festival in Clarkesville, GA http://glenella.com/blog/2015/02/28/2015-mountain-laurel-festival-in-clarkesville-ga/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/02/28/2015-mountain-laurel-festival-in-clarkesville-ga/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 07:02:49 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=1977 Spring and early summer in the North Georgia Mountains bring a lot of excitement to the area.  As the weather begins to warm up and the mountains begin to become green again, a number of great activities start popping up throughout the season.  One annual event that you don’t want to miss is the Mountain […]

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Mountain Laurel FestivalSpring and early summer in the North Georgia Mountains bring a lot of excitement to the area.  As the weather begins to warm up and the mountains begin to become green again, a number of great activities start popping up throughout the season.  One annual event that you don’t want to miss is the Mountain Laurel Festival here in Clarkesville, GA.  The Mountain Laurel Festival is a tradition which takes place on the third Saturday in May each year, and if you’re planning on coming to visit Glen-Ella Springs during that period, we recommend paying a visit to this fun festival that has something for everyone to enjoy.  The 2015 Mountain Laurel Festival is sure to be an event that you won’t want to miss.

About the Mountain Laurel Festival

The Mountain Laurel Festival is a Habersham County tradition that happens each May in Clarkesville, Georgia. Since the festival takes place every year on the third Saturday of May, the 2015 Mountain Laurel Festival will take place on May 16th from 10 am to 10 pm. Downtown Clarkesville will come alive with music, arts & crafts, food vendors, garden displays and activities and more. The festival takes its name from the flower that populates the North Georgia Mountains during the spring and early summer.  Using the flower as a symbol of the renewal and celebration of the new season is only fitting, as its beautiful appearance is a sign of the great things to come in following months.  So, be on the look out for this lovely pink, red, and white blossoms during your time at the 2015 Mountain Laurel Festival.

Activities at the 2015 Mountain Laurel Festival

The Mountain Laurel festival is full of activities and events that everyone in the family will enjoy.  The festivities are marked by a pancake breakfast and parade and there is live musical entertainment throughout the day, so you can indulge in listening to some great local acts.  For those who enjoy browsing arts and crafts, there will be multiple artisans showcasing their wares at the festival.  Other activities include the Duck Dynasty Pageant, the Soque River Duck Race, garden activities, and plenty of chances to enjoy delicious food. The day will culminate in a Finale Fireworks Show. For more details on what to expect at the 2015 Mountain Laurel Festival, keep an eye on the City of Clarkesville’s Facebook Page.  They will keep you up to date not only on the festival, but also on happenings in and around Clarkesville.  There is always something interesting going on that will capture your attention and your imagination!

Where to Stay During the Mountain Laurel Festival

When you make plans to attend the 2015 Mountain Laurel Festival, or any event in the North Georgia Mountains, our inn in the North Georgia Mountains is the perfect place to call your home-away-from home.  Our elegant yet comfortable rooms and suites will keep you in the utmost comfort, and our beautiful grounds will allow you to relax and soak in the beauty of the environment surrounding you.  And with an on-site Restaurant providing delicious and innovative fine dining dishes, there is no better place to spend a weekend getaway than Glen-Ella Springs!

 

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