Glen-Ella Springs Inn http://glenella.com North Georgia bed and breakfast Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:28:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How to Enjoy North Georgia Apple Picking http://glenella.com/blog/2015/07/31/north-georgia-apple-picking/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/07/31/north-georgia-apple-picking/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:27:59 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=2239 Autumn is the perfect time to come and enjoy the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains. The weather is wonderfully brisk and the leaves begin to change from green to vivid shades of gold, orange, and red. It comes together to create the perfect environment to enjoy a hike or even go on a horseback […]

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North Georgia Apple PickingAutumn is the perfect time to come and enjoy the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains. The weather is wonderfully brisk and the leaves begin to change from green to vivid shades of gold, orange, and red. It comes together to create the perfect environment to enjoy a hike or even go on a horseback ride. It’s also the right time to enjoy North Georgia apple picking. With several orchards within driving distance to Glen-Ella Springs, you can pick your own fruit from the fall harvest. Spending the day at one of these farms and going North Georgia apple picking is a fantastic way to celebrate the autumn season.

When to Go North Georgia Apple Picking

Fall is the best time to go North Georgia apple picking. Most orchards and farms have apple picking from August through November. During your trip to Glen-Ella Springs, we suggest going apple picking on your way home rather than while you’re with us. It’s a great way to break up a drive and the apples would make an ideal snack on the road. So, your fall getaway to our Clarkesville Inn is the perfect opportunity to go North Georgia apple picking.

Where to Go North Georgia Apple Picking

There are several places to get farm fresh apples in the North Georgia Mountains. Whether they’re pre-picked or you pluck them from the trees yourself, you can be sure that you’ll get the freshest and sweetest produce possible.

Jaemor Farms

Jaemor Farms in Alto has a lot to do and see. Starting in September they have apple picking and they also offer other fresh produce. Fall is also when the corn maze makes its appearance. Each year there is a theme for the corn maze, and this year the theme is “Boys of Fall.” They also have hay rides and other autumn activities!

Hillside Orchard

At Hillside Orchard in Lakemont, you can pick your own apples from August until November. And opening in September, they’ll have a corn maze. In the summer, they have blackberry picking. Throughout the year, you can enjoy the barnyard and kids will love the playground.

Osage Farms

Osage Farms in Dillard is a great place to get freshly picked Georgia produce. Along with apples, they grow heirloom tomatoes, cabbage, green beans, pepper, potatoes, and sweet corn. During the winter, the family that runs the farm opens a Christmas tree farms just nine miles away.

Tiger Mountain Orchards

Located in Tiger, GA, Tiger Mountain Orchards has been a family operated business for 80 years. They grow and sell delicious produce like raspberries, blackberries, grapes, and a variety of apples. And if you’re in Tiger, you can also check out Tiger Mountain Vineyards and get a bottle of wine to take home with you!

When you’re making your fall getaway plans and deciding where to go North Georgia apple picking, be sure you make your accommodation arrangements at Glen-Ella Springs. Our rooms and suites combine rustic elegance with modern amenities to create the most comfortable accommodation experience possible. You’ll find no better place to relax and refresh your spirits than Glen-Ella Springs. Our picturesque property is the ideal place to forget about the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Plus, you’ll have easy access to our Clarkesville, GA Restaurant, which is an award-winning establishment. You’ll truly have a wonderful time in the North Georgia Mountains when you stay with us. We can’t wait to see you soon!

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4 Reasons to Get Excited for Oktoberfest in Helen GA http://glenella.com/blog/2015/07/24/4-reasons-to-get-excited-for-oktoberfest-in-helen-ga/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/07/24/4-reasons-to-get-excited-for-oktoberfest-in-helen-ga/#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 08:07:25 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=2230 Oktoberfest is serious business for those of German descent and for those who simply enjoy great beer and brats. No matter which category you fall into, you’ll be interested to know that there are four main reasons to get excited for Oktoberfest in Helen GA, the longest running Oktoberfest in the United States! Oktoberfest in […]

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Oktoberfest in Helen GAOktoberfest is serious business for those of German descent and for those who simply enjoy great beer and brats. No matter which category you fall into, you’ll be interested to know that there are four main reasons to get excited for Oktoberfest in Helen GA, the longest running Oktoberfest in the United States!

Oktoberfest in Helen, GA always begins in mid-September and runs through early November. The event kicks off with a parade down Main Street, followed by the “Tapping of the Keg” at the Helen Festhalle. Please check the event website for exact dates, times and price of admission.

If you haven’t been to Helen before, you’ll find this quaint town a treat in and of itself. Since 1968, this North Georgia mountain community has transformed itself into an Alpine village, complete with building facades that resemble those found in Germany, as well as plenty of German-style restaurants and shops to round out the experience.

4 Reasons to Get Excited for Oktoberfest in Helen GA

  1. German Music

The main events during Oktoberfest are held in the Helen Festhalle, a large hall with a concession area and main stage. During the festival, visitors flock to the Festhalle to enjoy the sounds of various German-style bands entertaining the crowd with popular polka tunes.  You’ll enjoy listening to the bands play traditional instruments, including trumpets, tubas and the accordion to create the fun, upbeat sounds of the polka a genre of music and dance that originated in the 19th century in Bohemia.

  1. Dancing

Between the live music and the lederhosen, you’ll be ready to get on your feet to for a spin or two around the floor. The waltz, polka and the Chicken Dance are festival favorites!

  1. German Food

After a turn or two around the dance floor, be sure to grab a seat at one of the long rows of tables and enjoy a Bratwurst on a roll with your beverage of choice. Enjoy a traditional meal complete with red cabbage, sauerkraut, German potato salad and save room for a Bavarian Pretzel! The long rows of tables are perfect for accommodating large groups and enjoying a family-style experience.

  1. Beer

The Helen Festhalle is set up with several taps and various choices for the traditional beverage during Oktoberfest: beer! Purchase your Bavarian-style beer in a themed stein and receive discounted refills. Other beverages are available, including domestic beer and wine, soft drinks and coffee. There is usually an outdoor Biergarten at the Festhalle, as well.

Plan Your Visit

If you are planning to attend Oktoberfest in Helen GA, be sure to let Glen-Ella Springs Bed and Breakfast in Clarksville, GA serve as your home base. Located just 30 minutes from Helen, Glen-Ella Inn is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing weekend after attending a traditional Oktoberfest celebration. As you plan your trip, don’t forget to download a copy of our FREE Vacation Guide. It’s full of great information about things to do and see any time of year in the North Georgia Mountains.

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3 Fantastic North Georgia Wineries to Enjoy http://glenella.com/blog/2015/07/15/north-georgia-wineries/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/07/15/north-georgia-wineries/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 17:32:40 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=2220 If you’re a wine lover, you may be surprised to find that you don’t have to go to the West Coast to visit vineyards that produce fine wines. There are many North Georgia wineries that you should visit the next time you come to stay at Glen-Ella Springs. Along with having high-quality wines to sample, […]

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North Georgia WineriesIf you’re a wine lover, you may be surprised to find that you don’t have to go to the West Coast to visit vineyards that produce fine wines. There are many North Georgia wineries that you should visit the next time you come to stay at Glen-Ella Springs. Along with having high-quality wines to sample, there are also opportunities to tour the beautiful vineyards that produce the grapes that produce those fine vintages. Visiting one of the many great North Georgia wineries is a great way to spend an afternoon whether you’re a wine expert or not. We’ve chosen three great places to get started.

3 North Georgia Wineries to Visit

These three North Georgia wineries all have wonderful tasting and touring opportunities and many have great special events as well.

1. Yonah Mountain Vineyards

Located in Cleveland, GA, Yonah Mountain Vineyards is a family winery that is set on two-hundred acres on the base of Yonah Mountain. They have Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Petit Manseng, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot grapes on their twenty planted acres. Their tasting room is open daily and they also have special tours. The Cave Tour & Tasting is a 90-minute walking tour that’s a great way to get to know the vineyard. You’ll taste three unreleased wines as you see the winery and the only wine caves in the state and then finish the tour with a tasting of six additional wines. They also have their Signature Vineyard Tour and Vintner Tasting and the Reserve Wine Room Tasting. There are also special events held at the vineyard including live music and special tastings.

2. Tiger Mountain Vineyards

Tiger Mountain Vineyards is a boutique winery located in Tiger, GA in Rabun County. The vineyard grows six French vinifera varieties including Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Mourvedre, Petit Manseng, Tannat, and Viognier. The tasting room and vineyards are open year-round. The tasting room is open daily and group tours and tastings can be arranged by appointment.

3. Habersham Vineyards and Winery

Habersham Vineyards and Winery has been producing award-winning Georgia wines since 1983. It’s located at the Nacoochee Village near Helen, GA. Their popular Habersham Estates label includes varietal vinifera wines as well as blended wines that use French-American grapes and vinifera.  One of the largest wineries in Georgia, Habersham Vineyards and Winery is open daily for complimentary tastings and self-guided tours. Like several other North Georgia wineries, there are special events that take place at Habersham Vineyards & Winery. They have an annual event called WineFest where visitors can taste wines made locally and from all over Georgia and enjoy live music.

Accommodations in North Georgia

When you’re planning a visit to one of these great North Georgia wineries, don’t forget to arrange your stay at Glen-Ella Springs. Our Clarkesville bed and breakfast is the ideal place to enjoy the beauty and charm of the North Georgia Mountains. We have rooms and suites that combine rustic elegance with modern amenities and comforts for an unforgettable stay. Plus, our Restaurant is one of the best dining establishments in the area. At Glen-Ella Springs, we’ll make sure that your time in the area is stress-free and unforgettable. We can’t wait to see you soon!

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5 Favorite Georgia Mountain Towns to Explore http://glenella.com/blog/2015/07/08/georgia-mountain-towns/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/07/08/georgia-mountain-towns/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2015 12:07:42 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=2209 The North Georgia Mountains are a truly special place. The picturesque landscapes and the quaint towns full of friendly residents are alluring for obvious reasons. Georgia Mountain towns are something special on their own as well. With generations of traditions, outdoor attractions, charming shops, great dining, and more, there is a lot to look forward […]

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North Georgia TownsThe North Georgia Mountains are a truly special place. The picturesque landscapes and the quaint towns full of friendly residents are alluring for obvious reasons. Georgia Mountain towns are something special on their own as well. With generations of traditions, outdoor attractions, charming shops, great dining, and more, there is a lot to look forward to when visiting a town in the North Georgia Mountains. Each town has its own personality and atmosphere, but they’re all worth visiting. You’ll have a unique experience at each town you visit. Here at Glen-Ella Springs, we’re obviously fond of Clarkesville, but there are other great Georgia Mountain towns to discover. Here are five Georgia Mountain towns you need to explore!

Georgia Mountain Towns

Clarkesville

The city of Clarkesville is located in the center of Habersham County in Georgia. The population of Clarkesville is around 1,25o. Like many Georgia Mountain towns, Clarkesville has a long history. It was founded in 1821 as the seat of Habersham County. The city gets its name from John C. Clarke, who was a veteran of the Revolutionary War. Popular things to do in Clarkesville include visiting historic sites, antiquing, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and other outdoor endeavors. Tallulah Gorge State Park and Black Rock Mountain State Park are nearby, and Moccasin Creek State Park is within city limits.

Clayton

Clayton, GA is located in and is the county seat of Rabun County. The population is about 2,000 people. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Clayton is full of interesting things to do. Downtown Clayton is home to many small town attractions such as a soda fountain at the Clayton Pharmacy. Like a few of our other favorite Georgia Mountain towns, Clayton gives visitors access to the Chattahoochee National Forest, where they can enjoy all manner of outdoor activities.

Helen

Helen might be one of the most well-known of our favorite Georgia Mountain towns as it is a popular tourist town. The reason it is a destination for many people is because it was built to resemble a Bavarian alpine village. This was done as a way to resurrect the town after it’s logging industry declined. One of the most popular times to visit Helen is in the fall during Oktoberfest, where visitors and residents celebrate German food, drink, and culture for six weeks. There are also a number of specialty and import shops in the town.

Toccoa

The city of Toccoa is located in and is the seat of Stephens County. This is one of the Georgia Mountain towns that is well-known for its waterfalls. There are two waterfalls of note within city limits: Toccoa Falls and Henderson Falls. Traveler’s Rest State Historic Site is also located in town. Toccoa is also home to the Currahee Military Museum, which is housed in the original train station where the Paratroopers coming to train at Camp Toccoa arrived during World War II. The lives of these soldiers were documented in the HBO series “Band of Brothers.”

Sautee Nacoochee

Sautee Nacoochee is actually an unincorporated community located in White County. It is near Sautee Creek in the Appalachian foothills in the northeast portion of the state. Sautee Nacoochee is a great destination for those interested in local arts and culture. The Sautee Nacoochee Center hosts musical and dance performances as well as visual art programs. The Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia is also located in Sautee Nacoochee.

While you’re making plans to visit these Georgia Mountain towns, be sure to book your stay at Glen-Ella Springs! With our rustically elegant yet supremely comfortable guest rooms and suites, you won’t find a better place to stay! Our property is ideal for relaxing and forgetting about the worries of day-to-day life. Plus our onsite restaurant is one of the best in the region. At the Glen-Ella Springs Restaurant, you’ll enjoy innovative recipes prepared with fresh local ingredients for a farm-to-table experience you won’t soon forget! At Glen-Ella Springs, we have everything you need for a memorable getaway to the North Georgia Mountains. We can’t wait to have you with us soon!

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The Best Annual Festivals in North Georgia http://glenella.com/blog/2015/07/01/festivals-in-north-georgia/ http://glenella.com/blog/2015/07/01/festivals-in-north-georgia/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:20:23 +0000 http://glenella.com/?p=2189 It doesn’t matter what time of year you choose to visit us here at Glen-Ella Springs, there’s always something going on to keep you entertained. Here in the North Georgia Mountains, there are plenty of events, fairs, festivals, and other celebrations throughout the year. All of these great happenings shine the spotlight on the area’s […]

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Festivals in North GeorgiaIt doesn’t matter what time of year you choose to visit us here at Glen-Ella Springs, there’s always something going on to keep you entertained. Here in the North Georgia Mountains, there are plenty of events, fairs, festivals, and other celebrations throughout the year. All of these great happenings shine the spotlight on the area’s heritage and culture. There are several annual festivals in North Georgia you should consider attending. Here are a few of the highlights.

Celebrate Clayton | Clayton, GA | April

Each April, Celebrate Clayton brings wonderful arts and crafts to the streets of Clayton, Georgia. The event is popular among residents and visitors alike and is an event that’s entertaining for all ages. Along with the showcase of arts and crafts, there is a kids area and plenty of food options.

Mountain Laurel Festival | Clarkesville, GA | May

The Mountain Laurel Festival in Clarkesville is an event that people around the area look forward to each year. The festival includes a parade, local musical acts, tours of notable homes and cabins, delicious food, arts and crafts, Appalachian lifestyle demonstrations, a duck race, special exhibits, and much more!

Georgia Wine Country Festival | Dahlonega, GA | June

Each weekend in June, Three Sisters Vineyards celebrates the season with the Georgia Wine Country Festival in their Lumpkin County vineyard. There is a Wine Garden featuring other wineries from around Georgia, Georgia barbecue, Georgia beer, and live music.

Dillard Bluegrass + Barbeque Festival | Dillard, GA | July/August

The Dillard Bluegrass + Barbeque Festival brings together two wonderful and distinctly southern things. Along with an impressive lineup of bluegrass musicians, this event hosts a barbeque competition that will have your mouth watering.

A Taste of Clarkesville | Clarkesville, GA | September

A Taste of Clarkesville   is a delicious event that takes place each September in Clarkesville. This festival of flavors features food from local restaurants, wine tastings, beer gardens, live local music, and more! You don’t want to miss out on this celebration of Clarkesville’s culinary side!

Oktoberfest | Helen, GA | September – November

For six weeks each fall (from September through the beginning of November), the town of Helen brings a bit of Germany to Georgia with Helen Oktoberfest. So if you love beer, bratwurst, live German-style music, and maybe even Lederhosen, then you should visit Helen during Oktoberfest.

No matter which of these festivals in North Georgia you attend, be sure your accommodations in the area are first-rate. Glen-Ella Springs has rooms and suites that combine rustic elegance with modern amenities to keep guests in the utmost comfort during their stay. There is truly no better place to relax and renew your spirits in between your adventures in the North Georgia Mountains. Our property offers guests a respite from the outside world where you can truly unwind and forget your worries. Plus, our on-site Clarkesville Restaurant is one of the best in the area, so you can experience fine dining just steps away from your room! At Glen-Ella Springs, you can have the best all-around experience available in the North Georgia Mountains. We can’t wait to see you soon!

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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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Experience the Line-up at 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 July 17th to July 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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