Glen-Ella Springs Inn https://glenella.com North Georgia bed and breakfast Tue, 24 May 2016 16:48:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Your Guide to Anna Ruby Falls, One of the Best Attractions in the State https://glenella.com/blog/2016/05/20/anna-ruby-falls/ Fri, 20 May 2016 18:56:16 +0000 https://glenella.com/?p=2775 North Georgia is any avid outdoorsman’s dream destination!  This portion of the South is filled with endless opportunities for outdoor recreation; from white water rafting to mountain biking, the fun never ends here.  One of the best natural features in this part of the state is the beautiful Anna Ruby Falls, a rare double waterfall […]

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Hiker wading near the Anna Ruby FallsNorth Georgia is any avid outdoorsman’s dream destination!  This portion of the South is filled with endless opportunities for outdoor recreation; from white water rafting to mountain biking, the fun never ends here.  One of the best natural features in this part of the state is the beautiful Anna Ruby Falls, a rare double waterfall surrounded by picturesque scenery and unique views.  Learn all about these falls so you know how to plan a trip to this fantastic attraction!

Everything You Need to Know about the Anna Ruby Falls

Where it’s Located

Found next to the popular Unicoi State Park, the Anna Ruby Falls is a part of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest in Helen, Georgia.  There is parking conveniently located at the Anna Ruby Falls Visitor Center near the trailhead.  This recreation area is open every day of the year with the exception of Christmas Day.  

Anna Ruby Falls History

A discovery that can be traced all the way back to the Civil War Era, Anna Ruby Falls was a part of the land purchased by Captain J. H. Nichols.  Nichols named this waterfall after his last surviving daughter; he is also known for the great amount of land he purchased in the Nacoochee Valley and the iconic gazebo he built there.

Things to Do

This gorgeous waterfall creates the perfect setting for a multitude of activities.  The Anna Ruby Falls is reached by way of the Anna Ruby Falls Trail, an easy, half-mile long paved path that is dog-friendly, wheelchair-friendly, and stroller-friendly, so it can be accessed by all!  After crossing a bridge over a creek, this trail concludes with two viewing decks of the twin falls, an ideal place for snapping pictures or simply watching the cascading waters.  You can also reach these falls through a more adventurous path; the Smith Creek Trail winds from Unicoi State Park to the base of Anna Ruby Falls and is about 4.6 miles in length.  Another highlight on the Anna Ruby Falls trail map is the Lion’s Eye Trail, a course designed for the visually impaired; it has rails and Braille signs so even those with little or no eyesight can explore and learn about this area.  

Come Stay with Us at Glen-Ella Springs Inn!

After an exciting day of exploring the many waterfalls and hiking trails of North Georgia, you’ll want to unwind in a cozy and tranquil setting.  Enjoy your Georgia getaway to the fullest by treating yourself to a stay in the finest accommodations possible.  Glen-Ella Springs is a luxurious bed and breakfast tucked away in Clarkesville, Georgia, that provides each and every one of our guests with cozy rooms, excellent amenities, and warm hospitality.  Explore the many attractions of the surrounding area of North Georgia, or simply spend time relaxing in our peaceful environment; you can admire stunning views of our beautiful state right out your bedroom window!  We guarantee you’ll love what we have to offer here, so check our availability online right now to start planning the trip of a lifetime!

To learn more about the many things to do in North Georgia, download our free Vacation Guide today!

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Why You’ll Love the Fun Things to Do in Northeast Georgia https://glenella.com/blog/2016/05/13/things-northeast-georgia/ Fri, 13 May 2016 17:33:32 +0000 https://glenella.com/?p=2760 Planning a vacation to Northeast Georgia?  There are so many awesome activities here, you might start feeling overwhelmed!  Learn all about some of the best things to do in Northeast Georgia to start planning the trip of a lifetime today! 4 Fun Things to Do in Northeast Georgia Explore the Great Outdoors There are so […]

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Hiking is one of the many things to do in Northeast GeorgiaPlanning a vacation to Northeast Georgia?  There are so many awesome activities here, you might start feeling overwhelmed!  Learn all about some of the best things to do in Northeast Georgia to start planning the trip of a lifetime today!

4 Fun Things to Do in Northeast Georgia

  1. Explore the Great Outdoors

There are so many ways to enjoy the beautiful scenery of this mountainous region!  While you’re here, you’ll want to explore this area as much as possible, and what better way to take a Georgia tour than by soaring above the treetops?  North Georgia Canopy Tours are a favorite pastime here; people of all ages love the thrill of gliding over this gorgeous landscape by zipline.  This area is also any hiker’s paradise; with an abundance of trails winding past stunning views, rushing streams, and sparkling waterfalls, North Georgia is the perfect place for a hike.  

  1. Travel Back in Time

Georgia is a state rich in history and culture, which can be seen through its numerous historic sites.  One of the most interesting places you should visit during your trip to North Georgia is the Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site, a fascinating establishment commemorating our country’s first gold rush within the Cherokee Nation.  Another spot you shouldn’t skip is the Helen Arts and Heritage Center, a nonprofit art gallery and history museum that strives to honor the lives of local residents, both past and present.

  1. Go Wine Tasting

Among the many amazing things to do in Northeast Georgia, visiting their numerous vineyards is a must!  Frogtown Cellars Vineyard in Dahlonega, GA, is a picturesque property that specializes in producing a wide variety of delicious wines you can enjoy in a lovely and peaceful atmosphere.  To taste even more exquisite wine, visit the Yonah Mountain Vineyards in Cleveland, GA; you’ll be blown away by the vibrant scenery and extravagant cellars.  They also host many special events throughout the year, so check their calendar so you don’t miss out!

  1. See a Show

If you’re still searching for more fun things to do in Northeast Georgia, there’s plenty of entertainment waiting for you!  In addition to the multitude of amusing annual events that are held here, there’s always plays, shows, and concerts to see.  The Grant Street Music Room is one of the best places around for live music; they also have a full-service restaurant and bar to enhance your experience.  Stay up to date with the events calendar so you don’t miss anything!

Come Stay with Us at Glen-Ella Springs Inn!

You final stop in Northeast Georgia should involve our amazing accommodations!  Glen-Ella Springs is a luxurious bed and breakfast tucked away in Clarkesville, Georgia, that provides each and every one of our guests with comfortable rooms, excellent amenities, and warm hospitality.  Explore the many attractions of the surrounding area of North Georgia, or simply spend time relaxing in our peaceful environment; you can admire stunning views of our beautiful state right out your bedroom window!  We guarantee you’ll love what we have to offer here, so check our availability online right now to start planning the trip of a lifetime!

To learn more about the many things to do in North Georgia, download our free Vacation Guide today!

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How to Celebrate the 4th of July in North Georgia https://glenella.com/blog/2016/05/10/4th-of-july-north-georgia/ Tue, 10 May 2016 12:47:00 +0000 https://glenella.com/?p=2749 One of the most anticipated holidays of the entire year is, without a doubt, the 4th of July!  This festive celebration of our country’s independence is commemorated in a variety of ways throughout the United States.  If you’re searching for the best place to enjoy this summer celebration this year, look no further than the […]

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Fireworks during the 4th of July North GeorgiaOne of the most anticipated holidays of the entire year is, without a doubt, the 4th of July!  This festive celebration of our country’s independence is commemorated in a variety of ways throughout the United States.  If you’re searching for the best place to enjoy this summer celebration this year, look no further than the beautiful Southern state of Georgia!  This area contains all kinds of Independence Day festivals and events, especially in the northern region.  Set within a picturesque backdrop of mountains, waterfalls, and meadows, these North Georgia mountain towns are the ideal destination for the whole family.  Learn all about how to celebrate the 4th of July in North Georgia and start making your travel plans today!

5 Places to Celebrate the 4th of July in North Georgia

  1. Dahlonega, GA, 4th of July Celebration

A day filled with games, activities, and entertainment, the Dahlonega 4th of July Celebration can’t be missed!  See flashy automobiles at the classic car show, dance in the streets to the music of the many live bands, run in a 5k, and much more!  There will be things to do for all ages to keep the whole family happy!  

  1. Annual Fireworks at Dusk in Helen, GA

See a truly magnificent fireworks display like no other!  Every year, the Annual Fireworks at Dusk takes place in Helen, GA, to create a dazzling show for the community to admire.

  1. 4th of July Celebration in Dillard, GA

Although there are many 4th of July events and festivals in Georgia, the celebration in Dillard, GA, is one of the most entertaining!  Enjoy a delicious barbeque dinner while listening to a live band, followed by a spectacular fireworks display after sundown.

  1. Annual Wooden Boat Parade on Lake Rabun in Lakemont, GA

For over 30 years, the annual Wooden Boat Regatta has been a beloved tradition in Lakemont, GA!  Head over to this town to see a multitude of colorful, decorated boats float across Lake Rabun; there will also be fireworks over this lake as well later in the evening.  

  1. July 4th Day Event Featuring the Steve Bryson Band in Clarkesville, GA

If you’re looking for cool places in North Georgia to spend your 4th of July, Clarkesville, GA, is definitely one of the best options for you!  Head to The Chophouse at Laprade’s on July 4th to see the Steve Bryson Band perform live!  Admission is free; games and other outdoor activities will also take place on Lake Burton for an amazing evening of fun in a charming mountain town.

Come Stay with Us at Glen-Ella Springs Inn!

Enjoy your 4th of July in North Georgia to the fullest by treating yourself to a stay in the finest accommodations possible.  Glen-Ella Springs is a luxurious bed and breakfast tucked away in Clarkesville, Georgia, that provides each and every one of our guests with comfortable rooms, excellent amenities, and warm hospitality.  Explore the many attractions of the surrounding area of North Georgia, or simply spend time relaxing in our peaceful environment; you can admire stunning views of our beautiful state right out your bedroom window!  We guarantee you’ll love what we have to offer here, so check our availability online right now to start planning the trip of a lifetime!

To learn more about the many things to do in North Georgia, download our free Vacation Guide today!

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Everything You Need to Know about the Georgia Mountains Farm Tour https://glenella.com/blog/2016/04/28/georgia-mountains-farm-tour/ Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:58:35 +0000 https://glenella.com/?p=2743 Watermelons, corn, peaches, cucumbers, pecans, blueberries, corn, peanuts, wheat- do you know what all of these products have in common?  These listed items are all some of the most plentiful crops grown in the great Southern state of Georgia!  Due to its abundance of gorgeous, spacious land, the state of Georgia is home to numerous […]

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Buy veggies at the North Georgia Farm TourWatermelons, corn, peaches, cucumbers, pecans, blueberries, corn, peanuts, wheat- do you know what all of these products have in common?  These listed items are all some of the most plentiful crops grown in the great Southern state of Georgia!  Due to its abundance of gorgeous, spacious land, the state of Georgia is home to numerous gardens, vineyards, and farms.  If you’re longing to experience what a Georgia mountain farm is really like, you’re in luck!  The amazing Georgia Mountains Farm Tour is an event that occurs every spring to provide both visitors and locals alike with an inside look at farming in this area.  Discover everything you need to know about this beloved event to help you start planning your trip to the South today.  

5 Things You Need to Know about the Georgia Mountains Farm Tour

  1. How to Get Tickets

Until June 15th, 2016, you can purchase tickets for $30 for each carload that attends the tour; this cost covers both days of the event.  The ticket price will increase to $35 after June 15th, so make sure you buy yours as soon as you can!  They can be bought easily and conveniently on their website.  The proceeds will benefit the Georgia Farmers Network.  

  1. Dates and Times

This year’s Georgia Mountains Farm Tour will take place from Saturday, June 25th, to Sunday, June 26th.  The tours will begin each day at 1:00 p.m. and end at 6:00 p.m.

  1. What to Expect

During the Georgia Mountains Farm Tour, you’ll receive the opportunity to explore over a dozen of Georgia’s local farms.  After you purchase your tickets, you’ll receive a brochure in the mail with a list of all the different farms to choose from.  Visit each farm to get a sneak peek into how these establishments are run and what their day-to-day lifestyles entail.  This event is great for all ages; you’ll be able to speak to farmers in each community to learn about the efforts that go into growing all these various and numerous crops.  Participants are encouraged to bring along coolers since you’ll be able to buy delicious produce and other goods at each farm you tour.  

  1. What to Eat

During this tour, you’ll be able to enjoy locally sourced meals along the way at each allocated food stop.  You’ll be able to enjoy additional meals at other local restaurants as well, but be sure to call ahead and make reservations.

  1. Where to Stay

Make sure to stay in the best possible lodging while you’re taking part in the Georgia Mountains Farm Tour!  Treat yourself to the finest accommodations around to complete your trip to the South.  Glen-Ella Springs is a luxurious bed and breakfast tucked away in Clarkesville, Georgia, that provides each and every one of our guests with comfortable rooms, excellent amenities, and warm hospitality.  Explore the many attractions of the surrounding area of North Georgia, or simply spend time relaxing in our peaceful environment; you can admire stunning views of our beautiful state right out your bedroom window!  We offer a special deal during the Georgia Mountains Farm Tour; if you stay with us during the event weekend, you’ll receive a 30% discount off one of our wonderful Queen Rooms with no minimum stay required.  We guarantee you’ll love what we have to offer here, so call us right now to start planning the trip of a lifetime!

To learn more about the many things to do in North Georgia, download our free Vacation Guide today!

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3 of the Best Things to Do in Gainesville, GA https://glenella.com/blog/2016/04/21/things-to-do-in-gainesville-ga/ Thu, 21 Apr 2016 16:49:15 +0000 https://glenella.com/?p=2733 If you’re planning a vacation in the lovely state of Georgia, you couldn’t have chosen a better spot!  This area is bursting with breathtaking scenery and exciting towns filled with numerous attractions.  Gainesville is one town in particular that includes a multitude of one-of-a-kind activities, making it an ideal destination for a great getaway.  Discover […]

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Mountain biking is one of the many things to do in Gainesville, GAIf you’re planning a vacation in the lovely state of Georgia, you couldn’t have chosen a better spot!  This area is bursting with breathtaking scenery and exciting towns filled with numerous attractions.  Gainesville is one town in particular that includes a multitude of one-of-a-kind activities, making it an ideal destination for a great getaway.  Discover some of the best things to do in Gainesville, GA, to start planning your trip today!

3 Amazing Things to Do in Gainesville, GA

  1. Explore the Great Outdoors

Gainesville’s abundance of forests and trails combined with its convenient location near the gorgeous Lake Lanier supplies this area with endless opportunities for outdoor recreation.  In addition to boating, canoeing, fishing, and kayaking on this lake, you can also visit the adjacent Clarks Bridge Park, site of the 1996 Olympic Games!  Various other parks are found in this area as well, full of walking paths, playgrounds, picnic areas, and much more.  Gainesville also contains over 25 miles of mountain biking trails of varying levels of difficulty, perfect for bikers of all ages and skill levels.  

  1. Enjoy Delicious Dining

No vacation is complete without treating yourself to some local cuisine, and Gainesville, GA, is home to a myriad of fantastic restaurants!  One beloved hotspot is the Atlanta Highway Seafood Market; here, you can indulge yourself with some of the tastiest and freshest Cajun-style seafood dishes you’ve ever experienced.  If you’re searching for a more upscale dining atmosphere, Luna’s will fit your needs perfectly; here, you can enjoy dishes like seafood pasta and filet mignon while listening to the music drifting from the piano lounge (where you can also try one of their specialty cocktails).  For some unique American cuisine, Recess Southern Gastro-Pub is the spot for you; their mouthwatering meals are served in an environment that’s both classy and comfortable.  Also, if you’re looking for things to do in Gainesville, GA, at night, they host live concerts every Friday to create an entertaining evening for their guests.  

  1. Travel Back in Time

This particular portion of Georgia has some fascinating museums that will make you feel as though you’ve taken a step back in time.  If you want to learn about North Georgia’s intriguing background and origins, visit the Northeast Georgia History Center, an institution dedicated to preserving the stories and artifacts of this region through tours, exhibits, and events.  If you’re more interested in the nature and wildlife of Georgia, make time for the Elachee Nature Science Center, where you’ll learn all about Georgia’s natural environment and how it’s progressed throughout the years.  

Come Stay with Us at Glen-Ella Springs Inn!

Escape to the South for a vacation like no other!  Enjoy your Georgia getaway to the fullest by treating yourself to a stay in the finest accommodations possible.  Glen-Ella Springs is a luxurious bed and breakfast tucked away in Gainesville’s neighboring town of Clarkesville, Georgia.  Our cozy inn provides each and every one of our guests with comfortable rooms, excellent amenities, and warm hospitality.  Explore the many attractions of the surrounding area of North Georgia, or simply spend time relaxing in our peaceful environment; you can admire stunning views of our beautiful state right out your bedroom window!  We guarantee you’ll love what we have to offer here, so check our availability online right now to start planning the trip of a lifetime!

To learn more about the many things to do in North Georgia, download our free Vacation Guide today!
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5 of the Best Places to Go Horseback Riding in GA https://glenella.com/blog/2016/04/15/horseback-riding-in-ga/ Fri, 15 Apr 2016 12:40:24 +0000 https://glenella.com/?p=2718 The South is bursting with incredible scenery; the state of Georgia has especially gorgeous views due to its abundance of mountains, lakes, and rivers.  One of the best ways of admiring this area’s stunning sights is to explore by horseback!  There are plenty of opportunities for horseback riding in GA; numerous trails and stables are […]

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Where to Go Horseback Riding in GAThe South is bursting with incredible scenery; the state of Georgia has especially gorgeous views due to its abundance of mountains, lakes, and rivers.  One of the best ways of admiring this area’s stunning sights is to explore by horseback!  There are plenty of opportunities for horseback riding in GA; numerous trails and stables are available to provide an amazing day in the great outdoors horseback trail riding in Georgia.  Discover where to go horseback riding in GA for an excellent day journeying through this state’s most picturesque trails and wilderness areas.  

5 Fantastic Places for Horseback Riding in GA

  1. Sunburst Stables in Clarkesville, GA

The horseback rides offered by Sunburst Stables in Clarkesville, GA, guarantee an enjoyable trip for everyone of all ages and skill levels.  Choose from a variety of options, from a brief one-hour journey to a Family Adventure Ride that lasts 2.5 hours, during which you can see an animal farm and ride a train through a gold mine cave.  They also provide a Lunch Ride and Sunset Ride, perfect for watching the surrounding landscape turn golden as the sun goes down.

  1. Chattahoochee Stables in Helen, GA

Treat yourself to some of the best horseback riding in Helen, GA, by taking a ride with Chattahoochee Stables!  Cross the rushing Chattahoochee River on horseback as you ride on one of these well-trained steeds; these experienced animals will give you a wonderful trip through some of Georgia’s most magnificent settings.

  1. A Step Above Stables in Blairsville, GA

See the lovely Lake Nottley, as well as other dazzling views of the North Georgia mountains, when you participate in horseback riding at A Step Above Stables!  They are open seven days a week and closed only on Christmas Day to fully accommodate their guests.

  1. Equus Mountain Meadow Riding Stable in Clayton, GA

Experience some of the most memorable horseback trail riding in GA when you visit the Equus Mountain Meadow Riding Stable!  They specialize in privately guided tours to create a unique activity for their visitors.

  1. Gold City Corral and Carriage Company in Dahlonega, GA

This particular place in the North Georgia mountains offers more than just horseback rides; at the Gold City Corral and Carriage Company, you can also embark on a horse-drawn carriage ride, as well as hay rides, dinner wagon rides, and so much more!

Come Stay with Us at Glen-Ella Springs Inn!

A vacation in the South is truly an escape to paradise!  Enjoy your Georgia getaway to the fullest by treating yourself to a stay in the finest accommodations possible.  Glen-Ella Springs is a luxurious bed and breakfast tucked away in Clarkesville, Georgia, that provides each and every one of our guests with comfortable rooms, excellent amenities, and warm hospitality.  Explore the many attractions of the surrounding area of North Georgia, or simply spend time relaxing in our peaceful environment; you can admire stunning views of our beautiful state right out your bedroom window!  We guarantee you’ll love what we have to offer here, so check our availability online right now to start planning the trip of a lifetime!

To learn more about the many things to do in North Georgia, download our free Vacation Guide today!

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How to Have the Best Day White Water Rafting in Georgia https://glenella.com/blog/2016/04/07/white-water-rafting-georgia/ Thu, 07 Apr 2016 14:34:16 +0000 https://glenella.com/?p=2709 Nothing can beat the thrill of flying down a rushing river at breakneck speeds!  If you’re looking for a heart-pounding adventure out on the water, Clarkesville, Georgia is the ideal destination for you.  In addition to hiking through breathtaking scenery and exploring countless historic sites, this area down South also provides numerous opportunities for sensational […]

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Have an awesome day white water rafting in GeorgiaNothing can beat the thrill of flying down a rushing river at breakneck speeds!  If you’re looking for a heart-pounding adventure out on the water, Clarkesville, Georgia is the ideal destination for you.  In addition to hiking through breathtaking scenery and exploring countless historic sites, this area down South also provides numerous opportunities for sensational white water rafting.  Discover some of the best places to go white water rafting in Georgia to start planning your exciting day in the great outdoors!

4 of the Best Companies for Fantastic White Water Rafting in Georgia

  1. Chattooga River Rafting

This rafting company will help lead you through the most intense ride you’ve ever experienced!  Southeast Expeditions has professional guides who will assist you as you raft, kayak, or canoe your way through powerful rapids, steep drops, and demanding obstacles along the Chattooga River.  Regardless of your age or skill level, this will be an enjoyable outing in Georgia’s gorgeous environment.  

  1. White Water Rafting Georgia

Georgia’s abundance of rivers, streams, and lakes make it the ideal spot to embark on a journey on the water!  With White Water Rafting Georgia, you can book a trip that lasts from 2 hours to several days.  Navigate through waterfalls and other beautiful natural features along your excursion; you’re guaranteed to have a blast!

  1. Wildwater Chattooga

Choose from several different outdoor adventures when you visit the Wildwater Chattooga in Long Creek, South Carolina.  In addition to white water rafting (which you can do during the day or under the stars), you can also challenge yourself to some stand-up paddleboarding or go on a zipline canopy tour!  Hang out at their campus to relax and play games, like corn hole, horseshoes, and volleyball.  

  1. Nantahala Outdoor Center

After leading white water rafting trips in Georgia since the 1970s, Nantahala Outdoor Center is an excellent resource for having an amazing day on the water.  Their rafting tours last about 5-6 hours and are perfect for the whole family.  You are guaranteed to love spending time floating through Georgia’s hidden wilderness!  

For even more fun in the great outdoors of the South, try an afternoon of tubing in Georgia!

Come Stay with Us at Glen-Ella Springs!  

Escape to the South for a vacation like no other!  Enjoy your Georgia getaway to the fullest by treating yourself to a stay in the finest accommodations possible.  Glen-Ella Springs is a luxurious bed and breakfast tucked away in Clarkesville, Georgia, that provides each and every one of our guests with comfortable rooms, excellent amenities, and warm hospitality.  Explore the many attractions of the surrounding area of North Georgia, or simply spend time relaxing in our peaceful environment; you can admire stunning views of our beautiful state right out your bedroom window!  We guarantee you’ll love what we have to offer here, so check our availability online right now to start planning the trip of a lifetime!

To learn more about the many things to do in North Georgia, download our free Vacation Guide today!

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Your Guide to the Most Fun Helen, GA, Tubing https://glenella.com/blog/2016/04/01/helen-ga-tubing/ Fri, 01 Apr 2016 17:15:33 +0000 https://glenella.com/?p=2699 There’s nothing better than spending a hot summer day in the water, and the Chattahoochee River in Helen, Georgia, is the perfect place to cool off. From gentle waves to tumbling whitewater, this 430-mile river offers endless opportunities for outdoor recreation, especially refreshing and relaxing tubing adventures. Just a 30-minute drive from Glen-Ella Springs Inn, […]

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Friends in the water enjoying Helen, GA, tubingThere’s nothing better than spending a hot summer day in the water, and the Chattahoochee River in Helen, Georgia, is the perfect place to cool off. From gentle waves to tumbling whitewater, this 430-mile river offers endless opportunities for outdoor recreation, especially refreshing and relaxing tubing adventures. Just a 30-minute drive from Glen-Ella Springs Inn, guests can spend a day floating down the ‘Hooch with lush forests and mountain peaks as a backdrop. If you’re planning your next summer vacation in Georgia, bring the whole family to the river for a day of awesome Helen, GA tubing!

Where To Go for the Best Helen, GA, Tubing

Cool River Tubing

Cool River Tubing is the only company in the area that offers two different trips of varying lengths. Guests can choose from either a 2.5 or 1.5-hour ride which includes a single-person tube, shuttle service, life jacket, and tie straps. Or, for even more fun on the river, guests can purchase a water slide bracelet that will give you access to the slides in Alpine Crest Resort. You can slide down as many times as you want before finishing your float, but be sure to carry your tubes all the way to the slide so people can’t steal them from the bank!

Helen Tubing & Water Park

For those looking for an all-day adventure, a trip to the Helen Tubing & Water Park is ideal. Here, guests can enjoy free tubing all day long with the purchase of a water park pass, or take a 2-3 hour single ride which includes tubes, hook-ups, and a shuttle ride to and from the river. You can also purchase other tubing necessities at the gift shop, including push-off sticks and water shoes. After your tubing trip, be sure to check out the Helen Waterpark, which features the area’s largest water slide, a 1000-foot lazy river, a 25-foot rock wall, children’s area, and more. It’s the perfect way to spend a summer day!

Explore the Town of Helen

The picturesque mountain town of Helen, Georgia, is home to over 200 specialty shops, a scenic State Park, and even a variety of wineries and vineyards. The town is a re-creation of a Bavarian Alpine village and features cobblestone streets and a rustic atmosphere that will transport you to another world. When it’s time for lunch, be sure to try some classic German fare at one of the area’s local restaurants. Yum!

Paddle Back to Glen-Ella Springs Inn!

Now that you know about some of the best tubing in Georgia, it’s time to start planning your trip! After a fantastic day on the water, come back and relax at our Clarkesville bed and breakfast. You can rest up in one of our beautiful rooms or suites, then join us for a delicious gourmet dinner at our acclaimed restaurant. We can’t wait to hear about where the river takes you!

For more information on Helen, GA, attractions, including whitewater rafting,
download our free North Georgia vacation guide.

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Where Is the Best GA State Park? https://glenella.com/blog/2016/03/22/ga-state-park/ Tue, 22 Mar 2016 12:00:07 +0000 https://glenella.com/?p=2326 Named after the sheer cliffs and dark-colored rocks of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Black Rock Mountain State Park is a scenic 1,743-acre GA State Park that is well known for its breathtaking views and abundant outdoor recreation. At over 3,000 feet, it’s the highest park in the state and offers expansive panoramic vistas of rolling hills and valleys that […]

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View of the Appalachian Mountains from Black Rock Mountain, a GA state parkNamed after the sheer cliffs and dark-colored rocks of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Black Rock Mountain State Park is a scenic 1,743-acre GA State Park that is well known for its breathtaking views and abundant outdoor recreation. At over 3,000 feet, it’s the highest park in the state and offers expansive panoramic vistas of rolling hills and valleys that are the perfect backdrop to an afternoon exploring. Just a 30-minute drive from Glen-Ella Springs Inn, Black Rock Mountain State Park is a must-see when you visit North Georgia. Here are some of our favorite features of the park.

Spend a Day at Black Rock Mountain State Park

Scenic Overlooks

Not only is this GA State Park breathtaking, but the drive up is an adventure itself. Four overlooks provide spectacular 80-mile vistas and are the perfect place for a photo op, so don’t forget to bring your camera! The Cowee Overlook is first on the drive in and sits almost directly above the Ada-Hi Falls. Next is the Nantahala Overlook, which is in the tent and RV parking circle (perfect for campers), and the Blue Ridge Overlook is located on the road to the Visitor Center. Finally, make your way to the Black Rock Overlook that is adjacent to the Visitors Center for more stunning sights. 

Beautiful Trails

Black Rock Mountain State Park also provides guests with a number of activities throughout the year that are sure to bring out your inner nature lover. In particular, 11 different hiking trails offer guests a breath of fresh air, excellent physical activity, and some of the best views around. 

  • James E Edmond Trail follows cascading streams with small waterfalls and climbs to the summit of Lookoff Mountain for a stunning vista of Wolffork Valley and surrounding mountain ranges.
  • Black Rock Lake Trail is a .85 loop around scenic Black Rock Lake, rimmed by forests of white pine and yellow poplar. Beautiful wooden bridges will lead you across Taylor Creek and Greasy Creek, and an 80-foot bridge spans Cricket Cove on the lake’s southwest corner.
  • Ada Hi-Falls Trail features mature hardwoods, lichen-covered rocks, a variety of ferns and wildflowers, and a dense thicket of rhododendron. At the trail’s end is the observation platform for Ada-hi Falls.
  • Tennessee Rock Trail winds through lush forests and is the park’s most popular hiking trail. On clear days, guests have views that span into the neighboring states of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
  • Norma Campbell Cove Trail gives hikers the chance to pass by huge rock outcrops and springs that flow down the cove into the wild and scenic Chattooga River.

Black Rock Mountain State Park Weather

Because of its high altitude, Black Rock Mountain is often cooler than other Georgia parks and may close when the weather is icy. During this time of year, RVers should be comfortable driving on steep, winding roads. In contrast, the fall, spring, and summer months offer ideal temperatures for adventure, and hikers should wear appropriate footwear and clothing during each season.

Book Your Stay Glen-Ella Springs Inn

After a wonderful day in this GA state park, head back to our Clarkesville bed and breakfast and unwind in one of our beautiful rooms or suites! You can reminisce about all of the amazing things you’ve seen, then refuel with a delicious dinner in our acclaimed restaurant. We can’t wait to hear about your adventures in the mountains!

For more information on Georgia State Parks, including Amicalola Falls State Park, Cloudland Canyon, and Moccasin Creek State Park, download our North Georgia vacation guide.

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What You’ll See at the Beautiful Vogel State Park https://glenella.com/blog/2016/03/16/vogel-state-park/ Wed, 16 Mar 2016 16:29:32 +0000 https://glenella.com/?p=2691 Located at the base of Blood Mountain in Chattahoochee National Forest, Vogel State Park is the second-oldest state park in Georgia and offers 233 scenic acres that are just waiting to be explored. At an elevation of 2,500 feet, it’s one of Georgia’s highest altitude state parks and is just a short drive from Brasstown […]

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View of the lake at Vogel State Park in GeorgiaLocated at the base of Blood Mountain in Chattahoochee National Forest, Vogel State Park is the second-oldest state park in Georgia and offers 233 scenic acres that are just waiting to be explored. At an elevation of 2,500 feet, it’s one of Georgia’s highest altitude state parks and is just a short drive from Brasstown Bald, the highest peak in the entire state. From hiking and camping to swimming and fishing, this park features endless opportunities outdoor recreation and has something for everyone to enjoy – and it’s all just an hour away from Glen-Ella Springs Inn! Here are some of our favorite things to do and see in Vogel State Park.

The Top Attractions at Vogel State Park

Lake Trahlyta

Vogel State Park’s sprawling 22-acre lake is an ideal destination in the summer. On Lake Trahlyta, visitors can spend an afternoon fishing for bass, bream, and trout, or rent kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and pedal boats. The lake also has a swimming beach that features breathtaking views, so you can relax and enjoy the surrounding valleys, ridges, and peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Wildlife

In addition to its spectacular fauna of rare wildflowers and ferns, Vogel State Park is home to many species of curious wildlife. The area is populated with white-tailed deer, black bear, and raccoons, and over 100 species of birds inhabit or migrate through the park each year. Visitors can enjoy listening to native songbirds including warblers and chickadees, and hawks, owls, and woodpeckers can often be seen flying high overhead. The creeks and streams surrounding Lake Trahlyta are also home to frogs, turtles, and salamanders.

Hiking Trails

Outdoor enthusiasts will love taking on Vogel’s four hiking trails that cover over 17 miles. Popular routes include the easy 4-mile Bear Hair Gap Trail, which loops through the Chattahoochee National Forest and leads to Trahlyta Falls, and the Coosa Backcountry Trail, a strenuous 12-mile journey that climbs up Slaughter Mountain. The Appalachian Trail can also be accessed from Neel’s Gap, just a little higher up Blood Mountain from the State Park.

Annual Events

Each year in June, Vogel State Park gives children the chance to catch a big one with their annual Kids Fishing Rodeo, where anglers 12 and under can enjoy a day of trout fishing on Wolf Creek. Or, bring the family to the park on the 4th of July and celebrate our nation’s independence with a flag-raising ceremony, bicycle parade, and tons of fun games. If you plan on visiting North Georgia in the winter, the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Festival is held each December and features hayrides, caroling, bonfires, and even a visit from Santa Claus. There’s always something going on at the park!

Stay at Glen-Ella Springs Inn!

Before you head out, be sure to download a Vogel State Park map and book your stay at our Clarkesville bed and breakfast! You can enjoy a restful night’s sleep in one of our beautiful rooms or suites, then fuel up with a delicious complimentary breakfast in the morning. It’s the perfect start to a wonderful day at Vogel State Park!

For more information on state parks in Georgia, including Cloudland Canyon, Black Rock Mountain State Park, and Amicalola Falls, download our free North Georgia vacation guide.

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