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This lovely North Georgia bed and breakfast is just an hour north of Atlanta, but worlds away from the rush of daily life. Surrounded by wineries, waterfalls, and wedding venues, The Inn at Magnolia Oaks is located in the heart of several mountain communities – historic Dahlonega (site of the first gold rush in the U.S.), Cleveland (home of the Cabbage Patch Kids), and Helen a (quaint Bavarian village) are all just minutes away. There is always a festival nearby, or a theater production, or live entertainment to enjoy. Restaurants range from roadside BBQ joints to upscale fine dining with delightful wine pairings. With so much to see and do, you’ll need to say several days, and we’ll be glad to help you plan your visit.
Historic Southern architecture provides the perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway, anniversary celebration, family gathering, or elegant elopement. Each guest suite has a different personality and unique amenities. Porches furnished with wicker, rockers and a swing invite you to relax and reconnect, while gardens filled with ever changing seasons of blooms beckon you to an evening stroll amid the fireflies. Drift off to sleep on a heavenly bed draped with luxury linens and awake to your favorite morning beverage and a three-course breakfast. Yes, breakfast does come with dessert! After all, you are here to relax and be pampered. And when it is finally time to leave, be sure to take some tea cookies with you as a reminder of a very special stay.
Eagerly anticipate returning to the elegance and luxury of The Inn at Magnolia Oaks, a romantic bed-and-breakfast in the heart of the North Georgia mountains, after a delightful day spent exploring local vineyards, gold mines, waterfalls, art galleries, and quaint shops filled with crafts and antiques.
Located on Dahlonega’s doorstep and just minutes from Cleveland, Helen, and Gainesville, The Inn at Magnolia Oaks is in the middle of everything and just far enough away for that special weekend escape. With everything from outdoor recreation to fine dining, there is always something to see and do. You will definitely need several days to visit just a few of the scenic spots and unique area attractions in one of Georgia's most beautiful regions.
Guests at this charming North Georgia bed-and-breakfast are greeted with beautiful gardens, white columns and an old-fashioned wrap-around porch. Watch the fireflies light up the night from the front porch swing, or curl up with a good book in one of the overstuffed chairs in front of the fireplace in the library. The ladies’ parlor is ready for tea or a game of Scrabble, and your favorite beverage is waiting for you in the guest lounge along with a jar of Marie's famous tea cookies.
After enjoying a restful night's sleep, plan your next adventure while you visit with fellow guests over a fabulous three-course southern gourmet breakfast, graciously served in the light-filled formal dining room; or enjoy breakfast for two with that special someone.
Return to a simpler time . . . the tranquil back roads and majestic waterfalls of the North Georgia mountains are the perfect place to renew, relax, and rest. We look forward to welcoming you to The Inn at Magnolia Oaks . . . where Time Stands Still.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Terry and Marie for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
The majority of our guests (75-80%) stay with us to celebrate a special occasion. Most come to celebrate an anniversary, a few to celebrate a birthday or holiday, and a few very special guests spend their wedding night with us. (We store cake top tiers in our freezer for their first anniversary.) We love celebrations!
What are you best known for?
Our inn is best known for hospitality. We specialize in making our guests feel welcome and helping them unwind from the stresses and business of daily life. We want them to leave with their souls refreshed and their dreams revived.
What makes your inn unique?
The Inn at Magnolia Oaks is unique because it is a historic reproduction. It is a replica of Marie’s grandparents’ home place in Mississippi; so, although the house appears to be old, it comes with all the modern conveniences. Guests love the wrap porch, rocking chairs, and porch swing.
What do you love most about your inn?
The thing we love the most about our inn are the people who come to stay with us. We have met people from all over the world! Each person has a story to tell and a life to share. Our guests fill our inn with laughter and we enjoy getting to know each and every one of them.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Clermont, Georgia is a small rural community that is located right in the middle of everything to see and do in the beautiful mountains of North Georgia. Our inn is just minutes from several major tourist meccas – Dahlonega (site of the first gold rush in the United States), Cleveland (home of the famous Cabbage Patch Kids), and Helen (a charming Bavarian village filled with shops and restaurants). Clermont is surrounded by five major wedding venues and a dozen wineries. It is the perfect place to stay in North Georgia!
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
A travel writer stayed with us for his honeymoon night late last summer. He had finally married his sweetheart of 40 years! He wrote in his blog that “although we ran a bed and breakfast and did an outstanding job of it, we were neither in the bed nor the breakfast business. Rather, we were the in people business!” That is what we try to do with each and every guest. We take in weary travelers and provide a lovely place to stay along with a scrumptious three-course breakfast. But our true calling is to help our guests find some peace and a chance to reconnect their lives with those they care about most.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
The waterfalls! There are more than 30 gorgeous waterfalls within a few minutes’ drive from the inn.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Day 1 – Search for Gold! Visit the Gold Museum in Dahlonega to learn about the first gold rush in the United States. Browse through charming shops surrounding the square and have lunch at one of several local cafes. Be sure to purchase some “Dahlonega Nuggets” at the Fudge Factory. Tour a real gold mine and try your hand at panning for gold, then have dinner at one of the local restaurants that feature live entertainment. You might even be able to catch a performance at the Historic Holly Theater.
Day 2 – Spend the day touring several of the local wineries. Start out at Three Sisters or Frogtown and plan on having lunch at Wolf Mountain. Their café has a spectacular mountain view. Depending on the dates of your visit you may be able to catch live entertainment at any one of the vineyards. Take a break to ride over to Amicalola Falls for the afternoon and view one of the highest waterfalls east of the Mississippi, then plan to enjoy a fabulous dinner with outstanding wine pairings at Monteluce. (We’ll be glad to arrange transportation for you, if desired.)
Day 3 – Head south to Ball Ground to spend the day strolling through Gibbs Garden. Only open a year, but in progress for 28 years, Jim Gibbs has created a breathtaking series of gardens for all to enjoy. Grab a bite of lunch at the café inside the garden and enjoy your sandwich at the tables nestled under tall hardwood trees. Our favorite is the delicious chicken salad on homemade cranberry walnut bread. Something is blooming all the time in the garden and the focus changes every three weeks. You may need to purchase a season pass! Stop by the North Georgia Premium Outlets on your way back for a little retail therapy, then plan on having dinner at the Blue Bicycle – a delightfully indulgent restaurant with a great wine cellar.
Day 4 – Spend your last day just relaxing! Head up through Helen to Anna Ruby Falls. An easy hike on a paved trail, this is a spectacular set of falls. Be sure to take your camera and a picnic lunch to enjoy while you relax beside the stream. (We’ll be happy to provide it for you!) Then head down to Sautee Nacoochee to visit the Old Sautee Store and several other charming shops. While you are there, be sure to stop in at the Yonah Mountain and Serenity Cellars Tasting Rooms. They have several outstanding wines that have won gold medals. We love the Dolce Bello – chocolate port! Mosey over to Clarkesville to tour through antique shops and enjoy your last wonderful dinner at The Attic – a unique restaurant in a converted 1940s auto garage. We’ll be glad to make a reservation for you.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Take a leisurely stroll through the inn gardens while you are our guest. They are an ever evolving project of the innkeepers. There is something sensational in bloom in every season.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Our favorite restaurant is The Attic in Clarkesville. The food is delicious, the prices reasonable, the service good, the atmosphere unique and portions humongous! We usually order one entrée and split it. But, if you are talking barbeque, the place to go is Johnny’s Barbeque in Gainesville. No atmosphere, but everything he serves is delicious!
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
The Dahlonega/Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce has an excellent website that keeps up with the myriad of events that take place in and around Dahlonega. Check out www.dahlonega.org . There is a wealth of information about happenings all around the North Georgia mountain area.
How many rooms does your inn have?
Our inn has four private, uniquely decorated guest suites, each named after one of our grandparents. Goodwin-Aldridge is named for the original owners of the house and has a private sitting room. Granberry-Hill boasts a king brass bed and overlooks Wauka Mountain. Dawson-Goss has a lovely arched canopy bed topped with a hand-tied canopy, and Burgess-Parker has a queen spool bed topped with a featherbed. All come with private baths, “heavenly” beds, and luxury linens.
Do you accept pets?
Although we love animals, we do not accept pets as guests at Magnolia Oaks. We refer our guests traveling with their pets to our local Bed & Biscuit. That way the pets can have a B&B experience too!