Lucille's Mountain Top Inn & Spa
Innkeeper(s): Jim Matthews and Jerry Morris
Discover Fine Appalachian Art at Soque Artworks 23 Jan 2015, 11:33 am
Step inside Soque Artworks and you will find the unique art of over 100 local and regional Appalachian artists beautifully displayed. Located right on the square in historic Clarkesville, Georgia, Soque Artworks is the quintessential main street art gallery with a distinctly Appalachian feel. Named after the nearby Soque River, the gallery carries works in more than 25 different art mediums ranging from pottery, turned wood and metal to jewelry, fiber, paintings and photography, all available for purchase.
No two trips to Soque Artworks are ever the same, with the inventory provided by local and regional artists changing frequently. Locally owned and operated since 2008, Soque Artworks has a reputation of attracting the work of noted mountain artists and is well known by collectors as far away as New York. Folk art is one of the gallery's prominent styles, available in a variety of mediums. The Gazebo Garden at Lucille's Mountain Top Inn and Spa is graced with several of their folk art bird houses (pictured here), which have been popular both with small birds and amateur photographers visiting the inn.
However, for the more serious collector of fine art, Soque Artworks represents artists worthy of display in the finest homes and commercial spaces. Some of the recent art glass pieces and paintings on display are outstanding. A member of the Scenic 197 Arts and Business Association, and the Northeast Georgia Arts Tour, Soque Artworks promotes some of the finest, eclectic work from members of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild, other prestigious art organizations and from the instructors of the nearby John C. Campbell Folk School.
This is a “must see” gallery on your next visit to Lucille’s Mountain Top Inn and Spa. Soque Artworks is open year-round, Tuesdays-Saturdays from 10:00am until 6:00pm. You can also preview current artwork in the gallery before you go at Soque Artworks website.
Winter Room and Spa Packages that will Make You Smile 14 Jan 2015, 7:00 am
Winter is one of the best times to get out of town for some relaxation and Lucille's Mountain Top Inn and Spa has several Packages and Specials to make it easy to get away.
Our Winter Romance Package is a great way to experience 24-hours of relaxation with your sweetheart, without the hassle and time for planning all the details yourself. This package is loaded with lots of goodies to give you 24-hours of bliss, including an early check-in, late check-out, bottle of champagne, a romantic couples massage and breakfast in bed. This package has proven to be a favorite in just its first two weeks, so hurry since it is available only through April 2, 2015.
Mid-week during our mild winter season is the perfect time to plan that getaway you’ve promised yourself. Right now through February 12, 2015, stay three consecutive mid-week nights anytime Sunday through Thursday and get your third night free. That's three nights for the price of two! It’s easy to book your Mid-Week Escape Special right on line through our website and we will apply the discounts. Or call us at 706-878-5055 and we will be happy to book your Mid-Week Escape Package. We do not run Specials very often, so don’t let this one pass you by.
Winter is also a great time for indoor activities like spa treatments at the Spa at Lucille's. We have several Spa Packages that bundle a variety of services together at a discounted price so you can truly relax. Packages range from our 90-minute Relaxation Package that gives you a Swedish Massage and Mini-Facial, to the five-hour long Serenity Package, which pampers you with a variety of spa treatments and even includes a light lunch.
Call us at 706-878-5055 and we will be glad to help you find a Package or Special at Lucille's Mountain Top Inn and Spa that is right for you.
Farm-to-Table Dining Comes Alive at Harvest Habersham 7 Jan 2015, 10:43 am
Many recent guests at Lucille's Mountain Top Inn & Spa have found Harvest Habersham to be a culinary gem just off the historic square in nearby Clarkesville. This casual, farm-to-table dining experience offers unique dishes every day for lunch and dinner based on what’s available from local farms and foragers (see a partial list here), and only from the highest quality seafood purveyors from the Gulf and Southeastern coast. The menu changes frequently at Harvest Habersham based on what is coming in fresh from the fields.
Foodies are sure to be intrigued by Harvest Habersham's creativity. Fresh grilled Wreckfish, wild caught Striped Bass, exotic concoctions of Crisp Lamb Belly with rice grits, roasted Chicken Breast with cider glaze served with a smoked onion cassoulet, and Blue Cheese Ice Cream with Jalapeno Caramel Swirl for dessert (delicious, you have to try it) are just a few that we've enjoyed. From personal experience of dining there, the fun of visiting this American restaurant is that no two days are the same since the menu changes with the local available variety. But one thing is sure, every plate is expertly prepared, the quality is superb and the atmosphere relaxed. It’s a dining experience we recommend highly when visiting Lucille’s Mountain Top Inn and Spa.
Get your tastebuds ready for a wildly wonderful new taste experience at Harvest Habersham by visiting their website or calling them at 706-754-0056 for menu updates and to find out what's fresh with the North Georgia mountain's newest and best farm-to-table dining. Open year round, Harvest Habersham suggests reservations for either lunch or dinner.
Fly Fishing in North Georgia for Trophy-Sized Trout 10 Dec 2014, 11:31 am
Since 1996, John Jackson and his wife Abby have operated a fly fishing destination on this private section of stream-fed river that has been in John’s family since 1939. Blackhawk Fly Fishing has attracted award winning anglers from across the United States, as well as hundreds of beginners just discovering the sport of fly fishing.
Blackhawk Fly Fishing welcomes the lone fly fisherman, couples or groups of all levels of expertise. Gear is provided, instruction freely given and relaxation is encouraged. After a morning of fishing, Blackhawk guests are welcomed to the Jackson’s restored 1860’s farmhouse near the banks of the Soque, where Abby J’s delicious gourmet lunch awaits them. Serene and private, Blackhawk Fly Fishing is known equally for the gourmet farm-to-table food from Abby J’s garden, freshly prepared and waiting, as it is for its trophy-sized trout.
Unlike many Northern fly fishing rivers that are iced-over in the winter, Blackhawk Fly Fishing is open year round, weather permitting. Call Blackhawk Fly Fishing at 706-947-3474 to plan your fly fishing adventure on the Soque River. Make it the perfect getaway with overnight accommodations and perhaps a spa treatment at Lucille’s Mountain Top Inn & Spa. We’ll get you started with an early breakfast to maximize your time on the river and welcome you back to our luxury accommodations and mountain views after your fly fishing adventure. We look forward to seeing your fly fishing trophies here at Lucille’s after your next adventure with Blackhawk Fly Fishing.
Ring in the New Year with a Quiet Mountain Evening 3 Dec 2014, 9:42 amMake your reservations early to bring in the New Year with a quiet, intimate evening at Lucille’s Mountain Top Inn and Spa, named one of the Top Ten Luxurious B&B’s of 2014 by BedandBreakfast.com.
New Year’s Eve starts early at the Inn with a special welcome reception in the afternoon featuring an assortment of homemade appetizers prepared by Lucille’s chef, paired with local wines and cheese. Then, relax in your room or stroll the beautiful grounds surrounding Lucille’s and enjoy our mountain views.
Dinner will be served in the dining room that evening, with your entrée choice of Stuffed Chicken Breast, Filet or Salmon, sides of locally grown vegetables, an assortment of breads and Lucille’s famous Chocolate Lava Cake. Afterward, gather in the Living Room for coffee, tea and conversation. At midnight, toast the New Year in right with a split of champagne.
There’s nothing better than waking up to a hearty gourmet breakfast on New Year’s Day in the crisp mountain air of North Georgia. What better way to see in 2015!
Reservations are limited for New Year’s Eve at Lucille’s Mountain Top Inn and Spa., so call us at 706-878-5055 or book directly on our website for a quiet, relaxing end to 2014.
Small Weddings and Elopements in the Georgia Mountains 13 Nov 2014, 5:16 am
Looking for the perfect small wedding venue in the mountains of North Georgia? Take time to check out Lucille’s Mountain Top Inn and Spa's beautiful North Georgia Mountains location, and our budget-friendly small wedding and elopement packages.
Lucille’s Mountain Top Inn and Spa is a member of Select Registry - Distinguished Inns of North American, and is truly a beautiful destination for intimate weddings and elopements. With the mountains as your backdrop and attention to every detail of your special day always our priority, planning the perfect wedding has never been so stress free. Our event planner will work with you on planning your dream wedding, whether it is an elopement for just the two of you or a small gathering for up to 30 guests. We can help you with every detail from hair and makeup, photography, flowers and table settings to cake design. Leave the planning to us and relax by pampering yourself and your bridal party with an array of services on-site at The Spa at Lucille’s. Tours of the facility are by appointment only and can be made by calling us at 706-878-5055.
Every season is as breath taking as the one before it in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains. No matter the time of year you select for your wedding or elopement, you can count on the beauty of each season to add to the magic of your wedding day. The special treatment you deserve from the professionals at Lucille’s Mountain Top Inn and Spa is guaranteed. It will be that special day to remember!
Take a Holiday from Thanksgiving Cooking at Lucille's 29 Oct 2014, 8:17 am
Start this Thanksgiving holiday with reservations at Lucille’s in one of our Mountain View Rooms. Add a sprinkling of spa services from The Spa at Lucille’s, and you’re off to a great start on a beautiful fall weekend in the Georgia Mountains! With several options for a full course traditional Thanksgiving menu available in the area, this could be the most memorable start to a wonderful holiday season.
We have many repeat guests who come to celebrate Thanksgiving at Bernie’s Restaurant in the Village of Sautee, a local favorite year round. Featured frequently in notable regional publications like Southern Distinction magazine, Bernie’s offers two Thanksgiving Day seatings, at 1:00pm and 4:00pm. Guests are encouraged to reserve early as space is limited. Typical Thanksgiving fare at Bernie’s includes a relish tray and Apple Waldorf Salad, turkey with all the trimmings, green beans, candied sweet potatoes and a choice of pumpkin, pecan pie or Bernie’s famous decadent chocolate fudge cake. Reservations and pricing are available by calling 706-878-3830.
Stick around for the weekend and round out the rest of your stay with a little Christmas shopping in the Village of Sautee, where a number of local merchants offer unique American and folk art, pottery, and antiques. Enjoy wine tastings from several of the nearby vineyards and select an award winning wine to take home for that special someone on your list. Best of all, you can end each day in comfort at Lucille’s Mountain Top Inn and Spa, located so close to the best of both holiday dining and shopping. Take a break from cooking this year and call us at 706-878-5055 to reserve early and make holiday memories in the foothills of Southern Appalachia!
Tour North Georgia Wineries with New Unicoi Wine Trail App 16 Oct 2014, 7:06 am
Now it is easier than ever to tour the wineries of North Georgia with the Unicoi Wine Trail Travel App. This new app is user friendly, a wealth of information on the region's best wineries and makes it easy for you to navigate from winery to winery for a day or weekend of tastings. With vast acres of vineyards, award winning wines and tasting rooms spread across the lower slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains, North Georgia is quickly becoming recognized for its vineyards and quality wines. Fine dining, superior lodging choices, farm-to-table agritourism and a strong local arts trade blend with the popularity of the local wine scene to offer visitor’s a unique experience that they will want to repeat again and again.
Close to Atlanta, the wine corridor of White County, with the Sautee Nacoochee Valley at its center, is host to six of North Georgia’s outstanding wineries. With vast acres of vineyards, White County’s Unicoi Wine trail is the regional center for nearly 30 tasting rooms spread across North Georgia. Using the Unicoi Wine Trail app now makes it easy for you to plan your day and navigate from winery to winery like a local.
Following the vines is now simple with the Unicoi Wine Trail App, available as a free download from either the iTunes Store or Google Play. You’ll find detailed information on all Unicoi Wine Trail wineries, tasting rooms and events throughout the year. High resolution pictures, detailed maps of winery locations, GPS maps and alerts, plus links to each wineries' website are features of this new app that is a must have for North Georgia Wine Country visitors! Call us at Lucille's Mountain Top Inn & Spa at 706-878-5055 to make your reservations for your home base in Wine Country while you explore the best of Georgia's wineries
Historic North Georgia Home to Open to Public 26 Sep 2014, 6:42 amHardman Farm, the house has seen many changes through the years and will soon have a new life as a state cultural and historic site. Starting October 2, 2014 the Hardman Farm will be open to the public, giving us a look at what life was like in the Nacoochee Valley over 100 years ago.
The Hardman Farm's prominent location at the intersections of Georgia Highways 17 and 75, directly across from the Nacoochee Indian Mound, make it a very visible symbol of Georgia's past. Captain James Nichol built the house in 1870 alongside what was then called the Unicoi Turnpike, a busy trade route that linked North Georgia, Eastern Tennessee and Western North Carolina. In addition to the house Nichol built many other structures on the property including a smokehouse, carriage house, barn and greenhouse, and the nearby Nacoochee Presbyterian Church (currently called the Crescent Hill Baptist Church) and the gazebo that still sits atop the Nacoochee Indian Mound.
|Hardman Farm and Unicoi Turnpike, circa 1920s|
The house and surrounding land were sold in 1893 to Calvin Hunnicutt, a wealthy businessman from Atlanta, who used it as a summer home. It was subsequently purchased in 1903 by Dr. Lamartine Hardman, who later entered politics and was governor of Georgia from 1927 to 1931. Hardman and his family ran the farm as a working diary farm through the 1900s and it was donated to the State of Georgia in 2000 by the Hardman family.
Preservation work on the house and surrounding buildings has been underway off-and-on for the past 10 years. When it opens next week visitors can stroll down the pathway that was once the Unicoi Turnpike and enter the house through the wide arched front door for a guided tour. Inside they will find the house furnished as it was in the 1920s, when Hardman used it as the summer Governor's Mansion.
The Hardman Farm will be open Thursday through Sunday, 9:00am - 4:00pm, October 2, 2014 through November 9, 2014, and Friday through Sunday November 14, 2014 until December. The grounds of the Hardman farm will also host the Unicoi Wine Festival on Saturday November 1, 2014, a celebration of local wine, art and music. Lucille's Mountain Top Inn and Spa is located just three miles from the Hardman Farm and is a comfortable base for exploring this and numerous other historic sites. Call us at 706-878-5055 and let us help you plan your North Georgia history tour.
Learn to Fly Fish this Fall in North Georgia 5 Aug 2014, 7:30 am
The area around Lucille's Mountain Top Inn & Spa is dotted with beautiful trout streams like Dukes Creek and Sautee Creek, and the famous Chattahoochee and Soque Rivers. Unicoi Outfitters, an Orvis Endorsed Outfitter located less than four miles from Lucille’s, is just one of the outfitters in the area that offers fly fishing classes for the beginner.
In less than one day, Unicoi Outfitters can teach you the art of fly fishing and have you on a stream or river that afternoon. This class introduces you to a well-rounded set of basic skills that includes knot tying, rigging rods, casting on land and in-stream and three methods of fly fishing. Classes are limited to 6, so this is the perfect time to plan an outing with friends and family here in Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia for a few days of outdoor fun.
Most of the day long class is spent outdoors, all equipment needed is included and a copy of Orvis’ Guide to Fly Fishing is yours to keep. Class is in session from 9:00am to 4:00pm, includes lunch and is $150.00 per person. Beginner’s classes are scheduled for September 13, 2014 and October 11, 2014. Call us here at Lucille's at 706-878-5055 to make your plans to spend a relaxing evening or two while you spend the day learning to trout fish on a beautiful mountain river.