Lucille's Mountain Top Inn & Spa
Innkeeper(s): Jim Matthews and Jerry Morris
The Tavern Brings Great Pizza to North Georgia Mountains 25 Jun 2015, 10:00 am
It’s not just because Nacoochee Village Tavern & Pizzeria is a mouthful to say, it’s because everyone who eats there—including all of us here at the Inn—feels like a local. So we just call it the Tavern. And it’s our go-to spot for great pizza.
|Photo courtesy of The Tavern|
The setting is part tavern, part pizzeria with a big dose of neighborhood comfort thrown in. Owner Paul goes out of his way to deliver quality food and it begins with his use of pure and fresh ingredients. So flours for the dough are un-bromated and unbleached, the spring water is un-chlorinated. Crusts are made fresh daily and hand-stretched the old-fashioned way, then baked free-form in a stone oven. Local, fresh ingredients are used as much as possible, which all adds up to some mighty tasty pies. One favorite is the Spicy Piglet, which comes topped with homemade tomato sauce, cappicola ham, bacon, roasted onions and pickled jalapenos. Veggie options include the Tree Hugger with roasted eggplant, sweet peppers and onions, and portabella mushrooms. The Tavern also caters to special diets with a daily Paleo option and gluten-free crusts.
Photo courtesy of The Tavern
In addition, the menu offers a few appetizers good for sharing, including a dish they call The Mess, which is a heaping bowl of Paul’s famous meatballs and melted cheese, served with homemade tomato sauce and bread. Spinach and bacon salad is a nice side. For those wanting something other than pizza, the hogies, cosmos and paninis are also top-notch.
You might want to take some of your dinner to go, just so you have room for one of the Tavern’s oh-so yummy desserts, like the sticky bun spoonbread served with warm cream. Or you can get your dessert to go and enjoy it back at the Inn with a glass of wine.
Either way, plan a stay with us—and you’ll just be minutes away from all this deliciousness!
7275 South Main Street, Helen
Monday - Thursday, Sunday, 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday - Saturday, 12:00p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Host Your Next Conference in the Beautiful North Georgia Mountains 18 Jun 2015, 10:00 am
Meetings can take on an air of a relaxing getaway when you hold them at our Inn!
Whether you’re looking for a place to hold a small corporate team meeting or off-site retreat, we offer an easy commute, a quiet setting and all the amenities you require such as hi-speed internet connections, white boards and projection screens. But even better, we offer a setting that inspires. Instead of four walls, you can be looking out onto a pond and garden with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance. Inspiring, right?
The Inn is also an ideal setting for your next quilting or scrapbooking getaway. Our meeting room comfortably seats 10 conference-style or up to 20 in a classroom setting. And our wide back porch and deck, equipped with rockers and dining tables, are perfect for breakaway sessions or timeouts.
You’ll receive personal service from our attentive staff and, when your meeting is over, enjoy all the benefits of first-class lodging: elegant furnishings, plush towels and organic bath amenities. Every morning you’ll be treated to a gourmet breakfast and can savor complimentary desserts each afternoon. And if you really want to unwind and relax, you can book a facial, massage or skin-care treatment at the Spa at Lucille’s. Aahhh.
Give us a call and we can help you plan your event. If you’re based in Atlanta, Greenville or the greater northeast Georgia region, it’s an easy drive to get here. The problem will be with going home—you aren’t going to want to!
North Georgia Inn to Host B&B Aspiring Innkeeper Seminar 11 Jun 2015, 10:00 am
Have you been thinking about opening your own B&B, but aren’t sure where to begin or what it entails? Then mark your calendar for A Better Way to Learn Innkeeping seminar, Friday- Sunday, August 14-16, 2015.
|Photo courtesy of Bushnell and Bushnell Services, Inc.|
The seminars will be held at here at Lucille’s and run by Scott and Marilyn Bushnell. Both are former successful executives for multi-national companies and former B&B owners and innkeepers, so they bring a wealth of first-hand knowledge.
The seminar offers a weekend filled with important information, offering insights and an understanding of all that buying, owning and running a bed and breakfast entails. Included in the topics covered are innkeeping basics such as trends and industry statistics; defining the inn that meets your goals and needs; a due diligence process for buying and selecting an inn; financing a purchase; developing business and marketing plans; and a look at the day-to-day life of an innkeeper.
Friday-Sunday, August 14-16, 2015
Seminar, $375/person; mountain-view room at 15% discount for attendees
Lucille’s Mountaintop Inn & Spa
964 Rabun Road, Sautee Nacoochee
Friday, August 14, 2015
Registration, 3:00 p.m.
Innkeeping 101, 3:30 p.m.
Casual Dinner and Networking, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 16, 2015
Building the Profile of your Inn, 8:30 a.m.
Coffee break, 10:15 a.m.
Due Diligence: The Acquisition Process, 10:30 a.m.
Lunch, 12:30 p.m.
Inn Financing – What You Need to Know, 1:30 p.m.
Afternoon Break, 3:00 p.m.
A Case Study for Practice, 3:15 p.m.
Wine and Cheese Gathering and Dinner, 6:15
Sunday, August 17, 2015
Inn Operations and Marketing, 8:30 a.m.
Morning Break, 10:15
Open discussion, Q&A, 10:30 a.m.
|The Spa at Lucille's|
It’s going to be a jam-packed weekend of information. We suggest that while you are at the inn, sneak in a little time for a relaxing treatment in our Spa. Just the thing an innkeeper would really appreciate!
Whee! Ziplining Through Glorious North Georgia Mountains 4 Jun 2015, 10:00 am
Think the Georgia mountains around our Inn are stunning? Just wait until you see them from a whole new view: ziplining over them! Strapped on a wire and gliding over the lush landscape is not just a great adrenaline rush, but a really great way to take in the scenery. Several local companies specialize in tours and they all are top-notch.
|Photo courtesy of North Georgia Canopy Tours|
Adventure Tour is a perfect name for the North Georgia Canopy Tours’ 3 hour-escapade that has 12 ziplines, two sky bridges, three nature walks, a rappel, plus zips over ponds and the Oconee River. The grand finale? A 695-foot dual zip over the Hilltop Pond. For thrills in a shorter time-frame, the Sky Bridge Tour takes two hours and includes nine ziplines, including the longest zip on the course, with the same dramatic ending. To prove to family and friends back home that you did it, you can rent a GoPro camera from the company, and video the whole thing.
North Georgia Canopy Tours
5290 Harris Road, Lula
Adventure Tour, $89/person
Sky Bridge Tour, $69/person
GoPro Camera rental, $35
If you’d like to learn a little local history while you’re having fun, check out these ZipnTime Tours. As you’re zipping tree to tree on the four zip lines of the Moonshine Canopy Tour, certified guides will be entertaining you with the history of early moonshiners and the legends of the Sautee-Nacoochee area. For even more adventure, add on the “Intimidator” option and experience one of the longest ziplines in the country. Sign up for the Goldmine Canopy Tour and you can not only glide above the forest floor, but also hike to an former 1880’s mine.
7019 S. Main Street, Helen
Moonshine Canopy Tour, $49/person; Intimidator option, $20
Goldmine Canopy Tour, $69/person
|Photo courtesy of Sunburst Stables|
Sunburst Stables offers two miles of cables with nine ziplines. For extra excitement, take one of the special Twilight Night Tourswhere you jump off into the darkness and soar high over trees on a lighted course. Afterwards, you can share stories while munching s’mores around a campfire.
251 Sunburst Lane, Clarkesville
Open daily, except Thanksgiving Day
Twilight Night Tours, $95/person
After being up in the air for a while, coming back to a comfy chair and a glass of wine at the Inn will sound pretty good. So if you don’t yet have reservations for the summer, give us a call!
Hiking, Horseback Riding in Stunning North Georgia Mountains 28 May 2015, 10:00 am
Just taking in the beautiful views from a balcony at the Inn can sweep guests away from life’s hustle and bustle and bring them in touch with nature.
When the rhododendron are blooming, the easy 1-mile trail to Duke Creek Falls is a delight. You can find parking and the trailhead just off Richard Russell Scenic Highway.Off that same highway is where you’ll find Raven Cliff Falls, a 2.5-mile trail that winds up and down and across several small creeks, rewarding you with stunning falls and scenery.
You get not one, but two falls when you hike to Anny Ruby Falls, a short half-miler that is one of the area's most popular. For a truly take-your-breadth-away view, head over to Tallulah Falls and Gorge. Made famous by legendary aerialist Karl Walenda (who walked a high-wire across it!), the 1,000-foot gorge is visable via several easy hikes and points along the way.
In the mountains just north of the Inn, you’ll find access to the Appalachian Trail. Hike along this ridge-running trail and it’ll lead you to a springs that is the source of the Chattahoochee River. We’re also fortunate to have three state parks in the area: Amicalola State Park, Smithgall Woods State Park and Unicol State Park. All three offer easy-to-moderate hiking trails and more of that glorious north Georgia scenery.
If you’d prefer a guided hiking trip, Appalachian Wilderness Guides offers a variety of hikes led by experienced guides whose extensive knowledge of the nature and stories of the area enrich the journey. The company offers day hikes and teams up with North Georgia wineries for Wine Tasting Treks, short hikes into the mountains where you can toast the beauty with local vintages.
Appalachian Wilderness Guides
7675 US Highway 76 East, Hiawassee
Bargain Day Hikes, $50
Wine Tasting Treks, $75.
|Photo by Austin Elliott
Courtesy of North Sunburst Stables
For those who’d rather let someone else do the walking, you can see the area via horseback. Chattahoochee Stables have one-hour guided trail rides that take you 3.5 miles through the valley, along—and through!-- the Chatahoochee River. North SunburstStables offers rides into the Chattahoochee National Forest, including one and two-hour rides, a family adventure ride that takes guests to an animal farm and fishing, a sunset ride, and a lunch ride.
2180 Highway 17, Sautee
1-hour rides. Call Stables for pricing.
Summer hours, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.; winter hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
North Sunburst Stables
251 Sunburst Lane, Clarkesville
Daytime rides: 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Sunset ride: call for departure time.
After an active day in the woods, head back to the Inn to be pampered in our Spa! It’s another one of the joys of staying at our Inn.
Appalachian Wine, Jazz and Art Festival is a Summer Must 20 May 2015, 12:28 pm
The 2nd Annual Appalachian Wine, Jazz and Art Festival promises to be one of the top summer festivals in the North Georgia region. Based on last year's success, festival goers will hear outstanding jazz and soul performances, see a variety of art talent on display, as well as taste some of North Georgia's outstanding wines. This year the festival will be held June 12 and 13, 2015 in the beautiful mountain setting of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee, Georgia.
Enjoy Latin Jazz, rhythm and blues and more for two afternoons of great music, paired perfectly with wine tastings from vineyards throughout North Georgia’s increasingly popular wine country. Local jazz favorites, vocalist Monica Spears and guitarist Derek Worth will be performing again this year. In addition, one of Kenya's leading R&B artist, Mercy Myra will be appearing, alongside The Rhythm Jets. Paired together, this outstanding vocalist and this jazz group are sure to be one of the stand-out performances of the festival. This will be a performance that shouldn't be missed. To get you in the mood for the festival check out a recent performance by Mercy Myra and The Rhythm Jets, performing "Soul Satisfaction" here on YouTube.
In addition to the music, artists from across the region will be exhibiting throughout the festival grounds and there will be plenty of food to enjoy during this two-day event at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds along the banks of beautiful Lake Chatuge. Just a two hour drive from Atlanta, Greenville, Asheville and Chattanooga, it’s time for a perfect getaway from the city! Tickets are $20 Friday from 5 PM to 8 PM, $40 Saturday from 11 AM to 8 PM or $50 for both days. Tickets include a wine glass and four tastings.
For a lineup of artists, music and more visit the festival website then call us at 707-878-5055 to make your reservations for relaxation here at Lucille’s Mountain Top Inn and Spa. Be sure to check out The Spa at Lucille’s for new treatments, products and specials!
See Spectacular Hot Air Balloons over the Georgia Mountains June 4-6, 2015 28 Apr 2015, 2:07 pm
A total of six to ten balloons will compete in the popular balloon race portion of the event, where balloonist race from Helen to the Atlantic. When the contestants and other balloonists lift off at 7:00am on Thursday June 4, 2015 (weather permitting) it will be a spectacular sight from the back porch of Lucille's Mountain Top Inn and Spa. The winner of the race is the first balloon to cross the finish line of Interstate 95, anywhere from Maine to Miami, depending on where the winds take the balloons. The shortest distance is 225 miles and the race has been completed in as little as one to two days. It’s all “weather permitting,” and engages the skills of the pilot and crew.
Meanwhile, back in our neighboring town of Helen, Georgia, the remaining balloonists participate in local flying events beginning Thursday evening. Balloons will be spotted throughout the area Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting around 7:00am and again in the evening around 6:00pm. Champagne balloon flights are also available during the event by reservation only. It is a truly awesome way to see the mountains of Northeast Georgia. Call the host balloon company, Head Balloons at 706-865-3874 to make your reservations or call us here at the inn and we'll be happy to assist with making your stay at Lucille's even more memorable.
You can also see what it’s like to be part of a hot air balloon crew by assisting with balloon inflations or by being part of a balloon chase crew. Tethered balloon rides are another fun way to participate and are available at the launch site in Helen, taking riders 50 to 75 feet up for several minutes at a time. All activities can be scheduled through Head Balloons, or you can just kick back and watch this event from the comfort of Lucille’s Mountain Top Inn and Spa's outdoor deck and lawn. Watching the lift off of the hot air balloon race has become a tradition here at Lucille’s, marking the beginning of a super summer season in our beautiful mountains. We still have some rooms available, so make your plans now to stay with us Wednesday June 3rd to watch the race begin early Thursday morning (weather permitting) or stay June 4th, 5th or 6th to watch or participate in the local ballooning events each morning or evening. Call us here at Lucille's at 706-878-5055 to make your time in the mountains extra special during this spectacular event.
Enjoy the Best of North Georgia's Wine Country at WineFest 14 Apr 2015, 12:18 pm
Wine is of course the star of this festival, but the food, live music and local arts and crafts make it an annual crowd pleaser. WineFest is a great way to spend a leisurely spring afternoon, wandering the grounds of Habersham Winery, getting to know the wines of the region. Wines from twenty member wineries of the Winegrowers Association of Georgia will be featured during the festival (amazing!), including of course Habersham Winery and some of our other local favorites like The Cottage Vineyard & Winery, Sautee Nacoochee Vineyards, Serenity Cellars and Yonah Mountain Vineyards. To round out the afternoon there will also be some great music, featuring Tim P. White. This YouTube video clip of him performing an acoustic number is enough to make me want to hear more at the festival.
During the event there will also be an opportunity to try your hand at painting your own original piece of art. From 1:30pm to 3:30pm Fancy Doodle Art and Wine House will set up an informal painting session, so plan to let your creativity shine through on a canvas after a glass or two of wine.
While you are at the festival step inside Habersham Winery's tasting room, one of Sautee Nacoochee's largest and most popular. There you can see their wine making facility, browse a great selection of wine related retail items and purchase one of your favorite wines to take home.
Admission to WineFest is $30 for tastings and a souvenir wine glass. Plan now for your visit to WineFest and your stay at Lucille's Mountain Top Inn and Spa for a relaxing spring weekend. Habersham Winery is located just outside Helen, Georgia, an easy four mile drive to Lucille's after the festival. To find out more visit Habersham Winery's Event's page or call us here at Lucille's Mountain Top Inn and Spa at 706-878-5055 to plan your wine country getaway.
Spring is Near! So is the 2015 Wine Highway Event 2 Mar 2015, 11:50 amWho needs a dose of spring after our recent winter weather? We have just the ticket….plan now to join us in the Northeast Georgia Mountains for the Winegrowers Association of Georgia's annual Spring Wine Highway Event, March 21-22, 2015 and March 28-29, 2015. This is the Winegrowers Association's biggest event ever with 18 member wineries offering the best of the vine throughout our beautiful area of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is so big this year that it has been spread out over two weekends to give you plenty of time to enjoy your wine tasting experience. You’ll also enjoy music and special events planned at many of the participating wineries, as well as a chance to sample some of Georgia’s best farm-to-table fare.
For the fee of $40 per person that can be paid at any participating winery, you will receive a souvenir wine glass and passport that you present to each of the participating wineries you visit. Your admission allows you to enjoy the experience at a leisurely pace and can be used on both weekends. For a map of this year’s Spring Wine Highway Event that will make your planning easier and to check out all the participating wineries visit the Winegrowers Association of Georgia's website. Be sure to also check the 2015 Spring Wine Highway Facebook page for more details as they become available.
This year some of the closest wineries to Lucille's that are participating include Habersham Winery, Yonah Mountain Vineyards, Serenity Cellars, Sautee Nacoochee Vineyards, The Cottage Vineyard and Winery, and Cavender Creek Vineyards and Winery. We are very excited that one of Georgia's newest wine tasting rooms at CeNita Vineyards and Winery, just down the road from Lucille's, will also be participating!
Call us at Lucille's Mountain Top Inn & Spa now at 706-878-5055 to book your lodging during this much anticipated event. Be sure to ask about our great spa packages and let us help you unwind as spring comes to the beautiful mountains of Northeast Georgia.
Let a Massage or Facial Solve your Winter Skin and Stress Problems 4 Feb 2015, 6:30 am
Don't let winter give you the blues and stress your skin - get over to The Spa at Lucille's Mountain Top Inn for one of our new spa services, featuring FarmHouse Fresh spa products that will chase the winter blahs away and treat your skin oh-so-nice!
Try a Super Antioxidant and Firming Chocolate Facial that includes a gentle exfoliating mask made from natural cocoa. Luscious! Top this with a soothing head and scalp massage, followed by a super antioxidant serum made from winery grapes and soothing chamomile that plumps the skin. Add in a wrinkle-fighting eye serum that clinically earned its name, Crow Catcher! This is our newest, most decadent facial yet.
Another popular facial is our Brown Sugar & Bourbon Facial, designed to treat the drying affects of winter sun and wind exposure. A warm milk compress gently softens the skin while the head and scalp are massaged, followed by a gentle face massage with a brown sugar and Kentucky bourbon scrub. Finally, a gentle moisturizer and eye serum are soothed on the face to leave it soft and smooth. This one is very popular with gentlemen and during cocktail hour!
Perhaps a massage is something you’ve been meaning to pamper yourself with. Ask for our Signature Dry Brush and Aromatherapy Massage, a dry brush exfoliation of the skin, followed by a massage using a fragrant blend of sweet almond oil, herbs and flower essences. Opens the pores to soothe your skin and leave it soft and hydrated.
The Spa at Lucille's Mountain Top Inn & Spa is open seven days a week and open to the public as well as guests of the Inn. Services are by appointment only, so be sure to call us at 706-878-5055 to schedule your time to be pampered. For a full menu of spa treatments, products and prices, visit the Spa page on our website. Ask about our packages and specials as well as what’s new at North Georgia's beautiful and most comfortably appointed spa. Making you feel good and look great is what we do best.