Lucille's Mountain Top Inn & Spa

964 Rabun Road P.O. Box 638, Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia 30571
Innkeeper(s): Jim Matthews and Jerry Morris
  • Lucille's Mountain Top Inn & Spa

    Lucille's Mountain Top Inn & Spa

  • Relax While the Clouds Float By

    Relax While the Clouds Float By

  • Sit for a spell on the back deck to watch the beautiful scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains

    Sit for a spell on the back deck to watch the beautiful scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains

 

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.
But there’s nothing like taking a hike in the woods to really get away from it all, and see some of our area’s real beauty. This area is rife with waterfalls, and the hikes to them are wonderful. The good news is, you don’t have to be a die-hard hiker to get to some of the prettiest places! Here’s a little sampling.

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.
678-261-8406

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.

Chattahoochee Stables
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.
706-878-7000

North Sunburst Stables
251 Sunburst Lane, Clarkesville
Open daily
Daytime rides: 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Sunset ride: call for departure time.
706-389-9544

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

There’s nothing quite as awesome as watching the mass ascension of more than thirty brightly colored hot air balloons over the beautiful North Georgia Mountains. Colors, patterns and unique baskets provide a visual experience to remember as balloonists from all over the world take to the skies for the 42nd Annual Helen to the Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Race June 4-6, 2015.

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


Taste your way around North Georgia’s wine country from a  single location at the 23rd Annual WineFest, on the grounds of Habersham Winery on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm.  

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 am

Who 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.

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

Experience local grown, fresh from the farm flavors at Harvest Habersham, the newest farm-to-table restaurant in North Georgia.   This great new restaurant only adds to the well-deserved reputation for farm-to-table cuisine in our area, taking advantage of the abundance of locally raised produce, meats and fish, prepared by trained chefs that are skilled at making the flavors of this beautiful array of foods come alive on the plate.

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


One of the top fly fishing rivers in the eastern US is located in the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains of Northeast Georgia, just down the road from Lucille’s Mountain Top Inn & Spa. In nearby Clarkesville, Georgia there is a two mile stretch of the cold water Soque River that is home to large Rainbow and Brown Trout, many reaching up to 12 pounds!  This beautiful river is surrounded by mountains and is a near-perfect fishery that allows trout to reach such large proportions – all just a few hours north of Atlanta. 

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.