Lucille's Mountain Top Inn & Spa

964 Rabun Road P.O. Box 638, Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia 30571
Innkeeper(s): Jim Matthews and Jerry Morris
  • 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

 

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 am

Since 1870 an elegant Italianate farmhouse has stood at the edge of the Nacoochee Valley, near the banks of the Chattahoochee River in North Georgia.  Now called the Hardman 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 mountain streams and rivers of North Georgia offer some of the best trout fishing in the eastern U.S.  If you have always wondered how to fly fish the perfect time of year to learn is coming up.  With little rain and comfortable temperatures, not to mention spectacular scenery, Fall is a great time to learn how to fly fish like a pro.     

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.   

Georgia Winery Celebrates Harvest with Crush Fest 25 Jul 2014, 11:36 am

Grape stomping will be just one of the highlights of Yonah Mountain Vineyards 5th annual Crush Fest, Saturday, August 30, 2014 from 11:00am to 6:00pm.  This highly anticipated festival celebrates Georgia wine making and draws an estimated 3,500 visitors from around the southeast to celebrate the start of the Labor Day weekend.

Yonah Mountain Vineyards completed a spacious new wine tasting room earlier this year as well as beautiful outdoor seating where guests can enjoy a spectacular view of this almost two-hundred acre winery at the base of Yonah Mountain. Their new accommodations provide the perfect setting, reminiscent of the Italian countryside, for enjoying a glass of wine from this award winning winery.   

If you are a serious wine enthusiast or just want to learn a little more about making wine, make Crush Fest 2014 a must do. The day is full of music, gourmet foods, and family friendly fun.

Take a horse drawn wagon ride around the property for stunning views of the vineyards surrounded by the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains. Tours of the winery and Georgia’s only wine cave are, indeed, highlights. Don’t miss out on stomping the harvest, Lucille Ball style, as Yonah Mountain Vineyard owner Bob Miller serenades grape stompers on his 40-key accordion. Two performance stages will also provide great entertainment throughout the day. A stroll through the festival marketplace presents an opportunity to enjoy the work of 50 local and regional artisans, featuring wine and food art. Another high spot of Crush Fest 2014 will be a variety of gourmet food vendors and food trucks offering perfect pairings for whatever wine you choose.

Yonah Mountain Vineyards is located on Hwy. 255 in nearby Cleveland, Georgia. Make your plans now to attend, as this is always a popular event.  We still have a few rooms available that weekend at Lucille's but they will go fast, so give us a call soon at 706-878-5055 to book your room or book on-line on our website.  Cheers!

Discover Farm to Table Freshness in Northeast Georgia 27 Jun 2014, 11:36 am

Summer is the best time to find the freshest produce and homemade jams, jellies and sauces produced right here in North Georgia.  Farm to table agritourism is one of the Georgia Mountains' special attractions.

Loganberry Heritage Farms brings a great experience to visitors who want to bring home the best in farm fresh produce. Every Saturday through the summer they offer a traditional farm market (actually on the farm!) from 9:00am to 2:00pm, with an abundance of homemade goods and lots of fresh picked produce such as asparagus, hearty chard, fresh eggs, locally ground grits and corn meal, sorghum syrup, jams and jellies and lots of garlic pestos and spreads.

Loganberry Heritage Farms will also be hosting its 6th Annual GarlicFest on Saturday, August 23, 20014 from 10:00am to 4:00pm.  This annual celebration of the pungent member of the Lily family features 14 varieties of garlic that originate from around the world.  Come and enjoy the day, filled with music, art, education about the garlic family and take home a basketful of garlic ropes and other wonderful creations starring this pungent and wonderful seasoning. 

The 64th annual Georgia Mountain Fair, July 18–26, 2014 and October 10–18, 2014 in nearby Hiawassee, features a juried arts and crafts show with over 60 artisans, demonstrations of old mountain folkways in the Pioneer Village, favorite country music headliners on the Mountain Fair stage and locally produced food for sale. If Fall is your target, be sure to take in the official Georgia State Fiddler’s Convention this year.

No country fair is complete without food and the Georgia Mountain Fair features some of the finest locally made jams, jellies, sauces and canned items for sale. Take home plenty to stock your shelves! Local vendors also sell the best in Georgia barbecue and fresh smoked trout.

Lucille’s Mountain Top Inn and Spa is ready to answer your questions about how to make the most of your summer in the mountains. Be sure to make us your home away from home in the North Georgia Mountains! 

Georgia Wine Country Afternoons and Lavender Fest 16 Jun 2014, 11:51 am

Summer weekends are a great time to relax, kick back and enjoy a lazy afternoon at one of Georgia wine country’s many tasting rooms near Lucille's Mountain Top Inn & Spa.  We have found the best way to enjoy the full winery experience is to let the wine maker or tasting room staff guide you through a tasting flight and, once you've found your favorite North Georgia wine, enjoy a full glass on a beautiful mountain afternoon while listening to some live music.   

Sautee Nacoochee Vineyards has kicked off its 2014 music series, Swinging in the Vines, with great local musicians that pair nicely with their famous cold wine slushees and tasty cheese plates. Plan now for a weekend getaway June 21, 2014 and enjoy local jazz favorites Monica Spears and Derek Worth. Music starts at 2:00pm and is a great way to wrap up a day of antiquing, outdoor activities or exploring nearby shops in the Village of Sautee.

Say you are a fan of everyone’s favorite shop, the Lavender Cottage? Don’t miss their 3rd Annual Lavender Fest, June 28, 2014 from 10:00am to 5:00pm.  Music, local artists, a variety of homespun events and, of course, samplings of all the ways to infuse lavender into your everyday life will make it a full day. 

There’s never a lack of great places to visit and things to do around Lucille’s Mountain Top Inn & Spa’s little corner of the North Georgia Mountains. Top of the list – relax, renew and refresh! Call us at 706-878-5055 and we will be glad to help you plan your next mountain weekend with some of the best lodging and events around. 

Northeast Georgia Arts Tour June 13 - 15, 2014 4 Jun 2014, 10:00 am

Glass Bowl in Plaid
The Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia are well known for various artisans, folk art, and hand thrown pottery. Local creative arts can be found year round in the galleries and shops in the Village of Sautee near Lucille's Mountain Top Inn & Spa, as well as in nearby Clarkesville and Clayton, but each spring and fall The Northeast Georgia Art Tour shines a spotlight on the finest artists of the region.  This year’s spring Northeast Georgia Arts Tour will take place Friday, June 13, 2014 through Sunday, June 15, 2014.

Over 100 local artists, painters, potters, jewelry makers, wood carvers, gourd artisans, fiber, glass, and metal artists will be demonstrating their crafts during the tour. Guests will find plenty of handmade art for viewing and purchase, as well as the opportunity to register at all the tour stops for a chance to win theater tickets, restaurant gift certificates and an original oil painting.

The Arts Tour takes you through some of the most beautiful country in the Georgia mountains. Our favorite route from Lucille’s Mountain Top Inn & Spa is Scenic Hwy. 197, following beautiful Hwy. 255 out of Sautee with a stop at the Sautee Nacoochee Center, then on to Batesville. Several nationally known pottery galleries are located on Hwy. 197, as well as Burton Gallery, which is loaded with a variety of fine art. You can continue through nearby Rabun County, home of beautiful Lakes Burton, Rabun and Seed, on a drive dotted with several folk art studios and Timpson’s Creek Gallery on Hwy. 76, leading into the historic town of Clayton. For details and to download a tour map visit The Northeast Georgia Arts Tour website.  

It’s a great day of art, shopping, fine or casual dining in the North Georgia Mountains on any leg of the 2014 Art Tour. Then it’s always nice to come home to your luxurious and comfortable room at Lucille’s Mountain Top Inn and Spa…where relaxation meets the mountains!

See the Georgia Mountains by Wine Bus or Carriage Ride 9 May 2014, 3:20 pm

We don't have Uber here in North Georgia but we do have two great ways to see the area while someone else does the driving.  A wine bus tour or a horse-drawn carriage ride along a scenic valley lane are both fun and relaxing ways to experience the mountains while you are visiting Lucille's.     
 
VIP Southern Tours
If you would like to visit some of the great regional wineries and tasting rooms while you are here, VIP Southern Tours offers a relaxing experience in a luxury executive mini-coach.  A day long tour includes up to five wineries and wine tasting rooms, a gourmet picnic lunch, as well as a little history and some points of interest along the way.  They also offer half-day tours, private charters, bachelorette tours as well as corporate and custom tours.  Find out all of your many options with VIP Southern Tours by visiting www.gawinetours.com.  Let them know you are staying at Lucille's and they will pick you up and drop you off right at our front door!    
 
Sautee Express Excursions
An old fashioned horse drawn carriage ride down a peaceful valley lane is great way to experience the area while someone else drives.  Local Veterinarian Scott Hancock has combined his love for horses, a collection of antique carriages and his desire for sharing the beauty of the mountains into a unique tour service, Sautee Express Excursions.  Your tour begins from the nearby Village of Sautee.  From there you travel at a leisurely pace down Lynch Mountain Road, a shady lane that follows the edge of the Sautee Valley. Along the way you will get some history of the valley and then stop at a lovely spot where a historic church was built in the 1800’s.  This three mile, two hour private carriage tour is best enjoyed during the early morning or at sunset. And a hint to our gentlemen visitors:  This tour is just as romantic as a Venetian gondola tour.  Book your outing with Sautee Express Excursions by calling them at 706-969-4036 or at 404-310-2558. 
 
We look forward to seeing you at Lucille's Mountain Top Inn & Spa, where relaxation meets the mountains in North Georgia.  

Day Spa Services in North Georgia 30 Apr 2014, 12:27 pm

One of the best ways to really pamper yourself when visiting North Georgia is with a spa service. When was the last time you indulged in a massage, facial, body wrap or foot treatment and just let yourself go? If you can’t remember, then we suggest you plan a North Georgia Mountain getaway that includes a visit to The Spa at Lucille’s Mountain Top Inn and enjoy our full menu of luxury spa services.

Lucille’s Mountain Top Inn & Spa is one of the top relaxation destinations in North Georgia, but you don't have to be a guest at the inn to enjoy The Spa. We’ve been busy this winter upgrading accommodations at the inn to make an overnight visit even more enjoyable and The Spa at Lucille’s got a makeover too. The Spa’s lobby area shines with beautiful new granite features, comfortable new furniture, a beverage service, and new displays for our line of FarmHouse Fresh spa products. Plan to spend an hour indulging in a single service, or choose from our special spa packages that will pamper you for hours ,and leave you relaxed and refreshed. For a preview of our services check out the spa menu on our website.

Any treatment or service you choose at the Spa at Lucille’s starts with the highest quality natural ingredients. You can be assured that every lotion, body cream, facial treatment, body wrap and massage oil contains no chemical preservatives, synthetic ingredients or artificial dyes. We use products made only from organic plant extracts and oils, natural salts and sugars, and rich aromatics made from essential plant oils. And, you can choose some of our delightful products for purchase from our spa gift shop to take home.

Our team of nine spa technicians, headed by Tonya Meister with over 12 years of experience, are waiting to serve you 7 days a week by appointment, 10:00am - 5:00pm Sunday to Friday, 10:00am 6:00pm Saturdays. Be sure to sign up for the Spa at Lucille’s email list when you visit our website for all of our upcoming treatment specials. Remember to make Lucille’s Mountain Top Inn & Spa your destination when you’re looking for fine, luxury lodging and spa services in the North Georgia Mountains!

Make a Lifetime Memory on a Champagne Balloon Flight 26 Mar 2014, 7:46 am

There’s nothing more beautiful than seeing the skies of the North Georgia Mountains filled with colorful hot air balloons ascending, signaling the start of their race to the Atlantic. This year the 41st Annual Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race promises to be one of the top events in 2014 around Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia!

The South's oldest balloon event and the United States' only long distance hot air balloon race takes place June 5-7, 2014 from the starting point of nearby Helen, Georgia. The race begins with the rise of 30 brightly colored and uniquely decorated hot air balloons as they move toward their final destination along I-95 (landing at any point between Maine and Miami). Six to ten of the balloons will be competing in this year’s long distance race. We think the best part of the race is watching as the balloons rise over the mountains in the early morning sunlight and float overhead, while you enjoy a cup of coffee on the back porch of our Georgia bed and breakfast.

The Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race is becoming one of the most prestigious ballooning events in the world, with competitors arriving from the UK and other European countries, as well as from across the US. To celebrate the event, may we suggest booking a champagne balloon flight during your stay at Lucille’s Mountain Top Inn & Spa? Locally headquartered, world renowned balloon builder and race competitor Head Balloons is booking one hour champagne balloon flights that will carry you along the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains and across the nearby valleys.  This lifetime memory is available for $300 per person and can accommodate up to four people in one balloon basket. Champagne flights can be scheduled for sunrise and sunset, as well as other hours during the day.  Book now by calling Head Balloons, 706-878-0442 for the best selection of flight availability. The flight includes a champagne toast and the unforgettable sights you’ll see as you drift over the Sautee and Nacoochee Valleys and by Yonah Mountain.   

In addition to champagne balloon flights, there will be other opportunities to participate in this unique event.  During the three day festival there will be twenty five hot air balloons in Helen, with many offering tethered rides and the opportunity to help inflate the balloons, weather permitting.  And don't forget your smart phone or camera, because the sight of dozens of balloons being inflated in an open field is an incredible backdrop for a selfie!  

Lucille’s Mountain Top Inn & Spa is the most romantic bed & breakfast destination in the Northeast Georgia Mountains and makes the perfect base for taking in this June 5-7, 2014 event. Reserve your room early, and be sure to ask about the features of our beautiful new guest suite that will be completed in early May.  Choose a package of spa treatments at our onsite, newly refurbished spa…ready for you when you return from your balloon flight. Relax with a massage, slip into our fresh, organic spa products and sink into total paradise here in the mountains. Follow up on the deck with a wonderful glass of wine from your favorite local winery while you take in the view from our mountain top. Surprise that special someone in your life with the complete package this spring…Romance and the beauty of the 41st Annual Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race.