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


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. 

Ring in the New Year with a Quiet Mountain Evening 3 Dec 2014, 9:42 am

Make 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  

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

Tired already just thinking about spending Thanksgiving day cooking and cleaning?  This year enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner in the North Georgia Mountains and spend a relaxing weekend at a mountain bed and breakfast. Lucille’s Mountain Top Inn and Spa has the perfect way to enjoy Thanksgiving and relax.

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 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.