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


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  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.

North Georgia Cabin Rental or Bed and Breakfast? Your Choice May be Easy 5 Mar 2014, 7:35 am

Trying to decide on a cabin rental or bed and breakfast for a romantic getaway in the North Georgia Mountains? There are pros and cons to each and it’s simply a matter of personal choice. But here are a few things you may want to consider as you search for the perfect romantic mountain lodging.  

Comfort and Style
Cabin rentals come in a range of styles, from bare-bones basics to luxury. Several reputable cabin rental companies in North Georgia offer large, luxury cabins that have 3, 4 or even more bedrooms.  
Mountain Laurel Cabin Rentals of Blue Ridge, Georgia and Pinnacle Cabin Rentals of Helen, Georgia are just two examples of rental companies that offer large luxury cabins. Of course cabins with luxury furnishings are typically larger, meaning you either invite friends along on your romantic weekend, you pick up the costs of all those empty bedrooms, or you opt for a smaller, perhaps less-elegant cabin. Luxury inns like Lucille's Mountain Top Inn & Spa offer finely appointed guest rooms and elegant common areas with designer touches throughout, and of course a variety of outdoor areas to take in the beauty of the mountains. And don't forget you'll need to pack your shampoo and soap for many cabin rentals, and some even require you to bring your own sheets!  But at a bed and breakfast you will find the finest in bed and bath linens, spa bath amenities, towel warmers, fresh cut flowers, flat screen TVs with satellite service and we even have an awesome DVD collection. 

Cabins are great if you like spending part of your vacation time cooking and cleaning dishes. Some people like getting up early to cook when they are away from work and the kids.  You may even find a rental cabin with a well appointed kitchen, but of course some will have only a few basic kitchen essentials for "roughing it".  And don't forget to plan part of your vacation time for grocery shopping, unless you are willing to pay a hefty sum to have your rental cabin stocked with food.  However, if you would rather let someone else get up early to bake muffins and breads, whip up some creative egg and fruit dishes, then serve it to you on china, a bed and breakfast might be right for you. After all, breakfast is a big part of our business!  Here at Lucille's we can even serve you breakfast in bed.  At a bed and breakfast you sit back and relax, while we prepare and serve you a gourmet breakfast made from scratch, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy the mountains.

If pool tables and hot tubs are your thing, then a cabin rental might be right for you.  Some people like to spend their leisure time in a basement playing pool or sitting in a hot tub that many, many other renters have used.  You won't find pool tables and hot tubs at most luxury bed and breakfasts, but you will find comfortable areas both indoors and out for lounging, quiet time for reading, hanging out with friends or, if you prefer, socializing with other guests.  We even have great fiber optic Wi-Fi throughout our inn for staying connected to friends and family back home or accessing your favorite Internet entertainment.  If outdoor activities like hiking, horseback riding, fly fishing, waterfalls and zip lining are your thing, then most North Georgia bed and breakfast and rental cabins are equally close to these attractions.  If you want to experience North Georgia Wine Country, Lucille's is located right off the Unicoi Wine Trail and is just one mile from two of North Georgia's finest winery tasting rooms.  And if a little spa pampering is your type of vacation activity, then just step next door to our day spa for a relaxing couples massage, purifying facial or hydrating body wrap.  Need we say more?

Many rental cabins will sit on the side of a mountain and have a good view in one direction toward a mountain or valley.  Some higher up on a mountain may have an even wider mountain view.  Other rental cabins will be tucked deep in the woods down a dirt road to give you the ultimate up-close view of trees, so be sure to check the description closely or inquire with the cabin rental company about the view before renting.  Most well-run bed and breakfasts will have lots of photos of their views and grounds on their website, so you know exactly what to expect when you arrive.  At Lucille's Mountain Top Inn & Spa, our name says it all: we sit on top of a small mountain providing 360 degree, long-range views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and both the Sautee and Nacoochee Valleys.  

If you are like most people, cost will play a big role in selecting lodging in the North Georgia Mountains. If you are considering a cabin rental, don't forget to include the additional cleaning fee tacked on to most cabin rentals, which drives up the average daily cost of a rental.  And don't forget the cost of breakfast, sodas, coffee and snacks, if you want to stay in a cabin.  These are included at most bed and breakfasts.  The full costs of a cabin rental compared to a mountain bed and breakfast stay can be very similar, but when you start adding those additional qualities that may be important to you like service, views, comfort, style and activities a bed and breakfast is usually a far better value.

Because your vacation is an investment, whether it be for a weekend or a week, we invite you to compare types of accommodations so that you are completely satisfied with your stay in the North Georgia Mountains.  We believe you will find the bed and breakfast experience at Lucille's Mountain Top Inn & Spa to be a excellent choice for your romantic getaway any time of year.  

Discover Great Georgia Wines and Enjoy Spring in the Mountains During Wine Highway Weekends 18 Feb 2014, 9:29 am

Grape Vines Sprouting in Early Spring
With two winter snows behind us, we’re already looking ahead to spring here in the North Georgia mountains!  As in years past, to help kick off spring in the mountains the Winegrowers Association of Georgia will be hosting their annual Spring Wine Highway Weekend.  With the growing status of Georgia wines this event has become very popular in recent years.  To allow participants to enjoy even more wineries this year the event will be held over two weekends, March 22nd-23rd and March 29th-30th, 2014. 

The expanded format this year allows wine enthusiasts the time to leisurely explore the participating wineries in the expanding wine country of North Georgia.  Fourteen Georgia wineries will be participating this year in the Spring Wine Highway Weekend, including local favorites Sautee Nacoochee Vineyards, The Cottage Vineyards & Winery, Habersham Winery, Serenity Cellars and Yonah Mountain Vineyards.    

Plan now to visit North Georgia's wineries during this festive event and get ready to enjoy the release of new wines and some of your local favorites. Plan now by marking your calendar and booking your reservations with Lucille’s Mountain Top Inn & Spa, March 21st-23rd or March 28th-30th.  On any of the Wine Highway Weekend dates you can purchase your $30 passport from any of the fourteen participating wineries.  Your passport will get you a tasting at each participating winery and comes with a souvenir wine glass.  Tasting room hours are from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday and 1:00PM to 5:00 PM on Sunday both weekends. Be sure to checkout the Winegrowers Association of Georgia's website for more details!   

Spring weekends in the North Georgia mountains are also a great time to check out our many casual and fine dining restaurants, sure to prepare their finest menus to pair with our wonderful North Georgia wines. Merchants in the Village of Sautee and the Nacoochee Village will also be anticipating your visit with lots of new merchandise and fresh selections of local art, handcrafted pieces, antiques, scents and soaps, jewelry and more.       

If you are not available to participate in the Wine Highway Weekends, but are available to visit the area March 8, 2014, don’t forget that Yonah Mountain Vineyard's will be celebrating the Grand Opening of their new tasting room and event facility in nearby Cleveland, Georgia on that day.  We’re sure you’ll love the unique décor and fine art, along with many new indoor and outdoor features, plus the release of Yonah Mountain’s exclusive new wines. There are sure to be some pleasant surprises ahead for those of you who have been a guest of the Yonah Mountain tasting room here in the Village of Sautee or a visitor at their annual Crush Fest in past years. 

We've got many improvements and renovations underway at both the Inn and the Spa, including the addition of a beautiful, romantic suite to be completed just in time for another beautiful spring season here in the North Georgia Mountains.  We look forward to seeing you during one of the Spring Wine Highway Weekends or sometime soon here at Lucille's Mountain Top Inn & Spa.