North Georgia’s Alpine Olive Tree

We may be miles away from the olive groves of Portugal and Spain, but we can enjoy their bounty in delicious ways, thanks to Alpine Olive Tree. The inviting olive oil and vinegar store in Helen (there’s also a store in Dahlonega) is a terrific resource not just for cooking, but for gift-giving as well. Like so many of us who travel, the owners discovered a wonderful olive oil and vinegar shop on vacation and returned home enthusiastic disciples. After much researching, learning and tasting (the fun part!), they opened their store. Walk inside and you’ll be instantly drawn into … Continue reading

Inn Recipe: Homemade Pound Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

We have Wilson Vitale, one of our staff, to thank for this delicious addition to the dessert menu. This is his mom’s recipe and we’re delighted to share it. For best results, it is important to use the specific ingredients and methods as designated. Homemade Pound Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting For the pound cake you will need: 9-inch bundt pan 1 ½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature 3 cups granulated sugar 1-2 tsps. vanilla extract 6 large eggs 3 cups pre-sifted flour 1 tsp. kosher salt 8 oz. sour cream Place a rack in the middle of … Continue reading

Sautee Nacoochee Center’s 35th Anniversary

Not that you ever need an excuse to head up to the mountains, but this is a great reason to visit in September: the 35th Anniversary of the Sautee Nacoochee Center (SNS), September 24, 2016. The Center is a beacon in our community, providing a source of education and entertainment for all ages. The SNC was created in 1981 along with its parent organization, Sautee Nacoochee Community Association, to preserve and promote the land, heritage, language and culture of this Northeast Georgia region. It has done a phenomenal job. Today visitors can enjoy art, music, dancing, educational programs, and a … Continue reading

Helen Oktoberfest A Long-Time Georgia Tradition

Helen Oktoberfest, the longest running Oktoberfest in the country, is slated for September 22 to October 30, 2016. And there’s no better place to celebrate this annual German fest than in most Bavarian of Georgia mountain towns! While most places dedicate a weekend to the event, Helen parties for over a month, so Inn guests will have plenty of opportunity to join in the fun. The Helen Festhalle is where most of the Oktoberfest activities take place. Here’s where you can experience a bit of gemütlichkeit, a German term for a convivial community spirit. You can also enjoy some great … Continue reading