Georgia’s 2017 Wine Highway Weekends, March 24-April 2

Get your palate ready, because the Georgia Wine Highway Weekends are coming to the northeast mountains March 24-April 2, 2017. This popular event takes in wineries throughout the area, so make Lucille’s Mountaintop Inn & Spa your base and you’ll be able to try them all. As in previous years, participants purchase a Passport that provides five tastings at each winery. It all comes with a souvenir wine glass which you’ll need to bring with you to each winery. The passport is good for both weekends—and many of the wineries that are also open during the week will honor them … Continue reading

Cowboys & Angels: Good Food & Fun In Helen, Georgia

With a name like Cowboys & Angels, you may think you’re walking into a western bar. Instead, you’ll be entering one of our favorite restaurants in the area. We often recommend Cowboys & Angels not only because it’s close to the Inn (less than a 10-minute drive), but because it’s a place where all the elements work beautifully together—great bar, fun vibe, delicious food—and that makes an evening here a wonderful experience. Relax in the bar where there’s a large selection of craft and domestic beers, wines and bar drinks. Or head into the restaurant for some of its tasty … Continue reading

Suches, Georgia: The Valley Above the Clouds

Outdoor enthusiasts have long known the joys of Suches, Georgia. This small enclave about 30 miles east of the Inn, sits at nearly 3,000 feet, earning its nickname, Valley Above the Clouds. Like in all of our mountain towns, the air in Suches is clear, the sky feels close enough to touch, and time seems to slow down. The best way to enjoy it is leisurely. Relax over breakfast at Lucille’s, then take a late morning drive through the mountains to Suches. Bring your hiking boots—there are wonderful trails around Suches, such as one that takes you over the Swinging … Continue reading

Dragon Eyes: A Thrill Of A Drive In North Georgia

It twists. It turns. It takes you up, over, and around the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Dragon Eyes is a wondrous 77 miles of road. Dragon Eyes, which is located up in our neck of the North Georgia Mountains, is named for the two loops—the “eyes”—and each loop in turn has three gaps where the road passes between the mountains. The southern portion of the loop is 35 miles, the northern is 38 miles. For guests who love a scenic drive, it’s hard to imagine a better route. The 77 miles are comprised of designated scenic highways, fun-driving mountain roads, and … Continue reading