Northeast Georgia’s WWII Curahee Military Museum

For anyone who is interested in the service history of the Greatest Generation, the Curahee Military Museum is a gem. The small museum in Toccoa, Georgia—in the Currahee Mountains of northeast Georgia—is a treasure trove of artifacts and history. The museum is housed in the town’s renovated train station and focuses on the 5,000 men who trained at Camp Toccoa as paratroopers. During World War II, 17,000 soldiers would go through training here, known as the “Toccoa Men.” Anyone who has watched the TV series “Band of Brothers” will recognize the stories of these soldiers and many aspects of the … Continue reading

North Georgia Garden Trail An Ideal Spring Outing

Nothing says spring quite like blooming gardens, and here in Northeast Georgia we have a bevy of them for you to visit. They are all part of the North Georgia Garden Trail, a collection of 26 public gardens that showcase landscapes filled with blooming bushes, trees, babbling brooks, and snippets of American history. A nice bonus to visiting these gardens are the pretty mountain drives you get to enjoy as you travel from one community to the next. Head due north from Lucille’s Mountaintop Inn & Spa to Hiawassee to view the Hamilton Gardens and the largest collection of rhododendrons (more … Continue reading

Find Delish Mediterranean Fare in North Georgia Mountains

If you love the flavors of Greek and Mediterranean foods (we do!), then take a drive over to Dahlonega, Georgia, to Capers on the Square. This is a little gem of a restaurant with a menu that consistently delivers and a staff that makes you feel welcome. Dahlonega is a picture-perfect north mountain town that’s an easy drive from Lucille’s. It has a charming historic downtown and Capers is smack dab in the middle of it. The menu specializes in Greek and Mediterranean foods, and heading that list has to be the gyros—a personal favorite and excellent! There are also … Continue reading

Creativity On Display at Willows Pottery in Helen, GA

The North Georgia Mountains is known as a hotbed of talented artisans, and we’re lucky to have many examples of their fine work right here in our neck of the woods. Case in point: Willows Pottery. Located in historic Sautee Nacoochee, just minutes from Lucille’s Mountaintop Inn & Spa, Willows Pottery is a working studio that showcases handmade stoneware pottery created by Ben Dockins and Betsy Ledbetter. Ben is a native of Habersham, Georgia, an area famous for its folk pottery. Betsy is a transplant from South Carolina who studied with Mrs. Jessie Meaders, a well-known North Georgia potter. If … Continue reading