Celebrate The Holidays With North Georgia Mountain Wines

Let’s make a toast to the holidays with a glass of local wine! The mountains and high valleys surrounding Lucille’s are prime turf for grape growing, and we’re fortunate to have many lovely wineries in our midst. So when it comes time to buy a bottle or two for festive celebrations—or to give as gifts—do what we do and buy local! Here are a few suggestions to get you started. A bonus: the beautiful drives you encounter along the way! The family-owned Habersham Winery in Helen is one of Georgia’s oldest and largest wineries, in business since 1983. If you’re … Continue reading

5 Great Gifts From The North Georgia Mountains

Despite all good intentions, the holidays are growing closer and you’ve still got gifts to buy. Our solution? Head to the northeast Georgia Mountains for a quick shopping trip. From one-of-a-kind local crafts to a luxurious spa, you’ll find something to delight everyone on your list. For each of the places, call first to confirm holiday hours. FOR THE CHEF Even novice cooks know that a drizzle of oil or splash of vinegar can turn a dish up a notch or two. The Mediterranean Sampler from the Olive Tree in Dahlonega includes a combination of three each quality oils and … Continue reading

Soque Artworks: Art & Crafts of Northeast Georgia Mountains

Northeast Georgia is a little hotbed of creativity with an abundance of talented artists and artisans, and Soque Artworks in Clarkesville, Georgia, is a prime showcase for many of them and their work. Opened in 2008 by Rush, Susan and Walton Smith, the gallery was created specifically to present the art and works of artists who live in Northeast Georgia the adjoining states. Soque Artworks features nearly 80 artists in 25 different mediums. Many are members of prestigious regional art organizations—such as the Southern Highland Craft Guild—teachers at the John C. Campbell Folk School or graduates of Penland School of … Continue reading

Holiday Events in the Northeast Georgia Mountains

It’s hard to believe, but the holidays are fast approaching. That means shopping, baking and a cornucopia of fun events. So pack your bags and head up to the mountains to enjoy all the 2018 season has to offer. (Speaking of offers, check out Lucille’s Mountaintop Inn & Spa special below.) Christmas in Helen. A visit to this charming Bavarian village is sure to put you in the holiday spirit! The merriment begins the day after Thanksgiving and goes through the end of the year. Annual Lighting of the Village November 23, 2018 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Open House … Continue reading

Holiday Gift Ideas From A Northeast Georgia Mountain Inn

Looking for those special gifts just got easier! Settle down with a glass of wine or a nice cup of tea and do a little shopping right here at Lucille’s Mountaintop Inn & Spa. We’ve got all sorts of special items for pampering, relaxing—even getting away from it all. Cuddling by the fire is better when you’ve got a cozy, plush blanket. Ours has an Inn logo to remind you of good times. ($69) Wrap your loved one in the softness of Lucille’s monogramed tan plush robe ($69)—a favorite with our Inn guests. Or gift them with one of the … Continue reading

Holiday Shopping In The Northeast Georgia Mountains

This year, escape from the mall crowds and head up to our neck of the woods to do your holiday shopping. In addition to a slowed-down pace of life, you’ll find terrific little stores filled with one-of-a-kind gifts for all ages and interests. And when you stay with us at Lucille’s, we’ll help you navigate the local markets to find what you want. The northeast mountains are a mecca of wonderful artisans. Start your search in Helen at The Glassblowing Shop where they sell tree ornaments and other delicate masterpieces, such as a selection of exquisite mini glass guitars for … Continue reading

Festive Trees & Market Highlight Holidays in Helen, GA

It’s easy to get in the holiday spirit up here in the Georgia mountains, especially when you head to Helen for two of its top 2016 seasonal events. Festival of Trees, which kicks off on November 9, 2016 is an annual fundraiser for the United Way of White County. This year’s show will be held in the lodge at Unicoi State Park, just on the outskirts of Helen. On view will be dozens of beautifully decorated trees and wreaths, many of which will be auctioned off, with winners announced in mid-December. The event is free, but there is a $5 … Continue reading

Holiday Gift Ideas From a Favorite North Georgia Inn

If you’re still busily shopping for those on your holiday list, we’re here to help with suggestions for those special people in your life. You might just want to add these to your own wish list! Plush and uber-cozy, our monogrammed Sedona tan robe is a wrap of warmth on a chilly morn. $69. Photo: Natalie Cranor Coffee or tea tastes even better in a really great mug. Ours are not only super sturdy stoneware, but pretty too. Designed with an image of our beautiful mountain view, they come in shades of red, blue or black with a cinnamon glaze. … Continue reading

Hofers of Helen GA Carries On German Baking Tradition

If you love wonderful old-world breads and pastries, a trip to Hofer’s of Helen is a must. Photo courtesy of Hofer’s of Helen The renowned bakery, which began in Atlanta in 1973, opened its shop here on Main Street in 1993, and it’s been a favorite stop for locals and visitors ever since. The bakery, which is run by the original owner’s son Ralph, is outfitted with a stone hearth oven that is crucial for producing the quality Old World breads they’re known for. Bavarian rye bread, Swiss Raisin Nut Bread and a hearty round Wendelsteiner Landbrot are just a … Continue reading

Holiday Shopping in the North Georgia Mountains

This year, why not tackle your holiday list up here in the mountains? We have a delightful collection of one-of-a-kind stores where you can shop for everyone on your list. Below are a just few of the many options. The town of Helen looks like old St. Nick himself would be roaming the streets, so what better place to head for shopping! At Hansel & Gretel Candy Kitchen, homemade goodies abound—rich almond butter toffee, cherries hand-dipped in chocolate, caramel pecan turtles and decadent truffles, just to mention a few. 8651 N. Main Street, Helen 706-878-2443 Aromas of another sort can … Continue reading