Our Favorite Rainy Day Activities in Sautee Nacoochee, GA

Any seasoned traveler knows that sometimes things don’t go as planned, and you need to be flexible and switch gears to continue making the most of your getaway. If you’re faced with an unexpected rainy day in the North Georgia mountains, you won’t need to look far for activities you can enjoy that will suit just about anyone’s interests. Check out our list of the best rainy day activities near our inn in Sautee Nacoochee, GA, and make plans to have a grand adventure, no matter what the weather! Vineyards North Georgia is known for its winemaking and there is … Continue reading

Yonah Mountain Vineyards Celebrates 10 years of Crush Fest

If you’ve never done a grape-stomp before, you won’t want to miss the chance at this year’s Crush Fest hosted by Yonah Mountain Vineyards. On August 24, thousands of folks from all around the region will flock to this wine-growing hub for a chance to participate in this traditional method of wine-making.  The rolling hills of north Georgia are the perfect environment for Yonah Mountain Vineyards signature red wine, Genesis, now in it’s tenth edition. The vineyard has also made significant upgrades since last year, including a massive solar panel array, the first of it’s kind at a Georgia winery. … Continue reading

NE Georgia Wine Highway Weekends: March 22-29, 2019

The annual Georgia Wine Highway Weekends return to the mountains of northeast Georgia March 22-29, 2019. Despite its name, the popular event actually takes place over ten days, and provides a great introduction to one of the top wine areas of the region. Sponsored by the Winegrowers Association of Georgia, Wine Highway Weekends includes eight wineries in the area around Lucille’s Mountaintop Inn & Spa, plus one meadery—so staying with us is a must! Taking easy little drives from here you can visit beautiful vineyards, tour the wineries, and sample a range of varietals. Visitors to the event pay a … Continue reading

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

Enjoy NE Georgia Wineries on Pop the Cork Wine Tours

There’s now a way to explore the wineries of Northeast Georgia without worrying about directions or driving. Sign up for Pop the Cork Wine Tours and they’ll do all the arrangements. How nice is that? Pop the Cork Wine Tours is a husband and wife team that loves wine and enjoys entertaining. They previously ran a popular wine tasting business in California for 11 years. After moving to Georgia, the duo began researching (tastings included!) all the wonderful wineries located in the state, many up in our neck of the woods. They designed the new Pop the Cork Wine Tours … Continue reading

Georgia Mountains Vineyard Hosts Crust Fest In August

Lucy doesn’t get to have all the fun—participants at the 2018 Yonah Mountain Vineyards Crush Fest can get barefoot and do a little stomping of their own! The popular event is scheduled for Saturday, August 25, 2018. The family-owned winery is located amid gently rolling hills on the southeastern base of Yonah Mountain, making it an ideal place to spend a sunny summer day. The popular all-day event, which can draw more than 5,000 visitors, is an unveiling party for the winery’s newest releases. Visitors will get a chance to taste these and other wines from the collections. But the … Continue reading

Serenity Cellars: A Refreshing Georgia Mountain Winery

Blink, and you could be walking up to a winery in Tuscany. Welcome to the old-world charm of Serenity Cellars, a Georgia Mountain winery located just outside of Cleveland, Georgia. Serenity Cellars’ setting lives up to its name—a peaceful plot of land lush with trees and a sloping hill of grape vines. Massive carved wood doors give entry to the rustic stone building where you’ll find a tasting room and gift area. Adjoining this is a large patio with red umbrellas shading the tables and soft white lights providing a cozy nighttime ambiance, a perfect setting for the winery’s weekend … Continue reading

North Georgia’s Wine Highway Week: March 16-25, 2018

An annual rite of spring in the North Georgia Mountains is Wine Highway Week, scheduled this year for March 15-25. Contrary to its name, the event actually covers 10 days, providing a wonderful opportunity for wine lovers to explore local and regional vineyards and wineries. Georgia is making a name for itself as a quality wine area, and the North Georgia Mountains are where many of the quality wines can be found. Our elevation, climate and soil—which is similar to that of Italy’s Piedmont region—are ideal for growing grapes. During Wine Highway Week, you’ll be able to visit local vineyards … Continue reading

Getting to Know Northeast Georgia’s Montaluce Winery

Montaluce Winery & Estate sits high in the northeast Georgia Mountains, just outside the town of Dahlonega. It’s a peaceful place with sweeping views of vineyards and the Appalachian Mountains. It’s also where you’ll find some pretty tasty wines. Dahlonega is located about 45 minutes southwest of Lucille’s Mountaintop Inn and Spa and makes a great day trip after one of our hearty breakfasts. Montaluce Winery has a lush setting with an impressive estate building that houses its winery, tasting room, restaurant, and event space. The winery makes a selection of red and white wines and the best way to … Continue reading

A Delightful Day Trip To Blairsville, Georgia

Some morning after breakfast at the Inn, take yourself on a drive up to Blairsville, about a one-hour drive north. With its beautiful mountain setting, it’s an enjoyable destination whether you like to hike, visit wineries, shop, or just hang out in a quaint little town. The gold boom of the 1830’s brought attention and settlers to Blairsville, which was originally inhabited by Native Americans. Not much later, it became the Union County seat, a title it still holds today. The town is surrounded by the Chatahoochee National Forest which offers miles of trails, waterfalls, and endless enjoyment to visitors … Continue reading