Christmas Shopping in the Northern Georgia

Come stay with us for some fun holiday shopping in Northern Georgia! The North Georgia mountains are the perfect place for beautiful and unique gifts, and Lucille’s is no exception. Currently, we are offering these gorgeous hand-painted ornaments made in Poland! Book a stay with us and bring home a charming souvenir of your time at Lucille’s Mountain Top Inn & Day Spa. Get one for yourself and one for a loved one who enjoys our mountain retreat as much as you do! Ornaments are $29.95 each. Browse our other gifts, like a plush spa robe or a stoneware coffee … Continue reading

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

The Gourd Place: Celebrate the Art Scene in the North Georgia Mountains

Come and see why folks call The Gourd Place the highlight of their day in the North Georgia mountains! The Gourd Place is a small art gallery, gift shop, and museum in Sautee Nacoochee, just a few miles down the road from Lucille’s Mountain Top Inn & Spa. It’s the oldest gourdcrafting business in the United States and it has been a celebrated member of the local art scene in White County, GA for many years. What is Gourdcrafting?Artist Priscilla Wilson invented a slip-casting method using the earthy texture of gourds as a mold for her pottery-making (She even has a … Continue reading

Your North Georgia Mountain 2019 Christmas Shopping Guide

It’s that time of year again! Time to make your list and check it twice. If holiday shopping stresses you out, how about adding a little fun to it with a Christmas shopping getaway to the north Georgia Mountains? There are so many shops to visit, so many places to gather unique gifts for each person on your list, and so many ways to bring holiday cheer to what can otherwise be a stressful chore. So leave the crowds behind and visit our neck of the woods, using this holiday shopping guide as your map. You’ll find something for everyone … 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

Northeast Georgia’s Burton Gallery & Emporium

It’s quite an eclectic place, and that makes Burton Gallery & Emporium in Clarkesville, Georgia, an even more delightful stop on a visit to the northeast Georgia Mountains! The gallery—which Southern Living magazine tagged “one of the best galleries in the State”— does not take a narrow focus in its space. Instead Burton Gallery & Emporium displays a wide-ranging selection that will appeal to a variety of tastes. While it is known for a large collection of original paintings, these are just the tip of its artistic iceberg. Step inside and you’ll find a wealth of other interesting and intriguing … Continue reading

Wander North Georgia Great Resource For Inn Guests

If you’re heading up to explore the North Georgia mountains, be sure to check out the Wander North Georgia website. This innovative company is a terrific resource for Lucille’s guests. Wander North Georgia is like an online concierge, offering inside information on sites to see, where to eat, and things to do. In addition, there’s a cool brick and mortar store you can visit. Coming for a weekend getaway? Wander North Georgia has weekend guides for mountain towns, such as Clayton (where its store is located). Looking for the darkest spots to stargaze? Data on hiking in the area? Where … 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

The Wander North Georgia Store: More Than A Store

Don’t think of The Wander North Georgia Store as just a store. It’s an attitude. A buddy to hang out with. It’s a travelogue and a how-to for enjoying outdoor life in the mountains. And it’s definitely a fun place to visit next time you’re up here at Lucille’s Mountaintop Inn & Spa. Wander North Georgia was conceived as an online travel site, offering first-hand information and insights on natural places—our mountain waterfalls, for instance—where to eat and stay, artisan businesses, and other things residents and visitors might be interested in. The key to its success is the company’s ambassadors: … Continue reading

Find Artsy Gifts At NO Georgia Mountains’ Gourd Shop

While many people look at gourds and see a funny looking fruit, Priscilla Wilson sees a work of art. Since 1976, she has been turning all shapes and sizes of gourds into decorative containers painted with flowers, rolling toys for toddlers, holiday ornaments, masks, and a mind-boggling assortment of other artistic creations. You’ll find all these and more at The Gourd Place in Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia, just minutes from Lucille’s Mountaintop Inn & Spa.  The business, which is the oldest gourd-crafting business in the United States, grew over the years as Priscilla experimented with artistic styles and creating more works … Continue reading