Blooms in the Georgia Mountains
Updated: As of June of 2008, the new innkeepers are Ed & Luci Kivett
Visitors looking for romantic seclusion in a back-to-nature atmosphere
can find it at two rustic yet elegant North Georgia resorts. Less
than ninety minutes from Atlanta, the Glen-Ella Springs Inn near Clarkesville offers sixteen rooms overlooking a swimming
pool and gorgeous garden. The Inn, built more than one hundred
years ago as a home, later catered to travelers in search of a
nineteenth century spa experience at the local mineral springs.
Lovingly restored and reopened
in 1987, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
and has won widespread acclaim for its cuisine, featured in Southern
Living, Better Homes and Gardens and Atlanta Magazine, and is
listed as one of Travel and Leisures Top Ten Getaways.
For more information or reservations, check
the website at www.glenella.com.
The Lodge at Smithgall
West of Clarkesville, near the nouveau-Alpine village of Helen, The Lodge at Smithgall Woods nestles amid 5600 acres of woodlands. Originally a compound of five luxury cottages created by wealthy conservationist Charles Smithgall for himself and his friends, today The Lodge comprises part of the Smithgall Woods-Dukes Creek Conservation Area, managed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Dukes Creek, one of the finest trout streams in the country, meanders through its grounds.
The Lodge accommodates
up to 28 guests in the rustic elegance of a private mountain estate.
Gourmet meals, included in the room rates, are served family-style
in Smithgall Cottages airy dining room overlooking the creek.
Chef Mac Parks specialty is fresh mountain trout, which
is served daily. The Lodges gardens provide fresh herbs,
vegetables and flowers. During my visit, dinner was enhanced by
wines from North Georgia vineyards.
Kathie Farnell and Jack Purser are based in Alabama and have been doing travel writing and photography since the early 90s. Their favorite topics include nature travel, romantic destinations, weekend getaways and offbeat topics. They both come from a legal background; Jack was an attorney for the US Department of Agriculture, and Kathie founded Farnell Legal Research. Kathie also produces programming for public television and radio. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.artemismedia.org
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