|Glen Ella Spring Inn, Clarkesville, Ga|
I had reserved the two connecting 3 room suites on the second floor knowing that they would allow plenty of room for our family of six. The inn has 4 rooms available for families - two on the first floor and two on the second. As both a mother and a guest I appreciate their sensitivity to all their guest's needs. It is a very old Inn built in the late 1800's so the pitter patter of tiny feet could sound like a stampede of elephants if the "designated family friendly" rooms were not where they are.
Our first night we had fabulous BBQ that we picked up on our way in to the Inn. This Clarkesville staple is currently in a temporary location due to a fire last year. They are rebuilding on the original site and it looks close to being completed. We will have make our way up there after they re-open to get the FULL Hawg Wild experience.
Woke Saturday morning bright eyed and bushy tailed. Hubby took baby for an early morning walk. They even saw a deer to which the baby shouted "doggie" at. I had a visitor in my bed, Grayson crawled into my bed with the book he is reading titled Grayson. He wanted to read to me. I happily snuggled and listened to him. He reads so effortlessly. I am so proud. The walkers returned hungry. We headed down to the dining room for our first of several delectable meals at Glen Ella. Homemade biscuits, homemade jam, homemade granola, you may be seeing a theme here. A filling cheese strata fueled us for our day of exploration and adventure. After breakfast we grabbed our sunblock, insect repellent (which we didn't even need), magnifying glasses, binoculars and we were off. (or for buys - magnifying glasses & binoculars)
Goats on the Roof long sleeve t for Chris. You can gem mine at the Old Goat Mining Company, we chose to Geo-Blast instead. There is a huge old tub to tie-dye shirts in Georgia Red Clay (which happens daily in my backyard).
Big Billy's Deli upstairs, a solid little sandwich shop.
Goats on the Roof is a well worth the stop roadside attraction - be sure to bring your camera and some quarters. On ride back to Glen Ella we stopped at the Tallulah Point Overlook. More great photo ops of amazing scenery. Might have waited to have BBQ upstairs here if I had known there was a little restaurant there. Lots of country crap (kidding they have cute stuff and have spent my fair share here) to buy. Ice cold old fashion glass bottles of POP are enticing.
|Tallulah Point Overlook|
|our table is right there on corner|
The following morning was about the same as the day before another baby walk minus the deer/doggie and another AM storytime in my bed. Breakfast on Sunday morning seemed even more scrumptious than the day before (if that is possible). Glenn Ella Springs famous blueberry pancakes or if blueberry isn't your fave they have incredible apple cinnamon pancakes too (complete with an apple ring cooked right in). Toasted walnut butter makes the perfect topping with wamr syrup for these fluffy masterpieces. Innkeeper Ed who was the pancake master that Sunday morning was even happy to make chocolate chip pancakes for the kids!
Packing up is always sad. We said our goodbyes to our new friends (Ed, Luci & Edward & Andrew). Chris and I decided in the spirit of country living we would take the scenic route home. Stopped at the coolest pottery shop on the way. Mark of the Potter is an old mill that was changed into a pottery shop in 1969. It has been up and running with the same vision and mission all these years. It is a beautiful spot right on the Soque River.
Be sure to check out the "downstairs" some of the original mill machinery is still there - don't forget to duck. The kids will love the fish feeding off the back deck (those trout are huge). Bring quarters.
|kids feeding the fish|
|My pottery purchases|
|Ice Cream Shop in Helen, GA|