Destination weddings in northeast Georgia

With the promise of spring arriving, we are looking forward to hosting the first of many outdoor weddings for the 2013 wedding season.

Cariad Photography, owned by Steffi Smith was one of the many great photographers who had the opportunity to photograph a wedding at Glen-Ella Springs Inn last year.  Recently, Cariad Photography was featured in a
blog post  for Carrie & Shiloh Smith’s nuptials held here last May.

It was a beautiful ceremony for such a delightful couple and the photos taken were amazing.  Thank you sharing such wonderful memories of this very special day.

Georgia Wine Highway Weekend


North Georgia wineries will again open the doors of their tasting rooms to hundreds of visitors this weekend.  This annual event is a favorite among wine enthusiasts and a perfect way to sample the “fruits” of the region.  Guests purchase a “passport” at the first winery visited for $25.00 per person, and then use the “passport” at any of the participating wineries throughout the rest of the weekend enjoying tastings, special food, music, etc.

The festivities begin on Friday, March 22nd at 1:00 pm and run through Sunday, March 24th until 5:00 pm.  The eight participating wineries are:  Cartecay Vineyards, Cavendar Creek Vineyards and Winery, Crane Creek Vineyards, Habersham Winery, Hightower Creek Vineyards, Sautee Nacoochee Vineyards, Tiger Mountain Vineyards and Yonah Mountain Vineyards.

Finish off the Wine Highway experience with a great dinner  at Glen-Ella Springs Inn.  Reservations can be made by calling 706-754-7295 or by visiting  

Carriage Rides in North Georgia

Dr. Scott Hancock of Sautee,GA has a genuine love for large animals (horses), antique carriages and the Appalachian foothills. Recently, he treated friends to dinner at Glen-Ella’s restaurant. To make this birthday celebration even more special, he drove them here in a horse drawn carriage.

This is certainly not your typical mode of transportation for this day and age, but definitely reminiscent of days gone by. Actually this is exactly how guests were transported to the Inn in the late 1800′s after arriving at the Tallulah Falls Train Depot.

Aside from being a veterinarian, Dr. Hancock owns and operates a little business called “The Sautee Express” offering visitors to the area the peaceful and scenic experience of a 1 to 3 hour horse drawn carriage ride.  Operating from the alluring Sautee Valley, their private horse drawn excursions are available (by appointment only) morning, mid day, afternoon and at sunset.


Dr. Hancock states the ride he takes guests out on, has some of the prettiest countryside in the area where the sunsets are often described as spectacular!



This is truly a special and unique way to tour a beautiful area of our state.  It’s also a wonderful idea if you are looking for something to do that is out of the ordinary.

To schedule your own personal ride in a “fringe top surrey” or maybe even their authentic “stagecoach”, contact The Sautee Express by calling 706-969-4036.