North Georgia Mountains and Folk Pottery

Learning about the fascinating history of NE Georgia’s folk pottery, and visiting the many pottery studios and galleries in the area is one of the favorite activities of guests at Glen-Ella Springs Inn.  The inn’s location is convenient to several important galleries in Clayton, Tallulah Falls, and along one of GA’s most Scenic By-Ways, Hwy 197.  In addition, the outstanding new Folk Pottery Museum of NE Georgia, is less than a 30 minute drive from Glen-Ella.

The Folk Pottery Museum is housed in a spectacular addition to the Sautee Nacoochee Center located on GA Hwy 255 at Sautee near Helen.  The museum is one of the few museums in the world to focus exclusively on folk pottery.  It tells the story of the Meaders, Hewell, and other folk pottery families  and how their craft adapted through  the years,  beginning with utilitarian vessels in the mid-1800,  then changing around  the mid-1900’s to garden pots and decorative items to meet the demand for those seeking unique accessories for their homes and gardens.    The museum houses an extensive collection of face jugs which have become internationally recognized as a distinctive product of NE Georgia folk potters.   The Sautee Center also features a local history museum, a gallery featuring work of local artists, and a series of outstanding music and drama performances.

Be sure to consider a visit to one of these galleries on your next trip to the north Georgia mountains.



White water releases at Tallulah Gorge State Park

The first two weeks in April and the first two weeks in November, 500 – 700 cubic feet of water per second is released from the Tallulah Gorge Dam. This creates the perfect slate for kayakers from across the country to paddle the gorge and experience first hand this scenic and powerful Class V river reminiscent of how the Tallulah River was before being damned in 1912.

As a first time spectator, it was exciting to see this from the beginning.  Saturday morning began around 8:00 am with a siren blast indicating the opening of the dam. The next 2 hours were spent watching and waiting as the gorge floor fills with water.  My level of anticipation continued to grow waiting for the first glimpse of the colorful boaters to descend down the steps.  Then one by one or sometimes two and three, the kayaks began their white water journey threw the gorge ending up in Tugalo Lake.  From the North Rim lookout, the boaters were no bigger than a tiny speck and one could only imagine the exhilaration they must have felt as they approached the first of many Class V rapids.  It is a fun and different way to spend a weekend morning.  The last white water release for the spring is this weekend, April 13 & 14.

This is definitely an outing to add to your “bucket list” of things to do.

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.