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Elegance at Glen-Ella Springs.

Apr 19, 2017 11:07AM ● By Tracy McCoy

Glen-Ella Springs, a historic bed and breakfast and restaurant in the Northeast Georgia mountains, is a perfect destination for corporate retreats, weddings, romantic getaways, or just a weekend of relaxation. Glen and Ella Davidson acquired the land in The Great Cherokee Land give away, and the building was constructed in 1875 as part of the family's homestead. It was expanded in 1890, and again in 1905, to accommodate paying guests. Operations ceased in the 1920's, and the Davidson family lived there until the 1950's.

Afterward, the property went through several owners, and was eventually purchased by Bobby and Barrie Aycock in 1986. The Aycock's kept the original heart-pine walls, floors and ceilings, and even discovered several stacked stone fireplaces during renovations. The inn reopened in 1987.

In June 2008 Ed and Luci Kivett bought and updated the inn. The inn today boasts numerous modern amenities, while still providing an atmosphere rich in history and Southern charm.

Guests can expect a one-of-a-kind experience at Glen-Ella Springs. The inn's mission statement describes an all-encompassing standard of quality: “To delight each guest and enrich their experience through a combination of an inspiring environment, outstanding food and exceptional service.”

Ed and Luci have been blessed with an amazing team that embraces a spirit of superb hospitality and excellence. They are also a member of Select Registry, which includes more than 350 inns in the United States, Canada and Europe, and performs anonymous inspections for quality assurance. Guests are sure to be delighted by the quality of service and accommodations at Glen-Ella Springs; guest satisfaction is their priority.

Glen-Ella Springs offers 16 rooms, each with its own set of rockers on the porch, perfect for enjoying the gorgeous views.

Guests can choose one of four room types: queen rooms, which are small, intimate rooms with views of their 12 acre meadow, or king rooms, which are double the size of the queen room. They also have two three-room suites, perfect for families or groups, and they have 2 luxurious penthouse suites on the third floor of the inn. Each suite is equipped with a fireplace and a whirlpool tub, and all rooms have luxury sheets, spa robes and custom bath products. In-room massages are also available.

Glen-Ella Springs provides an assortment of on-site activities for guests to enjoy, including a swimming pool, an outdoor pavilion that can host 150 people, walking trails, a fire pit, a half basketball court and a horseshoe pit. The Garden House is a hospitality area for guests with a TV, games and snacks. Their beautiful gardens are ideal for leisurely strolls, and to host weddings. For the more venturesome guest, the surrounding area is full of places to go and things to do. Tallulah Gorge is only 6 miles from Glen-Ella Springs and there are many hikes and waterfalls in the area. Scenic Lake Rabun is nearby, as is the Soque River, which is perfect for fly fishing. Surrounding towns offer wineries, antique shopping, potteries and plenty of history.

After a long day of activities and exploring, you're sure to work up an appetite. The restaurant at Glen-Ella Springs is the right place to end a perfect day. The rack of lamb, one of the signature dishes, has been nominated as one of 100 Plates Locals Love by Explore Georgia. The restaurant has also been recognized by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of Georgia's Top Ten Dining Destinations, and more recently was recognized by OpenTable as one of the Top 10 Diner's Choice in Atlanta/Georgia.

The atmosphere in the restaurant is intimate and romantic. They have been serving classic dishes for decades, and they offer nightly specials. The Chef, Kyle “Rocky” Ardisson, uses freshly prepared ingredients including local produce when available. Ed and Luci know that the three most important things to their restaurant guests are food, service and atmosphere, and they have the right team in place to make dining in the restaurant an unforgettable experience. They offer an extensive wine list and also serve several craft beers. The restaurant is open to inn guests and for dinner to the public. In-season (April through Thanksgiving) hours are Tuesday – Saturday by reservation starting at 5:30 PM, with reservations on the half hour until 8:30 or 9 PM. During the off-season, the restaurant is open Wednesday – Saturday with the same hours.

In addition to leisure guests, Glen-Ella Springs is also equipped to accommodate groups such as corporate retreats, church groups and family reunions. Groups can use the private conference facility for meetings of up to 30 people. Packages are available that include breakfast, lunch and dinner. Glen-Ella Springs is also a great place for weekend destination weddings, with accommodations for 36 guests overnight, and they also work with several local accommodations for overflow.

Glen-Ella Springs is the place to go for a delightful experience in the beautiful Northeast Georgia mountains. Whether you are visiting for leisure, business or dinner, Ed, Luci and their staff want you to feel restored and inspired by having been at Glen-Ella Springs.

Contact Glen-Ella Springs at 706.754.7295 or toll free at 888-455-8786. Visit them on the web at, or email [email protected] for more information. 

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