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Glen-Ella Springs Inn
Ranked #1 of 5 Clarkesville B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 August 2012

The Glen-Ella Springs Inn was one of the best getaway destinations we've experienced when we've chosen to "stay and see Georgia". The historic hotel and grounds are immaculate (the gardens are like a Disney movie: hummingbirds, deer, butterflies, etc.) and the staff go out of the way to be accommodating. All meals, including our "backpack" lunch, were delicious. Needless to say, we're already contemplating a return to the Glen-Ella Springs Inn...I'm finding it hard to resist their New Years Eve package!

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 August 2012

My fiance (now-husband) and I were looking for an outdoor venue, not too far from Atlanta to host our 75-100 guest wedding. We wanted something that felt natural and organic (read: not a golf course or vineyard), but was still well-preened and elegant enough for a wedding. We narrowed it down to 3 places and after making lists of pros and cons consisting of location, cost, amenities, aesthetics, catering, rooming, etc. Glen-Ella was the clear winner.

I can't say enough good things about Luci and Ed. They are both so competent and friendly and super easy to work with. I must have emailed Luci a million questions (I was planning the wedding from NYC!) and she always answered quickly and with the expertise of someone who's been coordinating events for years. You can definitely tell they they love owning the Inn and they love welcoming people in for special events. It was so clear to me that they aren't just looking to exploit their venue for those big wedding fees; they genuinely care. We even had to change our date after we had signed our contract and due the circumstances, Luci was kind of enough to make an exception and give us a new date. They also thought to pack up some leftovers from our dinner, so we could enjoy them the next day when things had slowed down a bit. Just a few of many examples of how great they are!

I also can't say enough about how beautiful the venue is. We got married in the meadow under a tree, but they also have gorgeous gardens and flowers all around the Inn and a gorgeous open-air pavillion. The rooms were super clean, with a cool mix of woodsy and antique decor. Plus, the room we stayed in had everything we needed - a tall armoire, refrigerator, water bottles, an iron, etc. Many of our guests had air mattresses to fit extra people in their rooms and they were super happy with those too. I have to mention the pool too. Luckily for us, our wedding day fell on the hottest day ON RECORD for Clarkesville, GA. It was 102. So having the pool to enjoy before and after the wedding (we actually had an after party when the reception ended at 10pm held at the pool and the bonfire) was so helpful in keeping people cool and happy.

I could say a lot more because Glen-Ella and the folks who run it are so amazing, but the last thing I'll say is that we were 100% more than satisfied with booking our wedding there. I would recommend Glen-Ella to anyone looking for a low key, natural surrounding at an affordable price. You won't regret it!

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 August 2012

My daughter's wedding was held in the meadow at the Inn this past July. Family and friends stayed at the hotel. The weekend was just fantastic.The wedding (300 guests) went off with a flair. I feel that because of the wonderful staff at Glen-Ella, Luci and Ed Kivett (the Innkeepers) were so accomodating and went out of their way to help make my daughter's wedding perfect. Luci helped us plan all of the details for the wedding. She was so very helpful in referring vendors for us to contact for the event. Everyone (and I mean everyone) that came to the wedding said that it was the BEST wedding they had ever been to. My family and friends just loved staying at the Inn. The rooms were great and the food was so DELICIOUS! If anyone is looking for a great place for a wedding, don't hesitate to contact Luci at Glen-Ella. You will not be disappointed at all with your decision. Everything was so beautiful. The landscape and the scenery make for a picture-perfect place for any special event, especially weddings!!

Room Tip: We loved staying in the two penthouse suites at Glen-Ella Springs Inn, but every room there is wonde...
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 July 2012

Several thoughts that I hope will help others make a good decision about where to stay when you find yourself in North Georgia. After visiting other properties we were beginning to become somewhat discouraged. When we walked into Glen-Ella we knew instantly, this was our place. From there it got increasingly better.

The dining was absolutely perfect. I would rank the dining experience as follows:
* Quality of the fare------Excellent
* Presentation------------ Excellent
* Balance of flavor------- Excellent
* Atmosphere------------- Very Comfortable
* Wine Selection--------- Good
Overall the dinning experience was 5 Stars.

The property was extremely well cared for! Beautiful, quiet, relaxing, NO TELEVISIONS!! YAY!! If your goal is to have a peaceful connective get-away with someone you love, this is by far the Top of our list. We give the property 5 Stars.

For those who are familiar with it, this property is on the Select Registry. A certain seal of excellence!!

Thank you to the staff; Chef Mark, Mariah, Debbie, Christina, and Ruth-Ann. There are so very many that are unnamed here but never the less played an equally vital roll in making ours and many others stay very, very wonderful! Thank You!!

Room Tip: There is not a bad room in the place but, the rooms facing the pool are the most scenic.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 July 2012

It was six of us long time girfriends get away. We had both the penthouse suites. Absolutely perfect. Two huge rooms with a sitting room and balcony in between. We never left the premises. Enjoyed the pool, wonderful dinner and great breakfast. Debbie and her staff were great!!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 July 2012

We stayed for one night last Sunday and unfortunately dinner was not available that particular evening. We were impressed by the friendly welcome, the location and charming rustic feel about the place. The grounds were beautiful and we had a very relaxed stay. An excellent breakfast set us up for a long day`s touring ahead.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 July 2012

The first thing you notice is the quiet. Next, perhaps, the beauty. By then, you know you've found a very special place. Slept on softest sheets I've ever slept on (and they sell them). Had amazing meals. Took the cooking class and had a blast; Chef Marc Badon is wonderful and talented. Owners, Ed and Luci Kivett, treat you like guests in their own home. Glen-Ella is where you go when you want to get away from it all. Built in the late 1800s, the rooms are luxuriously rustic, and include a sound machine, spa robes and coffee makers -- but NO televisions. WiFi is complimentary and works most of the time; cell reception is a crap shoot unless you have Verizon. The covered porches with rockers are wonderful, the views are magnificent.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Glen-Ella Springs Inn

Address: 1789 Bear Gap Rd, Clarkesville, GA 30523-1417
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Region: United States > Georgia > Clarkesville
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Clarkesville
Price Range: £137 - £174 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Glen-Ella Springs Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just north of Atlanta, sits this historic country inn, nestled on 17 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Featuring 16 elegant yet rustic guest rooms and a fine dining restaurant, guests are treated to a serene setting and award winning cuisine. There are numerous hiking trails and waterfalls nearby to explore. Or simply relax and enjoy the picturesque setting of the inn with extensive herb and flower gardens, swimming pool, sun deck and expansive meadow where you'll often see deer grazing. Glen-Ella Springs was also named to National Georgraphic Traveler's Stay List 150 in 2008 and has been recognized as one of the Top Ten Dining Destination (in the state)by Georgia Trend Magazine since 2004. ... more   less 
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