Joe's home is beautiful and so is the view. So quiet and peaceful and you get a huge room, living area and porches. He is a great help in finding where to do and eat. The road to his place is steep but once done the second time is fine.
My wife and I stayed one night in the Overlook Inn in April 2016. The views, the room, the breakfast, and our hosts were among the best bed and breakfast experiences we've had anywhere...extremely rustic and elegant, and it's always pleasant to have your hosts really appreciate having you there. I wish we had more time to spend there.
My friend and I spent two different nights here with Joe and Sandy. They were wonderful hosts and went above and beyond to help us out. We were backpacking the first 50 miles of the Benton MacKaye Trail. Joe picked us up ahead of a storm and took us back to the trail the next day. We spent another night before heading home. Looking forward to coming back with family in the future. We can highly recommend it for anyone who likes spectacular views and waffles!
This resort on top of Rich Mountain is an architectural and scenic marvel. The scale of the “cabin” is massive, as are the accommodations. When our host realized we were a family traveling with adult children, he placed the children upstairs in the Deer Room and the parents upstairs in the Fox Room. The wrap around porch encouraged peaceful reflection and inspiring views of sunsets and stars. The host is extremely helpful, escorting us up the mountain, providing minute directions, and recommending places of interest in Ellijay, Blue Ridge, and the Chattahoochee National Forest. The hosts’ little dog Harley will show you his toys while you eat a delicious breakfast before hiking to the waterfalls and swinging bridges set among lush rhododendron. Evenings we watched the basketball tournament in the downstairs playroom, which is also equipped with a pool table. We only wish we had stayed long enough to microwave some popcorn and enjoy the accommodations while listening to our host’s stories. Several times during our brief stay, I thought the setting would make a perfect writer’s retreat.
We needed a getaway from work and real life. The Overlook Inn was a perfect choice! It was rustic enough for the mountain life to help us relax and sophisticated enough to let us feel pampered. Mike and Lynn are very welcoming to their beautiful inn. Breakfast is a special treat, different and creative each day. We had dinner on our first night and it was also a special treat. The chicken and trout were both yummy! We stayed in The Fieldstone room. Loved the triangular Jacuzzi and the gas stove. We'll go back soon!
My wife and I had a great stay here. Lynn was so accommodating. The first two nights we were there, we were the only guests but she still pulled all the stops out for us and gave us the full service experience. The breakfasts were amazing. Wonderful views and a very quiet place to go and enjoy some romantic time away.
We stayed here on a snowy weekend this winter and it was perfect. When we arrived, we were greeted by Lynn, who was very friendly. She had wine and cheese waiting for us and we were able to enjoy it in front of a massive fireplace. The best part of the living area is the amazing view of the mountains (also very pretty in the snow). We immediately felt at home in our room (The Prince Madoc). We especially loved the huge fireplace (not functional currently, but still very nice) and bathtub. The bed was also very comfortable. The bathroom is across the hall (private), but we didn't mind it as it's in the corner and offers privacy. Another highlight was the amazing breakfast in the morning. We had multiple courses and great coffee to start our day. I couldn't say enough great things about this place. It was as quaint and cozy as we hoped it would be and it made for the perfect getaway. As we were leaving we were able to take a peek into the other rooms. This was nice for us as we are already planning a return trip!
This place is amazing. Outstanding staff on-site. The views around this place are incredible. It was more comfortable than home, and we never wanted to leave. I'm actually getting sad just typing about it. It was pretty cold when we went (mid December), and the stove in our room was perfect. Built a fire in the common room and tried to stay up all night just to enjoy the place longer. Check-out was sad. We'll be back.
My husband and I went to this beautiful inn for our 32 anniversary and were so pleased with the quality of the room, food and service. Lynn and Mike know how to be the perfect host and hostess. A gourmet 3 course hot breakfast was specially prepared each morning. Wine and cheese in the evening. A mouthwatering dessert in the evening. Most rooms have a fireplace and jacuzzi. The views of the mountains are breathtaking! The entrance to Fort Mountain State Park is only a few miles away and offers many, many hiking trails. The quaint town of Elijay is a 20 minute drive away. A perfect get away!
In November we visited The Overlook for the 4th time. The first two times were with the previous owners, the last time with the new owners, The accommodations have improved, as has the hospitality. The common area has a breath-taking view of the north GA mtns. Such calmness and serenity. You can order a dinner of smoked trout or chicken, which we highly recommend, and watch the sun set. Lynn is effusive and warm. She will interact if you like, or just leave you on your own. My husband has dietary issues to which she was sensitive. The breakfasts are hot and yummy. Each room has different amenities from a hot tub on a screened in porch to a jacuzzi in the room. We will visit again for the view and nearby hiking, as well as the southern hospitality.
After several years of staying at the inn we can say another fantastic vacation. Mike and Lynn are fantastic inn keepers and we truly love the inn and the breakfast was fantastic. Eggs Benedict are the best! Such a great place to relax.
We stayed at the Overlook Inn for the first time last weekend. It was exceptionally clean and cozy. We enjoyed the views, the comfortable furniture, the rustic atmosphere and the fantastic breakfast. If we could make a tiny suggestion, it would be to secure the beds or headboards so that they don't knock around hitting the walls. We heard our neighbors talking and bouncing around all evening and into the early morning hours. Overall, we had a very nice time and would stay there again.
The Overlook was a delight to visit. The hospitality was superb! It felt like staying with family, but in the absolute best sense. The atmosphere was relaxing, comfortable, and rejuvenating. BREAKFAST! It's a must! The breakfast was delicious and served in courses so if you want a big or small breakfast they have you covered. I also liked the fact they use fresh herbs from their garden. Go, stay, and take advantage of the beautiful Geirgia outdoors that surround The Overlook. When you are done for the day and ready to kick back The Overlook will welcome you "home" with open arms.
A relaxing rustic mountain top location with scenic views from the back side of the inn and from the scenic overlook across the road. We stayed in the Celestial room, which includes a comfortable king size bed, a private bath with a rain forest shower head and body side shower heads, a separate reading area, an in-room jet tub, gas fire place, satellite TV, wifi, wet sink, and private entrance. The inn is close to the winding mountain road, but traffic is very light and did not interfere at all with the enjoyment of our stay. We had dinner here one night and two breakfasts. The meals were innovative and delicious. Innkeepers, Lynn and Mike, are terrific caring folks who are focused on providing a relaxing guest experience. A perfect place for a couple's rural mountain getaway.
Easily one of the top B&B's I have stayed in! The Moon Eye room was more than I could have imagined with its own screened patio AND private hot tub (no hot tub right next to your bed)...this was like having 2 rooms to yourself. The food was delicious and Lynn makes every detail count (from wine tasting in the evening to home baked sweets to greet you when you arrive from your day out and about). Please give The Overlook Inn a try - you will not be disappointed!!
The special part of this B&B is absolutely the view and the location! The views of the mountains are spectacular and there is tons of peace and quiet to be enjoyed here. I'm not sure how the service compares to other B&Bs in Blue Ridge, but I'm confident the view cannot be beat. The service was fine, nothing outstanding in particular. The hosts (Joe and Sandy) were kind and offered up much information about what to do in the area. This B&B feels very much like a residential home with rooms that are rented out. Often times, we felt like we were intruding somehow though we were reassured to make ourselves at home. There are many little details that other B&B's have that seem to be missing here (Afternoon teas, wine offered in evenings, bottled water in rooms, bathroom toiletries that you would see in hotels, etc.) The towels are old/mis-matched and could stand to be upgraded. The rooms themselves met my expectations, but did not by any means exceed them. The bed was not particularly comfortable (one old pillow provided per person) and the linens were worn out. If rating on the "Bed & Breakfast portion of this stay" we were left with much to be desired. The breakfast was fine but could have been better (Presentation, options, etc.). I have had much better in similarly priced B&Bs where attention to detail make all the difference. I don't think this B&B is 5-stars as I think the amenities services offered aren't quite up to that level. A 3-star rating of "Meets my expectations" is exactly how I felt about our stay (Perfectly fine, but did not exceed my expectations of what we would get here). The view, location and host are absolutely 5-star, which seems to make the most difference to the guests who have stayed here with rave reviews.
What a perfect getaway spot! Great central location in north Georgia between Blue Ridge and Ellijay. We have stayed in this area many times before but discovered Bear Rock Ridge online and took a chance for a one night stay. We just booked our next stay on the way out and can't wait to return! Joe was very patient and helpful giving us great directions on getting there and then onto area attractions. He and Sandy have an obvious passion for what they do and made us feel right at home. Yes, you have to drive up the mountain to get there but once on top you are rewarded with a gorgeous panorama which is captivating. The home is so unique with spacious rooms and all the comforts you'd expect. Breakfast was great too. The only problem was we had to leave! Oh well, looking forward to the next visit.
This is the perfect place to stay. We like the Grand Gahuti room the most, but all rooms are great! The new owners are really awesome. Great for couples to get away. Have breakfast in bed, relax, go hiking and see waterfalls, have wine & cheese in your room, enjoy a room with a private hot tub on your private screened in porch overlooking the mountains. The cost is reasonable, the place is clean, the owners friendly and warm and the food is amazing! This is our favorite place and we come here when we want a mountain retreat and change from Florida weather. Thank you Mike, Lynn and Brandi for always making our stay special. To anyone having questions, feel free to email me at lrgparalegal at yahoo dot com and I will be happy to help you and recommend places to eat in the area and fun things to do. This is a perfect place for couples!
We stayed at the inn on a Friday night and decided to dine at the inn. The food was wonderful and our room was very nicely decorated. The view of the mountains from our room as well as the dining area was fantastic!!
We had an absolutely amazing night at the Overlook Inn, and were only sad that we'd booked a single night (we could easily have stayed for 3 nights. Or more). The Inn is beautifully appointed (a 5 star log cabin feel) and the accommodations are the nicest that we've ever stayed in while travelling around the world and using B&Bs; ordinarily we stay in 4 star and 5 star hotels, and this was every bit as nice. Lynn treated up to a complimentary upgrade (hot tub included!), and Mike stunned us with the tastiest - and healthiest! - dinner that we had while staying in the U.S. The Inn is perfectly located for day trips to several historical sites and amenities (a short drive to great towns such as Ellijay. A longer drive to Civil War sites and the mountains); hikers will be bowled over by the state park, which is only 5 minutes down the road. All in all, the Overlook is hard to pass; on a trip that saw us staying in city center hotels such as Loews in Nashville and the Hilton in Athens, GA, this was by far the most special. Book it now.
We really enjoyed the comfort and quite of the Overlook Inn. We were there for our Honeymoon. The service was excellent as well. Lynn made sure we had everything we needed. We cannot wait to come back again soon.
My husband and I stayed in the Moon Eye room and it far exceeded our expectations! The accomodations were luxurious and comfortable. The food was superb and we even had dinner by candle light! The owners were very attentive to our needs and were friendly and personable. We will definitely be back! Tony and Kathy