Glen-Ella Springs Inn

1789 Bear Gap Road , Clarkesville, GA 30523 USA (Show map)
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Just north of Atlanta, sits this historic country inn, nestled on 17 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Featuring 16 rustic yet well appointed 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 its extensive herb and flower gardens, swimming pool, sun deck and expansive meadow where you'll often see deer grazing. Glen-Ella Springs,North Georgia's Premier Country Inn since 1987, consistently receives the coveted Diner's Choice Award from OpenTable and maintains a 5 star average on TripAdvisor.




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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Relaxing getaway

4.4 on October 30, 2017

Stayed for a couple of days to visit Tallulah Gorge and local waterfalls. Very friendly and relaxed. Added on the "waterfalls package" and was happy with this addition. Included a tasty backpack lunch, walking sticks, personalized directions, and an evening meal upon return. Well worth it.

Great stay.....again!

5 on October 30, 2017

Great Stay as always. This time was a special anniversary stay. Food was Excellent with wonderful service. This past summer we brought our entire family of children and grandchildren, they all loved it. From the 72 yr. old to the 6 yr. old granddaughter, a memorable experience. The staff was most accommodating...especially catering to the grandchildren's breakfasts. Can't wait to return for our 14+ stay.

A Gem in the North GA mountains

5 on October 20, 2017

Loved this place! The food is amazing.

Historic Gem

4.8 on September 01, 2017

We enjoyed our 2 day stay at this amazing Inn tucked away on a quiet mountain. The staff was so helpful and courteous. Next time we will book a king room, as the queen room felt a little small, however the bed itself was so comfortable. The morning breakfasts we had were AMAZING from the presentation to the freshness and taste, all on a beautiful patio setting. We will be recommending your Inn to all our friends! Hope to return soon! Thank you!

Gorgeous resort in the mountains

5 on August 23, 2017

Gorgeous little getaway! The rooms are very quaint, breakfast and dinner is ALWAYS amazing! Ed and Luci and the staff are wonderful, personal and professional! We will be back!

A Magical Place

5 on July 26, 2017

Upon climbing the stairs to our room, and walking out to view the back side of the INN, it took our breath away, how beautiful the view was! A Lovely Meadow, surrounded by trees, and mountains behind the trees, with a little steam to walk thru, was just OUR speed! Dinner and service were amazing, and our room was quaint and rustic. The beds were SUPER COMFY, and we did NOT WANT TO LEAVE!!!! We went down to the fire pit the night we were there and built a fire, listened to the night orchestra of crickets/katy dids. or locusts, not sure, but they were surely SINGING! The starry night topped off the fire. I swang in the tree swing, and we walked through the gardens, which are meticulously kept! We wish to return in the autumn, I can't imagine it would be MORE beautiful, then it was last week, but with the colors of fall, I might be wrong!

Lovely Get-Away

5 on June 15, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Glen-Ella, a quiet, peaceful retreat. We enjoyed the views from our rocking chairs, walking along the stream, building a campfire, the hospitality, snacks and dining. We enjoyed visiting briefly with Ed, the owner, while enjoying the delicious breakfast and hearing their family story. I would highly recommend a stay here as well a visit to the falls nearby.

Hidden Gem with Excellence Service

5 on May 26, 2017

We take customers here for a weekend trip of eating and fishing. Our customers come from all over the country and are always very pleasantly surprised and rave about the wonderful experience. We never have to worry about anything - the staff, rooms and food are always top notch. We use the private conference room, garden house and restaurant and take the trip several times a year.

Weekend Getaway

4.4 on April 11, 2017

We had a wonderful weekend getaway at Glen Ella Springs. The room was nice and the grounds are beautiful. We had a great time making a fire and enjoying the mountain air.

Our favorite B&B in Georgia!

5 on December 03, 2016

We like to hike in north Georgia and Glen-Ella Springs is the perfect place to stay. The rooms are quaint and comfortable. Ed & Lucy (owners) are wonderful as is all of the staff. The food is delicious in the restaurant. We highly recommend Glen-Ella Springs Inn.

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Rooms & Rates

Three Room Suites - Family Friendly

Our Three Room Suite has a king size bed in the sleeping area, a bathroom with a whirlpool jetted tub and shower along with a dressing area and a separate sitting room. The sitting room features one of the inn's original stacked stone fireplaces which has been retro-fitted with gas logs, as well as a twin daybed (s) and sitting chair(s) for reading or relaxing by the fire on a cool mountain evening. The suite is located on the second-floor on the front side of the inn and opens onto a covered porch overlooking the wooded portion of the property. This suite is family friendly.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $185 - $205

King Bed Room (Adults Only)

King rooms are located on the front side of the Inn with a porch view of the wooded portion of the property. Along with a King size bed, the room includes a desk with chair, as well as two comfortable chairs for relaxing and reading. The king room bed can be made into twin beds if separate sleeping arrangements are requested. The main level king rooms are family friendly.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $185 - $205

Penthouse Suites (Adults Only)

This Penthouse Suite is located on the 3rd floor of the inn and features vaulted ceilings, a free standing Franklin Stove gas fireplaces and comfortable chairs for reading and relaxing. This Penthouse Suite has a King size bed along with a Twin Daybed for additional sleeping accommodations and two comfortable sitting chairs on either side of the gas stove fireplace. The private bath has a oversized corner jetted Jacuzzi tub with a separate walk in shower. The high ceilings in the Penthouse Suite create a sense of openness while the natural wood floors and walls give off a warm and comfortable glow. For your convenience this room also provides a mini refrigerator stocked with complimentary soft drinks and water as added amenity. There are two Penthouse Suites on the 3rd floor of the inn. They share a sitting area separate from the actual room as well as a balcony porch off the back of the inn complete with two rocking chairs to enjoy an overview of the 12 acre meadow.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $235 - $285

Queen Room (Adults Only)

Queen rooms are located on the back side of the inn and feature a Queen size bed, desk with chair and a cozy sitting chair for relaxing. Each Queen room opens onto a covered porch, which overlooks the spacious 12 acre meadow, pool and lush perennial gardens.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $160 - $185

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Location Type

Foothills of Blue Ridge Mountains, North Georgia Mountains, Countryside, Mountains, Small town, Wine country


Atlanta, GA (ATL-Hartsfield Intl.) 90 miles

Directions to property:

Take I-85 North to I-985 to Gainesville, which is Exit 113 on I-85. After Gainesville, this will become GA 365, then US 441. Travel north past exits to Cornelia and Clarkesville. At the interchange where Hwy 365 turns toward Toccoa, continue north approximately another 7 miles on US 441 toward Tallulah Falls and Clayton. *At mile marker 18, turn left on Travis Smith Rd., go one block, then turn right onto Old Historic 441. Take the first left onto the Orchard Road (there is a large directional sign for the Orchard Country Club & Community). Go approximately 1½ miles to the second paved road and turn right onto Bear Gap Road. Glen-Ella Springs Inn is located 1½ miles down Bear Gap Rd. Bear Gap Road will turn into gravel about halfway down, but continue on for approximately another ½ to ¾ mile. The Inn is on the left.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Moccasin Creek State Park, Chattahoochee National Forest, Black Rock Mountain State Park, Tallulah Gorge State Park, Helen, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, River, Vineyard, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Ceiling fans, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, DVD Player, Electric vehicle charging, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Fridge, Microwave, Movie library, Parking, Pool, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR, Videos, Wedding Facilities, Wheelchair access, iPhone docking station , Horseshoes, ladder ball, volleyball, Gourmet restaurant, Outdoor Pool, Outdoor Pavilion, Meeting/Conference Facilities on site, Garden House for Guests to use

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Telephone, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Art Galleries, Antique Shops, Bowling Alley, Meeting/conference facility (on site), Fine Dining (on site), Swiming Pool (on site), Movie Theater, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts, Water sports, Whitewater Rafting

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  • Check In:: 3pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes We have a limited number of rooms suitable for families.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Please check with Inn.
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit card information to guarantee reservation.
  • Cancellations: 7 days notice prior to arrival date is required.
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Ed and Luci Kivett

Languages spoken

Portuguese, English, Spanish

Resident Pets


About the innkeepers

We became Innkeepers as part of a lifelong dream. We love the history of the Inn and the beautiful outdoor environment of Northeast Georgia.

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  • Time Served: 8:30-10:00 am
  • Serving Location: Dining Room, On-site restaurant

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Gluten free and Vegan

Signature Dish

Rack of Lamb
Our rack of lamb is a special recipe that has been a favorite for over 25 years and was recently named one of the 100 top dishes locals love in Georgia.


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