15 December, 2011

MURDER MYSTERY WEEKEND

Picture it. America. January, 1920, the passing of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America prohibits the sale, manufacture or distribution of the old devil whiskey (or any alcohol for that matter). Not everyone's thrilled.

By 1925 there were more than 30,000 speakeasies in New York City alone. Certain lore whispers of a mountain town way down South. Hiawassee, Georgia, was to have its own establishment where a little of this and a lot of that was to happen. Don Wannabe was set to open the Four Deuces Speakeasy and Bait Shop with a celebration, but a murder caused prohibitions of its own.

Chancey Hill Inn is hosting its first Murder Mystery Weekend on March 16-18, 2012. There will be plenty of gangsters, hit men, politicians, molls and dirty rats in attendance. Mark the date and check back soon for more details.

Dale

11 November, 2011

A SPECIAL DECEMBER WEEKEND

Before the avalanche of shopping, egg-nogging and "stuff till you hurt" begins in earnest, come stay with us at Chancey Hill Inn Bed & Breakfast for the Mountain Christmas Tour of Homes, Friday December 2 through Sunday December 4.

Candle glow makes everything festive so the tour starts on Friday evening with a Candlelight walk through East Gate Townhomes in Hiawassee (6-8 PM). There's sure to be a little nip in the night air so pack your woolies.

Saturday morning after your tour-fueling breakfast here at the inn your self-guided tour starts at 10 AM (through 5 PM). Don't miss the Decorators' Show House, where local decorators and designers get to strut their Yule Tide stuff, so to speak.

You may want to return to the inn in the afternoon to relax and recharge for the Holiday Gala and Silent Auction at one of our all time favorite places, Crane Creek Vineyards. I'm told the items offered for bidding this year are Primo.

On Sunday catch the homes you may have missed on Saturday, or revisit some of your favorites.

You could call this a mix & match weekend. In addition to the Tour of Homes many other fun events are happening in our wonderful community. Call us at Chancey Hill Inn for details.

Book your weekend stay with us now and we'll include two tickets to the Tour of Homes , Decorators' Show House, and Crane Creek Vineyards Holiday Gala for $20.00. Regular prices for two tickets are $50.00.

We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones.

Dale

20 October, 2011

WINE STOMPING AND PUNKIN CHUNKIN

Catapults and Trebuchets are being readied for the 3rd Annual Punkin Chunkin Festival this weekend in Hayesville, NC. Festivities begin Friday night from 5:00 to 9:00 with food, dancing, and PUNKIN. Saturday begins the Punkin Chunkin competition, along with a Chili cook-off, Anything Punkin bake-off, Pie eating, and pumpkin rolling. The "Finals" of the Chunkin are Sunday afternoon. By the way, last year's record toss was 975 feet!

Saturday afternoon the Annual Harvest Festival at Crane Creek Vineyards in Young Harris is scheduled for 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Enjoy hayrides, winery tours, and Grape Stomping too. The $20.00 admission includes lunch, wine tasting, souvenir glass, and the opportunity to hear some great music. Addional food and wine will be available.

We still have a couple of rooms available for the weekend. Weather will be great, with sunny to partly cloudy skies, highs in the mid-60s and lows in the mid-30s. Join us for the local wine and pumpkin events, and relax with us at Chancey Hill Inn.

If you can't make it this weekend, think about next weekend as a possibility. Weather again promises to be very pleasant, and you might see some ghosts at the North Georgia Jeepers parade and Trunk or Treat on Saturday afternoon. Festivities take place On the Square in downtown Hiawassee. Catch "Arsenic and Old Lace" at the Peacock Playhouse on Friday or Saturday evenings, or take in a matinee before heading home on Sunday.

We're looking forward to some great fun in the next couple of weeks. Hope to see you soon.

John

07 October, 2011

WHAT GLORIOUS WEATHER IN THE NORTH GEORGIA MOUNTAINS

The weather here has been incredible for the last few days. Sunny, warm days with highs in the 70s, cool nights with lows in the 40s, and sunshine in abundance. Slight breezes in the afternoon - just perfect weather for enjoying the outdoors.

How lucky for the Georgia Mountain Fall Festival, which began today. Arts, crafts, vendors, and incredible music. We're looking forward to performances by John Anderson, Ricky Scaggs, Gene Watson, Percy Sledge, T. Graham Brown and others. And next weekend is the Georgia Fiddlers' Convention.

Close by there are festivals in Blairsville, Hayesville NC, and Oktoberfest in Helen.

Come enjoy the fall season and come see us.

John

12 September, 2011

Summer Soiree

The swelter of the long, hot summer is waning. The early nip of autumn is struggling to emerge. Mother Nature is between acts.  So for the Saturday evenings of September 17, 24, and October 1, 2011, in addition to our full breakfasts, we are presenting our complimentary Summer Simmer Soirees. We  have chosen The Wines and Foods of The Great State of Georgia as the feature of this gathering of guests. Like her inhabitants, Georgia Agriculture and Agri-tourism fare can range from Urban Sleek to a more relaxed, rustic side.  Join us to discover what General James Oglethorpe never dreamed.

31 August, 2011

VINE TO WINE WEEKEND 3

We have set the dates, November 4-6,  for our final Vine to Wine Weekend of 2011. Both of our earlier V2WW events were hits with our guests, and a lot of fun for us as well. We're again starting the activities with a wine pairing on Friday evening. We'll enjoy a private tour of Crane Creek Vineyards after breakfast on Saturday, which will include a tasting of their great wines.

Late Saturday afternoon we're putting everyone to work, both starting a new batch of wine and bottling other wine that is ready to go. Of course a wine making session isn't complete without a tasting of great "home made" wines.

Check your calendars and book early. Our last V2WW was a sellout, with guests from as far away as Miami. You won't want to miss the fun.

John

04 August, 2011

VINE TO WINE WEEKEND 2 WAS BETTER THAN EVER

It just gets better. V2WW1 was grand fun. V2WW2 was spectacular. We had a full house with some of our guests from as far away as Miami. Our Friday evening wine and dessert pairing found some of us total strangers, but after a very short while we knew this group just "clicked." It wasn't just the wine from local Crane Creek Vineyards or the deserts from our own kitchen. The stars were aligned and we were in sync with each other. Four wines and four desserts were served, savored and discussed. (Some wines and desserts more than once.)



The sunset from our deck was nothing short of mystical that evening. Mother Nature was really showing off. In fact we had to steer ourselves back inside to complete our objective - refilling our glasses and plates.
After breakfast on Saturday we visited with our friends at Crane Creek Vineyards. Chef David Sanford, the
man of many talents at Crane Creek, took us on a tour of the vineyards and the winery, explaining Crane Creek's wines and methodologies to us. 

If that weren't enough, he held a tasting of Crane Creek's wonderful wines in the vat room. He also paired several with his great food. We were even able to taste a couple of wines directly from the barrel and vat that were being aged.

After our tour several of our guests stayed at Crane Creek for lunch or just to enjoy the serenity and beauty of the vineyards.

The weekend wasn't all play and no work. At the beautiful home of Joe and Liz, who have been making wine for over 30 years, we started a new batch of wine and then put our guests to work. Our guests took the wine we started at the V2WW1 in April and bottled, corked, sealed and labeled the bottles. Of course we had the pleasure of tasting wines produced by our gracious hosts Joe and Liz and our gracious neighbors Lea and Liz. Spirits were high, to say the least.  Every pun intended.

Our guests left us entirely too early after breakfast on Sunday, but headed home with a little more knowledge about wine and with a bottle of wine made possible by their efforts on Saturday.

We can't wait for another Vine to Wine Weekend. Stay tuned for details on V2WW3.

Dale & John



30 June, 2011

INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS, AND OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS

We're ready for the Fourth of July weekend coming up, and there are quite a few things special this weekend. Saturday evening our friends at Crane Creek Vineyards are having a free concert featuring Bulletproof, a trio highlighting classic rock, country, and even party dance music. Bring a picnic and blanket, enjoy wine by the glass or bottle, and enjoy the music from 7:00 to 11:00 PM.

The Hiawassee Boat Parade on Lake Chatuge begins on July 4 at 11:00 and ends in the early afternoon at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds. Always an enjoyable procession.

Fireworks at the Fairgrounds about 9:30 PM on the Fourth. It promises to be a great show. We usually watch from our inn.

Coming up later in July is the Georgia Mountain Fair from July 20 through July 30. Great arts and crafts, food vendors and a different country music performer every day.

The Third Annual Georgia Appalachian Pottery Festival is being held in Hiawassee on July 23.

And also enjoy the Licklog Players' performance of "South Pacific" July 28-31 at the Peacock Playhouse in nearby Hayesville, NC.
We hope to see you soon.

02 June, 2011

AMAZING ART GLASS

Hot Summer nights at Goldhagen Studios. David Goldhagen is an amazing artist with his blown glass work. Every summer for the past eight years the studio has held Hot Summer Nights, fabulous evenings with live musical performances, a nice selection of wines and desserts available for purchase, and dazzling demonstrations by the internationally acclaimed glass blowing artist.

Join us at Chancey Hill Inn Bed & Breakfast and we'll include two free tickets to the Hot Summer Nights festivities with your room. The fun lasts from 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM at the Goldhagen Studio in nearby Hayesville, NC, on June 11, July 23, August 8, September 17 or October 29 this year. Just let us know a couple of days before you want to see this amazing show.

John



 

26 April, 2011

V2WW was WOW

The pairing table was set. The wine bar was ready. Make-up mostly covered the dusting-accident bruise on my brow. And then the rain came. In buckets.




I fretted that the weather was going to ruin our planned good time. Wrong. The people here for the dessert and wine pairing were ready to party.

With the shades up in the dining room we could see the rain and hear the gusting wind, but it seemed a world away from the happy chatter and laughter of our guests and us.

It was fun to first taste each wine and then to taste it again with its selected dessert. David from Crane Creek Vineyards knows his stuff and his skill in pairing the desserts and wine was evident. The right wine with the right food is like a great date. They just "hit it off" and complimented each other so well.

 

Listening to our fellow tasters was interesting and insightful. We were all happily surprised at the different nuances produced in the wine and the food. All of our guests were delightful company and John and I thank them for being here for our first V2WW. Seems a good time was had by all (they told me so). We will definitely do this again.




Dale

22 April, 2011

OUR FIRST "VINE TO WINE WEEKEND"

We held our first V2WW last weekend and what a time we had! Everyone, including the hosts (Dale and me) had a blast. Great folks attending made all the difference. We can't wait for our next V2WW (not sure if we should call the next one V2WW2 or what).


We actually started on Friday evening with a dessert wine pairing - wines and dessert pairings suggested by our friends at Crane Creek Vineyards. Guests, friends and neighbors joined us for four rounds of pairings. Food and wine was great, but the company was exceptional.





After breakfast on Saturday morning we were treated to a private winery tour and tasting at Crane Creek. Very informative, relaxing and a lot of fun.


Late Saturday afternoon we convened at the home of our experienced winemaking friends for a hands-on winemaking experience. We started a "batch" of wine, then went through the complete bottling process (filling, corking, sealing and labeling the bottles) of wine produced earlier. Everyone had the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and make it a success. Of course the winemaking was accompanied by hors d'oeuvres and the tasting of several wines produced by our friends and neighbors. This was a special treat for all of us.



Everyone seemed to have a great time, we we're planning V2WW2 for mid-June. Stay tuned for info on the exact dates.

06 April, 2011

MORE TO DO IN NORTH GEORGIA THAN YOU THINK

I thought I would send out a short post and tell you about the activities coming 
up in the area over the next couple of months, and when I started checking 
things out I realized that it wouldn't really be a "short" list. So here goes.
 
We still have a couple of spots available for our First Vine to Wine Weekend 
on April 15-17. We're tasting, touring and making wine, and are looking 
forward to a great time.
 
Licklog Players present "The Prisoner of Second Avenue," a Neil Simon 
comedy, on April 8-10 and April 15-17. Performances at the Peacock 
Playhouse in Hayesville, NC. This is a small, intimate theatre and they do a 
great job with the presentations.
 
"Carousel" is being presented by the Drama Department at Young Harris College 
on April 15-17. This coincides with the City of Young Harris Spring  Fling and 
Art Fest at Mayor's Park on the 16th and 17th. 
 
For cyclists, The Southern Appalachian Bicycle Association is sponsoring the 
Jackrabbit Mountain Duathlon April 16 & 17 as well. Ride and run the trails at 
Jackrabbit Mountain. 
 
The BMW Motorcycle Owners of Georgia are having a rally at the Georgia 
Mountain Fairgrounds here in Hiawassee on April 29 through May 1. 
 
Vince Gill in concert at Anderson Music Hall at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds 
on May 6. Tickets available now.
 
May also brings wine festivals, barbeque competitions, garden tours, arts & crafts 
festivals, plays, and The Big Green Eggfest. Check with us for details.
 
 

23 March, 2011

FIRST BLOG FROM DALE

Lo-Tec could be my name. I'm not really sure what a blog is or does, but I was told by a marketing pro that it should be used. I can't fathom why anyone would care about my ramblings but here goes.

John and I are so excited about our upcoming Vine to Wine Weekend, or V2WW as we call it. Yo. Chef David Sanford from Crane Creek Vineyards (the first person who should be cloned if and when), has been advising on wine and dessert pairings for the Friday night tasting at the inn. He didn't give specific recipes so I've been testing and testing. While it's fun I've probably put on 5 pounds.

When we chose Chancey Hill Inn for our bed & breakfast we knew the views were spectacular but how wonderful our mountain friends were to become to us was a grand and total surprise. Neighbors Lea & Liz, collectively known as LOLA, have been generous beyond belief with their time and wine-making equipment. They even helped by eating chocolate and drinking wine with us. Joe & Liz have offered, and we greatly accepted, the use of their lovely lakefront home, heavy duty wine-making equipment, and expertise (Joe has been making and bottling his own wine for over 30 years) for the Saturday night demo. These four people contribute to the City of Hiawassee and Towns County in so many ways. From Meals-On-Wheels, Senior Citizen activities, teaching computer skills to elementary school children, and volunteering the skills they were once employed to use for the benefit of our community. Plus they are just fun.

John and I enjoy meeting our guests and have been introduced to many interest and hobbies by them. Some have inspired us to hold event weekends at Chancey Hill Inn Bed & Breakfast featuring these activities so that we and our guests can share them.

You the Blog Readers are invited and welcomed to give us your input and suggestions on future event weekends.

Now about this blog business. Please critique this maiden voyage for me. I'm too old to be too thin-skinned so don't hold back. I'm asking so please be honest.

Dale

10 March, 2011

VINE TO WINE WEEKEND AT CHANCEY HILL INN

Have you ever thought about making your own wine? Would you like to explore the possibility, but aren't sure how to get started? Well, here's the opportunity to both learn the basics of wine making as well as try your hand at some of the steps in the process. We are holding our first Vine to Wine Weekend on April 15-17, and have a fun-filled weekend planned for our guests.

The weekend kicks off on Friday night with a Wine and Dessert Pairing at the Inn, featuring wines and desserts selected by Chef David Sanford from Crane Creek Vineyards. This is an opportunity, after arrival and dinner on your own, to meet your fellow winemakers and enjoy dessert and the "fruit of the vine."

After a full breakfast on Saturday morning we'll caravan to Crane Creek Winery for a personal tour of the winery and a private tasting of the Vineyards' range of offerings. You'' have some free time after the tasting for exploring the area, perhaps lunch at Crane Creek, or whatever strikes your fancy.

We'll reconvene at the Inn at 4:45 PM and visit the beautiful home of our wine making friends, located very close by on Lake Chatuge. There we'll learn about "starting" a new batch of wine, as well as tasting several wines made by some of our neighbors. After the tasting we'll have the hands-on pleasure of bottling, corking, sealing and labeling another batch of wine that was started several months ago. Dale and I attended a similar demonstration last fall and had an amazing time.

Everyone will be free after the wine making for dinner on their own. We'll serve breakfast Sunday morning before everyone heads for home. You might want to visit other area wineries on the return trip.

If you're interested in joining us please go to our web site and book the weekend on-line. The Vine To Wine Weekend package is only $388 to $448 plus tax for two nights lodging at Chancey Hill Inn and all of the activities outlined above. Just mention the Vine To Wine Weekend in the Remarks section of the on-line reservation request. Please make your reservation by Monday, April 11.

We hope you'll join us for this fun-filled weekend.

John

16 February, 2011

PRESIDENTS' DAY WEEKEND

Sunshine, high temps in the mid to upper 60's, lows in the 40's, and quite a few things going on in the mountains. It all starts with the breathtaking scenery in the Blue Ridge.

Thursday through Sunday enjoy the Young Harris College Drama Department's presentation of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," with a twist. Tickets only $10.00 for evening performances on Thursday, Friday or Saturday, matinee Sunday.

Also at Young Harris this Friday, "Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity." Tickets only $3.00, and include an after-the-show visit to the YHC Observatory. Skies should be perfect with a full moon on Friday.

Want to dance the night away to classic rock and country hits? Try "Sundown" at Cafe Portofino's Firelight Lounge on Saturday night. Music starts at 8:00 PM.

And of course during the day enjoy Lake Chatuge, Chattahoochee or Nantahala National Forests, the Appalachian Trail, local wineries - you get the drift.

We have rooms available and would love to see you.

John

10 February, 2011

SUNSHINE OR SNOW?

While the snow had the upper hand earlier, SUNSHINE will be the big winner over the next several days. We did get a dusting of around one inch of snow last night, but the sun is out and temperatures have warmed to about forty degrees. The forecast calls for high forties tomorrow and Saturday, with mid-fifties on Sunday and on into next week.

It won't come too soon for us as it sure has seemed like a long, wet Fall and Winter.

It sure is beautiful here in the mountains this time of year.

Hope to see you soon.

John

03 February, 2011

THE BEAUTY OF DIVERSITY

Where can you enjoy Black Holes, Wine, Shakespeare and Country Music, and all within a fifteen minute drive?  Hiawassee and Young Harris, Georgia in the beautiful North Georgia mountains.

"Black Holes - The Other Side of Infinity" is presented at the Rollins Planetarium on the Young Harris College campus on Friday evenings, February 11, 18 and 25, at 8:00 PM.

On February 12 enjoy a free wine tasting at The Wine Cottage, Tower Plaza on Highway 69 in Young Harris from 2:00 to 5:00 PM. Enjoy a selection of wines and hors d'oeuvres.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Young Harris College February 17-20 and February 24-26.

And for country music fans, Charlie Daniels on March 5 and Don Williams on March 26, both at the Anderson Music Hall at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds.

And don't forget Valentine's Day on February 14.

We hope to see you soon.

John

17 January, 2011

SPECIAL EVENTS IN NORTH GEORGIA

February brings Valentine's Day, the celebration of love and affection. While we celebrate on February 14, at Chancey Hill Inn we are extending everyone's opportunity to celebrate. Our Valentine Special offer is 50% off of the third night of a three night stay, through the end of February. Let us know of any special touches you want for your "companion."

I also wanted to mention the Georgia Wine Highway Weekend coming up in March. Mark your calendar for March 18 through 20, and for only $20.00 per person enjoy wine tastings at numerous North Georgia wineries. Book the weekend with us and let us plan your personal wine tasting itineraries. More to follow in the coming weeks.

Hope to see you soon.

John

06 January, 2011

WHITE CHRISTMAS IN NORTH GEORGIA

For the first time in over 100 years North Georgia enjoyed a White Christmas. After being snowbound for three days in mid-December, we were here again from Christmas Day until New Year's Eve. And this winter was supposed to be less severe than last winter?

We did enjoy our holidays, those we shared with family at Thanksgiving as well as those with new guests for Christmas and with friends and neighbors at the New Year. Dale and I have been blessed with our new community and our new home. We have met so many wonderful people over the last year, and made great friendships with many of our guests.

Just wanted to express our appreciation for the support from everyone in 2010, and hope everyone has a great 2011. Come see us.












John