26 July, 2013


Everything is bigger and better in Texas, and apparently badder.

Our upcoming Murder Mystery Weekend (August 23-25) takes place in Cactus, Texas, where karaoke isn't the only thing wailing at Bubba's Bar. Honky Tonk Homicide will give us all a chance to channel our inner characters from Urban Cowboy. Who can forget Debra Winger on that bull? Even Mick Jagger and the Stones belted out that we all need "Honky Tonk Women," while Kitty Wells preached that "It wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Women."

Dust off your ten gallon Stetson and circle the trailer park abodes. Suck down a little bourbon and branch to cut the dust, so to speak, and come on over to Bubba's (aka Chancey Hill Inn). We might even do a little boot-scooting before, during and after someone starts pushing up daisies.

Dinner will be served.


Murder Mystery Details

12 July, 2013


Oh boy. Another of our wine making weekends is coming up August 2-4, 2013. These are a blast for everyone. Guests, partners, and even for us, the "hired hands."

The fun starts on Friday evening right here at Chancey Hill Inn. We sip, we nibble, we compare the changes in taste that the food has on wine and wine on food. We discuss and we get to know each other.

We'll have a private tour of Crane Creek Vineyards after breakfast on Saturday, learning how grapes are grown for the making of wine, the production process, and the taste of different wine varietals. Our friends at CCV then have a tasting of their wines for us, with a food pairing of whatever they choose to serve. We don't know what it will be but we know it will be primo.

The work begins Saturday evening. You'll learn about personal wine making from a true master - our friend Joe who has been making wine for almost 40 years. He and his gracious wife Liz have a wine making area in their beautiful home that overlooks Lake Chatuge, and they share both their knowledge and some of their award winning wines with us. We'll start a batch of wine, enjoy a tasting and some heavy hors d'oeuvres (you probably will not want to go to dinner), and then bottle a batch we started at an earlier V2WW event. Of course you'll take a bottle of the fruits of your labors home with you.

We still have a availability for a few couples, so make your reservations now, as this will be our last V2WW for the year.. Check out details and book your spot online at www.chanceyhillinn.com soon.

We look forward to seeing you.


01 July, 2013


Life as innkeepers in the north Georgia mountains continues to be a pleasure for John and me. After four years I am evolving into a Mountain Woman. (Had a bit of a leg up as my grandmother was a beautiful Cherokee woman from Dahlonega.)

There's a definite learning curve however. When John and I went to get our Georgia drivers licenses after moving here from Charlotte we were delighted at the short line at the DMV. We sat and waited our turns. The room was small so we could, without trying, hear the conversation of the two people ahead of us.

"Jack needs new shoes to show his pig," I heard a woman say to the man beside her. After the two left I asked John "Why do you think a pig cares about a kid's shoes?"

My small town education began as a smiling (okay, she was laughing at me) photographer explained that Jack was a member of the Future Farmers of America and the pig, his project, would be shown in a porcine competition on Saturday evening. I replied "Oh," or something equally dorky.

I believe my face is a little red on my Georgia driver's license.