Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Art in the Mountains- Ideas for 2017

The York House Inn is your destination for art in the mountains.

The York House Inn is just down the road from Hambidge Center.
 As one of the first artist communities in the U.S., the Hambidge Center has a distinguished history of supporting individual artists in a residency program. The Center also continues to act as a steward of its extraordinary 600-acre setting in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The Center was created in 1934 by Mary Hambidge, who established the artist enclave and sustainable farm in memory of her artist partner, Jay Hambidge (1867–1924). After a brief career as a performer on vaudeville stages (Mary was a world-class whistler who appeared with her pet mockingbird Jimmy), she discovered weaving and eventually found her home among Appalachian weavers in the North Georgia mountains.
In the early days of Hambidge, she employed local women to create exceptional weavings that would one day be featured in many exhibits including the Smithsonian and MOMA. Later she broadened the scope of the Center by inviting artists for extended stays. After her death in 1973, the Center evolved into a formal and competitive residency program open to creative individuals from all walks of life.
The Hambidge Center is a member of the Alliance of Artist's Communities and was recognized with the 1996 Cultural Olympiad Regional Designation Award in the Arts.
The 2017 schedule is packed, here are a few examples beginning in April 2017:
- 1st Saturday Gristmill visit
- 2nd Saturday Artist Talk
- 3rd Saturday Nature Hike
More information and a complete calendar can be found at

Many of our guests stay at the Inn, and take a day trip to Asheville, N.C. just 1 1/2 hours north. Of course the
Biltmore Estate is not to be missed but Historic Grovewood Village is another do not miss. The former Biltmore Industries celebrates its centennial this year on June 17th. Activities will include a fiber art exhibition, guided tours, artist demonstrations and arts and crafts historian Bruce Johnson will be a guest speaker.
Grovewood Car Museum

More information can be found at

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Little Free Library

York House Inn spring house is one of the few LittleFreeLibrary locations serving the North Georgia Mountains!

Visit our unique pre-civil war spring house (out back), and pick out a book. You can take any book and those so inclined are also free to return a book to this location.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Historical Interior Photos - 1999-2000

It seems impossible.

Over the last 120 years of operation we have lots and lots of pictures of the exterior of our historic building but very few interior photos.

Here are a few courtesy of John and Judy Hurlburt. John and Judy were Innkeepers in the late 1990-2000's.

Thank you for sharing with us during your family reunion.
Room 2

Room 10

Room 3

Have fun comparing to our current pictures. It is amazing how things can change in only seventeen years.

Dining Room ( now our parlor)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Welcome to Spring! We look forward to welcoming you this year...

We have wrapped up our 2016 Celebration of The York House Inn 120th year, and are looking forward to the arrival of Spring in the North Georgia Mountains. We look forward to another year welcoming guests, just as we have been for thirteen decades. It looks as if 2017 will be Georgia’s Year of Film travel experience. While a few might think we are right out of LA LA LAND already, it is the year for our Inn to showcase not only our connection to film but also our ever bustling Rabun County experience in dining, wine adventures, farm visits, water fun and more antique shopping.

We encourage you to plan your year to visit Rabun County and the York House Inn. Our last year was another banner year for us, lots of new faces and many of our historical repeat guests (the record anniversary stay this year was the 40th ) this year! We were pleased to not only host a press tour to Rabun County, but also several travel writers interested in what we offer. With gas prices still as low as $2.00 per gallon in the area, it will be a great summer for a road trip! 

We were happy with 2016’s the lively interest in booking a stay at the Inn, and encourage all to CALL US DIRECTLY and toll – free at that so that we can assist you personally. Last year we experienced a 30% increase in business with not only lots of new individual travelers, but also numerous weddings and wedding parties, birthday groups and family reunions. We appreciate our online travel partners, and are listed in just about anyway known to the traveling public (Expedia, Travelocity,,, TripAdvisor as well as VRBO, Home Away, Flipkey, AirBnB and more) but the best rooms at the best rate are always on our website  or a phone call away.

We always stay active in the “slow” month which appear to be February, thankfully. We managed to not only go to Ecuador for two weeks in February, but we managed more decorating, repainting rooms and adding to the services we offer. We love the new feather top mattress in our suite, the new shower we installed in room #11 as well as the hopeful finish to our long awaited ( started in 1995 apparently) public bathroom on the 2nd floor. We have repainted and re-grouted many of our bathrooms, and have begun replacing our classic blinds with new wood blinds. Those that come prepared for social media and more will be happy with our addition of Cubiemini dual charges and USB ports to our guestrooms. Check out the pictures on our website or blog for more details. We are proud that our TripAdvisor reviews have allowed us to achieve not only the #1 rating in our area, but also the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for three years. We think that is a special award, so thank you for all of the great reviews! The few  “negative Nancy’s” we were reviewed by in 2016 are apparently unaware of our unplugged nature ( yes, no room TV’s).

There are great new things happening in the area for your 2017 visit. We are pleased to have Mama G’s back, Pi by Fortify and the new Wicked Pig BBQ’s spot on Main Street. We have been making frequent trips to the R.M. Rose Distillery in Dillard. A number of groups choose to partake in catering at York House Inn, which was a beautiful option.

We are looking forward to some excitement for this year of Film. Look for some fun things as the offerings pop up on our website! Of course the addition of Deliverance and The Great Locomotive Chase to our DVD selection for the Roc Room helps out. While the time during Rabun County total solar eclipse is already completely booked, it shouldn’t take a 100 year event to take part in our special culture and foods throughout the year. We have had great success with our Honor Bar, and are happy our guests continue to “pay it forward” in the Roc Room.  Ghost Hunt Weekends have been a roaring good time, and are now offered throughout the year (see to book. We hope to begin our “Food, Land and People” weekends, and special canning workshop this year.
Remember things really start moving for Georgia Wine Highway Weekends in March and our festival season rates end September 15, 2017 and then we are off and running into leaf season! It was a spectacular fall last year so don’t miss out!

Just a few highlights from the calendar include:
Tallulah Gorge- Full moon suspension bridge hikes and more start Feb 11th and 12th
Teaching Kitchen-Clayton- A whole series of different classes are held throughout the week at the Teaching Kitchen, guest chefs, knife skills, food preparation and more! See for details and costs.
Hambidge Center- 4th Saturday events each month! 3rd Saturday nature hikes begin in May
Tallulah Gorge Floor Hikes A whole lot scheduled this year
Sky Valley Craft Brew Festival and 5K Run- May 28th- Great event last year!
Georgia Wine Weekends- Visit wineries in Rabun County and beyond the weekend of March 24 and March 31st
Wine, Dine and Punchlines- A taste of North Georgia Vineyards-Guest Chef Tim Dondero will be teaming with Laurie Forster, certified Sommelier, national speaker and TV personality for this dinner program featuring six NE Georgia wines! This is part of the Wine Highway Weekends and celebration of Dillard House 100th birthday.- Dillard House $75 for 4 course dinner and wine tickets : VIP $100 . See for ticket direct link.
Full Moon Lake Paddle- April 22 and more 
Celebrate Clayton- April 29 and 30t
Wanna go Fast ½ mile shootout- May 6-7th and September 16-17th
Rabun Music Festival – Starts June 18th with the Atlanta Symphony.. look for the other dates!
Folk on the Mountain Festival- Foxfire July1-2nd
Clayton Crawl- July 15th
Dillard Bluegrass and BBQ Festival- August 5-7th
Total Solar Eclipse- see for local details…We are already fully booked for this occurrence.  
His Last Days- Tallulah passion play September 4th
Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts – Always great shows and acts just 20 minutes north in Franklin N.C.

We would love to see you again!
Thank you for staying with us and we look forward to your return.
Stan and Christine
York House Inn
416 York House Road
Rabun Gap, Georgia 30568