Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Warmth of the York House Inn

The news of the re-opening of the York House Inn in early November has drawn a number of old and new faces back to Georgia’s oldest bed and breakfast. The York House, listed on the National Register of Historical Places has been in operation as an inn since 1896, and it’s a joy to see this Grand Dame restored to her original beauty, with modern updates throughout for the comfort of our guests.

You can view the exceptional features of our Victorian era guest house by visiting the York House Inn’s new website at Take the tour of our thirteen romantic guest rooms, each named to represent the floral and grape varieties local to the wineries and forest lands of this Blue Ridge mountain region. All guest rooms feature plush, luxury bedding, private baths with an assortment of spa bath products, thick linens and bath robes. No matter which of the inn’s thirteen guest rooms you choose, each is uniquely appointed with a striking combination of antique decor and modern comforts, carefully selected for maintaining the historical integrity of the inn’s era.
Panorama of our Rock Room, "Papa Bill's"

From the moment that you first step into the main parlor, the warmth of the Inn and the authenticity of the Victorian period will set the tone for the rest of your guest experience with us. In the afternoons, guests enjoy a complimentary “Happier Hour,” and, in the evenings, retire downstairs to Papa Bill’s lounge for good conversation. Mornings are something to look forward to at the York House Inn. Our full gourmet breakfasts feature the best local eggs, produce, and many homemade jams, jellies and other regional specialties.

Photo courtesy of Cherie Faircloth
Winter is the perfect time to come and get acquainted with us. We enjoy moderate temperatures in this part of the Blue Ridge year round. Coupled with the crisp, clean mountain air, you have the perfect combination for enjoying the outdoor features of the York House Inn.

Situated on an expanse of beautiful wooded valley, the inn offers beautiful views of farmland against a backdrop of mountain ranges best enjoyed from the comfort of an inviting front porch rocker and even better views can be experienced from the wraparound veranda on the upper level. We encourage you to take a walk through the Hemlock forests surrounding the grounds and enjoy the marked walking trails. The pre-Civil War springhouse on the property adds a touch of history that multiples the charm of the York House Inn, representative of the popular Rabun Resort Era of the early twentieth century.
We still find ourselves amazed at the local beauty of the area and the wide variety of things to do and see in these foothills of Southern Appalachia. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, you don’t have to travel far to enjoy hiking and fishing at nearby Black Rock Mountain State Park and Tallulah Gorge.

The York House Inn is conveniently located less than a mile from Hwy 441 North, which gives our guests access to many options for a variety of activities. The famous Foxfire Museum, featuring stories and representation of enduring mountain culture is located in Mountain City, minutes away from Black Rock State Park. If you enjoy horseback riding, you can schedule an afternoon of horseback riding at nearby Dillard Stables or, say you are adventurous? Be sure to zip line through our beautiful mountain canopies at Highlands Aerial Park, located just ten miles from the inn.

Photo courtesy of Cherie Faircloth
If art or shopping is your thing, nearby Clayton, Dillard and famous Highlands, NC will provide you with hours of antiquing, combing through specialty shops and art galleries displaying some of the finest work from local artisans. If your interests include folk art, pottery, hand crafted clothing or unique home décor, the chances are high that you’ll find your treasure in one of our nearby towns. For easy day trips, we are located an hour away from Harrah’s Casino on the Cherokee reservation in Cherokee, NC and beautiful, diverse Asheville, NC is less than two hours east of the York House Inn.

Award winning wines have become a North Georgia Mountain treasure, featuring four vineyards and wine tasting rooms within thirty five miles of the York House Inn and over thirty wineries throughout the span of the North Georgia Mountain Blue Ridge region. Within easy driving distance of the York House Inn, you’ll also satisfy your culinary curiosity for authentic Southern cooking, barbeque, outstanding Mexican or true gourmet fare at a number of casual and fine dining establishments that we’ll be happy to recommend.

Christine and I hope you will make your plans now to enjoy the beautiful North Georgia Mountains with us soon. The York House Inn and all that we have to offer within easy driving distance is yours to enjoy year round. Visit our website at for a complete look at the York House Inn’s history, amenities and special packages and booking information. Keep up with us year round on the York House Inn’s Facebook page and Blogspot.

We look forward to making your visit at Georgia’s oldest bed and breakfast a pleasure that you’ll want to repeat time and again. Call now for our rates and availability.

Stan and Christine Penton
The York House Inn
416 York House Road
Rabun Gap, Georgia 30568