And Then the Sun Came Out

10 Jan

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis


We certainly didn’t have a white Christmas or New Years in Western North Carolina. The only white we experienced was fog and clouds.



We enjoy clouds and mist but after a while, it does become monotonous. We awoke on Saturday to a brilliant sun. We were supposed to be returning to Florida for the winter that morning, but an unexpected medical test required a day’s rest for my husband before we could travel.  Rebekah and I decided to take advantage of the day of sunshine to explore 12 Spies Vineyard in Rabun Gap, Georgia.

The vineyard had been on my wish list to explore with Rebekah for quite a while and I was intrigued by this excerpt from their website. From our home, sunsets are blocked by the mountains and I really miss them.

12 Spies Vineyards is tucked between the North East Mountains to the west and the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest to the east. The sunsets are spectacular and views from the vineyard are stunning. There are many gardens filled with gourds, pumpkins, flowers and vegetables scattered around the 9 acre property. Bring your camera and enjoy a glass of wine from the covered deck or take a relaxing walk.

After making sure my husband was ok and promising to not do any lifting, Rebekah and I set out on the 30 minute drive to Rabun Gap. We spotted a sign directing us to turn off highway 441 and the adventure began! The next sign we saw pointed us to turn onto a “less traveled” road and I was a bit leery. Mountains roads have a tendency to wander and one can end up in odd places. Fortunately, this road ended up in the right place.

I wish I had taken a picture of the tasting room. What was the point of a new camera for Christmas, if I forget to use it?  The tasting room is small with a cozy ambiance. Our host was a lovely woman who reminded Rebekah and I of one of the actresses on the television show, Cedar Cove. She explained their wines and was patient as we made our tasting choices. I love the idea of drinking wine, but my body doesn’t. When I explained that I wouldn’t be able to handle tasting, she offered me mini pours. I decided to purchase a bottle of 2016 Lordy Mercy Sweet White to give as a thank you gift to a friend. After several pours, Rebekah chose, I think, 2017 Holy Moses Sweet Red. The tasting room has a patio with inviting views. We decided to enjoy the sunshine, me with water and Rebekah with wine.


The winery doesn’t prepare food, but it does offer packaged foods and after a while in the outdoors, we decided to have a snack of cheese and crackers. I went inside to order and I was disappointed to learn they were out of the cheese trays. They did have hummus so I ordered that for Rebekah. The host asked if I wanted hummus as well and I explained that I only eat low carb. She set about pulling together items that I could eat and I had two cheese slices and some cucumbers at no charge. I sure did appreciate her extra efforts.

I like the rustic table set and the casual feel of the patio. Some afternoons and evenings they offer live music.


In the distance I could see cows grazing against the backdrop of the beautiful hills. ( I have a “thing” for cows) I can imagine how beautiful the scenery will be in the spring and summer and fall. And I plan to return with a picnic to enjoy sunset.



If you are driving through North East Georgia, choosing the less traveled road to the winery would be a pleasant diversion. I can’t compliment the owners enough for the friendly hospitality. Call ahead for hours or check their website.

12 Spies Vineyard

550 Black Branch Road
Rabun Gap, GA 30568




I'm a winnerAfter my retirement, I decided to re-learn the canning and preserving skills I learned from my mother but hadn’t practiced for twenty years. I titled the blog Old Things R New to chronicle my experience.  Since then I have been blessed to have six other bloggers join me, DiVoran Lites, Bill Lites,  Judy Wills, Louise Gibson, Janet Perez Eckles and Melody Hendrix

In addition to blogging, I work as the publicist/marketer/ amateur editor and general  “mom Friday” for my author daughter, Rebekah Lyn. I also manage her website, Rebekah Lyn Books  where we frequently host the best in up and coming authors.

5 Responses to “And Then the Sun Came Out”

  1. fuonlyknew January 10, 2019 at 8:37 pm #

    Thanks so much for sharing the wonderful photos.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Rebekah Lyn January 10, 2019 at 6:30 pm #

    It was a wonderfully relaxing outing. I enjoyed the Holy Moses Sweet Red in the tasting and the glass of Creation Catawba. Looking forward to another visit on my next trip.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. chickenlittlecocoa January 10, 2019 at 2:24 pm #

    That barrel table is awesome! Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Onisha Ellis January 11, 2019 at 2:27 pm #

      I think it is too. During warm months they have pizza days and the have a pizza oven on the patio near the barrel table. Thanks for stopping by.


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