Spend a weekend—or longer—in one of our cozy Ellijay, GA vacation rentals, and you'll see why the beautiful North Georgia Mountains have captured the hearts of travelers for years. Home to a dozen apple orchards, and even the Georgia Apple Festival, the charming town of Ellijay is a welcome escape from the busyness of larger cities like Atlanta.
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Located in Gilmer County of Northern Georgia, this small town lies where the Ellijay and Cartecay Rivers join to create the Coosawattee River. In 2012, Ellijay received designation as an Appalachian Trail Community, a program that aims to promote and protect the great Appalachian Trail. Because of its location in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Ellijay is home to forests, rivers, and streams that create a photo-worthy backdrop to an Ellijay cabin.
When you think of Georgia, peaches may be the first thing that comes to mind. But Ellijay is the state’s apple capital, and even hosts the annual Georgia Apple Festival in early October. For two weekends, hundreds of vendors gather to offer live music and arts, crafts, and food centered on North Georgia culture. Each year, the festival boasts a parade and antique car show while locals and visitors celebrate the Apple Capital with apple pie and cake contests and even an Apple Queen Pageant. An Ellijay cabin rental makes the perfect home base for joining in the fun.
In nearby East Ellijay, the beginning of apple season culminates with the Georgia Apple Blossom Festival, when people come together to celebrate the beauty of apple blossoms in the spring. Dozens of regional vendors gather to sell food, arts, and crafts, so if you're going to be visiting this area around the beginning of May, be sure to stop by for a taste of apple country.
Ellijay is also considered to be the Mountain Biking Capital of Georgia because of its many miles of trails—some of the best in the southeast. Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Get-a-Way is certainly a unique mountain bike retreat. Situated in the Chattahoochee National Forest, Mulberry Gap offers guided single-day rides or multi-day tours. Mulberry Gap even provides shuttles to trailheads, and pets are more than welcome—so be sure to browse our pet-friendly cabins for rent in Ellijay.
Of course, trails for mountain biking translate to hiking trails, too. The Ellijay area is ideal for fishing, camping, and pretty much any outdoor activity that you enjoy. Be sure to book one of our cozy Ellijay cabin rentals with a hot tub for some relaxation and rejuvenation after a day spent outdoors.
If you and your family are searching for a change of scenery and pace, Atlanta is located only 79 miles from Ellijay. Featuring the Georgia Aquarium, High Museum of Art, and Turner Field, Atlanta is full of family-friendly attractions.
The peaceful town of Suwanee, GA is a little closer, at just 62 miles from Ellijay. Another small town that combines history and art, Suwanee is great for checking out wonderful Georgia parks and festivals. If you’re out hitting the trails, be sure to stop by the town of Blue Ridge, where you’ll find several locally owned breweries perfect for grabbing a hard-earned bite to eat and a pint of craft beer. For a taste of German culture, visit exciting Helen, GA during their annual Oktoberfest at the beginning of autumn.
Our Ellijay, GA cabin rentals allow you to experience this unforgettable area of Georgia the way you want to. If you're in search of Southern charm and gorgeous scenery, this town certainly won't let you down.