Explore Georgia travel in Ellijay © OUTLIVE CREATIVE
Where else but Ellijay, GA, can you find the best of both worlds—a charming, small-town way of life and a variety of food and drink choices that rival big cities?
Located between Atlanta, GA, and Chattanooga, TN, Ellijay boasts an abundance of outdoor adventures for every skill level. Still, nature’s thrills are just part of what makes this town magical. Between health-conscious self-care rituals, sustainability-focused lodging opportunities, and wellness-focused food and drink options, there’s no better destination for an all-natural vacation.
Self Care Starts Here
Vacations are a chance for adventure, but the sense of retreat one finds on holiday away is equally important. In Ellijay, there are so many ways to indulge in health-conscious self-care. Wellness begins within, so foods that fuel us are key to feeling our best. In downtown Ellijay, there are a variety of wellness-focused food and drink options, like The Shack of Ellijay, known for its mouthwatering Asian-fusion cuisine, and Zen & Juice for fresh cold-pressed juices and artfully prepared sandwiches. Of course, no trip to Ellijay would be complete without a trip to our local wine industry—find vineyards, wineries and tasting rooms across the area, all complete with incredible wines that give you a taste of Ellijay.
Take Your Pick
Ellijay is perhaps best known as Georgia’s Apple Capital, and apples are indeed abundant in this idyllic town. Even after apple season has come and gone, Ellijay’s R&A Orchards continue to offer apple delights, like jams, jellies, ciders, and much more. If your Ellijay apple craving hits in the early winter, R&A Orchards can even ship you locally grown apples.
After picking out some sweet apple treats, head to Mountain Valley Farm Store, one of the many places to shop for locally harvested food. Located in beautiful Clear Creek, this family-owned business offers delicious homegrown foods ranging from meat to vegetables so that you can take your pick of the freshest goods.
If you want a breath of fresh air for the weekend, be sure to bundle up and head outdoors. Ellijay has hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails in the beautiful north Georgia mountains.
True to its nickname as the Mountain Bike Capital of Georgia, Ellijay is home to incredible mountain biking trails fit for every experience level, from newbies to biking enthusiasts.
Find a like-minded community with the top trail recommendations at Cartecay Bike Shop, known for its mountain bike classes, top-of-the-line biking attire, and exciting Saturday Social Ride.
The adventure continues in unique and sustainably focused lodging options, from small log cabins deep within the mountains for a warm and cozy aesthetic to quaint in-town cottages close to the stores and restaurants. For a stay like no other, you’ll want to head to Wagging Tails Farm, where you’ll enjoy a farm atmosphere complete with friendly farm animals and an eco-friendly garden. Or head to Gingershack Farms, a cabin villa rental and homestead where peace is paramount and small-town charm abounds.
Visit pickellijay.com to book your all-natural adventure today.
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