Set against the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, the small town of Ellijay, Georgia is known as the Apple Capital of Georgia. But for Memorial Day Weekend, we weren’t here for any apple picking; we visited Ellijay with a group of friends for a relaxing cabin getaway in the mountains.
Our cabin, the Blue Garnet, was located in the Coosawattee River Resort area, which is a gated community of cabins and campsites that mostly seem like their for vacation rentals rather than actual living. The cabin we were staying in was way up the mountain and with all the winding and gravel roads, it took about 15-20 minutes to get from the front gate to the cabin, so once you’re in, you don’t really want to go back out. This was fine for our purposes; we were really just there to cabin and not much else.
Like all good cabins should be, this cabin was decorated with lots of bear and moose stuff, from the pictures on the walls to the pillows to the rugs. I instantly felt right at home.
We rented this cabin because it had plenty of rooms for our group of 8 and it had a hot tub. We were able to sprawl out, play games, cook dinner, hang out on the porch swing, and bond without feeling like we were constantly on top of each other.
The one major downside was that the AC in the cabin couldn’t be turned lower than 77 degrees or the unit would freeze. With temperatures being in the 90s all weekend, this made being inside the cabin sweltering, and there’s just no way to cool down. We ended up using the hot tub more as a pool because being in the 85 degree water was cooler than being inside.
On the drive up the mountain, we passed so many deer. They were wandering all throughout the yards and standing on the side of the road and leisurely crossing the roads. We even saw a bunch of deer at our own cabin while we were chilling out in the hot tub. (Unfortunately, we did not see any bears like during our cabin weekend in Helen.)
Things to Do in Ellijay
We did get out of the cabin for one day to explore Ellijay.
We had originally planned on doing some wine tastings since North Georgia is wine country. There are 4 wineries that are actually in Ellijay: Cartecay Vineyards, Ellijay River Vineyards, Engelheim Vineyards, and Ott Farms and Vineyard, and there are plenty more close by. We ended up not doing any wine tours, but we did sample some Cartecay wines at Mountain Treasures on the square; they make boozy slushies with wine that are phenomenal.
Tubing is also popular in Ellijay, but we decided against doing this because alcohol is not permitted on the river. We really wanted a boozy weekend, so that didn’t fit in with our plans. There are a few companies that will take you tubing, though, like the Coosawatee River Tubing Co. located in the Coosawatee River Resort and the Cartecay River Experience. We have all the gear from shooting the ‘Hooch, so we would have rather done it on our own anyway.
Downtown Ellijay is great for some antique shopping. There are about 6 antique shops just in the downtown area, and we hit nearly all of them. A lot of the stuff is mountain-themed, like all the moose and bear stuff we found in our cabin, but like all antique stores there’s a variety of treasures.
There were also two May events in Ellijay that we just missed: the Georgia Apple Blossom Festival when you get to see the apple orchards change color with blooms; and the Taste of Ellijay held the Thursday before Memorial Day where you can sample some local restaurant cuisine.
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