Weekend Inspiration: Ellijay, Georgia - United Hub

Weekend inspiration: Ellijay, Georgia

By Kelsey + Courtney Montague

Only a few hours from Atlanta we found a calm and sweet retreat at the start of the Appalachian Trail. Most folks know about the mountain escapes in Blue Ridge, but not many know about the nearby town of Ellijay.

We recommend renting a cabin for a weekend getaway. Blue Sky Cabin Rentals have some stunning cabins on lakes and in the mountains with wilderness views galore.

Here are our favorite things to do while in Ellijay for the weekend.

Friday

Pizza at Ellijay Wood Fired Pizzas

When you arrive on Friday evening, stop by Ellijay Wood Fired Pizza for some delicious thin crust pizza with creative toppings. Afterward, head around the corner for build your own frozen yogurt at Abby's Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt.

Saturday

On Saturday morning, stop by the cozy Ellijay Coffeehouse for a cup of coffee and their egg and apricot panini. Everything is homemade and high-quality.

After a hearty breakfast, check out one of the stunning hikes around the area. This town marks the beginning of the Appalachian Trail, so if you'd like to experience some of it, drive to the beginning of the Long Creek Falls Trail. This gorgeous walk will take you through the Three Folks Valley and to the Falls, giving you a taste of the Appalachian Trail.

After hiking, pack a picnic lunch and head to one of the wonderful wineries in the area. We recommend starting at Fainting Goat and then heading to Chateau Meichtry Family Vineyard and Winery, Ott Farms and Vineyards, Engelman Vineyards and Cartecay Vineyards. If you only have time for a single stop, our favorite was the stunningly beautiful Chateau Meichtry Family Vineyard.

Pro tip: Each year, in the month of March, the Winegrowers Association of Georgia organizes a winery tour passport that you can purchase for $50 to experience a tasting at all of the vineyards in the area.

Once you've enjoyed a few tastings, we recommend ending your evening at Chester Brunnenmeyer's Bar & Grill in Blue Ridge for dinner. Their steak is creatively plated and delicious.

Sunday

After all the hiking and wine tasting festivities from the day before, there's nothing better than a lazy Sunday morning. If you're looking for a good traditional Southern breakfast, look no further than the CornerStone Café. Their biscuits are everything a Southern biscuit should be — slightly salty, very fluffy and infinitely satisfying.

After breakfast, grab your tennis shoes and wander through the incredible antique malls that are scattered throughout this charming Georgia town. We found shabby chic treasures, fine Victorian dishware and antique hutches galore.

Antique shop

Stop by the Cantaberry Café for traditional American staples, like their fantastic egg and chicken salad sandwiches. Then, see if Cartacay Winery is open across the street in case you missed getting a bottle of wine there the day before. We grabbed a few bottles of their chardonnay for our Mom.

After lunch, devote some serious time to exploring Ellijay's home décor shop, Artful Ellijay. The outside features a large balloon mural by Kelsey (commissioned by Artful Ellijay) and the inside features an impressive assortment of sophisticated, silly and carefree items your house probably needs. We were obsessed with Kim Daniel's whimsical and joyful paintings of farm animals, the wood trolls hidden in crevices around the shop and their impressive display of children's gifts.

Once you're done shopping, head across the street to River Street Tavern for dinner. The Reubens are worth the calories.

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