After the wintertime chill passes, the mountain town of Ellijay, Georgia wakes up from its Winter slumber with an energy all its own. Located in the Southern Appalachians, Ellijay is a prime location for anyone looking to hit the “reset” button.

Known as Georgia’s Mountain Biking Capital, Ellijay is home to endless mountain trails perfect for bikers and hikers of all skill levels. If you’re looking for a relaxing family hike, don’t miss Tumbling Waters Trail. This relaxing hike features a relaxing waterfall, a gradual incline, and a bridge over the inlet that is the perfect place to snap a photo. 

Looking for more adventures on the water? With three rivers winding their way in and out of the area, Ellijay offers countless ways to have fun. From boating to paddle boarding to kayaking and tubing, there is a way for everyone in your crew to have a splashing good time. For avid fly fishers and those with high angling aspirations, consider booking a guided fishing trip with a company like Reel ‘em In Guide Services. Their personable team of guides will take you to some of the best fishing spots in the area.

Wagging Tails Farm

If you’re looking to experience a new kind of sanctuary, consider booking a stay at Wagging Tails Farm. This unique farm stay offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to get plugged into as much or as little of the farm life as you want. With chickens, goats, bunnies, and more all on site, this location is the perfect place for families with young ones to relax. 

For those seeking an even more secluded escape, Gingershack Farms’ gorgeous selection of cabins just beside a running creek. Imagine roasting marshmallows over a firepit or rocking on the porch of your cabin while watching free range chickens roam the property. The Gingershack Farms team has perfectly designed their property to help you reset and recharge.

When you’re ready to venture back into the world after relaxing at your lodging don’t miss the awesome agricultural offerings in Ellijay. Check out an apple orchard like R&A Orchards for farm-fresh berries, summertime produce, baked goods, and more. Visit later in the summer season to enjoy new family experiences like flower picking at R&A Orchards

Another great way to experience Ellijay’s agricultural heritage is by sampling local wine at an area vineyard. The lush, verdant summer vines are the perfect place to relax and unwind. The boutique feel at Grapes & Ladders Vineyard, one of the area’s newest vineyards, offers gorgeous views of the North Georgia Mountains in a luxurious, quiet setting.

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No trip to Ellijay is complete without browsing the shops and restaurants in Downtown Ellijay. The historic square has experienced a revival and is brimming with new life. Classic dining and shopping favorites like Cantaberry (known for their famous chicken and wild rice soup) and The Loving Bull (a downtown womenswear staple for over a decade) are complimented well by newcomers like The Shack of Ellijay who serve up delicious Asian fusion dishes and I Luv Linens & Pearls who stock fashion staples for “Hip Hens and Classy Chicks alike.” Imbali Wellness Spa rounds out downtown Ellijay’s relaxation options with their wide range of day spa services. 

If you’re looking for a warm weather reset that will leave you with a fresher perspective on life, there’s no place like Ellijay, Georgia.