Located just 80 miles north of Atlanta and 65 miles from Chattanooga, Tennessee, Ellijay, Georgia, and surrounding Gilmer County combine the best of the North Georgia mountains. Outdoor adventure, spectacular lodging options, farm to table dining, bountiful orchards and vineyards, spas and small-town charm all await in Ellijay, making it the ideal destination for a Girls Getaway.

Here are a few ideas to inspire an exciting North Georgia mountain getaway the girls won’t soon forget.  

PHOTO COURTESY: Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce


Ellijay is home to a plethora of cabin rental companies varying in style and budget from luxury to rugged. Blue Sky Cabin Rentals specializes in moderate to luxury cabins while Sliding Rock Cabins offers beautiful pet-friendly accommodations making traveling with pets easier than ever.

Wine lovers can stay at a family-owned winery and vineyard in the Villas at Chateau Meichtry, exquisitely-decorated, two-bedroom villas with large luxurious spa-style bathrooms, indoor and outdoor fireplaces and kitchens equipped for cooking and dining. Each stay includes complimentary wine tastings for up to four people, two bottles of Chateau Meichtry’s award-winning wines and a golf cart for taking in the rolling hills and breathtaking scenery of the vineyard grounds.

Looking for a mountain style bed and breakfast? Here are three that are more lodge-like than traditional:

Ellijay River House is conveniently located downtown in a historic 1915 Craftsman home amid a magical riverside setting. Each beautifully decorated room features a private bath. Enjoy a scrumptious Southern breakfast on the expansive veranda, Magnolia Deck or on one of two riverside decks.

Legacy BnB is a relaxing mountain escape with on-property trails at the edge of the Chattahoochee National Forest. Owned by a U.S Navy Retiree and licensed massage therapist, the spa-like setting is appointed with magnificent items collected from overseas excursions. Guests enjoy unique furnishings that create an environment surrounded by nature. Schedule an appointment for reflexology, deep tissue massage and other services.

Mountain Oasis Cabin Rentals offers stunning scenery amid North Georgia’s gentle peaks and rushing waters, creating a natural paradise for guests. With cabins located in the picturesque towns of Blue Ridge and Ellijay. many properties include beautiful mountain and water front views. Guests enjoy well-appointed cabins and outstanding customer service that keep them returning year after year. Traveling with pets? Many properties are pet friendly, some without extra fees!

The Overlook Inn is a quiet retreat atop Fort Mountain halfway between Ellijay and Chatsworth and just two miles from Fort Mountain State Park. Guests come from near and far to experience the awe-inspiring views of the Chattahoochee National Forest, wildlife sightings, three-course breakfasts, homemade treats, weekend wine and cheese hour and dessert by candlelight every Saturday evening.


Awaken the senses with a therapeutic massage or reflexology treatment at Heaven Sent Massage of Ellijay, or enter a new realm of relaxation with facials and hot stone massages at Imabali Wellness. Don’t want to leave your cozy digs? Don’t stress, both spas make cabin calls.

For those looking to practice a more active method of self-care, Yoga Over Blue Ridge located in downtown Ellijay is just the spot. Offering private sessions and yoga parties in addition to regular classes, there’s a class to accommodate every type of yogi. Check out one of two north Georgia mountain locations or bring the yoga to you. Classes can be reserved online or through the Schedule Bliss app.


The North Georgia mountains are known for outstanding wineries, many of which call Ellijay home. With several wineries to choose from, there’s certainly no shortage of tasting opportunities. Here’s a sampling of the stellar wineries Ellijay has to offer. 

Engelheim Vineyards features a must-see Bavarian style tasting room and award-winning wine. This “2018 Georgia Winery of the Year” has scored over 20 awards for their outstanding line up of wines, including many double gold and silver medals from the largest competition of American wines.

Resting just outside of Ellijay, Cartecay Vineyards produces their wine with 100 percent of their very own grapes. In addition to sipping in the Tasting Barn, a refurbished barn circa 1890s, visitors can enjoy live music and local artists every weekend.

Grapes and Ladders recently opened a new tasting room last fall and features indoor and outdoor seating. This family owned and operated vineyard and winery offers a quaint and comfortable atmosphere that is also pet- and kid-friendly.

Travel in style and leave the driving to the experts while hopping between wineries and tasting rooms. Visitors can experience Ellijay’s wine scene to the fullest with the help of local winery transportation companies. Most services include door-to-door service, private tours and group accommodations, making it easy for wine lovers to tour safely and with ease. 


Ellijay’s emerging food scene has something to entice everyone’s tastebuds. With a multitude of dining options to choose from, visitors can indulge in some of the freshest farm-to-table cuisine the area has to offer.

New to the dining scene is The Roof, a rooftop kitchen and bar featuring authentic Southern food, tasty craft cocktails and views to write home about. Diners can nosh on Southern-style culinary delights and take in the sprawling sights of the enchanting Blue Ridge Mountains. Situated in a historic building in beautiful downtown Ellijay, The Roof offers a seasonal menu highlighting a new spin on Southern classics. The Roof is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday through Saturday.


Connect with nature on the water! Spend the day on Carters Lake and take in the epic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains from a different perspective.

This unique lake is comprised of 65 miles of pristine, undeveloped shoreline surrounded by 3,200 acres of refreshing clear water. Rent a pontoon at Carters Lake Marina and Resort and cruise the afternoon away while soaking up sunshine and clean mountain air. A well-stocked ship’s store has drinks, snacks and everything needed for a great day on the water. Boat rentals are seasonal and must be reserved more than 24 hours in advance.

Feeling a little more adventurous? Try tubing or rafting on one of the many rivers in the area. Cartecay River Experience offers adventure and lazy river experiences suitable for all levels of adventurism, while Ellijay River Outfitters has all the gear needed for a fun-filled day on the river.

Interested in fishing? Ellijay River Outfitters also provides one of the best fishing spots in the area. Visitors will need a fishing license with trout stamp.


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