WINTER WONDERLAND: TOP 10 COLD WEATHER TO-DOS IN ELLIJAY

When Jack Frost comes nipping at your nose, make plans to bundle up in beautiful Ellijay, Georgia, where both forests and fireplaces beckon, about 80 miles north of Atlanta and 65 miles from Chattanooga, Tennessee.

WINTER WONDERLAND: TOP 10 COLD WEATHER TO-DOS IN ELLIJAY
Photo courtesy: Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce

SNUGGLE UP IN A CABIN

Ellijay offers an array of affordable rentals for couples or families of any size. Try sleeping in a vintage Airstream or geodesic dome at Elatse’ Yi.

Whether you’re looking for a night under the stars at one of the area’s many campsites, a hotel room or a charming bed and breakfast, Ellijay can accommodate every overnight need.

VISIT GEORGIA’S CUTEST COFFEE SHOP

The Ellijay Coffeehouse is as warm and friendly as it is inviting. Start the day right and curl up on the couch with an Appalachian Sunrise sandwich and fresh-roasted espresso.

Afterwards, head to In the Woods where you can take pottery lessons.

ENJOY THE WINTER VIEW

Gilmer County and its surroundings are home to 11 mountain hiking trails, 59 mountain bike trails, several impressive waterfalls and some of the best trout waters in the Southeast.

The best mountain views are experienced in the wintertime, when the leaves are off the trees. This time of year, take in all of the scenery when you hike the Bear Creek Trail or climb the path to Amicalola Falls.

COZY UP WITH A GLASS IN A TOASTY TASTING ROOM

Whether you’ve been dying to try Chateau MeichtryCartecay Vineyards or Engelheim Vineyards, you can enjoy a sparkling white or rich red while you warm up in any of these vineyards’ tasting rooms.

DAYTIME DATE: 6 Ellijay Winery Options

These vineyards rest in the beautiful foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, which provide the ideal location for growing quality wine grapes. Each winery is set in the picturesque countryside, surrounded by orchards of all varieties, making it impossible to just visit one.

GRAB YOUR KAYAK FOR THE CHILI RUN

Note: No word yet on if this is happening in 2021.

Pack a wetsuit and work up an appetite on Ellijay’s annual Chili Run, hosted by Cartecay River Experience, a unique way to ring in the New Year on the Cartecay River.

FEED THE SOUL WITH CANTABERRY RESTAURANT’S FAMOUS TOMATO BISQUE

There’s nothing like fresh soup on a cold day, and Cantaberry’s tomato bisque is legendary in these parts. Make sure to snag a cup or a bowl before you leave town.

SHOP SMALL WITH GEORGIA-MADE WARES

Find pickled products, candles, textiles, soaps and more at New Ground Market or try Green Willow Soap for handmade, all-natural beauty items.

Pick up unique gifts for everyone on your list at downtown Ellijay’s myriad locally-owned businesses.

STAY WARM ALL WINTER WITH FRESH APPLE CIDER

Ellijay is home to heirloom apple orchards and produces some of the world’s best cider. Purchase by the gallon to satisfy cravings throughout the new year.

GET A BRISK START ON THE NEW YEAR

Note: No word yet on if this is happening in 2021.

Each year, Fort Mountain State Park hosts their annual Black Bear Plunge, where bathers dash into the icy water of the park’s lake to provide a refreshing beginning to the upcoming year.

CATCH A PERFORMANCE

Catch a performance at the George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse. The mission of Gilmer Arts is to promote all forms of the arts and to preserve and display the Heritage of Gilmer County and the North Georgia Mountains. They have awesome performances throughout the year.

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