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Simplicity and charm in Ellijay vacation home rentals

With its scenic location in the North Georgia mountains and a rich, year-round social calendar, the town of Ellijay, Georgia, has a lot to celebrate. Travelers have been using Ellijay vacation rentals as a base for their hiking and water-sports adventures for decades, while the presence of picturesque vineyards has made it a beloved pastoral retreat. The town’s festival scene, however, is what makes it truly unique—the Georgia Apple Festival and the Georgia Apple Blossom Festival attract visitors from throughout the state and further afield for 2 weeks of fun under the southern sun.

Things to do

Attractions near Ellijay vacation rentals

Ellijay is home to the state’s largest rescue, rehab, and release facility, the Wildlife Sanctuary. Treat your little ones to a guided tour, which can be booked in advance on the sanctuary’s website, and You'll spend hours marveling at everything from panthers, cougars, and black bears to squirrels, reptiles, and birds of prey. The center also operates educational programs for all ages on indigenous wildlife and their importance to the Georgia ecosystem. A full schedule of special events can be found online and is well worth checking out before you visit.


What to do near Ellijay vacation homes

The Georgia Apple Festival takes place for 2 weeks every October and brings over 300 vendors together in this idyllic hamlet. They sell an assortment of unique, hand-crafted goods that you won't find anywhere else, so shopaholics will be in their element. Gearheads can head to the yearly antique car show held at the local Civic Center, while the annual parade is perfect for families. Demand for Ellijay vacation rentals peaks during this period, so book early to avoid disappointment. Even if you stay a little outside town, a handy shuttle service can whisk you to the main event in a flash.

Outdoor activities

Outdoor activities near Ellijay vacation homes

Ellijay is a scenic area that sits at the confluence of the Ellijay and Cartecay rivers, forming the Coosawattee River and making an ideal playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Hiking, biking, climbing, horseback riding, fishing, boating, and canoeing are all popular outdoor activities for residents and visitors alike, and its distinctive seasons bring beautiful foliage and new outdoor excursions. Whatever your inclination, you'll find an array of fun adventures just outside your vacation rental in Ellijay.

Day trips

Day trips from Ellijay vacation rentals

Ellijay serves as a great base camp to explore the attractions of Blue Ridge. Vacation homes are just a short distance from places like the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, a restored train that offers themed rides on a heritage railway, and Lake Blue Ridge, a large lake with swimming areas, campsites, and a marina. You could also visit Blue Ridge Adventure Park, a facility with aerial obstacle courses like rope bridges and zip lines, and Tank Town USA, an outdoor venue with tank, excavator, and bulldozer driving lessons.


Climate for your stay in Ellijay vacation homes

The balmy Georgia summer sends demand for Ellijay vacation rentals skyrocketing. Temperatures average in the low to mid-70s during these months, making it an ideal time for hiking, cycling, and horseback riding in the surrounding mountains. Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year, while temperature variations from day to night are moderate. That means that romantic moonlit strolls are just as easy as trekking the trails under the sun. The winter months are colder, with averages in the high 30s and low 40s, but they're also the best time to secure cheap Ellijay vacation rentals—so bundling up could pay dividends.

Natural features

Ellijay by foot

Straddling Georgia and Tennessee, the Cohutta Wilderness Area is the largest of its kind east of the Mississippi. Here, hikers, outdoorsmen, and nature enthusiasts will find 13 trails covering over 87 miles of southern wilderness. You’ll discover mountain ridges, breathtaking waterfalls, and coursing rivers as you explore the stunning beauty of the region, while fragrant flora shows off the region’s flower power to top effect. These paths are often empty in spring and fall, so trailblazers may want to consider an Ellijay vacation rental during this off-season period for added peace and relaxation.

Where to stay around Ellijay?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,516 vacation rentals near Ellijay. From 1,101 Cabins to 351 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Ellijay for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Ellijay?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Ellijay:

  • Walnut Mountain: 84 vacation rentals
  • Eagle Mountain: 21 vacation rentals
  • Rivers Edge: 19 vacation rentals
  • Cashes Valley: 35 vacation rentals
  • Foxfire Estates: 72 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Ellijay?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Ellijay. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Cohutta Overlook: 1,006 vacation rentals
  • Tabor House & Civil War Museum: 1,303 vacation rentals
  • Gilmer County Fairgrounds: 1,295 vacation rentals
  • Ellijay Marketplace: 1,325 vacation rentals
  • Cartecay Vineyards: 1,217 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Ellijay listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Ellijay?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,101 Cabins in Ellijay. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Ellijay include:

  • Houses: 351 rentals available
  • Cottages: 1,101 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 1,101 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Lodges and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Ellijay?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 513 vacation rentals with pool available in Ellijay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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