Ellijay, GA, USA

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Ellijay, GA, USA

Ellijay vacation rentals

Country living in Ellijay

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.

Ellijay—the apple of Georgia’s eye

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.

Wild out for Ellijay

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.

Peachy weather in Ellijay

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 lower rates for Ellijay vacation rentals—so bundling up could pay dividends.

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.