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Shady River Retreat -- Your Riverside Paradise!

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,085 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Sleeps 11; 3 queen beds, 2 sets twin bunks sleep 4, + 1 addn. twin

Reconnect as you enjoy a simpler pace of life at this secluded waterfront destination located within the Coosawattee River Resort!

Listen to the river's 'concert', gather around the cozy fireplace, sink into Adirondack chairs at the riverside fire ring, or relax in the hot tub. Experience nature's serenity while fly fishing, tubing, playing pool, or losing yourself in a book. This log cabin, with its charming mountain décor and comfortable furnishings, is the perfect escape from your daily routine. Feel worlds away from it all with Chattanooga and Atlanta only a short trip away.

The set up of our cabin is ideal for 1 or 2 couples traveling with children, teens, or young adults. It also works great for a long weekend getaway with the guys or girls. We would be honored to help you plan your trip. Ask us for suggestions!

More Details

Jennifer Elwood
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About Jennifer Elwood

Our family consists of two Atlanta area professionals with three children who keep us very busy. One of our favorite things to do is plan family vacations. One thing we know to be true in raising children is that the days are long and the years are short. We are doing our best to fully enjoy this season!

Jennifer Elwood purchased this cabin in 2007

Why Jennifer Elwood chose Ellijay

The North Georgia mountains offers our family the respite we need to recharge. Our riverfront property is ideally suited for both relaxation and recreation. We enjoy spending time at Shady River Retreat and venturing out to Blue Ridge for shopping and entertainment.

What makes this cabin unique

You will love the swing on the over sized screened in porch and the wide river frontage. The fire pit is a great place for yummy smores and evening chats!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just a short note to let you know we really enjoyed our vacation at the cabin. The Smores were a nice surprise especially since my granddaughter asked me on the way there if I remembered to bring marshmallows. The water was a very nice surprise. Your pictures do not show how beautiful it really is.

Guest Feedback Entered by Homeowner
Oct 2009
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Ellijay Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2085 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • River
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , tub , jetted tub
    Main Level - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Basement Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Master Bedroom in Loft - 2 queen
    Bunkroom - 5 twin/ single , 2 sets of twin bunk beds + 1 additional standalone twin
    Main Level Master Bedroom--Opens to Porch - 1 queen , Double doors open to screened in porch
  • 3 bedroom, 3 bath 3 queen beds, 1 futon in loft area, 1 twin bed in basement
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Gated Community
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Wood Deck
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Indoor Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Wireless internet


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Shady River Retreat -- Your Riverside Paradise!
average rating of 4.878788 based on 85 reviews

So much more than a retreat!

  • 5 of 5

Shady River is so much more than a Retreat - we truly felt like we were in a small slice of mountain paradise. We have travelled quite a bit all over the world with our 3 daughters and the Elwood's cabin was the perfect getaway barely more than an hour from our TN home. We had everything we needed in a clean and well-appointed cabin - lots of space in the bedrooms for everyone to spread out, excellent layout of the den/dining room/open kitchen which connects to the huge screened-in porch where we had all of our meals together at the picnic table. The pool table downstairs was a huge hit!

The property is set on a private road so traffic is minimal and neighbors are very friendly. We roasted marshmallows for smores around the firepit each night and lazed about in the Adirondack chairs while the kids played around the riverbank. We brought our Enoo hammocks and were able to set up two between two trees to continue our relaxing weekend. The owners have provided a bunch of tubes for water play, and we walked a ways up the river and put in alongside an open stretch of road for a "long enough" tube ride that was both over calm and small rapids which deposited us right in front of the house.

The photos really are not able to encompass the breadth of what the property has to offer... in addition to a nice soak in the covered hot tub. The hot tub was on and music was playing for us as we arrived - that was a nice touch for kickstarting the weekend! We saw tons of deer and although my husband didn't catch any fish (don't forget to get your GA fishing license), he more enjoyed the peacefulness of the process. Perfect weekend, thanks for your hospitality!

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the kind review! We also feel it is a small slice of paradise and while it's not far at all from two major cities--Chattanooga and Atlanta, it feels worlds away. Glad you enjoyed some family time together and hope to host you all in the future.--The Elwood Family
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Perfect Cabin by the water

  • 5 of 5

We had a blast. It rain quite a bit but the screened in porch was a perfect spot to hang out an look at the river. Had everything we need. Would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful location and property

  • 5 of 5

We had a very enjoyable trip and plan on returning soon.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic weekend for our girls!

  • 5 of 5

Our middle school small group had a great weekend together! Night one was great for a pot of chili and lots of giggles. The addition of the basement bunk room was perfect for the girls to play board games well into the night. On Saturday, we took a short walk along the breathtaking riverside and ventured to Fort Mountain State Park for a nice hike to the scenic overlook. Afterwards, we spent over 3 hours at the Ellijay Coffee shop for lunch, coffee, and Apples to Apples! Once back at the cabin, we settled in for movies and popcorn and all agreed the weekend would be over much sooner than we would have liked. Great time together creating memories with a fun group of girls!

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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October 2017

  • 5 of 5

Great place, we loved the house especially the big porch. It rained one day but we were happy on the porch and the kids never felt shut in. Beautiful place would recommend to everyone except maybe people who have trouble with stairs. Thanks for sharing your home we hope to go back next year.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seabrook Island, SC

Resting and Relaxing on the River

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic week at This wonderful river retreat! There’s so much to do, I wish we could stay another week or two so we could see more of it. The Nearby Apple festival was great for getting the family in the mood for fall. We enjoyed one day on Lake Carter where we rented a pontoon boat. The views were wonderful. It took a full day to see all the unique shops downtown. Highly recommend Lee’s for lunch. We also enjoyed a day at the Casino which was about 45 minutes away. The cabin was very clean and well-stocked. The views of the river are breathtaking! A+. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the lovely review. Carter's Lake sounds like a day well spent in Ellijay! Also, haven't had a chance to try Lee's but will have to check that out next time we're up. Hope you had a great trip home. Until next time!
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Swan Drive In Theatre
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Mercier Orchards
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Huck's General Store
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Rolling Thunder River Company Ocoee River Rafting Center
For those with tweens and teens
The Blue Ridge Canopy Adventure
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
Special rides with Santa at Christmas
Blue Ridge Brewery
Live music
Harvest on Main
Haven't been there myself so can't provide a fully informed rating here.
Coosawattee River Tubing Company
Good potato salad
Amicalola Falls
Great for hiking and for enjoying with all ages!
Gibbs Gardens
Blue Ridge
Several art galleries featuring local artists.
Tellus Science Museum
Fantastic Science museum without the crowds, perfect for families.
Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery Restaurant
The only reason I give this 4 stars is that I haven't been here. If you've been to the Cali...
Charlie's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria
North Georgia Premium Outlets
Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Hartsfield-Jackson Airport/ Atlanta
Car: recommended

Ellijay, Georgia is a quaint town with several antique shops and restaurants. Outdoor activities abound--including hiking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, taking a ride on the scenic railway, fishing and tubing. Carter's Lake is just a few miles away for water skiing, wake boarding, and fishing. With so many activities in Coosawattee River Resort, you probably will not want to leave!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning $150 + Tax
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Check in 4 pm and check out of 10 am

$150 Cleaning Fee
$50 Pet fee per pet--only with prior owner approval

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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