TOP TEN WINTER TO-DOs IN ELLIJAY, GEORGIA
When Jack Frost comes nipping at your nose, make plans to bundle up in beautiful Ellijay, Georgia, where both forests and fireplaces beckon.
SNUGGLE UP IN A CABIN BY THE FIRE OR IN A HOT TUB
Ellijay has an array of affordable rentals for couples or families of any size. Bring your warm socks and let us do the rest!
SIP YOUR FAVORITE LATTE AT GEORGIA'S CUTEST COFFEE SHOP
The Martyn House is home to Ellijay Coffeehouse, as warm and friendly as it is inviting. Curl up on the couch with an Appalachian Sunrise sandwich and fresh-roasted espresso and just breathe deep.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE WINTER VIEW
The best mountain views are experienced in the wintertime, when the leaves are off the trees. This time of year, you get the chance to take in all of the scenery when you hike the Bear Creek Trail or to see beautiful Amicalola Falls.
COZY UP WITH A GLASS IN A FIRELIT TASTING ROOM
Whether you’ve been dying to try Chateau Meichtry, Cartecay Vineyards or Engelheim, you can enjoy a sparkling white or rich red next to a stone fire in any of these vineyards’ tasting rooms.
GRAB YOUR KAYAK FOR THE ANNUAL CHILI RUN
Make sure you bring your wetsuit – you’ll work up an appetite on Ellijay’s annual Chili Run, when you ring in the new year on the Cartecay River.
WARM OUR TUMMY 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 AT NEW GROUND MARKET OR GREEN WILLOW SOAP
Holiday shopping requires care and consideration. Pick something special for your loved ones from local mountain makers and retailers.
STAY WARM ALL WINTER WITH SOME FRESH APPLE CIDER
Ellijay is home to heirloom apple orchards and produces some of the world’s best cider. Purchase by the gallon so you’ll have some through the new year!
GET A BRISK START ON THE NEW YEAR AT THE ANNUAL BLACK BEAR PLUNGE
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.
MAKE PLANS TO RETURN NEXT YEAR
Whether you prefer the fresh greenery of spring, the warm air of summer, the crisp leaves in autumn or the snowy mountains in winter, Ellijay and Gilmer County are your year-round destinations for unique shopping, dining, outdoor adventure and relaxation in Appalachia. Start planning your visit at GilmerChamber.com now!