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Local Area Guide for Ellijay, GA

You must spend the day in downtown Ellijay or in Blue Ridge to immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture, which includes a wealth of shops, restaurants, coffee shops, and unique experiences like custom wine tours and live entertainment. Both towns exude a quaint and incredibly friendly atmosphere that invites visitors to park their car and take a leisurely walk around the square or town center, popping into various shops along the way.

Work up an appetite by exploring and then enjoy lunch at one of the several fantastic eateries in Ellijay, where the culinary scene offers everything from hearty BBQ and fresh seafood to sophisticated farm-to-table dishes. Don't miss out on the coffee shops either, each with its own blend of local charm and delicious brews, perfect for starting your day or getting an afternoon pick-me-up.

After savoring the local flavors, indulge in ice cream and other desserts at specialized dessert shops. For those interested in a deeper dive into the local culture, custom wine tours offer an intimate look at the region's vineyards, complemented by tastings of exquisite local wines.

The area is also a haven for adventure enthusiasts, offering a variety of activities such as fishing, horseback riding, river trips, zipline tours, hiking, and golfing. Each of these activities provides a unique way to experience the natural beauty of the region. Additionally, visiting local orchards and farms offers a taste of the agricultural heritage of Ellijay and its surroundings, making it a comprehensive experience that combines culinary delights, outdoor adventures, and cultural exploration.

Whether you're in the mood for a leisurely day of shopping and dining or an action-packed adventure in the great outdoors, Ellijay and Blue Ridge offer a memorable escape with something for everyone.

 



 

Shopping in Historic Downtown Ellijay


Yesterday's Decor and Hometown Florist
Make it one of your first shopping stops on River Street. The store is over 4200 sq ft with a variety of merchandise to include both new and vintage items, cabin and farmhouse furniture and decor, Shabby chic, antiques, arts and crafts. They also are the best hometown florist for all of your floral and wedding needs.
Now Open 7 Days Monday - Saturday 9-5 Sunday 11-5
56 River Street
http://www.yesterdaysdecor.com/



 

Best Eateries in Downtown Ellijay


The Butcher and Bottle 
24 River Street
An upscale restaraunt right on Riverstreet in Downtown Ellijay.  Their menu boasts Scallop Risotto, Tuna Tartare, Oysters Rockefeller (as well as raw oysters), premium cuts of steak, Pan Fried Trout, an array of salads,  and much more.  Live music on some weekends. See website for more details.
https://thebutcherandbottle.com/


The Roof of Ellijay
16 River Street
Indoor dining or heated outdoor seating on the roof.
New Southern rooftop kitchen and bar, inspired by the culture of our hometown in Appalachia. Eat, drink, View!
Open Wed-Thur 11-8pm    Fri-Sat 11-9pm    Sun 12-8pm
http://www.theroofellijay.com 


The Shack of Ellijay
118 N Main St.
Dine in or take out...delicious Asian infusion. 
Mon-Sat  11-7pm
https://theshackofellijay.business.site/

 
Cantaberry’s Restaurant

5 Southside Square, Ellijay

Homemade soups and sandwiches

Open 11:00-4:00

There are several outside tables for those who want to bring Fido with them. So good they opened one in Blue Ridge, too.
http://www.cantaberry.com 

 


Back Porch Bistro
10 Northside Square
Sandwiches, homemade soups, desserts, and coffee
Fido is welcome to join you on the back porch!
http://www.backporchbistro.com 


Abby's Frozen Yogurt
24 South Main Street, Ellijay
Open seven days a week, 12-9
678-408-1119
http://www.iloveabbys.com 


Chill Out Ice Cream and Eatery
Ice cream, hot dogs, specialties.
True hometown shoppe.
40 River Street, Ellijay
(706)276-2611
https://chillouticecreamandeatery.com/


Bavarian Chocolatier & Fudge & Candy Shop
4 Northside Sqaure
Closed on Tuesday and Wednesdays
See their Facebook page for more details


River Street Tavern
40 River Street
Great burgers and specialties, craft beers and cocktails. Quirky and fun. Check out the menu and drinks of the day. Often live music. Always crowded as it's a fave with the locals and our visitors. Worth the wait. Outdoor tables so you may bring fido.
http://riverstreettavern.com/



Best Coffee Spot in Ellijay
 

The Ellijay Coffee Shop

131 N Main St.
Also great teas, breakfast and lunch.
http://ellijaycoffeehouse.com 

 

 

 

Shopping for Your Pets in Ellijay and Blue Ridge

 

Love Dogs and Cats Too (Boutique)

“A shop for dogs and cats and the people who love them.”

777 Main St., Blue Ridge

706-632-8668
Site may be found on Facebook

 

 

Mountain Hounds (Pet supplies)
24 River Street
Ellijay, GA
M- Sun 12-5
Site may be found on Facebook


 

Something You Cannot Miss
 

Mountain Valley Farm and Farm Store

Dry aged grass fed beef- free range heritage pork- free range eggs- raw milk- artisinal cheeses- butter- local honey- sauces- real hand crafted ice cream- many other surprises...including farm animal area to visit the lovely creatures. Amazing for young and old and all in between. The best place to gather amazing fare to take back to your cabin. BEST STEAKS EVER! The farm family is proud of their work and well they should be. You must put a visit there at the top of your list.
706-889-0999
grassfedga.com
Open 10-6
Please tell them Dragonfly Cabin Rentals sent you!

 
 

Wine and Entertainment

Chateau Meichtry

1862 Orchard Lane
Open 7 days a week Mon-Sat 11-6 Sun 12:30-5:30
706-502-1608
Enjoy great wines in the tasting room or outside overlooking the beautiful scenery. Live music is often found on weekends.  Amazing tasting choices and incredible owners.
http://chateaumeichtry.com/ 

 

Buckley Vineyards Farm and Winery

708 Henry Evans Road
Ellijay, GA 30536
(706)972-2080
Call or see their website for more info.
https://www.buckleyvineyards.com/

 

Engelheim Vineyards

127 Lakeview Road
"Experience a Taste of Heaven"
Thursday-Monday 12:30-6:00 pm
706-635-WINE (9463)
 https://engelheim.com

 

Cartecay Vineyards

Open Thurs. through Mondays @ 11:00

Relax on the chimney patio with a delicious glass of wine grown on the premises.

5704 Clear Creek Rd., Ellijay

http://www.cartecayvineyards.com/

 

 




Custom Wine Tours at Ellijay Excursions
 

Ellijay Excursions
Leave the driving to the experts for custom wine tours. Ben and staff will help you plan an amazing day to suit your every need. Memories will be made with no worries about driving! Click on the link above to contact and begin planning your amazing adventure!
Guest books excursion- 706-972-7401 Tell them Dragonfly Dreams sent you!


 

BBQ
 

Biguns BBQ- (Our Fave)
362 Carns Mill Rd.
Talking Rock, GA (Between Jasper and Ellijay)
http://www.bigunsbbq.com 

 

The Pink Pig

Open since 1967 Th-S 11:00-9:00

824 Cherry Log St., Cherry Log

http://www.pinkpigcherrylog.com

 

 

 

FRESH Seafood
 

Jolly Rogers Fish Market (A local secret.)

We buy their fresh shrimp and oysters and grill them at the cabin.

2414 E. 1st. Street

Blue Ridge 30513
Open Wed-Sat only 11-2:30   4-8PM
Site may be found on Facebook

 
 

ADVENTURE
 

Back Woods Fishing Guide

Full time guide service on Carters Lake and Lake Sidney Lanier.
Offers half and full day trips; for private parties, family outings, or corporate business trips.
770-265-9677
email: [email protected]
http://backwoodsfishingguide.com

 

Appalachian Trail Rides, S&T Stables, LLC

Mention Dragonfly Dreams Cabin Rentals and receive 10% discount!
Trail rides, abundant wildlife, customized trips. Highest rated stables in the area.
Their menu of custom rides are amazing! They even offer pony rides and proposal rides!
706-374-0362
http://appalachiantrailrides.com

 

Cartecay Bike Shop

This shop is the go to spot for mountain biking enthusiasts. From gear, to trail ride suggestion, these are the experts to turn to here at the mountain biking capital! We have cabins available near the best trails as well.
https://www.cartecaybikes.com/ 

 

The Lily Pad Village

Located eight miles outside of Blue Ridge, the whole family will love to spend an hour or a day gem mining, mini golf, fishing, hiking, or bring a picnic.
http://lillypadvillage.com/ 

 

Cartecay River Experience

Tube or kayak down the Cartecay River, rent tubes/kayaks, and transportation.
1554 Lower Cartecay Rd.
706-531-4746
http://www.cartecayriverexperience.com

 

Zipline Canopy Tours of Blue Ridge

You can also book rafting trips on their website.

800-251-4800

Call for directions.

http://www.zipblueridge.com/
 

 

Expedition: Bigfoot!

1934 Hwy 515
Cherry Log, GA
706-946-2601

http://www.expeditionbigfoot.com


 

Hiking, Picnicking, and Nature

Long Creek Falls Trailhead

Long Creek Falls is located in beautiful Suches, GA (approximately 30 minutes from downtown Ellijay).  Three streams converge to form the Noontootla Creek in the Three Forks valley of the Chattahoochee National Forest.  This hike is ideal for seasoned hikers and beginners alike, and the one that I would personally recommend the most.  Hike the elevated trail to view a series of waterfalls that cascade over 50 feet.  Long Creek Falls runs parallel to the Appalachian Trail and is a fun family excursion you won't soon forget.  For more information visit 
https://www.blueridgemountaintravelguide.com


Amicalola
Falls State Park

This is a must see at the beginning of the
Appalacian Trail

418 Amicalola State Park Rd., Dawsonville

http://www.gastateparks.org/lodges/amicalola/

 


 

Fort Mountain State Park

A scenic drive on Highway 52 near the Cohutta Wilderness leads visitors to this mountain getaway. Hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders will find some of the most beautiful trails in Georgia, winding through hardwood forest and blueberry thickets, crossing streams and circling a pretty lake. Hikers can also explore a stone fire tower built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and an ancient rock wall which stand on the highest point of the mountain. The mysterious 855-foot-long wall is thought to have been built by early Indians as fortification against more hostile Indians or for ancient ceremonies.
https://gastateparks.org/FortMountain


 

Hiking Trails

Find a comprehensive list of hiking trails at

www.georgiatrails.com/city/Ellijay 

 

 

Golfing

Whitepath Golf Club

1156 Shenendoa Dr., Ellijay

www.whitepathgolfclub.net

 

 

 

A FAMILY MUST
 

Take the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

To Copperhill, TN.

Lovely views along the Taccoa River.

Make reservations @

http://brscenic.com/

 

 

GO TO AN OLD-FASHIONED DRIVE IN

Swan Drive-In Theatre

Blue Ridge

706-632-5235

www.swan-drive-in.com

 

 

 

Brasstown Bald

Located near Blairsville, GA at 4,784 feet above sea level this must see is the highest peak in the state of GA.  The view that you see here is a scene that will stay with you for the rest of your life.  You can see four seperate states with the naked eye Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina.  In the fall the vivid colors will paint a memory for you and your family to look back on forever.  For more information visit https://www.exploregeorgia.org

 

 

IF IT’S FALL, IT’S TIME TO VISIT THE APPLE HOUSES!

 

Visit all the apple houses that reside up and down Hwy 52 in Ellijay. Our favorite apple houses on 52 are…

BJ Reece Apple House

Hillcrest Orchards

R & A Orchards

 

Also visit a fabulous apple house in Blue Ridge,

Merciers Apple Orchard

Great shops, goodies, and tours, year round.

706-632-3411

www.mercier-orchards.com 

 

FALL IS THE TIME TO ALSO VISIT

 

Burt’s Farm

Open Sept. 1-Nov. 10

Pumpkin Picking

Hayrides

5 Burt’s Farm Rd. Dawsonville

706-265-3701

www.burtsfarm.com