Local Area Guide: Things to do / Activities / Attractions
You must spend the day in downtown Ellijay and/or in
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
Best eateries in downtown Ellijay:
Emily's Bar and Restaurant
24 River Street
American cuisine, shareable plates, seasonal cuisine, steaks, burgers and seafood offerings in a hip environment. Live music on weekends.
Wed-Sat 12-10pm Sun 11-8pm
The Roof of Ellijay
16 River Street
Indoor dining or heating 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
The Shack of Ellijay
118 N Main St.
Dine in or take out...delicious Asian infusion.
Homemade soups and sandwiches
There are several outside tables for those who want to bring Fido with them. So good they opened one in
Back Porch Bistro
10 Northside Square
Sandwiches, homemade soups, desserts, and coffee
Fido is welcome to join you on the back porch!
Abby's Frozen Yogurt
24 South Main Street, Ellijay
Open seven days a week, 12-9
Moo Bears Ice Cream and Eatery
REAL creamery ice cream, hot dogs, specialties.
True hometown shoppe.
40 River Street, Ellijay
Open 7 days a week
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.
Best coffee spot in Ellijay:
The Ellijay Coffee Shop
131 N Main St.
Also great teas, breakfast and lunch.
The Ellijay Coffee Shop
Take time to shop for your pets in Ellijay and
Love Dogs and Cats Too (Boutique):
“A shop for dogs and cats and the people who love them.”
24 River Street
M- Sun 12-5
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.
Please tell them Dragonfly Cabin Rentals sent you!
Wine and entertainment:
1862 Orchard Lane
Open 7 days a week Mon-Sat 11-6 Sun 12:30-5:30
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.
127 Lakeview Road
"Experience a Taste of Heaven"
Thursday-Monday 12:30-706-635-6:00 pm
Open Thurs. through Mondays @ 11:00
Relax on the chimney patio with a delicious glass of wine grown on the premises.
Drive for Your Winery Tours:
Enjoy a day visiting any and all local wineries and leave the driving to them!
Drive for You Winery Tours is your alternative to hiring a limousine, or riding the "Wine Tour Bus". We drive you in the comfort of your own car, van, truck, or rented vehicle to tour the wineries of Northern Georgia, and South Western North Carolina. We are your own private Designated Driver. We can tour wineries in a certain area, or visit the wineries of your choice. We will meet you at your house, cabin, Bed & Breakfast, or hotel, take you on your tour, and then bring you back, safely. No worries about tasting a little too much wine! Bring a picnic lunch, pick up lunch along the way, or eat at a restaurant at the winery.
Biguns BBQ- (Our Fave)
362 Carns Mill Rd.
Talking Rock, GA (Between Jasper and Ellijay)
The Pink Pig
Open since 1967 Th-S 11:00-9:00
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
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.
email: [email protected]
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!
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.
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.
Cartecay River Experience
Tube or kayak down the Cartecay River, rent tubes/kayaks, and transportation.
1554 Lower Cartecay Rd.
You can also book rafting trips on their website.
Call for directions.
1934 Hwy 515
Cherry Log, GA
1934 Hwy 515
HIKING, PICNICING, AND NATURE:
This is a must see at the beginning of the
Find a comprehensive list of hiking trails at
Whitepath Golf Club
A FAMILY MUST:
Lovely views along the
Make reservations @
GO TO AN OLD FASHIONED DRIVE IN:
Swan Drive-In Theatre
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
R & A Orchards
Also visit a fabulous apple house in
Merciers Apple Orchard
Great shops, goodies, and tours, year round.
FALL IS THE TIME TO ALSO VISIT:
Open Sept. 1-Nov. 10
5 Burt’s Farm Rd. Dawsonville