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Planning a Fall Weekend Getaway Near Atlanta

Thinking of planning a weekend getaway near the Atlanta area this fall? Ellijay, GA is the perfect place to enjoy the North Georgia Mountains. You can hike, do some apple picking, visit the local vineyards and appreciate some of the wonderful local cuisine. The small towns here are very charming and welcoming to visitors.

North Georgia Mountains

Just an hour’s drive from Atlanta you’ll find the North Georgia Mountains. This area is a favorite for those who love the outdoors. There is so much to do: from hiking to camping to watersports, this area offers weekend warriors a wonderful place to get away.

Carters Lake

If you love watersports, Carters Lake is for you. It’s the deepest of Georgia’s reservoir lakes, and has over 62 miles of shoreline. You can take in the view from the shore or dive in! Pontoon Boats and Cabins can also be rented from Carters Lake Marina & Resort. In addition, there is fantastic camping available at one of the campgrounds on the lake.  There are plenty of opportunities to boat, fish, jet ski, swim, or kayak at Carters Lake.

Vineyards

In the Ellijay Wine Country there are five vineyards, so wine lovers take note!  These include Cartecay Vineyards, Chateau Meichtry Family Vineyard & Winery, Engelheim Vineyards, Ellijay River Vineyards, and Fainting Goat Vineyards & Winery.  These family owned vineyards offer wine tastings, estate grown grapes, scenic views, and unique tasting rooms.

Dining

Whether you’re in the mood for mouthwatering ribs at The Pink Pig or a fine dining experience at Charlie’s Italian Restaurant, you can find a place to satisfy every appetite while in Ellijay.  There are more than 10 locally own restaurants in Downtown Ellijay. You can try the famous Tomato Bisque soap at Cantaberry Restaurant or the best coffee around at the Ellijay Coffeehouse.

Hiking

Springer Mountain offers hikers some world famous hiking trails. There are plenty of 5- and 10-mile hikes available here, and just a few miles north, you’ll find Three Forks, which is a very scenic spot. You can backpack, camp and hike at Three Forks, a cool, shady area which is only accessible via one gravel road. You’ll see waterfalls, old rustic graveyards, wildlife and more as you meander through (plus, there are plenty of free primitive campsites along the route).

 

Apple Picking

Fall means it is apple season in the Apple Capital of Georgia. Ellijay has more than eight local apple orchards, each one offers their own unique experience whether it’s a bakery offering fresh fried pies, cow milking, hayrides and more!

Stay in a Cabin

Our scenic location in the Blue Ridge Mountains puts nature right outside your door. The peaceful settings including river scenes and mountain views will provide the perfect mountain experience. You can enjoy the warmth of the fire place or an outdoor fire pit during the cool fall weather. Rental cabins of all sizes will easily accommodate couples, families, and groups.

No matter what you have in mind,  Ellijay offers a wonderful weekend getaway near Atlanta. Plan your visit today!