Welcome to Ellijay, Georgia – a winter wonderland nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. As the cold air ushers in a season of serenity and snow-dusted landscapes (if you’re lucky enough to visit when it snows!), Ellijay emerges on Georgia’s culinary scene as a true dark horse.
For those seeking a blend of wintry mountain tranquility and vibrant culinary experiences, Ellijay deserves a place on every foodie’s travel list. And for the savvy wine enthusiast, or those simply in search of a peaceful winter escape, join us in exploring what makes Ellijay the jewel of the Southern Appalachians.
Unforgettable Cabin Stays
Imagine waking up in a cozy cabin, surrounded by the serene beauty of the Georgia mountains. You pour yourself a strong cup of coffee and wrap up in a cozy quilt before heading out to a rocking chair on your cabin’s porch to enjoy the stillness of a winter morning in the mountains before heading off on the day’s adventures.
In Ellijay, our cabin retreats offer more than just a stay; they promise an experience. With crackling fireplaces, panoramic mountain views, and a sense of seclusion, these cabins are your gateway to a tranquil winter getaway. With approximately 1500 cabins spread amongst the mountains and hollows of Gilmer County, you are sure to find the perfect retreat.
Picture yourself sipping hot cocoa by the fire, cozied up with your closest friends over a game of cards and sharing stories about your holiday adventures – this is Ellijay in the winter.
Exceptional Dining in the Mountains:
Ellijay’s culinary scene is a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered.
For a fine dining experience that pairs exquisite flavors with mountain vistas, look no further than The Roof of Ellijay. Here, you can indulge in gourmet dishes while overlooking the picturesque town square, draped in winter’s embrace. While the Roof’s impressive menu features exquisite steaks and regionally-caught fish, you can’t go wrong with their signature bologna sliders.
Another culinary jewel is Butcher & Bottle, where the fusion of Southern charm and modern cuisine creates an unforgettable dining experience. Let your server help you pair exquisite sips with starters like Oysters Rockefeller or tuna tartare before moving on to delicious main courses like filet mignon and chilean sea bass.
Those looking for a true Ellijay classic will love heading to Pink Pig to enjoy barbecue delights like Kiley’s Quesadilla: barbecue quesadilla filled with pork, mushrooms, peppers, onions, and cheese and served with a generous side of house ranch for dipping or the Pig’s classic Alice Potatoes: crispy potatoes topped with garlic and parmesan cheese.
For local fare on the go, swing by Mr. P’s and order the classic Paradise Burger. This Certified Angus Beef burger is topped with sharp cheese on a sesame seed bun, house-made chili & slaw, tomato, onion plus mustard ketchup, and mayo!
Take a dip into the unexpected by enjoying sushi from a classically-trained sushi chef at Kasei Sushi while sipping tiki drinks and cocktails with names like The Lucky Cat and the Prickly Pear Cosmo.
In Ellijay, every meal is a celebration of the region’s rich flavors and culinary artistry.
A Toast to Winter: Ellijay’s Wineries
Winter in Ellijay is incomplete without exploring its renowned wineries.
Nestled in the Southern Appalachians, Ellijay’s rolling landscape and rich soil has proven vital to the area’s thriving viticulture scene. Ellijay Wine Country offers a unpretentious yet high-end experience that proves that luxury is in the little details.
At Chateau Meichtry, tradition meets the unexpected. Their wines are a blend of classic techniques and unique mountain terroir, creating flavors that are as surprising as they are delightful. Winter here is a time of quiet reflection, savoring each sip in the warm ambiance of their rustic tasting rooms. You’ll feel like you’ve been whisked away to the French Countryside to sip wine by fire. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it–right?
For a more low-key experience, Grapes & Ladders Vineyard stands out with its charming setting and artisanal wines. In winter, the vineyard becomes a picturesque haven, perfect for those who appreciate the finer, subtler things in life. Enjoy their handcrafted wines as you unwind in an atmosphere that’s both pared back and refined.
For a truly intimate wine-tasting session surrounded by stunning local art, visit 29 North in Downtown Ellijay. New in 2023, this wine bar is bringing the best of local wineries right to the heart of Downtown Ellijay making 29 North the perfect afternoon indulgence or drink spot before or after your dinner in Downtown Ellijay.
A Premier Mountain Destination
As you journey through Ellijay, you’ll understand why it stands as a can’t-miss destination in the Georgia mountains. It’s a haven where food, wine, and natural beauty converge, offering a unique escape in the Southern Appalachians. Whether you’re here for the gourmet food, the exquisite wines, or the peaceful mountain setting, Ellijay promises an experience that stays with you long after the winter snow melts.
Ellijay, Georgia, is more than just a destination; it’s an experience that captivates the heart and soul. As the premier Georgia Mountain destination for foodies and wine enthusiasts, Ellijay invites you to embrace its winter charm. Book your cabin, reserve your table, and prepare to immerse yourself in the enchantment of Ellijay – where every winter story is worth telling.