Fall Girls Getaway in Ellijay, Georgia

It’s time to move the girls’ trip out of the group chat.

With cozy cabins, the cutest mountain downtown, artfully crafted wines and ciders, and a plethora of outdoor adventure opportunities, Ellijay is the perfect place to relax and reconnect! Here are a few tips for planning the perfect girls trip in Ellijay this Fall.

Book a Fly Fishing Trip

For a truly unique girls getaway, consider starting (or ending!) your day with a fly fishing adventure. Ellijay’s rivers and streams are beautifully maintained and perfect for fishing. Not an expert fisher? No problem! Book a guided experience with a fly fishing guide like Reel ’em In Guide Services. A guided trip is the perfect way to learn to cast, reel in some beautiful fish, and get access to some of the best otherwise private waterways in Gilmer County.

Sample Hard Cider

Ellijay has been famous for its apples for generations so chances are good someone in your crew has been apple picking at an area orchard. But did you know that there is an entirely different way to enjoy the local apple crop? After fly fishing, head over the Reece’s Cider Co and treat your crew to a cider flight. With inventive names like Poppy’s Pick and Hops of Jupiter, these ciders are made out of apples picked straight from BJ Reece Orchards. The Cider House is proudly owned and operated by the grandson of BJ Reece himself and their hard cider creations bring a level of true artistry to the craft. Live music and awesome food trucks round out the experience at Reece’s Cider Co.

Check out Photo Stops and Local Shops Downtown

After lunch and a cider flight, head over to Downtown Ellijay. Spend some time walking around and visiting iconic photo spots like the What Lifts You mural, the Ballard’s Flour mural, and the Vintage Mountain Dew Mural all on River Street, the Coca Cola and Georgia’s Mountain Bike Capital murals on North Main Street, and the apple marquee sign on the lawn of the Downtown Welcome Center.

Be sure to check out locally-owned and operated stores like Beauty Barre, a seriously cute boutique carrying the latest trends. Whether you’re looking for loungewear, hair care, footwear, or on-trend denim, Beauty Barre is packed wall to wall. No matter what your style is, you will find something perfect!

Pro Tip: Beauty Barre also serves as a barre studio in mornings and evenings before and after the shop closes. Owner Mistil and her team of trained instructors have decades of combined experience. If fitness is a big part of your friend group’s personality, check out their site for details on dropping in on a barre class while you’re in town!

For gorgeous home interiors, stop by Misty Hollow Antiques and Collectibles. A true original, Misty Hollow has been open in Downtown Ellijay since 2000. Their vendors carry a wide range of home decor and antiques to suit every style in every season. Your crew will have an awesome time browsing Misty Hollow’s inventory and picking out mementos to remind you of your time together.

Sample Wine at Cartecay Wine & Craft

When you’re done shopping downtown, head over to Cartecay Wine & Craft to sample a glass of Ellijay wine. Cartecay Wine & Craft serves up a wide selection of Georgia wines and craft beers including those made at Cartecay Vineyards: Ellijay’s oldest vineyard.

Treat yourself to a glass of Chimney red and play a few fun games with your friends while sitting at the open-air bar or tuck yourselves away and listen to music performed by a local artist.

Sample Local Craft Beer and Enjoy Dinner at Cartecay River Brewing

Finish your day at Cartecay River Brewing. This awesome local brewery is located right on the river and crafts some seriously inventive IPAs. Treat yourself to a flight (or split one with your friends) while playing a game of cornhole or table hockey. Cartecay River Brewing also teams up with a regular rotation of food trucks so you can’t go wrong with finishing out your day at Cartecay River Brewing.

Looking for more awesome stops to add to your girl’s getaway weekend? Click here to read about some of the best vineyard and antique stops to add to your itinerary.

Ready to book your perfect romantic vineyard in Ellijay? View a list of local lodging partners here.

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