Destination guide

Country living in Ellijay

With its scenic location in the North Georgia mountains and a rich, year-round social calendar, the town of Ellijay, Georgia, has a lot to celebrate. Travelers have been using Ellijay vacation rentals as a base for their hiking and water-sports adventures for decades, while the presence of picturesque vineyards has made it a beloved pastoral retreat. The town’s festival scene, however, is what makes it truly unique—the Georgia Apple Festival and the Georgia Apple Blossom Festival attract visitors from throughout the state and further afield for 2 weeks of fun under the southern sun.

Things to do

Wild out for Ellijay

Ellijay is home to the state’s largest rescue, rehab, and release facility, the Wildlife Sanctuary. Treat your little ones to a guided tour, which can be booked in advance on the sanctuary’s website, and you’ll spend hours marveling at everything from panthers, cougars, and black bears to squirrels, reptiles, and birds of prey. The center also operates educational programs for all ages on indigenous wildlife and their importance to the Georgia ecosystem. A full schedule of special events can be found online and is well worth checking out before you visit.


Ellijay—the apple of Georgia’s eye

The Georgia Apple Festival takes place for 2 weeks every October and brings over 300 vendors together in this idyllic hamlet. They sell an assortment of unique, hand-crafted goods that you won’t find anywhere else, so shopaholics will be in their element. Gearheads can head to the yearly antique car show held at the local Civic Center, while the annual parade is perfect for families. Demand for Ellijay vacation rentals peaks during this period, so book early to avoid disappointment. Even if you stay a little outside town, a handy shuttle service can whisk you to the main event in a flash.


Peachy weather in Ellijay

The balmy Georgia summer sends demand for Ellijay vacation rentals skyrocketing. Temperatures average in the low to mid-70s during these months, making it an ideal time for hiking, cycling, and horseback riding in the surrounding mountains. Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year, while temperature variations from day to night are moderate. That means that romantic moonlit strolls are just as easy as trekking the trails under the sun. The winter months are colder, with averages in the high 30s and low 40s, but they’re also the best time to secure lower rates for Ellijay vacation rentals—so bundling up could pay dividends.

Natural features

Ellijay by foot

Straddling Georgia and Tennessee, the Cohutta Wilderness Area is the largest of its kind east of the Mississippi. Here, hikers, outdoorsmen, and nature enthusiasts will find 13 trails covering over 87 miles of southern wilderness. You’ll discover mountain ridges, breathtaking waterfalls, and coursing rivers as you explore the stunning beauty of the region, while fragrant flora shows off the region’s flower power to top effect. These paths are often empty in spring and fall, so trailblazers may want to consider an Ellijay vacation rental during this off-season period for added peace and relaxation.

Where to stay around Ellijay, GA?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,358 vacation rentals near Ellijay. From 768 Cabins to 531 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Ellijay for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Ellijay?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Ellijay:

  • Walnut Mountain: 77 vacation rentals
  • Eagle Mountain: 21 vacation rentals
  • Rivers Edge: 18 vacation rentals
  • Cashes Valley: 29 vacation rentals
  • Foxfire Estates: 60 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Ellijay?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Ellijay. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Cohutta Overlook: 905 vacation rentals
  • Tabor House & Civil War Museum: 1,183 vacation rentals
  • Gilmer County Fairgrounds: 1,184 vacation rentals
  • Ellijay Marketplace: 1,147 vacation rentals
  • Blue Ridge Lake Marina: 977 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Ellijay listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Ellijay?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 768 Cabins in Ellijay. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Ellijay include:

  • Houses: 531 rentals available
  • Cottages: 768 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 768 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Lodges and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Ellijay?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 277 vacation rentals with pool available in Ellijay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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