Now that summer is here, I am sure that many of you have vacations planned. Maybe you are going to the beaches of Florida or East Georgia? Perhaps you are headed to Orlando for a little bit of fun at Disney or Universal? Or you may be headed out of the country for a little R&R?
I’m sure that these vacations took a lot of planning as well as a lot of money! If you are looking for a quick vacation at a lower cost, I have a super idea for you: Ellijay, Georgia, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
For years now, our family has traveled to the North Georgia Mountains for summer fun. Back in 1997, before any of us lived in Georgia, my parents decided to build a little cabin in Ellijay. I was in college at the time and had no thoughts of taking a family there. But once we had our first child, we created a family tradition of spending each Fourth of July in this quaint little town, one that is full of patriotism and friendly faces.
Ellijay is only about 80 miles north of Atlanta and is well worth the short drive. There are great antique stores, nice parks, and it is also the Apple Capital of Georgia! Each fall, Ellijay hosts the Georgia Apple Festival, which is definitely on my bucket list. In the summer, Ellijay’s cool mountain breezes are a nice break from the blistering heat that we face in Atlanta. There are a number of things to do if you decide to take a little trip to this hidden jewel. Head over the this post from the folks at the Georgia Apple Festival to see a great list of attractions and historical sites to visit while in Ellijay. You can also find good deals on hotels and cabin rentals online.
Of course, Ellijay is only one town in the magical Georgia Mountains. Through the years, we have traveled to Dahlonega, Helen, Dawsonville, and Blue Ridge, to name a few. I found a great website that tells you a little more about each mountain city. If Ellijay isn’t for you, maybe you can find another town that suits your needs.
A trip to our neighboring towns to the north is sure to create memories for years to come. The low-stress living of mountain life is definitely one that I could get used to!
Have you visited the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia? What cities have you visited and what are your favorite mountain activities to do there?