Ellijay: What’s New, What’s Expanding?

Written By: Visitors Bureau
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Ellijay is a bustling little town often referred to as “Georgia’s Apple Capital” as well as the state’s “Mountain Biking Capital.” Ellijay offers so much to fall in love with, from apple orchards and fabulous wineries to culinary masterpieces, a new rooftop bar and so much more. Ellijay is easily accessible just 80 miles north of Atlanta and 65 miles from Chattanooga, Tennessee. 

As an ever-evolving culture in a destination community, Ellijay is constantly adding new restaurants, activities and other experiences to offer even more value to your visit. Perhaps knowing what’s new and what’s expanding will be of benefit in preparing for your next getaway to the North Georgia mountains. 

Let’s eat!
Cantaberry Restaurant is open every day for lunch, weekends include breakfast (Friday-Sunday) and dinner is served Wednesday-Saturday evenings. A classic chicken and waffles breakfast is the perfect way to fuel up for a day of exploring, but also be on the lookout for special offerings at every mealtime. Cantaberry is located downtown on the roundabout and offers live music on weekends from time to time. Facebook is the place to see lots of food choices like fried lobster tails, prime rib and fresh seafood. 

The Green Dragon is a great place to pop into for wings, sandwiches, big-screen TVs, drinks and a pool table. You’ll occasionally hear some live music, but you’ll always leave full and happy. Look for The Green Dragon on Craig Street, open daily from 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. (open even later on the weekends).

Sushi aficionados flock to Kasei Sushi and Sake—a new restaurant in Historic Downtown Ellijay—for the freshest fish and most exotic sake in the North Georgia Mountains. Located on River Street, Kasei Sushi and Sake is open Wednesday-Saturday and more of their yumminess can be found on Facebook

The best of nights end on the rooftop and now Ellijay officially has one too! The Roof is a gorgeous bar and restaurant located on the rooftop of a River Street historic building in the downtown area. Not only will you find sensational menu options (think Bologna Sliders, Shrimp Cakes and Apple Butter Meatloaf), but also the best views in town (closed Monday and Tuesday and open 4 p.m.-11 p.m. all other days except Sunday (noon-8 p.m.)) Enjoy an authentic dining experience complete with a hefty dose of Southern hospitality at The Roof.

Eating healthy while traveling isn’t always easy, but The Shack is a good start! You’ll love this Asian Fusion restaurant on North Main where you can customize your poke bowl and have a bubble tea. 

Coffee houses are trending across the country for morning starts and middle of the day pick-me-ups. Enjoy espresso, lattes, cold/hot coffee, hot chocolate, teas, paninis and salads at the eclectic Ellijay Coffee House. There is both indoor and outdoor seating—it’s comfy and inviting. You may likely find yourself making more than one stop at the Ellijay Coffee House. 

Culinary creativity is abundant throughout Ellijay, so finding good food is simple in this town. One restaurant to add to your ‘don’t miss list is Emily’s Restaurant and Bar, open Wednesday-Sunday for lunch and dinner (brunch on Sunday with lobster benedict, eggs benedict and other great offerings). Guests can dine indoors or outdoors at Emily’s where American cuisine is the passion with shareable plates, steaks, burgers and seafood entrees in a hip atmosphere. Weekends come with live music and always a good time. 

Let’s rest!
If a bed and breakfast is your cup of tea, you will appreciate the charm and beauty of Ellijay River House. A stay at this B&B on River Street will perfectly place your traveling party within walking distance to shops and restaurants. Also, Ellijay River House can accommodate small weddings and other events should you need these services.

Maybe an Airbnb is more your speed. If so, don’t miss an opportunity to stay in this wonderful Downtown Bungalow with Mountain Oasis—it’s right in the heart of Ellijay, so walking to downtown shops and eateries is easy breezy. It’s a 1908 renovated farmhouse-style bungalow with two queen bedrooms, each with its own private bath, a fully appointed kitchen and the sweetest little porch. If you travel with your pooch, note that this is a pet-friendly lodging partner.

Let’s play!
Getaways, vacations and trips all seem to resonate with relaxation and pampering, and there is nothing better than a massage to set the mood. Imbali Wellness Spa on North Main Street specializes in massages and skin care. Look for weekly specials and note that walk-ins are welcome.

Fans of Green Willow Soap will be happy to learn that the handcrafted body products store has a new larger retail space on North Main. Shop the unique stock of essential products for every skin type and fill your basket with artisan soaps, scrubs, bath products and gift sets. 

Outdoor enthusiasts will be in love with Mulberry Gap Adventure Basecamp, a rustic haven filled with campsites, cabins, home-cooked meals, craft beer and mountain bike trails. Getting back to nature is easy with a Mulberry Gap experience. 
 
Find more miles of trails for hiking and biking at Talking Rock Nature Preserve located just off of 515. Bring your bike and take an advanced look at the park map. Outdoor lovers will thoroughly enjoy this 210-acre conservation property available for public use.

Plan your visit to the North Georgia mountains and experience all the charm and hospitality—you’re sure to Fall for Ellijay. For more information, please visit www.GilmerChamber.com

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