During our Christmas break Bobby and I rented an A-Frame cabin in the Georgia mountains. We left two days after Christmas with plans to celebrate/ring in the New Year together – fireside in the cabin in pajamas of course haha! When we arrived in this little mountain town of Ellijay, Georgia it was like a breath of fresh air washed over us (pun intended). Definitely one of the best trips we’ve ever had together. It was so nice to get away for a few days before we had to head back to work (for me) and med school (for him).
Not sure why but I was quite shocked at how beautiful the mountains were in north Georgia. I’ve been living in the south for a few years now and still have so much more to see – especially more of the northern mountain region now! I can’t wait for our next mountain trip together and looking forward to more adventures this year.
The highlight of the trip was definitely our cute little A-Frame cabin and I am so excited I finally get to share all the details with you! From enjoying our time together at the cabin, to the little town of Ellijay and even the hikes and waterfall we got to see through out the Blue Ridge mountains this is our mini travel guide for Ellijay, Georgia.
Links to “The Shady Creek” A-Frame Cabin in Ellijay, Georgia. Let me know if you book a stay! We booked through Vrbo since we already had an account but they are the same place – just two separate listings.
Overall I gave this place a 5-star rating. The host was amazing! She answered all my questions upfront, was very responsive and gave me more information about the area upon arrival. One thing that really impressed me was how clean this place was. The cabin has a full size kitchen, living room with a wood burning fireplace (they even had it decorated for Christmas when we were there), backyard/deck with a bonfire set up (and grill), master bedroom with an attached half bath and a full bathroom downstairs. It truly was the perfect amount of space for the two of us. Not to mention how comfortable the bed is and how cozy we felt inside while the fire was going. We ended up buying groceries the night before we drove up and cooked every single night together!
Outside/around the cabin is equally amazing with the running creek just beside it and abundance of trees that keep the place shady… truly why its named “The Shady Creek Cabin” I’m sure haha! We were lucky enough to even see deer in the morning and early evenings prancing along the stream. Lastly, the cabin resides inside a gated community that you will need a code to get into so we felt very safe knowing we were in a good area and just minutes from the town of Ellijay.
WHAT WE DID
To be honest with you – we didn’t do much since we really just wanted to spend time together in the cabin and catch up on some work by the fire. We stayed in for the first two days and binge watched shows like Bridgerton and Mandalorian. During breaks I answered emails for work and Bobby studied for his board exams in the summer – all while doing so in our pajamas and on the couch haha! We are truly home bodies so this was perfect for us. Also those first two days were really cold in the mountains so staying warm inside was the way to go.
Historic town of Ellijay:
We then decided to explore the cute little town of Ellijay and walk around! The center was still decorated for Christmas at the time with a tree in the middle and twinkle lights strung up around light posts and buildings. It felt like we were on the set of a Hallmark Christmas movie for a moment haha! Ellijay has tons of cute little shops, antique stores and restaurants to explore! We ended up getting some ice cream and walking through the shops.
Blue Ridge Mountains:
On New Year’s Eve we decided the best way to end the year and ring in the new one was to get outdoors! It was so refreshing to be with nature and do something good for our mind, body and soul together.
First stop: We drove through the mountains of Ellijay before finding the hiking trail of Fall Branch Falls! Just a 1 mile hike uphill we got to see a waterfall with a look out point. It was a good start to our hiking day! The trail is very dog and kid friendly so not too rigorous at all in my opinion.
Directions: Take Aska Road south 8 miles and turn right on Stanley Creek Road. Go 3.1 miles to the “parking lot” on the right just past the bridge over Falls Branch.
Second stop: We took the scenic drive HWY 52 all the way to the top of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We stopped along the way and got out of the car to look at all the views of the mountains and the woods/trees that line the drive. If hiking isn’t really your speed this scenic drive is a great alternative!
Directions: From Ellijay – drive on HWY 52 all the way (north west) until you see Fort Mountain Park Rd.
Third stop: At the end of the scenic drive on HWY 52 you will reach a hiking trail that takes you to a look out point of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We parked our car and headed on the trail! Be careful though this trail has been known to have lost of wildlife like bears roaming around it. Just be cautious! The trail is very rocky and has many different avenues to take so make sure you pay attention to trail signs/markings. Also there are lots of stairs going down and going back up. If you see a lookout tower that means you are getting close! However, don’t let that confuse you. The tower is not the look out point.
Directions: From Ellijay – drive on HWY 52 all the way (north west) until you see Fort Mountain Park Rd. Go past the security gate until you see the parking lot stop.
I couldn’t recommend this cabin enough! It was the perfect size for the two of us and so serene/tucked away into the mountains. Plus all the fun outdoor things this area has to offer was amazing and made our stay here in Ellijay, Georgia more memorable. Let me know if you have ever been to this area before and if you book this cabin. I’d love to know!
As always, Love Nickole
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