Wanderlust and Wordy Wednesday: Ellijay, GA

Hello dear readers! I apologize for my absence! It’s getting to be that busy time of year. I am so glad to be back though! I’ve been to two festivals I really should have posted about but I will tell you about one of them now.

Our destination today is Ellijay, GA. It’s another great little mountain town and is known as the Apple Capital of Georgia. It’s home to the Georgia Apple Festival (which is two weekends in October) and there is basically an apple orchard on every corner. No matter how you get here, the drive is gorgeous and people come from all around to buy apples and watch the leaves change.

But there’s more to Ellijay than that. One place you’ve GOT to stop at is Col. Poole’s BBQ. You’ll know it by all the pigs on the hill. It was started as a road side bbq joint by a husband and wife in 1989. Now, it’s just a great place to grab a bite. People from all walks of life, including political candidates and celebrities have been here. It’s one of those “so tacky it’s classic” places.

Ellijay also has tons of antique shops, restaurants, orchards, and wineries. It’s also the mountain biking capital of the world. No matter which orchard you go to, you’re guaranteed to get some great apples, jams, jellies, pies, and more. My favorite (mostly because I’ve been going here since I was a child) is the Panorama Apple Barn. Their pies are delicious and their cider is fantastic. No sugar added. They also offer an apple cider or a muscadine cider slushie that is not to be missed.

They have fantastic apples, pies, nostalgic candies, hand dipped ice cream, and more. Be sure to stop by and get your picture with Chief Ewe-Needa-Pie. And if there’s a guy selling boiled peanuts in the parking lot, buy some! He’s really nice and they are fantastic.  He’s also who you pay (usually) if they’re selling pumpkins. 🙂

If Ellijay is on a list of your places to visit, but is too far for a day trip, consider renting a cabin on the river. There are plenty of companies offering them and it’s well worth it.

“Your smile looks like the answer to every time the world asks “why”, like you have stars beneath your pillow and fingers stained blue from the sky. There’s not a constellation quite like the freckles on your cheeks, and if we listened to you closely I swear we’d hear the cosmos speak.” – E.H.

“You may not believe in magic, But don’t you think it’s strange, The amount of matter in our universe, Has never slightly changed, That all which makes your body, Was once part of something more, And every breath you ever breath, Has seen it all before, There are countless scores of beauty, In all the things that you despise, It could once have been a shooting star, That now makes up your thighs, And atoms of forgotten life, Who’ve long since ceased to roam, May now have the great honour, To call your crooked smile your home, You may not believe in magic, But I thought that you should know, The makings of your heart were born, Fourteen billion years ago, So next time you feel lonely, When this world makes you feel small, Just remember that it’s a part of you, And you’re part of it all.” – E.H.

“So, I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.” – Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

“Now that I’ve opened that bottle of memories, they’re pouring out like wine, crimson and bittersweet.” – Ellen Hopkins Impulse

“Falling in love with someone is the surest highway to hurt that I know. When the door to love opens, the window to control closes.” – Ellen Hopkins Fallout

” ‘I still care for you, you know…’ That phrase again. Everyone cares for me. They just don’t know how to love me.” – Ellen Hopkins

“The problem with resolutions is they’re only as solid as the person making them.” – Ellen Hopkins Crank

“She looked my demons in the eye and smiled. She fell for the very thing I thought she’d fear.” – Vazaki Nada