Glamping, Yurts, Treehouses, and More
We all know that our area has dozens of beautiful campsites where you can pitch your own tent and do some serious communing with nature. We also have hundreds of well appointed, luxurious, cabin rentals. But in this article, I want to talk about some of the really cool alternative lodging experiences that are available here in our beautiful neck of the woods, in and around Blue Ridge, Georgia.
I must confess that the whole concept of “glamping” was new to me until a couple of years ago. It is the perfect alternative for anyone who wants to enjoy the outdoors, but without having to give up many of the comforts of home. But, and this is an important distinction, glampers don’t want to feel like they are at home. The cabin experience is fantastic, but glampers want something that feels a little more rustic, but not quite at the level of a sleeping bag under the stars.
It is really hard to even equate these phenomenal accommodations with what you’d normally associate with camping, the experience being far too glamorous and comfortable. Thus the word “glamping”. Camping with a more than a bit of luxury thrown into the mix.
So let’s have a look at what is out there. We have yurts, vintage airstream trailers, tiny houses, treehouses, and yes, even teepees!
What exactly is a yurt? Originally, a yurt was defined as a kind of portable tent-like home used by nomadic tribes in Asia, and though the structure is still basically the same, that’s where the similarities to today’s yurt ends. The ones we found available to rent are tastefully decorated, and feature many of the same amenities you’d find in a traditional cabin rental. The main difference being that the experience of being outdoors is still very much a part of it.
The Martyne House Farm in Ellijay, Ga.
The Martyn House in Ellijay, Ga. opens their glamorous yurts for rental from April 15 through December 1. Their yurts are situated on 18 acres of meadow and hilly woodland which features a pond and numerous hiking trails.
Each yurt has it’s own private bath, and a covered porch complete with table and chairs. Inside, there is a sitting area, and they will configure the bedding arrangement as per your request, either with a set of twin beds or one king.
These photos of The Martyn House are courtesy of TripAdvisor
The Martyn House offers much more than just the glamorous yurts. Other alternative lodging includes…
This little gem is actually a 1930 re-purposed barn. It’s original purpose was to serve as an art studio for the property owner, JoAnn, and there are touches of her art throughout.
Then there is also The Cottage….
Photos courtesy of Rick Lucas of Lucas Images
Back in the ’30 The Cottage was a garage, then a workshop, and now it is a two story dwelling that can be rented for long term (up to 6 month) stays. It has the kitchen, dining, and living area as an open floorplan with one bedroom upstairs and one downstairs.
For reservations or to speak with someone at The Martyn House, click here!
Renovated Vintage Gulfstream and Geodesic Dome at Elatse’Yi
According to Rebekah, who along with her husband Wesley, operates and manages Elatse’Yi….“Elatse’Yi can be translated to “verdant, green earth.” The Cherokee word can also be found recorded as Allagae, Elatse, and Elejoy, and eventually, Ellijay.” And that’s where you’ll find this hidden gem! It is located in the foothills of the Appalachia near the small mountain town of Ellijay, Georgia.
Elatse’Yi is a mountain retreat and small 7 acre farm that offers you two unique forms of lodging – a restored and revamped 1977 Sovereign Airstream trailer and a Argentenian geodesic dome dwelling. Only a few minutes drive to Blue Ridge, Dahlonega, and Amicalola Falls, just to name a few.
The Vintage Airstream…..
As soon as I saw this I pretty much fell in love with it. Being of a certain “vintage” age myself, I can remember camping in one that belong to the family of one of my friends, and then of course there was my own father’s school bus that he converted into a home on wheels. Anyway, it brought back a lot of good memories, though nothing we had in those days was as cool as this!
The Airstream sits on it’s own private 2 wooded acres and features a newly renovated interior, Japanese soaking tub, and secluded outdoor shower. It can accommodate 4 guests comfortably.
The Geodesic Dome
Photos courtesy of Elatse’Yi
The dome sits on a private deck with beautiful views of the forest. Geodesic domes have no straight/flat surfaces in their construction, so you’ll feel like you’re camping in your own luxury appointed bubble.
Elatse’Yi accepts reservations through The Glamping Hub and Airbnb, (where Rebekah is qualified as a “SuperHost”)
Rebekah and Wesley invite you to come and visit!
For more information, or to make a reservation at Elatse’Yi, click HERE
Blue Ridge Treehouse Rentals
Yes, these are treehouses, but not like the ones you played in as a kid! I spoke with the owner, Linda Roth, and she tells me that these amazing treehouses were the result of a dream made real by her two fantastic builders, Junior Deal and Matthew Mealer of Deal Quality Homes.
Blue Ridge Treehouse Rentals currently have two amazing treehouses available….
Canopy Blue Treehouse
Canopy Blue sleeps 6 and offers all the amenities of home! WiFi, hot tub, and huge wrap around porch to enjoy the view.
“Inn” The Ravine Treehouse
Photos courtesy of Blue Ridge Treehouse Rentals
Inn the Ravine is the definition of rustic charm combined with elegant artistic design. It sleeps 6 and has a whopping 1000 square feet of decking to enjoy the forest beyond.
Both treehouses are located inside the Aska Adventure Area, just a few miles outside of Blue Ridge, Georgia. Canopy Blue, and In the Ravine, are situated side by side, and can be rented separately, or together. Nestled beneath a canopy of trees, with amazing views of the surrounding Chattahoochee National Forest, these little gems have everything you’ll need and offer an experience you aren’t likely to find anywhere else!
To say they are luxurious would be an understatement! The pictures above tell the story!
If you’d like more information, or to schedule a rental at Blue Ridge Treehouse Rentals, you can click here for more information.
More Alternative Lodging….
As you can see, there are plenty of options available for those of you interested in something a little different when it comes to lodging in and around Blue Ridge, Georgia.
If you have stayed at one of these unique properties, we’d love to hear from you!
If you own or operate a property that would qualify as alternative lodging in the North Georgia mountains that we haven’t listed, let us know!