Among the many rental cabins, B&Bs, and other small accommodations in the Ellijay area, Whitepath Lodge offers large, condo-type rooms with full kitchens and facilities for group retreats. There is a large outdoor swimming pool, two tennis courts, a golf course, horseshoes, and a common room/meeting room that can be rented for an additional fee.
There are certainly good things to say about Whitepath. The rooms were clean, and the common room, which is right beside the pool, was cozy and had lots of tables and chairs and a large kitchen. The view from the east side upper floor rooms is amazing. The garden area, while small, is beautiful and serene. Den furniture in the units is adequate (Warning: The interior photo on Whitepath's website shows the nicest room available -- most rooms are not as well appointed. The site's claim that rooms are decorated with "period antiques" is dubious, unless Formica-covered tables are now considered antiques).
Rooms in the main lodge are HUGE (1850 sq. ft.), with large porch and deck areas, and nicer kitchens than in most suburban homes. That said, the floor layout is very strange and unappealing, and wastes much of the space. As an example, the master bedroom in each unit has two parallel, tunnel-like bathrooms approximately 25 feet long. Each bathroom is very narrow and has a large walk-in closet at the end, though it is hard to see how guests would need such cavernous storage space. A larger master bedroom with a generous single master bathroom would have been a much better -- and more attractive -- use of this space.
The mattresses are awful. Kitchen dishes, utensils, and cookware are provided, but they are a largely unattractive mish-mash of odds and ends. Only one thin dish rag and dish towel are provided, so plan to use the dishwasher. Guests who want to use the pool should bring their own towels because there are barely enough towels provided for bathing.
There were various maintenance issues in our unit, such as vertical blinds that would not close, a kitchen sink stopper that broke, doors that would not close and/or lock, and a bathtub stopper that would not work. Our unit was connected to the adjoining unit by a "double door" typically found in hotels, but it was not locked and our key would not fit the deadbolt -- At one point, a child from next door wandered into our unit. The floors are thin, so if you are on a lower floor, prepare yourself to hear your upstairs neighbors walking about.
The smaller Shenendoah units are two stories and have a cozy, camp-like feel with a rich pine smell. Each floor has a balcony overlooking a wooded area -- There is no view of the mountains, but the steep hillside puts you in the treetops where you can observe birds and other wildlife. The units are rather cramped, so don't expect a lot of elbow room.
Despite the problems, there are many reasons to recommend Whitepath Lodge, except for the price. Given that one can easily rent entire cabins in the Ellijay area for $125-$150 per night, Whitepath's rate of $200-$220 for a room in the main lodge makes it a poor value. If having a pool and other recreational amenities is important to you, the Shenendoah units are a relative bargain at $120-$140 per night. My advice for a large group looking to get together in Ellijay is to rent several log cabins in the same general area, with one of them large enough to host group activities.