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This small town just about 1-1/2 hours North of Atlanta Ga. is a perfect Georgia small town getaway.
The entire town is reminiscent of a small German Alpine village with North Ga. Mountain flair. They hold an annual October fest where many of the restaurateurs shop keepers, and their employees dress up like Germans, to add to the occasion.
The entire town also has very much a country mountain taste with mountain cabins, country style stores, country folk art, as well as a touch of southern bang.
You have a dozen or so excellent food choices ranging from German Bavarian style foods, to home cooked country style foods, to pizza, hot dogs, sandwiches galore, Italian, steaks, and even Mexican. The price ranges from a budget friendly pizza enjoyed on a nice wooden deck overlooking the river, to a very budget friendly hot dog and French fries plate for under five bucks.
A handful of these restaurants are located overlooking the cascading mountain waters of the Chattahoochee River, which curves through the entire town. This offers up some excellent romantic spots with candlelight dining on patios overlooking the river.
There are over one hundred small specialty, unique gift shops visitors can peruse through offering a exhilarating shopping experience with items ranging from hand carved wooden bowls, to T-shirt shops, to souvenir shops and a entire section on leather goods especially for the traveling biker.
At night this little town becomes almost a magical kingdom all lit up with small lights, small walk side pubs and grills, various options of indoor and outdoor live entertainment, and a few really romantic sidewalk style candlelit restaurants.
There is such a huge mix of interest here that one of any taste is sure to find something here of interest and value.
There are many attractions for both young and old. There is a nice water park to keep visitors cool during the summer, and a huge attraction is tubing on the Chattahoochee River. Trout anglers love the fishing here. The cool mountain waters give way to some excellent fishing for rainbow trout, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources keeps the stream well stocked, and trout fishing is open year round.
Helen Ga. is filled with many attractions. There is a bear park where visitors can see live black and grizzly bears playing, and feed and photograph them. Upon your visit, you definitely won’t want to miss out on one of the handful of miniature golf opportunities. There are zip line tours available.
There are a handful of camping opportunities available such as the Unicoi Park campgrounds with its pristine mountain lake which offers a astounding view, as well as great fishing, the Mt Yonah campgrounds, and the Sleepy Hollow campgrounds which offers a nice private mountain lake slap full of large mouth bass.
Visitors have many lodging options ranging from budget cabins and hotels in the thirty dollar per night range, up to a choice of higher end luxury hotels and private cabins offering amenities such as large stone fireplaces, excellent mountain views, locations right on the trout streams, outdoor patios with grilling equipment, wi-fi internet access, and large flat panel TV’s.
So if your in or around the North Ga. area, do not miss your opportunity to stop in for a few days, and take in the scenery, shopping opportunities, and attractions Helen Ga. has to offer.
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