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Helen Travel Guide
Get Your Bearings in HelenWhere to Stay
Helen's numerous accommodations include lodges, inns, cabins, and even campgrounds and RV resorts. Inns include chain hotels like Castle Inn, Motel 6 and Days Inn on Main Street, as well as more local hotels like the Sylvan Valley lodge and the Hofbrau Riverfront Motel and Restaurant. Sleepy Hollow Campground, Leisure Acres Campground and Creekwood RV Park and Cabins offer more rustic lodgings in Helen.
Caution: Helen's special events and festivals bring more tourists to the town, so be sure to make reservations in advance.
What to Eat
Bavarian food is the staple in Helen. The food is served in many of the German restaurants including the Old Bavaria Inn Restaurant and the Hofbrau Riverfront Motel and Restaurant, both on Main Street. Steak is also a favorite - Main Street's Paul's Steakhouse and the Safari Steakhouse specialize in this cuisine. For international food, try La Cabana Mexican Restaurant or Jordano's Pizza.
Be Sure to Sample: For baked goods, try out Hofer's of Helen Bakery and Cafe on North Main Street.
Things to See
Unicoi State Park is one of the big draws to Helen, where visitors can hike, bike, and try their hand at trout fishing. A number of tourist companies offer horseback riding and water tubing. Anna Ruby Falls, located in Chattahoochee National Forest, is another popular outdoor site visited by tourists.
Take It or Leave It: Fly fishing is also a popular pastime in the area.
Places to Party
Most of the city's nightlife centers around restaurants and eateries that double as bars at night. Bigg Daddy's American Tavern and Music Club is one such establishment, as is the Troll Tavern. The Tavern offers international food (German and Mexican), specialty cocktails and a large selection of draft and bottled beers.
Caution: The Troll Tavern's kitchen closes at 10 pm.
Where to Shop
The German influence in this town unveils itself in the the curios available to visitors. The Hansel and Gretel Candy Kitchen offers a wide array of candies and treats like fudge, whipped cream caramel, and hand-dipped chocolates. The Scandinavian European Import Company sells numerous souvenirs like Russian nesting dolls, German pewter and cuckoo clocks.
Take It or Leave It: The owner of the Hansel and Gretel Candy Kitchen wrote the book Candy Making for Dummies for the "Dummies" book series.
Ready for Your Dream Vacation?
An Alpine village in North Georgia? That's exactly what you'll find in charming Helen, tucked into the Blue Ridge Mountains along the Chattahoochee River. From cobblestone streets to Old World architecture, the town is a faithful recreation of traditional Bavarian style. It even boasts an annual, pull-out-all-the-stops Oktoberfest, whose six weeks of celebration offer Bavarian beer, schnitzel, dancing, and all of the polka music you can handle. If you prefer the great outdoors to Alpine revelry, Helen has plenty to offer, including breathtaking Anna Ruby Falls. The rare double waterfall rewards hikers for completing a not-too-strenuous trek in the 9,700-acre Tray Mountain Wilderness. In addition, the Chattahoochee River offers quick access to some of the area's best canoeing, fishing, kayaking, and tubing adventures. A range of restaurants, plenty of shopping, and even gold mine tours also give proof of the one-of-a-kind town's welcome combination of history, nature, and family-friendly fun.