Helen: America’s Bavarian Bliss!

En route from Atlanta, Georgia we were directed by our family to savor this little piece of Bavarian bliss. Completely unaware of its existence we quietly followed google aunty’s directions without high expectations and boy were we surprised! At less than two hours distance from Atlanta, is this quaint, beautiful, little township that whisks you to Germany without the requirement of a passport or a visa.

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View from afar ©thedeardiaryblog2016

Formerly a logging town that was in decline, the city resurrected itself by becoming a replica of a Bavarian alpine town, in the Appalachians instead of the Alps.[1] This by far is one of the cutest towns you will ever visit, a completely different experience from the traditional American towns usually seen on the east coast.

With a small population of less than 1,000 residents, Helen, Georgia is an excellent tourist destination with lovely mom and pop shops, famous festivals as well as classic South-German architecture and design throughout the town.

Visitor center ©thedeardiaryblog2016

The town has more than 200 specialty and import shops offering everything from candle making and glass blowing to cuckoo clocks and quilts. Dining options range from traditional German fare to traditional Southern.[2] The town offers carriage tours of the main street, which is the perfect way to soak in the charisma of the scenery.

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Carriages in Helen- ©thedeardiaryblog2016
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Dude in downtown Helen :p ©thedeardiaryblog2016

When we visited live music filled the ambience with a fun vibe that matched perfectly with the long list of german beers offered by the pubs here.

You can rent a mountain cabin with a hot tub, tube the Chattahoochee River, enjoy beautiful hiking trails, or shop for collectibles. We recommend the tubing and mini golf experience.

Damsel in Downtown Helen©thedeardiaryblog2016

Many people must know of Helen for the famous Oktoberfest held in the autumn months, now that we know of this amazing escape it’s on our bucket list for future 😛 The annual hot air ballon race held the first weekend of June probably attracts the most number of visitors into town. Be it any time of the year this town has something special to offer and it is worth a detour on your destinations.

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Shopping plaza Helen, Georgia ©thedeardiaryblog2016

One of the best stop’s we made was at Steve’s old time photos, a decently priced photoshop. There, two sweet women helped us dress up and clicked our old time pictures that crystallized this day for us forever.

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One popular shop that is every child’s dream, a chocolate candy paradise called the Hansel and Gretel candy kitchen. We filled our bellies and bags with these drops of heaven and headed home after spending the afternoon in authentic German style!

 

Look who found the ‘Hansel and Gretel’ candy house ©thedeardiaryblog2016

 

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Alana Falls, Helen ©thedeardiaryblog2016
[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen,_Georgia
[2] http://www.exploregeorgia.org/city/helen

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Nikki C says:

    What a fun adventure! It’s so awesome that you went in without any expectations and had such a wonderful time. It definitely sounds like something that would go on my bucket list, as well. I’ll have to look it up the next we’re planning a short trip. Thanks for sharing!

    NCsquared Life

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    1. This place is just awesome, you should definitely plan a trip there i’m sure you will enjoy Nikki. Have fun.

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  2. what a seriously fun place! i honestly thought it was germany when i first saw the pictures!

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  3. wow this looks like an awesome place to visit. Thank you for sharing this fun place with us.

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    1. It sure is a fun place 🙂 you are welcome.

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  4. Lee says:

    Oh what fun to find a little gem like this!
    xo, Lee

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  5. Logan Ward says:

    I want to try the candy store!

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    1. Trust me it’s an amazing candy land!!! hope you enjoy 🙂

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  6. I read an article just this morning about 20 cute ‘Christmas’ towns across the US, and this was one of them! Most of them were far away, but this one is very close! I want to visit it so bad during the holiday season.

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    1. I hope you manage a trip during this holiday season! enjoy

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  7. Ashley says:

    Wow! I’ve never heard of this town in Georgia. My husband and I usually like to visit Atlanta once a year so I will remember this next time.

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    1. Great, it is definitely worth a trip. enjoy

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