Helen is where you go when you need a break from it all - from life in the fast lane, work-induced stress, the pressure to keep it all together - but not from relaxation and fun. A city of only 430 residents and 2.1 square miles, Helen knows how to keep it simple. With its gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountain backdrop and Bavarian inspiration, this charming Georgia town is one of a kind. Experience this town for yourself with a stay in one of our comfortable Helen, GA cabin rentals.
Located in North Georgia along the Chattahoochee River, Helen is meant to be a replica of a Bavarian alpine town, a character that it pulls off well. Because of its scenic backdrop, residents and visitors of this town enjoy trails, water activities, fishing, and vineyards. Offering peace and quiet but also fun and games, our Helen cabin rentals are a perfect mix of both worlds.
There's a reason Helen is Georgia's third most visited city. Home to the Southeast's largest Oktoberfest, Helen takes much pride in this yearly festival. Helen's Oktoberfest is also the longest-running festival of its kind and lasts from mid-September through October 30. After the Oktoberfest parade, attendees head to Helen Festhalle, where Tapping of the Keg commences. Then it's on to all the German music, dancing, food, and drinks you can handle.
Oktoberfest isn't the only time that this town embraces the German culture. Because of its Bavarian influence, many of the restaurants in Helen serve German cuisine daily, with German get-ups to boot. Hofer's is a favorite breakfast joint among locals, but it also offers a cafe full of homemade breads and desserts. Don't forget to stop by the deli counter to order some German meat and cheese to go. Hansel and Gretel's is another wonderful dessert shop and specializes in fudge and chocolate.
Early October is generally when autumn starts to emerge, and many people visit this area for the beauty that comes with the changing of the seasons. Summer is a busy time too, June and July being the busiest summer months. Tubing on the Chattahoochee is summer's most popular activity. Renting a tube, being shuttled to the starting point, and floating down the lovely river is as easy as it sounds - and even more relaxing!
Unicoi State Park and the Chattahoochee National Forest are other spectacular specimens of Georgia nature. Anna Ruby Falls is a stunning double waterfall that's accessible via a quick half-mile hike on a convenient paved trail. From two viewing decks, pull out your camera or phone to take a few shots to remember for a lifetime.
Georgia's bustling city of Atlanta sits 86 miles from Helen. A mecca of dining and shopping, this capital city of Georgia stands in stark contrast to Helen. If you're looking for a more upbeat vibe for a day trip or two, this is the place to go. Check out the Georgia Aquarium, Turner Field, or one of several popular malls before heading back to your serene Helen vacation rental.
If you're looking to take a slightly longer road trip or if you're on the outskirts of Atlanta and find you don't have to head back to your vacation base just yet, travel just a few more miles to historic Morrow, GA. About 100 miles from Helen, this town offers the Georgia Archives, where all historical documents of Georgia are kept.
The quiet town of Suwanee is 61 miles from Helen. With year-round festivals and a large park system, this quaint Georgia town is perfect for a change of pace.
While Helen is fashioned as a Bavarian escape, don't let that fool you. The city still boasts that hospitality and comfort that Southern towns do. So if you're looking for a truly unique retreat in the heart of the Georgia mountains, it doesn't get any better than a stay in one of our Helen vacation rentals - book today!
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