Say “Hallo” to Helen
Diminutive though it may be—with a population of just 430 people and covering a mere 21 square miles— Helen, Ga., holds big adventure. It’s one of the state’s most visited cities—and no wonder, what with its German-style architecture and its location nestled among the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Bavarian village is worth the journey for the pictures alone, but you’ll get a whole lot more than that when you make this 90-minute trip from Atlanta.
Not surprisingly, this petite, German-influenced town teams with culture. Art enthusiasts enjoy the The Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia and Glass Mountain Gallery while foodies relish tastes of Bavaria with traditional dishes like those at Old Heidelberg restaurant. Oenophiles enjoy old-world wines at local vineyards.
Outside the cobblestone streets of town, the natural beauty surrounding Helen boasts fresh-air excursions frequented by families and adventurous souls. Zip line tours through Unicoi State Park, horseback rides through wooded trails and jewel panning at Dukes Creek Mines make Helen a top destination for day trippers.
Bavarian-style Helen Square