Say “Hallo” to He­len

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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

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