Last week Paul and I spent the day exploring Helen, Georgia. It was fun to revisit a place I hadn’t seen in twenty years! My grandparents lived in Atlanta and we spent a lot of our visits with them touring the little towns in North Georgia. I don’t think it’s changed much since 1996 – Helen is basically a smaller version of Gatlinburg with a German twist and a little more Southern charm. The scenery around the town is really beautiful with the mixture of old Southern homes, farm land and mountains.
Helen is a recreation of a Bavarian Alpine village – it is the sister city of Fussen, Bavaria in Germany. Here’s a look down Main Street with the light posts all decorated for fall.
The Chattahoochie River flows around and through the town. Many restaurants offer outdoor dining overlooking the river.
Since Tangled is one of our favorite modern Disney movies, Paul couldn’t resist this mural (even though Rapunzel looks a little sketchy here!). 🙂
We ate lunch at Bigg Daddy’s Restaurant and Tavern – it was delicious! Of course there are lots of German restaurants to choose from, but neither of us are fans of that cuisine. Besides, who doesn’t love a big slice of thin crust pizza? I would definitely eat there again.
Helen is a super touristy town – it attracts people for the tubing and ziplining offered nearby, and the town is filled with stores offering the same random t-shirt and trinket selection you find in Gatlinburg. There are a few stores that sell handmade crafts in the Bavarian style as well. However, Helen is also a very Southern town with incredibly warm and friendly people. We saw the same city policeman about five times during the day and had a nice conversation with him at one point. Our waitress at Bigg Daddy’s was as sweet as she could be! We found a display in one of the local stores that reminded us that we were indeed in Georgia…and it just had to be shared:
Only in the South, right? 🙂 I have always loved Georgia and definitely enjoyed our day in Helen!
That’s it for me! Have a lovely weekend!
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