Today was the day we finally went to Helen. After first hearing about the Bavarian town in the North Georgia mountains, we had put a trip at the top of our list. We picked an absolutely gorgeous weekend and the drive was wonderful.
A small surprise along the way was the birthplace of the Cabbage Patch Kids, Babyland General Hospital, in Cleveland, GA. Having lived through the craze it brought back some fond memories of the fights that used to break out in the toy store around Christmas.
The traffic going into Helen was as we had heard about, slow and heavy. We passed so many Bavarian style strip malls on the way in we weren’t really sure if we reached it. As soon as you pull into Downtown Helen though you know you have arrived in the right place.
Helen, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains on the Chattahoochee River, is a ?? re-creation of an alpine village complete with cobblestone alleys and old-world towers.?This Northeast Georgia village has a rich history dating back to the Cherokee Indians and their burial mounds, also early settlers who mined for gold and cut virgin timber. Now Helen celebrates its thirtieth year as a mountain community with a touch of Bavaria. Click here for more on Helen history (very interesting…)
Tina and I enjoyed some Wienerschnitzel, Red Cabbage, and Oktoberfest Bier at the Alt Heidelberg, the most authentic restaurant in Helen. Our giant der Graukopf server was about as Bavarian as they come. After dinner we went window shopping and picked up a few things. We of course hunted down the only Scandinavian Import store in Helen, and bought some new flag stickers for the car. Along our walk we ended up back at the horse and carriage we passed on the way in, and took a tour of the town. After our tour we finished things up at the bridge over the Chattahoochee.
As we were leaving town we stopped at the water mill churned ice cream store that we had marked as our last trip of the day on the way in. The proximity of the store to Helen evidentally makes it close earlier than any other place. As we headed on down the road we stumbled across Doodle’s and quaint little soda shop in Nachoochee Valley. I had a Peppermint Double Scoop in a Waffle Cone and Tina had the Coffee Single in a cone. Unfortunately, I ended up wearing half of it on the way home due to a faulty waffle bottom, but I got most of it in my mouth.
As we pulled back into Alpharetta we looked forward to our next trip.
On to the pictures