While it’s only about an hour and a half drive from Atlanta, the Bavarian alpine village of Helen feels worlds away. Couples travel to Helen, Georgia, for the quaint, hospitable atmosphere, and romantic activities.
Local artists have exhibits in several galleries and studios throughout Helen. You might catch artists blowing glass at Glass Mountain Gallery and Studio, and Helen Arts and Heritage Center always has a variety of artwork on display, like jewelry, pottery, photography, and paintings.
Indulge in the Food
Bavarian food is bountiful in Helen and an experience that you won’t soon forget. Try goulash, German potato salad, sauerkraut and pretzels, then top it all off with a craft beer. In addition to a variety of German fare, you’ll also find a lot of Southern-style cuisine options.
Stroll through the village on cobblestone streets and you’ll find many locally owned shops and boutiques. Nearly 200 different stores carry anything from clothing to handmade crafts, and pottery.
Visit a Granary
Stop in at Nora Mill Granary, which was built in 1876. Along with tidbits of history, you’ll get to watch the granary grind cornmeal, flour, grits, and oats. An on-site store also carries food and items for purchase.
Unicoi State Park is a natural wonderland to explore by hiking, biking, or simply taking in views of wildlife native to Georgia. Unicoi Lake is a romantic setting for swimming and boating or cuddling up while watching the sunset.
The Chattahoochee River is ideal for outdoor recreation. Couples can go river tubing, paddle boarding, or kayaking on the river, which flows calmly right through the town of Helen.
Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway
Take a romantic drive along the Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway. Drive 40.6 miles through the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests for magnificent mountain views, waterfalls and scenic overlooks, and keep a camera handy for a multitude of stunning photo ops.
Step back in time at Charlemagne’s Kingdom, which presents an artful display on the history of Germany’s railroad. The railroad museum features models of miniature villages, cable cars, railroad tracks, mountains, and rivers. A mural of Emperor Charlemagne greets visitors at the entrance.
Hike to Waterfalls
Several waterfalls are present in the area, and it’s worth a trek in the fresh mountain air to get to them. Take a hike to Anna Ruby Falls, which is an uphill hike on a paved trail. Dukes Creek Falls is a rugged one-mile hike through the forest. Raven Cliff Falls is another waterfall that can be accessed with a five-mile challenging hike.