Octoberfest in Georgia
No, this isn’t Disney, it is a little town called Helen. Helen sits in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northeastern Georgia. The town is designed to resemble a Bavarian village, with shops and a beer garden on every corner (Yes, I had a few beers while I was there).
the Chattahoochee River runs through town. It actually cradles Helen by flowing down one side and up the other. Helen also sits on the edge of the Chattahoochee National forest for all you outdoor fans, with a waterfall hike not too far from town.
Now’s the time to go visit while the town celebrates Octoberfest. We were there during the week when it wasn’t too rowdy, but I understand the weekends get busy. This was fine with me because I was looking a few days of mellow in the mountains. The river ran right behind our hotel with a fire pit and benches. Here’s a picture from my balcony:
It was a nice place to visit, and we’re looking at going back in November when they perform the Lighting of the Village. Of course, one of my favorite places in town was the Hansel & Gretel Candy Kitchen. Imagine rooms full of homemade candy – more chocolate than you can eat in a lifetime (Although, I’d give it a shot).
Helen’s a cool little town, definitely worth a visit.