With over 200 specialty shops, a scenic State Park, and breathtaking waterfalls scattered about, the picturesque mountain town of Helen, Georgia is the perfect place to explore. A re-creation of a Bavarian Alpine village, Helen has cobblestone streets and a rustic atmosphere that will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Visitors and locals enjoy hiking and biking at Unicoi State Park, wine tasting at various wineries and vineyards, and munching on classic German fare at a variety of local restaurants. Plus, you can do it all during any season thanks to the comfortable and mild North Georgia weather. Start packing your bags!
There are tons of things to do and see in Helen throughout the year, and when you stay at Glen-Ella Springs Inn in beautiful Clarkesville, you’ll be just a short 40-minute drive from all the action! Here are some of our favorite Helen GA attractions that are perfect for a memorable day trip.
This year, join the town’s brat-loving locals at one of Helen GA’s biggest attractions, the 45th annual Oktoberfest! As the longest running Oktoberfest in the United States, this event has all of your German favorites including live bands, scrumptious food, and of course, beer! Feel free to sit back and enjoy some delicious German potato salad or grab your partner and try to master the waltz on the dance floor. The ‘fest is open every day from September 17th to November 1st, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to put on your Lederhosen and have a fun-filled day on the town.
When you’re in the area, be sure to take a cave tour at Yonah Mountain Winery, a beloved Helen GA attraction by residents and visitors alike. During this 90-minute walking tour and tasting, guests can try three exclusive, unreleased wines and tour the only known wine caves in Georgia, all with a backdrop of the picturesque mountainside. You’ll finish the tour by sampling six wines and can even take home a complimentary Yonah Mountain Winery wine glass. It’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon with loved ones and friends!
Located in the North Georgia Wine Country, Habersham is open daily for wine tastings and offers guests another wonderful winery experience. Guests can see the fascinating winemaking process through the viewing windows and can sample a large selection of Georgia-grown wines. The tasting room also features a gift shop with gourmet foods, important cheeses, and specialty items from around the world.
The weather in the North Georgia mountains is perfect in the fall, and there’s no better time to visit a nearby farm with the family. On a Hardman Farm Tour, you’ll learn the fascinating history and secrets of the 145-year-old former governor’s farm. Guests are welcome to take a scheduled tour of the main house and grounds every Thursday through Sunday at 10 AM, 12:30 PM, and 3 PM until December 26th. Be sure to wear appropriate clothing and footwear, since you will be spending some time outside in the fresh Georgia air!
Surrounded by the beauty of the Chattahoochee National Forest, the 40.6-mile Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway winds through the valleys and mountain gaps of the southern Appalachians in Georgia and is the perfect place for sightseeing or a photo op. You’ll enjoy expansive vistas of the mountains at several scenic overlooks and will experience North Georgia from a bird’s-eye view. The scenic byway is a stunning Helen GA attraction that will make you feel one with nature.
Now that you know some of our favorite Helen GA attractions, it’s time to start planning your trip! After a fantastic day out on the town, come back and relax in our beautiful rooms and suites or join us for a delicious gourmet dinner at our acclaimed restaurant. And for more information on things to do in the North Georgia Mountains, download our free vacation guide.
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