Unless the resturant you are going to is located in the city limits of Helen you may need to plan ahead if you want wine or beer with you dinner.
White County where Helen is located currently has just begun to issue beer and wine licenses for business located in the unincorporated areas of the county.
If they do not already have a license, most all of the resturants outside the Helen city limits will allow you to "brown bag". For those of you unfamiliar with that term, it means you can bring your own beer and wine. The resturant's generally charge you a $3 "cork" fee.
So plan ahead before you go to dinner outside of Helen. In addition to the resturants in town, there are some GREAT resturants just outside the city limits: Edelweiss, Nachoochee Valley Guest House and Stoval House are a few of them.
Fondest memory: When I am away from this area, I miss the beauty of the N. Georgia mountains.
Helen is a cozy little town in the North Georgia Mountains. We like to go there just to get away and relax. There are plenty of things to do there and a lot of nice places to eat. On our last trip just before going home we ate a place called Hofer's. It is a really nice place to have breakfast.
Fondest memory: My fondest Memory of Helen would be the ice and sleet storm that went through while we were there. It was so pretty ( having lived in Florida and not used to such ). We don't have weather like that in Florida very often. It was just a perfect weekend with the Super Bowl on and the fireplace going. I just sat and looked out the window most of the day. It was not one of those storms that damaged trees and put down power lines, just a beautiful little storm that left ice on all the trees. What a beautiful sight.
We were able to go to Unicoi State Park once the storm was over and had a wonderful buffet at the Lodge. It was really nice because they had a huge fireplace going and the food was great.
Fondest memory: We were able to watch the ice and snow falling from the trees as the sun began to warm things up.
When I'm in Helen I love to walk through all the little shops that are there. Some shops have gifts that are very unique. You could spend the whole day just walking and looking!
Fondest memory: Paul and I spent our honeymoon in May 2001 in Helen. It was during the off-season, so it felt like we had the town all to ourselves!
We have only been to Helen Georgia once but plan to return when we have the opportunity. The time we were there it had snowed a few days before we got there and was sleeting while we were there. It was really nice and cozy for my husband and I. It would not be something teenagers would like, but little children would love it. There is a lot of things to do in Helen. We enjoyed going to Unicoi State Park. The view is breathtaking. There was snow in all the trees and was just beginning to fall when we were having brunch at their lodge. We were able sit inside near the warm fireplace and watch the snow falling off the trees as the sun began to beam down on them.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Helen Georgia is the mountain air and great scenery. There is a really neat old time grocery store with old time gifts. All the stores and lodging in downtown are designed to give you the feel of being in a small German Town.
Favorite thing: This little town of about 500 permanent residents sits in a very beautiful part of Georgia. It is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains (about 4000 feet elevation) and the town itself straddles the Chattahoochee which in some ways is the life blood of millions of Georgians as it provides water to most of metro Atlanta. Transportation in Helen is not a big issue as you will likely only get there by car. Also, virtually everything you want to see or do in the town is along or very near the main highway through the middle of town which is probably not more than 2 miles from end to end.
Favorite thing: It's a good idea to go to the visitors center first to get maps and things to do in the area. They are very friendly and helpful here and are happy to answer an questions. There are lots of things to do around here so if you are only there for the day pick a few good thing, if you are there for several days even better you'll have a chance to see waterfalls, vineyards, float down the Chattahoochee River and much more.
There are a lot of traditions in the South, and many centered from Georgia. They have the boiled peanuts up in the hill country, and also Cheerwine is a staple. All around are little old homes converted into antique shops. These proprietors go around the region and buy up old and unique items from the families.
Another interesting site is the mobilehome trailers that are set up on little patches of ground, but then many have abandoned cars, some from the early 1960's and on. This is part of the heritage, and something to observe. The people are genuine and friendly, but do want to stick to their traditions and stay close to home, and down to the convenience store for items.
Favorite thing: For the visitor to Alpine Helen, it is absolutely mandatory to visit Alt Heidelberg's for some authentic Bavarian food. Heidelberg's specializes in Sauerbraten (Sour Roast Beef), Sauerkraut & Bratwurst (Sour Kraut & Sausages), Kassler Kottlets (Smoked Pork Chops) and an all time favorite: Käsespätzle (Spätzle noodles covered in Apline (Swiss) Cheese and Fresh Mushrooms). From June until October the visitor to Alt Heidelberg's Restaurant & Lounge can enjoy a live Polka band on Friday and Saturday nights and a strolling accordianist on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. 'Da Wo Man Gut Isst!' - The Place To Eat Good!
The Chattahochie River runs right throught the city. It's part of the Blue Ridge Mountains of north Ga and in the Nacoocchee Valley. Any time of year is great for a visit but Octoberfest is the best.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory is Anne Ruby falls. It's just a short drive outside of Helen and a short walk.
Favorite thing: The Chattahoochee River runs right through town which give the town some extra activities for the younger folks. At any given time while walking over the bridge into town, people are climbing on the rocks, wading in the water, playing with their dogs. So you may what to bring a change of clothes.
There is everything to do in Helen Georgia. Fishing for fresh rainbow trout right from the back area of your hotel, hunting, shops, water slides, cool mountain river tubing, you name it, this place has it all.
Below is a link to one of the best web sites I have ever seen on Helen Georgia. This site has tons of pictures, slideshows, and video with extensive detailed information on restaurants, things to do, places to stay, and even copies of the menus on all the restaurants that are reviewed. If you are considering visiting Helen Georgia anytime in the future, this website is a excellent tool to use for planning your trip, or if you just want to learn about this little Alpine Village replica getaway.
I used this site to plan my entire familys geatway, and knowing food prices, what each Restaurants food items were, and by getting a ton of pictures of each hotel really hepled make our trip perfect.
Fondest memory: Spending the entire day wading down the river trout fishing with my son, then taking our catch back to our hotel, and grilling them with a bunch of fresh vegetables we bought at the Bettys Country Store in Helen Ga. right off the back deck of our hotel overlooking the river. This was just a awesome experience for the both of us.
Favorite thing: Believe it or not are pretty clean, we do not generally use any public rest rooms but these were clean. very suprizing considering how many people were there for Octoberfest.