Around the Christmas holiday our family plans an outdoor day. Many years ago, my grandmother decided we were all a bit too lazy. We needed fresh air, and it was her way of keeping the holiday season spirit going.
A recent transplant to the South, friends and new acquaintances told me about the rustic Bavarian style village in north Georgia. Helen is a popular destination year-round, but it is all about Kris Kringle this time of year.
Here’s a short list of family fun last minute this year or for you planners, a head start on next year.
Start your Appalachian adventure by visiting the Helen Welcome Center. Their friendly staff are open 7 days a week.
Across the street (from the welcome center) is a mini golf course beautifully landscaped…and there’s an ice cream shop on premises when you finish putt-putting around.
A fall favorite activity, go for a horse drawn carriage ride around the festive surroundings. Great for families or romantic occasions.
The great outdoors is calling. A spectacular hiking area a short drive from the heart of Helen, Anna Ruby Waterfall is a peaceful hiking trail.
A winery tour in Georgia? No need to jet away to France or Napa. In the vicinity, more than ten wineries welcome guests to sample their liquid grapes. Make a day, local tour operators are at your service.
Theme parks are your happy place, Helen has a rollercoaster! The Georgia Mountain Coaster is a thrill a minute.
Hungry after all that action? Little Helen has a rich foodie scene. Traditional Bavarian fare is plentiful. For a different flavor, your bunch will be happy to sample barbeque, Mexican food and what to German’s like to toast…beer, prost!
A full belly and a day’s adventures it’s time to rest easy. Helen has a variety of lodging options. Camping, glamping, bed & breakfast, rustic lodges, and a healthy selection of hotels, including a Bavarian castle. Yep, a real castle.
When you visit Helen in warmer months, bring your float or rent a tube. The Chattahoochee River flows right through town. Around a bend is a family friendly waterslide park.
Year round, Helen is a family friendly, fun getaway.