Winter Activities in Helen, Georgia

While most consider Georgia as a warm southern state teeming with peaches, North Georgia, leading up into the Blue Ridge mountains, is a beautiful place to visit for a winter getaway. Located less than two hours north of Atlanta, consider heading to Helen this winter season for a fun week, weekend, or even just a day trip. Check out this list of hotspots and events to keep you busy.

Strolling and Shopping Downtown
Apart from traveling to southern Germany, there are few places that compare with the unique Bavarian architecture in Helen. Downtown Helen’s charming buildings transport visitors to the setting of an Alpine-themed story book. Consider taking a horse-drawn carriage ride or stop in the Helen Christmas Shoppe for some Christmas cheer.

Outdoor Winter Events
If you don’t mind the chilly air, attend Helen’s biggest annual event Oktoberfest, which runs from the middle of September through the end of October every fall. During the holidays, be sure to check out the free Festival of Trees held at Unicoi State Park. If you fancy yourself a runner, register for the Hogpen Hill Climb, either a 5k or an 18k, fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity held every January.christmas-helen-scale-1400-729-90

Wineries
Stop by one of Georgia’s biggest wineries, Habersham Winery, for reasonably priced tastings and a souvenir glass. Or consider the Sylvan Valley Lodge and Winery for group tastings, beer and cider flights, and if you like a cabin feel, you can even stay the night.

Off the Beaten Path
Scarlett’s Secret: In true Georgia fashion, consider stopping by Scarlett’s Secret and enjoy replicas of Gone with the Wind era d├ęcor as well as period memorabilia.

Food and Sweets
When in Helen…try traditional German food at Bodensee Restaurant. Known for its hearty portions and fun atmosphere, be sure to snag an order of potato dumplings and try the spaetzles. Consider yourself a pulled pork or Brunswick stew enthusiast? Try out the widely popular North Georgia Bar-B-Q located at 663 Edelwiess Street.

After your meal, satisfy your sweet tooth at Hansel and Gretel Candy Kitchen (free samples abound) or trek over to Hofer’s Bakery and Cafe for some German pastries, cakes, or even just a cup of coffee.

Resist the urge to hibernate this winter and get active. Take a winter trip to Helen, Georgia and make some new cold weather memories! And if you are looking for a place to stay while visiting Helen consider renting a vacation home from Pinnacle Cabin Rentals. They offer beautiful luxury rental homes with great views and are close to all of these Helen Georgia winter attractions and activities.

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