By Jerry Brown
TRAVEL to a place that has Old World towers, gingerbread trim, traditional German foodstuffs and strasses and platzes spilling over with Scandinavian goods. Adventure abounds in this Bavarian beauty located in the heart of the Northeast Georgia Mountains. SEE a natural beauty perched on the Chattahoochee River and surrounded by thickly forested hills where all kinds of heart-pounding excursions await. Alpine Helen-White County is an outdoor person’s dream come true.
ENJOY mining for gemstones in three different locations or spelunking in local mines. Make mountain vacation memories your family will cherish for the rest of their lives while tubing, kayaking or canoeing down the Chattahoochee River. Ride horses or ATV’s in the mountains, then cap off your afternoon with ziplining at one of three breathtaking mountain locations, then wind down your day mini golfing with your family.
EXPLORE the many waterfalls and hiking trails in the region – including Unicoi State Park’s Unicoi Lake, where you can enjoy canoeing, swimming, geocaching, archery, tree top excursions and other daily activities. Rent or bring your own mountain bike to tackle the many adventurous trails through fields and forests in the area and explore the gorgeous trails to Anna Ruby Falls.
TOUR the Historic Hardman Farm and Smithgall Woods Conservation area, history and folk pottery museums, antique shops to learn about the history of the region. GO fly fishing on Smith Creek, Dukes Creek or the Chattahoochee River, or golf on an idyllic and beautifully designed champion par 72 mountain course.
TAKE the Unicoi Wine Trail and enjoy seven award winning White County wineries and tasting rooms. Or, take your camera and photograph Indian mounds, old mills, historical buildings and nature at its best. At Unicoi State Park, learn how to document your adventures using a GoPro camera and rent one for your stay, taking the memory card – and unbelievable memories – home with you.
TASTE the delightful flavors of the region. Helen offers over 25 restaurants, cafés, bakeries and farm to table restaurants. From authentic Bavarian experiences to down home Southern cooking and everything in between, there are flavors sure to satisfy everyone. Be sure to indulge yourself at one of our many candy shops waiting to tempt your taste buds.
STAY downtown in one of our hotels and condominiums or in the woods in one of our cabins, campgrounds, tree houses or wagons. Or, pamper yourself at one of our luxurious bed and breakfast or spa getaways. From primitive camping to a soon-to-open luxury 5 star boutique hotel, Alpine Helen-White County has accommodations for every lifestyle and budget.
FIND YOUR ADVENTURE where mother nature comes to play – there’s a new adventure every day.
For these and many more options visit us at www.helenga.org or call 1-800-858-8027.