Set high in White County, Helen is a picturesque town in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains surrounded by sprawling cool-climate vineyards. The Georgian town is brimming with unique charm, from its Bavarian-style buildings to its historic homesteads.
Things to do
One of the best ways to experience Helen is by sipping your way through boutique vineyards, such as the historic Habersham Winery. One of Georgia's oldest cellars, it's been crafting award-winning wines since 1983. You can visit the tasting room, stroll around the grapevines or enjoy a leisurely lunch at the on-site restaurant.
Laced with scenic hiking trails, Unicoi State Park is a great place to stretch your legs. If you're feeling the heat, why not cool off with a dip in the lake? Nearby Chattahoochee National Forest serves as an outdoor playground, with rocky trails leading to cascading waterfalls like Anna Ruby and Raven Cliff.
For a glimpse at Helen's pioneer past, head to the Hardman Farm State Historic Site. It's anchored by a handsome homestead built in 1870. You can tour the estate, peer into the old dairy barn and learn about Native American history at the Nacoochee Indian Mound burial site.
Art lovers should visit Sautee Nacoochee, a historic village with arts, crafts and culture. It's famous for its craftspeople and is dotted with studios showcasing everything from pottery and glassware to jewellery and Native American art.
The best way to explore Helen and the White County region is with a rental car. The town is around 1.5 hours from Atlanta and three hours from Charlotte. Local taxis also provide transport around the town centre.
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