Posted February 5, 2010 by Kate Hamman
Next to the Chattahoochee River, you'll find a little bit of Bavaria in Helen, Georgia. Here, cobblestone streets and gingerbread-style buildings bring Europe to the Blue Ridge Mountains without the heavy price tag. Come take a horse-and-buggy ride through town to learn more about its sights and history. Then indulge your sweet side with homemade candies before you return to your chalet in the mountains.
Horne's Buggy Rides: Sit back and take in the sights of Helen's Alpine Village from the comfort of a horse and buggy. Narrated tours start at the corner of River and Main Streets. Along the ride, you'll pass Bavarian storefronts and learn why folks here decided to recreate a German town.
Hansel & Gretel Candy Kitchen: Follow the breadcrumbs of satisfied candy lovers to the Hansel & Gretel Candy Kitchen, where you'll find handmade chocolates, fudge, pecan pralines, and divinity. You can watch skilled candymakers create the tasty treats on either a free 15-minute "History of Chocolate Tour" or while browsing the store. The free samples of fudge and brittle are a must, but the real attraction is the Chattahoochee Snappers, Hansel & Gretel's version of a turtle. One half-pound box of snappers costs $9.95.
Edelweiss German Inn & Restaurant: Just outside of Helen, you'll find an authentic Alpine Gasthaus surrounded by lush mountains. Here, you can experience Bavarian life in rooms equipped with five-pillow beds sporting European-style sheets and duvets. There is a German breakfast Monday through Friday and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Rooms start at $135 per night.
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(Photo: Helen Convention and Visitors Bureau)