There are some things that you do not expect to see in rural Georgia…..and this is one of them. This windmill is located right outside of downtown Helen, Georgia. However, given its surroundings and the bavarian cottage in the background, you would think otherwise. It nice being surprised like this and is just another reason for anyone to visit this beautiful town north of Atlanta.
As long as I’ve lived in Georgia, I’ve been told that I needed to make sure that I visited Helen. Helen who? I asked, facetiously. Helen, Georgia was their quick retort. Well, Es tut mir leid (I’m sorry, in German. If I’m wrong, I’m sure my friend Laurel from My Expat Germany will correct me)! I had never heard of the place. Over time, try as I might, the idea seemed more and more appealing to me.
So I decided to take the plunge two weeks ago to see what all the fuss was about. As it turns out, Helen is a small and lovely town located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, about 100 miles north of Atlanta. It is located near the beginning or end (depending on your point of view) of the Appalachian Trail and is the site of the country’s first Gold rush in the 1820’s. Helen is a replica of a quaint German Bavarian village and I think the only way to improve upon its enchanting facade would be to visit when the weather’s a bit warmer.
There is something special about my hometown, Atlanta, GA. People tend to be friendly, helpful and believe in taking the time to smell the roses. That means, we find really cool things to do to keep us busy:
1) Take a day trip to Helen, Georgia
Located just a mere 90 minutes north of Atlanta in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Helen is a Bavarian treat for young and old alike. If you want to be whisked back to simpler times and experience what life must have been like in early 1800’s Germany, this re-creation of an Alpine village is the place to be. Helen is in close proximity to the Chattahoochee River and the Appalachian Trail which lends itself to various outdoor activities that you can enjoy while you are there like: horseback riding, rafting, mountain biking and viewing one of the 30 waterfalls in the area. I will be visiting Helen in March, so I will have a full report for you then.READ MORE