Staff Picks Blog
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Venture Out

Pleasure isn’t only internal; sometimes, it pays to leave the comfort of home. Beyond Valhalla’s walls lie beauty and excitement — and should you choose to explore, we can tell you where to look. From zip-lining across a national forest to sampling wine at a local vineyard, there’s plenty of things to do in Helen, Georgia. Wander on, and use our staff picks as your guide: We’ll be here when you get back.

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    Easter Fun and More at the Smithgall Woods State Park

    March 02

    With Spring in full bloom, Easter is right around the corner and there’s no better community to celebrate with than the Helen one. While there are many ways to celebrate, the best one that lets you take in the alpine beauty of Georgia is the Spring Fling Festival at Smithgall Woods State Park.

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    Helen’s Famous Alpine Mini Golf

    February 03

    The Blue Ridge Mountains may not seem like the ideal place to golf, but that’s not the case in Helen! Okay, maybe mini golf and regular golf are two different beasts, but don’t let that stop you from experiencing one of Helen’s local gems: the Alpine Mini Golf Village.

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    Winterfest Arts & Coach Tour

    January 06

    When Helen hosts an event, the city does it right. On February 15 and 16, Winterfest Arts & Coach Tour is coming back to Helen and it’s going to be one amazing show.

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    Feel the Adrenaline Rush at the Alpine Fun Factory

    December 02

    Helen may be a quaint alpine town, but there’s no shortage of heart-pounding fun. One of the best ways to get an adrenaline rush (or just have some family fun) is with a visit to the Alpine Fun Factory.

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    The Ultimate Christmas Parade

    November 04

    Christmas is a magical time in Bavaria and properly celebrating the holiday is a staple of the locals. Therefore, you know Helen also celebrates properly. This quaint alpine town has been showing off its Christmas spirit for half of a century now and wants you to join the festivities by attending the 50th annual Christmas Parade!

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    Art-Oberfest Extravoganza

    October 07

    Helen’s rich Bavarian heritage makes it one of the most authentic Oktoberfest experiences around. However, Oktoberfest does a lot more than just bring people together to drink fine beer and party in lederhosen: it also puts Helen residents in a festive mood and allows other fun events to transpire. One such event is the annual Art-Oberfest Arts and Fine Crafts Festival.

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    Oktoberfest in Helen

    September 02

    The Helen Festhalle is your go-to center for year-round German culture and entertainment. While the party is always going strong, it’s finally that time of the year when the celebration is taken to a new level. From September 5 through October 27, the Helen Festhalle is proud to Host Helen’s 49th Annual Oktoberfest.

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    Savor the Unique Taste of Helen

    August 05

    With such a rich Bavarian influence, Helen truly offers a unique cuisine that’s hard to find elsewhere. This delicious cuisine is best enjoyed slowly over and over again with friends and family until you’ve tried all that there is to try in this town. 

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    Downtown Helen: a Bavarian Wonderland

    July 01

    To get the full Helen experience, a visit downtown is always a good idea. Homes and stores alike will transport you to another world with their beautiful Bavarian flair. 

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    Cruise Down the Chattahoochee River

    June 03

    Helen, Georgia definitely has no shortage of lush green landscapes and picturesque scenery. You can spend days on hikes and trips while barely scratching the surface of all there is to do and see. 

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    Taste Your Way Down the Unicoi Wine Trail

    May 01

    Wine’s a funny thing: Whenever there’s something worth celebrating, it isn’t far behind. Nothing pairs better with a good day; and at the Valhalla Resort Hotel, good days come in droves.

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