A March 2002 trip
to Helen by Coach Bear
Quote: Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains is the town of Helen, Georgia. This town, begun in the 1940's, has an alpine theme to it. I want to describe some of the dining areas and activities that I enjoy.
Most of what the majority of peole wish to do can be found in the central area, so park your car and enjoy.
Restaurant | "Edelweiss German Country Inn & Restaurant"
The waiters are quick to help you make a selection, which is cooked in the finest traditions of Germany. There is a nice selection of schnitzels and wursts, plus a wide variety of beers. (Since this is a German restaurant, try a German beer... not Budweiser) Most dishes are served with kraut and German-style potato salad. For those who cannot change from their normal diets, there are American touches in the menu, such as steaks. But try the ethnic food. You will enjoy having something different.
I enjoyed the atmosphere. The food was pleasant. But, there was something lacking about this restaurant. I would highly recommend Edelweiss, but there is one restaurant that is MUCH better than this one. Either way, you will have a good meal here.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 30, 2002
The Vines European Cuisine
747 Duncan Bridge Road
Sautee, Georgia 30571
When you sit down you can order from a large menu of Bavarian dishes. The large variety of wursts and the schnitzels are delicious. If you prefer, you can order a lively, fresh trout in almond and lobster sauce. But most of the food is authentic German/Alpine in its nature. You are offered red kraut and German-styled potato salad or spetzel with the meal. There is a nice wine list, but the best of all is the huge selection of German beers. My wife enjoyed trying the weisbeer. I found a great dark beer called Optimizer (Spaten). The sad thing was that the state of Georgia will no longer allow my beer in the state because of its higher alcohol content. How sad for me (and everyone else)!
This restaurant is my favorite place to visit whenever I go to Helen. I know that if you will try it out you will always return.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 31, 2002
The Wurst Haus
White Horse Square - Main Street
Helen, Georgia 30545
Just north of town you can fish from the banks of the river, or wade in the river and fish for trout in the deeper pools. As the river winds into town, there is a small park that gives access to the river. Many are the fish that are caught here. The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries stocks the river on a regular basis at several points. This provides an enjoyable sport for the many anglers that come to this area.
One of the things for which you must be careful are the tubers. Three or four companies rent inner tubes for people to float down the river. In some of the narrow areas of the river you can get caught up with one of these tubes if you are not careful. As with any outdoor activity, you need to be aware of nature, itself. This area has a lot of rattlesnakes. If you go to an area that is not heavily travelled, the snakes like to lay in the sun on the warmer days. So, don't look under rocks and do other things that are unwise.
Overall, you will enjoy the day playing in the water... even if you don't catch any fish.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 3, 2002
Helen, Georgia 30545
More likely, this mound predates either of these tribes. It is built in a style that was popularized by the Mississippians, or Cahokians, that can be found in Illinois.
It appears as though the mound is on private property, and is not open to the public, but more information can be found by calling (800) 858-8027. I am uncertain as to whether excavations have been made around the mound, but there are no apparent diggings. Either way, it is an interesting sight and the disputed history is an interesting subject of study.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 3, 2002
Nacoochee Valley Indian Mound
The main celebration takes place in the festhalle, which is a traditional-looking town hall. We joined in the merriment and music and dancing by going into this building. There were live polka and oompah bands there playing for the enjoyment of all. We tried to dance along with the thousands of others, but we're not at a very competent level. At least the beer was plentiful for all those of legal age. We enjoyed partaking of the sausages and the drinks and in watching the crowds. This was a marvelous time for all who attended.
On the main streets there was a wide variety of people coming from all over the world. We saw a large number of college-aged youths. It seems that the fraternities and the sororities of the local colleges tend to rent out rooms for this time of the year. Perhaps this is why it is difficult to find enough rooms in the hotels. My wife and I had to make the two hour return trip home after the all-day’s fun-fest.
Be ready to let your feet go wild, your taste buds flourish, and your eyes wander as you enjoy this special festive event. I have visited Helen almost every year for the past 20 years during this time of year, and I will return as long as I live anywhere near the area.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 12, 2003