Nestled among Bavarian-style buildings, this cozy inn puts visitors near fishing on the Chattahoochee and hiking in Unicoi State Park
Hotel at a Glance: Baymont by Wyndham Helen
With its Tudor-style wood timbering and pitched roofs, Baymont by Wyndham Helen blends in seamlessly with Helen’s signature Bavarian architecture. The quaint, old-fashioned exterior belies the modern amenities inside, which include free WiFi, flat-screen HDTVs, and mini-fridges in every room.
- Fuel up for the day with a free breakfast.
- Share vacation pictures with ease when you hop on the inn’s free WiFi network.
- Explore the town: a walk down Main Street takes about 15 minutes, and you can admire Helen’s German-inspired architecture along the way.
- Go hiking in Unicoi State Park. The edge of the property is just across the Chattahoochee River from the inn, and a 12-minute car trip will take you to the visitors’ center.
- Cool off with a dip in the outdoor pool.
Helen, Georgia: Replica Bavarian Village Surrounded by the Appalachians
In 1968, the townspeople of Helen, Georgia—a struggling sawmill town in the Blue Ridge Mountains—hatched a dramatic plan to reinvigorate the economy and boost tourism. Led by local business owners and artists, Helen adopted a German identity, complete with cobblestone alleys, timber-frame cottages, and Old-World towers. Ever since, the town has thrived as a Bavarian-style village, now welcoming nearly two million visitors a year. Several festivals take place in the town every year, most notably a hot-air balloon race, a German-style Mardi Gras, and an eight-week-long Oktoberfest.
Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Helen is also home to some incredible countryside scenery. Unicoi State Park and Lodge contains trout streams, mountain-biking trails, and a freshwater lake. The Appalachian National Scenic Trail passes nearby, and the Anna Ruby Falls drop off in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. The area’s natural setting lends itself to scenic outdoor activities, including tubing down the Chattahoochee River.