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Familiar Sports, Faraway Feeling: A Guys’ Weekend in Helen, GA to Enjoy Fall

Sometimes you want to do the same things somewhere new. A relaxing experience relies on some predictability, but also adds intrigue—mountains, river, special food. . . not being home. Making time to just hang out is harder for us guys when we grow up. Alpine Helen is an easy getaway with maximum bro-down benefit. Mark off a …

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Who Wrote Your Favorite Songs? Find Out at the Alpine Helen Songwriters Festival

You’ve got shady oak trees; cool mountain breezes; gently rolling streams giving way to waterfalls; gazing at the stars in the clear spring sky over dinner and a glass of wine. . . but still something is missing: music. Music has always thrived in Appalachia, and the city of Helen does its part to showcase regional-gone-national talent …

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You need a hike: starter hikes near Helen, GA for people who need to get away

Hiking is what we need more of right now: as a refreshing activity it can range from meditative to heart-pounding, from effortless to grueling, and it is as varied an aesthetic experience as the terrains upon which it occurs. In the Blue Ridge foothills surrounding Helen, you can do it your way. Here is a …

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The Fresh Air is Never Far Away: Helen is Georgia’s Outdoor Escape

Being indoors can be necessary, even restorative from time to time, but we need open space to be our best selves. The Blue Ridge Mountains and a storybook town getaway, Helen, Georgia, beckons city dwellers and suburbanites when they need to be somewhere else physically. . . and mentally. You can get far away in …

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You need a Mini Vacation: An Affordable Three Day Adventure in Helen, GA

Though the holidays are only recently behind us, vacation season seems so far away. Money is in short supply. The days sink into darkness by 4:30pm. This is a time of year that feels much like the leisure desert. How could you escape the everyday mentally and do it economically?   A three-day weekend in the Bavarian …

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Is This Blue Ridge or Bordeaux? The optimal wine-growing country that has been under your sniffer the whole time

As difficult as this may be for those of you who spend thousands to travel to Napa, it’s time to accept that North Georgia is a premier wine growing region. We have around 20 wineries/vineyards in North Georgia, many of which grow the grapes with international cachet: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Malbec, Petit …

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