The month of February has a rose-tinted glow to it. If you have officially caught the “love bug” and are looking for the ultimate romantic getaway to treat your sweetheart, look no further than Helen, Georgia. From wine and gourmet food tastings to delectable restaurants and a cabin rental that perfectly accommodates your style, let Helen redefine romance for you this February and all the months beyond.
Start off with a wine tour through the North Georgia mountains with VIP Southern Tours. Public tours provide transportation to three featured wineries from the Unicoi Wine Trail, White County, and Eastern Lumpkin County. From facilitating a great experience at each winery to transporting you between the wineries and providing an artisan lunch, the team at VIP Southern Tours has orchestrated everything on your behalf so all you have to do is enjoy each other and the vino. If you select a private or custom tour for just the two of you, the day can be tailored to include many other wineries and miscellaneous stops like breweries and shopping, depending on the vision you have for the day!
Carry on the tasting theme with olive oil tastings at Alpine Olive Tree, where you can sample ultra-premium extra virgin olive oil that has been lovingly infused with numerous different fruits, vegetables, or herbs from all around the world. Choose from over sixteen different oils, including Cilantro and Roasted Onion, Persian Lime, Wild Mushroom and Sage, and Blood Orange varieties. A host of specialty balsamic vinegars are also available, including Honey Ginger, Ripe Peach, and Blenheim Apricot. Combine these gourmet oils and vinegars to elevate your cooking to the next level. After stimulating your culinary senses, pick up a sampler pack of your favorites to take home!
Whether you’re looking to stay for an afternoon or an entire weekend, Valhalla Resort offers a fairy tale-like escape with a gated hotel, superb dining, and pristine golf course. The Resort hosts 25 guest rooms with six different types of lodging ranging from Bungalows to Presidential Suites to Private Villas to make sure your stay is rejuvenating. To add a well-deserved “ahhhh” moment to your romantic retreat, escape to Valhalla’s on-site pampering oasis, Solasta Spa. Here, you can indulge in a relaxing couple’s massage or even take advantage of their salon services for a little sprucing up before your hot dinner date. Speaking of hot dinner dates—three different eateries are on property: the Caledonia, Sky Bar, and The Staghorn Grill. The Caledonia offers Southern, locally grown classics with a modern twist for breakfast, dinner, and seasonal brunch in a majestic setting. If you aspire to squeeze in a quick round, the Innsbruck Golf Club offers incredible views at a reasonable price to enjoy the game. The Staghorn Grill is located next to the Innsbruck Golf Club and offers casual grill fare – perfect for post-round or any time you need a light bite. Sky Bar, a patio on the fourth floor, offers the best place at Valhalla Resort to take in the outdoors with dinner and drinks.
Nothing charms like a decadent dinner. If you’re in the mood for steak and seafood, head to Cowboys and Angels, Helen’s finest steakhouse. Hand-cut filet mignon, lobster tails, crab cakes, create-your-own surf and turf, and more will satisfy your every craving. For uber authentic German food, look no further than Bodensee. A lengthy menu includes specials like sauerbraten, Hungarian goulash, garlic sausages, and schweinebraten that will make you feel like you’re right at home in a German guest house. Do not forget to indulge in a German beer or wine!
For those seeking adventure, ride the Georgia Mountain Coaster, the first alpine coaster in the state. The first ride is $15 per adult, and the second ride is half price. The Georgia Mountain Coaster zips through the area at 28 miles an hour or more. What better way to see your significant other – and Helen – from a new vantage point?
After a full day of making memories, find respite in a cozy cabin. Allow Cabin Rentals of Helen, Georgia Mountain Rentals, Georgia Vacation Rentals, or Pinnacle Cabins to connect you with a weekend getaway cabin curated just for you. Online search tools offer a variety of customizable categories to find your perfect hideaway – you can narrow your search by location, number of bedrooms, and views. You can even search dog-friendly properties! Some vendors also offer repeat guest and military/first responder discounts.
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Helen, Georgia, is a one-of-a-kind destination ready to show you all there is to love about these local spots and more. What are you waiting for? Time to send that “hint hint” text to your boo. For more about where to find love in this beautiful, Bavarian-inspired city, click here.