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Helen’s 50th Oktoberfest: Beer Brings Us Back Together

When you have good bier and a tight knit community (from all over), festivals just invent themselves. That’s what happened with Oktoberfest in 1810. Can you believe Helen, Georgia, the town that invented itself in the image of Bavaria, has been celebrating Oktoberfest for 50 years? It’s evidence that the spirit driving Oktoberfest is eternal: …

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Tantrum Brewery Expands Helen, GA’s Beer Appeal with Home Grown Hops, Family-Friendly Taproom

As with many crafts over the years, locals are finding out they can do them in Helen, too. Brewing is a longstanding tradition in Germany and a lynchpin of Oktoberfest. As the unofficial Georgia Oktoberfest headquarters, regulars to Helen taste a lot of seasonal brews from Deutschland. The palates of the Blue Ridge faithful are …

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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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