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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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Hunt for Iconic Hardwoods Near Helen, Georgia

There are easier places to live than the mountains—though certainly nowhere as beautiful. There were incentives to bring Mississippian Indian cultures and then American settlers to the southern Appalachians:  There are animals and fish beneath the hardwood canopies enjoying the cool, clean streams; it’s a little bit cooler; there was a gold rush in the …

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Plan to Kick Out Summer with the Best Oktoberfest in America

The stickiness, frizziness, unrelenting hazy summer sun: what’s the best way to usher it out, preparing yourself for a crisp fall? An alpine Oktoberfest with bier and dancing! Perhaps you haven’t planned a trip to Munich to join some 7 million other seasonal revelers—but that’s no deal breaker. The longest Oktoberfest celebration in America is …

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Great Places to Spend the Night in a Tent Near Helen, GA

There are definitely places one can get lost in North Georgia, leaving behind modern amenities and basking in self-reliance and adventure. But there are also designated campsite areas near Helen where you can get most of the benefits of long-haul backpacking and still achieve a normal night’s sleep, entertain yourself, and have a designated bathroom. Unicoi …

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