Atlanta to Helen 87 miles
Habersham Winery – Georgia’s oldest and largest winery. In addition to the wines, the tasting room also has a gift shop with gourmet foods and wine specialty items from around the world. 7025 S. Main St.
Nacoochee Village Antique Mall is 3 stories of unique gifts, they have kitchenware, china, clocks, Comics, Folk Art, Furniture, Glass, Holiday Decor, Jewelry, Knives, Linens, Pottery, Quilts and Tools. 7091 S. Main St.
Nora’s Mill – The mill was built in 1876 by John Martin, it is a four-story building complete with 1,500 pound French Burr Mill Stones and a 100 ft. wooden raceway that feeds water to a water turbine. In 1902 Dr. Lamartine G. Hardman, governor of Georgia from 1927 -1931, bought the mill and named it “Nora Mill” in memory of his sister Nora. Nora Mill remained in the Hardman Family until 1998. They grind and produce grits, cornmeal, pancake & waffle mixes, flours, biscuit & bread mixes and pioneer’s porridge. 7107 S Main St.
Jumpin Goat Coffee Roasters – coffee beans from around the world. 7082 S. Main St.
Unicoi Outfitters – fly fishing professionals – they offer an intensive 2-day course for anglers. They also sell rods and reels. 7280 S. Main St.
Willows Pottery is a working studio and gallery featuring handmade stoneware pottery. The gallery has works from 20 artists you will find pottery, jewelry, baskets, wood working, photography, fiber art and soaps.
In 1968, local businessmen met at a restaurant to discuss what could be done to improve their town. They approached an artist friend, who had been stationed in Germany. He sketched the buildings, added gingerbread trim, details and colors to the buildings, giving an Alpine look to the entire town. In January 1969, business owners and local carpenters began turning ideas into reality. The buildings were painted with scenes of Bavaria and North Georgia.
Visitor Center – 726 Brucken Strasse
There are a lot of stores in Helen selling pottery, quilts, antiques, shoes, t-shirts, wooden toys, jewelry and accessories and more.
There is a lot to do in Helen besides shopping: Mini golf, tubing, hiking, waterfalls, water park and ziplines
Bavarian Mountain Mini Golf – two 18-hole golf courses both courses include winding rivers, greenery and great views. 8065 S. Main St. at top of the hill
Alpine Mini Golf – they also have an ice cream shop. 7914 S. Main St.
Cool River Adventures Zipline & Aerial Park they have state-of-the-art gear, including automatic braking system to provide a hands-free adventure. 112 Poplar Stump Rd.
Helen Water Park and Tubing – they offer 4 waterslides over 50 feet, rock wall, 1000 ft. lazy river around perimeter of water park, kiddie play area and free unlimited tubing on the Chattahoochee River with a water park pass. If you decide to go tubing, go early, I mean really early, the traffic will back up for miles on a Saturday. 222 Edelweiss St.
Outpost Gold and Gem – pan for gold – the owners were friendly and provided instruction on how to pan for gold. 7901 S. Main St. across the road from Alpine Mini Golf.
Glass Mountain Gallery & Studio – Open Labor Day to Christmas – artists Philip and Janine Shelby’s stunning hand-blown, hand crafted objets d’art.
Helen Art Gallery and History Museum– If you are interested in the history of the area, this is worth a definite look. 25 Chattahoochee Strasse – 12-4 closed Wed & Sun
From Helen take Main Street toward Cleveland, the road becomes Helen Hwy/Hwy 75 turn left onto Duncan Bridge Rd. The Gourd Place will be on your left, continue on and the road to Serenity Cellars will be on your right.
The Gourd Place is a North Georgia delight featuring educational nature displays as well as gourd art and pottery handmade on site.
Serenity Cellars is a family owned boutique winery. The tasting room has a Tuscan look and you can shop for wine related gifts, they also have meats and cheeses. 265 Laurel Ridge Rd.