The Helen Series #2
In today’s post, we’ll discuss some of the fun things to do and eat around Helen (plus vicinity). I’ll begin with discussions on food. Helen is a quintessential German town, filled with biergartens, German pubs, bakeries and the like. If you ever get a chance to go, I would just stroll through Main Street to get a sense of the place, so that you can pick and choose what you’d like to experience. Of the places we visited, our most favorite were the following:
Just a little glimpse of Main Street Helen
Last but not least, we discovered that North Georgia is like a mini- Napa Valley! The mountainous terrain is great for growing grapes, and many have capitalized on it! We initially couldn’t decide on which vineyard to go to, but this was suggested to us as having one the best views, great tasting wine, and not too hard on your wallet. The hubby and I spent almost 4 hours the second day of our trip, and went back for another quick visit on our third.
We did a 5-wine tasting before deciding what we wanted to sip on. The Reserve Chardonnay and the Merlot were our favorites! (and we took a bottle of the chardonnay home with us!)
OOTD: I paired a lace mock-neck top from LOFT (last fall) with white jeans and off-white booties. It was a bit chilly up in the mountains but still warm enough with the sunlight.
Hofer’s is an incredibly cute German bakery and cafe that serves breakfast and lunch. Their lunch menu features basic German fare- bratwurst, weiner-schnitzel, etc. Being in the spirit of the area, the hubby and I went for bratwurst in pretzel-buns. The sauce that comes with the currywurst (FYI) is very tasty! ( And ALSO very MESSY!)
As far as their bakery is concerned, we were told to try their apple fritters and also went for a slice of Black Forrest Cake (my FAVORITE CAKE!!). Both were heavenly and I cannot begin to describe how fresh the apple fritters were. I don’t know if you’ve ever tasted the likes of one from a donut shop, etc. but these were so tasty and fresh that purchasing just two left us hungry for more! (i.e. take another trip to Helen!)
Now, bbq isn’t exactly German fare, but the Texan in me comes out when I see the opportunity to try some local barbecue. Georgia bbq is definitely different, from the way the meat is seasoned, to the taste of the sauce (WAY more tangy!)
We went with the chicken, potato salad, and coleslaw. Everything was incredibly tasty and more than enough food for each of us. (Also had to mention, that the toast was buttered and toasted JUST RIGHT!)
Hope you’re enjoying the Helen Series as much as I am! Tomorrow I’ll show you some of the most picturesque backdrops we came across!