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Embark on an Alpine adventure in Helen, Georgia

In 1968, the tiny mountain town of Helen was dying. Over lunch, three local businessmen decided the town needed to add some street appeal if it hoped to capture the interests of passersby. By the time the leaves began to turn in 1969, Alpine Helen was born.
Helen, Georgia

Tinsel Towns: Have a holly jolly Christmas at these holiday hubs

Cruise down the Intracoastal Waterway with Santa Claus, take in hundreds of thousands of holiday lights, and enjoy a white Christmas without leaving the South.
Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: May 30-June 5

Fly in a hot air balloon at the Helen Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Race, float down the Chattahoochee at Duluth's Whatever Floats Your Boat, or stay on land to celebrate all things Southern dining at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival.
Valhalla Resort Hotel

This resort hotel in Helen, Georgia, wants to take you to Valhalla

The pet-friendly resort, which also offers a rooftop bar, spa, and wine cellar, sits on five acres. All 25 rooms, which start at $395 a night, are king suites with mountain views, mini bars, and 24/7 room service.
Boiled Peanuts

Brake for boiled peanuts

In the South, you’ll spot hand-scrawled signs for boiled peanuts across the state’s back roads, but our favorite is Fred’s Famous Peanuts, outside Helen.

Oktoberfest in Helen

A six-week festival in a logging town that reinvented itself as a Bavarian village in the 1960s. Now in its forty-fifth year, the event attracts around 50,000 annual visitors.

North Georgia Wine Country

I remember my first taste of Georgia wine, years ago: I was in a small gift shop in "alpine" Helen during (what else?) Oktoberfest, and was offered a Dixie cup filled with...

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