2009 Road Trip – Helen, GA

The 3rd pit stop on our southeast road trip was Helen, GA.  It was a lot closer to Asheville, NC than I thought so we were there in no time at all.

For this leg of the tour, we opted to rent a cabin.  I found Blue Ridge Cabin Rentals online and booked their “Natural High” cabin.  We had pretty good luck with our rental place in the Smokies last year, and Aidan had mentioned he wanted to do it again.  As for the cabin itself, I don’t have any complaints.  It was easy to find, had a great view, was spacious and very clean.  If they could only find a way to take all of the creepy crawly bugs out of my “nature experience”, that would be perfect… the scorpion I found in the sink the first morning really put my heart to the test.

The town of Helen was kind of old and dirty, in my opinion.  There were a lot of junkie stores, over priced “authentic” german food and really nasty public restrooms.  I thought the same thing about Gatlinburg though, and I think a lot of people would disagree about both.  I guess it’s just not my thing, but I did enjoy the day out with the family and had a great lunch at Hofer’s Bakery.  I was kind of surprised they had never heard of a turkey reuben though… go figure.  We went to Troll Tavern first and were really disappointed by both the menu and the service.  I enjoyed my first $10 daiquiri and decided to move along.  They had a nice view of the river going for them, but that’s about it.  Oh, I will add that Betty’s Country Store was pretty cool… they had great looking produce and all of the essentials you’d need.

Also during this pit stop, I had a little eye emergency… it would seem I somehow got string stuck in my eye and had to visit the optomitrist in the neighboring town.  I must shout out a special thanks to Dr. Dalton and his staff @ Dalton Family EyeCare for fitting me in on such short notice and being so great with everything overall.  I won’t say what I was doing to get string stuck in my eye, but it’s something Luke and I won’t be forgetting any time soon!

Also while in Helen, Luke and Aidan went tubing.  Believe it or not, $5 got them both on a tube down the river with a special stick.  I can’t even remember the last time an activity was so cheap!  They had a blast and would recommend Cool Water Tubing to anyone visiting the area.

Unicoi State Park and Anna Ruby Falls were right by our cabin.  We enjoyed a nice little picnic in the park and then hiked up to the Falls, stroller and all.  We even spotted a rattle snake along the way, which isn’t something us folks from Florida get to see every day.  It really is a beautiful area!

After four nights, it was time to pack up once again and head out to Stone Mountain, GA.  Our time in Helen was both relaxing and fun!  It was nice to recharge and share some peaceful moments away from the hustle and bustle that is Tampa.

Posted by jenn on 11:08 pm - Wednesday August 19 2009 ,

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