After a short rest at the hotel we went for an evening walk around Helen, Ga
Helen is a touristy mountain town styled after Bavarian Alpine Villages. Helen is best known for their extremely popular Oktoberfest celebrations which were thankfully over. I think it’s doubled in size since we were here last about 8 years ago. There’s so much to do now; ropes courses (I really want to do the Cool River Adventures course when it reopens in the spring), zip-lines, tubing in summer, an alpine coaster, hiking, fishing, shopping. It was very festive with Holiday lights. A very talented musician was playing a soprano saxophone in the middle of town and mixing a jazz style with traditional Christmas music. We found a little restaurant with warm apple strudel and ate it out in the cold with a hot coffee. On the way back to the hotel we bought an oatmeal raisin cookie the size of my head (to split) from Betty’s Country Store. It was baked to perfection with the raisins slightly caramelized – I think it was the best oatmeal raisin cookie I’ve ever eaten!