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Jun 6, 2013 12:02 PM

Helen, GA

Any recommendations for Helen and a 30-45 minute drive radius around?

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  1. I've been there a couple of times; once for a week at a time-share swap just nw of Helen in 2005. The food was tolerable, the traffic and parking were less so. A tourist town by design. Think "South of the Border" in lederhosen. There was a place under a bridge called The Troll Tavern where we spent a pleasant afternoon consuming pitchers of Margaritas and watching the folks (mostly kids) "tubing the river" glide by. I think one needs a slight buzz to get anything out of Helen.

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    1. re: grampart

      I agree that Helen is pretty sucky, we are staying at Unicoi.

      Thought we might drive over to the Glen-Ella Springs Inn restaurant one night; have you been there?

      1. re: kengk

        We never have made it out that way, but The Inn sure sounds better Ma Gooch's in Cleveland. Ever stop at Nora Mill?

        1. re: grampart

          Yes to Nora Mill, we will probably stop and get some grits and admire the trout if they are there.