The Georgian Alps

Yes, you read that correctly. Day Three has been spent in the charming, if touristy, town of alpine Helen, GA. A German-themed town is hardly something one would expect to find in the middle of the Georgia hills, yet here it is.

The day began in the outskirts of Augusta, and once again we avoided the highways at all costs. As a result, we had a lovely two hour or so journey through the countryside and numerous fascinating “one stoplight” towns. When we finally got to Helen, we found the hotel where we stayed in years past and made our arrangements. It was lunch time again, so out came my favorite travel apps. After a few minutes of searching, we found our way to Betty’s Country Store.

It’s true that Betty’s is actually a local grocery market, but hidden in the back is a small sandwich cafe. Fill out a brief form at the counter, and in a few minutes you’re returned your order. It’s a market, so you pick up your drink just like you were shopping. Oh, and if you were wondering, it was, as Alton Brown would say, “good eats.”

We spent the rest of the day poking about town, peeking in shops and watching people on ‘tubes valiantly attempt to float down the rocky river. For dinner, after some debate we went German (we’re in a German-themed town, after all). Returning to the river, we dined at the Troll Tavern, appropriately located beside and slightly under the bridge. For my first German food experience (bratwurst and knockwurst), it wasn’t half bad. I’m afraid I just don’t have much of a taste for cabbage, so the eastern Europeans will probably never truly win me over.

The day wouldn’t be complete without an evening coffee, so before turning in we stopped at Higher Ground Coffee & More. No better way to welcome the dark of night.

As for Day Four, it’s back to the mountains of my home: North Carolina.


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