A few weekends ago we had the pleasure of a trip to the Georgia Mountains. We had been looking forward to some hikes but unfortunately it rained the whole time. However, the nearby towns provided plenty of interest and it was quite an enjoyable weekend over all.
We also stopped in Helen, GA which is weirdly a recreation of a German alpine village. Everything was closed on Sunday, but we were able to get a good sense of the place.
Between Helen, GA and Sautee Nacoochee, GA was a small retail area with a fabulous antique store set in an old haunted house. I didn't take any pictures, but there were definitely some good steals to be found. Across the street from the antique store is the Nora Mill Granary which features a mill dating back to the 19th century (with the original grindstones) that sells grits and porridge among other delicious things.
For a short weekend, the Helen area was great! Just 2 hours away from Atlanta, scenic, and with a lot of character.