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Gretel Candy Kitchen. Admiring the works of local artists in the Arts and Heritage Center and the skill demonstrated in The Glassblowing Shop brought us to bowls of
goulash for lunch at the Old Bavaria Inn.
We let all of that settle as we walked by re-created oldworld architecture and perused some of the more than
200 shops of handmade wooden toys, cuckoo clocks,
handcrafted quilts, souvenirs and mementoes. (I was happy to see that Betty's Country Store carries my Blue Ridge
Parkway and Appalachian Trail books!) Small, almost
inconspicuous, paintings added bits of whimsy to the
outside walls of some of the buildings. And we watched,
more than 50 people perched on giant tubes go floating
by in the Chattahoochee River as it flows through the
center of town.
Samples of the red, white and fruit wines offered by
Fox Winery within the confines of a narrow cobblestone
alley led to some silliness as we posed with the painted The Chattahoochee River flows through Helen
plywood cutout depicting the garb of Bavarian residents. and is ideal for easy floating.
Scoops of white chocolate mocha
and fudge caramel swirl at Homemade Ice Cream, Gifts and More
brought the feasting to a close just
Helen was experiencing a decline in visitors in the late 1960s when business leaders
before we headed back up the trail to
envisioned having all buildings in town renovated with Bavarian-style architecture. The
the state park.
plan, along with an extensive publicity campaign, worked, and today the village of
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