You might want to spontaneously burst into song like Julie Andrews, because the hills are alive and the hotels are awesome in picturesque Alpine Helen. I think hotels have personalities, just like travel companions. Some are lively and a little loud. Others are thoughtful and romantic.
Helen, Georgia, is the Bavarian village that is full of things to do. You’ll find outdoor adventures, family-friendly activities, amazing festivals, summer fun, and so much more. Once you visit, you’re going to want to stay…for at least an entire weekend!
Ready to find the perfect spot for your and your crew? Here are 7+ Helen Georgia hotels that we know you’re going to love.
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HELENDORF RIVER INN AND CONFERENCE CENTER
Kitschy and cozy accommodations are available at the Helendorf River Inn for guests who want to strap on the lederhosen and walk to experience Helen’s 50-year Oktoberfest tradition, sampling beers and eating sausages on sticks along the scenic Chattahoochee River. I need a giant pretzel and an accordion, stat!
Just steps away from the pet-friendly Helendorf is Helen’s very own Festhalle, where you and your four-legged friend can celebrate the oldest running Oktoberfest in the United States. Get matching costumes and join the parade to officially usher in the traditional Bavarian event. Plan a scenic stay in Helen soon and start practicing your polka moves now.
Celebrating its 45th year as a mountain community hotel with a Bavarian flourish, the Helendorf offers access to a wide array of attractions, ranging from Native American burial sites, to wineries, to specialty and import shops offering everything from candle making to cuckoo clocks. At the Helendorf, there’s always something “Wunderbar” to do!
HAMPTON INN HELEN
Like my sister always says, we put the fun in dysfunctional. Bring your perfect family to the Hampton Inn Helen for a casual and relaxing stay. The popular franchise hotel has everything you expect and more. The waterfront property has comfortable benches and swings located along the scenic Chattahoochee River along with an outdoor pool and a fitness center. Just one block off the main drag, the Hampton is close to downtown attractions but far enough away from the noise to hear the river rush by.
It’s perfect for families. With connecting riverfront accommodations, parents can stay up a little later enjoying their whirlpool suite’s balcony views with a celebratory cocktail from the onsite bar while the kids sleep safely and soundly in their own adjoining room.
BREAKFAST AND MORE AT HAMPTON INN HELEN
When those toddlers, tweens and teens wake up hungry, a full (and free) hot breakfast will be ready and waiting near the lobby. Fun fact: Hampton was the first hotel brand to offer guests the chance to bake their own waffles. Now, kids of all ages can choose a classic malted vanilla waffle or pick from yummy blueberry, chocolate, banana bread and cinnamon roll flavors.
Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, so bear with me. A few special items rotate out daily, like Wednesdays find biscuits with gravy, scrambled eggs and sausage links. Every day, you can always eat your fill from the famous waffle station, a classic cereal station, a fresh juice bar, healthy fruit, toasted bagels, fresh baked pastries, nutritious oatmeal and southern grits.
Breakfast is important and can even be educational. After your meal, stop by Nora Mill Granary (less than two miles away) and check out the authentic gristmill. I was lucky enough to hear the miller tell his tale. Tommy Martin was happy to share his fascinating story and explain the grits making process. Find out what whole grain really means and see the massive water wheel churning on the Chattahoochee River out back. It also makes a great photo opp.
After a day exploring, here is another great hotel perk that children and adults will love. Get free fresh baked cookies at the front desk from 3pm-10pm. Both coffee and juice bars are open 24/7. If the kids accidentally get dirty and wet, laundry is also available onsite. Plus, parking and Wi-Fi are free.
If you’re planning an early morning waterfall hike at Anna Ruby Falls, (which you definitely should) grab a complimentary On-the-Run breakfast bag with an apple, a Nutri Grain breakfast bar and a bottle of water to enjoy on the trail. I am obsessed with waterfalls and this one is such an easy hike with a big payoff at the top. Here’s a photo for motivation.
The Hampton Inn is close to many attractions, like Alpine Mini Golf and Helen Tubing & Waterpark The Bavarian-style hotel features one and two-room suites, equipped with whirlpool tubs, fireplaces, and kitchenettes.
Book It: Hampton Inn Helen | Read More: A First Timer’s Guide to Hiking Beautiful Anna Ruby Falls
UNICOI STATE PARK & LODGE
Channel your outdoorsy adventurer with a stay in a rustic lodge, a quirky barrel cabin or a luxury safari tent at Unicoi State Park.
Want to get away from the crowd and spend quality time with your group? Book one of the 29 well-appointed cabins located across the 1,050-acre property with stunning views and privacy on Smith Creek, a peaceful tributary of the Chattahoochee River that winds from the base of the Anna Ruby falls to Unicoi Lake and is a celebrated trout fishing spot.
Discover an array of outdoor adventure and relaxation opportunities including archery and target shooting, fly fishing, paddle boarding, boat rentals, zip lining, mountain biking or simply lounging lakeside on the beach.
Give glamping a go. Combining luxury and the great outdoors, the extra spacious completely furnished safari tents give large families or groups of friends the extra space they need to glamp in comfort. All sites include beds, a Keurig coffee maker, mini fridge, rugs, lamps, a scent diffuser and electrical outlets, a ceiling fan, and even a residential air conditioning/heating unit.
Glampsites also include two hammocks, a wood fire ring, a charcoal grill with a cooking grate, string lights, two camp chairs, and a picnic table.
The comfortable lodge has 96 cozy, hotel-style rooms with access to restaurants and amenities. Just two miles northeast of Alpine Helen in the gorgeous North Georgia Mountains is the ultimate mountain retreat destination. Unicoi State Park & Lodge is centered around beautiful Lake Unicoi within the Chattahoochee National Forest. The park offers unparalleled hiking trails leading to Anna Ruby Falls and Helen.
SMITH CREEK TAVERN AT UNICOI LODGE
Lounge in the lodge after a day of adventure. Reward yourself with dinner at Smith Creek Tavern, named for the mountain stream that runs through Unicoi State Park. The welcoming local tavern seamlessly integrates an upscale, modern dining room with rustic flair and a full-size bar.
Indulge in regional favorites and authentic German platters, paying homage to Helen’s Bavarian heritage. Order a Bavarian jumbo pretzel like this one and don’t miss the Unicoi strudel with a rich caramel sauce.
Treat your palate to a little more adventure with flights of local and regional craft beer, as well as sipping Georgia’s distilled liquors. After a quiet day in the woods, the lodge’s generous entertainment area includes plenty of space for live music, pool and shuffleboard along with five 65″ televisions to celebrate the day’s bucket list goals.
For the ultimate tasting adventure, travel about four miles and take a moonshine canopy tour at Nacoochee Adventures. Fly through the gorgeous forest and over abandoned moonshine stills like this left in the forest when the revenuers got wind that something was brewing.
Take a friend and a shot of liquid courage (local and legal moonshine) after you both glide down The Intimidator, a half mile dual zipline. My brave friend Ruth and I stepped onto the platform with a spectacular view of Mount Yonah. I’m not going to lie. I was more than a little intimidated when that platform started to sway a little beneath my feet. But look, we gave it our best shot and took a shot of moonshine at the end of the line.
Book It: Unicoi State Park & Lodge | Read More: The 37+ Best Things To Do in Helen GA for Alpine Fun
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS SUITES HELEN
Rest assured, the Holiday Inn Express Suites has a whimsical facade but still has the modern amenities you expect inside, like a heated indoor swimming pool. Every season is special and hotels in Helen are limited, so book your room early to make the most of your visit to the Bavarian village, where Mother Nature comes to play!
The four-story hotel has 33 suites and 86 non-smoking rooms, with connecting accommodations and ADA accessible options. Amenities include a complimentary fitness center, an indoor pool, and complimentary coffee service in the lobby. Start your day with breakfast each morning with eggs, cereals, juices, pancakes and craveable cinnamon rolls, plus some healthy options.
You can walk to most places in town, so be sure to bring a comfortable pair of shoes and a light jacket. Downtown offers over 200 specialty shops so you can find just what you’re looking for, from traditional face jug pottery to handmade farmers cheese.
Helen has year-round festivals that celebrate the North Georgia mountain location and German culture. Be sure to check the calendar for dates and information, since some shops and restaurants close during winter months.
Book It: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Helen | Read More: 15 Restaurants in Helen Ga: The Best Places To Nosh
RIVERBEND MOTEL AND CABINS
Slip into someplace comfortable on the quiet Chattahoochee River in rustic, river-view rooms and cozy cabins, just a few steps from downtown Helen. I really like the convenience of the Riverbend Motel and Cabins located directly on the Chattahoochee River, but just half a block away with an easy walking distance to downtown Helen.
Celebrate the mountain region’s natural beauty with easy access to hiking, tubing, fishing, and ziplining. Riverbend Motel and Cabins provides a free-spirited setting for an array of year-round nature-based activities. Beyond the rustic charm, you’ll enjoy amenities like a daily complimentary breakfast, pet-friendly amenities at check-in, free Wi-Fi, and free parking.
For a special treat, book a cabin and a private chef. New York Culinary Institute graduate and La Saveur Chef Monda Dodge will curate and cater an exquisite gourmet experience served in the privacy of your cabin. Trained at New York’s Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park and a resident of White County, Chef Monda loves coming up with exquisite meals sure to please all palettes. Unwind, relax and prepare to be pampered while you enjoy the spectacular view.
BLACK FOREST BED AND BREAKFAST AND LUXURY CABINS
Swoon over the hot air balloons that race in June from your hot tub at the Black Forest Bed & Breakfast. The Alpine Village has a unique look and character with a lot of natural beauty surrounding it and plenty of ways to explore it in any season.
Black Forest Bed and Breakfast is located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The convenient Main Street venue lets you avoid the traffic and experience all of the excitement. Walk to restaurants, shops and the Oktoberfest Festhalle. Breathe in the fresh mountain air while relaxing in the gazebo’s swing or on your own private deck!
Romantic rooms and accommodations are designed for couples. Each king-size suite has a private entrance and a red heart shaped jacuzzi tub with a cozy gas log fireplace and a loveseat.
Plan an afternoon wine tasting at beautiful Yonah Mountain Vineyards where you might be serenaded by the piano-playing patriarch after he conducts a wine cave tour. Be sure to buy a bottle to take back to your room. These gorgeous mountain views are sure to inspire romance.
Book It: Black Forest Bed and Breakfast | Read More: Raven Cliff Falls Georgia: Hike This Gorgeous Trail in Helen
VALHALLA RESORT HOTEL
In winter months, visiting Helen really is like stepping into a fairy tale or a movie. Lifetime actually filmed two cozy Christmas movies in Helen and Southern Living named it “the #1 Christmas Town in America.” The Bavarian village is occasionally covered in snowfall and always sparkling with twinkling lights that rival the blanket of stars overhead during the holiday season. Feel like a princess in an opulent and romantic suite at Valhalla Resort.
With 146 acres, there are countless ways to unwind, enjoy, and have fun at Valhalla. Whether it’s relaxing with rejuvenating spa packages, treating yourself to exquisite dinners, or playing a round of golf, get the royal treatment and take advantage of every amenity.
Valhalla Resort is surrounded by natural beauty. Take it all in at the Sky Bar. Located on the resort’s top floor, this semi-open air restaurant offers brilliant vistas of the Valhalla Golf Club and Blue Ridge Mountains. Add dinner, drinks, and wine to find the culinary experience is just as satisfying as the view.
ADVENTURES AT VALHALLA RESORT
Play a spectacular round of golf on a challenging course with breathtaking views along the way. The Valhalla Golf Club meanders through the Blue Ridge Mountains, blending exceptional play with stunning scenery at reasonable prices. Want more? Try tennis, pickleball or bocce ball.
Take a hike or an art class. Take a walk on the wild side with a guided safari wildlife. Get familiar with local wild flora and fauna, and find out why each is so critical to the resort’s ecology.
Finish your day with a visit to the spa. North Georgia’s premier day spa offers relaxation and rejuvenation for your mind, body, and soul.
Book It: Valhalla Resort Hotel | Read More: Helen Ga Christmas: 13 Reasons You Should Visit This Holiday Season
COUNTRY INN & SUITES BY RADISSON, HELEN GA
The Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Helen GA is a tried and true hotel that has an amazing feature — an indoor pool!
You’ll find this Helen Georgia hotel in the heart of downtown. Within walking distance of the Chattahoochee River, you can easily walk to nearby restaurants and shops. It’s also a great home base if you’re doing summer river tubing.
You’ll find guest rooms and suites here, along with the heated indoor pool, free breakfast, and more. The guest rooms feature a fridge and microwave, along with a coffee maker. If you’re traveling with a group, you can upgrade to a one-bedroom suite with a living room, a sleeper sofa, and a private bedroom.
MORE INFORMATION FOR YOUR TRIP TO GEORGIA
- YOUR GEORGIA VACATION
- HELEN CABINS: 15 Blissful Cabins in Helen GA That Are Calling Your Name
- NORTH GEORGIA: North Georgia Mountains: 120+ Amazing Ways To Have Fun
- SWIMMING HOLES: 17+ Amazingly Dreamy Swimming Holes in North Georgia (Waterfalls, Too!)
- CAMPGROUNDS: 39+ of the Best Campgrounds in North Ga
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