For our Bear on the Square weekend, we decided to stay at a hotel in nearby Helen, Georgia. Helen is a tiny little town which remade itself in the late 1960’s to resemble an Alpine village in order to draw tourists. It seems to be working – it got us there! We spent Saturday evening wandering the main street and browsing the kitsch filled shops. The highlight for the kids may have been hopping rocks in the Chattahoochee River – at least until Lola fell in and was nearly swept downstream!
Lola and I fantasized about spending our summer in the country near Helen, with wide, green fields and cool , shady trees. That won’t happen this summer, but I have a feeling we will be making a return trip to Helen at some point to visit the Cabbage Patch Kids at Babyland General Hospital, pan for gold in the site of America’s first gold rush, and to go hiking and tubing in the Unicoi State Park.