Choosing The Perfect Family Getaway: A Weekend In The Cabins vs. An Atlanta Falcons Game

Fall is upon us – what does that mean for your family? For some, autumn is a time for reflecting, being with family, and enjoying the changing leaves. For others, though, the fall season indicates the beginning of football season. A weekend in the cabins at Cedar Creek Cabin Rentals in Helen GA, we love every aspect of the season, from cheering on the Falcons as they score a touchdown, to hiking in the leaves, and everything in-between.

The beauty of fall is that it provides us with so many exciting opportunities. As the year winds down and comes to an end, most people find themselves eager to make the most of the remaining months, and have some fun with their nearest and dearest. Whether this means exploring the woods around a cabin, or packing into the Georgia Dome with like-minded fans is a matter of personal opinion.

While both of these activities are valid, though, many families may only have the time or funds to choose one this year. As both are tempting options, it can be difficult to know which is right for you and yours. Taking a look at a side-by-side comparison of the entertainment values, cost, family friendliness, duration, and accessibility of each will empower you to make the best choice possible.

Comparison Dimension: Entertainment Value

A Weekend in the Cabins

cedar creek cabin viewVisitors to the cabin rentals in Helen GA will never find themselves lacking in things to do and see. Nestled in the Helen area of the scenic northern GA mountains, the area surrounding the spacious cabin rentals provides ample opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, and exploring. Adventurous families might attempt a ZipLine tour or a horseback ride, whereas history buffs may elect to spend the day exploring historic downtown Dahlonega – the site of America’s first Gold Rush. With a huge selection of shops, wineries, restaurants, museums, and attractions within several miles of the cabins, there’s never a shortage of entertainment.


Atlanta Falcons Football Game

From the moment that you enter the stadium, you’ll feel the electricity of thousands of fans waiting to root for their favorite team. Lost in a sea of red, you’ll have the opportunity to catch all of the exciting action of a football game – live and in person. In professional football, you never know if the game you’re attending will make history. Maybe this will be the year that the Falcons make it all the way to the Super Bowl, again.

Comparison Dimension: Cost

A Weekend in the Cabins

The cost for a family of four to visit the cabin rentals in Helen GA will vary by personal preferences. This is because some families may be okay with choosing a rental where the kids share a room, whereas others may prefer allowing them to have their own private space. In general, though, rental companies like Cedar Creek can provide an amenity-rich cabin for around $300+tax per night. The cost for entertainment will also vary by group. While major attractions will come with a price, there are a wide array of free activities for groups to enjoy. This enables you to set your own budget.

Atlanta Falcons Football Game

georgia domeThe price for tickets to a Falcons game will depend upon who they are playing against. Tickets for a game against the New York Jets, for instance, will run anywhere from $35 to $1300 each. The lowest cost seats at the 50 yard line are $60 each, meaning that a game for a family of four would run around $240+tax. A game against the New England Patriots, on the other hand, would run between $100 to $1300 each – a much pricier investment. Concessions, souvenirs, and parking should also be taken into consideration. Considering a budget of $25 per person for food and drink, $20 per person for keepsakes, and $15 for parking, a single game may come to just under $450.

Comparison Dimension: Family Friendliness

A Weekend in the Cabins

The area surrounding the cabin rentals in Helen GA is packed with fun and family friendly activities. Kids love to play Alpine mini golf, pan for gold and precious stones, picnic near waterfalls, go fishing with their families, embark on a tubing adventure down the river, or visit quirky museums like the Gourd Place and Babyland General Hospital.

Atlanta Falcons Football Game

With so much activity going on around them, kids have a blast at live sporting events. Doing “The Wave”, trying a stadium hot dog, and enjoying the halftime show are highlights that the whole family can enjoy. Of course, enjoying a few beers is a big part of watching a football game at the dome, so some families may elect to avoid tailgaters so as to keep the younger ones away from any rowdy activity.

Comparison Dimension: Duration

A Weekend in the Cabins

cedar creek cabins hot tubThe amount of time that you choose to spend in one of the cabin rentals in Helen GA is entirely up to you. If you’re on a time crunch, you might head up to the mountains on a Saturday morning, explore the area, and depart on Sunday afternoon. Those who are looking to unwind a bit more and “get away from it all” may elect to spend two or more full nights at the cabins. Regardless of what works best for your schedule, you are sure to have a marvelous time. Generally, though, we recommend that you dedicate at least two nights to your trip, so that you can experience all that the Helen area has to offer.

Atlanta Falcons Football Game

A typical professional football game will last for between 3-3.5 hours. In order to ensure that you get parked, make it through security, get your snacks, and find your seats before the game starts, however, you’ll probably want to arrive between 30-60 minutes early. You should also expect that getting out of the busy stadium after the game may take a little bit of time. When all is said and game, you should plan to spend anywhere between 5-6 hours on the game.

Comparison Dimension: Accessibility

A Weekend in the Cabins

THe cabin rentals in Helen GA can be found about 90 miles northeast of Atlanta. The drive from the city is fairly easy, and takes just under two hours, via GA 400 and Interstate 85. Because parking is included with the cost of the cabin, the travel expenses should be limited to purchasing fuel.

Atlanta Falcons Football Game

Home games for the Falcons are played at the Georgia Dome, which is located immediately west of downtown Atlanta, on the corner of Northside Drive and Georgia Dome Drive. Those who drive to the game will need to plan to pay for the costs of parking, which can vary by lot. You may also chose to access the Dome via the MARTA rail system. A round-trip ticket costs $5 per person, and up to 2 children under 46″ can ride free when accompanied by a paying adult.

There are numerous factors to take into consideration, but it ultimately boils down to what your family prefers. Regardless of how you choose to spend your fall, we hope that you make wonderful memories, and that this post helps you to make the most informed decision.

If a weekend in the cabins sounds like something that appeals to you, check out our gallery of luxury cabins that we have available for you: Cedar Creek Cabins Photo Gallery.

Photo Credit: Matt Ryan and Atlanta Falcons Photo Credit: Georgia Dome