12 Reasons Why You Should Seriously Consider A North Georgia Cabin Rental For Your Next Vacation Getaway

Posted by Tom Telford on Tue, Apr 09, 2013

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When you think about a great vacation getaway in the contiguous 48 States, the gentle rolling mountains of north Georgia may not come to mind right away. But after a few minutes of online exploration, you'll quickly appreciate the alluring appeal of the idyllic Helen, Georgia. Situated in the North Georgia Appalachian foothills and a short drive from Chattahoochee National Forest, Unicoi State Park, and other scenic points of interest.

If you're not much of an "outdoors person", you may have a difficult time understanding why anyone would ever want to stay in a cabin on their vacation. Would it surprise you, then, to learn that some cabin rentals are far more luxurious than hotels, yet are still affordable?

The fact is, cabin rentals like those in the Helen area, cater to a wide variety of wants and needs, whether it be close proximity to nature, a private and romantic getaway, or a location that is convenient to all of the local attractions. Georgia offers a diverse range of scenic beauty and attractions. The serene mountain landscapes, secluded cabins, and natural beauty beckon you and offer you a relaxing break with the people you love. Once you experience cabins in Helen, GA you won't ever want to leave. The cabin amenities, natural beauty, and local attractions will make your stay in Helen remarkable and unforgettable.

But this is just the tip of the iceberg. In the following sections, we’ll explore several of the many reasons why cabin rentals in northern Georgia are so popular, and how they could transform the way that you choose to go on vacation. Here's a quick survey.

The Reasons We’ll Explore For Renting A Helen Georgia Cabin

  1. A natural setting in the outdoors (with views)

  2. Luxury stays with amenities (including practical)

  3. Cabins provide plenty of room

  4. Maximum Privacy & Enjoyment

  5. A Change Of Pace, Relax At Any Time

  6. Personally Accommodating

  7. Value & Affordable Prices

  8. Things To Do Nearby

  9. Experience The History & Uniqueness

  10. So You Can Finally Make That Family Reunion Happen

  11. Support The Local Economy
  12. Winter Reasons For Cabin Renting

Let us begin with the set stage of our lovely mountain cabin rentals.

1. A Natural Cabin Setting In The Outdoors (With Views)

Vacations are a time to "get away from it all", get some rest, and recharge. What could be more peaceful and accommodating of this than a visit to nature?

Drinking in the fresh mountain air, experiencing the sounds of native animals or wind rustling through the trees, exploring forests and waterfalls, and enjoying spectacular views can all be accomplished without pitching a tent or going bushwhacking. Our many cabin rental options around Helen make it possible for even the pickiest vacationer to have a great time in nature, without compromising the needs of outdoors enthusiasts that may be traveling in the same group.

The nature lovers can enjoy hiking in the area near the cabin, following mountain streams, catching frogs, or fishing while others can take in the sights and sounds of nature from "safe distances" offered through wrap-around porches, patios, and windows that offer panoramic views.

Wouldn't it be nice to wake up on vacation looking at a beautiful, wooded setting rather than a parking lot? How about having your coffee on your own private deck with a waterfall view? Our properties offer a chance to get away from city life and absorb the many wonders of nature. Plus, you don't have to drive to enjoy the lovely Georgia countryside; it's right outside your front door.

The best part is that you can even customize your view. So whether you feel that staying in a wooded glen or right next to your own waterfall or creek would be more peaceful than other options, you'll be able to experience nature "your way". Choose creek, waterfall, wooded, or mountain views.

When you’re ready to venture outside the cabin, Helen lies among the Appalachian foothills and on the edge of the Chattahoochee National Forest. Each season offers something distinct, and new things to do in North Georgia. Spring brings things to do. Summer means ample time for outdoor recreation and water sports. The fall foliage and golden sunsets of autumn invite you to linger over a glass of wine. And the winter wonderland and holiday festivities in Helen brighten the winter months.

2. Luxury Stays & Amenities (Including Practical)

When you hear the words "mountain cabin rentals", what comes to mind?

For some people, an image of a dilapidated, run down shack with no electricity may appear. Now throw that image away and replace it with an image of luxury. Each of our cabin rentals is suited for a king (or queen) without ever taking away the feeling of privacy and of being in nature.

You can truly have the best of both worlds as you enjoy a long, relaxing soak in your cabin hot tub while gazing out upon the sights around your vacation rental. You can even take pictures of your stellar views on your smartphone and upload them to your social media accounts, compliments of the cabin's free high-speed internet.

After a day of exploring the Helen area, you and your family can come back to the cabin and relax in climate-controlled conditions while watching a movie on your flat-screen TV, playing a round of pool or Foosball in your game room, or just enjoying a home cooked meal from your cabin's fully equipped kitchen. These aren't your typical cabin rentals.

Each cabin's kitchen comes fully equipped with everything you'll need to fix your favorite meals. Whether you want bacon and eggs for breakfast, grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch, or burgers for dinner, the kitchen has all the equipment you'll need. Shopping at a nearby grocery store and fixing meals in the cabin saves you money and gives you complete control over meal preparation.

Gather with loved ones to watch a movie on your flat panel TV, to play games in front of a crackling fireplace, to challenge one another to a game of pool or Foosball, or to toast marshmallows around your fire pit to end your day.

3. Cabins Provide Plenty of Room

Why squeeze a whole family into a single hotel room when you can rent a cabin and spread out and enjoy your vacation?

A huge perk of our cabin rentals is how they offer plenty of room, regardless of your group's size. Your frustration with your kid's bickering about who is hogging the covers or trying to get an extra roll away bed up to your hotel room ends here. Our cabin rentals are capable of accommodating up to 12 people, and you can even opt to allow your kids to have their own separate bedrooms so everyone has alone time when they need it. And with multiple bathrooms, you enjoy that Jacuzzi bath for as long as you like without anyone else banging on the door wanting "their turn" in the shower.

Our cabins also feature spacious living rooms, modern and fully-equipped kitchens, dining areas, game rooms, and more. You can even pick one with multi-stores so that you feel more like you are in a house than a cabin. Living areas and game rooms allow your group to spread out and enjoy each other's company without being crammed into a single room.

4. Maximum Privacy & Enjoyment

Have you ever headed down to the hotel hot tub or sauna for some rest and relaxation only to find that it is occupied by other hotel guests? It can be somewhat uncomfortable or awkward to join perfect strangers for a soak in the hot tub when all you wanted to do was just soothe yourself and unwind from a long and busy day on your vacation.

Our hot tubs are the perfect solution to your privacy problem. Whether you are visiting with a group of friends and would like to enjoy each other's company in the hot tub, or are on a romantic getaway and would like some intimate time to cuddle with your sweetie in the warm waters, you will fall in love with the idea of having your own personal hot tub. No more worrying about someone you don't know hopping in and interrupting you!

5. A Change of Pace, Relax At Any Time

Another common reason for a vacation is to simply "get away from it all". Whether "it all" is indicative of work, household responsibilities, or just the hustle and bustle of everyday city life, a cabin vacation is the solution. When you book a stay with us in the Helen area, you'll be able to slow down and enjoy the little things as the fresh mountain air, friendly locals, and nature all around you will help to put things into perspective. But just because you need to take a break from the "real world" doesn't mean you won't be able to stay connected. Most of the rental cabins include wifi so that you can update your Facebook and Twitter accounts with stories of all the fun you are having or shoot an email to your office buddies to brag about your vacation.

Night owls and early risers all have something to cheer about when it comes to cabins with hot tubs. When you have your own private hot tub in your cabin you will never be turned away by a "CLOSED" sign. You will be able to access your hot tub any time of day (or night) - whenever you desire to relax and unwind. You will no longer have to feel pressured to get out of the hot tub in order to allow others to have a turn, or have to wait until others are finished. With 24/7 access to your cabin hot tub you will feel like a rock star within our luxurious accommodations.

When you book a stay with us in the Helen area, you will be able to slow down and enjoy the little things as the fresh mountain air, friendly locals, and nature all around you will help to put things into perspective.

6. Personally Accommodating

First off, the cabins are accommodating in every way. There's plenty of room for everyone to stretch out and breathe, regardless of how many people you are traveling with.

Guests are able to select from a wide range of cabins that can sleep as few as two lovebirds, or as many as twelve. Families love the cabins because everyone is able to enjoy their own private bedroom, if desired. This means that Mom & Dad can enjoy some much needed privacy, and the kids will feel less compelled to bicker.

For travelers who need to stay connected to the office, cabins with high-speed and/or wireless internet are available, and for those who don't want to pack a week's worth of clothes for everyone, there are even rentals that feature a washer and dryer.

Does anyone in your group have limited mobility? There is a handicap-accessible option for you. You can even choose cabins that accommodate your furry friends so that fido doesn't have to stay at home.

7. Value & Affordable Prices

From time to time, we all need a vacation in order to escape from the hustle and bustle of every day life. But while you know that you could definitely use a break, you may be worried about how much a getaway is actually going to cost you. How can you relax, have fun, and bond with your loved ones without going bankrupt?  

When it comes to lodging, though, don't fool yourself into believing that you can't afford the very best. While hotels and other options may initially seem cheaper, a luxury cabin rental will provide you with a lot more value for your dollar and can actually help you to save money on your getaway. The price to stay in one of the lush cabins is so comparable to a standard hotel stay that you'll wonder why you ever spent so much on mediocre accommodations in the past. 

8. Things To Do Nearby

A lot of people are designed in such a way that they get restless if they sit in one place for too long. The feel as if they will lose their minds if they don’t have any vacation time coming to them, and when vacation time does come they breathe a sigh of relief.

Close to everything, there are so many different ways to enjoy the Helen, Georgia area on your next visit. Shoppers will love the unique North Georgia retailers such as Christmas and More in Helen, Mark of the Potter in Clarkesville, and the Old Sautee Store and Village in the Sautee/Nacoochee Valley. Each store in the area is committed to providing a diverse retail experience to residents and guests alike.

If you are a thrill seeker cabin renter, put you at the heart of exciting adventure. Ziplining, hot air balloon rides, and kayak trips will all push the limits of your adventurous spirit and help make your vacation memorable and unique.

Perhaps you're interested in a slightly more low key outdoor adventure. The North Georgia mountains boast some of the most beautiful scenery in the country and are a main reason guests return. Unicoi State Park is an excellent hiking location, the Chattahoochee River is perfect for fly fishing, and horseback riding opportunities abound in the Chattahoochee National Forest.

Specific Attractions To Explore

The nearby town of Helen recreates the charm of a faraway Alpine village with its old-world towers and cobblestone alleys. For you active folks, here’s a quick list of enticing activities in the area.

  • Golfing: Play golf at one of a half-dozen quality golf courses around Helen, including the Nicklaus Golf Club at Birch River, designed by the master himself.

  • Pirates Cove Mini-Golf Course: Play miniature Golf at the Pirates Cove mini-golf course. An outdoor course that features a pirate theme, and has several different holes to play that feature caves and water hazards.

  • The Helen Waterpark: If you planned your vacation during the warmer months, the Helen Water Park is the perfect diversion for young and old alike. The park features several waterslides, and the 1000’ Lazy River.

  • The North Georgia Petting Zoo: It’s a great place to take the kids. Check out their link here with more information.

  • Sunburst Stables: For the rest of the family, you can do things such as Horseback Riding at the Sunburst Stables which has trail rides, riding lessons and even a zip-line feature for the adventurers in the family.

  • Chattahoochee National Forest: This national forest can be enjoyed on foot, by bike, or on a driving tour. The vast expanse of the park offers guests mountain vistas, babbling brooks, and the rush of cascading waterfalls to enjoy. The Appalachian Trail also winds through the Chattahoochee National Forest and is a great combination of the North Georgia natural beauty and the history of the area.

  • Unicoi State Park: This state park is full of natural beauty and has plenty of outdoor activities for guests to enjoy. You can complete the four mile hike to Anna Ruby Falls or enjoy a relaxing picnic on the shores of the mountain lake. Unicoi State Park offers guests the opportunity to mountain bike, fish, swim, and birdwatch as well. Also available to guests are ongoing education programs that aim to teach about the area, native wildlife, and local history. You can visit the park's website to see what education programs are available during your stay.

  • Civil War History: This area also has its share of historic sites, including Civil War battlefields, two Civil War forts, the Tubman African-American Museum and the sparkling Savannah River.

  • Historical Attractions: The mountains of North Georgia are full of history that lives on to this day. Gold miners rushed to the mountains in the 1820's, spawning the nation's first gold rush. You can catch Gold Fever at the Dukes Creek Gold and Ruby Mines as you search for your own buried treasure! The Nacoochee Indian Mound is another local historical site that helps to tell the story of long ago in the North Georgia Mountains. Native American legend tells that young lovers from two opposing tribes are buried in the mound as the final end to their own Romeo and Juliet story.

  • Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge: The southern part of the Peach State is home to Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, a 700-square mile tract with hiking trails, abundant wildlife viewing and acres and acres of canals for fishing and boating.

  • Oktoberfest: Planning a vacation around a Helen event is a great idea as well. With the longest running Oktoberfest in the South— visitors can take part in the festivities from mid September through October. Helen possesses a year round event calendar chalk full of incredible entertainment. Come to see balloon races, taste wine, or enjoy holidays in a town that makes every event a grand celebration.

  • Other Festivals: Utilizing its charming atmosphere, there are a multitude of festivals that keep people coming back to Helen, GA. Oktoberfest, Alpenfest, Bavarian Nights of Summer, and a Fourth of July celebration are just a few of the many celebrations. Helen is part of the Georgia Heritage Arts Association and boasts several opportunities to explore the local art scene.

  • Vineyards & Wineries: Helen is renowned for its fine wines and the area is home to numerous vineyards, including the prize-winning Habersham and Wolf Mountain wineries.

  • Shopping: If shopping is your thing, Helen has over 200 specialty stores and boutiques selling everything from candles to cuckoo clocks. Antique shops specializing in high quality furnishings and decor abound.

  • Charlemagne's Kingdom: This model railroad museum has hundreds of feet of HO-scale track wending through richly detailed Alpine cities and towns that include King Ludwig's Castle and a 22-foot high Matterhorn.

  • White Water Rafting: Take a white water rafting adventure along the Chattooga River, designated by Congress as one of America's "Wild and Scenic" rivers.

  • Treasure Hunting: Hunt for gemstone treasures--rubies, emeralds, sapphires and more--at your own panning tables along local creeks.

  • Fall Sightseeing: Be dazzled by the amazing fall foliage that colors the north Georgia mountain landscape from October through November (a must see!);

You may also want to stop by Cool River Tubing Company to either watch people float down the river or rent a tube of your own. You'll also be near to Unicoi State Park, the home of Anna Ruby Falls. Panning for gold at Duke's Creek and Ruby Mines is a vacationer favorite, and you'll definitely want to take a canopy tour at nearby ZipNTime Zipline Tours. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. There's tons to do and see without straying far from your cabin.

Dining Options

Downtown Helen is a quaint Bavarian town set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia. Walking through Downtown Helen is like being transported to another time and place.

The restaurants offer delicious menus, many focusing on authentic German cuisine, to satisfy any palette. The cobblestone alleys show off the beautiful storefronts that provide enough shopping for an entire day. Many guests choose an antique carriage ride to appreciate the beauty of Helen.

Here are two popular restaurants worth exploring on your walk through the town.

  • The Oar House: This is a great place to go and have a lunch or dinner meal, and it features a kid’s menu.

  • The Troll Tavern: Located in Helen, just under the bridge, it has something for everyone in the family including appetizers and salads.

9. Experience The History & Uniqueness

Many of us dream of escape to another place or time. For some, a trip to Europe would be ideal, whereas others long for the simplicity of the world of yesteryear. Still others have fantasized about retreating to the mountains to live in quiet and seclusion. Fortunately, renting a cabin in Helen can provide an experience that allows you to experience all of these worlds.

The Alpine Village of Helen is set up to to resemble a genuine Bavarian community. With it European architecture, cobblestone alleyways, and authentic German wares, you will feel like you're getting the full European experience at a fraction of the cost. The region is also well-known for its history, allowing you to step back in time to the days when Cherokee people walked the land, the first gold rushers struck it rich, or even when the moonshiners were prevalent.

10. So You Can Finally Make That Family Reunion Happen

The amenities and surroundings make the cabins in Georgia ideal for a romantic weekend or short family getaway with the kids. But the cabins also make ideal locations for large family gatherings and other occasions when you need accommodations for 10, 20 or even more guests. By booking cabins within close proximity to each other, you create a mini-village for everyone involved while also providing ample space to spread out.

11. Support The Local Economy

The economic ups and downs can make it difficult for small businesses across the country and many local 'mom and pop' establishments can get hit hard.

The Helen, GA area is full of local establishments that are proud small businesses who aim to provide top notch service to the community's residents and guests.  A vast majority of the local shops, service providers, restaurants, and outdoor companies are owned by local community members fully committed to the Helen area.

Cedar Creek Cabin Rentals is owned and operated by a team that all call the North Georgia mountains home. Our commitment is to the experience of our guests and our contribution to the local community.  We are proud to serve the Helen area, the residents that call it home, and our guests that visit the mountains.

12. Winter Reasons For Cabin Renting

Winter and cabins in the woods go together like peas and carrots. There's just something about the allure of a well stoked fire, crisp cool air, a light dusting of snow and a weekend with no plans. Getting away to Helen this winter will leave you feeling relaxed, renewed, refreshed and ready to head back to the busy schedule daily life.

Christmas in the Mountains

One great reason to visit the Georgia cabins this winter is to experience Christmas in the mountains. The small communities around the foothills of the Appalachians have retained much of their old world charm and remind us of simpler times, times when all a kid needed to be happy Christmas morning was an orange in her stocking.

Dahlonega kicks off the holiday season just after Thanksgiving and continues celebrating right through New Year's with caroling, theater events and a Christmas parade.

Helen also gets into the holiday spirit with several events including the popular Christkindlmarkt, a traditional German event.

No Christmas is complete without a great tree. Northern Georgia has several tree farms where you can cut a tree and enjoy a variety of activities and winter fun. Turn choosing a tree into a weekend and stay in the Georgia cabins.

A New Side of Nature

It's easy to get out and enjoy the outdoors during the sunny days of spring, summer and fall. Getting out into the woods during the colder months of winter can be just as rewarding, though. The stark beauty of nature during the shortest days of the year reveals new wonders of the forest and mountains you can't see when all is in bloom.

Take a hike down a familiar trail after a snowfall to see the different sights. Book a sleigh ride or go horseback riding. Visit the spectacular Anna Ruby Falls with its twin cascades as the winter water flows into the waiting pool below. Nature has never looked so good.

Take it Easy

Of course, just taking it easy in the Georgia cabins makes for a great winter retreat as well. Sometimes we need the force of a vacation to slow us down and allow us to relax. Light a fire, curl up with a great book and watch the snow fall outside the windows. Get out of town this winter and fully immerse yourself in the joys of staying in a mountain cabin.

Wrapping It  Up

When you’re trying to plan a family vacation, you want to make sure that there’s something for each of your family members to enjoy or else your vacation can turn into a nightmare situation. With the rich available activities and a wonderful retreat, it's simple to satisfy your whole group.

One thing can be said about visiting Helen Georgia — it’s truly an experience to remember. The town of Helen, its various activities, and the cabins make it a vacation that creates memories to last a lifetime.

When You’re Convinced About Renting A Cabin, Check Out Our Rental Options

If you've decided that renting one of the many cabin rentals makes sense for your next vacation, let Cedar Creek Cabin Rentals help you make all of the arrangements. We represent a broad range of cabins in Georgia, everything from one-bedroom cabins with a loft to spacious, four-bedroom cabins. We'll help you choose the property that best fits your family or group's needs and budget. Click here to view all of our cabin rental options.

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