12 Romantic Things To Do In Helen GA For North Georgia Mountain Couples

Posted by Tom Telford on Fri, Jan 15, 2016

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When you think of romantic getaways in Georgia, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?

Perhaps you think of the Chattahoochee River that flows through the Bavarian Alpine village of Helen, Georgia.

Or, maybe you dream of the area’s waterfalls.

Possibly, nothing comes to mind because of how busy you are.


Many times, we can get so wrapped up in this fast-paced world that we lose sight of what is important and we forget how to enjoy living. You can avoid that by taking some time off from the constant rush of city life to get alone with your significant other, perhaps finding a romantic spot by a waterfall to have a picnic or sitting on a front porch enjoying a mountain vista as the golden sun sets behind the mountains.
From time to time, many couples find that a romantic weekend getaway is needed to reconnect and relax. If you have been thinking about stealing away with your sweetie, your best bet for a perfect trip is a visit to northern Georgia.

For the most romantic getaways in north Georgia, use the following guide to help you plan the ultimate trip.

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Find Paradise In A Rental Cabin.

If you have enthusiasm and stand in awe at the beauty of nature, take a trip to Helen, Georgia and rent a cozy cabin in a majestic setting to soak in the splendor of nature’s majesty. Choosing a private cabin for your trip is perfect because it affords you an elevated sense of privacy and seclusion.

At Cedar Creek Cabin Rentals you can select your cabin based on the view or even the amenities. Whether you prefer the idea of looking out your window to see a waterfall, creek, or the majestic Georgia mountains, you can choose the most romantic backdrop for your vacation.

Each kitchen is fully equipped and ready for you to prepare home cooked romantic dinners for your loved one. You may also like the idea of soaking in a hot tub or Jacuzzi bath together or curling up by a blazing fire to watch movies on a big screen TV. Whatever your heart desires, your wishes will all come true in a Georgia cabin.

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Although the mountains of North Georgia offer a fantastic number of things to do, a romantic cabin may make you never want to leave.

Mountaintop lodges and cabins are very popular with guests who prefer the comforts of a hotel but require more of the amenities of home.  With full kitchens, open living areas and private bedrooms; cabins tend to spark appeal to a broader range of people. Cottages and campgrounds attract the more rustic visitor. Some notable options are:

The Lodge at Amicalola sits atop the 729-foot waterfall offering a picturesque location for outdoor enthusiasts.

Cavender Creek Cabins are a cozy and comfortable place to snuggle after a long day outdoors.

Get a Windmill with a View at The Heidi Windmill, one of the most iconic features of the charming Helen downtown frequently photographed by visitors from around the world. What many don't realize is that there's a Queen Suite inside the windmill, and it could be yours for a night.

 It's an experience you can find few others places in the world, and one you'll never forget. Even if it's merely for a single evening of romance, this is yet another old world pleasure that can still happen in Helen.

Cabin stays in the Helen area are a magical way to bond with your best girl or guy in an utterly romantic environment.

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Explore The Outdoors

For those of you who decided to leave your cabin, exploring the outdoors is Helen’s strength.

Anna Ruby Falls in Chattahoochee National Forest is a perfect destination to observe nature at its finest. You can take an interpretive walk from the Visitors Center to witness Curtis Creek Falls plunging 153 feet or the smaller York Creek Falls 50 foot plunge. At the base of the falls, two creeks join to form Smith Creek. The Anna Ruby Falls Trail is a National Recreation Trail in the state of Georgia.

Not far from Anna Ruby Falls, Unicoi State Park is another great mountain getaway. It offers programs that focus on the area's natural, cultural, and historical heritage. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy hiking or biking. Even golf and tennis courts are available.

With a summit elevation of 4,784 feet, Brasstown Bald is the highest point in the state. From its top, you can sometimes see the distant Atlanta skyline. The 360-degree view offered at Brasstown Bald will allow you a glimpse into four different states, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina creating a personal memory neither of you will ever forget.

For those who love the water, there are opportunities for swimming as well as boating and fishing.

Who would have thought that a cabin in Helen, GA would place you in the middle of tranquil setting surrounded by fun-filled attractions? A romantic adventure combines a luxury cabin with the experience of a lifetime. With so much to do and see in and around Helen, GA, it can be hard to know where to start. Following are some romantic adventure ideas:

Rafting

Get the heart pumping and the adrenaline flowing as you hit the waters of Tiger Creek, Tallulah River, Soque River, Chattahoochee River or the Chattooga River. With rapid classes to suit novice to seasoned rafters, you can choose to take in the scenes near your cabin in Helen, GA or brave the white waters during a North Georgia river adventure.

Tree Top Tours

Zip over the Ocoee River, breeze over a canopy of maple and grand oak tree tops, fly like a bat through a cave or spot wildlife from high up on your perch. Helen is home to several zip line adventure companies who guarantee to give you the best view in northern Georgia.

Experience History

Cabins in Helen, GA put you near the famous Appalachian Trail that extends up through Maine. The first 75 miles of the trail are in Georgia. Thousands have traversed the land peppered with waterfalls, mountains, and rivers,  including a few U.S. presidents who enjoyed their stay in a convenient, comfortable cabin. You can access the Appalachian Trail at Amicalola Falls State Park, where you'll find enjoyable paths and day-hike options to fill your afternoons.

Alpine Village

Leave your passport at home and take a trip to Alpine Helen, GA to get the ultimate Bavarian experience.  The land of the Cherokee Native Americans, established in 1857 transitioned into an alpine village in the 1960’s. Visit a miniature replica of an Alpine train station.

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Hike The Trails Of North Georgia

If you’re looking for romantic getaways in Georgia that satisfy your desire to go hiking, Helen, GA cabins located near some of the most scenic trails in northern Georgia are a great place to go. The Smithgall Woods Visitors Center is the starting point for these trails: Laurel Ridge Trail, Wetlands Loop Trail, and the Martin Mine Trail. The Laurel Ridge Trail is a 1.6-mile interpretive loop that offers a view of Mt. Yonah. The one-half mile Wetlands Loop Trail is an easy 1.3 miles from the Visitors Center and traverses near wetlands and a beaver pond. Keep your eyes and ears open for the frogs and birds that call the area home.

The Martin Mine Trail, an intermediate one-half mile hike, is 2.1 miles from the Visitor’s Center. This memorial trail is lush with rhododendron as you make your way to a beautiful mountain-tucked waterfall.

The Unicoi State Park trails include the Andrews Cove Trail and Smith Creek Trail. The 2-mile trail up Andrews Cove intersects the famous Appalachian Trail at Indian Grave Gap. The 4.6-mile trail along Smith Creek leads you through mountain laurel, patches of rhododendron, ferns, and hemlock. As you make your way over Hickory Nut Ridge, you’ll encounter several small mountain springs and streams.

If you want to stay close to your cabin, walk out the door of your cabin rental and set out on an adventure with your honey any time you like. As you stroll hand in hand through the mountainous forest, you will feel like there is no one in the world but the two of you. With many gorgeous waterfalls, creeks, flowers, and trees, you will find yourself in a fairytale setting. You may also consider bringing along a blanket and a picnic basket for a romantic dinner for two next to a waterfall or under a canopy of trees.

Amicalola trails offer a great way to soak up the majestic mystique of this beautiful state park. Longer trails and waterfall attractions are at Black Rock Mountain, Cloudland Canyon, and Vogel. There are hundreds of different bird species in Georgia, including bald eagles, ruby-throated hummingbirds, and redwing blackbirds.

Discover all that the north Georgia mountains have to offer. Helen is a destination full of wondrous natural beauty and romance where you can create lifelong memories.

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Appreciate The Area Waterfalls

Did you know that your luxury cabin is near little pieces of heaven and a perfect location for a romantic mountain getaway with your special someone? Helen is home to some of the most magnificent waterfalls in the country, and you will find yourself in a fantasyland when visiting one of the many waterfalls in the Helen, Georgia area. There is nothing more romantic than a majestic waterfall.

You can stroll through the mountain laurel and rhododendron to the cascading Anna Ruby Falls where the Curtis and York creeks meet. Two waterfalls plunge together to become Smith Creek.

If you and your honey are looking for a bit of adventure away from tourists, visit Dukes Creek Falls along the 0.8-mile Dukes Creek Trail. In addition to offering scenic beauty, this waterfall is said to give visitors who pan for gold good luck.

As one of the area’s unique waterfalls, Raven Cliff Falls along Chattooga Road has water that flows through a split in solid rock. On one side of the rock, the water drops 100 feet. On the other, the waters fall sixty feet and rush through the rock face before it drops another twenty feet into a deep pool. Then the water drops twenty more feet into Dodd Creek giving you a perfect picnicking opportunity.

Located in Dawson County, Amicalola Falls is the perfect spot to rekindle love and rediscover the natural beauty of the great outdoors.

Amicalola is a Cherokee word meaning “tumbling waters,” which is very fitting considering Amicalola Falls is the tallest cascading waterfall in the Southeastern United States.  Eight-hundred-twenty-nine acres of picturesque scenery and trails encompass this waterfall with a “spray zone” area that attracts rare plants and animals that can only exist in humid conditions. Amicalola Falls supports a variety of aquatic life and offers a ton of fishing opportunity for trout in seasonally stocked watercourses.

For a majestic sight, visit Tallulah Gorge State Park to witness Tempesta Falls, Hurricane Falls, Oceana Falls and Bridal Veil Falls plunge into Tugaloo Lake.

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Enjoy A Horse Drawn Carriage

The charming Alpine village of Helen can help make your getaway even more magical. Pegasus Horse Drawn Carriage Rides offer relaxing buggy tours around Helen and also wedding rides.

Schedule a ride in a horse-drawn carriage through beautiful downtown Helen to enjoy the charming Bavarian architecture and dining. Snuggle up with your sweetie and enjoy the ride!

When you’re done, enjoy some of the finest shopping in the state.

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Winery Tours & Tastings

Some of the most romantic getaways in Georgia involve the popular winery tours. The mountains of North Georgia have seen a resurgence in the last thirty years of vineyards and wineries specializing in delicious, local wine.

The area wineries have proven that they can stand up to the big wineries of the world with their several awards and accolades. Stay close to your cabin and savor the nectar of nearby vineyards, or take a road trip and sample the flavors that northern Georgia offers.

The local wine culture continues to evolve, and the wineries have created many different tasting menus and events that are perfect for romantic getaways in Georgia.

Montaluce Winery, in the mountains near Dahlonega, is a Tuscan style retreat that harkens back to the Old World. They specialize in Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc varieties and offer daily tastings led by Montaluce winemakers.

Three Sisters Vineyards is a small, family-oriented winery set in full view of Three Sisters Mountain.  Advanced reservations are encouraged, and several different tasting options are available.

Another fun and romantic option for couples is a visit to Habersham Winery. Located close to your Georgia cabin rental, this winery is open daily and offers wine enthusiasts the opportunity to sample local wines. You and your honey will enjoy the privacy of a self-guided tour and will relish in complimentary wine tasting. The friendly and professional staff are happy to make recommendations and assist in making your day truly special.

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View The Georgia Mountains From a Hot-Air Balloon

The scenery of the North Georgia mountains are beautiful from the ground, but the view is purely spectacular from the air. Now, imagine the romance of taking to the skies with your loved one in a hot-air balloon from Balloons Over Georgia. From your lofty perch, you can get a bird's-eye view of the North Georgia landscape and the Atlanta skyline.

Look down at the sun reflecting off the waters of Lake Lanier and view the beauty of the Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountain Ranges. You can see Stone Mountain and Kennesaw Mountain just as the red-tailed hawk does when it flies over.

When traveling over marshy areas, keep your eyes open for blue herons and cranes that may swoop alongside you. You don’t need an excuse to get a bird's-eye view of the landscape; you only need to be willing to be amazed.

A ride in a hot-air balloon can create memories that will last a lifetime together and tops the list of Romantic Things to Do in Georgia.

Balloons Over Georgia offers a variety of different ride options that give you plenty of choices when planning your trip. We recommend launching near sunset, as provides breathtaking views of the Georgia mountains as the sun dips behind the horizon.

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Journey On A Romantic Lake Cruise

Step aboard a luxury yacht on Lake Chatuge. Romantic lake cruises operate from sunrise to sunset (and sometimes into the moonlight) and have everything you need for your romantic getaway. Enjoy a candle-lit dinner accented with roses, wine, music and gentle waves.

Pristine Lake Chatuge is part of the Nantahala National Forest, offering one hundred and thirty-two miles of picturesque shoreline, and the Lake Chatuge Love Boat offers you chances to create memories. Whether it is a sunrise or sunset cruise, it provides you opportunities to be together in the beauty of a North Georgia moment and is high on the list of Romantic Things to Do in Georgia.

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Relax With Couples' Spa Treatments

While on your getaway, what could be more romantic than pampering yourselves with a spa treatment for two? You will find a variety of excellent spas located near your Georgia cabin.

A choice option is the Nacoochee Crossing Wellness Center which has a treatment room dedicated to couples. You may select from a variety of spa treatments. However, one popular pick is the Bindi Oil Massage. This massage utilizes flower essences and aromatherapy to re-hydrate your skin, nourish sore muscles, boost circulation, and relax your nervous system.

The Mandala Wellness Retreat and Spa offers all of their spa treatments to couples who wish to use the same treatment room. You can choose from their extensive menu of treatment options to create the perfect relaxing day at the spa.

The Mountain Laurel Creek Inn offers a variety of couples' spa treatments in the Oasis Spa. The Relaxation Package for Two provides couples two hours of unprecedented side by side pampering. The D'Vine Wine Spa Therapy Treatment is an excellent option perfect for couples on romantic getaways to Georgia.

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Appreciate The Fine Dining

Yes, the kitchens of our Georgia cabin rentals offer guests the ability to fix all meals on-site, but you may still want to venture out for a romantic dinner at one of the many local fine dining establishments.

For couples who want to indulge their German food cravings, the romantic Bodensee Restaurant is a unique experience. Master Chef and owner, Aurel Proda, whose culinary roots began at a school in Romania, brings “Old World Germany” to Helen, GA.

A covered outdoor seating area allows you and your sweetheart to enjoy the fresh mountain air and incredible views while you dine on your favorite German foods.

If you’ve satisfied your German cravings, you’ll want to experience Mully’s Nacoochee Grill, a casual upscale spot serving Southern and American cuisine. Set in a renovated 1900’s farmhouse, many of the dishes include farm-to-table local ingredients.

If you get there on a Wednesday, Friday or Saturday night, you can enjoy the live music while sipping on a glass of wine or indulging in dessert. There’s nothing like starting your romantic evening with a glass of wine, some good comfort food with a gourmet twist, and a divine dessert.

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While there, say hello to the owner, Greg “Mully” Ash who has served as Mayor and Commissioner of Helen, GA and is a lifelong resident of the area.

Bernie’s Restaurant at Nacoochee Valley Guest House is perfect for a romantic evening, or a unique chef-prepared lunch served while overlooking the beautiful gardens. Owned by the mother/daughter team of Bernie (the mom) and Monda (the daughter) this quaint oasis has been delighting locals and out of town visitors for over 30 years.

This charming restaurant offers dishes that are on standard with any gourmet dining. Chef Monda was trained at the Culinary Institute of America and brings her talent and passion to the north Georgia mountains. The menu might include crab cakes with dill aioli, roasted duck salad with an orange or raspberry sauce or grilled rack of lamb. For dessert indulge in triple chocolate cake with fresh raspberry and homemade whipped cream. Wow! That sounds like a great start to a night filled with romance!

There are many excellent dining options in Helen, Georgia. We put together a dining guide to the best restaurants in and around Helen, so you can choose for yourself what kind of romantic meal you’d like to share with your sweetie. There are many other restaurants listed in our restaurant directory. With these guides, you’ll save time that you can spend with your significant other!

Enjoy!

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Peaceful Horseback Riding

What could be more romantic than riding off into the sunset on horseback? At Sunburst Stables you could do just that. The stables have at least thirty miles of mountain trails adjacent to the Chattahoochee National Forest.

You can enjoy the beautiful forested landscape on a one-hour guided Moonshine Still Ride that takes you on a three-mile ride to an old moonshine still in the woods, or you could choose the Four Hour Lunch Ride through the forest to descend into Batesville valley for lunch. The Sunset Ride takes you on a three-hour journey to a high mountain where you can stop to watch the golden sunset before making the evening ride back with your honey.

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Choose A Private Picnic Spot

What’s your idea of the perfect romantic picnic spot?  Warmer weather is the ideal time to surprise your honey with a private, romantic picnic. The only thing that will surround the two of you is the beauty of nature in an isolated, private setting.

Near the Chattahoochee River

Cabins in north Georgia that are just off Old Cherokee Road provide you with peaceful scenery and the perfect soundtrack for a romantic picnic next to the Chattahoochee River. For an enjoyable lunch, pack a picnic basket with your favorite cheeses, crackers, a baguette, wine, deli meats, condiments and a simple fruit salad. The Chattahoochee River is a convenient and pleasurable walk from most of the cabins in the area.

 The river is also the ideal spot for dessert after a fabulous dinner. Hang an LED lantern and enjoy chocolate-covered strawberries  and bite-sized pieces of brownies. If the water is too cold for dipping your toes, return to your cabin and finish out the perfect evening in your private hot tub; romantically shrouded with the sights and sounds of mother nature.

A Clearing with Mountain Views

Cabins in north Georgia offer views of the best peaks, from Trey Mountain to Brasstown Bald. When you arrive at your luxury cabin, scout out a flat clearing that boasts spectacular mountain views as your sweetie relaxes in the Jacuzzi bath or hot tub. Then prepare; pack up and enjoy the picnic feast with your loved one at the best table that nature has to offer.

Consider packing a picnic brunch complete with sweet crepes, omelets, orange juice, and toast. If not traveling too far from the cabin, and for a fun treat, pack two bowls of vanilla ice cream and the toppings needed to make a delicious dessert for two. A wine and cheese basket will last you the day, in between exploration and an occasional nap.

Your Own Private Waterfall

For a chance to sweep your love off his or her feet, look no further than a cabin that offers a private 150-foot cascading waterfall at Falling Waters. The ultimate in seclusion, you can see your waterfall from the cabin’s decks, hot tub, and from several of the cabin rooms.

Pack some dinner essentials for a private, romantic picnic next to the waterfall. For a more comfortable outdoor dining experience, dress up a table on the deck with a lovely tablecloth, flameless votives and a bottle of champagne in a dedicated ice bucket. Play some soft tunes on the stereo and channel your memories of the Italian restaurant scene from the movie Lady and the Tramp.

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True Romance is Found At Cedar Creek Cabin Rentals

You don’t have to go to Italy or France when you’re in search of a romantic getaway spot. Stay local and book one of the finest cabins in north GA. Cedar Creek Cabin Rentals has the perfect couple's escape, no matter what your preferences may be.

Explore Romance Articles & Resources For The Next Couples Getaway

With several resources to help you plan the best romantic getaway in the north Georgia, you'll have everything you need to make the most of your vacation. Explore our romance hub to view, or simply click the individual articles below.

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In Conclusion

The mountains of North Georgia are perfect for a weekend escape, an anniversary celebration, or a honeymoon to mark recent nuptials. Couples can choose to stay in enjoying the features and seclusion of their private cabins or they can seek out some of the many romantic excursions we’ve shared in the surrounding area.

What is your favorite romantic thing to do in Helen, Georgia?

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