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Hotel Review: The Helendorf Inn

Updated on June 13, 2011

Helen, GA and the Helendorf Inn, in the GA Blue Ridge foothills

My husband and I love traveling. In the spring, summer, and early fall, we make several trips to the beach. In the winter, our favorite destination is the mountains of North Georgia, especially to the village of Helen. Whenever we visit Helen, we always stay at the wonderful Helendorf Inn.

The Helendorf is owned by a retired military couple, and they take every precaution to ensure that your stay is comfortable. We've stayed there many times, and they've never made mistakes with our reservations. When comparing this to our experiences of many other hotels and resorts, I've found this to be a rare but welcomed surprise. The staff has always been extremely helpful and friendly, too.

Check-in at the Helendorf has always been a snap. We're always greeted as long lost friends instead of as occasional guests. And the lobby is always beautiful and welcoming, with exposed beams, stuccoed walls, and a cozy sitting area in front of the crackling fire. Since we usually arrive in December, the lobby area is decked out in its Christmas finery, too, and we always find a small Christmas tree in our room.

The rooms at the Helendorf Inn are very comfortable and clean. Even the standard rooms are larger than the average rooms in hotel chains, but if you want something even larger, you can always opt for a suite. The luxury suites offer a two-person Jacuzzi, a slate fireplace, a full kitchen, and a balcony overlooking the Chattahoochee River. Other rooms with balconies over the river are also available, and there are also rooms that are handicap-accessible. Bringing along the family pooch? The owners of the Helendorf are dog lovers, and they've set aside several rooms that are pet friendly.

What else does the Helendorf offer? Lots! The lobby area has a game table and provides fresh coffee all day and complimentary pastries every morning. In the winter, you'll find hot spiced cider awaiting you to knock off the chill. There's also an indoor heated pool, a laundry, a sundeck, and picnic tables and grills right on the banks of the river. Fish for trout on the banks or enjoy some tubing.The Helendorf has a great onsite restaurant, too, and if you need meeting space, they've got you covered.

One of the best things about the Helendorf Inn is its wonderful location. It's surrounded by the GA Blue Ridge Mountains.Parking downtown is sometimes a problem in Helen, especially on busy weekends. When staying at the Helendorf, however, you won't have to worry about this! The hotel is located in the heart of Alpine Helen, so you can easily walk to just about everywhere: restaurants, shops, bars, and all the sights and sounds of the hamlet.

With all these great amenities, you're probably thinking the Helendorf Inn is expensive, right? Think again. Winter rates start at just $34 a night! Believe me, I've done a lot of travelling, and this is the best lodging value I've found anywhere - hands down.

To read more about Helen and the beautiful North GA Blue Ridge mountains, click the links below:

Heldorf Inn and Conference Center in Alpine Helen, GA.
Heldorf Inn and Conference Center in Alpine Helen, GA.
The lobby of the Helendorf in Helen, GA.
The lobby of the Helendorf in Helen, GA.
Downtown Alpine Helen, GA.
Downtown Alpine Helen, GA.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      It's great at Christmas, Michael!

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      Michael Shane 7 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      Never seen it at Christmas, may have to take a stroll thru there one year...

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Michael. My dad loved Unicoi State PArk, so we started going to the area before they began turning Helen into an Alpine village. My favorite time to go is in December. It looks like a storybook town with the Christmas decorations up!

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      Michael Shane 7 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      A beautiful small town of Georgia. It replicated itself from the Bavarian Alpine town in the Appalachians. Did you know that used to be a logging town? I think the best times to go is September thru October for the Octoberfest & with the leaves falling it is beautiful. This is a Soutern-German style town. The other time is in June when they have the Hot-Air Balloon race. I also, like the fact it sets right on the Chattahoochee river. The one Alan Jackson sings about....Great Hub Habee!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      This is definitely the place to stay, Sandy!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      That's a very apt description of Helen, Ethel!

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      If I ever visit there, this is the place I would like to stay at. Thanks for sharing it.

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      What a lovely looking place. Its like a mixture of Switzerland, Austria and fairytale

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Flight. Come on down!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Quildon, Helen is awesome and a lot of fun!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Big Daddy, I joined them on Facebook!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Audrey, I'll meet you there, and we'll paint the town red!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Bpop, if you ever make it to GA, be sure to check out Helen!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      HH, Helen was modeled after a Bavarian village, so you'd feel right at home!

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      Flightkeeper 7 years ago from The East Coast

      That hotel looks like a little bit of Germany was set in Georgia! I gotta make my way to your mountains some day.

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      Angela Joseph 7 years ago from Florida

      Habee, I love your review of this inn and the pictures are fantastic! I've never been to Helen, but this certainly looks interesting.

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      Big Daddy 7 years ago

      The Helendorf is great and we just received their February email newsletter on what is happening at the hotel and in Helen. Heck there even on Facebook now.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      I'm thinking that looks pretty neat! Wish I was closer and could just drive over and check in. Great info as usual.

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      The hotel looks wonderful. I want to start seeing this country and you have given me quite a few places to start. Thanks.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Gosh, this looks like our Bavaria. All these wooden beams and style. I'll be there tomorrow. It is definitely beautiful. That is the style I like; not all that crystal chandeliers, gold and glitter. Thank you for showing. Between you and me, especially that horses pulling the wagon.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Nancy, If I lived as close as you do, I'd probably visit Helen every weekend!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Sis, I love GA, but I've never lived anywhere else!

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      nancy_30 7 years ago from Georgia

      I love Helen. I've never stayed at this Inn though. We don't live that far away from Helen. So going is like a day trip for us. Great Hub by the way.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Veronica, I can't believe a GA gal has never been to Helen! It's beautiful. I have a couple of hubs providing more info about it.

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      Angela Blair 7 years ago from Central Texas

      habee -- I've never been to Georgia -- but now I want to go! You make Georgia sound so wonderfully friendly and welcoming -- gotta get there before too long. Thanks for a great Hub -- I'm definitely staying at the Heldorf on your recommendation! Best, Sis

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      Habee, this is really good to know. I've never been to Helen, Georgia, but if I go, I'll definetly keep these accomadations in mind. The pictures and your description makes it seem so cozy.