“I collect memories. I look for opportunities to try new things, go to new places, and meet new people all the time.” – Marcel Wanders
Last summer, my family and I visited Helen, Georgia. It is located in Northeast Georgia about 2 hours east of Atlanta. We have visited there many times while we were in college. We wanted to visit again, and make new memories with our children a little older. We found a nice campground in Yonah, Georgia. We not only visited some spots we had been to in the past, but we went and explored locations we had never been to before. There is so much to see in this area. Here is a list of the cool places we visited.
The Nacoochee Village Antique Mall is located outside of Helen. I have passed it several times on my way to Helen. We took the time and checked it out. Inside there is a pretty cool collection of random, old items sold by various vendors. It’s a great place to window shop, and you never know if you will find something that you want to take home with you.
For those of you who do not know me, I love coffee. Whenever I go out of town, I always try to find new and local coffee shops to check out. Jumping Goat Coffee has a few locations in the area. Since it was the middle of summer, I stuck with some iced coffee to cool off on a hot day.
I am not really a wine guy. I prefer coffee. However, if you like the stuff this is a great place for you to visit. They do offer wine tastings, and they have a pretty cool gift shop inside as well.
This train is located near used book shop outside of Yonah, Georgia. I love checking old bookstores even though I do most of my reading on an Amazon Fire Table. You never know what interesting books you will find, and sometimes I even find ideas for my next book to read. I did find some old teacher manuals to curriculum that I had used in the past. Those books in particular brought back several mixed emotions. One thing the book store had was with a cat that lived there with the owner. My kids instantly fell in love with that cat. Next door to the bookstore was an old toy shop. My wife found an old Beenie Baby that she used to have. Of course, she had to buy it.
I had never before seen a granary in action until I visited Nora Mills. They process all kinds of different items from corn bread mix to grits. It was fun to see how they make it, but when your wife is on a gluten free diet there is only so much you can buy.
What caught my eye with this place was the sign out front. We drove by this place several times when we were on the way to Helen from our campground. It wasn’t open until the weekend. If you love trying your hand at old school pan mining, then this is the place for you. They also have a gift shop filled with a variety of gifts for you to take home.