"Alpine Theme Far from Europe" Top 5 Page for this destination Helen by BruceDunning
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The area has about 200 shops and 60-70 are right in town, nearly all concentrated in the middle of town. Shopping, eating, and a place to stay are all offered. It is in the center of the NE Georgia hills and just off Hwy 115, Alt 75. Retail consumerism prevailed. Now, well, it is USA tourism and commerce of junk of all kinds. A Shame.
I first came here about 30 years ago, when it was quaint and quite. NOw it is not. After gold mining and timber industries died, the town had to survive, but at what cost?
This is the area where most people congregate and shop, and eat. There used to be a dance hall, but after it burned down a few years ago, the townfolk decided not to rebuild due to the roudy manner and drunkeness it created.
From here there is also a lot of promotion for canoeing, boating, rafting, tubing down the Chattahoochee River. The other sport activities involve mountain biking, hiking, balloon rides, and other leisure activity.
Besides the shopping there are numerous sporting activities-like canoeing, tubing, fishing on the Chattahoochee River. Also hiking, biking and just simple camping are popular.
The town created to alpine concept in 1968 to try and revive the decline after gold mining panned out and timber cutting overdone.
- Pros:A concentrated place to shop, eat, stay, relax
- Cons:In summer, the streets get crowded and roudy
- In a nutshell:The ambiance from 20 years ago is gone-
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