Have you heard about the Chattahoochee River? Maybe in a country song or two?
This is Chattahoochee river country, an Appalachian area in North Georgia with stunning mountain views and winding roads.
My lecture was finished and packed up by 3pm yesterday afternoon and I had asked the ladies if there was anywhere I should wander and explore.
“Head toward HELEN!!” was the reply! It was only about 20 or so miles away from our meeting location, but most of the shops close up at 5pm in the winter months so I was a girl on a mission.
The first thing I see before entering Helen? A HUGE mound with a gazebo on top of it in the middle of a field.
Of course there is a road marker, so I have to stop and read what it is all about.
The Nacoochee Indian mound was once the center of an an indian town. This is the land of the “trail of tears.”
You can’t miss this sight!
And of course, the mountains always call to me!
Helen, Georgia, formerly a logging town that was in decline, resurrected itself by becoming a replica of a Bavarian alpine town, in the Appalachians instead of the Alps. You can't miss this windmill!
It was ALMOST like being back in Ruhpolding, Germany!
Everything looks Bavarian!
Even the flags!
This is a hustling, bustling vacation destination in the summer time for many, but I was told that in the winter months, everyone flees to Florida for warmer temperatures, sunshine, beaches and golf. I still thought this was a very charming little spot!
There has to be a hofbrau haus around here somewhere!
The Nora Mill, Helen, GA!
I went from a Bavarian town to an 1870s mill, still functioning in Helen, GA!
Along the Chattahoochee!
Time was running short. It was about 10 minutes to 5pm, closing time and I was in a hurry because I know they wanted to close. At this time I am the only customer ----but this is SO fascinating to me!
The mill stones!
Be still my history loving heart!
Goodies in muslin bags!
**Side Note** Have you ever made popcorn using coconut oil?? It is SO tasty all you need is salt. No butter required after popping. Give it a try!
I also picked up some corn pancake mix, some “Old Time” syrup to serve them with, Appalachian style.
What a fun little road trip! This is why I love driving trips so much. I have my wheels. I have the freedom to explore.
Sunset over Cornelia, Georgia
I had to stop and take this photo. The sky was on fire with a beautiful sunset last night.
And from all of this running around, I was too pooped to sew last night. I crashed. I slept 9 hours solid, which is about 2 hours more than I usually require. Maybe it was all of that fresh mountain air?
I’m ready and raring to go for our My Blue Heaven workshop with the Mountain Laurel Quilters in Clarkesville this morning.
Have an awesome Wednesday, everyone!