When you spend a sizeable amount of time traveling there’s a tendency to clutter your brain with useless information. You know which credit cards offer the best return for travelers, where to find chargrilled oysters and a seven-hour road trip doesn’t phase you in the least.
People talk about season creep, that’s where one season creeps into the territory of another season. Such as the proliferation of pumpkin everything while we’re still at the beach enjoying summer.
Oktoberfest is no different, especially when there’s a dollar to be made. If it’s the weekend and you happen to find yourself in the North Georgia Mountains after September 8th make your way over to Helen, Georgia, for their annual Oktoberfest celebration.
Every year the Helen Festhalle houses the event. German-style bands from around the country and around the world play on the stage for your listening and viewing pleasure. See the Alphorns blown, the Cowbells rung and the Accordion squeezed. Grab your partner and take a spin on the dance floor to the timeless tunes of the Polka.
You’ll find your weekend filled with beer, brats and dancing; accompanied by a handful of bands you’ve probably never heard of. If you need a place to stay here’s a list, but be warned as prices can hit in excess of $250.00 per night the later you get into October.
After you’ve had your fill of Oktoberfest, there’s still plenty to do around Helen. Just south of town, visit the Nacoochee Village Antique Mall and find all the treasures you’ve been missing, and the Habersham Winery is right next door.
Looking to catch and release a trophy trout? Then visit Unicoi Outfitters and do it with a fly rod on some of the best water this side of the Mississippi. While you’re fishing, the rest of the family can head over to Nora Mills and load up on everything from grits to cornmeal while they watch your fishing prowess from their deck.
If you’ve still got time, then head to the north end of town, take note the traffic through town will be thick. Here you’ll find a few more things to do, such as tubing back through the town, and even more fishing. If you’re like me, and decide to really concentrate on fitness while on vacation, ha, then the Dukes Creek Falls trail is for you. 2 miles down and 4 miles back up; this is a great trail with a wonderful set of falls at the bottom.
If you’re looking to stay closer to home, the German American Society of Central Florida holds 2 Oktoberfest’s in Orlando, just remember don’t pour beer on the accordion player.
If those 2 celebrations aren’t enough, here’s information on a few more LINK.
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