Castle Inn – Helen, Georgia

Helen is a charming town located in the Northeastern part of Georgia, USA, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Known for its Alpine-style architecture and Bavarian-inspired ambiance, Helen is a popular destination. The town was originally a logging community, but in the 1960s, it was transformed into a European-inspired village. Today, the town features unique architecture (half-timbered buildings, cobblestone streets, beautiful flower boxes); shops, pubs, German-inspired cuisine, crafts, souvenirs.

The Castle Inn is a unique property in the heart of Helen.

Castle Inn is housed in a stunning Victorian-style mansion that was built in 1895 and features gorgeous details, such as a wrap-around porch, ornate moldings, and stained glass windows. The Inn sits directly on Main Street, downtown Helen, on the banks of the Chattahoochee River. The location is incredible!

The inn’s Old English Style guest rooms are individually decorated with vintage furnishings. Some feature whirlpool tubs and fireplaces. Each room offers a cozy  retreat with many amenities.

Access to the rooms is via double-security: you are assigned a private code to access the staircase as well as to access the upstairs rooms.

The Castle Suite has a dining room and full kitchen with stove, fridge, dishwasher and microwave (ideal for families or extended stay). All bathrooms were renovated in 2022. And rooms with patios have views of the river, main street, or shopping (depending on the room selection). The innkeepers are friendly and welcoming, providing a personal touch, and gracious hospitality to make everyone feel at home.

The Castle Inn provides guests with easy access to...

  • Chattahoochee River’s recreational opportunities (tubing, kayaking, and fishing)
  • Annual events (Oktoberfest, Georgia Mountain Fair, and Atlantic Balloon Race)
  • Nearby attractions (Unicoi State Park, Anna Ruby Falls, Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia)
  • Local dining options from German and Italian to American and Southern (Hofer’s Bakery and Cafe, The Troll Tavern, Bigg Daddy’s Restaurant and Tavern)
  • Several breweries and wineries in the area to explore

Enhance the Romance! With advance notice, Castle Inn will facilitate extra touches in your room upon your arrival (fees vary per request): A bottle of chilled or un-chilled wine from Habersham Winery; A dozen beautiful roses in the color of your choice; A Rose Petal Surprise of a beautiful heart shaped design on the bed; Handcrafted gourmet cheeses, fresh fruits, artisan crackers, and chocolates all dressed up in a lovely gift basket.

Castle Inn is a non-smoking facility. Parking is free for all guests.

Visit: 8580 S Main St, Helen, GA 30545; 706-878-3140;

Editor’s Note: Helen is a unique experience and the best place to stay is the Castle Inn. The location is ideal and the staff is friendly. Ask for a balcony room!