Charlemagne’s Kingdom (Helen Georgia)

Charlemagne's Kingdom Helen Georgia museum

Our motel actually owns this museum called Charlemagne‘s kingdom. I had heard of it before we got to Helen, Georgia and I was curious to see it myself.

Charlemagne's Kingdom Helen Georgia museum mural Charlemagne

Since we were staying at the motel, our admission was free.

Charlemagne's Kingdom Helen Georgia giant train village

When you first get through the doors, you see this giant town with a huge train going around it.

Charlemagne's Kingdom Helen Georgia museum giant train Town

It is quite impressive.

Charlemagne's Kingdom Helen Georgia museum giant train Town mountain top

It has a feel for a German mountain town I’m assuming.

Charlemagne's Kingdom Helen Georgia museum crashed UFOs alien spacecraft

I did have a laugh at these ufos.

Charlemagne's Kingdom Helen Georgia museum giant train Town little carnival

A bunch of surprises when you look at it in detail.

Charlemagne's Kingdom Helen Georgia museum Christmas tree

Unfortunately, that’s all the museum is. Just one big exhibit. Even if you try to savor the visit, I hardly doubt you could spend more than 30 minutes here at most. So I’m glad our visit was free.

Hofer’s Bakery (Helen Georgia)

Hofer's Bakery Helen Georgia

On day two of Helen, Georgia, I ate breakfast at Hofer’s bakery. I wasn’t quite prepared for them to have a line to get in. Had to stand out for about 20 minutes in cold until my table was ready.

Hofer's Bakery Helen Georgia donuts chocolate doughnut

Their bakery section is quite appealing to the eye

Hofer's Bakery Helen Georgia cakes pies

Looking at them made me tempted just to order behind the counter and take it back to the motel room.

Hofer's Bakery Helen Georgia restaurant Cafe seating

But we sat down in the traditional restaurant area. The menu was a bit different from their bakery counter, of course.

Hofer's Bakery Helen Georgia Belgian waffle orange and pineapple

I had originally ordered a blueberry muffin and some biscuits, but they were out of the muffins. So I ordered a Belgian waffle instead. It was good, but not the best waffle I ever had.

The Glassblowing Shop (Helen Georgia)

The Glassblowing Shop Helen Georgia grab bags

One of the coolest shops by far in Helen, Georgia is The Glassblowing Shop.

The Glassblowing Shop Helen Georgia Disney princesses

Just countless pieces of handmade glass art. Most of them are absolutely gorgeous.

The Glassblowing Shop Helen Georgia glassmaker using flame

We actually got to see a live demonstration of some glassblowing being done. It’s so bizarre to see glass shaped like if it was clay.

The Glassblowing Shop Helen Georgia glass Christmas trees

Some of my favorite pieces were the Christmas trees.

The Glassblowing Shop Helen Georgia glass Jasmine Aladdin Belle Cinderella prince charming

Some of the smaller pieces do lack detail.

The Glassblowing Shop Helen Georgia baby Yoda grogu star Wars

I was tempted by the Baby Yodas.

The Glassblowing Shop Helen Georgia glass mystery boxes

I did buy some mystery boxes as I thought it was a good idea for my contribution to the white elephant game during my family Christmas gathering on Sunday, December 20th.

Jolly’s Toys (Helen Georgia)

Jolly's Toys Helen Georgia building

Right near our motel, was Jolly’s Toys. It seemed like a pretty cool toy shop, so we walked in to see what they had.

Jolly's Toys Helen Georgia cars and trucks

In an age without Toys “R” Us, it is nice to see a traditional toy shop.

Jolly's Toys Helen Georgia games

It also has that mom-and-pop charm, and lots of cool and unique items.

Jolly's Toys Helen Georgia dancing puppets Popeye and zorro

Whether it be new or retro, they pretty much got it.

Jolly's Toys Helen Georgia instant snow to go

The salesman was actually really awesome. I got my niece some of this artificial snow.

Jolly's Toys Helen Georgia spinning toy

And this spinning toy for her birthday coming up near New Year’s.