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.
Since we were staying at the motel, our admission was free.
When you first get through the doors, you see this giant town with a huge train going around it.
It is quite impressive.
It has a feel for a German mountain town I’m assuming.
I did have a laugh at these ufos.
A bunch of surprises when you look at it in detail.
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.
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.
Their bakery section is quite appealing to the eye
Looking at them made me tempted just to order behind the counter and take it back to the motel room.
But we sat down in the traditional restaurant area. The menu was a bit different from their bakery counter, of course.
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 Troll Tavern is a very popular restaurant in Helen, Georgia. I like the idea for the name, as the restaurant sits right next to the bottom of a bridge.
I enjoyed their soft baked pretzel while I was there.
One of the coolest shops by far in Helen, Georgia is The Glassblowing Shop.
Just countless pieces of handmade glass art. Most of them are absolutely gorgeous.
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.
Some of my favorite pieces were the Christmas trees.
Some of the smaller pieces do lack detail.
I was tempted by the Baby Yodas.
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.
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.
In an age without Toys “R” Us, it is nice to see a traditional toy shop.
It also has that mom-and-pop charm, and lots of cool and unique items.
Whether it be new or retro, they pretty much got it.
The salesman was actually really awesome. I got my niece some of this artificial snow.
And this spinning toy for her birthday coming up near New Year’s.