Top 10 Rustic Vrbo Vacation Rentals In Helen, Georgia - Updated 2021

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Anne Marie
Anne Marie

Tucked away in the Blue Ridge mountains is a small town that brings a bit of Bavaria to the southern US: Helen, Georgia. Nestled along the Chattahoochee River, this small town with a population of under 500 residents attracts the third largest number of visitors to any city in the state. This is in part because Helen is unlike any other town: the charming colorful buildings and the cobblestone paths make it a delightful replica of a Bavarian village. Travelers can visit the 200 specialty shops featuring handmade goods, feast upon delicious Alpine-inspired and southern cuisine, and sip on local wine at a vineyard. Helen is surrounded by beautiful natural features like the Unicoi State Park and the many nearby waterfalls. Here are ten of the best vacation rentals in and around Helen that make it easy to get a taste of Germany on this side of the Atlantic.

1. A German-inspired townhouse with mountain views (from USD 154)

If you truly want to make your visit to Helen feel as Bavarian as possible, this adorable town home is for you. The building is decorated in a Tudor style that makes it look straight out of a storybook. Though it is located only a five minute walk from downtown Helen, and you can see the lights of the town from the front windows, the view of the north Georgia mountains from the back deck makes you feel like you are peacefully secluded. The inside of the house is just as charming as its exterior, with plush red couches, rustic wooden furniture, and cabin-themed accents. There are one and a half bathrooms as well as a fully functioning kitchen. The hosts have also provided all of the amenities you will need to feel at home. It is a perfect spot to be close to Helen and all that it has to offer.

In Downtown*Fantastic Mountain Views*Jetted Tub!
85 reviews
townhome 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
property clean and well maintained
this townhouse was extremely clean and well-maintained
the condo is very neat and clean
very clean comfortable and convenient owners were very friendly and helpful
the property was very clean and had all the necessary things we needed to enjoy our stay
the owners are wonderful
owners are a delight
i spoke with the owner when we arrived and she was so helpful and friendly
the best part of the whole experience was the thoughtfulness of the host - gay
he was extremely helpful the townhouse was well equipped we loved the porch for relaxing great stay/great homeowners
it is a perfect location
great location to enjoy downtown helen ga
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2. A riverside condo close to town (from USD 148)

This one bedroom condo is the ideal rental for a couple or a solo traveler. The location of the building is right alongside the water, giving you easy access to boating and fishing, and makes sitting out on the deck in the evening even more relaxing. Inside the condo has a fully stocked kitchen and a bathroom with a jacuzzi style tub. It’s an easy walk to downtown Helen, making this the perfect place to book for the Oktoberfest. Running from September until October, this festival includes traditional food, music, beer, and dancing. However, be sure to book your visit in advance, as it is one of Helen’s biggest draws!

Riverfront/ Easy Walk To Helen. 1BR/IBA Top Unit With Beautiful River Views
115 reviews
condo 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
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Amenities & Room:
the furniture was so comfortable and all the furnishings up-to-date
you could not ask for a cleaner more comfortable and relaxing place to stay
very clean and comfortable condo
everything was very clean and the fireplace was so nice
great location and the condo was very clean and comfortable
very comfy and clean
this place was clean and the owners were outstanding
the owners were easy to communicate with and always very helpful
great place to stay very close to town
the bed and linens were great as was the location to downtown helen
i will come again this summer and i would like to stay in the same place
walking distance to everything beautiful view of the river very well maintained condo and the owners were amazing
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3. A townhouse with a picture perfect sunroom! (from USD 154)

The Reihenhaus is so lovely, you may not even want to leave to take the short walk to Helen. The rental has both a screened in porch and a gorgeous wood-paneled sunroom, two perfect spots to peer out over the rolling hills and listen to the river nearby. It’s a great accommodation for all four seasons: inside you will find an electric fireplace for winter, and outside you can float down the Chattahoochee River on an inner tube during the summer. The kitchen is fully equipped for cooking meals, and there are two full bathrooms and two bedrooms which can accommodate up to four guests. This is the kind of rental you will never want to leave!

Downtown Helen with Gorgeous Views! Near Coaster! Jetted Tub!
Helen, GA, US
168 reviews
townhome 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
the townhouse was well stocked & clean
the townhouse was clean and accommodated our needs
cozy comfortable and very clean
we had a great time with friends in this clean cozy townhouse
the condo was super clean and although it is in the center of town it was very quiet
hosts were very kind and helpful
gary & terry are wonderful hosts they were very pleasant & helpful
the owners thought of everything very well stocked
i plan on staying with this property owner again in the spring lots of thanks
the town is very beautiful the people very friendly it was a wonderful experience i surpass our expectations
a nice location and home
we loved staying here very close to everything in town
easy access to town stores & restaurants; quiet & private neighborhood
we loved the location & felt very comfortable nice & cken
loved the location of the property looking out above helen ga
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4. A quiet cabin on the river (from USD 270)

This rental cabin has the perfect balance between isolation and proximity to all that Helen has to offer. One look at the pictures and it looks like it is completely rustic: the river is right outside the back deck. However, a short stroll will bring you right into downtown Helen where you can eat delicious Alpine cuisine and explore the town’s many unique stores. This rental is managed directly by the cabin owners, who have taken it upon themselves to anticipate all their guests’ needs. The home is beautifully decorated, with a large kitchen, plenty of natural light, and even a jacuzzi outside. The hosts have provided all the kitchen equipment you will need and make themselves available for any questions. One bonus of the location is that it is nearby one of the launch points during the annual balloon festival!

Nicest in Town 🏞Riverfront🚶‍♀️Walk to Everything*Jacuzzi*Hot tub spa
170 reviews
townhome 2 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms
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Amenities & Room:
all of the furniture was comfortable and in working condition
super quiet comfortable and clean
the condo was spacious and decor was charming
nice and friendly owner interaction
property manager is aware and very friendly and stated he would looking into my recommendations
very pretty place to stay in helen the owners are very nice and helpful
the owner provided us with places of interest and local restaurants which was very helpful
communication was great with the owner/property manager
the location was great also
close enough to walk downtown and peacefully quiet
this is a great location
location is perfect slightly away from the center of town but within walking distance to shops and restaurants
the location is perfect for walking around town
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5. An authentic log cabin experience! (from USD 122)

If you were to look up the word “cabin” in a visual dictionary, you might find a picture of the Sautee Nacoochee Cabin rental. Made of real wooden logs with a stone base, this cabin is ideally suited to your wilderness fantasies. Don’t let the rustic exterior fool you: the inside of the cabin has a gorgeous mix of rustic sophistication. Wood paneled walls and plaid quilts are coupled with modern appliances. A gas fireplace in the living room is the perfect place to warm up inside, and there is also a fire pit outside perfect for making s’mores. Nearby you will find a natural spring, a wooden bridge, and Ruby Falls. This cozy hideaway is located five miles (8 km) from downtown Helen, giving you the option to explore the activities in town or relax in the tranquility of the woods.

Sautee Nacoochee Mtn Paradise w/ Spacious Deck!
73 reviews
cabin 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

6. A secluded spot to get away from it all (from USD 125)

If you’re willing to expand your search for lodging into the surrounding area near Helena, this lovely cabin is located less than forty-five minutes by driving. Located on the banks of the Chestatee River, it is miles from the nearest town, giving you a truly secluded location. However, it is still close enough to everything that northern Georgia has to offer: local wineries, nature hikes, and cute historic locations like the gold mining town of Dahlonega. It sleeps up to seven people in two bedrooms, making it a nice option for a gathering for family or friends. Despite its rural location, guests will not be for want of anything. The kitchen is fully equipped and only awaits your grocery purchases to make delicious meals. The decor is tasteful and cozy. There are also three outdoor sitting areas perfect for listening to the birds and watching the river roll along.

The Cabin on The Chestatee River In The Beautiful North GA Mountains
136 reviews
cabin 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
We were surprised by how rough the road was getting to the property
The AC in each room were amazing the wifi worked nicely and so did our Verizon phones (better by window or on the deck)
The beds were comfy and it is so nice to have the linens supplied
It was clean plenty utilities in kitchen area to cook and serve with
The description promised much and actually delivered more
Everything was clean and comfortable and prepared for my arrival
The cabin was super clean and cozy
It appears newly renovated and is really clean
I sat by the river
Fortuntely our car made it
the gold mine Helen Lake Lanier and the nearby outlet mall
my two teenagers and myself Waking up the view of the slow moving river was so relaxing
We had a wonderful time
The location is just a short drive from downtown Dahlonega
Enjoyed some space and solitude to unwind and recharge surrounded by nature
We loved the screened in porch but did not get to use the gas grill or fire pit
but it was very stressful coming and going from the house
The road Going in is a little rough but not too bad
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7. An affordable cabin in Hiawassee, GA (from USD 147)

About thirty minutes north of Helen, you’ll find this picturesque cabin in Hiawassee, Georgia. Surrounded by national forest, you are not far from Brasstown Bald, the highest mountain in the state. Drive to the top or, if you’re ambitious, hike to the summit to see for miles around the Blue Ridge mountains. There are plenty of other things to see in the area too, like the Appalachian Trail, Nantahala Gorge for kayaking, and the Babyland General Hospital toy store, where Cabbage Patch Dolls originated. This cabin sleeps up to four people in two bedrooms all on the first floor with no stairs. The interior has high ceilings, a stone fireplace, and a screened in porch and outdoor deck. The elevation makes this spot idyllic in all seasons, but it’s especially beautiful for foliage in the fall.

Stepp Away Mountain Laurel Cabin Near Brasstown Bald; No steep roads & no stairs
51 reviews
cabin 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
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Amenities & Room:
the decor was perfect bed and furniture comfortable
the living room was sufficient and the tv streaming worked nicely
cabin efficient and clean
the property was clean and very very pleasant to stay in
it is extremely clean and comfortable and clearly well maintained
the house was clean and they already had it cooled down for us
the owners were very friendly and supportive of our needs
communication with the owner was excellent
it was a great location for some r&r
the location is pretty central to a lot of activities that we were interested in
it was convenient to all the activities that we were interested in and restaurants are also close by
the cabin is really in the woods but close to town and anything you would like to do
beautiful restful place to relax
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8. A cottage with adorable rustic decor! (from 89 USD)

For an affordable location close to Helen, check out the Bear Paw Cottage. The inviting red front door leads you into a cozy setting with wood paneled walls, a stone fireplace, and a small kitchenette. The Bear Paw sleeps up to four people: two downstairs in the king bed, and two in the sleeping loft in a double bed. They will also consider pets if you want to bring your furry friends along. The outside of the cottage is just as lovely as the interior, with a jacuzzi right outside your front door as well as a porch swing. The hosts have also provided a charcoal grill and picnic area to make the experience even more enjoyable.

Bear Paw Cottage

Price: from 89 USD

Number of Guests: 4

9. The perfect spot to start (and end!) a hike (from USD 150)

The name of this rental says it all: if hiking is your thing, this is the place for you. Located near the closest access to the Adirondack trail, it’s the perfect place to stop by for a night before or after your hike. You can reach the trail by either driving to Dick’s Creek or hiking down the road in front of the cabin, which will bring you to Tom Cowart Gap. If you’re not a hiker, this cute red cabin is still a lovely option for those who want to stay out in nature. It is located in a secluded spot in the national park near a rushing stream. Enjoy listening to the water and the birds from the fire pit, swing, or on one of the cabin’s two decks or the upstairs screened in porch. Up to seven people can sleep in the cabin’s three bedrooms, making it the ideal getaway for a group. There are also two full bathrooms, air conditioning, and a television so you can enjoy this rustic setting with all the comforts of home.

A Hiker's Paradise Private Cabin on Small, Rushing Stream Near A/T-
197 reviews
cabin 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
wonderful cabin with all of the amenities for a comfortable relaxing vacation
the house is cozy and the yard is beautiful
extremely clean and well maintained
it was very clean
the cabin is very clean and cozy
secluded home was clean and beautifully decorated
amazing property and gracious owner
nancy was so helpful and made sure we had everything we needed thank you
that makes for real close with three couples sharing the one upstairs bathroom
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10. A cabin of one's own (from 138 USD)

This cabin has the perfect balance of feeling like you are out in nature while being within walking distance of the sights of Helen. This red log cabin has beautiful wood paneling inside with delightfully rustic decor. With one bedroom and one bathroom, it’s a wonderful spot for a couple on a romantic vacation. Inside you’ll find a television and a cozy fireplace; outside there is a stream and a short walk to Helen. Be aware that it is up a hill and that sometimes bears are seen nearby–it’s perfectly fine to drive to the nearby activities as well.

A cabin of one's own

Price: from 138 USD

Number of Guests: 2

A destination that is truly one of a kind!

Helen, Georgia, has everything a vacationer could desire: a quaint town, delicious food and drink, and a plethora of outdoor activities. There are reasons to visit all year round, like river tubing and kayaking in the summer and the Oktoberfest and fall foliage in the winter. All of this is coupled with beautiful rolling mountains and welcoming Southern hospitality. Come to Helen and experience life in a German village without even leaving the United States!

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Anne-Marie works in publishing by day and aspires to travel as much as she can. While she has not yet seen the whole world, she's eager to learn and write about it!

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