Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Helen, Georgia – a Taste of Germany here in America

I very seldom watch PB stations but I happened to tune in a few years ago and watched a show called “The Georgia Traveler”.  They were doing a segment on Alpine Helen, Georgia which is a small town in the north-eastern Blue Ridge mountains.  

Entering Helen, Georgia doesn’t require a passport but you will think you entered Germany!  You will be in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Northeast Georgia with amazing views and lots of activities to choose from.

As soon as the segment finished I literally ran to the computer and did a Google search.  Yes, it truly did exist and I wanted to go.  When I read about the German Bakery and some of the restaurants, I knew a trip was in our very near future.

Reservations were made through VRBO and we had a nice pet friendly, two-bedroom 2-bath cabin about 20 minutes outside of town.  We did learn one lesson early on; Sunday, which is the day we arrived, is extremely busy.  Traffic was just short of horrible!  You see, Helen is a short ride from Atlanta and the good folks from the city head to Helen on Sunday to get away from it all.

Things were much better during the week.  We rode through town many times without much delay.  It was easier to get seated in restaurants during the week also. Speaking of food, if you click on this link you will find a listing of restaurant in Helen. 

Paul’s Steakhouse was one of our choices for dinner and it was a good one.  Good food, fast service and a view of the River!  We went with the Prime Rib of course, but they have a nice selection of entrees.

Our last night in Helen we ate at a very authentic German restaurant called the Hofbrauhaus Restaurant which is located on Main Street and it also sits on the banks of the Chattahoochee River.  We had the Prime Rib and it was out of this world.

Whether you are looking for breakfast, lunch or dinner there is something for you in Helen.  If you are into cakes and pies, oh my, then head to Hofer's of Helen Bakery & CafĂ© and see what they have.  Be prepared to wait in line as their heavenly creations draw crowds!  During our trip to Helen we stopped at Hofer’s at least 4 times in 3 days and managed to bring home a sufficient supply of sweets and treats!

When you head out of your cabin or motel be sure to search out Betty’s Country Store right in town.  It is a step back in time and you will find unusual items on the shelves.  You can also stock up on groceries or souvenirs at Betty’s.

Alpine Helen, Georgia – a fun place to spend an afternoon or a week! 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Keeping Fido Safe at Holiday Time

With Thanksgiving around the corner and Christmas right behind that, it seems to be the perfect time for some safety tip reminders.  You may know of these already, so consider this a review.  If you question any of these reminders please feel free to check with your veterinarian.
What a cute Santa!

Bones, whether they are turkey or chicken, should not be given to your dog.  They will splinter and can cause damage to your dog’s throat or digestive system.  It is best to not give any type of bone to your dog. 

Gravies are rich as they are made from flour and some type of fat.  Fat is not good for dogs, they don’t need homemade turkey gravy to celebrate the holidays.

That includes any and all booze.  I would assume that you are not giving your dog beer or Vodka any day of the year.

Chocolate may be your favorite, but Fido could possibly die if he eats it.  When you put out a tray of fancy chocolates for your guest please place them out of the reach of your dog.  Also ask your guests to kindly refrain from giving food/candy of any kind to your dog.

Note:  For a complete list of foods not to give to your dog,  please click this link.

Our dog's first Christmas, tree out of the way just in case!

Tree Safety:
Your dog may be perfectly well behaved around your Christmas tree, but watch out for the wagging tail.  As a safety precaution I only use unbreakable ornaments at the height where our dog’s tail might hit and knock something off the tree.

Ornaments, Lights and Hooks:
Oh how we love the beautiful ornaments!  Your dog might also and those glass ornaments are very dangerous.  Don’t forget the metal hooks you use to hang those ornaments and treasures.  You never know what a dog or puppy will become fascinated with.

With Holiday company coming your front door will be opening and closing a lot.  Make sure you know where Princess is at all times.  An open door and lots of people coming and going might be an invitation for the dog to sneak out.  Make sure the dog has a color with tags.

Shiny bows might attract your puppy so be aware.  It might be a good idea to keep your beautifully wrapped gifts where the little pup can’t reach them.  When our dog was a puppy I purposely left bows off the packages just in case.

This one loves her Wubba

Gifts for the Dog:
Don't forget to buy your dog appropriate toys and monitor play time

Down Time:
Make sure to give your dog some down time, alone time.  Dogs need to unwind and relax even during this festive time.  And a few pats on the head and kind words may be just the ticket.

Photos belong to AbbyG