Folk Pottery, Stonewall Creek Vineyards & Helen, GA
Joan and I returned to the North Georgia mountains to enjoy the Fall sites and fun places to visit. This year we are returning to some of our favorites and discovered many new places that we think everyone will enjoying seeing.
For this visit, we go to a new location, the Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia Sautee Nacoochee Center to see the handcraft pottery skills of one of the South’s premier grassroots art forms, and explore the historical importance and changing role of folk pottery in southern life. We returned to Stonewall Creek Vineyards and arrive just in time for Fall harvest and the start of their wine making season. An a trip to North Georgia would not be complete with a stop in Helen, GA where we enjoy our favorite German restaurant and something special we never expected!
Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia Sautee Nacoochee Center
Northeast Georgia’s pottery tradition is nationally known. Our visual tour took us through the families that made a significant contribution in this regions folk pottery with it’s humble beginning as simple stoneware used in everyday life to now as some of the most collected pieces for those who love this expression of fired clay.
Our tour allowed us to explore the roots and historical development of north Georgia’s stoneware tradition including the corner of an original potter’s shed and wheel, rare historic photos, examples of southern folk pottery, archaeological discoveries, and many museum exhibits.
We continued our tour into the old Nacoochee School to explore local artists and see the historic exhibits from the early inhabitants of the area.
Stonewall Creek Vineyards
Joan and I discovered Stonewall Creek Vineyards a year ago. We returned this year to find the vineyard in full production picking the last grapes of the season and pressing the next vintages.
Adding to this years visit was an invitation see the pressing of grapes from the mornings harvest. The wine maker shared some of the process and treated me to a sample of the this years vintage of their excellent Norton. And from the sample, this one is going to be exceptional. Again we were treated to a wonderful staff, excellent wines to sample (and purchase), along with incredible views of the beautiful vineyards.
Helen, GA for German Food and a Special Treat
We close out this video with a mid-week stop in Helen, Georgia. Helen is well known for transforming into this quaint alpine village with its backdrop of mountains along side of the early beginnings of the Chattahoochee River. Helen is full of colorful shops and authentic German restaurants.
We stopped at the Bodensee Restaurant to enjoy the wonderful German dishes created by Master Chef Aurel Prodan. Adding to our dining experience were the musicians who arrived playing and singing favorite German folk songs.
We finished with evening with a stop at one of the large outdoor Oktoberfest venues for live music.
North Georgia has much to offer. Joan and I enjoy returning to some of our favorite places and the new adventures yet to experience. We have much more planned over the next several week and look forward to sharing.
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