Acorns of Gold, LLC

Welcome to Acorns of Gold LLC, one of the best resources available for finding activities, attractions, restaurants, trails to hike, etc., in and around the Helen, GA, area.

Here we highlight four quality properties we rent on a short-term basis. Cozy Nook and Seclusion have been renting for six years now, and together they have some four hundred 5-star reviews by guests, with only a rare 4-star, giving each of them a 4.9+ overall rating. Gran’s House, Jay’s mother’s small home adjacent ours near Dublin, GA, has been renting well despite the dearth of tourism activity in our home area, and currently carries a 5.0 out of 5 rating. Time will tell how well our newest property, now named RidgeHaven, will do. All our properties are available on both Airbnb and Vrbo. Getting a site up and running with either of these agencies is a task that may take weeks, but in the case of RidgeHaven, it took six months! This job includes getting the property up to par, adding an endless string of expensive amenities, taking a pile of photos and doing a walk-through video of the place, this on top of revising all associated websites and preparing new instruction sheets of several kinds. Once the physical plant is in order, getting pricing, rules, rental agreement, directions, check-out procedures, and the like prepared and in PDF form so they’re usable—whew, I’m not sure I’ll be over the process for a long time! But it’s finally as ready as we can make it. For more information on this flagship property, check out the many facts, photos, and videos on this site or on Vrbo at property #2280468. Airbnb lists the property as well, and the best we can figure the number with them is #49571049.

Whichever agency you go through to rent one of our properties, you’ll find on their site all the information you need about availability, rental rates, and many details about the properties and the amenities found at each one.

And while you’re here on the Acorns of Gold site, you should notice that we keep adding restaurants, activities, waterfalls, hikes, wine country delights, and much, much more. Almost all areas covered here feature at least one video, and many have multiple videos. At last count the number of videos on this site was well over seventy, and pictures are likely several times that number. So look to your heart’s content. We hope you find what you’re looking for, and we thank you for visiting our site!

Jay and Linda Jones

Secluded Locations

Only three miles from downtown Helen, Georgia, but it feels like these rustic cabins are totally isolated. Each cabin is also located in deep rhododendron forest and adjoin almost 9,000 acres of the Chattahoochee National Forest for maximum privacy.

Local Activities

Numerous activities abound in Unicoi State Park (trout fishing, beach, lake, boating, hiking, stunning Anna Ruby Falls).  Many walking trails are also in the area, including a nearby segment of the famous Appalachian Trail.

Local Attractions

Just three miles away from the Bavarian-themed Alpine Helen, Georgia.  In Helen, you will find great restaurants, shopping, tourist attractions, river tubing, golfing, canoeing and kayaking, horseback riding, and more.

RidgeHaven Property

RidgeHaven is unique property, recently given the “all over” treatment and only 8-10 minutes from Helen. RidgeHaven is a 5 bedroom, 3 full baths, with latest Windstream Kinetic TV and 250 mbps WiFi. RidgeHaven awesome view 360 degrees in winter, twelve miles to north year-round (can see most of the vast Tray Mountain Wilderness Area; in winter see 3 of 5 highest points in GA, including the two highest, Brasstown and Rabun Balds).


RidgeHaven is unique property, recently given the “all over” treatment, only 8-10 minutes from Helen, GA. RidgeHaven has 5 bedrooms, three with king beds, one with queen bed, one with twin beds, 3 full baths, one on each of three floors.


Only three miles from downtown Helen, this two-bedroom rustic cabin is totally isolated.  The spa area of the deck is covered and the deck is totally secure from prying eyes. A well-accommodated full bath serves each bedroom. Guests opting for one-bedroom pricing enjoy the comfortable downstairs queen bed with full bath, while rental of both bedrooms allows access to the upstairs king (master) bedroom as well.

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Cozy Nook

Recently purchased, redecorated, and upgraded in several areas, this cabin is also located three miles from downtown Helen, but it feels like this one-bedroom rustic cabin is totally isolated. It is the perfect place for a romantic getaway with little to no possibility of unwanted visitors, traffic, or noise.

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Gran's House

This rental offering consists of a small house attached to our home, a place of refuge built for Jay’s elderly mother for the last years of her life. It has sat mostly empty but well-maintained though occupied infrequently since her death in 2007. As our own ages advance, we must secure any income we can, since retirement and other circumstances, such as advancing age, have created such a need.

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About the Owner

I am a native Georgian, and both my husband and I grew up in the mountains of northern Georgia. I have a college degree in English, and I taught high school English for several years, including while my husband was serving his one-year tour in Vietnam.

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Helen and the surrounding areas are famous for fine, even elegant, dining experiences, as well as simple informal and filling but low-cost fare. We’re trying to cover as many restaurants in outlying Helen as well as some of the country eating places, plus the best restaurants in nearby towns such as Clarkesville and Dahlonega.

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The kinds of businesses in the Helen area run a very broad gamut of types, from the highly touristy gift shops to chocolate factories to vintage general stores, to name a few. We are searching for as many of these as we can feature on this site, because a common question we get is, “What is there to do in Helen?”

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EVERYBODY, it seems, wants to see a waterfall. Some want a lot of exercise on a long walk in to a remote, seldom-visited cascade; some want to practically see the falls from their vehicle; most want something in between.

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Christmas in Helen

Oktoberfest in Helen in a famous tradition, BUT there's nothing like the visual spectacle of Christmas in Helen.  The city and the business owners go all-out in their lighting and decoration of the whole town.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Other Are Saying

What an amazing place! It was everything that was promised and more. Private, very clean and perfect for a getaway weekend for 2! Easy to get to and such a peaceful secluded spot. We will be sure to return.

We enjoyed our recent stay. It was nice, very clean, comfortable and relaxing. The weather was perfect. We love Helen and loved the cabin. It was a perfect anniversary weekend.

Was the best mountain experience and such a wonderful view of the out doors and hearing the rain on a tint roof made it worth it love it over all and such a beautiful cabin

My husband and I enjoyed our weekend in this cute little cabin. It is neat, clean, and cozy. Perfect for a family or a couple for a kid free get away. We particularly enjoyed the privacy. From the deck you can't see any other cabins through the woods.

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