How to Have the Best Trip to the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Helen, GA

If you’re considering a summer getaway to North Georgia, book your stay during the Annual Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race and Festival! Watch as the sky fills with dozens of hot air balloons during the South’s oldest balloon event. This amazing weekend festival is held May 31st through June 2nd, 2018, and is a true highlight of the summer season. Here, we’ve created a guide for how to have the best trip to the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Helen, GA!

As your making plans to attend the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Helen, GA, start by accessing the ultimate North Georgia Travel Guide. This carefully curated guide includes all the information you need on everything from hiking trails with breathtaking waterfalls to delicious restaurants. You’ll discover exactly which things to include on your North Georgia trip!

How to Plan the Best Trip to the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Helen, GA

Take a Look at the Festival Schedule

The annual Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race and Festival is the United States’ only long distance hot air balloon race. The starting point is here at the festival in Helen, and the finish line is Interstate 95, anywhere between Maine and Miami. The race usually takes two days but sometimes up to four!

As the race to the coast continues, other balloonists compete in local events. If you’re interested, there are many opportunities to participate in the events. From assisting with balloon inflations to being a part of the chase crew, there are several ways to join in on the fun.

Experience a Hot Air Balloon Ride

If drifting through the sky aboard a colorful hot air balloon is on your bucket list, now is your chance to check it off! During the festival weekend, you can take a tethered balloon ride in the sky. The main rides will take place Saturday evening beginning around 7:30 p.m. Enjoy stunning views above the treetops and an unforgettable experience!

Add a Few More North Georgia Events to Your Itinerary

After the racing balloons rise and head for the East Coast, head out and explore North Georgia Wine Country. Visit one of the stops on a local wine trail or spend an afternoon shopping in Helen. There is plenty to keep you busy after the hot air balloons land!

Complete Your Stay at Sylvan Valley Lodge & Cellars  

When you come to town for the hot air balloon festival in Helen, GA, enhance your vacation with a stay at Sylvan Valley Lodge and Cellars. Located in the heart of North Georgia, our B&B provides the easiest access to the weekend festival and surrounding activities and attractions! Each of our cozy accommodations provides luxurious amenities, the softest linens, and several thoughtful touches that make you feel at home. 

Enjoy beautiful mountain views, dine on a delicious homemade breakfast every morning, and savor our own Frolicking Fairie wines! Come sip, stay, and play at Sylvan Valley Lodge and get a taste of the wine country lifestyle!

Check availability of all accommodations now and book your stay today. Be sure to take a look at our specials and packages to get the most out of your trip to North Georgia Wine Country!