Dearest SOWO Veterans,
It'll be my first SOWO, and we're driving down from MA...just curious what hotels are close to "the action" and/or what spots are better to stay at.
Been the past 3 years so I will give you my take on the places that I have stayed.
1) Helendorf - Wasn't worth the money ($115+ a night when I made reservations) room wise. It is definitely the party spot which can be a plus if you want to do some parking lot drinking/hanging out. To me this is a big downside because it seems like such a hangout that I would worry about my car during the night. It is one of the closest to all the restaurants/shops in Helen though so location is great.
2) Econo Lodge - Hotel was fine, but just too far from where everything was happening. I don't mind walking, but it becomes a little inconvenient when most of the restaurants are on the complete opposite side of the town.
3) Days Inn - Super cheap so the rooms will go quickly, but because of the price you can't expect a 5 star room either. Despite a lot of bad reviews I didn't notice it being that bad during my stay, but that was 2 years ago. Good central location between the restaurants/shops in Helen and all the other hotels. It may have gone under new ownership in the past few months?
This year, I am trying to get a room at the Best Western or Country Inn and Suites. They are both in a great central location to everything going on, just like the Days Inn, only seem to have a little nicer rooms and better parking. Just MY take so I'm sure others will give you their opinions.
Many of the hotels near the event site are nearing book out. The Helendorf is at less than 50%, here's a link to help you find other places in Helen.
SOWO 8 May 16-18th 2014
The Roundel Reunion September 7-8, 2013 Helen, GA
wondering where to stay as im a first timer coming with about 6 people that are all first timers also. wondering about the unicoi state park and lodge, about 5 mins out of town but shows they have cabins for an affordable price. if anyone has suggestions let me know. thanks a lot
As with any event, rooms are reserved till the person arrives, I was able the last two years to walk up and get rooms, but with sowo growing the rooms are disappearing. Sowo 5, I stayed at super8 it was $100 a night plus tax last year I stayed at Hampton inn great place, covered parking, that three night stay cost me close to $600, this year I booked a cabin through vrbo. And secured a cabin for a week for $700, so yes the cost to stay, is elevated due to the event, but SOWO is so worth every Pennie
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