Planning to head to the NC Smokies for the long weekend? No doubt hitting the slopes at Cataloochee Ski Area is on your mind, but what are you going to do when you’re not traversing one of the best ski areas in the Southeast? Well, you won’t have to search too hard because there is plenty to keep your entertained all weekend long! For starters, the Haywood Regional Arts Theater kicks off it’s winter production series with “Love, Loss, and What I Wore” – January 15 – 24 (Weekends only). But before you venture out for the evening, start with a delicious local meal. Haywood County offers a variety locally owned and operated restaurants across it’s five towns of Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Lake Junaluska, Canton and Clyde. Take your pick from mountain-style barbecue and traditional Americana fares to authentic Italian, tasty Thai fusion, and a variety of other choices. After dinner, you can take your pick from a variety of evening entertainment. From a production at HART Theater to treating your kids to a night of roller skating and games at the Smoky Mountain Sk8teway. Or grab some locally made ice cream and catch a movie at the historic Strand at 38 Main theater.
Craft beer drinkers will love exploring our breweries, most often accompanied by an number of talented local bands and musicians. Wine connoisseurs can enjoy a vast collection of wine from around the world while listening to smooth standards at the Classic Wine Seller. And that is just the beginning! There is also a variety of events taking place throughout the winter months that are the perfect reason to plan a return to visit to the NC Smokies – Events Calendar.
Don’t forget to also save the date WinterFest Smoky Style – February 26 – 28, 2016 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. This signature winter event will feature the highly popular sled dog demonstrations, sanctioned dog International Weight Pull Association competition and timber sports demonstrations that debuted last year. Dog owners will even be able to pay a nominal fee to have their pet take part in an amateur dog weight pull under the supervision of professionals. The 2016 event will offer local musical entertainment, along with additional exhibits such as outdoor survival demonstrations, ways to enjoy the nearby national parks in the wintertime and story telling. Visit www.winterfestsmokystyle.com to learn more!