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Learning to Fly Fish in the NC Smokies

May 26, 2015

I finally learned to fly fish. Well at least the basics of fly fishing.  If you follow our blog, you know that I am an avid outdoor enthusiast who loves hiking and exploring, but I know very little about fly fishing.  After my previous blog several weeks ago that included a spring fly fishing report, Read more…


There is something brewing in Haywood County…

May 18, 2015

While North Carolina Beer Month (April) may be over, there is still A LOT brewing around Haywood County.  Our four local microbreweries have a variety of seasonal taps available like Boojum Brewing’s Tropical Green Tea Pale Ale and the Folkmalt Mango Lager at Bearwaters Brewing in addition to our favorite year-round taps like the Salamander Read more…


“Live Like a Local” on you next vacation to Haywood County

May 13, 2015

When you travel, do you like to go where the locals go, eat where the locals eat and do what the locals do?  That is actually a very common request we get from visitors to Haywood County.  We often get calls asking where the best local hang outs are, where the locals love to eat Read more…


Join us for the the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War

May 4, 2015

The second part of a three part series to commemorate the Haywood County’s Civil War Sesquicentennial, entitled Preview“Last Shot Fired” will commemorate the 150th anniversary this upcoming weekend, May 8 – 11. The weekend events are guaranteed to educate, entertain and appeal to history buffs of all ages.  There are many small stories and events Read more…


Spring Fly Fishing Report from The Hunter Banks Co.

April 28, 2015

I love spring in Haywood County.  It is such an exciting time in the mountains because everyone begins to venture back outdoors to enjoy the many incredible activities available in our area.  I love it when people come into our visitor centers craving a new adventure as they inquire about the best local hikes, bike Read more…


Take a Tour of Pure & Simple Haywood County

April 20, 2015

Are you planning a Smoky Mountain adventure but not sure where to start? Well that is what we are for!  We love to help folks plan their upcoming vacations to Haywood County…in fact, we love it so much that we’ve gone ahead and put together a variety of itineraries to help you make the most Read more…


Cataloochee Valley Named “10 Best US Safaris” by Fodors Travel

April 13, 2015

Did you know that you don’t have to trek all the way to Africa just to experience an authentic wildlife safari? You might just be surprised to find there are some really unique ways to get up close and personal with wildlife here in the US, including right here in Haywood County.  We are excited Read more…


Wheels Through Time Now Open!

April 6, 2015

Wheels Through Time Museum, home to the world’s premier collection of rare American Vintage Motorycles, opened for the 2015 season on Thursday, April 2. Located 5 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, in beautiful Maggie Valley, NC, this All-American motorcycle museum houses over 300 of America’s rarest and most historic classic motorcycles, with over 30 Read more…


April Showers Bring….Fresh Music!

March 30, 2015

Can you believe it is almost April? Winter is quickly drifting away and the NC Smokies are coming alive with all the sights and sounds of Spring.  April is a great time to visit Haywood County for many reasons.  One of my favorites is watching the daily transformation of the mountains turning from a dull Read more…


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