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Brother and sister riding the ski lift up to a snowy Cataloochee Valley ski slope on a sunny morning

Guide: Give your Maggie Valley ski trip a lift!

As the seasons start to change, we know you’re eager to enjoy the winter activities. The cold weather is getting us excited for bundling up, clipping into our skis, and hitting the slopes. Whether you are a first-timer or a pro, Cataloochee Ski Area offers 18 slopes for plenty of snow sliding fun. While we […]

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Snow-covered trees adorned with soft-glowing lanterns hang above the icy streets of Downtown Waynesville in the winter.

Your Haywood Holiday How To: Christmas Trees & Gift Shopping

When the holiday season rolls around, it brings a few chores with it. The first is finding the perfect Fraser fir to decorate. The second is finding the gifts to put underneath your tree. Here in our part of the Smoky Mountains, we know quite a few places that can help you accomplish both. Check […]

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Waynesville’s Holiday Shopping Guide for Unique Gift Givers

If you’re the best gift-giver in your circle, it can be hard to live up to your own reputation. Lucky for you, Waynesville is more than a beautiful and cozy mountain town—it’s also the perfect place to find something special for everyone on your holiday shopping list! Check out our guide below for some help […]

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Where to do your holiday shopping in Maggie Valley

The holiday season always brings joy, but if you’re a last-minute shopper, you may be feeling some pressure to cross every item off your shopping list before the first snowfall. There’s good news if you fall into this category: there’s something for everyone in Maggie Valley! Check out our local stores and bring home some […]

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Family gathered around the fire at a Boyd Mountain cabin

Guide to Renting a Waynesville Mountain Cabin

Ready for your slice of heaven in our enchanted part of the Smoky Mountains? Staying in a spectacular mountain cabin is the best way to experience the magic of Waynesville! If this is your first time booking a cabin, you’ve no doubt got a few questions about the process. We’ve done our best to answer […]

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A Visual Guide to NC’s Secret Foodie Capital

By now, it’s no secret: Haywood County is the real foodie capital of WNC! We’re home to Master Chefs and more than 700 working farms that provide fresh ingredients for our resident culinary masterminds. From Italian dishes to traditional Southern cooking and just about everything in between, you’re sure to find a spot or two […]

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Take a Self Guided Tour of the Waynesville Public Art Trail

Take a walk! Enjoy a break from remote working, stretch your legs after a big lunch in town, or make it an educational activity for the kids. Waynesville is home to a thriving community of artists, practicing traditional crafts in the footsteps of their Appalachian forbearers or pushing the boundaries of contemporary art. From the […]

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6 Reasons to Holiday in Haywood

Can you smell the Fraser firs? The freshly baked cookies? The open fires? That trifecta of yuletide aroma can only mean one thing: the holidays are fast approaching. For many, the season’s festivities bring much excitement. But, planning to keep so many happy under one roof brings its challenges—especially this year. Here are six reasons […]

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Glowing Jack O' Lantern

Spookiest Ways to Enjoy Halloween in Haywood

Just like the smoky fog that flows down the mountains of Haywood County, the Halloween season brings an aura of mystery and intrigue to our towns. The sudden arrival of cool air and seasonal colors means it’s about to get creepy around here! This year’s events have been adapted for covid safety and we encourage […]

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The Most Unique Lodging Options in the Smoky Mountains

When you escape to the mountains the classic choice is to rent a cabin right? Wood burning fireplace, hot tub, sipping coffee in the chilly fall air, plenty of good reasons why cabins are a standard among mountain vacations. But what if we told you there were more than just cabins in the Smoky Mountains? We’re talking […]

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10+ Best Restaurants with Outdoor Seating in Haywood County

This pandemic has certainly brought on strange times and new dining protocols, however, we certainly don’t mind the side effect of an increasing number of restaurants offering more outdoor dining options now. Even as the weather begins to cool down for fall, there’s nothing like wearing cozy layers and enjoying a warm meal on an […]

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Family Friendly Spring Break

Hiking Safety 101

The Smokies and hiking go together like peas and carrots. When you head here, you know there’s an adventure waiting just outside your door. Take a moment to refresh your hiking safety knowledge before your next trek through the Smoky Mountains! While you might not encounter any challenges on your scenic hike, we’ll feel better […]

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