Celebrate New Year’s in the Smokies!

Do you have plans for New Year’s Eve? You do now! Visit the North Carolina Smoky Mountains in Haywood County to ring in 2019. There is something for everyone to enjoy from family-friendly fun to partying the night away with friends. Check us out! Note: space fills up quickly, reservations are recommended. Maggie Valley Inn […]

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Why Waynesville’s Arts Scene is a Must-See

The arts have become a really important part of Waynesville’s culture. Not only have artists started to call our Smoky Mountain town home, but we’ve also consciously prioritized the growth of the arts here. Thanks to the Haywood County Arts Council, our arts scene has become an identifiable feature of Waynesville. Keep reading this blog […]

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Aerial Night Shot of Cataloochee Ski Area

Slopes to learn on—or shred—this winter.

A winter in Haywood County is best spent embracing the treasures of the season. So, make the most of your time here and plan a weekend at the Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley for some outdoor adventure! This mountain is famous around these parts—read on to find out why beginners and experts spend days […]

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Lake Junaluska decorated for Christmas 2017

Destination Christmas: Lake Junaluska

All are invited to Lake Junaluska December 6-9 for Appalachian Christmas, a special festive event including multiple concerts, a storyteller and a craft show. The Lake Junaluska Singers will return, under Director Mary Huff and Associate Director Kathy Geyer McNeil, to perform Handel’s Messiah and a special Christmas concert during Appalachian Christmas. Handel’s Messiah is […]

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Family shopping for candy at Mast General Waynesville, NC

Waynesville Shopping Tour

As shopping season approaches and your list expands, don’t be the one giving out the boring gifts. Our locally-owned shops, boutiques, galleries, and markets offer unique, local items you won’t be able to find anywhere else. While a blog post can’t measure up to a stroll down Main Street or a walk though Frog Level, […]

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Holiday Cheer in Maggie Valley

Maggie Valley is a beautiful place to live and visit during the holiday season. A drive down Soco Road will offer views of storefronts and restaurants adorned in lights as well as 50 pairs of hand-painted skis. Where else will you see that? Most excitingly, you may even catch a few snowflakes while you’re here. […]

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Remax Float blowing fire in the Waynesville Christmas Parad

Get Festive: Seasonal Events in Haywood County

Locals and visitors tend to agree that the holiday season in Haywood County is nothing short of magical. Surrounded on all sides by iconic Blue Ridge peaks, it’s easy to forget you’re in Appalachia and not in a blockbuster holiday rom-com. We’ve got seasonal markets, shows, parades, and other celebratory events slated for the coming […]

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Family Friendly Thanksgiving Weekend Activities

Family Friendly Thanksgiving Vacation Activities

Thanksgiving brings families together making us take a moment to slow down and relax… wait no, that’s not completely right. If you have kids you know Thanksgiving can be a whirlwind of being entertainment hosts, “are we there yets”, and delicious food aromas that torture your kids for hours before they’re allowed to eat it. […]

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Family shopping for candy at Mast General Waynesville, NC

Ways to Treat Your Sweet Tooth in Haywood County

Got an insatiable sweet tooth? Haywood County has lots of ways to please your cravings! With several locally-owned bakeries, ice cream parlors, and chocolate shops, you know you’re going to get excellent service along with fresh, made-to-order treats. Keep reading to find your next favorite place to get something sweet in the Smokies! Bakeries Kandi’s […]

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Get into the Holiday Spirit in Waynesville!

Did you know that Waynesville is one of the best places to experience the holiday season in the Smoky Mountains? Our town goes all out to celebrate. From floor-to-ceiling festive décor inside every home and business to downtown’s full-blown winter makeover, Waynesville sets the scene as an amazing place to spend the most wonderful time […]

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Should you order a groom’s cake?

You’ve said yes to your man and are busy planning the wedding. Do you order a groom’s cake? Carolyn Lima of Creekside Creations – a bakery based in Maggie Valley – helps answer this question. The answer to that question is that it’s completely up to you. The groom’s cake originated in the Victorian age in […]

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