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10 Reasons to Plan Your Bachelorette Party in the NC Smokies


Want a unique bachelorette experience to get away for a weekend in the woods? Look no further than Haywood County, North Carolina. One of the up and coming locations to “set up camp” for adventurous bachelorette parties and there is certainly no shortage of things to do here. 

Nestled within the Great Smoky Mountains, Haywood County is known for its natural beauty and vibrant culture. You’ll find everything from outdoor recreation to dining and shopping experiences, plus a whole variety of activities to keep your guests busy all weekend long. If your group is feeling up for a little action, take a scenic drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway or park and head off-road with one of the many hiking trails to catch a beautiful sunset. 

Sure, Haywood County is an outdoor paradise, but there’s plenty of fun for everyone in our five charming mountain towns. From mountain-top glamping domes to downtown lofts, your besties will thank you for choosing the NC Smokies for your bachelorette weekend.

1. A Variety of Unique Accommodations to Choose From

Choose from the best selection of Smoky Mountain lodging and vacation rentals right here in Haywood County. Whether you choose to stay in Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Canton, Lake Junaluska, or Clyde, there’s a place to suit every taste, party size, and budget in the NC Smoky Mountains. Want a place with a wood burning fireplace, hot tub and porch views? We got you. Ever stayed in a yurt? We have those too! Or maybe a glamping dome? The possibilities are endless.

2. Candle Making Classes at Willow Hill Soap Company

What better way to have fun with your gal pals than by taking something home with you to remember your trip by? Sign up for one of Willow Hill’s Candle Making classes to enjoy the best smelling hands-on activity you can find.  Classes are typically 1-1.5 hours and you are free to bring your own drink or snack of choice to the class.

3. Kayak, Canoe or Paddleboard at Lake Junaluska

Rent a canoe, kayak or paddleboard from Lake Junaluska Outfitters and explore the lake from the water. Never been out on a lake before? This is the perfect place to learn. Water is calm and the staff will help you launch from the beach area. Just make sure someone in your group has a waterproof bag for their phone to snap some pics. 

4. Flights & Bites at Bosu’s Wine Shop

Enjoy an evening of wine flights and delicious appetizers on the weekends at Bosu’s Wine Shop or make a reservation to attend one of their monthly wine dinners. Not a Wine Counossier, no problem – the staff here can guide you to the wine that fits your palette or opt for the wine flight and try 4 different blends.

5. Gram-Worthy Sunrise & Sunset Spots

Get whisked away by the panoramic vistas stretching across the county. Breathe in the fresh air as you take in a vibrant sunset or sunrise over the Smokies with your closest friends. Catch the changing colors from your vacation rental or venture out to some of our favorite spots to catch the sun peaking over the horizon: Waterrock Knob, Black Balsam Knob, Lake Junaluska, Max Patch and Devil’s Courthouse.

6. Relax at Maggie Valley Wellness or Waynesville Salt Room

Time to relax! Enjoy an afternoon of pure pampering at the Maggie Valley Wellness or if “on the rocks” sounds more your speed, check out Waynesville’s Salt Room. Go ahead and indulge yourself and your girls with this pampering “ahhhdventure”.

7. Cookie Decorating at Sunshine & Sugar Bakeshop

Want to satisfy your sweet tooth and have fun while doing it? Book a cookie decorating class at Sunshine & Sugar Bakeshop. Don’t have time to decorate your own? Preorder a custom box that fits your bachelorette theme to munch on all weekend long!

8. Endless Shopping Opportunities

Our locally-owned shops, boutiques, galleries, and markets offer unique, local items you won’t be able to find anywhere else. Check out some of our favorites for the ladies: Modern Deer, The Southern Loft, Pigeon River Mercantile, Soul Sisters Depot, Axe & Awl Leatherworks, Funky Fern Emporium and Green Orchid

9. Skiing or Snowboarding at Cataloochee Ski Area

Whether you are a first-timer or a pro, Cataloochee Ski Area offers 18 slopes for plenty of snow sliding fun. Not for some of your girls? There’s a restaurant and bar inside the lodge where your ladies can hang and take pictures of you shredding the gnar from the porch.

10. Paint & Sip with WNC Paint Events

The best way to make an event unique is to add a creative twist to an already familiar one! Sign up for a step-by-step painting class with WNC Paint Events so your ladies can go home with a work of art.

Whatever you choose to do during your bachelorette weekend in the Smokies, don’t forget to tag @VisitNCSmokies and #HayNow for a chance to be featured in our upcoming marketing materials.

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