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National Plan For Vacation Day is January 29th

Americans left 705 million earned vacation days unused in 2018 That’s more than half of working Americans not using their well earned vacation days. In-depth research proves that Americans who take time to plan how they will use their vacation time in the year ahead are happier than those who do not. They are happier with […]

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10 Resolutions That’ll Make Your 2019 Even Better.

New Year New You? Here are some resolutions you can stick to and improve your happiness in 2019. Among setting goals for your career, health, finances and more, be sure to include #TreatYoSelf days and do things that make you happy, not just successful! 1. Take a Hike We all know about endorphins by now […]

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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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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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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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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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This Holiday, Let Maggie Entertain You

With the holidays on the horizon, there’s plenty of fun to be had in Maggie Valley. From live music to festive entertainment to delicious dining, Maggie is the place to be in November and December. Below are a handful of fun events and activities for everyone in the family. Elevated Mountain We’re so proud to […]

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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! As usual, there’s no shortage of events going on, but there’s something […]

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Balsam Range Art of Music Festival

Celebrate the Diverse Art of Music November 29 – December 1, 2018 Balsam Range will host their 3rd annual musical celebration in breathtaking Lake Junaluska, now THREE days long! The festivities include world-class artists and music related workshops, handcrafted instrument building, songwriting, dancing, and of course a top notch lineup. Check out the latest music […]

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Apple Harvest Festival 2017 in Waynesville, NC

2018 Waynesville Apple Harvest Festival Guide

When the warm weather of summer slips away, the people of Waynesville start to get excited for the coming season. The leaves will soon start adding speckles of color to the mountain vistas, and the apples growing throughout the county will finally be ripe for picking during the autumn harvest. We get together once a […]

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