Two bull elks headbutting in the morning fog at Cataloochee Valley | Photo by Adrienne Rainy

Smoky Mountain Elk Fest 2019 Photo Contest Winners

We asked you to submit your best elk images, and with over 400 images submitted – our judges had their work cut out for them! On September 14th the winners were displayed at the inaugural Smoky Mountain Elk Fest.  We are excited to officially announce the winners and honorable mentions of the 2019 Smoky Mountain […]

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September in Maggie: A Month of Fun Events

September can get lost between summertime and leaf season, but the fun never slows down in Maggie Valley. If you’re hoping for a relaxing getaway during a mild weather month, come visit during September. There is a variety of entertainment for family members of all ages, and during your stay, be sure to visit our […]

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Apple Harvest Festival 2017 in Waynesville, NC

2019 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. On October 19th, 2019 gather […]

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Experience Fall in Waynesville, North Carolina

Waynesville in the fall offers an unparalleled magic. Whether frolicking on Main Street or hiking a mountain peak, the scenery explodes with vibrant autumn colors. Leaf lookers from near and far enjoy this beautiful time of year. Along with the natural splendor, the fall season is bustling with events. Take a break from outdoor recreation […]

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Lake Junaluska 4th of July

Celebrate July 4th Week and Fireworks

There is nothing more American than an epic 4th of July celebration. Fireworks and family fun are what great Independence Day’s are made of and you’ll find just that and much more this 4th of July in the NC Smokies.

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Kid-Friendly Haywood County

Play Now: Kid-Friendly Things to Do This Summer in Haywood County

School’s out, and there’s plenty of time left to plan a fun-filled summer getaway to the NC Smokies with your family. Not only are our five mountain towns close to some of the best kid-friendly activities in the region, but they’re filled with some of the most affordable overnight accommodations you can find. Really, there’s […]

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Back Porch of BearWaters Brewing

Why You Should Spend Memorial Day in the NC Smokies

If you’re anything like us, you’re just now getting around to planning out your extended Memorial Day Weekend. And that’s okay (at least, that’s what we’re telling ourselves) because this mountain destination has got plenty happening for last-minute planners. Check out why so many people are joining us in Haywood County this weekend! Beautiful Weather […]

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Saint Patrick’s Weekend Shenanigans

Pull out everything green that you own and gear up for Saint Patrick’s Day (March 17th). Whether you’re Irish 365 days a year or only on Saint Patrick’s Day, there are plenty of events for you to celebrate the holiday to avoid being green with envy. 3/16 Luck of the Arts Check out all Downtown […]

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Best Smoky Mountain Wedding Venues

Love + Mountains = Perfection Are you dreaming of a Smoky Mountain wedding? We know searching for the perfect wedding venue can be daunting so we’ve complied all the best dreamy venues for you right here! Haywood County is home to some of the most beautiful mountain wedding venues in North Carolina. From small intimate […]

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Maggie Valley Ice Skating Rink

Winter Skating in Maggie Valley

Lace up your boots and get ready to shred the synthetic gnar in Maggie Valley. For two weeks starting February 8th – 17th Maggie Valley Festival Grounds will be home to a 40′ x 50′ synthetic ice skating rink. The first winter skating rink event hosted by the Maggie Valley Chamber is sure to be a fun […]

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Family gathered around the fire at a Boyd Mountain cabin

10 Ways to Plan Your Days

Happy National Plan For Vacation Day! You are busy. We get it. You’ve got a lot going on and sometimes the year just flies right by before you’ve had a chance to use all your vacation days. Don’t let 2019 get away from you. We are all so hyperconnected and busy that we forget to […]

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Black Balsam Knob Hiking Trail

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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