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National Plan For Vacation Day is January 26th

Time to make every vacation day count For a lot of us, working from home this past year has shown just how adaptable we can really be. It also revealed the importance of taking a break every now and then. Between the blurred workdays and measures taken to protect everyone’s health, getting away has been […]

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5 Things to Do in the NC Smokies this Winter

There’s nothing like a Smoky Mountain winter. The extra-crisp air and the crunch of snow beneath your feet are welcome reminders that the cold season is here—and it brought some friends along for the ride. If you’re ready to explore the NC Smokies this winter, start by checking these 5 adventures off your to-do list. […]

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Winter fun is just steps away in the NC Smokies

One of the best things about the NC Smokies is that we are open for fun and adventure all year round. So, grab your skis, your winter jackets and get ready to experience some wintery wonders in the NC Smokies. Use our guide below to plan your weekend of fun! A breath of fresh (crispy) […]

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Get in the Winter Spirits: 10 Local Drinks to Celebrate the Season

If there’s one thing Western North Carolina is known for, it’s our local-made spirits and ales. From moonshine and whiskey to IPAs and seasonal brews, when you’re around these parts, you’re sure to find a drink option warm your belly. Whether it’s been a long day of winter sports or you want to kick back […]

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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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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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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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Seven Sensational Spots to See the Fall Leaves

This week marks the first official day of Fall (September 22) and if you’re reading this then you obviously have an interest in fall time adventure. Make the most of it with these seven sensational spots for fall color in Haywood County.

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