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Devil's Courthouse

Winter Hike to Devil’s Courthouse

Don’t let the Blue Ridge Parkway closing in the Winter keep you from hiking! This 4ish mile hike will take you from Hwy 215 to Devil’s Courthouse and back. Enjoy amazing long range views and access to the Parkway with no cars! This hike is pet friendly as long as they are on a leash. […]

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Couple kissing on top of Max Patch.

Have a Romantic Valentine’s Day in Waynesville

February 14 will be here before you know it, but don’t panic: you still have plenty of time to plan a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway to Waynesville with your sweetie. There aren’t many destinations naturally suited for an intimate weekend trip, but our slice of the Smokies is definitely one of them. Make new memories […]

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black balsam knob hike

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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Oak Hill Bed and Breakfast in the winter.

Waynesville’s Bed and Breakfasts: Winter Guide

We take Southern hospitality to another level here in Waynesville, even in our colder months. We welcome any traveler with open arms, eager to share our unique mountain heritage with the world. To experience everything, you’re going to need to stay a while. So, do it in style and warmth! Our bed and breakfasts are […]

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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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It’s Snowing in Maggie Valley!

A big snow in early December was a fun surprise for Maggie Valley! Snow fort building and snowball fights were happening up and down Soco Road. Even though it caused some closures and slowdowns, the folks in Maggie were appreciative for a lovely snowfall, especially before Christmas. Hit the Mountain The natural snow and cool […]

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Children running through rows of Fraser firs at Boyd Mountain Tree Farms

Boyd Mountain Christmas Tree Farms

When the second weekend of November rolls around, people don’t walk, they run to Boyd Mountain Christmas Tree Farms in Waynesville to secure one of their finest Fraser firs to display proudly for the next few weeks. But how did these trees become so popular, and how did the recession of 2008 cause a national […]

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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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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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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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