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Pop's Place in Maggie Valley

Black History Month Interview with Val Hamilton

Written by Brindley Faile In honor of Black History Month and celebrating local community members who contribute greatly to Haywood County, I sat down with Valgene “Val” Hamilton, owner of Pop’s Place in Maggie Valley. This morning as I sipped my coffee and listened to Val, I was aware of how friendly the customers who […]

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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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Lake Junaluska featured in Our State Magazine

Top 10 Lake Junaluska Moments of 2017

From start to finish, 2017 was a fantastic year for Lake Junaluska. Journey back in time to see some of Lake Junaluska’s most significant moments. 1. Lake Junaluska featured in Our State Magazine Lake Junaluska had a great year of media coverage in 2017, including a beautiful 18-page spread in Our State magazine, with stunning […]

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Elk Watching 101

With all the kiddos heading back to school, we thought now is the perfect time for a refresher course on one of the biggest reasons why people visit Haywood County – Elk watching!

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Top 7 WNC Summer Festivals

Spring has sprung and the tough decision arises of just how much music, games, food, and dancing you can fit into one summer. Grab your sunscreen and get ready to enjoy great local brews and bites.  Do you prefer dancing the night away? We got you covered. Or maybe you just want to see local art […]

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downtown waynesville

Move Over Norman Rockwell, Meet the N.C. Smokies

Authentic is our middle name here in the N.C. Smokies of Haywood County. We all hanker for simpler times, for an escape from the hectic schedules and demanding regimens that define our lives week in and week out. It’s time to leave the hustle-and-bustle behind and immerse yourself in a small-town get-away to the mountains. […]

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Spooky Spots and Haywood Haunts

The haunting season is upon us and for those of you who love tales of mystery, scary points of interest, and hauntingly historic places, Haywood County is the place for you.

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Local Naturalist Releases Third Hiking Guide

It is with much anticipation and excitement that local naturalist Ken Czarnomski in partnership with the the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority announces the release of the third installment in a series unique local hiking guides – The Blackrock Mountain Hiking Guide. The

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The Landscaping of Lake Junaluska: A Shared Labor of Love

Every year thousands of visitors from around the world are awed and inspired by the beauty of the Lake Junaluska gardens. From the historic Rose Walk to the sedum garden of Inspiration Point, the horticultural surprises are never ending. But what does it take to plant and maintain these glorious grounds?

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