Appalachian Christmas at Lake Junaluska

Awaken the spirit of Christmas! Get your holy jolly spirit kickstarted this winter by attending an Appalachian Christmas Craft Show or a holiday concert at Lake Junaluska Dec. 12-15. “In Appalachia, we have a rich history of gathering with loved ones as we take in the festive sights and sounds of the season in this […]

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Fall color in Waynesville, NC.

Waynesville’s Winter Arts Scene

As host to many local and visiting artists, Waynesville’s art scene never slows down, even in the chilly winter months. Whether your goal is to peruse all of the local galleries or attend a singular event, we offer many art-infused options. Main Street’s Art After Dark The final Art After Dark of 2019 will be […]

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The History of Haywood County, NC

History buffs, rejoice: you can find remnants of Haywood County’s past everywhere you look. Whether you’re watching a performance by the Cherokee Indian Dancers at the Folkmoot Festival, exploring the far reaches of the Cataloochee Valley, or sipping on local moonshine, you’re getting a glimpse into our heritage. Here are a few more important pieces […]

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Remembering Raymond Fairchild: The Fastest Banjo Player in the World

On Sunday, October 13th, 2019 Raymond Fairchild passed at the age of 80 in Maggie Valley, NC. Local and national legend for his fast picking banjo talents and uncanny humor, Raymond leaves behind a legacy not to be forgotten. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Fairchild; his daughter, Susie Fairchild; his son and daughter […]

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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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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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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 at cataloochee

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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