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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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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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women shopping at woodworking gallery in Waynesville, NC during the holiday season

Waynesville’s Holiday Shopping Guide for Unique Gift Givers

If you’re the best gift-giver in your circle, it can be hard to live up to your own reputation. Lucky for you, Waynesville is more than a beautiful and cozy mountain town—it’s also the perfect place to find something special for everyone on your holiday shopping list! Check out our guide below for some help […]

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Where to do your holiday shopping in Maggie Valley

The holiday season always brings joy, but if you’re a last-minute shopper, you may be feeling some pressure to cross every item off your shopping list before the first snowfall. There’s good news if you fall into this category: there’s something for everyone in Maggie Valley! Check out our local stores and bring home some […]

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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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How to make yourself at home in Haywood County

If you’re planning on packing up and heading towards our neck of the woods for a while—maybe you’re working remote or taking advantage of e-Learning—you’re in for a real treat. There’s plenty of inspiration and adventure to fill your days in the NC Smokies! But, we know there are some parts of “home” that you […]

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Learn From Home in Haywood County

Virtual learning has thrown many of us for a loop. For your kids, it’s a challenge just to sit still sometimes. So, what if you headed off to a place where exploring is encouraged—where coloring outside the lines is a good thing? There’s no better place to e-learn than right here in our mountain towns […]

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#WFH Means Work from Haywood

Like most things in life right now, working from home is weird. We can roll out of bed just in time for that daily all-hands-on-deck conference call, and no one will ever know—as long as our cameras are off. But, the challenge of adjusting to this unusual routine presents a few advantages. One of the […]

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Answer the Call of the Open Road and Rest Your Head at Route 19 Inn

In an age of social distancing and the need for wide open spaces, Route 19 Inn answers the cravings of your road tripping heart while providing a clean and safe environment. This 1948 classic motor lodge nestled in a wooded enclave at the convergence of two trout streams offers retro vibes and modern amenities. Sitting […]

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