If you aren’t used to the cold, winter can be a tough time to plan a trip. With shorter days and freezing temperatures, it’s sometimes hard to feel peppy or find the energy to get outside and enjoy the beautiful mountains. With that being said, there are a number of ways Maggie Valley can cure your seasonal blues.
1) Winter hiking
People perceive hiking to be a spring, summer and fall activity, but who says winter hiking isn’t a thing? In fact, winter hikes are uniquely beautiful. With leaves off the trees, the long-range views are stunning, and sometimes that tiny bit of frost or ice on a leaf or mushroom offers the perfect nature photo. Dress in layers, know your route, pack water and ensure your phone is charged. The next part is simple: just have a good time!
2) Maggie Valley Puzzle Room
Maggie may be known for its natural beauty, but there is a plethora of indoor fun to be had as well. The Maggie Valley Puzzle Room offers 60 minutes of intense, clue-driven excitement for family members of all ages. They offer a variety of themed rooms to meet everyone’s fancy. It’s suggested that groups are comprised of teenagers and adults with no more than six people.
3) Painted ski scavenger hunt
A leisurely drive down Soco Road will offer lovely sightings of hand painted skis on telephone poles. As part of the Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Winter Days event, volunteers have exercised their artistic prowess to decorate numerous sets of skis. A fun activity is to drive up and down Soco and for the passengers in the car to count how many pairs of skis they see.
4) Skiing and snowboarding
One of Maggie Valley’s most popular attractions is Cataloochee Ski Area. To help battle the winter doldrums, spend a day on the slopes skiing or snowboarding. The fresh air and physical activity will do wonders for your mood. If you don’t like either sport, grab some snacks and a drink in the lodge and watch other folks zoom down the mountain, which can be quite entertaining.
5) Shopping on Soco Road
Shopping is another way to lift one’s spirits. Take a tour up and down Maggie Valley’s main thoroughfare to see all the retail options. From clothing and jewelry to pottery and art, you’ll certainly find what you’re looking for. Also, with it being after the holidays, you may stumble upon some great deals.
6) Delighting the palate
Maggie Valley is well known for her scrumptious diners and restaurants. Enjoy a delicious breakfast from Country Vittles, Joey’s, Maggie Valley Restaurant or Pop’s. If you’re in need of barbecue, try Willie Brooks. There are several Italian restaurants, as well as fine dining options. No matter your preference, your taste buds will be happy when dining out in Maggie Valley.
Enliven your spirit by visiting Maggie Valley during the winter months. Not only are there numerous activities to keep you busy, but the people of Maggie will welcome you with a smile, as always.