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National Plan For Vacation Day is January 26th


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Black Balsam Knob Hiking Trail

Time to make every vacation day count

For a lot of us, working from home this past year has shown just how adaptable we can really be. It also revealed the importance of taking a break every now and then. Between the blurred workdays and measures taken to protect everyone’s health, getting away has been kind of hard. While we want to make sure you only come and see us whenever you feel comfortable, there’s nothing wrong with getting a head start on planning, right?! Make the most of your time off during this most unusual stretch of life.

How to Plan Your Vacation Days:

1. Confirm your time off

No one wants to plan an amazing trip, book flights and hotels, then realize you’re short 2 days of earned vacation! Check-in with your boss. There might also be some wiggle room from 2020’s rollover to stay an extra day or two.

2. Start dreaming

How do you want to spend your time off? Maybe you want to learn to ski, or relax at a spa, or golf with a Smoky Mountain view as your backdrop. Our Facebook page has all sorts of destination inspiration to help you cross those Ts and dot your Is. Or, you can come without a plan and let our team at the Visitor Center help you out. Get your planning juices flowing by searching for a place to stay!

3. Add your vacations to the calendar

Make sure your managers and colleagues are in the loop. Having a physical calendar near your work desk helps add to the excitement of counting down the days—and reminds you when to pack! Don’t leave it to the morning of. Unless you’re a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of person. In which case, we can’t wait to meet you.

Plan around some of our events:

Typically, we’ve got a full slate of local events and celebrations happening in our mountain towns. Since the status of gatherings in our state appears unclear for the foreseeable future, all of our currently planned events are subject to change. Check them all out here for some assistance in planning your getaway!

Let’s make a pact to use all of our vacation days in 2021, okay? Plan a trip to see the elk in Cataloochee Valley, or take a kayak tour on Lake Junaluska. Tour Dale’s Wheels through Time in Maggie Valley and chase the Quilt Block trails. Hike a section of the Mountains to Sea trail and then grab a beer at our local breweries. Taste legal moonshine, snowboard, stargaze, relax in a hot tub, treat yourself to a spa—you get the idea! Spend January 26th planning your vacations for the rest of the year, and we hope to see you here!

Mountain Sunset

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