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National Plan For Vacation Day is January 29th

Black Balsam Knob Hiking Trail
Americans left 705 million earned vacation days unused in 2018

That’s more than half of working Americans not using their well earned vacation days. In-depth research proves that Americans who take time to plan how they will use their vacation time in the year ahead are happier than those who do not. They are happier with their health and well-being, their financial situation, their marriage, and even their overall mood. Research also shows that simply having something to look forward to—like a vacation—improves your happiness. So why not start planning your time off?

How to Plan Your Vacation Days:

1. Confirm your time off

No one wants to plan an amazing trip, book flights and hotels and then realize you’re short 2 days of earned vacation! Check in with your boss.

2. Start dreaming

How do you want to spend your time off this year? Maybe you want to learn a new skill like skiing, or relax at a spa, or golf in beautiful weather. Whatever your dream may be, remember that your bucket list can be a to-do list if you dedicate to planning! Keep up with our Facebook page for updated blogs, itineraries and destination ideas that we’ll be posting in the next few days.

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 to pack!

2019 Events to Plan for:

February 2 — The Plunge, Canton
February 8 – 17 — Skating in Maggie Valley
February 16 — Winter Arts Smokies Style, Waynesville
March 1 — Hillbilly Winter Jam 2019, Maggie Valley
March 3 — One Day Season Pass Sale, Cataloochee Ski Area
April 20 — Easter at Lake Junaluska
April 20 — Friends of the Lake 5k, Lake Junaluska
April 20 — Easter Egg Hunt, Canton
May 3 — Thunder in the Smokies, Maggie Valley
May 5 — 87th Annual Ramp Festival, Waynesville
May 16 — Winter Arts Smokies Style, Waynesville
May 17 — Icons of Hotrodding Festival, Maggie Valley
May 25 — Rockin’ Block Party, Waynesville
May 31 – June 1 — Cold Mountain Music Festival, Lake Logan
June 1 — Quick Draw, Waynesville
June 30 — Maggie Valley Swap Meet
June 28 – 30 — Thunder in the Smokies, Maggie Valley
July 4 — Stars & Stripes Celebration, Waynesville
July 6 — Summer Arts and Crafts Show, Maggie Valley
July 18 – 28 — 36th Annual Folkmoot Festival, Waynesville
July 20 — Cold Mountain Summer Music Series, Lake Logan
August 2 – 4 — August Concert Weekend, Lake Junaluska
August 17 — SoWo Fall Tour, Maggie Valley
August 30 – 31 — 49th Annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival, Lake Junaluska
September 1 – 2 — 113th Canton Labor Day Celebration
September 6 -8 — Thunder in the Smokies, Maggie Valley
September 14 — Rockin’ Block Party, Waynesville
October 12 — Bethel Half Marathon & 5k
October 12 — 35th Annual Church Street Art & Craft Show, Waynesville
October 19 – 20 — Maggie Valley Fall Arts & Crafts Show
November 23 — Maggie Gets Lit, Maggie Valley
Nov 30 – Dec 1 — Balsam Range: Art of Music Festival, Lake Junaluska

2019 Resolution : Use ALL your vacations days. Plan a trip to see the elk at Cataloochee Valley, or take a boat tour on Lake Junaluska. Tour 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 29th planning your vacation for the rest of the year, and we hope to see you here!

Mountain Sunset

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